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McCain Calls on LA Times to Release 2003 Khalidi Video


Rashid Khalidi, head of Middle East studies at Columbia University, in 2004.

By Michael D. Shear
Sen. John McCain today compared the director of Columbia University's Middle East Institute to a "neo-Nazi" and called on the Los Angeles Times to release a video of a 2003 banquet at which Sen. Barack Obama talked about the professor, Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian American scholar and friend of Obama's from Chicago.

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station Wednesday morning. "I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different."

McCain added another potentially explosive charge Wednesday morning to a growing flap over the release of the tape provided to the LA Times by a source on condition they not publish it, alleging that former 60s radical William Ayers had been at the banquet -- something that has not been reported by the Times.

"We should know about their relationship," McCain said, referring to Ayers. "Including, apparently, information that is held by the Los Angeles Times concerning an event that Mr. Ayers attended with a PLO spokesman. The Los Angeles Times refuses to make that videotape public."

Khalidi has denied having been a spokesman for the PLO.

A spokeswoman for McCain said the senator based his allegation about Ayers on another newspaper article -- a New York Sun report in 2005 that Ayers had been at the same banquet.

The Sun article reported that Ayers had contributed to a commemorative testimonial book honoring Khalidi but did not specify whether that book was signed by dinner attendees or assembled beforehand. "A big farewell dinner was held in their honor by AAAN with a commemorative book filled with testimonials from their friends and political allies. These included the left wing anti-war group Not In My Name, the Electronic Intifada, and the ex-Weatherman domestic terrorists Bernadine Dohrn and Bill Ayers," authors Sol Stern and Fred Siegel reported.

McCain has spent weeks trying to make Obama's relationship with Ayers an issue in the campaign, saying that Obama had not been truthful with the American people about how close the two are.

The Los Angeles Times wrote in April about the banquet as part of a broader story examining Obama's relationship with the Palestinian community in Chicago. The paper issued a statement yesterday saying their source asked them not to release the video.

"The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it," the paper quoted Russ Stanton, editor of the LA Times, saying. "The Times keeps its promises to sources."

Jamie Gold, the newspaper's readers' representative, said in a statement: "More than six months ago the Los Angeles Times published a detailed account of the events shown on the videotape. The Times is not suppressing anything. Just the opposite -- the L.A. Times brought the matter to light."

But the existence of the video has created a firestorm among conservative bloggers, who allege the newspaper is holding the video back because it contains embarrassing moments that would be damaging for Obama.

And on Tuesday, McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb called for the Times to release the tape.

"A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi," Goldfarb said. "The election is one week away, and it's unfortunate that the press so obviously favors Barack Obama that this campaign must publicly request that the Los Angeles Times do its job -- make information public."

ABC News reported today that "McCain has his own connection to Khalidi," in that McCain has chaired the International Republican Institute since 1993, which in 1998 and 1999 funded the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, founded by the Palestinian scholar.

In the original story about the dinner, the Times wrote the following:

"It was a celebration of Palestinian culture -- a night of music, dancing and a dash of politics. Local Arab Americans were bidding farewell to Rashid Khalidi, an internationally known scholar, critic of Israel and advocate for Palestinian rights, who was leaving town for a job in New York.

"A special tribute came from Khalidi's friend and frequent dinner companion, the young state Sen. Barack Obama. Speaking to the crowd, Obama reminisced about meals prepared by Khalidi's wife, Mona, and conversations that had challenged his thinking.

"His many talks with the Khalidis, Obama said, had been "consistent reminders to me of my own blind spots and my own biases... It's for that reason that I'm hoping that, for many years to come, we continue that conversation -- a conversation that is necessary not
just around Mona and Rashid's dinner table," but around "this entire world."

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This is the same Khalidi that received over $500,000 from John McCain in grants from the International Republican Institute. Now I have to conclude that either MCCAIN FUNDS TERRORISTS, which is far more dangerous than any associations that Obama might have, or that he is once again using desperate tricks so that will not remember that McCain's policies helped get us into this economic mess.

Posted by: vaney18 | October 30, 2008 2:47 PM

This is the same Khalidi that received over $500,000 from John McCain in grants from the International Republican Institute. Now I have to conclude that either MCCAIN FUNDS TERRORISTS, which is far more dangerous than any associations that Obama might have, or that he is once again using desperate tricks so that will not remember that McCain's policies helped get us into this economic mess.

Posted by: vaney18 | October 30, 2008 2:46 PM

Let's see the Sarah tapes. You know, the ones that show Sarah hanging around with the Alaska Independence Party!! The people who want to separate from the United States and have no use for America. Add into the mix, McCain supported Professor Khalidi he's accusing Obama of attending a going away party for, with cash.

Posted by: bigsmile | October 30, 2008 9:05 AM

Supernurse, you read "somewhere" about Obama not doin' somethin'?

Methinks your post is a Republickem plant.

If not, please rethink --if what you say is true, FOX would be givin' away T-Shirts with the story on it.
If true, even the most biased media would carry it.
Please, calm yourself. YOU are not being deceived nor are we by YOU.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | October 30, 2008 9:00 AM

Supernurse, you read "somewhere" about Obama not doin' somethin'?

Methinks your post is a Republickem plant.

If not, please rethink --if what you say is true, FOX would be givin' away T-Shirts with the story on it.
If true, even the most biased media would carry it.
Please, calm yourself. YOU are not being deceived nor are we by YOU.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | October 30, 2008 9:00 AM

Supernurse, you read "somewhere" about Obama not doin' somethin'?

Methinks your post is a Republickem plant.

If not, please rethink --if what you say is true, FOX would be givin' away T-Shirts with the story on it.
If true, even the most biased media would carry it.
Please, calm yourself. YOU are not being deceived nor are we by YOU.

Posted by: bgreen2224 | October 30, 2008 9:00 AM

I started out an Obama supporter, (I don't get into the whole Republican/Democrat crap) but I read somewhere that Obama would not Pledge Allegiance to the Flag. Now I may be a little misguided as most of what you read on the Internet and in Magazines is mostly BS, but I have a serious problem with this! Whomever gets elected to this office will be our Commander in Chief and it seems a little bit important to me that our President show his support of our Country! To me this includes Pride in the USA -- the flag represents our country and everything we stand for, correct? I know some people take for granted the little things, but I wonder about those who have loved ones in the Military or have lost someone to terrorist attacks, what do they think about this? I have a brother in the Navy and my heart swells with pride every time I look at the American Flag because we are a country that does stand and fight!

Posted by: supernurse | October 30, 2008 3:05 AM

Some interesting information you right wing wack jobs might want to ponder. And for you wonderful right wing wack job Christians, glass houses and stones come to mind:

During the 1990s, while John McCain served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank.

The relationship between John McCain and Khalidi extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: pmb72 | October 29, 2008 11:36 PM

Some interesting information you right wing wack jobs might want to ponder. And for you wonderful right wing wack job Christians, glass houses amd stones come to mind:

During the 1990s, while John McCain served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank.

The relationship between John McCain and Khalidi extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: pmb72 | October 29, 2008 11:34 PM

We saw for 1/2 an hour how dangerously radical Obama was tonight. But mckane is so desperate that he wants us to worry about obama knowing and ---gasp---talking to university professors. Ummmmmm, right......

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 10:44 PM

I think the tape should be released and, ask the American people to email, write or call the LA Times and ask them to release the video of Obama?

letters@latimes.com

Los Angeles Times
202 W. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 237-5000

Posted by: bydesign001 | October 29, 2008 10:31 PM

This is REALLY SAD on the part of McCain!!

The horror of asking Palestine and Israel to find common ground!! IS THAT THE SMOKING GUN? WOW!!

Posted by: Angryman | October 29, 2008 10:20 PM

Income taxes are only oneof the many taxes we all pay. It is the only marginally progressive one. When considering tax policy one has to look at the whole picture. When you factor in regressive taxes (payroll deductions for social security, sales taxes etc. ) then you find the middle class paying a[roughly the same percentage of income as the upper middle and lower end of the upper class in total taxes. that is the part the right wingers always leave out when arguing for a flat taxation rate on income. What that would do is dramatically increase the tax burden on the working middle class and especially the poor, while greatly reducing the alredy too low proportion of taxes paid by the rich. Simple example. Forbes ran as a flat taxer. He would have recieved roughly 30mill a year in tax cuts under his own plan. But then a billionaire like him really needs it, right? Bu surely he would take all that money and plow it right back in to wages for his workers...hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.............

We need a more steeply progressive income tax, a shift back to normal where taxes on unearned income (capital gains) is taxed at a higher rate than earned income (wages) and we need to take that money and invest in in the infrastructure that allows the economy to grow and flourish. In the long run not only does the middle class benefit, but the wealthy do as well. As right wingers like to say, a rising tide lifts all boats. Supply side lifts life boats for the rich while flooding everyone elses homes with debt.

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 10:14 PM

If you think trickle down works - that would be cutting taxes on the filthy rich and thereby they will create jobs, then you have not paid attention in econ class, in history class, or looked out at the world with your own eyes.

the greatest periods of prosperity in the 20th century both occurred as a direct result of Keynesian based economic policies. The two great crashes in the 20th century, and the one we are experinceing now, were all the direct result of supply side (albiet hoover did not call it supply side at that historical juncture) policies. Rich people won't see their lifestyle affected one iota by a 3% increase in the top bracket. In fact, if you use your own logic - people work harder when they want more money, it would follow that people whose main motivation is getting and being rich would work harder if you raise their taxes a little. By paying a little more and shoring the foundation of the financial system, providing the infrastructure that business needs to flourish, it actually makes it easier for those entreprenuerial souls to go out and innovate, create jobs, and yes, get filthy rich. If you think aising a millionaires taxes 3% is going to make them throw their hands in the air and say "that's it - I quit -- close the company" then you are truly stupid. But them if you still believe in trickle down...

