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McCain Prepares Rezko Ad; Wright "Now Fair Game"; GOP 527 Attacks
The Atlantic ^ | Thursday, August 21, 2008 | Marc Ambinder

Posted on 08/21/2008 1:55:48 PM PDT by kristinn

Sen. John McCain's campaign is finishing a hard-hitting television ad highlighting Barack Obama 's ties to shady Chicago land dealer Tony Rezko, the one-time Obama patron who was convicted earlier this summer of fraud.

A campaign official said that the decision to Go Rezko was Obama's. "He's opened the door to this," the official said.

The ad will be released to network news divisions in time for their broadcasts tonight.

Though McCain is widely perceived to to drawn first blood by attacking Obama's character, the official said that the difference between Obama's mocking McCain for his wealth and his shaky answer on the number of homes he owns was that McCain's charge "reflects an existential reality," where Obama's charges "attack Cindy. She owns the homes. I thought he said the wives were off-limits."

McCain strategists hope that Obama's brass knuckles punch doesn't work. "Americans don't like this class warfare stuff," the official said. They aspire to be rich, the official said. They don't aspire to eat arugala or hang out with celebrities.

Earlier in the news cycle, McCain's press team invoked Obama's friendship with a former member of the Weatherman, William Ayres, and an official said that even Obama's former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, "is now fair game." The official declined to say whether the campaign was contemplating running an advertisement linking Obama to Wright.

(Excerpt) Read more at marcambinder.theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 527groups; ads; ayers; ayersobamaconnection; billayers; billyayers; classwarfare; domesticterrorism; electionads; mccain; mccainads; obama; obamaayersconnection; pentagonbombing; proterrorist; rezko; underground; weatherman; weathermanned
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1 posted on 08/21/2008 1:55:48 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Hardball time. Obama will fade into obscurity after his November Waterloo.


2 posted on 08/21/2008 1:58:40 PM PDT by SolidWood (God Bless Georgia and grant them victory over Russia!)
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To: kristinn
Welcome to reality Mav .
3 posted on 08/21/2008 1:59:00 PM PDT by kbennkc (What passes for optimism is most often an intellectual error)
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To: kristinn
Sen. John McCain's campaign is finishing a hard-hitting television ad highlighting Barack Obama 's ties to shady Chicago land dealer Tony Rezko

Good on McCain! Obama threw the first 'real estate' punch, so he gets what he deserves.

4 posted on 08/21/2008 1:59:53 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: kristinn

I think these ads were already in the can, just waiting for the “GO” code. Obama just gave that to McCain, and now the counter-punch will hopefully be the knockout blow.

McCain may own 1000 homes; so what? There’s no showing he got any of them illegally or as a result of shady political deals. Obama is vulnerable here. I’m scratching my head. Could he really be that stupid to not see this response from McCain? What strategy is being pursued by his campaign?


5 posted on 08/21/2008 2:00:28 PM PDT by henkster ((Tagline under reconstruction))
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To: kristinn

Smart move! McCain’s folks aren’t playing softball. He clearly has an expert team. I hope that 527 really hits Obama with Wright again. He spent 20 years in that church and you better believe if McCain was caught dead being a member of a church pushing White supremacy he’d be dead meat. Black Liberation theology is racism pure and simple.


6 posted on 08/21/2008 2:00:32 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a government check!")
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To: kristinn

WOW, That should work nicely........


7 posted on 08/21/2008 2:00:38 PM PDT by cmsgop ( Axis of Evil = Iran , North Korea , Midget Mac)
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To: kristinn

The AP just came out with an article about this group and Ayers. Yes, the article of course tied the group directly to John McCain, but I give the author credit for at least covering Ayers’ past and Obama’s connection to it.


8 posted on 08/21/2008 2:01:09 PM PDT by impeachedrapist (Ssshh! I'm a liberal plant AND a stalker!)
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To: kristinn
Oh let's hope this is true and McCain's cojones don't shrink up.
9 posted on 08/21/2008 2:01:12 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (Obama will let Russia put missiles in Cuba! Obama supports killing abortion survivors!)
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To: kristinn

Ugh, hit him with Rezko but leave Wright out of this. They’ll hit back with Hagee and Parsley and the average joe won’t be able to sort things out. There is nothing liberals want more than a religious war.


