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Mississippi Republican Runs Ad Against Obama

Updated 3:10 p.m.
By Paul Kane
Another Republican congressional candidate thinks he can get electoral mileage out of linking his Democratic opponent to the presidential candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and the controversies around his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Barely two weeks before a special election to fill a vacant U.S. House seat, GOP nominee Greg Davis has begun airing a political attack ad featuring grainy images of Obama, his former pastor and Davis's Democratic opponent, Travis Childers, who is running an unexpectedly strong campaign in a conservative northern Mississippi district.

"Travis Childers, he took Obama's endorsement over our conservative values. Conservatives just can't trust Travis Childers," the narrator says over pictures of the candidate, Obama and Wright.

It's the latest in a series of ads, mostly in the South, testing whether Obama would be a drag against downballot Democratic candidates. In Louisiana, where another special election is being held Saturday to fill a vacant formerly GOP-held House seat, the National Republican Congressional Committee and a conservative group are linking the Democratic congressional nominee to Obama's health-care plan, saying the Democrat supports Obama's "big government scheme." In North Carolina, the Republican Party is running ads linking the Democratic candidates for governor to Obama and Wright, including footage of the pastor yelling "God damn America" from the pulpit.

In Mississippi, Childers almost secured the 50 percent of the vote needed in last Tuesday's voting to win the seat outright, but he now faces a May 13 runoff against the GOP's Davis to replace former congressman Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), who vacated the seat in early January when he was appointed to the U.S. Senate. In a move similar to one in the North Carolina ad, Davis takes aim at Childers for not condemning Obama's pastor and for not rebuking Obama's remarks early this month that white working-class voters "cling" to religion and gun rights.

"When Obama's pastor cursed America, blaming us for 9/11, Childers said nothing," the ad narrator says.

The anti-Obama ad by Davis comes on the heels of another just released by the NRCC in the Mississippi race. The NRCC ad also attempts to link Childers and Obama, but in a more humorous fashion, and without the incendiary comments by Wright. Instead, the NRCC ad shows a cartoon version of Childers shaking hands with the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Obama, and calls the Illinois senator the "most liberal" in the Senate.

The Louisiana and Mississippi races follow the special election in Illinois last month, when Democrat Bill Foster used Obama to score an upset win in the district previously held for 21 years by former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.).

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Comments


Posted by: jacksmith | April 29, 2008 4:29 AM


No, I think you might be the idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It is not "clear" to me that Republicans are idiots and they have to go.

Posted by: JakeD | April 28, 2008 1:11 PM
__________________________________________

An idiot doesn't know he is an idiot! Let me be the first to tell you. You are an idiot.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I just love all the people who claim that character is not an issue in electing a president. Honesty, integrity, decency, evidently those should not matter at all when it comes to electing a president, at least that is what the Obama supporters appear to be claiming. I am curious then, if you are not judging Barack Obama by his character, what exactly are you judging him on? It sure as heck isn't his legislative achievements because he doesn't have any, at all.
Don't waste the time of the Washington Post readers by telling us Barack Obama is such a great guy and we should vote for him simply because he says so, and then turn right around and claim character doesn't matter. You can't have it both ways.

Posted by: masanf | April 29, 2008 4:10 PM

Don't tell me you actually believe the Clintons possess, honesty, integrity and decency! Are you delusional??????????????

Posted by: Anonymous | April 29, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Jared. I am a Mississippian who has lived all over this great country. Imagine my shock when- while living outside the South- I encountered racist, redneck, ignorant, illiterate people.

(Most of them were Democrats...)

Posted by: Mississippi Girl | April 29, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

DEBATE! DEBATE!! DEBATE!!!

It's time for everyone to face the truth. Barack Obama has no real chance of winning the national election in November at this time. His crushing defeat in Pennsylvania makes that fact crystal clear. His best, and only real chance of winning in November is on a ticket with Hillary Clinton as her VP.

Hillary Clinton seemed almost somber at her Pennsylvania victory speech. As if part of her was hoping Obama could have proved he had some chance of winning against the republican attack machine, and their unlimited money, and resources.

But it is absolutely essential that the democrats take back the Whitehouse in November. America, and the American people are in a very desperate condition now. And the whole World has been doing all that they can to help keep us propped up.

Hillary Clinton say's that the heat, and decisions in the Whitehouse are much tougher than the ones on the campaign trail. But I think Mr. Obama faces a test of whether he has what it takes to be a commander and chief by facing the difficult facts, and the truth before him. And by doing what is best for the American people by dropping out of the race, and offering his whole hearted assistance to Hillary Clinton to help her take back the Whitehouse for the American people, and the World.

Mr. Obama is a great speaker. And I am confident he can explain to the American people the need, and wisdom of such a personal sacrifice for them. It should be clear to everyone by now that Hillary Clinton is fighting her heart out for the American people. She has known for a long time that Mr. Obama can not win this November. You have to remember that the Clinton's have won the Whitehouse twice before. They know what it takes.

If Mr. Obama fails his test of commander and chief we can only hope that Hillary Clinton can continue her heroic fight for the American people. And that she prevails. She will need all the continual support and help we can give her. She may fight like a superhuman. But she is only human.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: "You know, more people have now voted for me than have voted for my opponent. In fact, I now have more votes than anybody has ever had in a primary contest for a nomination. And it's also clear that we've got nine more important contests to go."

Sincerely

Jacksmith... Working Class :-)

Posted by: jacksmith | April 29, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

MY FELLOW "BITTER", STUPID, WORKING CLASS PEOPLE :-)

If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of "BITTER"!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary's than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don't die from. And I could go on, and on...

OBAMA AIDE: "WORKING-CLASS VOTERS NOT KEY FOR DEMOCRATS" :o

DEBATE! DEBATE!! DEBATE!!!...

Posted by: jacksmith | April 29, 2008 4:29 AM | Report abuse

USA, poor white folk, worried about a Black President. Scared to Travel, another 911, people hate us, no health care, but Iraq does. Get a grip. It is in your soul, and you know the truth. Creepy, that the rich, not the people have a choice. Wished we worried about all our young men and women dying for a country that will never change WHAT???