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 10:06 PM

This race has been covered in such a partisan way, I wonder if Americans can ever trust the media. We got GW because Rove and the Republicans manipulated the media, twice. If the NYT and the WaPo had been doing their job, then we would have questioned GW's intent and motives. Only the Dixie Chicks had the nads to speak their mind - the MSM were all complicit, and so bear responsibility. And so we receive propaganda and parsing from the media and the candidates, again. I'm voting for Nader. The rest of you lemmings can follow your party.

Posted by: daavina | October 29, 2008 9:57 PM

Socialism is the advocacy of state ownership of all critical industry and infrastructure. To be a socialist Obama, or anyone else, would have to advocate the government taking ownership of all health care facilities, all energy production, all transportation companies, all utilities, all pension instruments. We have adopted some socialist style programs, like Social securrity, Medicare, Medicaide, Amtrak. that is because they provide absoluteyl vital services that the private sector would not provide because they lack the potential for sufficient profit. Beyond that no one has propsed anything even close to anything that is remotely like a socialist agenda since Eugene V Debs last ran for president in 1920. You idiots who are listening to palin for information prove that you are idiots just because you would listen to a word she says. I'd love to hear this ninny explain socialism. then explain why Obama fits her definition. Socialism is not raising income taxes by 3% on the top 5% of wage earners. "Spreading the wealth around" is what every government from hunter gather tribes giving the the liver to the chief to Egypt taxing the public to finance pyramids does. It is all a matter of who get's to pay, and who gets to benefit. under republicons, we get to pay, the filthy rich get to benefit. Inder Democrats the filthy rich pay a little more and our kids get opportunity. I know where my American values and my Christian values tell me my support should go.

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thats a very good argument, but the only way to save our economy is by encouraging the filthy rich to create jobs by cutting their taxes. im not filthy rich by any means but i know that the lower class people work for the higher class people, and if taxes are raised for the upper class, it will cut jobs. Major corporations DO need a break so they dont end up laying of thousands of people. major corporations need the incentive to hire employees.
and middle/lower class people need the incentive to work...not get tax cuts from the government and get a free handout.

also the most basic definition of socialism/communism is: from those according to their ability to those according to their need.

this explains obamas heavier taxes on the upper class "according to their ability"(income). and his lower taxes on the lower class "to those according to their need"(lack of/less income)

and the flow of the rich peoples taxes into the pockets of the lower class in the form of tax cuts and wellfare.

income tax and all other taxes should be a fixed percentage across the board, no matter how rich or poor.

the point is that i want to be able to do what i want with the money that i earn. the government needs to back down and stop regulating. the whole reason that the constitution worked so well is because it LIMITED the government. and now the government is corrupt and getting out of hand.

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 9:53 PM

This is one of the most laughable charges McCain/Palin have made to date. Neo-Nazi? What about the neo-Nazi propaganda being spewed by the McCain/Palin campaign. This distortion of the truth aimed at the least intelligent segment of our society would make Hitler proud. If the Obama camp were to follow suite with similar propaganda, they would, no doubt, request an investigation into McCain and how for over five years, Communists paid for his room, board and expenses while he stayed at an "exclusive" reeducation camp in Vietnam.

Furthermore, Sarah Palin wouldn’t know a neo-Nazi if she was married to one. Ask Todd, he’d surely agree. At this point, a “real” American and a “true” patriotic act would be for the McCain/Palin team to accept defeat, pool their monies and donate it towards the 700 billion dollar republican bail-out.

Lastly, McLame suggesting Obama has neo-Nazi connections may be a double edged sword in that the "intellectual Skinhead" segment of McCain supporters may be swayed to vote for Obama.

Posted by: whenwillthemadnessend | October 29, 2008 9:21 PM

McCain is seeming like a desperate and shell-shocked ol' vet who doesn't know the war has already ended.

Even in the end he doesn't talk about solutions, or add substance to his words or ideas - He's just still looking to pick another fight.

Pitbull Sarah just adds insult to injury to his questionable decision-making.

Let there be hope.

Posted by: DonJulio | October 29, 2008 9:19 PM

palin would not pass a high school civics class, ;let alone be qualified to be a school administrator. they have to do real budgets, not ones where the biggest problem is deciding how big of a check to cut to the constituents out of the excess each year. Not how much they can hand out in rebates to citizens who pay no state tax, but still recieve the largest per capita influx of tax money of any state in the union. What a joke. And you few remaining mcpalin supporters listen to her and believe her? She barely got out of a cow college wihth a BA degree in communications. Jeesh. How dumb are you?

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 9:17 PM

McCain is desparate, very, very desparate..

And as far as calling Obama a socialist, he's way out of line...he supported the $700 Billion dollar bail out, he's wants to take $300 billion of tax payer money and give it to people who borrowed irresponsibly...if that's not "spreading the wealth" I don't know what is..

It will be good see good old John "the angry little man" McCain retire to Arizona, we need young blood, youthful ideas and energy..the people are sick of Bush, McSame and his incompetent cronies...

Posted by: JJH1 | October 29, 2008 9:15 PM

Socialism is the advocacy of state ownership of all critical industry and infrastructure. To be a socialist Obama, or anyone else, would have to advocate the government taking ownership of all health care facilities, all energy production, all transportation companies, all utilities, all pension instruments. We have adopted some socialist style programs, like Social securrity, Medicare, Medicaide, Amtrak. that is because they provide absoluteyl vital services that the private sector would not provide because they lack the potential for sufficient profit. Beyond that no one has propsed anything even close to anything that is remotely like a socialist agenda since Eugene V Debs last ran for president in 1920. You idiots who are listening to palin for information prove that you are idiots just because you would listen to a word she says. I'd love to hear this ninny explain socialism. then explain why Obama fits her definition. Socialism is not raising income taxes by 3% on the top 5% of wage earners. "Spreading the wealth around" is what every government from hunter gather tribes giving the the liver to the chief to Egypt taxing the public to finance pyramids does. It is all a matter of who get's to pay, and who gets to benefit. under republicons, we get to pay, the filthy rich get to benefit. Inder Democrats the filthy rich pay a little more and our kids get opportunity. I know where my American values and my Christian values tell me my support should go.

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 9:13 PM

John McCain’s campaign is being run by the same dirt bags that went around spreading rumors that McCain’s adopted Bangladeshi daughter was actually the result of an affair he had with a black woman when he ran against Bush in 2000…

These creeps will do anything to try to tilt attention away from the real issues and Faux News as usual will lick all this up without any attempt to investigate the story.

Faux News = Yellow Journalism

John McCain = a shell of man

Sarah Palin = Not fit to be a school principle let alone VP

As for Ayers… give it a rest, less than a week to go and still the best McCain/ Palin can do is say what was the depth of Obama’s relationship…
Do they expect us to be so stupid as to not realize that if there was any truth to that BS that McCain’s slimy organizers or Faux News wouldn’t have spent the time to really expose the relationship? If McCain makes it such a big issue why hasn’t anyone in his camp investigated this matter and exposed the truth? Why is it that less than a week is left and they are still saying ‘Americans have a right to know the truth’? What truth? The only truth is that there is no story and McCain knows it…

An Obama win would be proof that the American public will not let half truths, lies and scare tactics dictate who holds the most important job in the country if not the world.

Posted by: Moosem750 | October 29, 2008 9:08 PM

brewstercounty, and we can assume that McSame is going to be another 4 years of Bush policies and will take this country further into the cr@pper.

I'll take Obama over McSame anyday.

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | October 29, 2008 9:04 PM

Too late johnny. We all saw the relevant Obama video tonight. We all saw how radical and crazed and extemist Obama is. Wow. Cavorting with terrorists from one end to the other... Terrorist teachers, and auto workers, and retirees, and veterans...

How many attacks in the 30 minutes? Why, none. How much message about how to revive the American Dream? 30 minutes worth or so. How much attack from mcpalin? Why 100% of the time? How much vision for the future? That would be zero.

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 9:03 PM


still, nobody has proved to me that Obama isnt a socialist...somebody give me some feedback

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

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No one has proven to me that Palin isn't a Martian.

Posted by: maggots | October 29, 2008 9:00 PM


Since Obama's campaign is getting a lot of money from untraceable debit cards you can assume Hamas is funneling money to him this way.

Posted by: brewstercounty | October 29, 2008 8:46 PM | Report abuse

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Since you make stupid statements without proof, I should assume you are an idiot.

Posted by: maggots | October 29, 2008 8:56 PM

Is this their October surprise?

Why is the MSN reporting on these lies?

This lie started on Faux News and reminds me of the tape they said existed of Michelle Obama making a derogatory comment about white people. That tape DIDN'T exist and I’m sure this one doesn’t either. Why does the MSN buy into this junk? Faux News keeps beating the drum until MSM picks up on their lies. MSM this is why your circulation has gone down. Those of us who use to rely on newspapers refuse to continue to give money to companies who won’t do their jobs.

MSM do your job and stop repeating rumors.

Posted by: rlj1 | October 29, 2008 8:51 PM

Let's see:
The LA Times has had the tape since April?
The LA Times wrote a detailed account of the tape's contents MONTHS AGO?
The LA Times endorsed Obama's candidacy in October?