10 posted on 08/21/2008 2:01:24 PM PDT by bahblahbah
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To: kristinn

Now that’s a rapid fire response, go McCain go!!!


11 posted on 08/21/2008 2:01:25 PM PDT by moose2004 (Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill, Drill And Then Drill Some More)
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To: kristinn
This is the type of foreign policy we should be practicing. Obama throws a rock but McCain throws a boulder.
12 posted on 08/21/2008 2:01:39 PM PDT by GauchoUSA
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To: kristinn
It is going to get very ugly very quickly. Obama will come back with the "Keating 5".

I think McCain should keep focusing on Obama socialist and defeatist record, his horrible abortion record, and his position against drilling for oil in the US.

13 posted on 08/21/2008 2:02:12 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: kristinn
an official said that even Obama's former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, "is now fair game."

Why would it ever not have been fair game? Who was someone's pastor and close spiritual advisor for 20 years is clearly relevant concerning any candidate.

14 posted on 08/21/2008 2:02:12 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: henkster

In Chicago, they just don’t see a problem with Rezko. Hence the blind spot which led them to attack on the “home front.”

Remember, during the ‘00 election fiasco, they sent William Daley to Florida to “ensure the integrity of the results.”

D’oh.


15 posted on 08/21/2008 2:03:56 PM PDT by karnage
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To: SolidWood; kristinn; All

I do not care *who* started it. I’m on the way to the store to stock up on lots of popcorn!

I think McCain should take out our collective frustration about the Russians not pulling out of Georgia and just hammer The Messiah until he cries, “Uncle!” (Or “Jeremiah!”, or “Hillary!”).


16 posted on 08/21/2008 2:04:05 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: kristinn

Narrator:

“Beyond the speeches, how much do you know about Barack Obama?
What does he really believe?

Consider this:
United 93 never hit the Capitol on 9/11.
But the Capitol was bombed thirty years before -

By an American terrorist group called Weather Underground that declared ‘war’ on the U.S. -

Targeting the Capitol, the Pentagon, police stations and more.

One of the group’s leaders, William Ayers, admits to the bombings, proudly saying later:

‘We didn’t do enough.’
Some members of the group Ayers founded even went on to kill police.

But Barack Obama is friends with Ayers, defending him as, quote,
‘Respectable’ and ‘Mainstream.’
Obama’s political career was launched in Ayers’ home.
And the two served together on a left-wing board.

Why would Barack Obama be friends with someone who bombed the Capitol...and is proud of it?

Do you know enough to elect Barack Obama?

American Issues Project is responsible for the content of this ad.”


17 posted on 08/21/2008 2:04:27 PM PDT by Bobalu (If you don't want people pointing out your flaws, maybe you should work on not having any)
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To: bahblahbah
Ugh, hit him with Rezko but leave Wright out of this. They’ll hit back with Hagee and Parsley and the average joe won’t be able to sort things out.

Sorry, but clearly a pastor with a twenty year personal relationship with a candidate who acknowledges the pastor as an inspirational figure in his life is a heck of a lot more relevant than some pastor who happens to endorse a candidate. Obama needs to be held accountable for his longtime acquaintances. Plus, you are just playing into the hands of the left by ignoring the issue, since that is what they want you to do.

18 posted on 08/21/2008 2:06:10 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Unam Sanctam

It had never come from McCain, only from talk radio and blogs.

But, upon some reconsideration, McCain should not get into a mudslinging contest with Obama. There’s an old saying I’m fond of: “Never wrestle with a pig. You just get muddy and the pig likes it.”

Same thing here; McCain’s got Obama’s goat by whacking him over the head on the issues. Obama is whining with personal attacks. Obama is plummeting in the polls and looks childish. McCain has a winning strategy. Don’t abandon it!


19 posted on 08/21/2008 2:06:10 PM PDT by henkster ((Tagline under reconstruction))
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To: SolidWood; freekitty; Free ThinkerNY; gonzo; Clintonfatigued; romanesq; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

It’s way past time for the testosterone to kick in. GOP has been in short supply of gonads for the past seven years or more!!!! When your enemies fight from the gutter, you crawl in after them and beat them at their own game. Our future is at stake and that of my children and grandchildren.