Posted by: Justada55 | April 29, 2008 2:37 AM | Report abuse

Hillary can win against Obama and McCain. White women, sympathetic white and black men and black women will bring the numbers up for Hillary and she will defeat the two men. The polls today show she can defeat both. And, she will.

Posted by: Bev, a Rep for Hillary | April 28, 2008 11:47 PM | Report abuse

Upon further reflection, and as a study break from my finals, I want to add one last thought.

Sicko, "Are You Kidding Me," and anyone else I missed when I skimmed through the comments... do you care to enlighten as to what factually-based assumptions you operate under when you translate an impossibly attenuated guilt-by-proxy smear ad to racism? Aren't you filling in a few blanks with information you just don't have? At least, if you don't count biased opinions, a cultural fascination with denigrating an entire region and fostered under an air of mental superiority (that's aimed at you "kidding me" - really, was the IQ jab entirely necessary? poor education based on inadequate public schooling from depressed land values is a far cry from intrinsic inferiority. What's more, it lets you justify unfounded assertions by resorting to a generalized stereotype.

For a moment, I'd like for each of you to consider just who is doing the discriminating. Raise your hand if you've rattled off quick insults at a broad social, political or economic class that were premised on unfounded stereotypes regarding their supposed inferiority. Good job, you now have something in common with the robe-wearing rednecks you describe in your misguided ramblings.

Posted by: Jared | April 28, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I forgot, I'm from Mississippi (burning) so my opinion must be marginalized, as I'm obviously racist, inferior in mental and physical ability and have an unhealthy affinity for fried foods. Well, I threw you a bone - one of those is true. Almost anything fried is excellent.

Of all the people who have said something negative, I'd like to know how many have actually visited the state (ie, not just driven through, but stepped out and visited; I'll be really impressed if you actually lived here)?

Look, there are racists here, sure... But you're a blind fool to think we have the monopoly. I'm so sick of being summarily dismissed as irrelevant because of where I'm from. Believe it or not, there is higher education down here. In fact, most med schools use a textbook written by a professor at UMMC (University of Mississippi Medical Center). And, despite what the media tells you, Mississippi is probably achieved, in terms of progress, the greatest advancement in race relation of any state.

And finally, regarding politicians. I voted against Haley Barbour; I'm a right-leaning independent, but I voted Democrat. That said, the economy wasn't the reason for my dissatisfaction with Barbour. In fact, since Barbour has been in place, attracting jobs has been one thing he's done quite well. From Nissan to Toyota to a soon-to-be full-scale theme park neighboring Tunica (the Nation's third, sometimes second, largest gaming destination... behind only Las Vegas and Atlantic City).

Long story short, people that live here can think, speak and - believe it or not - even type complete and cogent sentences, without resorting to spell check or racist dogmas. Every now and then my white hood gets in the way of my writing (that's what you want to hear me say, right?)... oh wait, no it doesn't. Instead its usually the mountains of legal and financial documents I have to sort through that cause my eyes to cross.

Posted by: Jared | April 28, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Letter of the day: Clinton, her pastor disagree about Wright

Hillary Clinton attends the Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington. So does Bill Clinton. Hillary suggests she would not have the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's controversial former minister, as her pastor.

But the senior pastor of her church has a very different take on how Americans should react to Wright. The Rev. Dean Snyder wrote, "The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism, and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream.

"To evaluate his dynamic ministry on the basis of two or three sound bites does a grave injustice to Dr. Wright, the members of his congregation, and the African-American church, which has been the spiritual refuge of a people that has suffered from discrimination, disadvantage, and violence. Dr. Wright, a member of an integrated denomination, has been an agent of racial reconciliation while proclaiming perceptions and truths uncomfortable for some white people to hear.

"Those of us who are white Americans would do well to listen carefully to Dr. Wright rather than to use a few of his quotes to polarize. This is a critical time in America's history as we seek to repent of our racism. No matter which candidates prevail, let us use this time to listen again to one another and not to distort one another's truth. "

JACK BEAIRD, GOLDEN VALLEY


Posted by: dave | April 28, 2008 9:01 PM | Report abuse

JakeD - your post was missing something. You forgot to spell the middle name of Rev. Wright in ALLCAPS.

BB

Posted by: Fairlington Blade | April 28, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Who let these racist Hillbillies post this nonsense. You're talking about burning black people and then say Rev. Wright is the problem? You are a prime example of just what he was talking about.

That is why America is veiwed with hate around the world. It's not our freedom and way of life they hate it's is the way these Hillbillies act here and abroad. I know most of you idiots have probably never traveled any further than the local Piggly Wiggle or the town creek so your view of the world is small, Like you brain and your IQ. Stay off your sister's and cousin's back side and read a book or travel to widen your veiw of the world. I have lived outside this country and people like our money but they don't like us. Stop the nonsense.

As for the Monkey joke and the let's continue to burn some blacks Joel Bernie do you really think that black people would stand by let that happen? That's what they thought those Iraqis were going to do and you see how that's turning out don't you? So if you are as stupid as the comment that you post suit up and saddle up cowboy!

Posted by: Are You Kidding Me | April 28, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The Southern strategy for the Republicans is to align White Democrats with a Black politician hoping the old prejudices will rule the day.

Shame on Ya'll!

Posted by: Sean | April 28, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

This is more media noise. In 12 years of elected office, Barrack has crossed bridges repeatedly to real change for the American peopole - including the only candidate left to pass HEALTHCARE REFORM (in IL)

http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2007/07/29/us/politics/20070730_OBAMA_GRAPHIC.html
From the US Senate --
**the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006 (became law),
**The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, (became law),
**The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate,
**The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, (became law),
**The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, (In committee), and many more.
** Honest Leadership and Open Govt. Act (became law)
** Sponsorship with John McCain (R-AZ) of a climate change bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds by 2050
** joined Chuck Hagel (R-NE) in introducing legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism (partial passage)

Posted by: Young Atheart | April 28, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

It is odd listening to Democrats (including some on this board) blame Republicans for every bad thing that is happening in this country. As I recall, Democrats took control of Congress back in 2006 claiming they would "right the ship" and put America back on track. However, now 2 years later, gas prices are higher than they have ever been, the country is in recession, the housing market is debunk, food prices have skyrocketed and even though American's are scrambling for money, Democrats are wanting to elect two individuals (Barack or Hillary) that will raise taxes higher than they have ever been in American history. Maybe, Dems should take a look in the mirror and then they may see the real problem!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

JakeD,
Take off your blinders, get off the couch,a throw away the piling beer cans.Go get a life!

