New “Team Sarah” ad: Who’s Obama been winking at?

posted at 3:35 pm on October 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

The One jabbed at her two days ago, now here’s the uppercut in return. I like to imagine that it’s a Jeri Thompson production. Savor it, because it may well be the last time you see or hear of Wright before the election. Think I’m kidding? Click the image below the clip and watch the video at Perfunction of McCain blogger Michael Goldfarb being grilled on CNN about which Obama associates he considers anti-semitic. He clearly has someone specific in mind, and just as clearly has been told never to utter the forbidden words. (In which case, why did he bring it up?) Excruciatingly awkward.

Exit question: That quote attributed to Mark Salter about losing honorably is looking more credible by the day, isn’t it?


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Heh.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on October 31, 2008 at 3:37 PM

GOD @^&$ AMERICA will echo across the fruited plain.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on October 31, 2008 at 3:37 PM

McCain is pleading with us all to stand up and fight and he is rolling over to Obama’s intimidation.

Sad.

Elizabetty on October 31, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Will it get any air time? Any idea whereats?

Abby Adams on October 31, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Savor it, because it may well be the last time you see or hear of Wright before the election.

I saw my first Wright ad on a local (Los Angeles) channel this morning. It was funded by a 527, but not this one.

The ad was good, but I wished the name of the PAC didn’t have Republican/GOP in it. Why aren’t some of the religious PACs putting out ads on Wright? That would be powerful.

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Exit question: That quote attributed to Mark Salter about losing honorably is looking more credible by the day, isn’t it?

nothing honorable about it when the issue is legit, and important glimpse into his worldview.

better Exit Question: Why doesn’t McCain want to actually win?

they could’ve hit him over Wright all summer long, then went over into Ayers/Dhorn, Khalidi, Odinga in the fall with a tie into Wright and his worldview. Keep that in Voter’s minds and Obama never gains any traction

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:41 PM

I’m guessing Rush will play Jeremiah Wright right through the end of Tuesday’s program and God bless him for it.

BigD on October 31, 2008 at 3:42 PM

My friends, Stand Up And Fight!!

Just don’t kick em’ in the nuts.

*cries*

BacaDog on October 31, 2008 at 3:43 PM

sarah was winking at me, i love the cuda

custer on October 31, 2008 at 3:43 PM

being Friday Afternoon, I”m guessing there is no October Suprise out there….well in reality there are plenty and either McCain or the media refuse to go with them.

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:43 PM

He clearly has someone specific in mind, and just as clearly has been told never to utter the forbidden words.

And among other things, this makes me so, so hesitant to give McCain my vote, and if he wins with my help, I will never forgive him for this cowardice.

Either fight this guy or go home, Johnny.

MadisonConservative on October 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

I still don’t understand why Wright is off limits for McCain?

What was his reasoning again?

gumble on October 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Dr. Sowell with the money quote.

“People ask me why am I going to vote for McCain rather than Obama, it’s because I prefer disaster to catastrophe.”

http://tv.nationalreview.com/uncommonknowledge/post/?q=M2Q4MmFlODFlYmY5YzAzODFkYjU1MDQzODNmMDVhOWU=

V15J on October 31, 2008 at 3:47 PM

gumble on October 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Originally, he was probably hoping Wright would sink Obama. He made a statement saying he’d never mention it, or something.

lorien1973 on October 31, 2008 at 3:48 PM

I still don’t understand why Wright is off limits for McCain?

What was his reasoning again?

gumble on October 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

started with the NCGOP ad he criticized.

Is there some skeleton in McCain’s closet thats not coming out over his agreement to not go after Wright?

Is McCain inflicted with blinding amounts of White Guilt?

maybe Obama hypnotized McCain

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:49 PM

I LOVE THIS…IT’S SO FEMALE AND IT’S TEAM SARAH IN ACTION. THEY ARE THE ULTIMATE CONSERVATIVE BABES! PLAY IT MATIONWIDE!!!!

gracie on October 31, 2008 at 3:49 PM

Too bad though not surprising that Sanchez wouldn’t help him along by saying the name, like when Stephanie-opolus corrected Barry when he said “my Muslim faith”

Brat on October 31, 2008 at 3:50 PM

I still don’t understand why Wright is off limits for McCain?