Why is anyone even bothering to listen to "running out of ideas, ready to smear my way into the White House" McCain?

Posted by: Ollie4 | October 29, 2008 8:48 PM

Since Obama's campaign is getting a lot of money from untraceable debit cards you can assume Hamas is funneling money to him this way.

Posted by: brewstercounty | October 29, 2008 8:46 PM

hey Omyobama

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
-Ben Franklin

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 8:41 PM

I am tired of hear McLame, Idiot Palin and that loser tax dodger Joe The Plumber. Three of the biggest Republican losers in the world.

Posted by: Classic60 | October 29, 2008 8:38 PM

You can't have Joe Biden
close his lips smitten,
He’s got to say what's in his mind
for the folks back home to find,
the insinuating role he played
for the insidious treachery to be displayed
under the facade of congeniality hidden
the Trojan Horse in America untrodden.


Posted by: honkiedarn | October 29, 2008 8:19 PM

Oops ... should have said the LA Times said "that Obama in his comments called for finding common ground."

Posted by: Omyobama | October 29, 2008 8:18 PM

What, the socialist argument wasn't working too well Sen. McCain? The LA Times today said that the original story reported "that Obama in his comments called for finding ground." This article is from APRIL ... desperate times call for desperate measure, eh Senator? What about that 1964 car accident that the Navy is covering up Sen. McCain ... is it true you killed someone in it, or just gravely injured them? We don't know because the press has had its FOIA requests stalled and refused. Oh, the silly season indeed. Too low, too little, too late. Vote Hope not Hate; Obama/Biden '08.

Posted by: Omyobama | October 29, 2008 8:16 PM

Here's a little heads up for all you pro-Israel people. Do you really understand WHY Palin supports Israel? You need to check out her religious beliefs about "end times" and "rapture" and "armageddon" before you count her as being on your side. I mean she REALLY believes it.

Posted by: joy2 | October 29, 2008 8:15 PM

Anyone who believes that the media would not show McCain in a similar video is absolutely delusional. And the author would do well to recognize a metaphor when he sees one - McCain was not comparing the group to neo-Nazis, he was instead merely drawing the analogy that if were at a radical right wing event (like a neo-Nazi get-together) the coverage would not have been the same. In other words, not only is the LA Times failing in their duty to report the news, but this author is furthering that position by either intentionally misreporting the story, or by being so incredibly obtuse that he cannot understand basic English.

Posted by: Patriot9 | October 29, 2008 8:13 PM

Have people noticed McCain is acting a little err strange?

Posted by: walker1 | October 29, 2008 8:09 PM

WOW...just when you think McCain can't go any lower...HE DOES! The good news is he is mired so deep in the mud now that I doubt he'll be able to retain his senate seat in 2010.
I've watched and listened to Rashid Khalidi on Lehrer Newshour, Charlie Rose and other programs. Khalidi is very pro-peace in the middle east. He has done much to bring people from different religions - Christian/Muslim/Jewish - together to find solutions. Why is it a mortal sin to look at conflicts from different vantage points? McCain would adopt the same non-diplomatic path Bush has taken. Which is why he is LOSING.

Posted by: joy2 | October 29, 2008 8:09 PM

So in Palin and McCain's Jesuslandia, no one has the right of free speech to talk about Palestinian Rights?

Is this what we will look forward to with four more years - more neocon trampling on the Constitution in the name of Jesus, oil and Israel?

Neocon posters here take glee in labeling others "liberal" or "democrats" as if they were talking about child molesters. This is Palin's view of America - all evangelical pro-Isreal Republicans with no room in this Country any more for those different in race, religion and political opinions.

Who are the real "neo-nazis"?

Posted by: coloradodog | October 29, 2008 8:07 PM

It's sad that McCain has lowered his standards so low that he must resort to mudslinging in order to fulfill he egomania. I thought he wanted to be President for the people. What happend? The Republican Party will suffer greatly because of the election of 2008!

Posted by: ka0mr | October 29, 2008 8:07 PM

Given the fact that McCain's International Republican Institute funded Khalidi's group with about $800,000, if McCain really believes Khalidi is a terrorist, then McCain is guilty of "palling around with terrorists," isn't he?

Or perhaps McCain really believes Khalidi is a neo-Nazi--but if this is so, why did McCain ever have anything to do with Khalidi's group?

If McCain thinks that association was a mistake, why doesn't he publicly apologize for it now? In fact, why didn't he apologize for it 10 years ago when his group was pouring money into Khalidi's organization?

I hope Khalidi sues McCain for malicious defamation.

Posted by: GeorgeSanders | October 29, 2008 8:06 PM

It's sad that McCain has lowered his standards so low that he must resort to mudslinging in order to fulfill he egomania. I thought he wanted to be President for the people. What happend? The Republican Party will suffer greatlt because of the election of 2008!

Posted by: ka0mr | October 29, 2008 8:06 PM

... mac should remember that neo-nazis actually support him- but what's mac's argument ? that by being well-informed and trading ideas is threat to israel- and that mac's modality ( lack of the ablity to understand the issues and operate with strenght and logic) helps israel ? puzzling. americans know that professors talk to other professors with whom they agree and disagree ( and in academic cultures a free meal is king) americans are tired of having dumb presidents when we face issues that require people of ability and character. this is a historic campaign in which mac stands to get crushed- and he will dishonor his family name with his nasty campaign.

Posted by: jacade | October 29, 2008 8:06 PM

For Howard521

Tidbits of Wisdom From Abraham Lincoln-Fiction!
Summary of the eRumor:
Alleged quotes from Abraham Lincoln about the poor, the weak, prosperity, workers, class hatred, and character.
The Truth:
These words are often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, but according to the book They Never Said it: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, & Misleading Attributions, they are not from Lincoln.

The quotes were published in 1942 by William J. H. Boetcker, a Presbyterian minister. He released a pamphlet titled Lincoln On Limitations, which did include a Lincoln quote, but also added 10 statements written by Boetcker himself.

They were:

1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong
3. You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
4. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
5. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
6. You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
7. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
9. You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
10 You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they will not do for themselves.

People who got the pamphlet thought the 10 statements were written by Lincoln and they have been distributed widely under Lincoln's name.

Posted by: taid | October 29, 2008 8:04 PM

I hope that the GOP goes through some serious purging after this election. The know-nothing Palin crowd's taken over the party. Today we had this nitwit of a woman condemn association with a leading American scholar of Middle Eastern studies, last week the idiot was berating the use of research funds for genetic research using fruit flies as a model(the idiot clearly didn't know that fruit flies have been the model of choice for genetic research since we first realized what genes were), tomorrow she'll say something daft again. The idiocy never ends.

Lets hope we never have to hear from her again after next Tuesday. And, please, GOP moderates, take back your hijacked party and boot these luddites out. Its a travesty when one of the two leading political parties of this country turns into an anti-science, anti-intellect collection of bumpkins and morons. We need checks and balances in our political system, and with the way the GOP's going, it won't be able to check and balance anything.

Posted by: jaysit | October 29, 2008 7:58 PM

McCain would do well to remember his membership on a board of directors of a neo-nazi organization led by John Singlaub and all the other banquets he went to in the past where there may have been someone unsavory - maybe Charles Keating, Oliver North, G. Gordon Liddy, Dick Cheney or George Bush.

The Rovians "guilt by association because he went to a banquet or reception with _____________ (fill in the blank)" smear is hackneyed, disingenuous and voters can see right through it this third time. McCain is loosing because the sold his soul to Cheney for neocon support under the condition Bush's Rovian thugs could control him and his campaign - just deserts for a tired, angry old man.

Posted by: coloradodog | October 29, 2008 7:58 PM


Obama's not coming clean with many of those troubling issues is very unsettling. We Americans always expect their leaders to meet higher standards and Mr. Obama prefers an exception for himself.

Posted by: Hurt2008 | October 29, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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What's troubling is the number of smear artists like yourself in this forum. Suggest you strive for some higher standards.

Posted by: maggots | October 29, 2008 7:58 PM

still, nobody has proved to me that Obama isnt a socialist...somebody give me some feedback

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 7:57 PM

The McCain campaign must have squads of volunteers pouring over old photographs of Obama, looking for controversial figures in the picture to attach to Obama. The problem for McCain is that his attachment to the current president has hardened like cement and he has no way to separate himself. The fat lady is warming up in the dressing room....

Posted by: randysbailin | October 29, 2008 7:57 PM

The Federalist party, the party George Washington and Alexander Hamilton were members of, disappeared when their successors in the party were deemed when the vast majority of Americans considered their policies and ideas no longer relevant to the issues in this country. The Republican party, under Bush-Cheney-McCain is similarly becoming irrevelant to the issues in this country and world. The shameful, perverse, dishonorable McCain campaign will permanently tarnish his legacy.

There is no difference between the rhetoric of McCain, Palin and many of their supporters with that of Joseph McCarthy and his partisan supporters. McCarthy absurdly used some of the samer names McCain=Palin are using against Barack against George Marshall, the Secretary of State and Chief of Staff during World War II.

Wildly accusing Barack and the Democrats of being communists, socialists and Marxists is un-American. McCain, Palin and the Republicans have lost whatever moral integrity than may have ever had. Bring back the Federalist party to replace the Republican party.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 7:56 PM

Boy is McCon desperate - why believe these ruses he throws up at the last minute when he knows he is going to lose. Why did he not bring this up a week or a month or more ago? Because he knows if he brings it up now it may not have time to be properly vetted and dismissed. This is despicable and the Republicans should be ashamed at what they are stooping to.