Posted by: joseph pierre | April 28, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Rev. Jerry Falwell (with Rev. Pat Robertson)
blames pagans, abortionists, feminists
& gays and lesbians for bringing on the
terrorist attacks in New York and Washington

Partial transcript of comments from the
September 13, 2001 telecast of the 700 Club

JERRY FALWELL: And I agree totally with you that the Lord has protected us so wonderfully these 225 years. And since 1812, this is the first time that we've been attacked on our soil and by far the worst results. And I fear, as Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, said yesterday, that this is only the beginning. And with biological warfare available to these monsters -- the Husseins, the Bin Ladens, the Arafats -- what we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact -- if, in fact -- God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.

PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that's my feeling. I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population.

JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.

PAT ROBERTSON: Well yes.

JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system..

JERRY FALWELL: Pat, did you notice yesterday the ACLU and all the Christ-haters, People For the American Way, NOW, etc. were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out on to God in prayer and sang "God Bless America" and said "let the ACLU be hanged". In other words, when the nation is on its knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to be doing all the time - calling upon God. ~~~

PAT ROBERTSON: > Amen

see scenes of disaster in New York City >>>

.

Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are fundamentalist Christians and like fundamentalist Muslims, Hindus, and Jews, fundamentalist Christians are known by their "urge to purge." They believe they are called to "cleanse" society of all they find "unclean" and by cleansing society they will "save it."

Osama bin Laden is a Muslim fundamentalist. He believes that Allah wills him to destroy America, "the Great Satan." He is convinced that his war against our nation is Jihad ("holy war"). The terrorists who hijacked the planes and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were convinced that Allah will reward them for their sacrifice.

Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell are fundamentalist Christians. They believe that they are called by God to cleanse this nation of sexual minorities (and pagans, feminists, abortionists, etc.) and thus to save it. They believe that those who advocate the acceptance of sexual minorities (and other liberal causes) are an "abomination in God's sight" and must be converted or purged. And though Pat and Jerry have never called for violence against
these "enemies of God" at least one of the biblical verses they misuse regularly to condemn sexual minorities states clearly that we are "worthy of death and should be executed, (Leviticus 20)."

And though I am convinced that their extremist remarks are isolating them from the American mainstream, I am still deeply concerned about the consequences of the antigay jihad or holy war that Robertson, Falwell and the other spiritual extremists (Christian terrorists) are waging against us. Their daily misuse of a handful of Biblical verses to condemn sexual and gender minorities still confuses good people of faith across the nation. Those good people of faith who have been convinced that homosexuality is a sickness, a sin, and a threat to the nation, are now waging war against us in and through their mainstream Roman Catholic and Protestant churches to deny us our religious and our political rights and protections.

-- by Rev. Mel White

New York Times, September 14, 2001, http://www.nytimes.com

U.S. 'Secular' Groups Set Tone for Terror Attacks, Falwell Says
By GUSTAV NIEBUHR

The Rev. Jerry Falwell said yesterday that the American Civil Liberties Union, with abortion providers, gay rights proponents and federal courts that had banned school prayer and legalized abortion, had so weakened the United States spiritually that the nation was left exposed to Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Mr. Falwell, a Baptist minister who is chancellor of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., said that "the A.C.L.U.'s got to take a lot of blame for this," according to a partial transcript of remarks he made on "The 700 Club," Pat Robertson's religious program.

In the transcript, distributed by the liberal organization People for the American Way, Mr. Falwell described the A.C.L.U. as "throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools." Referring to the attacks, he said he would point a figurative finger at those "who have tried to secularize America" and say, "You helped this happen."

According to the transcript, Mr. Robertson said, "I totally concur."

Asked about his remarks in an interview last night, Mr. Falwell said he was making a theological statement about how various groups had so offended God that the attacks could occur. He said he did not intend to shift blame from the terrorists. "I sincerely believe that the collective efforts of many secularists during the past generation, resulting in the expulsion from our schools and from the public square, has left us vulnerable," he said.

He said he did not believe God "had anything to do with the tragedy," but that God had permitted it. "He lifted the curtain of protection," Mr. Falwell said, "and I believe that if America does not repent and return to a genuine faith and dependence on him, we may expect more tragedies, unfortunately."

On "The 700 Club," Mr. Falwell also said that liberal groups were "totally disregarded by the Democrats and Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out to God in prayer and sang 'God Bless America' and said, 'Let the A.C.L.U. be hanged.'"

Asked to comment on what Mr. Falwell said, a spokesman for the civil liberties union said, "We are not are not dignifying it with a response." In a statement, People for the American Way did not address Mr. Falwell's remarks, but said it grieved for the victims.

Bill Leonard, dean of Wake Forest Divinity School, said Mr. Falwell's remarks were "a mistaken effort to sound prophetic." "God created the world with terrible freedom, and part of that freedom," Mr. Leonard said, is the freedom humans have "to do terrible evil."

Washington Post, September 14, 2001
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A28620-2001Sep14.html

God Gave U.S. 'What We Deserve,' Falwell Says
By John F. Harris, Washington Post Staff Writer

Television evangelists Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, two of the most prominent voices of the religious right, said liberal civil liberties groups, feminists, homosexuals and abortion rights supporters bear partial responsibility for Tuesday's terrorist attacks because their actions have turned God's anger against America.

"God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve," said Falwell, appearing yesterday on the Christian Broadcasting Network's "700 Club," hosted by Robertson.

"Jerry, that's my feeling," Robertson responded. "I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population."

Falwell said the American Civil Liberties Union has "got to take a lot of blame for this," again winning Robertson's agreement: "Well, yes."

Then Falwell broadened his blast to include the federal courts and others who he said were "throwing God out of the public square." He added: "The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way â·" all of them who have tried to secularize America â·" I point the finger in their face and say, 'You helped this happen.'"

People for the American Way transcribed the broadcast and denounced the comments as running directly counter to President Bush's call for national unity. Ralph G. Neas, the liberal group's president, called the remarks "absolutely inappropriate and irresponsible."