What was his reasoning again?

gumble on October 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

It’s weird. McCain did actually talk about Wright several months ago, but since then it’s been off-limits… supposedly because McCain doesn’t want to criticize Obama’s church/religion.

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 3:50 PM

I don’t get it, you got one shot and one shot only at becoming the President of the united States(newsflash you really will be too old in 2012 and will not get nominated). So do you just not want the job, or are you stupid enough that you think Americans don’t care about Rev. Wright and will just elect a radical like Obama and hold it against you for calling Obama’s history out?

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:51 PM

One can always hope McCain is saving it for Sunday evening Monday morning press cycle with Obama having no chance to respond. However, I tend to believe that McCain just rolling over on this one. Although this interview on CNN gives him an opening to say something in response to the people claiming no more anti-Semitic associates in Obama’s past. Let Obama make that claim this weekend and McCain can pull out Wright in time to hit the press Monday morning and you brand Obama as dishonest and anti-Semitic in one fell swoop one day before the election.

Buford on October 31, 2008 at 3:51 PM

It is what it is!
If you don’t want the marxist redistributionist for 4 years just vote Sarah for the future.
Maybe she can bring this f’d up party to its senses!

dhunter on October 31, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Either fight this guy or go home, Johnny.

JMc can’t. But we can
He won’t go back on his word.Let’s go forward with ours.

gracie on October 31, 2008 at 3:53 PM

the DNC really is a major league joke.

Sheets Byrd in the Senate, a former klansman only still in office because he’s a liberal.

and Obama in the whitehouse, worldview shaped by black racist

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:53 PM

McCain cries about censorship and bias and then censors all around him concerning Wright & Fannie/Freddie Dems. Either we are free or we’re not free. Choose!

Mr_Magoo on October 31, 2008 at 3:54 PM

SarahCuda,

Puts the wink into,ARTICUL(wink)ATE!haha.

canopfor on October 31, 2008 at 3:54 PM

RE: the second video. Unreal. I don’t know who I’m angrier at, McCain or the media. That CNN clip is repugnant.

aquaviva on October 31, 2008 at 3:54 PM

gumble on October 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

McCain/Wright/Obama issue from late April:

McCain Reverses Course on Obama’s Pastor
By JOSH GERSTEIN, Staff Reporter of the Sun | April 28, 2008

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 3:55 PM

One the one hand, it’s just really stooooopid to have not let Goldfarb bring up Wright in this context. But on the other, I don’t think Wright can hurt or help Obama one way or the other now even if they were seen smoking dope together on the Capital steps.

flipflop on October 31, 2008 at 3:55 PM

I’m amazed on how MUCH the Dems don’t frankly care about…1 – Wright
2 – Ayers
3 – Resko
4 – Acorn
5 – Khalidi
6 – (reserved for unknown other)

Seriously I would have a world more of respect for them if they just came out straight to the American People and ran as the Democratic Socialist Party of AmeriKKKa instead of the facade they are currently running under. I’m sure Chavez, The Castro Brothers, Ortega, Morales and the rest of the leftists in South/Central America (and in Mexico too) are already preparing for a celebration party if Barry manages to steal this election….

DRod on October 31, 2008 at 3:55 PM

He won’t go back on his word.Let’s go forward with ours.

gracie on October 31, 2008 at 3:53 PM

The only way it can play out, unfortunately. Good thing for Obama he also chose some non-black friends to pal around with.

Mr_Magoo on October 31, 2008 at 3:55 PM

I was stupid enough to think Obama had no chance because around Sept. the 527′s would role out and Wright and other stuff would play non-stop. instead nothing

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Put a bow on that one.

The Ugly American on October 31, 2008 at 3:57 PM

doods, GOPtrust.com is airing about $7 million in Wright ads nationwide between now and the election. Screw McCain’s honorable loss nonsense. GOD DAMN AMERICA is airing.

marklmail on October 31, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Is there some skeleton in McCain’s closet thats not coming out over his agreement to not go after Wright?

Yes, and their names are John Hagee, G. Gordon Liddy and Charles Keating.

CliffHanger on October 31, 2008 at 3:57 PM

being Friday Afternoon, I”m guessing there is no October Suprise out there…

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:43 PM

That WAS the surprise.

