Friday, October 10, 2008

Will McCain-Palin follow up Ayers with Wright?

By Michael J.W. Stickings

I mentioned yesterday that, for McCain-Palin, it has now all come down to Ayers -- but that, with desperation deepening, it could be Wright again before too long.

As the WSJ is reporting, however, despite all the negativity coming out of the McCain-Palin campaign, the Wright card may not be played after all:

Top McCain campaign officials are grappling with how far to go with negative attacks on Sen. Barack Obama in the final weeks of what is turning into a come-from-behind effort.

Sen. John McCain has allowed a series of increasingly harsh broadsides in new campaign ads and in speeches by his wife, Cindy, and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin. But the Arizona Republican has rejected pleas from some advisers to launch attacks focusing on Sen. Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.


But Sen. McCain vetoed proposals to attack the Illinois senator for his 20 years as a member of the church led by Rev. Wright, whose harsh comments about racism in America and other issues created problems for Sen. Obama during the Democratic primary contest. Sen. Obama publicly severed ties with Rev. Wright earlier this year.

Sen. McCain has said Rev. Wright is off limits.

That decision, and the worry that the campaign could open itself to accusations of racism, has kept Rev. Wright out of their strategy.

One McCain senior adviser said the difference between Mr. Ayers and Rev. Wright isn't race, it's religion. "It's not appropriate to attack someone's faith," he said.

Of course, some Republicans -- and no doubt some inside the McCain campaign -- are pushing for the smearfest to be expanded to Wright.

Lest one be tempted to praise McCain for his decision not to go there, however, Noam Scheiber delves deeper into what might actually be motivating the campaign: "I'd say it also has to do with Sarah Palin's dubious religious associations." Needless to say, if Wright is fair game, then so are the Wasilla Assembly of God, the Wasilla Bible Church, Thomas Muthee, and Palin's Pentecostalism generally. (Noam links to this interesting piece at Time, on Palin's possible Pentecostal problem, by his wife Amy Sullivan.)

Obviously, McCain doesn't want to go there, either.

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  • There's a huge difference between Palin's Assembly of God connections and Obama's connection with Jeremiah Wright! That's not too difficult to understand is it? One is simply a Christian with ultra conservative beliefs, albeit a holy roller and freak to some. He may even believe that the races stay separate and that only a man and woman should be married. I doubt that he preaches hate on Sunday mornings. Wright--well, I don't think I need to remind you of who he is and what he stands for, most notably extreme racism towards "typical white people." The truly puzzling aspect of this election is the fact that there are all of these issues out there about Obama, and they all contain truths which the Obama Camp has to scramble to gloss over so that the hypnotized liberals will not take note of it. You can set your watch by the senario Obama follows. First, complete denial. Second, well, okay, uh...followed by an admission of sorts to the relationship. Then when the proof gets to be overwhelming, he, uh, uh, a little more admission. Finally, McCain and Palin are called racists by the liberals, I think in hopes of deflecting the negative attention away from the One, WHO IS THE ONLY QUILTY PARTY in this charade!!!
    I look forward to hearing what the One comes up with regarding his ties with ACORN. McCain and Palin will once again be accused of racism, though there is ONLY ONE GUILTY PARTY. Mr. Barack Hussein Obama. Oh, I forgot. I'm not suppose to use his middle name. It tends to shed a negative light on the One, and I certainly don't want to be accused of racism by using the man's middle name. Ah, that pesky middle name. That's one thing he can't deny, but once again he blames conversatives! Can't we blame his parents for this? Please? All this, and liberals are so mesmerized by this character that they will believe anything he says and do anything he asks of them. It's really quite scary. Obama worshipers remind me of the pod people. Even people who were heretofore non-believers in anything but themselves, are now calling him the Gift, the Light, the Hope, the One. He will help them to shape their own destinies, make their own personal version of a utopian America; of course, all these mini-Americas will be in accord with his agenda. That is going to take a miracle!!! Should be fun to watch.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:30 PM  

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