Robertson and others on the religious right gave critical backing to Bush last year when he was battling for the GOP presidential nomination. A White House official called the remarks "inappropriate" and added, "The president does not share those views."

Falwell was unrepentant, saying in an interview that he was "making a theological statement, not a legal statement."

"I put all the blame legally and morally on the actions of the terrorist," he said. But he said America's "secular and anti-Christian environment left us open to our Lord's [decision] not to protect. When a nation deserts God and expels God from the culture . . . the result is not good."

Robertson was not available for comment, a spokeswoman said. But she released a statement echoing the remarks he made on his show. An ACLU spokeswoman said the group "will not dignify the Falwell-Robertson remarks with a comment."

Posted by: Truth | April 28, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Neo Nazi/White Supremacist Hal Turner Confirms Friendship And Kinship With Sean Hannity
Reported by Ellen - March 23, 2008 - 343 comments

Earlier in the week, Sean Hannity denied, albeit in contradictory terms, ever having a relationship with neo Nazi/white supremacist Hal Turner. As I posted the night Hannity was confronted about Turner, the evidence conflicts with Hanniy's claims. Now Turner has confirmed their friendship and their sympatico views in a blog post called, "About Sean Hannity and Me. . . . . Yes, we were friends and yes, Sean agreed with some of my views." H/T Davefromqueens.
UPDATED: Comments received from someone claiming to be Hannity's Program Director

In his post (Warning: not for the faint of heart) that reveals just what kind of guy he is, Turner writes:

In my opinion, based on my first hand experience, I believe Sean Hannity is, in fact, a Hal Turner sort of guy. It seems to me that a big difference between Sean and me is that I am willing to say publicly what I think about savage Black criminals, diseased, uneducated illegal aliens and the grotesque cultural destruction wrought by satanic jews while Sean and many others keep quiet to protect their paychecks.

We have cited many times an article in The Nation as evidence that Turner and Hannity were palsy. In his post, Turner calls the author, Max Blumenthal, a "douche bag sodomite," but Blumenthal's account is essentially confirmed by Turner's:

I was quite disappointed when Sean Hannity at first tried to say he didn't know me and then went on to say that I ran some senate campaign in New Jersey. In fact, Sean Hannity does know me and we were quite friendly a number of years ago.

...When Hannity took over Bob Grant's spot on 77 WABC in New York City, I was a well-known, regular and welcome caller to his show. Through those calls, Sean and I got to know each other a bit and at some point, I can't remember exactly when, Sean gave me the secret "Guest call-in number" at WABC so that my calls could always get on the air.

When I utlized that call-in number, Sean would very often come onto that line during commercial breaks so we could chat before I went on the air. Our off-the-air chats grew to an exchange of other phone numbers, me giving Sean my home and cellular number and Sean giving me his direct dial-in number at Fox News channel.

In 1993, My wife got pregnant and around a month later, Sean reported that he and his wife were expecting their first child. We got to talking about things expectant dads talk about and the relationship grew.

...Over the course of the next three or four years, Sean and I spoke regularly off the air about our kids, politics and news of the day. My on-air calls to his show remained regular and welcome

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Turner concludes his blog post by threatening to use "force and violence" against his enemies. "Those using me as a prop to attack Sean Hannity would do well to remember this fact. Rest assured I will remember them when the opportunity presents itself."

Last Wednesday (3/19/08), Hannity & Colmes guest Malik Shabazz asked Hannity, in response to his continual attacks on Barack Obama regarding his pastor, "Are you to be judged by your promotion and association with Hal Turner?"

Hannity at first denied knowing Turner, then asserted that Turner was someone running a campaign in New Jersey whom Hannity had banned from his radio show. Then in what sounded like a tacit admission to me, Hannity told Shabazz, "I'm not running for president."

Two nights later (3/21/08) on Hannity & Colmes, Hannity professed to be saddened by the racial divisiveness engendered by the controversy about Obama and his pastor. But Hannity seems to have directly participated in far more divisiveness than Obama. Please write Hannity and FOX News and demand that Hannity come clean about his own associations before he continues accusing Barack Obama about his.

Hannity@foxnews.com

comments@foxnews.com

If you'd like to write to Al Sharpton's organization, National Action Network, and as them to reconsider including Hannity in a commemoration of Martin Luther King, please click here.

UPDATE: Please see the comments at 2:07 PM today (3/23/08), signed by Phil Boyce, Program Director of WABC, Hannity's radio station, disputing many of the facts, especially the dates, in Turner's account. However, as I noted in my responding comment at 3:11, the real issue is what was Turner allowed to say on the air, how often and what was Hannity's reaction? We have an article in a national magazine plus one of the parties involved who say that Hannity was a welcoming, friendly and encouraging host for Turner's views for a good while. Neither Boyce nor Hannity has specifically denied that.
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Posted by: Nazi Sean Hannity | April 28, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Terriost are the same as racist. Hussein is a arabic name idiot..so you can use it but, We don't fear it.

Posted by: Ann Hussein West | April 28, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

One thing Obama did in the senate is vote AGAINST the Iraq war. Nuff said.

Posted by: larbob | April 28, 2008 2:06 PM


Wrong. He spoke against the war while running for his Senate seat. Obama has sponsored two bills that have become law since he took office in the US senate:

- a bill to promote democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

-- a bill to name a post office.


Posted by: Maryann | April 28, 2008 2:49 PM

Good job Maryann! Just goes to show how naive and ill-informed most people are in there rantings. Obama wasn't even a US Senator when Congress voted for the war, he was too busy voting "present" in the Illinois State Assembly... of course, he wants to give the impression he voted against the war. Keep in mind folks, this DEMOCRATIC Congress has been one of the least effective ones ever and has seen approval ratings as low as the single digits! Lots of promises but no action.

Posted by: Chris | April 28, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

LA Times is now reporting Obama took money in exchange for political favors. He awarded State contracts to his friends when he was having financial problems. So much for "hope" and "change". He should drop out of the race.