Mr_Magoo on October 31, 2008 at 3:58 PM

we should’ve had a grassroots effort to raise tons of money to buy Prime Time TV slot and air Rev. Wright and companies sermons, tied back into Obama before the election.

That alone would’ve won the election for McCain

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:58 PM

being Friday Afternoon, I”m guessing there is no October Suprise out there…

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:43 PM

That WAS the surprise.

Ooopsie. PREVIEW! Aargh.

Mr_Magoo on October 31, 2008 at 3:59 PM

WRONG.

I’m getting a chub thinking about the round the clock “GOD DAMN AMERICA ads! HA!!!

marklmail on October 31, 2008 at 3:59 PM

we should’ve had a grassroots effort
jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:58 PM

Save your strength. You’ll need it to preserve your freedoms if the unthinkable happens.

Mr_Magoo on October 31, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Yes, and their names are John Hagee, G. Gordon Liddy and Charles Keating.

CliffHanger on October 31, 2008 at 3:57 PM

please, Hagee??? not remotely the same as Rev. Wright(who is flatout racist and evil) and Obama was a member their for 20 freaking years, he baptized his kids and was his official “spiritual advisor”.

McCain was completely cleared on Keating, by a Democrat no less. That would go nowhere.

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Seriously, isn’t goptrust coming up with some Wright ads? It’s raised $6M to $7M. The ads are supposed to run in battleground states. They may be pulling the trigger on them on Sunday during NFL games.

How’s that? A Coors ad followed by a 30-second Wright diatribe.

BuckeyeSam on October 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Legitimate issue. If McCain had sat in the pew of a Christian Identity church for 20 years, it would certainly color my view of him. For Dear Leader Obamassiah to voluntarily associate with a racist anti-American is legitimate.

rbj on October 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

But on the other, I don’t think Wright can hurt or help Obama one way or the other now even if they were seen smoking dope together on the Capital steps.

Can’t you just see Barack Obama and Bill Ayers smoking a joint on Ayers’ back porch? You know it happened…

CliffHanger on October 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

MadisonConservative on October 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Then vote for Palin.

Oldnuke on October 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Rev. Wright = low hanging fruit, a needed gift given the election cycle.

will it be legit in 2012 against Dear Leader or will elections be suspended by then anyway?

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Can’t you just see Barack Obama and Bill Ayers smoking a joint on Ayers’ back porch? You know it happened…

CliffHanger on October 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

what do you think odds are Obama still smokes weed? atleast on his vacations to the Carribean to see Vera Baker

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Sarah Palin 2012 she has the balls to bitch slap that jerk Obama.

Jdripper on October 31, 2008 at 4:07 PM

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:00 PM

I know, but they would drag it out anyway to retaliate for Wright. McCain would then have to spend cycles defending himself and both campaigns would just spin downward into the sewer of American politics.

My guess is both candidates decided they didn’t want that. Judgement call…

But yes, I’m mystified as to why the 527′s didn’t pick up the slack. It’s interesting where I sit here in Colorado I’ve seen only a handful of 527 attack ads – nothing like in 2004.

It’s as if both campaigns wielded their influence on these groups to hold off as long as possible, and now, the final flurry of 527′s are about to hit the airwaves.

CliffHanger on October 31, 2008 at 4:08 PM

I was stupid enough to think Obama had no chance because around Sept. the 527’s would role out and Wright and other stuff would play non-stop. instead nothing

jp on October 31, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Where are you? I saw a Wright ad this morning and I’m in Los Angeles county.

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Where are you? I saw a Wright ad this morning and I’m in Los Angeles county.

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 4:10 PM

NC, I was thinking Swift Boat level roll out. Instead, very little

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:12 PM

I still don’t understand why Wright is off limits for McCain?

What was his reasoning again?

gumble on October 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM

*sigh*

I have to explain it again.

The blowback on McCain for attacking a guy who isn’t preaching anymore in a church Barack Obama isn’t attending anymore would be staggering. There has never been a video surface that definitively shows Obama sitting in the pews when Wright damned America. Obama says he never heard any of this stuff.

John McCain has never been known for his own religiosity either. He isn’t comfortable talking about his own beliefs. How could he be a credible attacker of someone else’s?

I also think McCain made a strategic decision to attack Obama where he least expected it. Obama’s camp expected attacks about Rev. Wright and probably spent some serious dough on polling, ads, and messaging to fight such an attack. All that was wasted.

