So now that the McCain campaign has clearly signaled their intentions for the next month, it appears that things are going to get really ugly sooner rather than later. The only problem for McCain is that their gambit is doomed to fail, because the economy just isn’t going to listen and will not let him “turn the page.” As I write this, the Dow is down 300 and about to go below 10,000. Bill Kristol can drool all he wants about a miraculous Rev. Wright barrage that turns around the campaign, but it just is not going to happen.
At any rate, while the McCain campaign is dusting off their Ayers/Rezko/Wright nukes, the Obama campaign responds in kind with a website devoted to the Keating Five and John McCain’s role:
As Ben Smith notes, this is particularly problematic for McCain:
Second, Keating is a story both more and less damaging for McCain than the Ayers story for Obama.
More damaging because the story of McCain and Keating is not guilt by association; it’s guilt by guilt. McCain’s problem isn’t that he knew Keating in activities unconnected to his wrongdoing; it’s that Keating, in the course of his wrondoing, gave McCain money and tried, with a bit of success, to use him to influence regulators. It’s also part of the case Obama’s making that McCain has opposed necessarily financial regulations.
In other news, McCain might have to start answering some questions about his good buddy G. Gordon Liddy:
Given Liddy’s record, it’s hard to see why McCain would touch him with a 10-foot pole. On the contrary, he should be returning his donations and shunning his show. Yet the senator shows no qualms about associating with Liddy — or celebrating his service to their common cause.
How does McCain explain his howling hypocrisy on the subject? He doesn’t. I made repeated inquiries to his campaign aides, which they refused to acknowledge, much less answer. On this topic, the pilot of the Straight Talk Express would rather stay parked in the garage.
That’s an odd policy for someone who is so forthright about his rival’s responsibility. McCain thinks Obama should apologize for associating with a criminal extremist. To which Obama might reply: After you.
Enjoy the ride. For me, the thing that amazes me is how bad of a candidate McCain has turned out to be, and how awful a person he has become. I really can not square the current McCain with the McCain from 2000, other than to say it appears I was a fool about any number of things. I know that my partisan leanings towards Obama are coloring my views, but that can not account for all of my feelings towards McCain.
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Then again, this recently found “Whitey” tape could be a game changer: