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They’re not just defending Obama. They’re defending the man with horns himself.
“It was never a concern by any of us in the Chicago school reform movement that he had led a fugitive life years earlier,” said former Illinois state Republican Rep. Diana Nelson, who worked with both Obama and Ayers over the years. “It’s ridiculous. There is no reason at all to smear Barack Obama with this association. It’s nonsensical, and it just makes me crazy. It’s so silly.”
I don’t think Obama’s going to bother much with this, but you’d think the media would have interviewed these people already. Somebody besides NPR that is.
Ayers’ blog is still up. Read some of the comments to his latest post!
Addendum: Meanwhile, when Palin brought up Ayers someone in her crowd shouted “kill him!” (update – the Secret Service is investigating the shouting individual). In London a guy was shot for wearing an Obama t-shirt.
Second addendum: Soundbite of the day -
“We don’t throw the first punch, but we’ll throw the last.”
–Barack Obama, October 6, 2008
Maybe some military types can explain this one. Basically, the military policy is to execute dogs befriended by American soldiers. Not euthanized. Shot in front of the befriending soldiers.
I can understand why the adoption of pets by soldiers should be discouraged, but the intransigence seems beyond anal. The dog was on its way to the U.S.
Just under three months ago the Obama campaign announced the initial moves of its “50 state campaign” pledging to make a special effort in Virginia. The Democrats haven’t taken that state since 1964. On July 16 Obama opened up 20 offices across the state.
Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton), a co-chairman of McCain’s Virginia campaign, said Obama’s efforts “sound like a tremendous waste of money.”
“They could be a lot more effective with probably half that number,” Saxman said. “It is being done to create this image of momentum and enthusiasm that frankly is just not out there.”
Well, if it wasn’t there then, it’s definitely there now. Since June, Obama has held 12 events in Virginia. McCain only one. Obama has opened up a couple of dozen additional offices, and is pouring money and resources into the state.
He’s up in polls ranging from 2 points to 12 points. And Republicans are scared. They’re wigging out with borderline racist columns, such as this one from a local McCain campaign chair. The column purports to describe what Obama’s actual policies will be, including these charming passages:
“FREEDOM OF RELIGION: Mandatory Black Liberation Theology classes taught in all churches – raise taxes to pay for this mandate. Put Rev. Jeremiah Wright in charge….”
“DRUG CRISIS: Raise taxes to pay for free drugs for Obama’s inner-city political base….”
“2ND AMENDMENT: Under Obama will only apply to gang-bangers, illegal aliens,
Islamo-Fascist terrorists, and Senator Jim Webb’s aide….”
“FOREIGN RELATIONS: Appoint Rev. Al Sharpton as Secretary of State, Jesse Jackson as UN Representative, and let Bill Clinton handle all other “foreign relations” … As long as Hillary doesn’t find out…!”
“THE WHITE HOUSE: Hire rapper Ludacris to “paint it black.” Taxes to be increased to buy enough paint for the job plus spray-paint forgraffiti….”
“THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES: Raise taxes to send $845 billion, most of it to Africa so the Obama family there can skim off enough for them to free their goats and live the American Dream….”
“NATIONAL ANTHEM: Change to the “Black National Anthem” by James Weldon Johnson….”
“US CURRENCY: Update photos to reflect US diversity; include pictures of “great Americans” such as Oprah Winfrey, Ludacris, Sheila Jackson-Lee, Paris Hilton, and Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson (Obama’s new Secretary of the Treasury – 50 Cent refused position after learning that he would lose his crazy check if he accepted the nomination)….”
“US FLAG: Replace 50 stars with a star and crescent logo; red stripes changed to green to represent Obama’s tree-hugging radical environmentalism and his lack of experience. Flag lapel pins, having become a substitute for “real patriotism,” will henceforth be banned….”
And NPR featured a story this morning from Lynchburg, where Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University is rallying their students around McCain, distributing voter registration forms in the classrooms and dorms. They will be canceling classes on election day to make sure all the students vote.
McCain had refused to expend much effort in Virginia, and the Republicans there are angry about it. The polls reveal some very disturbing trends for them.
There is movement among men, where immediately after the GOP convention, McCain led by 10, and where today Obama leads by 11.
There is movement among whites, where McCain’s once 22-point lead is today reduced to single digits.
There is movement among the well-to-do, where today for the first time Obama leads.
There is movement among pro-choice voters, where Obama’s lead has doubled since August.
McCain no longer leads in any region of the state.
The Democrats meanwhile are sensing blood. The Obama campaign hasn’t been able to accomodate all of the requests for signs. They can’t ship them to Virginia fast enough. They’re not putting up with voter suppression efforts. They’re canvassing all over the state, with remarkable results in very conservative areas. Something has resonated in Virginia. Maybe it’s the economy. Maybe it’s the changing democraphics as New England residents migrate south. Maybe it’s the galvanized black vote, turnouts expected to break records. Maybe it’s the constant pounding from popular pols Governor Tim Kaine and Senator Jim Webb. But something is happening in Virginia, and a little of it is spilling over into North Carolina, where Sarah Palin is heading tomorrow.
Much can happen in a month. It seems like it’s Obama’s to lose. But Virginia may be at a crossroads, whatever happens next.
Addendum: 350,000 new voters registered in Virginia. The estimate is 80 percent of them Democrats. Kerry lost the state by 240 thousand votes.