This election was never going to be won or lost by attacking Rev. Wright. It’s red meat to the base and that’s all.

rockmom on October 31, 2008 at 4:13 PM

I actually liked that, “You know who I am talking about”, I think more of the press should be put on the spot.
The kind of “Don’t be coy with me you slime ball” attitude works. Nobody has any high regard for journalists.

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

This election was never going to be won or lost by attacking Rev. Wright. It’s red meat to the base and that’s all.

rockmom on October 31, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Excellent analysis.
When in a fight if the opponent is expecting a left hook, don’t throw a left hook.
If in a war they expect you to land at one beach head, choose another.
It is just common sense, don’t fall into the others traps. That is why you never say the same attacking debate point in two debates, talking points yes, but not attacks. Because they are ready for the second attack.
Just a great observation by you, Obama wasted resources and time in building a defense.
Now he has to attack Palin, and that is not what Obama wants to do the final days, attack Palin…but he may have to.

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

There has never been a video surface that definitively shows Obama sitting in the pews when Wright damned America. Obama says he never heard any of this stuff.

why someone didn’t publicly ask Obama where he was exactly the Sunday after 9/11(during the GD America sermon) if not at his Church of 20 years like most americans???? a simple question to ask, guess only hope was for O’Reily to go there

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:20 PM

Mr. Sanchez said that McCain donated to this guy Khalid’s group — can anyone give me info on this?

Richard Romano on October 31, 2008 at 4:21 PM

Yes, and their names are John Hagee, G. Gordon Liddy and Charles Keating.
CliffHanger on October 31, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Are you saying that there’s been a deal between Hussein and McCain?

Hagee was not Mc’s pastor for 20 years.

How’s Liddy offended you, he has balls?

Keating? Fully investigated, no laws broken. Four Dems were implicated in this “scandal.”

These pale in comparison ro Hussein’s involvement with terrorists and their mouthpieces (including “Dreams” ghostwriter Ayres), rasist pastor, credit card fraud, America-hating wife, lie about public financing, being further left than the senate’s only socialist, and on and on. So, like, shove off.

Akzed on October 31, 2008 at 4:22 PM

When in a fight if the opponent is expecting a left hook, don’t throw a left hook.

unless the area of attack is a broken bone and weak spot, then you continue to attack it and go for the kill.

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Mr. Sanchez said that McCain donated to this guy Khalid’s group — can anyone give me info on this?

Richard Romano on October 31, 2008 at 4:21 PM

some board McCain was own gave like 400k to a group Khalidi worked with

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Sarah Palin 2012 she has the balls to bitch slap that jerk Obama.

Jdripper on October 31, 2008 at 4:07 PM

If she was running for Pres. she would have her VP do what she is doing.
You want the VP to be the attack dog, then the other side has to take time to attack a VP, giving “clean air” to the Pres.
It is just that Biden is so inept they have to keep him on a tight leash.
Palin unleashed…

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 4:23 PM

“Wright issue only appeals to the base”?? When Hannity rolled it out in the primaries, Obama went into freefall, and Hillary damn near came back.

marklmail on October 31, 2008 at 4:25 PM

P.S. the $400K was to fund ELECTIONS. Why McCains boy didn’t know that is a disgrace.

marklmail on October 31, 2008 at 4:26 PM

unless the area of attack is a broken bone and weak spot, then you continue to attack it and go for the kill.

jp on October 31, 2008 at 4:22 PM

But the polls show it is not a vulnerable spot with 72 hours to go…we, as conservatives love it, but the fence sitters won’t be moved by it.
Certainly you attack the weak, and the weakness now is income distribution.
When the people walk into that voting booth, do they want to vote for someone who will take money from them and give it to someone else?
Then have Palin throw a few left jabs…

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Regarding ads. Is it just me or there are a lot less adds painting Obama as the ultraliberal that he is, than there were adds nailing Kerry as liberal?
And where are the Republican adds pointing out that the Democrats are in control of congress and have been totally useless, not to mention supremely unpopular? as well as the danger of giving them an undivided government.

neuquenguy on October 31, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Good lord, that video clip of Goldfarb was painful to watch. I wish he had just grabbed his balls and growled “Jeremiah Wright.” I hate seeing Republican men be such weenie bitches. And that includes McCain.

