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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ayers, Coming Right Up

posted by on October 14 at 10:00 AM

McCain essentially promises to bring up William Ayers in tomorrow night’s debate, and says it’s all because of Obama’s “say it to my face” comments.

“I was astonished to hear him say that he was surprised that I didn’t have the guts” to bring up Ayers, McCain said on KMOX, a St. Louis radio station.

“I think he is probably ensured that it will come up this time.”

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Obama's going to dunk this one right in his face.

Walter Annenberg, big-time Republican and McCain supporter, gave Bill Ayers $50 MILLION for his foundation, the one that Obama served on the board of. So, John McCain, why do YOU accept the support of this terrorist?

Suck it, McCain. Go back home and rub some salve on your corrupted soul.

Posted by Fnarf | October 14, 2008 10:10 AM

Bring it on. It will give Obama a chance to address the issue clearly, and set the facts straight.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 14, 2008 10:13 AM

Considering how well the Ayers thing is working out for McCain, I hope he brings it up repeatedly. In fact, I hope he never shuts up about it.

Posted by Gurldoggie | October 14, 2008 10:14 AM

@1 Nice. I did not know that. I hope this turns into a free for all.

Posted by drewl | October 14, 2008 10:19 AM

Of course Obama wants to ensure McCain brings it up. That's the point, right?

Posted by Abby | October 14, 2008 10:20 AM

I hope McCain brings it up so Obama can bring up the Keating 5 scandal in front of McCain's face.

Posted by apres_moi | October 14, 2008 10:25 AM

There's a couple of good lines for Obama to take, but I like: we coincidentally served on the same board for a while. Sen McCain's position seems to be that one should avoid doing good things (mention what the board accomplished) just becuase it means sitting down at a table with bad people. That's the sort of politics, the sort of diplomacy we've seen for the past eight years, and look where it's gotten us.

Posted by kinaidos | October 14, 2008 10:29 AM

good. it's a dead horse--(for anyone w/a brain. john bailo types don't count). just keep kicking it, you nasty old man. kick it right in front of the person who can eloquently point out that not only is it dead, it's rotten.

Posted by ellarosa | October 14, 2008 10:33 AM

Has John McCain ever explained his relationship with domestic terrorist G Gordon Liddy?

Posted by whatwhat | October 14, 2008 10:44 AM

He is ensured? No, no, grandpa. You're the one who drinks Ensure.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 14, 2008 10:44 AM

I like how McCain turns Obama's actual argument, "don't put it in your ads if you're going to be polite to my face" into "go ahead, ask me about it." is now saying there's a >50% chance of the election being an Obama blowout. First Goldwater, now McCain- what is it about Arizona presidential candidates?!?

Posted by Big Sven | October 14, 2008 10:44 AM


And while he's at it, maybe Obama can bring up McSame's offer to trade information to the North Vietnamese in exchange for medical treatment immediately after his capture.

Or perhaps Obama could mention McSame's more-than-just-business relationship with lobbyist Vicki Iseman.

Or, how about McSame's "palling around" with Watergate conspirator and convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy? Or his friendships with other convicted felons such as Jim Hensley, Raffaello Folieri, and Rick Renzi?

Or how about his cozy ties with racists like Richard Quinn, or nut-bag preachers like John Hagee and Ron Parsley?

Gee, this is a fun game!

Posted by COMTE | October 14, 2008 10:52 AM

Oh, right. As if a day and a half is enough time for Obama to write a killer comeback. Didn't he graduate at the bottom of his class? It isn't as if he's some Harvard-trained law professor who's good with words. This will catch him flatfooted...

Oh wait. It's the other way around, isn't it? It's the guy who was at the bottom of his class giving the clever one 36 hours to prepare for exactly what he is going to say against him. Huh.

At least he isn't telegraphing moves in Pakistan. That's Plalin's job.

Posted by elenchos | October 14, 2008 10:56 AM

Big Sven @11. I just attended a speech by Janet Napolitano (Arizona's Dem governor) and she had a funny bit about wanting to continue the tradition of losing Presidential candidates from Arizona (Goldwater, Bruce Babbitt, Mo Udall).

An even better part of her speech was about the true meaning of the word maverick -- apparently, to cattle ranchers in the west it means an unbranded cow. Which, really, is pretty funny when you think about how McCain has changed his views so many times on so many issues...