Posted by: spatula | October 29, 2008 7:54 PM


Obama's not coming clean with many of those troubling issues is very unsettling. We Americans always expect their leaders to meet higher standards and Mr. Obama prefers an exception for himself.

Posted by: Hurt2008 | October 29, 2008 7:41 PM | Report abuse

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What's troubling is the number of smear artists like yourself in this forum. Suggest you strive for some higher standards.

Posted by: maggots | October 29, 2008 7:54 PM

Didn't McCain attack the New York Times a couple of weeks ago over an article that was actually sympathetic to his wife? Now he's shrieking wild claims again but this time he's attacking the Los Angeles Times over a university professor.

Did he ever get around splattering any dark claims on the Washington Post yet? He's probably licking and smacking his lips over selecting his next target, that loony.

Posted by: sketchpada | October 29, 2008 7:54 PM

The Federalist party, the party George Washington and Alexander Hamilton were members of, disappeared when their successors in the party were deemed when the vast majority of Americans considered their policies and ideas no longer relevant to the issues in this country. The Republican party, under Bush-Cheney-McCain is similarly becoming irrevelant to the issues in this country and world. The shameful, perverse, dishonorable McCain campaign will permanently tarnish his legacy.

There is no difference between the rhetoric of McCain, Palin and many of their supporters with that of Joseph McCarthy and his partisan supporters. McCarthy absurdly used some of the samer names McCain=Palin are using against Barack against George Marshall, the Secretary of State and Chief of Staff during World War II.

Wildly accusing Barack and the Democrats of being communists, socialists and Marxists is un-American. McCain, Palin and the Republicans have lost whatever moral integrity than may have ever had. Bring back the Federalist party to replace the Republican party.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 7:54 PM

McCain is saying anyone who has a friend who is a Palestinian is not a patriotic American and is unfit to be president of the U.S. This blatant advocacy and appeal to ethnic bigotry is one of the most shoocking and repugnant things McCain has said to date in his "anything goes" campaign. As for his statement that Jimmy Carter and anyone else who has ever criticizes the Israeli occupation of Palestine is anti-semetic (1) Carter is the only President who ever actually negotiated a peace agreement which both the Israelis and the Palestinians signed, (2) and since at one time or other most of the population of Israel has criticized the occupation, McCain is saying Israel is "anti-semetic!" As for McCain's patriotism, he has never to this day even acknowledged the men of the U.S.S. Liberty who were killed in a deliberate and unprovoked attack by Israel.

Posted by: smi2le | October 29, 2008 7:53 PM

The Federalist party, the party George Washington and Alexander Hamilton were members of, disappeared when their successors in the party were deemed when the vast majority of Americans considered their policies and ideas no longer relevant to the issues in this country. The Republican party, under Bush-Cheney-McCain is similarly becoming irrevelant to the issues in this country and world. The shameful, perverse, dishonorable McCain campaign will permanently tarnish his legacy.

There is no difference between the rhetoric of McCain, Palin and many of their supporters with that of Joseph McCarthy and his partisan supporters. McCarthy absurdly used some of the samer names McCain=Palin are using against Barack against George Marshall, the Secretary of State and Chief of Staff during World War II.

Wildly accusing Barack and the Democrats of being communists, socialists and Marxists is un-American. McCain, Palin and the Republicans have lost whatever moral integrity than may have ever had. Bring back the Federalist party to replace the Republican party.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 7:53 PM

still, nobody has told me how Obama isnt a socialist...

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 7:52 PM

Didn't McCain attack the New York Times a couple of weeks ago over an article that was actually sympathetic to his wife? Now he's shrieking wild claims again but this time he's attacking the Los Angeles Times over a university professor.

Did he ever get around splattering any dark claims on the Washington Post yet? He's probably licking and smacking his lips over selecting his next target, that loony.

Posted by: sketchpada | October 29, 2008 7:50 PM

This guilt by association gambit is like an old bone that Dog McCain keeps licking and chewing and gnawing on, trying to extract the last little tidbit of marrow. THERE’S NOTHING THERE ,JOHNNY! Every lying piece of crap you throw at Obama increases the number of his supporters and diminishes your honor.

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 29, 2008 7:44 PM

So the summary of this story is that:

John McCain gave this supposed terrorist Money and his support.

Obama met him at a diplomatic lunch on behalf of the US government and told he disagreed with his views.

McCain has not just shot him self in the foot, he has hacked his own legs off with a blunt axe!

Unbelievable you could not make up McCain’s electoral incompetance no wonder the GOP have disowned him.

Posted by: walker1 | October 29, 2008 7:44 PM

Obama's not coming clean with many of those troubling issues is very unsettling. We Americans always expect their leaders to meet higher standards and Mr. Obama prefers an exception for himself.

Posted by: Hurt2008 | October 29, 2008 7:41 PM

McCain is going to be remembered as a piece of sheet.

Posted by: GeorgHerbet | October 29, 2008 7:40 PM

There is no doubt in my mind that the majroity of folks that commented on this issue and think its a non issue are the 95% group that supports Obama because he looks like them. OF COURSE ITS AN ISSUE IF A POTENTIAL PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS PALING AROUND WITH TERRORISTS. Are you people for real?

SHEAR:

DO YOUR JOB AND FORCE THE LA TIMES TO RELEASE THE VIDEO. IF ITS NOTHING, OBAMA WOULD HAVE RELEASED IT BY NOW. ITS DAMAGING AND OBAMA KNOWS IT

Posted by: ziggy1 | October 29, 2008 7:39 PM

The desperate Republicans resort to what they know best. FEAR. They've been selling it for the last eight years, why stop now? McCain said today that once the financial crisis is past we will still have terrorists to deal with. More fear. Here's what scares the dickens out of me. Sarah Palin and John McCain in the White House.

Posted by: bretb | October 29, 2008 7:37 PM

Just go after war criminals and clamp down on terrorists Limbaugh and Hannity

Posted by: jfern03 | October 29, 2008 7:37 PM

Grow up McCain, you old fart and take your bimbo back to Alaska.

Posted by: ryanr007 | October 29, 2008 7:37 PM

Intellectually curious people will talk to just about anyone, just to learn. The problem is, we've been led by rabid anti-intellectuals for so long that anything even slightly "different" is viewed as a "threat." McCain is so desperate at this point that he will grasp at anything, including Ayers who he even called a pathetic old radical (or something to that effect) at the last debate.

Posted by: ItshotinPHX | October 29, 2008 7:35 PM

McCain is a dirty hippocrite. Read this:

Mr. McCain has his own connection to Mr. Khalidi. According to tax records cited by Mr. Obama’s campaign, a foreign policy organization that Mr. McCain chairs, the International Republican Institute, gave more than $850,000 in 1998 and 1999 to a group in part founded by Mr. Khalidi, the Center for Palestine Research and Studies. - from this morning's NYT

THAT'S EIGHT HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS TO THE PLO TERRORIST CAUSE!

This is HUGELY more damaging a five year old video tape of a harmless banquet !

Posted by: heuristic77 | October 29, 2008 7:35 PM

Yeah, let's see the tape of Obama asking for "peace and finding common ground". Yeah, let's see Obama acting presidential even back then. Let the tape be released so McCain will cement in all of our minds the boob he really is. Think he forgot to mention giving Rashid Khalidi all that cash? Funding terrorism John? McCain go do something useful like "suspend your campaign".

Posted by: goheidigo | October 29, 2008 7:34 PM

Did anybody actually READ the quote from the LA Times? Obama said that he enjoyed debating with the couple and that he DISAGREED with them.

I'm very pro-Israel, but it's a bit of a stretch to call Columbia University a neo-nazi outfit or a Palestinian scholar a terrorist.

It is truly amazing that the Republicans think they can sell the notion that Americans are about to vote for a black terrorist Muslim socialist tax and spend liberal who belongs to the wrong Christian church.

Posted by: fmjk | October 29, 2008 7:29 PM

Did anybody actually READ the quote from the LA Times? Obama said that he enjoyed debating with the couple and that he DISAGREED with them.

I'm very pro-Israel, but it's a bit of a stretch to call Columbia University a neo-nazi outfit or a Palestinian scholar a terrorist.

It is truly amazing that the Republicans think they can sell the notion that Americans are about to vote for a black terrorist Muslim socialist tax and spend liberal who belongs to the wrong Christian church.

Posted by: fmjk | October 29, 2008 7:28 PM

The McCain campaign continues with its desperate politics fear. They continue to raise questions about Obama's relationships with others such as Ayers and now Khalidi. McCain state;: "I think that the relationship ... needs to be known."

If there was a smoking gun the McCain campaign would have found out by now. Else they would be one of the most incompetent campaigns(which would reflect negatively and be an indication of how a McCain administration would run the country).

Knowing that there is nothing there, the McCain campaign instills fear and insecurity by talking about "the boogie man that might be behind the curtain."

The McCain campaign has shown signs of incompetence but they are not that far incompetent. This is, once again, a strategy that intends to create doubt and fear.

Posted by: irric | October 29, 2008 7:25 PM

Real Brother here.

[I hope that GOD, when obama turns his back on Israel...
burns the eyes out of all the jews that voted for him...
and makes them barren...


Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 29, 2008 7:13 PM ]

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Dwight why would you "Hope to God" that Obama would turn his back on Isreal? So that your nonsense and smears on him will become true?

Its amazing that you Idiots are witnessing HISTORY and the culmination of 450 years of Black struggle and America finally living up to its creed and you "Hope to God" that Obama messes it up validating the Slavery, Racism, Oppression and Discrimination(White Supremacy) of this Country?