Redhead Infidel on October 31, 2008 at 4:29 PM

The group was called pro-Israel by the Pallies….they loathed that group.

Another spin swirls down the bucket….look, anyone who says McCain is “anti-israel” is nutz….Obama though, *IS* anti-Israel and pro-Pally…..that’s why the Khalidi tape is not being released by the LA Times.

Let’s roll people!

ex-Democrat on October 31, 2008 at 4:29 PM

P.S. the $400K was to fund ELECTIONS. Why McCains boy didn’t know that is a disgrace.

marklmail on October 31, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Yes, there were 7 board members, one being Khalidi, and 7 other advisers. A total of 14 people involved with this creating this project, that is still going on and has expanded to Afghan. On how to get free elections to the Palestinians…after just over a year, Khalidi was asked to leave and McCain is still funding the organization…which no Jewish organization has a problem with.

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Regarding ads. Is it just me or there are a lot less adds painting Obama as the ultraliberal that he is, than there were adds nailing Kerry as liberal?

I don’t watch any TV besides some college football (and the ocassional Fox) so I have no idea where/if/how much these things are running….anyone else want to chime in from the battlegrounds?

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 31, 2008 at 4:31 PM

Right now, with 72 hours left, we should be focusing on completing the task of electing McCain/Palin.
The discussion of what shoulda or woulda, is past. The only thing that matters now is talking to your neighbors and friends and get them to the polls to vote for McCain/Palin.
Anything else is a distraction.

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

There is nothing honorable about allowing this country to go down the socialist path. If McCain doesn’t have the fire in him to say what needs to said than he never should have ran for president. McCain my friend, you are being the one who is dishonorable. Lots of American blood has been spilled to protect the American ideals. To let it be taken away from us because you would rather lose honorably is a disgrace.

jims on October 31, 2008 at 4:34 PM

I don’t watch any TV besides some college football (and the ocassional Fox) so I have no idea where/if/how much these things are running….anyone else want to chime in from the battlegrounds?

Let’s roll.

ex-Democrat on October 31, 2008 at 4:31 PM

I don’t watch TV either but have been hearing a lot of adds on the radio and so far no how-much-democrats-in-congress-suck adds. Also would like to see lots of group pictures of the Democratic leadership, specially during Halloween.

neuquenguy on October 31, 2008 at 4:37 PM

Khalidi’s group was most likely the only group available to poll in Gaza. Would residents there even talk to anyone who wasn’t sympathetic? Comparing McCain using a group to poll to Obama’s pattern of hanging out with terrorists and those who espouse anti-Americanism and anti-Israel views is comparing apples to oranges.

Connie on October 31, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Right now, with 72 hours left, we should be focusing on completing the task of electing McCain/Palin.
The discussion of what shoulda or woulda, is past. The only thing that matters now is talking to your neighbors and friends and get them to the polls to vote for McCain/Palin.
Anything else is a distraction.

right2bright on October 31, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Right on! Even if the polls are right, this thing can be easily won if we get enough people out to vote. We have to fight the temptation to think that the two or three extra votes we can find are too little to make a difference.

neuquenguy on October 31, 2008 at 4:41 PM

The blowback on McCain for attacking a guy who isn’t preaching anymore in a church Barack Obama isn’t attending anymore would be staggering. There has never been a video surface that definitively shows Obama sitting in the pews when Wright damned America. Obama says he never heard any of this stuff.

And who actually believes that BS excuse?

Claiming he never knew is a favorite tactic of Obama’s.

He used the same excuse for Rezko at first saying no one had any inkling Rezko was engaging in wrong doing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxxgd28koXc

But then later admitted there was a cloud over Rezko when Obama was doing business with him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHY5LzLW1hU

Also have a look at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Li5h86J6fCg

gumble on October 31, 2008 at 4:45 PM

Don’t forget his ‘typical white person’ grandmother.

Hening on October 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

rockmom on October 31, 2008 at 4:13 PM

“We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff that we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

The above is from Wright’s September 11th “sermon.” He clearly believes Israel is a terrorist nation.

From what I can tell (based on a speech Obama gave in the Senate in 2006 in which he refers to his 5 year old daughter), one of Obama’s daughters was born in 2001. Obama had Wright baptize both of his daughters. He later involved Wright in the family’s conversation about Obama running for President.

