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Krauthammer On All The Would-Be President’s Men

Friday, October 10, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Charles Krauthammer’s opening paragraphs:

Convicted felon Tony Rezko. Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers. And the race-baiting Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It is hard to think of any presidential candidate before Barack Obama sporting associations with three more execrable characters. Yet let the McCain campaign raise the issue, and the mainstream media begin fulminating about dirty campaigning tinged with racism and McCarthyite guilt by association.

But associations are important. They provide a significant insight into character. They are particularly relevant in relation to a potential president as new, unknown, opaque and self-contained as Obama. With the economy overshadowing everything, it may be too late politically to be raising this issue. But that does not make it, as conventional wisdom holds, in any way illegitimate.

Read the whole thing. Th ecolumn hits McCain for failing to raise these issuess earlier, but then returns to the significance of these associations.

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The Obama-ACORN-Financial Crisis Connection

Thursday, October 9, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Details here.

Meanwhile Politico.com reports on Obama’s latest version of his Ayers’ ties.

In 1998, Ayers and Dohrn declared they’d bomb again. In September 2001, Ayers is photographed standing on an American flag. In November of 2007, both Ayers and Dohrn appear at the SDS reunion and denounce America again.

Rehabilitated? Is the MSM so in the bag that they won’t notice this tissue-paper thin dodge?

McCain Talks Obama-Ayers With ABC’s Gibson

Thursday, October 9, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Byron York has posted the transcript at NRO. Key excerpt:

GIBSON: You don’t think he’s been thoroughly vetted, having gone through all the primaries and all the campaigning, running for president as long as you have? Two years?

MCCAIN: No, actually I don’t. In fact, Sen. Clinton in their debates said that the American people didn’t know enough about him, including his relationship with Mr. [William] Ayers. That’s what she said. And I agree with that. He said he was a guy in the neighborhood. We know that’s not true. He said -he wrote down a piece of paper that he would take public financing for his presidential campaign if I would. He betrayed the trust of the American people there.

He looked in the camera twice during the debate with Sen. Clinton and said, “I will sit down and negotiate with John McCain before I decide to forgo public financing for my campaign.” He never called me. He looked in the camera and told the American people something that was patently false. He told the American people about his relationship with Mr. Ayers, that he was a guy in the neighborhood.

He wasn’t a guy in the neighborhood. He launched his political career in his living room, in Mr. Ayers’ living room. And I don’t care about two washed-up old terrorists that are unrepentant about trying to destroy America. But I do care, and Americans should care, about his relationship with him and whether he’s being truthful and candid about it.

Another Big Hit On Obama-Ayers

Thursday, October 9, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

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