Why?

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | October 29, 2008 7:25 PM

America needs to come together.

There is a big mess to be fixed. A disunited government will cripple America when it most needs leadership.

When it comes down to it you vote in elections for your vision of America.

And the candidates vie for that vision in the message they present to bring about that vision.

There are two messages to choose from here in this election.

The McCain Message of FEAR, HATRED and DIVISION.

Versus

The Obama message of Change Unity and Hope.

One is an American vision.

When you vote on November 4th you have to ask yourself:

Which is your vision for America?

Posted by: walker1 | October 29, 2008 7:24 PM

The McCain campaign continues with its desperate politics fear. They continue to raise questions about Obama's relationships with others such as Ayers and now Khalidi. McCain state;: "I think that the relationship ... needs to be known."

If there was a smoking gun the McCain campaign would have found out by now. Else they would be one of the most incompetent campaigns(which would reflect negatively and be an indication of how a McCain administration would run the country).

Knowing that there is nothing there, the McCain campaign instills fear and insecurity by talking about "the boogie man that might be behind the curtain."

The McCain campaign has shown signs of incompetence but they are not that far incompetent. This is, once again, a strategy that intends to create doubt and fear.

Posted by: irric | October 29, 2008 7:24 PM

And - by the way - the Republican brand under McCain-Palin... Completely devoid of merit, decency, and integrity.

Win or lose the Presidency, the GOP is hopelessly adrift and bereft of (moral) compass.

Posted by: Goombay | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

Did anybody actually READ the quote from the LA Times? Obama said that he enjoyed debating with the couple and that he DISAGREED with them.

Posted by: fmjk | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

still...nobody has given me reason to believe that Obama is not a socialist.

seriously i want somebody to tell me, in a CIVILIZED way, how Obama is not a socialist.

and Faye Kane needs to learn how to read..
freal
its Nave not Rove, if u were talking to me.
VVVVV

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

If we vote in another party using the tactics of division no one will ever run a positive campaign again. If issues, character and intelligence matter to you, chose wisely.

Posted by: STILJON | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

If we vote in another party using the tactics of division no one will ever run a positive campaign again. If issues, character and intelligence matter to you, chose wisely.

Posted by: STILJON | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

If we vote in another party using the tactics of division no one will ever run a positive campaign again. If issues, character and intelligence matter to you, chose wisely.

Posted by: STILJON | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

"I hope that GOD, when obama turns his back on Israel... burns the eyes out of all the jews that voted for him... and makes them barren..."

Spoken like a "true" Christian no doubt. Jews have more sense because they aren't fooled by why Evangelicals support Israel.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

The McCain campaign continues with its desperate politics fear. They continue to raise questions about Obama's relationships with others such as Ayers and now Khalidi. McCain state;: "I think that the relationship ... needs to be known."

If there was a smoking gun the McCain campaign would have found out by now. Else they would be one of the most incompetent campaigns(which would reflect negatively and be an indication of how a McCain administration would run the country).

Knowing that there is nothing there, the McCain campaign instills fear and insecurity by talking about "the boogie man that might be behind the curtain."

The McCain campaign has shown signs of incompetence but they are not that far incompetent. This is, once again, a strategy that intends to create doubt and fear.

Posted by: irric | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

If we vote in another party using the tactics of division no one will ever run a positive campaign again. If issues, character and intelligence matter to you, chose wisely.

Posted by: STILJON | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

What's the next shocking relevation, that Obama's former barber once cut the hair of John Wayne Gacy?

Posted by: randysbailin | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

America needs to come together.

There is a big mess to be fixed. A disunited government will cripple America when it most needs leadership.

When it comes down to it you vote in elections for your vision of America.

And the candidates vie for that vision in the message they present to bring about that vision.

There are two messages to choose from here in this election.

The McCain Message of FEAR, HATRED and DIVISION.

Versus

The Obama message of Change Unity and Hope.

One is an American vision.

When you vote on November 4th you have to ask yourself:

Which is your vision for America?

Posted by: walker1 | October 29, 2008 7:23 PM

Real Brother here.

McCain is a true and honest to goodness Idiot, I swear.

But I predicted it a months ago. This White Supremacist fear tactic would NOT WORK and when it didn't work instead of realizing it DOESN'T WORK McCain will think it didn't work because he didn't go hard enough and he will push even harder making him look even MORE desparate and DUMB.

Don't fool yourselves these White Idiots actually think they are smarter then Barack Obama, they really think they had Barack where they wanted him when in reality Obama has had their White Supremacist azzes right where he wanted them and that's DOUBLE DIDGITS behind with less then a week to go.

Nice work STUPIDS.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | October 29, 2008 7:22 PM

"I hope that GOD, when obama turns his back on Israel... burns the eyes out of all the jews that voted for him... and makes them barren..."

Spoken like a "true" Christian no doubt. Jews have more sense because they aren't fooled by why Evangelicals support Israel.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 7:22 PM

Posted by: vlundp | October 29, 2008 7:22 PM

I seriously don't get this. McCain supporter please explain.

McCain supported Khalidi but Obama didn't and Khalidi came out and said he disagrees with Obama's support of Israel.

But now because Obama agreed to disagree with him over dinner he is now a terrorist? When was Khalidi a terrorist, and if he is wouldn't this imply that McCain is more of a terrorist for actually backing Khalidi financially?

If you ask me this is a very very weak last jab by McCain and he now is giving Obama more than 5 days to come out with all of McCains even bigger links to Khalidi.

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 29, 2008 7:22 PM

I hope that GOD, when obama turns his back on Israel...
burns the eyes out of all the jews that voted for him...
and makes them barren...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 29, 2008 7:22 PM

If we vote in another party using the tactics of division no one will ever run a positive campaign again. If issues, character and intelligence matter to you, chose wisely.

Posted by: STILJON | October 29, 2008 7:21 PM

Real Brother here.

McCain is a true and honest to goodness Idiot, I swear.

But I predicted it a months ago. This White Supremacist fear tactic would NOT WORK and when it didn't work instead of realizing it DOESN'T WORK McCain will think it didn't work because he didn't go hard enough and he will push even harder making him look even MORE desparate and DUMB.

Don't fool yourselves these White Idiots actually think they are smarter then Barack Obama, they really think they had Barack where they wanted him when in reality Obama has had their White Supremacist azzes right where he wanted them and that's DOUBLE DIDGITS behind with less then a week to go.

Nice work STUPIDS.

TKCAL

Posted by: Realbrother0003 | October 29, 2008 7:16 PM

I hope that GOD, when obama turns his back on Israel...
burns the eyes out of all the jews that voted for him...
and makes them barren...

Posted by: DwightHCollins | October 29, 2008 7:13 PM

IS THIS THE BEST SMEAR YOU LAME GARBAGE CAN COME UP WITH?

HUH?

PRETTY SOON, THE UGLY REPUGLICAN LIES AND FEAR MACHINE WILL BE JUST A RECEDING DARK STAIN ON THE FABRIC OF AMERICAN HISTORY.

HAHAHAHAAHH!

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================ FUÇK YOU!!
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-- faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://blog.myspace.com/fayekane

Posted by: FayeKane_HomelessSmartypants | October 29, 2008 7:13 PM

Obama is a socialist and he doesnt even know it...
"I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody"
lol i seriously feel bad for joe the plumber.
people should be able to do what they want with their wealth and income. I know many foreign immigrants that are die hard republicans because they dont want some left wing nut job taking all their hard earned money. If Obama is elected, the "American Dream" is shattered and all these people might as well move back to Austria, Hungary, and Russia where they only get to keep a small portion of their salary...

It's sad to see all these smart people being blinded by Obamas' speeches and talk of "Change".

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 7:11 PM

If that's the way they want to play it, let's talk about Palin the traitor with her connection to secessionists and witch doctors and McCain's buddy the convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy.

Posted by: brillo1 | October 29, 2008 7:10 PM

Interesting how McCain is resorting to this nonsense now that he's fallen behind in Florida. I doubt if Jews, who by and large embrace the intellect over the vapid ignorance of the current GOP, will fall for this desperate measure. It appears that McCain

How is attending a dinner honoring a world renowned AMERICAN scholar of Middle Eastern Studies analogous to being at a KKK event? Have any of you dittoheads even bothered to read Khalidi's books and articles, instead of quoting some crap spewed by the world's biggest ignoramus, Sarah Palin? For crying out loud, the man was an advisor to the US delegation (led by President Bush I and Sec. of State James Baker) at the 1991 Madrid Conference between the U.S., Israel, Palestinians and Arab countries, and has very nuanced moderate views. Gosh, if McCain believes that listening to the viewpoints of a noted American scholar on the Middle East is heresy against Israel, then how does he intend to sit down with the Palestinian National Authority? Just shrieking "Israel Israel" like Palin does in front of her numbskull supporters isn't going to solve anything. One will have to sit down with people across the political spectrum be they right wing Israelis or hardline Palestinians. Its only the ultra right wingers - both Christian and Jewish - in this country who think that dialogue and mediation are dirty words in the context of the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Posted by: dejdej | October 29, 2008 7:08 PM

Interesting how McCain is resorting to this nonsense now that he's fallen behind in Florida. I doubt if Jews, who by and large embrace the intellect over the vapid ignorance of the current GOP, will fall for this desperate measure. It appears that McCain

How is attending a dinner honoring a world renowned AMERICAN scholar of Middle Eastern Studies analogous to being at a KKK event? Have any of you dittoheads even bothered to read Khalidi's books and articles, instead of quoting some crap spewed by the world's biggest ignoramus, Sarah Palin? For crying out loud, the man was an advisor to the US delegation (led by President Bush I and Sec. of State James Baker) at the 1991 Madrid Conference between the U.S., Israel, Palestinians and Arab countries, and has very nuanced moderate views. Gosh, if McCain believes that listening to the viewpoints of a noted American scholar on the Middle East is heresy against Israel, then how does he intend to sit down with the Palestinian National Authority? Just shrieking "Israel Israel" like Palin does in front of her numbskull supporters isn't going to solve anything. One will have to sit down with people across the political spectrum be they right wing Israelis or hardline Palestinians. Its only the ultra right wingers - both Christian and Jewish - in this country who think that dialogue and mediation are dirty words in the context of the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Posted by: dejdej | October 29, 2008 7:08 PM

marcedelman wrote:

"The quotation from Obama reveals him to be open-minded and thoughtful, both qualities that ought to be valued in a US president."