Posted by: goldenstate | April 28, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

The choices are 2 socialists (Obama the America hater, Clinton the liar/criminal) and a democrat(geriatric hot head McCain). Guess I'll be staying home

Posted by: stayin home | April 28, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Oh now the war is about the oil in Iraq so what ever happen to the Weapons of Mass Destruction that the American people was lied about or maybe that a good question for the 4000 families that lost their love ones Bush's war .. Sounds like another cheap Republican talking point to me but than again that all you guys have is cheap talk when it comes to the war.. Oh my bad the 12 Billion dollars a week we get from Chain to pay for this war is not cheap wakeup ..


Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This ad reeks of desperation. When a politician is on the wrong side of the issues, the politician tries to smear the opponent.

Not only desperation, but stupid. Childers overestimates these issues and underestimates the liability of being in the party which is now outnumbered by independents. Republicans, do you realize that you are actually outnumbered by independents in the U.S.? Issue-shunning ads like this one are partly to blame.

Posted by: JTS | April 28, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Our economy has taken a nose dive since the demos took over congress in 2006. High gas prices are the main factor. We have one of the largest proven oil reserves in the world, yet the demo leadership sides with their nutty tree hugging base and will not allow us to drill for our oil. So gas prices go higher. Who is to blame? Libs a falling over each other to have us sign up to the Kyotogorewarming rules that would cripple our economy. Where will the jobs be then?

Posted by: v racer | April 28, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

larbob, what about freeing the Iraqi's, who control a good amount of the world's oil, don't you understand? There isn't a hate America foriegn government a lib won't sit down with, but will never stand up to. There isn't an ally who can trust us to stay the course thanks to toss the white flag for political purposes fools like you. The lib media brainwashed "he lied" demos are now stuck with two of the most unqualified candidates in history. According to lib demo postings, both are liars, both manipulate, both pander, both are racists, both are not to be trusted and both would destroy our national security for a political win.

Posted by: v racer | April 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or did Obama seem a little darker than usual because of some of the filters used?

"A black person supported my opponent. Vote for me."

I wonder how many "true conservatives" (who are NOT bitter and racist) this can rally.

Posted by: emr | April 28, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans had thier chance a bad Iraq war that the American people was lied in to over 4000 lives lost in Bush's mess and John Mc Bush, want to stay in Iraq for 100 more years enough is enough throw all the bums out ..What czary about all of this they have the nevre to want 8 more years of draging the country down that sick the American people are no fools enjoy the next 8 months it's time for a change in Washington November can't come fast enough.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tony, this right wingnut knows the difference between a nut that supports a candidate and a candidate who supports a nut. The big difference is one that lib media brainwashed ignorant demos can't comprehend. The rest of us know right from Wright. Your racist, blame America first, punish the successful, throw in the white flag to terrorism, pandering candidate will be demolished in November when real Americans get to vote.

Posted by: v racer | April 28, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

dirty and trash are up because Americans love dirty laundry and trash. If they don't allow, media won't have reason to talk, write and DNC & GOP won't have chance to air dirty laundry. Most of American have no decency especially calling another human a monkey. No wonder world view American is an ugly American. American government created / trained Osama here is the link
http://www.conspiracyarchive.com/NWO/CIA_Created_Osama.htm
there is some true in Dr. Wright's speech.

Hillary relationshHillary's service on a board that gave money to a terrorist organizationip with terrorists " http://www.dickmorris.com/blog/2008/04/18/hillarys-terrorist-ties/#more-323

Before you blash out any candidate, please do your own research and brain.

Posted by: Katy | April 28, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

One thing Obama did in the senate is vote AGAINST the Iraq war. Nuff said.

Posted by: larbob | April 28, 2008 2:06 PM


Wrong. He spoke against the war while running for his Senate seat. Obama has sponsored two bills that have become law since he took office in the US senate:

- a bill to promote democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

-- a bill to name a post office.

Posted by: Maryann | April 28, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many right wingnuts disavowed Falwell and Robertson when they said 9/11 was God's punishment for homosexuality or Hagee's comments that Katrina was God's punishment for homosexuality.

I guess it's okay if you're a scary white, but being a scary black....

Posted by: Tony in Wilton | April 28, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Whether you liked the commercial or hated it, get used to seeing more of them.

Here's a campaign commercial currently being developed by a 527 group for Obama if he is the Democratic presidential nominee.

Black screen fades up with tall white letters of "9/11" with the "11" looking like the Twin Towers.

Bring up sounds of airplane engine slowly.

Cut to clip of first airplane striking the towers with the actual audio.

Cut to clip of 2nd plane striking the Twin Towers with audio.

Cut to actual footage of people's shocked and horrified reactions.

Fade to actual footage of a man near top of one of the towers out on a jagged piece of iron while smoke billows and flames shoot from a hole in the building. Keep running the previous ground reaction audio. The man then leaps from his perch, thousands of feet up, and we watch him plunge toward the ground. As he falls the voice over of part of Reverend Wright's 9/16/01 speech screams over the ground reaction audio:

"We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye. We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost."

The VDO of the plunging man still runs but it is becoming clearer by visual clues in the VDO that he is getting closer to the ground.

Cut to VDO of Reverend Wright screaming to a rapturously receptive audience "no, no, no, GOD DAMNED AMERICA." Repeat this three times with jump cuts. "No, no, no, GOD DAMNED AMERICA." "No, no, no, GOD DAMNED AMERICA." "No, no, no, GOD DAMNED AMERICA."

Cut back to plunging man with quite audio of wind, the type giving the impression the viewer is falling through the air. After a few seconds run following voice over:

"This man was forced to jump to his death from a height of over a thousand feet for a crime no more "damnable" than showing up to his place of work on 9/11. A few Americans, sadly, blame him for the tragic events of that day. But that is their right, hard as it is to say. Many have fought and died for that right even when the speech is offensive to many. But do you really want someone as president that admits his spiritual adviser would say such things?

Just before the man hits the ground, cut to black, bring up the words "Reverend Wright, Barack Obama spiritual adviser.

Posted by: jmcauli1 | April 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

By running negative ads against Sen. Obama at this stage of the game, it sends a clear signal that he is the candate most likley to beat them in the elections. Otherwise, they would be attacking Sen. Clinton. Just a thought.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The red light,yellow light fear tatics will work again. Gluttons for punishment.