20 posted on 08/21/2008 2:08:20 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: kristinn

NOW it gets fun!


21 posted on 08/21/2008 2:08:36 PM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: jveritas

“It is going to get very ugly very quickly. Obama will come back with the ‘Keating 5’.”

Yup. And Mrs. McCain and her father did invest in one of the properties offered by Jefferson Savings and Loan. This is gonna’ be a mess.

Even though Bob Bennett said he is certain that McCain did nothing illegal, it was still “poor judgment” to meet with the loan shark (whose name escapes me at the moment.)


22 posted on 08/21/2008 2:09:32 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: henkster

I would agree that his surrogates should do the heavy lifting, not McCain himself.


23 posted on 08/21/2008 2:10:30 PM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: impeachedrapist
Obama's connection to his terrorist friend, Ayres, has been given a 'free pass' in the MSM!

It's about darn time that friendship starts getting more exposure!

24 posted on 08/21/2008 2:10:36 PM PDT by stockstrader (CHANGE--a euphemism for further dividing our country along racial, social and economic lines)
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To: henkster

I think....just maybe...this was a brilliant trap that Obama walked right into...Rezko is now in play.
if so...well done camp McCain!


25 posted on 08/21/2008 2:10:37 PM PDT by housedeep
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To: MEGoody

I would like to see, it say something about one reason he said he was unsure how many houses he owned was because he thought, should he count the one he lets his aging Aunt live in, and juxtapose that to Obama’s brother living in a hut on a dollar a day.


26 posted on 08/21/2008 2:10:43 PM PDT by za_claws
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To: henkster
"Obama just gave that to McCain, and now the counter-punch will hopefully be the knockout blow."

Yep. Obama's so sharp he keeps cutting himself.

27 posted on 08/21/2008 2:10:49 PM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: kristinn
God Bless. Obama needs to be savaged on these connections. Especially Wright. This article affirms what I've been hoping... That the McCain camp is waiting for the country to tune in before it goes nuclear.

People, the left jumps on news and gets active. We need to do the same. I have just finished donating money to this group. http://www.americanissuesproject.org/

If they're running 2.8 million about Ayers in OH and MI that's exactly what we need. Open the checkbooks. Even small donations. We need to be able to match the left in grassroots technological fund raising/movement. I donate money to any outside group that takes a good swipe. So far these guys are my second after Vets for Freedom.

28 posted on 08/21/2008 2:12:13 PM PDT by AirForceGeorge
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To: bahblahbah

There is also Michael Pfleger. McCain has much more peripheral associations with Hagee etc than Obama (20+ years in that Black Liberation Theology church). Someone else mentioned here that that church is racist. Yes, but the key is that it evolved from the Latin American “Liberation Theology”, which was Marxist to the hilt. (In fact it was intended to “infiltrate” the Catholic church with communists, since they realized their atheism did not sit well with the Latin Americans). The Black Liberation church up here simply added racism to the mix.
I think the Marxist connections with the church Obama attended for so many years is where the push should be.
Many Americans do not know yet of this connection. My wife, who is originally from Latin America, saw it right away.


29 posted on 08/21/2008 2:12:46 PM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: bahblahbah
hit him with Rezko but leave Wright out of this. They’ll hit back with Hagee and Parsley and the average joe won’t be able to sort things out

Nah, the average Joe has nothing against a Hagee or Parsley, the liberal media does. The average Joe is a white guy or gal with a family trying to make ends meet who has had racism shoved down their throat for the past 30 years and is sick to death of it. Show wright in all his racist glory right next to Obummer, the only people it will piss off is the lying media who try and spin their warped view as that of the Average American, which it isnt.

30 posted on 08/21/2008 2:13:03 PM PDT by Snurple
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
I am 100% sure that McCain did nothing illegal in this whole Keating 5 issue but in a 30 second political ad they can come up with a lot of lies against McCain.
31 posted on 08/21/2008 2:14:11 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: kristinn

Careful with the early enthusiasm - hellry’s waiting in the wings in Denver. If she’s the nominee, she wins. We’re doomed. Timing is everything.


32 posted on 08/21/2008 2:15:11 PM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Obama’s brother. George, lives in a hut in Kenya, on one dollar a month, and McCain has 7 houses. Which is the damest story?