I agree with you 100%, however people who feel so are just barely a majority and even then too many are too easily swayed the other way.

It seems if you don't espouse an "us verses them, with us or against us" diatribe you cannot get elected president in this country. Too many people stick with ideological dogma rather than using critical thought and common sense. I suppose the latter is easier for them because it involves no real effort on their part, they just zip open their skulls and let someone else pour in what they should believe.

I hope and pray this election will be different, but so far the jury is still out.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 7:08 PM

Get over it.
This thing is done. Obama is going to be President. Get used to it: P-R-E-S-I-D-E-N-T- O-B-A-M-A

Sarah Palin believes that America will make the right choice on Nov.4th
She is 100% correct. Obama in a landslide

The only reason the GOP is sending the "tightening race" messages is so the republican public will think it is cose enough for their vote to count, and have the election be a thorough embarassment and repudiation of failed GOP leadership of this nation.

We suffered while Bush allowed Big Oil and banks run the country, while he and his mafia lied us to a war, while they trampled the constitution and all checks and balances to torture, eavesdrop, load up all government agencies with loyalist (who will be purged), watched New Orleans drown, and now he's turned the economy into a Katrina, like everything he has touched.

Suffer like we did, as we put the country back together. There's a new Kool Aid in town - and it's gonna be here a while.

Perhaps some will trickle down to you.

Posted by: jfern03 | October 29, 2008 7:07 PM

If I substitute Cheney, or Bush, for Obama, most of these posts could be written by the same person, or people, the defense is so predictable.

Shouldn't you people try something new in the way of press control, when addressing inflammatory issues that could present a problem to your candidate?

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | October 29, 2008 7:06 PM

Vietnam is still Communist under the Republican regime guard. McCain frequently visits these Communists, and gambles in craps with them, smokes cigars, and continues a friendly relationship with them. Therefore, John McCain and Palin are Communist republicans in that they want to continue Bush.Cheney tax cuts to distribute the wealth to the rich and rich corporations. In Communistic Republican right guard and regime, the Communist Party Leaders get the biggest incomes, the Party members next, and below have to give all of their income to the government. Sound familiar? Be smart, be wise, and knowledgeable. Elect Obama.Biden with Clinton for change 2008.

Posted by: lgg51 | October 29, 2008 7:06 PM

Response to nave1379, regarding Obama possibly being a socialist:

Sarah Palin is an actual socialist. Her redistribution of oil money to the citizens of Alaska cannot be called anything except a socialist redistribution of wealth, and you and I are paying more for oil products as a result; costs are passed on to the consumer.

Her wildly successful pork campaigns for Wasilla are a classic socialist redistribution of your and my tax dollars to her small city.

The traditional divisions are simply not holding up in this race.

Posted by: nmb52 | October 29, 2008 7:06 PM

McCaine is acting like a 2 year old.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | October 29, 2008 7:03 PM

Obama's America

Obama will disengage our enemies over seas, leaving them unmolested (think Clinton strategy), allowing them to execute their next complex attack on our soil. Which will go something like this:

With the 25% cut in military capacity and the U.S. withdrawal from forward operating posts, Israel will stand alone.

The victorious Muslims will rally in their success, further funding groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, Iran’s surrogates.

Iran’s unmolested nuclear weapons program will provide a suicide suit-case nuke via Hamas. This "suit-case nuke" will come across the southern U.S. border (which has by then been completely opened up so the constituency of the Dems can migrate freely to cast their newly gained right to vote in U.S. elections). The target, the energy infrastructure of the U.S., Houston, Texas to be specific.

The initial attacks (9/11) proved the resilience of our great country’s financial sector, however, recent events (results of a Democrat led Congress) have revealed to the world our venerability in the energy sector.

Alas, have no fear, we won't know it's coming until it hits us! We will all be standing in some government funded line to provide for us what we should be providing for ourselves but are unable because we have all been taxed out of work to pay for these lines we are in.

Now that's a future to vote for!

I agree, no one is perfect, however, between McCain and B. Hussein O. it takes a real head in the sand approach to go with the racist Obama with his 20 year history of saying "AMEN" to anti-American racist hate speech.

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Keep on tokin' space man

At least you're good for a laugh.

Posted by: theobserver4 | October 29, 2008 7:02 PM

Why'd McCain grant him $450k if he's so darn "terroristy" and "radical"?

Who calls someone a terrorist that they themselves financially supported anyways?

And what is with them constantly bashing college professors?

I realize Palin is the most uneducated VP pick ever but why take it out on our professors of higher education?

Seems kinda reckless and erratic....par for the course with McCain I suppose.

And finally.....is this really the best you people have got? Seriously?

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | October 29, 2008 6:58 PM

We are the ones the world has been waiting for. We can change the world. I can make the blind see, the lame walk, the dead vote, and terrorists from my past disappear.

The party is over sir.

Posted by: hoimacoach | October 29, 2008 6:50 PM
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The only party that is over is the Republican one.

Posted by: smc91 | October 29, 2008 6:57 PM

To the Dingbats swallowing McCain's Socialist argument hook, line and sinker...we have ALWAYS redistributed wealth through progressive taxation.

Yes, that's right. When the government taxes the citizens and then spends the money, that's called SPREADING THE WEALTH!

The only difference is WHO is paying how much. McCain wants to tax the rich less and the middle class more. Obama wants tax the middle class less and tax the rich more. So they are both taxing and SREADING THE WEALTH!

That's why I love being an elitist..it means I have a brain and actually understand Economics 101.

UNION-TRIBUNE
October 26, 2008

As the presidential election draws to a close, the campaign trail has come alive with allegations that Barack Obama is a “socialist” because he proposes to raise taxes on the wealthy while lowering them for the poor and middle class.

But is it really socialism to talk of “spreading the wealth”?

Actually, it has been part of the American economic system since its founding.

In a letter to James Madison in 1785, for instance, Thomas Jefferson suggested that taxes could be used to reduce “the enormous inequality” between rich and poor. He wrote that one way of “silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise.”

Posted by: DianeW18 | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

nave1379 posted: "i want someone to prove to me that Barack Obama is not a socialist. 'I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody' -Barack Obama...that basically defines Marxism"

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First, dolt, "spreading the wealth around" is not socialism. Socialism is government controlling the MEANS of production. Get it? The MEANS. Like when the government controls, oh, the entire banking or auto industry. If you're really that scared about socialism, take a look at your candidate and the current administration. (Btw, if, in thinking about this, you still argue that Obama is a socialist, than you're just name-calling and fear-mongering. I'm willing to give you a pass this time, assuming that you're just ignorant.)

Second, (you've already heard this, but I'll say it again) a tax system, ANY tax system, involves "spreading the wealth" around. I don't hear McCain calling for an end to taxes. The difference is to whom the wealth is spread. Most of the time, it goes right back to you in the form of bridges, schools, cops, etc. Obama wants that money to go to the middle class.

[As a side note, it stuns me that people from red states tend to be so anti-tax, when red states pay approximately 1/3 of the nation's taxes but get 2/3 of the the revenue in the form of programs, etc. Wonderful.]

Finally, this whole argument that "Obama said spread the wealth! Obama said spread the wealth!" has everything to do with semantics and nothing to do with substance. And it can easily be turned on you. You used the phrase, "someone prove to me that Obama is not a socialist." Sounds an awful lot like "someone prove to me this woman isn't a witch!!!" So there you go. You're now an ignorant, murdering witch-hunter, doomed to be scorned by history as part of a hysterical mob known for total ignorance with deadly consequences. Don't blame me. You said it.

Posted by: dan_of_dc | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

You mean the same guy that McCain gave a half a million dollars to? Howsabout McCain getting those Military Police reports from 1964 released, the one about his DUI accident that killed a person. It seems as though there was a traffic accident involving Sonny Boy McCain in 1964 and Big Daddy Admiral made sure all the records were scrubbed and sealed up tight so as not wreck the career of Little Johnny.

Posted by: majorteddy | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

The quotation from Obama reveals him to be open-minded and thoughtful, both qualities that ought to be valued in a US president.

Posted by: marcedelman | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

Well, let's get the Viet Con to give us the tape they have on McCain when he spilled his guts about American policies and strategies to spare his life. Remember Vietnam and the Communist won, we lost. McCain may have spilled confidential military information that led to our loss. Do we want a man who contributed to our loss in Vietnam at Saigon? He doesn't have the fortitude or stength to save America. Remember he is 72 years old, and you want Palin to be our runner up to the Presidency? She probably wears vasoline on her teeth, a beauty queen trick, and may wear fake seat and pads in her clothes. We just don't know do we?

