With one word McCain admits the whole Obama Bill Ayers judgment, tainted by ACORN charges were big fat lies.

(Halloween update added here) For weeks we heard McCain and Palin and their surrogates tell us that Barack Obama’s judgment was in question because he palled around with Bill Ayers. He was supposedly tainted by his “connection” with ACORN. Commercials with Rezko were aired suggesting guilt by association with a convicted felon. Outside the actual campaign right wing bloviaters added Reverend Wright as proof Obama lacked good judgment, or worse, agreed with some of Wright’s inflammatory rhetoric. Now McCain admits Obama’s character is just fine. Now they admit it. It all was a big fat lie.

Halloween update: Not that we can expect the man to be consistent, after all he is so disorganized and disoriented he can’t remember which campaign event Joe the plumber is supposed to appear at. But he is managing to take the high road and the low road at the same time. His suggesting there might be something unpatriotic about Obama’s relationship with the widely respected Middle East scholar Rashid Khalidi would drive me to the thesaurus to find a synonym for a word I haven’t already used to describe his campaign tactics. Read the Washington Post condemnation of this here.

McCain started off his campaign stacking his long resume against what he characterized as the meager accomplishments of slick talking Ivy League upstart. But then Obama brought on Biden and McCain picked Palin, and faster than you could say “mayor of a town of 7,000″ comparing experience was off the talking points table.

To fill the void Obama’s character became the issue and all we heard week after week were attacks designed to turn Obama into “the other”.

To hear McCain, Palin, and their advisers tell it, Obama’s judgment was irrevocably flawed. Hints that he might be a secret Muslim extremist were allowed to resonate with the paranoid and rile up the reactionaries before they were half-heartedly discounted.

But a strange thing happened in the past couple of weeks. These charges weren’t sticking with undecided voters.

So with the election less than a week away Obama’s a socialist that wants to take your money and give it to lazy poor people.

What happened to the charge that his judgment can’t be trusted because of his associations with characters of questionable patriotism.

One doesn’t get judgment in the form of an epiphany. You don’t have the taint of the “evil” ACORN removed by the touch of Harry Potter’s wizzard’s wand.

So what about the charges that Obama lacks judgment and is irrevocably tainted?

They’re gone, baby, gone. That’s what the last word in McCain’s new ad tells us.

The Ad: Behind the fancy speeches, grand promises and TV special, lies the truth: With crises at home and abroad, Barack Obama lacks the experience America needs. And it shows. His response to our economic crisis is to spend and tax our economy deeper into recession. The fact is Barack Obama’s not ready … ____ ( You probably know the last word by now, if not watch the ad before you read further.

Forget Ayers, forget ACORN forget Wright, forget Rezko, forget the secretly a radical Muslim story.

Barack’s judgment is just fine! In fact he’s really as patriotic as we are.

He’s merely not ready YET. All he needs is more experience!

Halloween update: Not that we can expect the man to be consistent, after all he is so disorganized and disoriented he can’t remember which campaign even Joe the plumber is supposed to appear at. But he is managing to take the high road and the low road at the same time. His suggesting there might be something unpatriotic about Obama’s relationship with the widely respected Middle East scholar Rashid Khalidi would drive me to the thesaurus to find a synonym for a word I haven’t already used to describe his campaign tactics. Read the Washington Post condemnation of this here.


Read my Afterthought in the Comments below.

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20 Responses to "With one word McCain admits the whole Obama Bill Ayers judgment, tainted by ACORN charges were big fat lies."

  1. Hal Brown  October 30, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Welocme ChescoRes. Good to have you commenting. Keep it up.

    Meanwhile, on my post above (Hello Joe) I was wondering if anybody would catch this, HuffPo did (link and video).

  2. bryan mcclellan  October 30, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    The wheels on the Bus go flappity flappity flap and I’m laughing my ass off.

    Busing in children who can’t vote? Sounds like Johnny boy has taken to attempted brainwashing of the young.Nazi Youth Movement ring a bell?
    If I were a parent from these districts I’d be pissed at the wasted time away from schoolwork as well as my children being exposed to such a lying piece of demagouge crap!

