Today, and at tomorrow night’s debate, Barack Obama will attack John McCain regarding the Keating 5 scandal. It will be a wholly appropriate attack. The attack will be appropriate because candidates during elections should bring issues of character and record to the voters.
Tomorrow when the Obama Keating 5 attack comes, John McCain should respond that yes, questioning a candidate’s associations are entirely proper and then John McCain should proceed to question Obama’s past and present associations.
Doubtless, Obama’s Keating 5 attack will be phrased dishonestly – it is simply not in Obama’s history to attack honestly. But in either case the attack will fail. The Obama Keating 5 attack will fail because Americans know John McCain.
The Obama Keating 5 attack will be Obama’s way of trying to silence the mentions of what we call Barack Obama’s Running Mates. Obama does not want his slimy running mates mentioned because Americans do not know who Barack Obama is and Barack Obama does not want the voters to find out who he really is.
Hillary Clinton tried a little to tell us how little we know about Obama and his running mates. For that Hillary and Bill Clinton were attacked as racists, among other charming epithets.
McCain has written and talked for decades about the Keating 5 scandal which is one of the reasons why the Obama Keating 5 attack will fail. At the time it was alleged that McCain chose his friends carelessly.
McCain-Palin spokesman Brian Rogers said: “The difference here is clear. John McCain has been open and honest about the Keating matter, and even the Democratic special counsel in charge recommended that Senator McCain be completely exonerated. By contrast, Barack Obama has been fundamentally dishonest about his friendship and work with the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, whose radical group bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Nor has Barack Obama come clean on his close friendship with Tony Rezko, a felon convicted on bribery charges who subsidized the purchase of Barack Obama’s home. It’s obvious that Barack Obama is frantically attacking because he knows that most voters find these kinds of friendships, and the failed judgment they expose, to be unacceptable for our next president.” [snip]
In 1991, the Senate Ethics Committee cleared McCain of corruption charges but cited him for “poor judgment” in meeting with federal regulators on behalf of Charles H. Keating Jr., a political patron who went to prison for fraud in connection with the collapse of the California-based Lincoln Savings and Loan Association, which at the time was one of the biggest financial failures in the nation’s history. [snip]
The Keating episode took a searing toll on the senator and his wife, Cindy. Robert Timberg, in his 1999 biography “John McCain: An American Odyssey,” wrote that the trouble began with the senator “carelessly choosing his friends.”
If it is fair to bring up McCain’s shared history with Democratic Senator John Glenn as a member of the Keating 5, why is it unfair to bring up Barack Obama’s corrupt friends and convicted bombers? Anytime Obama’s history with corrupt friends or bombers is mentioned Obama calls it a smear, or racism, or anything to avoid discussing his decades long friendships.
Democrat Barack Obama counterattacked on Sunday against a new Republican tactic by saying rival John McCain was more interested in a smear campaign than fixing the U.S. economy. [snip]
“Senator McCain and his operatives are gambling that he can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance,” Obama said. “They’d rather try to tear our campaign down than lift this country up.”
“It’s what you do when you’re out of touch, out of ideas and running out of time,” he said a month before the November 4 election. [snip]
Then he poked fun at Palin’s folksy way of speaking by saying: “We’re not going to let John McCain distract us. We’re not going to let him hoodwink ya, and bamboozle ya, we’re not going to let him run the okie doke on ya.” [snip]
The Obama campaign released a new ad hitting McCain as erratic during the past two weeks of economic crisis, a reference that could be interpreted as subtle reminder of McCain’s age. The Arizona senator, age 72, would be the oldest person elected president for the first time.
Poking fun at how Palin speaks (we recall how Obama poked “fun” at Hillary “Annie Oakley” Clinton) and smearing McCain as too old or “out of touch” is typical for Obama.
Obama, who claims he is a foreign policy expert because he lived abroad when he was 6 years old, won’t explain his friendship with bomber Ayres because when Ayres went a-bombing Obama was 8 years old. However, Obama does not explain why Obama as an adult associated with unrepentant Ayres. It’s not about being 8 years old – its about being a grown adult running for office and associating with corrupt or dynamite jailbirds – like Rezko and Ayres, respectively.
Ayres is white, but this past weekend the Associated Press charged that mentioning Ayres, who is white, carried a racially tinged subtext . Get that? Talking about a white guy is “racially tinged”. Karen Tumulty recently published an equally irrational “race card” article because of a McCain advertisement featuring African-American Franklin Raines. So, if you talk about a white guy or a black guy who associates with Barack Obama it is racism or at least racially tinged. Big Media is circling the wagons to protect Obama.
When we wrote “Stinky Politics” in September 2007 we asked the question Want to know how ‘stinky’ the 2008 presidential race is going to get? We discussed a top Obama campaign operative Robert Gibbs. In 2003 Gibbs was responsible for an advertisement that morphed the face of Osama Bin Laden with the face of then frontrunner Howard Dean.
We noted in Stinky Politics that Howard Dean had a long history of public service, especially in comparison to Barack Obama. Still, Howard Dean was attacked for a lack of experience all the while having his face morphed into Osama’s face.
It would be interesting for the John McCain campaign to issue a frame-by-frame duplicate of the Gibbs ad. It certainly would be fitting.
No doubt, the Obama lack of experience would be ignored by the Obama campaign (in the same way Joe Biden ignored Governor Palin’s accurate charge that Joe Biden himself has said Obama lacks sufficient experience to be president) but Obama would immediately shout “racism” if a Gibbs ad remake morphed Obama’s face with Osama’s face.
John McCain’s campaign says it is going to fight. John McCain’s campaign better prepare to be called racists.