Posted by: b barry | April 28, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I guess Rev Wright somehow changes the fact that the Republicans have been a disaster for the past eight years for our country. From Iraq to Katrina to bungling the economy and increasing our debt they've been totally incompetent. I hope even more of them get the boot again this November.

Posted by: markinsa | April 28, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

larbob says "One thing Obama did in the senate is vote AGAINST the Iraq war. Nuff said." Hello, Obama was not even in the Senate when the vote took place. He was elected a year after the war started. Obama neither voted for or against the war. Fairy tale. Nuff said.

Posted by: Bob | April 28, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Big government scheme? You mean the Republicans are for small government these days?

I'm honestly confused. You see, I used to be one of them, then they expanded the federal government more than anyone in my lifetime.

Posted by: Joe | April 28, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

"One thing Obama did in the senate is vote AGAINST the Iraq war. Nuff said.

Posted by: larbob | April 28, 2008 2:06 PM"
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This just goes to show you how UNINFORMED most Obama proponents are. Obama was not even in the U.S. when the vote was taken to authorize the use of force.

He was a state senator who gave a speech against the war. Since joining the U.S. has voted the same as Clinton on the war. They both keep voting to continue funding it.

Posted by: jmcauli1 | April 28, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

When it comes to energy policy, Democrats always talk a good game. But look at their actual record while in control of Congress in the last year and a half. It's been nothing short of disastrous. Looks like back to the 70's again. As far as their little boy Obama goes, he's got to learn he can't have it both ways. Is Barack Obama's small-town America really a land of bitter gun-toting, Bible-thumping racists? Or are they just God-fearing American patriots? Maybe we should ask his "typical white" grandmother. Obama once helped fund an organization opposed to Israel's existence. Barack Obama says he won't take folks' guns away as long as they're hunters. But when the hunted are his constituents, well, that's different: He opposes concealed carry and the right to self-defense.It's bad enough that Barack Obama's church took sick joy in 9/11 for "racist white America" supporting "Zionists." Now we learn it also is a mouthpiece for anti-Israeli terrorists. Obama doesn't talk much about his views on crime and punishment -- at least not in front of general audiences -- and for good reason. Those spreading rumors that Barack Hussein Obama is a "closet Muslim" are not far off the mark, but his religion has everything to do with a militantly Afrocentric movement that's no less troubling than his ties to Islamic terrorists like Hamas, not to mention domestic terrorists like Bill Ayers and America-hating Afro-Marxists like Jeremiah Wright. Rather than break ties with his demagogic, anti-American pastor, Barack Obama used a speech on race to excuse his behavior and sweep the controversy under the rug. Passing the buck is not very presidential.

Posted by: Mississippi Boy | April 28, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Why Do I Feed The Trolls?:

Calm yourself. I'm aware that there are good Republicans and bad Republicans, and I'm certainly not out to bash Lincoln. But as of right now, the majority of Republicans favor jingoism and pro-America cliches over legislation that will actually make our country better.

And the statement was a joke. The line works better with 1854 - the founding of the Republican Party - rather than a random date. So take a deep breath.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | April 28, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

It is true that Davis (or whatever this guy is) is just an idiot. He simply doesnot deserve to be seated in congress....I hope he defeats by the record margin in US history...

Posted by: MAH | April 28, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats are stupid enough to let Hillary steal the Nomination with her Super Delegates, you hav lost me If you let the Super delegates help Hillary steal the Nomination. I will swithch over to the Republican side. So Hillary will lose my vote plus she will chase away a Blue Dog Democrat.

I have ben aDemocrat all my life as hane my partent, but this is too important for DNC to allow to be destroyed.

Posted by: Bea Lansing | April 28, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Reverend Wright! LOL, you Dems are so out of touch. You hide behind your complex logic, guilt and depression. It's really simple: Obama is a weak loser who is ashamed of his own country. I'll take my chances with McCain, thank you.

Posted by: Jeff | April 28, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

city on the hill..

blah blah blah

%5 of the world thinks that their %100 of the worlds power, influence and deserve all of its resources.

STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i would ask you to wake up.. but your goddamn american dream keeps you all sleeping..

in time history will judge your society for the real crimes it has done to the planet..

scumbags the lot of you.

YOU ARE THE TERRORISTS AMERICA!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Typical stupid republicans.

the funny thing is at least 1 in 3 americans actually buy into this fear crap.

you really deserve your fate, stupid fools.

drink up.. drink that milkshake all up..

revolution isnt coming, its already here..

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are sick people......

The propagandists need some new material.....quick before they kill themselves.....

Lets see what Obama's house plants are saying!!

Maybe Obama starved his plants of water? or his plants aren't happy with the quality of sun they get?

Faux News! Run with that! Toe tappers?

Whew!!! The racist rubber stamp is alive and well in the Republican Party!!!

What-up propagandists!! Get some....

You can roll your own Bush tax cut:
1) Get a $1000 cash advance on your credit card.
2) Spend $500.
3) Give $500 to your boss.

Dems in 08....there is no debate.....

Posted by: ApostasyUSA | April 28, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Yee ha let's hang us a nigro...

i expect nothing less from the southern crowd..

yeee ha..

you people make me sick..
f your kool aid.. dipchits.

Posted by: sicko | April 28, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

You want to know what barack obama has sone as a senator he has enacted legislation that will give our veterans what they diserve when they come home form war, he has enacted legislation the will help to end nuclear proliferation, He has enacted the strongest ethics legislation ever and he has also drafted legistlation that will help to end poverty all over the world. so much for your education... If you think that these republican do nothings are so good then i guess you will be happy paying five dollars a gallon for gas and higher and higher prices for food while we our country is being sold to china.. So much for you dear old patriotism.

Posted by: Ursula | April 28, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

This country deserves it's fate.

you all will be punnished for your crimes against the %95 of world WHO ARENT YOU.

morons.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

If the Washington Post were ESPN, the coverage would consist of nothing but bloopers and analysts trying to explain to us that by Derek Jeter missing one grounder, he might miss alot of grounders from here on out. Of course they wouldn't show us stats and his one error would be replayed for a season.

Posted by: fools | April 28, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

One thing Obama did in the senate is vote AGAINST the Iraq war. Nuff said.