Posted by: lgg51 | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

If that's the way they want to play it, let's talk about Palin's connection to secessionists and witch doctors and McCain's buddy the convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy.

Posted by: brillo1 | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

I'm a little lost on this one.

What's wrong with Khalidi?

I have read his books and seen him on various TV programs but I haven't read or seen anything that is controversial.

Is it because Obama favors Israel over Palistine?

"Khalidi stated that he strongly disagrees with Obama's views on Israel."

But almost every single republican is also backing Israel so whats wrong with Obama doing the same?

Is McCain going for the Palestinian vote now?

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

want someone to prove to me that Barack Obama is not a socialist. "I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody" -Barack Obama

^^^that basically defines Marxism

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 6:36 PM

OK, so by your definintion Ronal Reagan was a Socialist becasue he signed into loaw trhe Earned Income Tax Credit, which uses tax dollars paid by people who earn enoujgh to pay taxes aned redistributes those dollars to people who don't make enought to pay taxes. Sounds like Ronald Reagan was a Marxist!

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

Given all of Mr. McShame's connections to Mr. Khalidi, this just smacks of more smear and desperation. What a pathetic disgrace it is to be John McCain. Everytime I see him and Cindy McCain together, you can see in her eyes that she wouldn't f@ck that old goat even if it meant doubling her fortune.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

A vote for Obama is a vote FOR racism!

Does Obama represent change? What change? Has he ever changed anything? What suggest he will make a change in the White House? Anyone who had to resort to getting lawyers to throw all other opponents off the ballot to win by default in Chicago most likely represents a change contrary to American Ideology.

In fact, his record as a Senator shows that he follows the direction of the Democratic Party very closely, a real party puppet, not much change there, just politics as usual...

McCain on the other hand follows what he believes is right regardless of the political norms of his party.

One could make a very good case that the ONLY change Obama would represent is a Black Man in the White House! I guess he's a novelty of the guilty minded white man, what other merits dose he have? Community Organization? Reading from a teleprompter? Just let it stop working and you'll be amazed at the empty head!

I say, with no record of change or experience at all, Obama is dangerously under qualified! He would be strictly a Party surrogate.

To vote for Obama, while touting "change", being such an under qualified candidate, in light of his lack of economic, military or foreign experience, is to vote based solely on his race.

That makes you a racist if you vote for Obama! Making decisions based only on race.

Shame on you.

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 6:55 PM

I call Godwin's Law on McCain-Palin. Sad. And so tired and unoriginal.

Posted by: Goombay | October 29, 2008 6:54 PM

If that's the way they want to play it, let's talk about Palin's connection to secessionists and witch doctors and McCain's buddy the convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy.

Posted by: brillo1 | October 29, 2008 6:54 PM

AverageAmerican said:
"You show the typical Democrat head-in-the-sand realization of the world we live in."
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I'm not a Democrat. I'm registered Libertarian. Which should go to show that I don't have my head in the sand, I evaluate the worth of policies and ideas on their merits, not on which talking head is blabbing them at me from Fox News or CNN.
But, I know in your black-and-white world everyone must either be (R) or (D), one the Savior and one the Devil. Too bad it doesn't really work that way, it would be easier on all of us.

"Appeasement will never work with these extremist Muslims. If we don't take the fight to them, as President Bush has done, then they will bring it back to us as on 9/11!"
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Right, because Bush's policies have done such a great job.
Taliban numbers are growing in Afghanistan, Al Qaeda is stronger than ever, the war in Iraq a miserable failure, the world either hates us or laughs at us...yeah, Bushie has done a great job.

But, this isn't the forum for discussing all that, since we're talking about McCain and his latest blunder.

Care to comment on that, or do you want to continue marching lock-step with your GOP buddies? Talk about head in the sand...

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 6:54 PM

A vote for Obama is a vote FOR racism!

Does Obama represent change? What change? Has he ever changed anything? What suggest he will make a change in the White House? Anyone who had to resort to getting lawyers to throw all other opponents off the ballot to win by default in Chicago most likely represents a change contrary to American Ideology.

In fact, his record as a Senator shows that he follows the direction of the Democratic Party very closely, a real party puppet, not much change there, just politics as usual...

McCain on the other hand follows what he believes is right regardless of the political norms of his party.

One could make a very good case that the ONLY change Obama would represent is a Black Man in the White House! I guess he's a novelty of the guilty minded white man, what other merits dose he have? Community Organization? Reading from a teleprompter? Just let it stop working and you'll be amazed at the empty head!

I say, with no record of change or experience at all, Obama is dangerously under qualified! He would be strictly a Party surrogate.

To vote for Obama, while touting "change", being such an under qualified candidate, in light of his lack of economic, military or foreign experience, is to vote based solely on his race.

That makes you a racist if you vote for Obama! Making decisions based only on race.

Shame on you.

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 6:54 PM

The latest guilt-by-association target that the McCain campaign is using to hit Barack Obama could carry some collateral damage for its own candidate.
As Politico's Ben Smith reported on Tuesday, the McCain campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release video in its possession of a party attended by Barack Obama and Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.

"A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi," said McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb, citing Obama's friendship with Khalidi, who is now a professor at Columbia University.

The McCain camp gambit comes after conservative writers have repeatedly pressed for media outlets to write about the rather tenuous connections between Obama and Khalidi, an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights.

Specifically, National Review writers want much more attention paid to the association, given that the LA Times has reported that Khalidi lavished praise on Obama at a farewell party in Chicago at which Bill Ayers was also present. (Other writers have accused Khalidi of being an aide to Yasser Arafat, a claim which Marc Ambinder and Ari Berman have suggested is not credible.)

In regards to Khalidi, however, the guilt-by-association game burns John McCain as well.

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Of course, there's seemingly nothing objectionable with McCain's organization helping a Palestinian group conduct research in the West Bank or Gaza. But it does suggest that McCain could have some of his own explaining to do as he tries to make hay out of Khalidi's ties to Obama.

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | October 29, 2008 6:54 PM

Given all of Mr. McShame's connections to Mr. Khalidi, this just smacks of more smear and desperation. What a pathetic disgrace it is to be John McCain. Everytime I see him and Cindy McCain together, you can see in her eyes that she wouldn't f@ck that old goat even if it meant doubling her fortune.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 29, 2008 6:54 PM

Many funny comments and many funny people.
A lot of hatred and a lot of insults and name calling on both sides. The intelligence of the many writers here is quite embarrassing and for months it is steady and remains slightly below see level. The last I heard, the approval for Congress was lower then approval for Bush. Granted, that after all 550 metric tons of yellow cake was taken out of Iraq, many of the intelligent writers here called it "another lie of Bush administration", but that only affirms my opinion of some writers here. If you were brave enough to take an IQ test, you'd ended up owing quite a few points. The fact is that uranium for WMD's was found in Iraq and it took many years to stabilize the region to safely haul it away. If one has the material, and another one can process it, there will find someone else who will use it, and that is scary stuff. If you call it a lie, I feel sorry for your ignorance. Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Frank, Dodd and others... the future does not look exciting nor promising. Please try to remember, that the grass is always greener on the other side, but be careful what you wish for folks, because it looks like you will soon be able to fulfill your wish and materialize your American Dream.
I just hope that this dream does not turn into your worse nightmare which of course many of you deserve. Have a good life!

Posted by: jmk55 | October 29, 2008 6:53 PM

I'm a little lost on this one.

What's wrong with Khalidi?

I have read his books and seen him on various TV programs but I haven't read or seen anything that is controversial.

Is it because Obama favors Israel over Palistine?

"Khalidi stated that he strongly disagrees with Obama's views on Israel."

But almost every single republican is also backing Israel so whats wrong with Obama doing the same?

Is McCain going for the Palestinian vote now?

Posted by: Southeasterner | October 29, 2008 6:53 PM

Given all of Mr. McShame's connections to Mr. Khalidi, this just smacks of more smear and desperation. What a pathetic disgrace it is to be John McCain. Everytime I see him and Cindy McCain together, you can see in her eyes that she wouldn't f@ck that old goat even if it meant doubling her fortune.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 29, 2008 6:53 PM

Obama's America

Obama will disengage our enemies over seas, leaving them unmolested (think Clinton strategy), allowing them to execute their next complex attack on our soil. Which will go something like this:

With the 25% cut in military capacity and the U.S. withdrawal from forward operating posts, Israel will stand alone.

The victorious Muslims will rally in their success, further funding groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, Iran’s surrogates.

Iran’s unmolested nuclear weapons program will provide a suicide suit-case nuke via Hamas. This "suit-case nuke" will come across the southern U.S. border (which has by then been completely opened up so the constituency of the Dems can migrate freely to cast their newly gained right to vote in U.S. elections). The target, the energy infrastructure of the U.S., Houston, Texas to be specific.

The initial attacks (9/11) proved the resilience of our great country’s financial sector, however, recent events (results of a Democrat led Congress) have revealed to the world our venerability in the energy sector.

Alas, have no fear, we won't know it's coming until it hits us! We will all be standing in some government funded line to provide for us what we should be providing for ourselves but are unable because we have all been taxed out of work to pay for these lines we are in.

Now that's a future to vote for!

I agree, no one is perfect, however, between McCain and B. Hussein O. it takes a real head in the sand approach to go with the racist Obama with his 20 year history of saying "AMEN" to anti-American racist hate speech.

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 6:51 PM

We are the ones the world has been waiting for. We can change the world. I can make the blind see, the lame walk, the dead vote, and terrorists from my past disappear.

