06 October 2008

"Palin's [Racist] Words May Backfire On McCain"

Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, speaks during a rally in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Portions from the Associated Press D.C. writer and editor Douglass K. Daniel:
"Our opponent ... is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country," Palin told a group of donors in Englewood, Colo. A deliberate attempt to smear Obama, McCain's ticket-mate echoed the line at three separate events Saturday.

"This is not a man who sees America like you and I see America," she said. "We see America as a force of good in this world. We see an America of exceptionalism."

In her character attack, Palin questions Obama's association with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground. Her reference was exaggerated at best if not outright false. No evidence shows they were "pals" or even close when they worked on community boards years ago and Ayers hosted a political event for Obama early in his career.

Obama, who was a child when the Weathermen were planting bombs, has denounced Ayers' radical views and actions.

Please read the entire article. If the Associated Press says you are smearing your opponent, it's probably true. This 'aint no Daily Kos, after all. Here in plain sight, you will find examples of John McCain's racist history, and also a mischaracterization of Mr. Obama's charge that McCain has been out of touch and erratic during the financial crisis. Also, two important instances to look at here from history: Micheal Dukakis in 1988, and John Kerrey in 2004.

The glaring evidence that this tactic will work as it did then, is recent polls confirming that americans are largely racist, and that those polled said that it would play a significant role in the election.
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