Posted by: larbob | April 28, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

To ManUnitdFan,

If you sincerely think the Republicans have led America down the tubes since 1854, then you're even more ignorant than Michelle Obama. I guess you were asleep when you were taught the Civil War in school.

If you're too blind to see that there are some good Republicans as well as Democrats, then just go ahead and keep drinking the Kool-Aid.

Posted by: Why Do I Feed The Trolls? | April 28, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are all scumbags and need the gas chamber for thier crimes against the country, constitution and the people of earth.

scumbag criminals who deserve nothing but war crimes trials..

they do not deserve pitty or even enough respect to listen to thier lies anymore.

hang the bastards!!!

Posted by: Dick Bush | April 28, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

This shows clearly who the Republicans are more afraid of facing, they know that McCain will not stand a chance against Barack Obama while they feel Hillary is easy meat!

Personally I find it sad that Republicans feel they need to get involved in a nomination race!

Posted by: John B Sheffield | April 28, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight - Childers condones Obama who condones Wright who quotes a U.S. Ambassador in this sermon. So Ambassador Peck is representing this district.

Posted by: James | April 28, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure why this Rev Wright stuff keeps going and going. I have no problem with people speaking their mind about what is wrong with America. Obama has already addressed his position on this at length. I wish Republicans would tone down all the faux patriotism and get down to solving America's problems. I am independent voter and would be much more attracted to the Republican party if they could just get out of the stone ages and get in touch with where modern America is and is going.

Posted by: EW | April 28, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Childers is a victim of the classic smear campaign of the exterme right ... now becoming the classic smear campaign of the Clinton campaign ...

America has resumed its habit of being the "Champions' of the most vile electioneering practices that appeal to the darkest and most ignorant of natures and a shame that demonstrates the manner of ill-respect that the American citizen is regarded with ....

This observer is Non-American and hence ha no vested interest ... it seems that the Clinton campaign represents everything that has been so sick about American politics for so long ... too bad we had hoped that Obama would be chosen so as to give America a fresh start and some renewed stature on the world stage ... If Clinton is chosen then America will be seen to have chosen a candidate without the quality of being believable or trustworthy.

She and her spouse are both using the most vile innuendo and brazen smear tactics to try and gain office. Such actions if rewarded will reap a whirlwind of reaction that will permanently damage the view of America as a just society for years to come.

Posted by: Barrie O. Ward The Canadian Geezer | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans haha! The party that started out for the people now feeds on the people by throwing them to the wolves in Iraq , throwing them to the "its your our fault" mortgage crisis and most importantly feeding them poison(e.g tax cut for the rich, high gas prices, etc)with a smile. I can careless what Mr Wright as to say, when will republicans get it. Wright's ideology might piss me off but it is nowhere nearly as disturbing as the indifference republicans show for human life (anti abortion but killing them after they are born is ok(death penalty & over 4000+ soldiers died thinking we went to war for WMDs....either murder is wrong or it isnt you can't have it both ways) and most importantly the lack of care for the human condition they show for TRUE AMERICANS. I ask you how many of these "politicians" sign up to work in the green zone!? and when did it become "Un-American" to speak your mind or criticize the country you fought for(wright former marine).

Posted by: StopHijackingMyCountry | April 28, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm sooooooooooo bored with all the negative ad's and name calling and more gaffe coverage than news coverage... WHERE IS THE REAL NEWS?

Posted by: what matters | April 28, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

I live in the northern district of Mississippi in the city that Greg Davis is mayor. The smear campain is rediculous. We shouldn't allow it. If he would have stuck to the issues, he would have been better off. Democrat or Republican, our country is still the greatest to live in. As for Mississippi, our government has done a nice job in decisions to improve education, response management, and financial stability. Remember, not too many years ago Mississippi was the poorest state with the worst education. Not now. If our Federal Government would spend more time listening than filling their own agendas, we would better off. There should be 12 year term limits!

Posted by: MS Mike | April 28, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Two new polls from IN and NC suggest a split decision on May 6th, with Clinton on the brink of a double-digit lead in IN and Obama up 10% in NC. Full roundup: http://www.campaigndiaries.com/2008/04/may-6th-polls-suggest-split-decision.html

Posted by: Dan | April 28, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

As a media producer myself, I have to say that this commercial is incredibly weak and highly prone to backfire. Not only are the allegations of any "wrongdoing" tenuous at best, but the only name I remember after watching that ad is Travis Childers. Since the ad is actually criticizing out-of-context quotes by Reverend Wright and Senator Obama,the fact that the only other name mentioned multiple times is Travis Childers makes me believe the goal of the ad was to get people to vote for Mr. Childers. This is a poorly executed smear ad by a narrow-minded, opportunistic candidate.

Posted by: sunflowermedia | April 28, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure which smear campaign appeals to a dumber audience: Clinton or the GOP. It sure seems like their unabashed racism is coming from the same pot of filth.

Posted by: Jeremy | April 28, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Any hopes the Republicans have of successfully Swift-boating Obama are pretty thin. He is not John Kerry, and he will not sink because of this Rev. Wright controversy. Repeat the sermon all you want, try to paint his health care plan (as unrealistic as you may think it is )as a "big scheme", but unless you dig up some real dirt, Obama is going to truck over Hillary, and most likely McCain.

And where does a Republican come off calling a health care plan a big government scheme when in the past 8 years, there's been nothing BUT schemes. There's been runaway spending under what is supposed to be a fiscally conservative administration. Aren't Republicans supposed to be for smaller government? The lead-up to Iraq wasn't a scheme? The mishandling of Katrina? Tax breaks for the upper class? No, those must all be honest, forthright policies, not schemes.

Posted by: GregB | April 28, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Republicans/Democrats, who cares. You're all a bunch of idiots. There should only be one party, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!. Who cares that Obama flip flops as badly as Kerry did? Who cares that McCain is over the hill? Who cares that Hillary is a woman? Who cares that Obama attended a church with a radical reverend? NOT ME!!. I want someone in office that is going to do for America and get her back to being a proud country again and not a delapidated husk of her former self. THese people are not those who I want to see in power. They're all a bunch of fakes and phonies.

