McCain’s Hail Mary

so back when obama was at hyde park, he attended a dinner event with one of the most renowned and famous professors of the israeli-palestinian issue: rashid khalidi (now with columbia university).

mccain wants the video of the party to be released:

On Wednesday, McCain said 1960s radical Bill Ayers had attended the same party in 2003. McCain and Palin have criticized Obama for his ties to Ayers and questioned what the videotape of the party might show.

“Among other things, Israel was described there as the perpetrator of terrorism rather than the victim,” Palin said at a rally in Ohio. “What we don’t know is how Barack Obama responded to these slurs on a country that he professes to support.”

mccain is trying to paint khalidi as a radical, even though there is scant evidence of khalidi’s ties to the PLO and even though the PLO was heavily propped up by western donors as the moderate face of the palestinians.

more amusingly, mccain himself funded khalidi’s group:

“During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.”

but, even better is mccain’s brand new ad, featuring the islamic call to prayer with the following narration:

“Obama doesn’t have preconditions but Iran does. Iran, whose president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Israel must be wiped off the map. Iran demands that the U.S. must cease its support of Israel and that all U.S. military forces must leave the Middle East, meaning we abandon Iraq, Turkey and Kuwait. What will Obama do? Will he admit he was wrong or will he accept Iran’s demands?’

it’s just sad to see mccain fall apart like this.

back in 2000 he was the victim of some of the worst mudslinging in american political history.

he’s ended up as a pathetic caricature of the far-right elements of his party.

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2 responses to “McCain’s Hail Mary

  1. The Obama campaign and their supporters can’t tell the truth, much less the whole truth.

    The International Republican Institute isn’t a “McCain organization”. Under Reagan, Congress authorized the National Endowment for Democracy , which essentially dispurses funds, more accurately our tax dollars, through four sub groups, one Republican, one Dem, one Labor, and one private enterprise. And yes, as a Republican legislator McCain has been involved with the IRI, and whether McCain made it or not, I might support the decision to “fund” Khalid’s group. They were hired to do polling in the West Bank. The fact that the Obama campaign doesn’t understand that, when polling in a nest of terrorists, you either deal with terrorist supporters or don’t do the polling. Same goes for distributing aid. Lots of bad guys cash our checks. That’s the real world, if you want Goldilocks (bet I spelled that wrong) you need Obamaland. In his double super secret plan to take out bin Ladin, who does the Senator think he’ll be dealing with, Nancy Pelosi?

    Toasting the spokesman for a terrorist and wishing him well, perhaps validating his opinion that Israel shouldn’t exist, is quite another thing.

  2. “Toasting the spokesman for a terrorist and wishing him well, perhaps validating his opinion that Israel shouldn’t exist, is quite another thing.”

    he was a spokesman for terrorists?

    well, someone should tell Uof C and columbia university, those bastions of conservative ideology, to stop palling around with terrorists then.

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