Ain’t this a kick in the head? As McCain promises to attack Obama for his alleged Ayers connection in the debate, a new investigative piece reveals that McCain’s the proverbial pot calling the kettle black when it comes to being associated with scuzzy figures. Difference is, McCain actually hired these sleazoids, and they’re working for him now. And the connection involves no less a gentleman than one of the world’s most notorious boogeymen, Saddam Hussein.
Topics for discussion:
The obvious: how damning is this, and will it stick? What does this say about McCain’s judgment in picking a team (as if going with Palin weren’t enough)?
The right are up in arms over Obama’s tenuous connections to a guy whose despicable acts were 40 years ago, when Obama was probably watching Underdog and SuperFriends. Ayers reformed himself and turned into a highly respected, much-praised citizen, and the link to Obama now is still vague at best. What, if anything, will the right’s defense be for McCain choosing to place in charge of his transition team (which I pray he will not need) a man who lobbied for a despicable regime and a program McCain himself spoke against?
Doesn’t this make McCain a massive hypocrite, for a couple of different reasons? (First, hiring a lobbyist who worked for a pernicious regime McCain obviously disagreed with, and second, bitching about Ayers when his own connections are just as, if not more, odious?)
Do you think Obama might mention this during the debate if McCain brings up Ayers? For that matter, will/ought these revelations cause McCain to think twice about bringing up Ayers?
- For anyone curious about Waas’s credentials, or who feels ready to bitch that he’s a muckraking nobody, here’s what some peers say, according to Wikipedia: