Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses
You’ve been out ridin’ fences,
for so long – now.
Ohh you’re a hard one.
I know that you’ve got your reasons.
These things that are pleasin’you
Can hurt you somehow.
Trailing in the polls with less than thirty days to go before the election, John McCain is fast becoming desperate. Instead of talking about the issues that are staring everyone in the face, on the abyss of a serious economic fall, the McCain campain has decided to attack the character of Barack Obama with circumstantial ties.
Saturday, Sarah Palin started attacking Obama with the idea that he is “Palling around with Terrorists” because of a flimsy and alleged association with the former Weather Underground radical William Ayers, who admitted to bombing government buildings in the 1960s.
By “Palling around”, Sarah Palin is referring to the fact that the two men happened to live in the same proximity, and served together on a charity board.
Another line of attack is going to be Tony Rezko, whose wife Rita and Obama bought adjacent properties traded strips in what has been described as “complicated” and “controversial”. Complicated because they took two properties and simply re-cut them to different proportions. Controversial because Tony Rezko was under federal investigation at the time, and was eventually convicted of attempted extortion, mail and wire fraud, aiding and abetting bribery in a completely separate and unrelated incident involving Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The Obama/Rezko deal involved RITA Rezko, and not her husband, Tony, but Republican won’t let that little technicality get in the way of trying to tar Obama with it.
Of course there is still the Reverend Jeremiah Wright issue that will come back around. “God DAMN America!” and the Chickens coming home to roost.
Then there is a new story about one of Obama’s poker buddies, Will County Executive Larry Walsh, and questions leveled by a political opponent about Walsh’s connections to a county contractor.
It’s unclear that Walsh did anything remotely wrong, but, hey, it’s October there doesn’t have to be anything wrong — just an allegation that there was.
I know that we all SHOULD be focusing on silly things like the economy and how it is going to be like in America and the world if McCain and Palin get into power. We SHOULD be discussing how war for the sake of war has helped contribute to the very serious problems we are facing today. We SHOULD be thinking about the direction we want to see this country and the world head in and which of these candidates is the most likely one to get us there.
Instead, the McCain campaign wants to change the subject and focus on allegations, suppositions and innuendo.
Why? Because McCain and Palin KNOW their positions can’t stand up to scrutiny and that they are too closely tied to the failed policies of the George W. Bush administration. They cannot win on the issues and they know it. So instead, they decide to slime Obama with rumors and circumstantial events.
STONES AND LIVING IN GLASS HOUSES
Until recently, Sarah Palin has been “Palling around” with Ted Stevens who has been indicted and is currently in trial in federal court for failing to comply with federal disclosure laws on gifts he received. Palin and Stevens are political bedfellows. Make of it what you want, but using the same criteria as the McCain camp does, it makes you wonder why Sarah isn’t a co-defendant of Stevens. See how ridicockulous it sounds?
Sarah was the mayor of the “meth capital of the world”, having the most meth labs per capita of any other city in the country. Does this give Sarah ties to drug lords? It seems you couldn’t swing your arms in Wasilla without hitting a crankster. Rumors are, that Palins own kids dabbled in the crystal.
There is also her stonewalling of an investigation looking into an alleged abuse of power concerning the firing of her former brother-in-law and the supervisor who refused to fire the guy for her. This scandal isn’t circumstantial, it is tangible and provable. The only question is whether she broke a law by over-stepping her authority based on a family domestic dispute.
Then there is John McCain. Remember the Keating Five? They would have been the Keating Four if John McCain hadn’t been involved. In fact, it might not have been the Keating anything without McCain. And there are the ties between McCain and Jack Abramoff. Are they as circumstantial as Obama’s “ties”, or are they tangible ties?
The most tangible tie of John McCain is George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. While Republicans can try to shift America’s attention from the fact that they are losing their jobs, losing their retirements, losing their homes and their security thanks in a very large part to the policies and actions of both the Bush Administration and the John McCain-supported legislation, we only need to turn around and point out the tangibles.
Republicans want to play Six degrees of separation to distract us from the one degree of blame that John McCain represents in our current economic crisis.
The McCain campaign is desperate, so they are doing what EVERY desperate politician will do: go on the personal attack using whatever questionable or even disproven material to make something stick. This isn’t a bad thing for us, it shows that they KNOW they’ve lost.