Palin's Ayers Attack "Racially Tinged"
By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL
Associated Press Writers Oct 5, 11:03 PM EDT
WASHINGTON � (AP) By claiming that Democrat
Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like
other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for
a faltering campaign.
"Faltering"... Hmmm... I wonder if the AP has called Barry's Campaign
"Faltering"?... - tha malcontent)
And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was
unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain himself
may come to regret.
tinged"... There it is again. I Hope the AP can Illustrate this Claim
before this Article is over! - tha malcontent)
First, Palin's attack shows that her energetic debate with rival Joe Biden may
be just the beginning, not the end, of a sharpened role in the battle to win the
attack"... Why is Observing Ayers and Barry's LONG Association an "Attack"?...
Is Ayers NOT an Unrepentant Domestic Terrorist? - tha malcontent)
"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.
attempt to Smear Obama"... This is something the AP should Avoid. Or can
you Smear someone with Facts? - tha malcontent)
"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
Obama isn't above attacking McCain's character with loaded words, releasing an
ad on Sunday that calls the Arizona Republican "erratic" a hard-to miss
suggestion that McCain's age, 72, might be an issue.
(Well, I am
Surprised the Concession of "Attack" is given there... And yes, what Barry did
is an Attack, unlike the Observation of Barry's Associates by Palin. - tha
"Our financial system in turmoil," an announcer says in Obama's new ad. "And
John McCain? Erratic in a crisis. Out of touch on the economy."
A harsh and plainly partisan judgment, certainly, but not on the level of
suggesting that a fellow senator is un-American and even a friend of terrorists.
(It's not a
Suggestion... It's a Documented Fact... Ayers and Barry are Friendly... It isn't
up for Debate. "Bill Ayers lives in his (Obama's) neighborhood. Their kids
attend the same school. They're certainly friendly." - Obama's David Axelrod. -
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.
be so Dishonest...
Barry, Ayers and Michelle... - tha malcontent)
Obama, who was a child when the Weathermen were planting bombs, has denounced
Ayers' radical views and actions.
(I Love this...
"when the Weatherman were planting bombs..." Notice how the AP Writer
Softens the Acts of Ayers himself by putting it on the Weatherman Collectively.
- tha malcontent)
With her criticism, Palin is taking on the running mate's traditional role of
attacker, said Rich Galen, a Republican strategist.
"There appears to be a newfound sense of confidence in Sarah Palin as a
candidate, given her performance the other night," Galen said. "I think that
they are comfortable enough with her now that she's got the standing with the
electorate to take off after Obama."
Second, Palin's incendiary charge draws media and voter attention away from the
worsening economy. It also comes after McCain supported a pork-laden Wall Street
bailout plan in spite of conservative anger and his own misgivings.
"It's a giant changing of the subject," said Jenny Backus, a Democratic
strategist. "The problem is the messenger. If you want to start throwing fire
bombs, you don't send out the fluffy bunny to do it. I think people don't take
Sarah Palin seriously."
like Dismissing the "Fluffy Bunny" Girl... Quality Journalism there AP! I
am Sure that will be Excused as Quoting a Strategist and not Fronting a Talking
Point for Free for the Party that the AP Votes for. - tha malcontent)
The larger purpose behind Palin's broadside is to reintroduce the question of
Obama's associations. Millions of voters, many of them open to being swayed to
one side or the other, are starting to pay attention to an election a month
For the McCain campaign, that makes Obama's ties to Ayers as well as convicted
felon Antoin "Tony" Rezko and the controversial minister Jeremiah Wright ripe
for renewed criticism. And Palin brings a fresh voice to the argument.
(If only the AP
would've vetted this Candidate for the Last 2 Years like they have Attempted to
with Sarah Palin over the Last Couple of Weeks... This may have been HILLARY'S!
Nomination. - tha malcontent)
Effective character attacks have come earlier in campaigns. In June 1988,
Republican George H.W. Bush criticized Democrat Michael Dukakis over the
furlough granted to Willie Horton, a convicted murderer who then raped a woman
and stabbed her companion. Related TV ads followed in September and October.
(As with Ayers,
Horton was Brought to Light by a DemocRAT during that DemocRAT Primary... His
Name?... Algore Junior. Ayers was Brought to Light by HILLARY!... Yep,
it's True. - tha malcontent)
The Vietnam-era Swift Boat veterans who attacked Democrat John Kerry's war
record started in the spring of 2004 and gained traction in late summer.
"The four weeks that are left are an eternity. There's plenty of time in the
campaign," said Republican strategist Joe Gaylord. "I think it is a legitimate
strategy to talk about Obama and to talk about his background and who he pals
Palin's words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another
subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee "palling
around" with terrorists while assuring a predominantly white audience that he
doesn't see their America?
(Is this AP
Writer's name "Stretch Armstrong"?... How in the Hell is Observing a Halfrican
American Candidate's Association with a White Domestic Terrorist "Racist"?... -
In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical
Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers' day 40 years ago. With Obama a
relative unknown when he began his campaign, the Internet hummed with false
e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.
Whether intended or not by the McCain campaign, portraying Obama as "not like
us" is another potential appeal to racism. It suggests that the Hawaiian-born
Christian is, at heart, un-American.
AP Writer's Take is an Illustration of his own Racism. - tha malcontent)
The fact is that when racism creeps into the discussion, it serves a purpose for
McCain. As the fallout from Wright's sermons showed earlier this year, forcing
Obama to abandon issues to talk about race leads to unresolved arguments about
America's promise to treat all people equally.
(Oh, for the
LOVE OF GOD!... You can't be Serious, AP. What the AP is Saying is, if you
Question our "Black" Candidate, we will Label you a Bigot. - tha malcontent)
John McCain occasionally says he looks back on decisions with regret. He has
apologized for opposing a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. He has
apologized for refusing to call for the removal of a Confederate flag from South
Injecting Race... If the AP had any Shame... Any Shame at all. - tha malcontent)
When the 2008 campaign is over will McCain say he regrets appeals such as
(I Bet the AP
and this Writer HOPE it does... Pun Intended. - tha malcontent)
EDITOR'S NOTE _ Douglass K. Daniel is a writer and editor with the Washington
bureau of The Associated Press.
(Gee... One of
the AP's Editors has a Bias Towards the Left... I am Shocked... SHOCKED I tell
ya! - tha malcontent)
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