    It will be sold as showing the kids how our electoral system works, when in reality it’s all calculated to distort and infect the next generation of young minds with a huge dose of agrandized propaganda. HACK!

    I’ve suddenly stopped laughing. DOUBLE HACK!

  3. Hal Brown  October 30, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    I worried needlessly since it looks like the MSM is covering the disorganized and desperate looking McCain at the rally when he called out Joe the plumbing, a rallyh we now discover was packed with 4,000 bused in school kids (of 6,000 attendees).

    When it was aired live I wasn’t really watching so I missed the classic deer – headlights – oh shit – look.

    This video is a keeper. Wanna bet it’s on The Daily Show tonight.

    Speaking of Jon Stewart, aside from the great interview with Obama, the “Palin has go’in rogue” bit was fantastic. If you missed it check it out here.

  4. John Farley  October 31, 2008 at 4:26 am

    ACORN is a great organization. They mobilize low-income communities to fight for their rights. Voter registration is part of that effort.

  5. Hal Brown  October 31, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Good to have you posting on my column John. I agree with you on ACORN. I hope my column didn’t imply otherwise. I assume almost all readers here know what ACORN really is. For the sake of brevity I don’t explain everything.

    Truth be told (a phrase not comfortable riding on the “Straight Talk Express”) when McCain and especially Palin spits out a name as if it’s salted fermented squid guts one would be advised to educate themselves as to why they really find it so distastefull.

  6. bryan mcclellan  October 31, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Hal you hit it perfectly, I keep telling the drones around here that Acorn is governed by full disclosure rules that require them to report any and all monkey business, and that if the government were held to their standards we’d be far better off.

    Once they turn the questionable documents over to law enforcement it’s out of Acorns control.

    McCain and his cabal should be screaming about Joe the prosecutor and his political bent, but as you say, they are screaming that the car won’t start when in fact it’s purring like a kitten.

  7. Hal Brown  October 31, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Halloween update: Not that we can expect the man to be consistent, after all he is so disorganized and disoriented he can’t remember which campaign event Joe the plumber is supposed to appear at. But he is managing to take the high road and the low road at the same time. His suggesting there might be something unpatriotic about Obama’s relationship with the widely respected Middle East scholar Rashid Khalidi would drive me to the thesaurus to find a synonym for a word I haven’t already used to describe his campaign tactics. Read the Washington Post condemnation of this here.

  8. ChescoRes  October 31, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks Hal.

    I’ve been around for a while but don’t always have time to post.

    You’ll find my posts giving Doug a hard time once or twice over the last couple of months.

  9. Lillibet  October 31, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    No one’s ready.

    Especially if we really did reelect Bush in 2004. Not a single voter is ready to choose who should run the country, just looking at the results of the last several elections.

    Calling them as I see them…YET again.
    Lillibet

  10. Hal Brown  October 31, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    The list of Republican notables endorsing Obama keeps growing. Colin Powell was a mighty powerful endorsement.

    Then the poetic justic of one of the former secretaries of state who McCain and Palin used to counter the Powell endrosement, Lawrence Eagleberger, came out for Obama.

    And now today another “it has to sting” Obama endorsement: former Ronald Reagan chief of staff Ken Duberstein (link).

  11. Hal Brown  October 29, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Afterthought: The strategy of the ad.

    Howard Kurtz has a different take on the last word than mine, which he agrees is the most important part of the ad:

    Analysis of the ad: The most telling word in this John McCain ad is the last one: yet.

    By charging that Barack Obama is not experienced enough to lead the country — yet — the McCain camp is making a subtle appeal to those who would like to see Obama in the White House one day but have qualms about his thin national resume. The implicit suggestion is that the Navy veteran is the safe choice while the former community organizer from Chicago is given four more years to become a more seasoned leader. Washington Post LINK

    Kurtz may very well be right as far as this ad being an attempt to gain votes from people who like Obama but think he needs more seasoning. Mike Barnacle is saying the eact same thing on MSNBC. I expect we’ll here it from others.