I’m sorry, it is simply not credible that Obama did not know of Wright’s hatred for Israel.

Whether Obama and/or Michelle sat in that church each Sunday and heard particular sermons does not matter. Obama clearly chose to associate closely with Wright for over two decades. Wright presided over his wedding, baptized his kids, and advised him on political decisions. I am prepared to believe that Wright has influenced Obama’s world view at least as much as Ayers… particularly since their relationship only ended 6 months ago.

Because Wright was an issue during the Democrat primary, many swing voters and independents are not fully informed about Obama’s close relationship with him.

I accept that McCain does not want to go after Obama over Wright. Personally, I think it’s because he does not want Palin attacked over the Pentecostal church she attended. But, I am glad that 527s are picking this up. I hope that a religiously-affiliated 527 runs ads Saturday night through Sunday night. Let people on their way to and from church reflect on the spiritual leader Obama chose to guide him and his family.

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Rick is a prime example of a complete dolt that lacks any capacity to think for himself and is forced by ineptitude to simply regurgitate Democratic talking points that are placed before him.

Rick it is about proximity and having first hand knowledge of who someone is and is all about.

Does anyone really believe that McCain would knowingly give money to a former member of the PLO? Does anyone really think McCain would knowlingly give money to former terrorists or associate with them?

Now apply the same standard to Obama. Answer: Hell yes! He has a history of doing just that!

No one has suggested that McCain had a close personal relationship with this guy or has had a close relationship with any other terrorist. In fact, McCain was simply part of an organization who gave money to this guy’s organization. Bill Ayers is a prime example of how radical leftist douche bags game the system, receive money from mainstream organizations and use the money against the very ideals of the people who have given them the money.

By contrast, Obama had a close personal relationship with Khalidi and obviously would have known his personal views on such topics as Israel.

Moreover, McCain never sat through a party in which participants got up and blasted Israel. Obama obviously was not sufficiently bothered by what he heard to get up and leave. If it is not a big deal then release the tape so we can see the discomfort on Obama’s face when the comments were made.

Maybe Obama caught a ride to the party with Bill and Bernadine and as a result couldn’t leave early. Who the Hell knows but there is a pattern and practice of hanging out and making common cause with radicals. Sanchez is either an idiot, a partisan or a partisan idiot and the evidence suggests the later.

moxie_neanderthal on October 31, 2008 at 4:48 PM

“who has Barack Obama winked at?”

oy. Awkward segue.

crr6 on October 31, 2008 at 4:50 PM

Whadda bunch of armchair pilots here. Go back and re-read rockmom’s analysis at 4:13 p.m. as to why McCain isn’t using Reverend Wright. He’s inside Obama’s OODA loop and he’s firing with all ordinance.

This is a brilliantly run campaign. He’s not trying to satisfy us, the conservative base. He had us wrapped up as soon as we saw Wright and Ayers. Now he has to convince the independents to his side and he’s doing it as carefully and precisely as he can. Using Wright won’t work now. He’s got to hammer home the “risky” theme because people are jittery and “risky” isn’t what anyone wants to vote for.

Anyone who thinks he’s not fighting with all his might isn’t paying attention, or they are letting their own anger against McCain blind them to reality.

Me, I don’t even like the man. But man, what a canny fighter!

bonnie_ on October 31, 2008 at 4:55 PM

The blowback on McCain for attacking a guy who isn’t preaching anymore in a church Barack Obama isn’t attending anymore would be staggering. There has never been a video surface that definitively shows Obama sitting in the pews when Wright damned America. Obama says he never heard any of this stuff.

Hahaha. You can twist your own logic into a pretzel if you like but it fails the bullshit test. I guess he also didn’t bother to read the church newsletter, bulletin board and never heard of Calypso Louie.

“…..articles published by the Rev Jeremiah Wright’s church newsletter threatened to overshadow his speech outlining his economic plans. The articles included a column by the Hamas leader, Mousa Abu Marzook, which asked: “Why should any Palestinian recognise the monstrous crimes carried out by Israel’s founders and continued by its deformed modern apartheid state?”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article3636128.ece

moxie_neanderthal on October 31, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Nice ad. Like it quite a bit.