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 14, 2008 10:57 AM


I'd rather he tell the story of McCain running and hiding below decks during the disaster on the Forrestal. Men braver than he died trying to save that ship.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 14, 2008 11:01 AM

Another thing that I always find amusing when McCain and Palin bring up Ayers is that after Ayers turned himself in, the charges were dropped due to /government/ wrongdoing. After 8 years of encroachment on or civil rights, another republican administration would make an Ayers conviction less likely

Posted by Andrew | October 14, 2008 11:02 AM

obama is playing mccain's hothead psychology perfectly. he basically called him a pussy to goad him into a huge tactical error. mccain's the one who's admitted he made an error in the keating affair - one he'll have to repeat on national television when obama hits back on the association game.

they'll waste the 90 mintues on this instead of, you know, the planet dying or something, but at least this one won't be boring.

Posted by max solomon | October 14, 2008 11:09 AM

Big Sven @11 nails it. McCain always wanted to be Goldwater's heir, but Goldwater gave him the brush-off, viewing him as a carpetbagger rather than a true Westerner. I guess McCain's now out to prove that he can lose even more spectacularly to Barry Obama than Barry Goldwater did to LBJ.

Posted by kk | October 14, 2008 11:11 AM

Man, way to take the bait, McCain. McCain loses (more) when he gets rude or dismissive or nasty. This issue is only going to cost him even more points than it already has when Obama's in a position to actually defend himself and give him back just a little of his own medicine.

Posted by Beguine | October 14, 2008 11:25 AM

@17 nails it: McCain may not know much, but he knows when he's being called out. "Say it to my face" is like a matador waving his cape. McCain has to put his head down and charge now -- it's in his nature.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 14, 2008 11:27 AM

McCain has to put his head down and charge now

Well, he doesn't *have* to charge. He can restrain himself, but then part of his base gets mad at him for not charging. "lol"

Posted by stinkbug | October 14, 2008 11:37 AM

John McCain wants everyone to believe that his role in the Keating Five -- a criminal conspiracty that cost the American taxpayers around $160 BILLION -- was a mistake that he regrets and repudiates and that he has since redeemed himself.

However, he also wants us to believe that none of that applies to Ayers, who actually has helped society since he put his criminal past behind him.

McCain is a coward and a liar who pretends to be a hero and a truth-teller. Now that Obama has made it impossible for McCain to avoid an on-air confrontation, McCain will look worse than ever and Obama will permanently seal his reputation as being 100% Presidential. Brilliant move, as always.

Posted by whatevernevermind | October 14, 2008 11:48 AM

This is going to bite McCain so hard in the ass. But dang, Obama knows how to bait someone with a well-known history for being impulsive and hot-headed.

Posted by gfrancie | October 14, 2008 11:53 AM

Yeah, I'm not really afraid of this at all. Obama has shown he can take all kinds of shit -- the stupid stuff like this, the anti-Muslim/racist stuff, all of it -- and come out fine. I'm sure he and his folks have a great counter (or two or three) to this already planned out. My thinking has been that Obama has basically been slowly ramping up his snarky comebacks (look at the first debate, and then the second debate) and that this last debate will be his chance to really do what he does best -- bring something devastating to McCain, without being petty. At least that's my hope...

Posted by bookworm | October 14, 2008 12:19 PM

"Welcome to my Parlor," said the Spyder to the Embittered/POW/Maverick/Fly.

Posted by michael strangeways | October 14, 2008 12:32 PM

McCain's transition chief was a lobbyist for the Saddam Hussein regime.

Election concluded.

Posted by Just Sayin | October 14, 2008 12:45 PM

Guilt by association, huh? Well in that case McCain must be a sadistic communist torturer. Ooo.. now that explains his support of Gitmo etc.

Posted by Tom | October 14, 2008 12:46 PM

Does this mean McCain is actually going to look at Obama during the debate this time?

Posted by Bryan | October 14, 2008 1:23 PM

John McCain said "Ensure". Heh heh.
Ayers' name will come up. In fact, McCain can Depends on it. Heh heh.

Posted by Heh heh | October 14, 2008 1:46 PM

The American people are showing signs of waking up to the long Republican nightmare. McCains throwing out canards may please his right wing morons, but it won't do anything more than ensure Obama wins. My fingers are crossed so hard they hurt.

Posted by Vince | October 14, 2008 1:52 PM

Oh, if only Barack countered a spurious charge by McCain by saying: "Cut the bullshit, John, you're way off base."

Please, please, please let this happen.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | October 14, 2008 2:00 PM

I don't think McCain is going to do it. It would be suicide. He'll imitate Obama and call for reason, demand that Obama "stick to the issues that matter to the people," or some horses***.

He's painful to watch. It's as if his errors were choreographed. It's hard to believe it could all be accidental.

Posted by Miss Poppy Dixon | October 15, 2008 5:27 AM

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