    Implicit in the message is, as I wrote in my column, that Obama is trustworthy and a true patriotic American.

    So McCain says don’t vote for him now. I probably won’t run again so you can vote for him in four years.

    I bet Sarah Palin is thrilled by this.

  12. neondog  October 29, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    Could it be that McCain, like Lieberman, is cutting his losses and softening up his ads so he can say he wasn’t really saying nasty things about Obama?

    This is the kind of thing that the msm will show so that McCain doesn’t lose face for the rest his career.

  13. Malibu  October 29, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Good point neondog. He is covering his own ass so he can be of use to the Obama Administration. That is not unusual for a Republican who is losing. The RNC is still using Tom DeLay as a guest on the msm talk shows. There’s a man who should be in prison.

    Malcolm

  14. acf  October 30, 2008 at 1:26 am

    So, a couple of days of trying to make nice is supposed to make up for months of trying to trash Obama’s character by direct attack and innuendo. I don’t think so. McCain took what was left of his public persona of a man of honor and squandered it in a sleazy final try at being president. I say public personal because I don’t believe he ever had the good character he tried to sell himself as possessing.

  15. Hal Brown  October 30, 2008 at 7:31 am

    I didn’t mean to imply this was playing nice. The ad is an anomaly really, because what it “says” literally is that Obama isn’t ready YET which suggests that some day he will.

    The personal attacks and barely disguised innuendo of Obama “the other” continue. An example is that he’s in league with the PLO because he attended a party for a retiring professor. Unmentioned of course is that McCain chaired a committee that gave hundreds of thousand of dollars to the organization that was headed by this same professor.

    Bringing up Obama’s association with a PLO supporter is an attempt to influence Jewish voters mostly Florida, according to Frank Rich. On the Rachell Madow Show last night Rich, who reminded us that he is Jewish, noted that somebody might point out that Palin attended a church that invited members of Jews for Jesus to preach.

    The ad was an attempt to persuade voters to vote for McCain who like Obama but think he’s not YET ready to be presdent.

    Vote for him in four (or eight) years when he runs against “that woman” trying to hog the spotlight with me?

    However, I think we’ll continue to see most of the toxic rally and ad rhetoric for the remaining days of the campaign because it’s all they have. I agree with Bob Cesca:

    It turns out, the only thing that’s actually working for the McCain campaign is the daily inciting of rage, fear and hatred among the easily-led gomers lined up outside of Sarah Palin’s rallies. I repeat. The one thing that appears to be working nicely for Sarah Palin and John McCain right now is the really evil and divisive stuff. HuffPo

  16. Ladywolf55  October 30, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Sickening, isn’t it? That Americans have been dumbed down to the extent they would believe the tripe being spewed by these evil people.. they’re like un-evolved, single-celled amoeba’s, no thinking required, just go toward the light. Ugh..

  17. Dionysis  October 30, 2008 at 11:35 am

    To add to Ladywolf55′s comments, it seems that the GOP strategy continues to bank on the public being gullible and “dumbed down.” That is obvious. However, call me naive and idealistic, but as someone who has closely watched campaigns for many, many years now, I am not so sure the public is as dumb as the GOP thinks.

    Yes, there are some dullards out there that lap that swill up, but people have wisened up some. I hope, anyway.

  18. Hal Brown  October 30, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    More proof three words and one (public domain) picture:

    Joe

    the

    plumber

  19. Hal Brown  October 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Hello Joe…

    This was telling, just a few minutes ago McCain tried to introduce Joe the plumber at a rally… and he wasn’t there!

  20. ChescoRes  October 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I actually JUMPED out of my seat when I saw that ad.

    YET!?!?

    And I instantly got what they were saying.

    “He’s not a BAD guy. He just needs some seasoning”

    My reaction was to scream a phrase that starts with two words and ends with “…and the horse you rode in on”.

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