UPDATE: In a conference call underway now to highlight the new “Chicago Machine” ad, McCain Palin campaign manager Rick Davis blasted the “very negative” campaign run by Obama since the convention, and notes he is “amazed by the level of personal attacks” launched by the self-declared new kind of candidate.
In response to a question about a story in this morning’s New York Times having to do with Davis’ past work for the Homeownership Alliance, senior strategist Steve Schmidt also unloaded on the New York Times for having abandoned its journalistic traditions and becoming an extension of the Obama campaign. Chris Cillizza has the details here.
In response to my question about this morning’s story about the possible source of attacks on Sarah Palin and the past attacks on Stanley Kurtz and David Freddoso, Schmidt noted the “fierce campaign of intimidation waged against any critic of Obama,” and promised to look into the new story closely though he challenged the MSM to investigate the ties between David Axelrod and the Winner firm and whether the internet smear campaign was being run de facto by the Obama campaign. Schmidt also used the question to demand increased scrutiny of the Obama-Ayers relationship.