Throwing Stones and Glass Houses

As you know, Sarah Palin has been trying to hammer Obama for tenuous connections to Bill Ayers, a non-indicted, not convicted participant of the Weatherman Underground some forty years ago who has admitted to being responsible for planning and/or blowing up federal buildings at a time when Barack Obama was the wise old age of eight and living in another country.  She also wants to tie Obama in with the shenanigans of Tony Rezko, who was recently convicted on a number of federal crimes not even remotely connected to Barack Obama.  (Tony’s wife and Barack traded some adjacent land to reporportion each other’s property lines.  Legal and above board, with all documentation filed and easily obtained)

They also want to bring back the Reverend Wright “scandal” to somehow show the “character” of Obama, who could sit through a sermon of a man who shouts “God Damn America!” from his pulpit.

McCain has said in the past that he doesn’t want to run a negative campaign, and that he only wants to run on the issues.

He doesn’t want to run a negative campaign because he lives in several glass houses — and so does his running partner.  But they are hoping nobody notices.  He now knows he can’t run on the issues, because the issues we are currently facing as a nation can be completely tied to him and the party he belongs to.

David Plouffe, the campaign manager for the Obama campaign, isn’t going to sit back and let the McCain campaign insinuate and exaggerate about past scandals.  If they want to talk about REAL scandals, we have one already:

Friend —

Over the weekend, John McCain’s top adviser announced their plan to stop engaging in a debate over the economy and “turn the page” to more direct, personal attacks on Barack Obama.

In the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, they want to change the subject from the central question of this election. Perhaps because the policies McCain supported these past eight years and wants to continue are pretty hard to defend.

But it’s not just McCain’s role in the current crisis that they’re avoiding. The backward economic philosophy and culture of corruption that helped create the current crisis are looking more and more like the other major financial crisis of our time.

During the savings and loan crisis of the late ’80s and early ’90s, McCain’s political favors and aggressive support for deregulation put him at the center of the fall of Lincoln Savings and Loan, one of the largest in the country. More than 23,000 investors lost their savings. Overall, the savings and loan crisis required the federal government to bail out the savings of hundreds of thousands of families and ultimately cost American taxpayers $124 billion.

Sound familiar?

In that crisis, John McCain and his political patron, Charles Keating, played central roles that ultimately landed Keating in jail for fraud and McCain in front of the Senate Ethics Committee. The McCain campaign has tried to avoid talking about the scandal, but with so many parallels to the current crisis, McCain’s Keating history is relevant and voters deserve to know the facts — and see for themselves the pattern of poor judgment by John McCain.

So at noon Eastern on Monday, October 6th, we’re releasing a 13-minute documentary about the scandal called “Keating Economics: John McCain and the Making of a Financial Crisis” — it will be available at, along with background information that every voter should know.

Watch a preview right now and share it with your friends.


The point of the film and the web site is that John McCain still hasn’t learned his lesson.

And this time, McCain’s bankrupt economic philosophy has put our economy at the brink of collapse and put millions of Americans at risk of losing their homes.

Watch the video to see why John McCain’s failed philosophy and poor judgment is a recipe for deepening the crisis:

It’s no wonder John McCain would rather spend the last month of this election smearing Barack’s character instead of talking about the top priority issue for voters.

But if we work together, we can make sure the focus stays on the economy — and how to fix it.

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David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America