Spirit of 1776 on October 31, 2008 at 5:03 PM

Which ad is it at this point that wouldn’t be preaching to the choir?

Speakup on October 31, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Which ad is it at this point that wouldn’t be preaching to the choir?

Speakup on October 31, 2008 at 5:04 PM

Obama’s ad about taxes… the one directing people to a website where they can calculate their (supposed) tax breaks… would be effective for undecided voters. As usual, it’s misleading and it implies that the Heritage Foundation has endorsed his tax plan.

McCain needs to salt in some practical, fact-based ads like that one. He may be doing it — I’m in California so I see very few ads.

RNC or similar group needs to run ads about the dangers of giving Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Frank, and Reid the keys to all branches of government.

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 5:17 PM

I just realized that when McCain wins, I can still rag his sorry ass for the next four years for his idiotic insistence to take Wright off the table.

This isn’t over. After McCain is president, Obama and his ilk will continue their leftist agenda and McCain will still be trying to placate them.

csdeven on October 31, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Arianna Huffington and Paul Begala were on Larry King touting this McCain sanctioned funding — look how dishonest this claim turns out to be: it’s a fund for polling for free election for Palestinians, in a place where you need familiar faces to conduct the polling.

Shameless hacks like Arianna and Begala could care less about telling the truth. If Obama loses, I can’t wait to hear what these two clowns have to say.

Thanks to all who provided me with an answer :)

Richard Romano on October 31, 2008 at 5:56 PM

These hacks can’t defend the “GOD DAMN AMERICA” ads coming out.

marklmail on October 31, 2008 at 6:02 PM

McCain has disapointed me as well. It is almost seems that he doesn’t want to win and is just keeping his fence mended so that he might still work with the Democrates if they effectively turn us into a one party dictatorship. I would add to that list of things he should have hammered him on, the fact that he has not proven that he meets all three of the qualifications to be a president. The first two we know of but the last one about being a natural born citizen is in question and from my view has some things that don’t smell right, such as Kenya sealing his records. If he was not born in Kenya, what records could they be sealing, besides a record of his birth? Oh well, I guess once he is office his legistalive branch will kill all those lawsuits on the issue and legistlate away any right to question where he was born, and while they are at it, lay to rest any further questioning of ACORN voter fraud.

Franklyn on October 31, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Rev. Wright is in the back of every bitter, middle class, gun-clinging, religion-loving person’s head in America.

SouthernGent on October 31, 2008 at 6:05 PM

I am sorry folks but no one cares about Reverend Wright, if they did Obama would not be where he is.

Terrye on October 31, 2008 at 6:21 PM

I’m Joe Six Pack, and I support this ad.

Thank you, Team Sarah. Sarah 2012!

Thankfully, this is not the last of it. There’s another Revrund Jeremiah ad in the works at the National Republican Trust PAC:

Obama and Wright: He Never Complained Once

petefrt on October 31, 2008 at 6:54 PM

It would be dangerous precedent for McCain to go after Obama’s religion. He cannot do this because there is another nine hundred pound religion in the room that must be shielded and unquestioned too.

BL@KBIRD on October 31, 2008 at 6:59 PM

This election was never going to be won or lost by attacking Rev. Wright. It’s red meat to the base and that’s all.

rockmom on October 31, 2008 at 4:13 PM

As a fan of your comments, I’d qualify this one. I’d agree the election was never going to be won or lost [mainly] by attacking [Obama's following of] Wright, but the remaining undecideds today, one in seven voters by some counts, are likely still leery of Obama, and Obama’s track record of radical affiliations is the kind of stuff that troubles them.

Again I agree, McCain needs to stay on a policy message… redistributive taxes, energy, etc. But the Ayers-Wright issues shouldn’t be dropped; they should be hammered home by surrogates.

petefrt on October 31, 2008 at 7:13 PM

I have to explain it again.

The blowback on McCain for attacking a guy who isn’t preaching anymore in a church Barack Obama isn’t attending anymore would be staggering. There has never been a video surface that definitively shows Obama sitting in the pews when Wright damned America. Obama says he never heard any of this stuff.

John McCain has never been known for his own religiosity either. He isn’t comfortable talking about his own beliefs. How could he be a credible attacker of someone else’s?

