I Guess This and Joe the Plumber is All He’s Got

Sorry, for the two post Friday, but I just read about McCain campaign robocalls on Huffington Post . Since McLyin is once again trying to imply a link between Obama and William Ayers, I thought I should prepare people for the robocalls and put the truth out there, especially for my friend Flo who was asking about Ayers just today.

The McCain-Palin campaign and the Republican National Committee launched a massive robocall campaign on Thursday designed to alarm voters about Barack Obama’s past association with former radical Bill Ayers. The committee may be violating state law in the process.

The call begins: “Hello. I’m calling for John McCain and the RNC,” before telling recipients that they “need to know that Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist, Bill Ayers, whose organization bombed the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon, a judge’s home, and killed Americans.”

More remarkable than the message (coming after a presidential debate in which John McCain said he didn’t care about a “washed up terrorist”) is the reach of the campaign itself. The Huffington Post received dozens of emails from voters who had either received the call or gotten a voice mail with a recording. Reports came from Ohio, Colorado, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, West Virginia, Maine and even Georgia.

If you are curious, you can click the link above and hear the audio of the robocall.

I HATE robocalls from anyone. If you want to talk to me, be a person. But here’s what I have to say about Ayers.

Obama is not his pal! If you don’t believe me, take it from–

The Chicago-Sun Times:

Obama’s campaign really was launched when he got the backing of then state Sen. Alice Palmer (D-Chicago), who wanted him to replace her as she was planning a run for Congress. Palmer’s backing gave him entrée into local influential political circles…Obama’s formal kick-off to announce his run for state senate was at the Hyde Park Ramada Inn on Sept. 19, 1995. Obama was introduced by Palmer in a room filled with supporters at the Ramada, fronting Lake Michigan on South Lake Shore Drive, a stroll from the Museum of Science and Industry.

Or Factcheck.org:

McCain says in an Internet ad that the two “ran a radical ‘education’ foundation” in Chicago. But the supposedly “radical” group was supported by a Republican governor and included on its board prominent local civic leaders, including one former Nixon administration official who has given $1,500 to McCain’s campaign this year. Education Week says the group’s work “reflected mainstream thinking” among school reformers. The group was the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, started by a $49 million grant from the Annenberg Foundation, which was established by the publisher Walter Annenberg, a prominent Republican whose widow, Leonore, is a contributor to the McCain campaign.

Or the Associated Press:

Her [Palin] reference to Obama’s relationship with William Ayers, a member of the Vietnam-era Weather Underground, 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.

The political event referred to in the AP article is also referred to in the Sun-Times article above. Standard procedure for newbie Illlinois politicians is to run a gauntlet of coffees around the University of Illinois campus. One of which was at Ayers.

One of the event hosts doesn’t even remember the coffee being for Obama, but for Obama’s predecessor in the Illinois senate who wanted Obama to be her replacement:

Sam Ackerman told me Tuesday when we exchanged e-mails that “as I recall, the event at Bill Ayers’ house (prior to ours) was a fund-raiser for Alice’s congressional campaign at which she also introduced Barack as the successor she would like to see elected.”

If Ackerman’s recollection is correct–that the event at Ayers home was really for Palmer and Obama just piggy backed on it–then any argument that the Obama’s political career was launched in the Ayers home is moot.

Sick of hearing about Ayers? I am. If you’re not, feel free to read through a whole slough of other mainstream media disputes of McCain’s weak accusations. If you care, they are at Fight the Smears, which is the Obama campaign’s attempt to keep up with the sewage being slung out of the McCain camp. It’s a full time job for someone, I’m sure.

Oops! Before I even finished editing this post, another report of McCain robocalls, these accusing Obama of supporting infanticide, popped up. Whatever.

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3 Comments on “I Guess This and Joe the Plumber is All He’s Got”

  1. lmb Says:

    I also thought the latest New Yorker had an excellent piece on this (though with a cheesy title): http://tinyurl.com/4j9cz7 . It compares the negative ads and attacks of both campaigns much more clearly than I could have done.

  2. Troy Says:

    Good article Laura. I was amazed that McCain kept spouting off that Obama is paying more for negative campaign ads than he is. Anyone with a calculator can tell that this is because Obama simply has a lot more money to spend. A smaller percentage of what he’s buying in ads is negative compared to McCain who is literally going 100%. It’s going to be a long three weeks.

  3. lmb Says:

    And yet there are still people who ignore the facts! Makes me glad that my sense of political reality is a bit skewed, considering I live in the middle of Obama-land and I watched two of the debates at a gay sportsbar.

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