McCain Went There
by Josh Orton, Thu Oct 09, 2008 at 06:37:01 AM EDT
And here's my reward for remaining optimistic that John McCain wouldn't scorch the earth in the last 26 days of the election:
Right now this smear is just an online ad, but word is there will also be a shorter TV version.
Since he's way behind in ad spending (3-1 Obama), McCain's trying to hijack a news cycle or two for loads of free national air time. Will national political media take the bate and rerun clips of the smear over and over?
McCain and Palin have a rally together in Waukesha, WI at around Noon Central time. The safe money says they'll get some live national coverage - but will the Ayers attack come out of McCain's mouth? Will Palin hit even harder?
Looks like I picked the wrong week to...
(Full script of the Ayers hit after the fold)
Update [2008-10-9 11:11:51 by Josh Orton]: One more point: there's a real malignant consequence to attacks like this. Many watch these attacks and see a big green light from the McCain campaign to engage in all sorts of ugly behavior. From a local Ohio blogger outside a Palin rally:
Update [2008-10-9 11:13:36 by Josh Orton]: And another example more in Pennsylvania. Ugly.
Script For "Ayers" (WEB :90)
ANNCR: Barack Obama and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Friends. They've worked together for years.
But Obama tries to hide it. Why?
Obama launched his political career in Ayers' living room.
Ayers and Obama ran a radical "education" foundation, together.
They wrote the foundation's by-laws, together.
Obama was the foundation's first chairman.
Reports say they, "distributed more than $100 million to ideological allies with no discernible improvement in education."
When their relationship became an issue, Obama just responded, "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood."
We know Bill Ayers ran the "violent left wing activist group" called Weather Underground.
We know Ayers' wife was on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list.
We know they bombed the Capitol. The Pentagon. A judge's home.
We know Ayers said, "I don't regret setting bombs. .... I feel we didn't do enough."
But Obama's friendship with terrorist Ayers isn't the issue.
The issue is Barack Obama's judgment and candor.
When Obama just says, "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood."
Americans say, "Where's the truth, Barack?"
Barack Obama. Too risky for America.
JOHN MCCAIN: I'm John McCain and I approve this message.