I also think McCain made a strategic decision to attack Obama where he least expected it. Obama’s camp expected attacks about Rev. Wright and probably spent some serious dough on polling, ads, and messaging to fight such an attack. All that was wasted.

This election was never going to be won or lost by attacking Rev. Wright. It’s red meat to the base and that’s all.

Talk about suspension of disbelief, lol. I guess in the liberal land of la la logic,as long as there was no video of McCain at a white supremacist church during sermons containing hate speech, it would be A-OK if he went to such a church, lol. Seriously, do you folks really buy into the ridiculous nonsense you spew? I guess if Obama was a drug dealer for 20 years, “the blowback would be staggering” if the McCain camp mentioned this now since Obama stopped dealing drugs a year ago, because it was costing him votes, lol.

If Obama knew what was going on in that church and still went, it doesn’t matter whether he was there during the hate sermons, though one would have to detach from reality to believe never was. And if he didn’t know what was going on there, do we really want someone so clueless in charge of this country?

80% of voters don’t even know who Wright is. If Obama voters like you thought it was such a loser, you’d be begging McCain to use it. Instead, you attempt to convince folks to drop it.

I wonder why?

Maybe you should try explaining it again. You might even start to believe this BS yourself if you repeat it often enough.

xblade on October 31, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Again I agree, McCain needs to stay on a policy message… redistributive taxes, energy, etc. But the Ayers-Wright issues shouldn’t be dropped; they should be hammered home by surrogates.

Ayers, wright, etc are all for income redistribution, socialism, reparations, etc. Obama is surrounded by and has mentored from many people sharing similar ideologies. If he hangs with socialists who can’t wait to change everything about this country, it’s likely he feels the same way. That’s why they matter.

xblade on October 31, 2008 at 7:52 PM

It would be dangerous precedent for McCain to go after Obama’s religion. He cannot do this because there is another nine hundred pound religion in the room that must be shielded and unquestioned too.

BL@KBIRD on October 31, 2008 at 6:59 PM

I have a hard time with this line of reasoning. To me, Reverend Wright has nothing to do with Obama’s religion, but everything to do with his character and judgment.

I may not be following your logic because I’m Roman Catholic… our Church (with a big C) is so centrally-organized that what happens in an individual parish (church with a little c) can be readily compared to Church teaching (from Rome). If a priest runs his parish in a way inconsistent with Church teaching, then he’s a bad priest… but it doesn’t say anything about the religion of Roman Catholicism.

With that frame of reference, when I see something like Reverend Wright’s church it seems to me there’s one of two things. Either (Option 1) the church (parish) is basically fine, teaching Christian doctrine that most other Christians would recognize and approve of (on some level), and Reverend Wright is just a “bad reverend” OR (Option 2) Reverend Wright is the spiritual leader of the church to such an extent that the church/parish Obama attended reflected his beliefs (in other words, whoever happened to be presiding over a service on a given day would reflect the beliefs that we know Rev. Wright espouses).

Now if it’s Option 1 and most of the ministers at that church were ok and only Wright preached hate from the pulpit, then why didn’t Obama choose a different minister from that church to marry him, baptize his kids, and advise him?

If it’s Option 2 and the entire parish, including all of its ministers, reflected the beliefs Wright preached, then why did Obama belong to that parish? As I understand it, Governor Palin did switch churches when the one she had been attending started preaching things with which she wasn’t comfortable. Why didn’t Obama?

Y-not on October 31, 2008 at 8:29 PM

I am sorry folks but no one cares about Reverend Wright, if they did Obama would not be where he is.
Terrye on October 31, 2008 at 6:21 PM

I care, Terrye. I have no use for White-hating Marxist Black Liberation Theologians. I’m putting my $ where my mouth is. I pay more in federal taxes every year than most people earn and I’m not going to underwrite these racists. I’ll push Obama’s ass all the way back to the Illinois Senate where he can do the least damage.

gracie on October 31, 2008 at 9:48 PM

Seriously, isn’t goptrust coming up with some Wright ads? It’s raised $6M to $7M. The ads are supposed to run in battleground states. They may be pulling the trigger on them on Sunday during NFL games.

How’s that? A Coors ad followed by a 30-second Wright diatribe.

BuckeyeSam on October 31, 2008 at 4:01 PM

YES! They have started showing them in PA.

Sapwolf on November 1, 2008 at 1:18 AM