33 posted on 08/21/2008 2:15:57 PM PDT by tessalu
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To: Sigurdrifta
"Yes, but the key is that it evolved from the Latin American “Liberation Theology”, which was Marxist to the hilt."

Right, and no matter that he threw an aid under the bus when he was caught, that Che Guevara flag at his Houston headquarters was SIGNIFICANT.

34 posted on 08/21/2008 2:16:06 PM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: Maelstorm

“Black Liberation theology is racism pure and simple.”

Its also based on a southamerican for of Marxism.


35 posted on 08/21/2008 2:17:40 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Beagle8U

* Southamerican FORM of Marxism.


36 posted on 08/21/2008 2:18:34 PM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: za_claws
. . .should he count the one he lets his aging Aunt live in, and juxtapose that to Obama’s brother living in a hut on a dollar a day.

Oh, that would be good!

37 posted on 08/21/2008 2:19:06 PM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall cause you to vote against the Democrats.)
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To: newfreep
If she’s the nominee, she wins.

Not a chance. She still has the almost-insurmountable negatives she's always had, and she still has Bill around to screw things up.

It's a potent cocktail of woe.

38 posted on 08/21/2008 2:19:09 PM PDT by JennysCool (A man who served his country well vs. a walking Che poster. Is it really that tough a choice?)
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To: kristinn

TOO SOON FOR THIS! We cannot bring Rezko in until after the DNC! Remember the lesson of Torricelli! Knock down Obama too much now and Hillary will be the nominee after Denver.


39 posted on 08/21/2008 2:20:06 PM PDT by montag813
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To: kristinn
He's being Weathermanned.


40 posted on 08/21/2008 2:20:30 PM PDT by weegee (The higher taxes that Obama demands of Americans are 'Above my Pay Grade'.)
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To: bahblahbah

Let a 527 do Wright. He needs to be brought back into the spotlight.


41 posted on 08/21/2008 2:20:51 PM PDT by Maelstorm (This country was not founded with the battle cry "Give me liberty or give me a government check!")
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To: henkster
Could he really be that stupid to not see this response from McCain? What strategy is being pursued by his campaign?

Liberals commonly make the mistake of acting as if the average person is a stick-figure, not really responsive to threats, who will stand there and take it. You see it all the time with their confiscatory tax schemes. When the intended victims reorganize their finances and financial activities to protect themselves in response to some new tax law, the liberals are always caught by surprise.

42 posted on 08/21/2008 2:21:24 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: kristinn

Thanks, Obama, for unlacing McCain’s gloves for him.


43 posted on 08/21/2008 2:21:34 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte
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To: kristinn
re: I thought he said the wives were off-limits)))

Think again, McVain.

44 posted on 08/21/2008 2:22:06 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: kristinn
.....where Obama's charges "attack Cindy. She owns the homes. I thought he said the wives were off-limits."

Does this mean then that since Obami attacked Cindy McCain, that "Michelle Angry Mabelle" is now fair game too???

Where's the popcorn???

45 posted on 08/21/2008 2:22:39 PM PDT by conservativegramma
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Underground (1976)
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075367/

Documentary/interviews with the Weatherman Underground while they were on the run for bombings and deaths.


46 posted on 08/21/2008 2:22:50 PM PDT by weegee (The higher taxes that Obama demands of Americans are 'Above my Pay Grade'.)
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To: conservativegramma

Will these get on newtwork TV?


47 posted on 08/21/2008 2:24:15 PM PDT by safetysign
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To: montag813
Knock down Obama too much now and Hillary will be the nominee after Denver.

Good! If the Democrats were to dump Obama (not gonna happen) they would lose the black vote this year, possibly cause riots at the convention, and destroy their party permanently.

48 posted on 08/21/2008 2:24:56 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: kristinn
Watch this ad!
49 posted on 08/21/2008 2:26:35 PM PDT by PhatHead
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To: jveritas
It is going to get very ugly very quickly. Obama will come back with the "Keating 5".

So? Bring it on!

In response all McCain has to do is hit Obami back with his own campaign "accepting contribution" problems (terrorist connections anyone?). Way worse than anything involving 'keating 5'. Especially since Keating was 20 years ago -- and Obami's terrorist contributions are 2008.

50 posted on 08/21/2008 2:26:52 PM PDT by conservativegramma
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