Posted by: OB1Kenobi | April 28, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Why does the media keep referring to Dr. Jeremiah Wright as Obama former pastor, why not just refer to this person as conversional out spoken man of color who has every right to express his thoughts. What the media is doing is what they have done in the past stirrup trouble.

Posted by: progress print | April 28, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Quote from Above
"Because Obama is a burden to America, anybody can see the problem! Not only Republicans, also Democrats, should come up against this stupid monkey Obama!

Posted by: TrueAmerican | April 28, 2008 1:25 PM "

Hey Brother, No true American would refer to another man as a "Monkey". Especially a man that has more brains and intelligence in his left pinky than probably your whole family. Suggestion - get out of your double-wide FEMA trailor and get an education.

Posted by: Abraham | April 28, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

It is highly amusing to hear democrats blame the republicans for dividing our country. Have they taken a look at the Democratic Party lately? It is self-destructing!
Howard Dean telling one of the candidates they must step down, threats of rioting at democratic convention, bitter campaigning between their candidates, blacks voting only for Barrack Hussein (talk about racism), Gimme a break! Democrats stop lying to yourself and have the courage to look at your own failing party and ideology.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 28, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Do you really want an ex-POW, who was exposed to 5 years of communist mind control in the Hanoi Hilton, to have his hand on the nuclear button?

You won't hear it reported in the media...but to the commies, McCain is called "the songbird", because he spilled so many secrets... Don't believe this? Ask why McCain has fought to have his military records classified as "top secret".

You won't hear that he crashed 5 planes either... the last over Vietnam... but there's interesting stories of a young maverick who crashed a military plane, while flying home from a football game....

You can't make this stuff up...

But you're corporate media can hide it...

Posted by: doctordrewl | April 28, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

What is new this is Mississipi. We used to burn black and lynch them we hope only we can continue on the same track.

Posted by: Joel Bernie | April 28, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Typical Republicans - Americans are sick of your low life attacks. American people are more educated now than before so your add would not work.

Posted by: ob08 | April 28, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I seem to recall Rev. Jerry Falwell blaming 9-11 on America, too, with Pat Robertson strongly agreeing at the time. Funny how that one's been forgotten already.

Posted by: JC | April 28, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I will cast my vote for Obama if you can do one thing:

Name one thing that Obama has done as a senator? He is running on a campaine of "change". Please educate me, I want to know of anything that he has done to "change" things.

Posted by: Me | April 28, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Well Republicans are only as stupid as the people who elect them. If the electorate of NC and MS elect their leader sbased on anything other than the issues, $4 gas, iraq, home foreclosures, GOP corruption in Washington, to name a few. Then they deserve the leader they get.

Posted by: Shawn | April 28, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

"Conservatives just can't trust Travis Childers"

Sounds like reason enough right there to vote for Childers!

Posted by: Joe | April 28, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Last time I looked the people who are in charge that make the laws were Democrats. Obama would just dig the hole deeper.

Posted by: Think | April 28, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

After observing the Democrats primary campaign and the Democrats' management of Congress, I can't imagine them trying to lead our country's government. Congress has a lower approval rating than George Bush.

Posted by: Bill | April 28, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Xenophobia, homophobia and religious intolerance has now apparently become the platform of some politicians.

Next we will see ads with McCain defending Hagee and Parsley with them saying "Katrina was God's punishment of America for the sin of homosexuality" or "the Catholic church is the great prostitute and a cult religion" and "Islam is a false religion and all who practice it should be exterminated".

This should be good.

I am waiting for Clinton to "walk out" of her church after her pastor said she was wrong about Rev. Wright.

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/letters/17066161.html

Posted by: Deward Bowles | April 28, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

It is odd that Republicans use distant associations with Obama's pastor, but Obama would be ridden out of town on a rail if he were white. Only because he is black does he enjoy the position he does. Why not run a resonable black man? Harold Ford, Jr. comes to mind.

Posted by: IndependentDan | April 28, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party:

Thinking it's worse to have a friend who said "God D*** America" than leading America down the tubes since 1854.

Posted by: ManUnitdFan | April 28, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Not SURPRISE. This is Mississippi burning. The bastion of racism. I'm registered Republican and I can see why the other minorities see the Republicans are party of RACISM and US-of-KKK. Shame on Republicans. I'm ashamed of being a registered Republican.

Posted by: john Adams | April 28, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Because Obama is a burden to America, anybody can see the problem! Not only Republicans, also Democrats, should come up against this stupid monkey Obama!

Posted by: TrueAmerican | April 28, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Man!

I am REALLY getting SICK of hearing the word "Obama".

Gimme a BREAK! HE, is NOT worth all the Hoopla!

Address Issues for crying out loud, Not Barack Hussein's minute to minute occurrences.

"And in the News Today! Barack Hussein Ate a Ham Sandwich, and had LARGE Iced Tea with it!
He needed two napkins to wipe his hands! Dumpster Divers recovered the disposed of "Sacred Objects" to put on E-Bay!"

"More about his Bowel Movement, in a few minutes!"

Yeah Folks, it is getting that damned ridiculous! :-(

Posted by: RAT-The | April 28, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Look at them old republicans, hee haw, you so man, go and get them white robes with the peep holes and put em on boys, we need to round them up, call up the grand poop-pa. ma.

Posted by: wakeup123 | April 28, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

A smear campaign is the method of last resort when the candidate can not win on the issues alone.
The Republicans have followed their hero, George W. Bush, over the cliff and have nothing left to offer their constituents.
Please remember, a candidate with good ideas and policies does not need to resort to smear.

Posted by: Veteran1 | April 28, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

It's a beautiful thing watching the Republicans distort and rant themselves into political oblivion. Dividing Americans into us vs.them has been the hallmark of Republican politics since Ronnie Raygun. And look where it's gotten us! More Republicans, more division. Your call Mississippi, how's everything working with the Republicans in charge for y'all down there?

Posted by: thebob.bob | April 28, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

It is not "clear" to me that Republicans are idiots and they have to go.

Posted by: JakeD | April 28, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

It is clear to everyone that Republicans are idiots and they have to go because after 8 years of ruining this country down nobody wants to see them in the same positions.

Posted by: Jarda1 | April 28, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

GO REV. WRIGHT!!! (the gift that keeps on giving ; )

Posted by: JakeD | April 28, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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