The party is over sir.

Posted by: hoimacoach | October 29, 2008 6:50 PM

The latest guilt-by-association target that the McCain campaign is using to hit Barack Obama could carry some collateral damage for its own candidate.
As Politico's Ben Smith reported on Tuesday, the McCain campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release video in its possession of a party attended by Barack Obama and Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.

"A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provide a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi," said McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb, citing Obama's friendship with Khalidi, who is now a professor at Columbia University.

The McCain camp gambit comes after conservative writers have repeatedly pressed for media outlets to write about the rather tenuous connections between Obama and Khalidi, an outspoken advocate for Palestinian rights.

Specifically, National Review writers want much more attention paid to the association, given that the LA Times has reported that Khalidi lavished praise on Obama at a farewell party in Chicago at which Bill Ayers was also present. (Other writers have accused Khalidi of being an aide to Yasser Arafat, a claim which Marc Ambinder and Ari Berman have suggested is not credible.)

In regards to Khalidi, however, the guilt-by-association game burns John McCain as well.

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Of course, there's seemingly nothing objectionable with McCain's organization helping a Palestinian group conduct research in the West Bank or Gaza. But it does suggest that McCain could have some of his own explaining to do as he tries to make hay out of Khalidi's ties to Obama.

Posted by: SueMVetforObama | October 29, 2008 6:50 PM

McCain and Palin are palling around with smear campaigns.

Posted by: sketchpada | October 29, 2008 6:46 PM

John McCain, frothing at the mouth with his "neo-nazi" comments, appears to be losing the grip on his sanity. This desperate ploy, like all the others, is doomed to fail. Who would want someone like him running the country? Not me.

Posted by: garry2 | October 29, 2008 6:44 PM

Someone spewed:

"He spent all his past dodging military service...blah, blah, blah..."

And how exactly did he do that? There was no draft at the time. So not joining a volunteer army and instead pursuing an education is "dodging military service"? Quite the stretch I'd say.

I wouldn't smear all lawyers, especially the those who practice constitutional law. They are the ones who protect freedom of speech no matter what lies and smears some ignorant RNC/Palin-McCain trolls have to say.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 6:43 PM

All you Democrat leaning sheep had better get those Obamam pom-poms of the National Media out of your eyes and look at the facts for your self!
Gov. Palin is herself much more qualified to be President than Obama! Watch this quick clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8zXi90EVeg
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think McCain is the best choice for President, however, Obama is by FAR the worst choice for President! Even his own running mate has told us over and over again that he is too dangerous for the country! When are you going to listen? After we invade Pakistan like he said he would do during the debates?
We Americans have to take responsibility and work through this hard time! We can’t spend or tax our way out of it! We must elect McCain if we stand a chance at all of heading off a depression and further world conflict!
Come on, even you Democrats have to admit, there are far more qualified people in your Party than Obama. The one trait that got Obama his nomination was his RECORD of voting obedience to the Party. So for you who can’t see what is happening, the Democratic Party is making a bid for the Oval Office, it’s not just Obama. He will only be a puppet for the Democratic Party, doing their bidding.
Remember now, the Democratic Party has controlled Congress for the last 2 years and has an approval rating that is 1/2 of President Bush’s! Just look what they’ve done to our country in those two short years! And that’s fighting against an opposition Administration! Think what will happen to the country if these same chukleheads gain control of it all!
They will long for President Bush’s approval ratings! And you and I will pay the price for decades to come!

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 6:41 PM

I guess it's all in a day's work for the McCain campaign to label someone a "neo-Nazi." How many more people will they try to tear down to win the election?

Posted by: smc91 | October 29, 2008 6:41 PM

Oh my God John McCain. Country First? Your naked political ambition is showing. I've never seen a more desperate politician in my life. You are pathetic. Here in Arizona...a state you are no longer winning..I can't wait to see your old wrinkled face when you wake up next Wednesday morning and find out you've lost the presidential election AND Arizona as well. You won't be elected dog catcher after your embarrassing conduct in this race.

Posted by: DianeW18 | October 29, 2008 6:39 PM

I am so tired of John McCain - he's just sarcastic and mean lately.

Posted by: Ivanna1 | October 29, 2008 6:36 PM

i want someone to prove to me that Barack Obama is not a socialist. "I think when you spread the wealth around, its good for everybody" -Barack Obama

^^^that basically defines Marxism

"He that lives upon hope will die fasting."
Benjamin Franklin

That quote by ben franklin pretty much explains barack obama in a nutshell...he has told us that he will bring change, but hasnt really told us how exactly he wants to do it.

No doubt George Bush is brain dead and everyone is fed up with the republican party, but that's no reason to elect a socialist into office.

Posted by: nave1379 | October 29, 2008 6:36 PM

"JMGinPDX"

You show the typical Democrat head-in-the-sand realization of the world we live in.

Appeasement will never work with these extremist Muslims. If we don't take the fight to them, as President Bush has done, then they will bring it back to us as on 9/11! The only thing these crazy people will accept is your death or your conversion, in that order.

Just let this no-account lawyer get in office and retract from our victories over seas and we will once again suffer the horror on our own streets!

Slow learners...

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 6:35 PM

So what? It just simply emphasizes how different Obama is in his inclusiveness and broad-visioned and able to review his own thinking and be flexible which is what we need in our leader in this 21st century. Exactly opposite of rigid McCain stance. Another about face by McCain. He declared he doesn't care about Ayers calling him washed out 60's radical or something. Desperation, that's what it is. It reminds me of wicked witch of the west melting, croaking... This is truly disgusting.

Posted by: pelohoki | October 29, 2008 6:35 PM

The Toby Keith/Bubba vote is going to bury Obama. Bubba does not like presidential candidates who cavort with folks who promote terrorism. God Bless Bubba.

The party is over.

Posted by: hoimacoach | October 29, 2008 6:33 PM

"A leftist could not define evil if a terrorist flew a plane into his workplace. Release the tapes. The empty suit's glass jaw just shattered.

Mabel in Iowa does not like her president patting terrorists on the back. I don't either.

Posted by: hoimacoach |"

How do you like the idea of your president giving terrorists hundreds of thousands of dollars? Try reading the above article again. The parts about McCain and IRI are interesting.

Posted by: thrh | October 29, 2008 6:33 PM

McCain and Palin are palling around with smear campaigns.

Posted by: sketchpada | October 29, 2008 6:32 PM

Attacking Obama because of Ayers was desparate, but to do it a second time, with Khalidi, is pathetic. At this point, McCain should focus on trying to salvage his dignity and writing his concession speech. He's fighting an unstoppable force of transition in this nation--one of inclusivity and harmonious relations in the family of nations, in contrast with what we've had to endure for the past eight years. McCain can redeem himself with a concession speech that acknowledges the new era and by pledging his wholehearted support to it, and urging his followers to do the same. The time is for healing moving ahead.

Posted by: aguy7 | October 29, 2008 6:32 PM

hoimacoach -

Are you just going to keep repeating your robot drivel, or do you have the guts to directly address the fact that McCain's organization gave money to Khalidi?

I'll say it again:
McCain gave money to Khalidi to fund his organization.

I challenge you or any of these other robots to DIRECTLY address that issue.

And while you're at it, and you're trotting out tired and disproven stories, I challenge you to directly address the fact that McCain has closer ties to Ayers (via Annenberg) than Obama, and that Palin supports an anti-American terrorist organization.

I DARE YOU to address those in any logical fashion.

No? I didn't think so. You boys don't care much for logic.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 6:32 PM

There is no tape, just another scam, so nothing so play.

Can someone please stop that cracklin' voice of Palin from screaming in ear at all the rally's, oh how painful!

Male Shovenist Pigs for Obama '08

Posted by: madstamina | October 29, 2008 6:30 PM

McCain your a sell out .

Posted by: jeffybear | October 29, 2008 6:30 PM

Attacking Obama because of Ayers was desparate, but to do it a second time, with Khalidi, is pathetic. At this point, McCain should focus on trying to salvage his dignity and writing his concession speech. He's fighting an unstoppable force of transition in this nation--one of inclusivity and harmonious relations in the family of nations, in contrast with what we've had to endure for the past eight years. McCain can redeem himself with a concession speech that acknowledges the new era and by pledging his wholehearted support to it, and urging his followers to do the same. The time is for healing moving ahead.

Posted by: aguy7 | October 29, 2008 6:29 PM

You really have to wonder if McCain realizes he is attacking a natural American citizen who is of Palestinian decent or if he believes Khalidi is simply a Palestinian. I have no question of what Palin believes based on previous demonstrated ignorance.

He must know since the IRI gave the guy almost $500,000 or is he too senile to remember? Or maybe the truth simply doesn't matter to him anymore and desperation has totally consumed him.

You can be sure we will be hearing other "scary" names before next Tuesday out of the Palin-McCain campaign. Lies, fears and distortions are all they have left.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 6:29 PM

You really have to wonder if McCain realizes he is attacking a natural American citizen who is of Palestinian decent or if he believes Khalidi is simply a Palestinian. I have no question of what Palin believes based on previous demonstrated ignorance.

He must know since the IRI gave the guy almost $500,000 or is he too senile to remember? Or maybe the truth simply doesn't matter to him anymore and desperation has totally consumed him.

You can be sure we will be hearing other "scary" names before next Tuesday out of the Palin-McCain campaign. Lies, fears and distortions are all they have left.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 6:28 PM

This story is old and busted people. The new hotness is the allegations of Obama palling around with well-known 1770s radical Benedict Arnold, who was selling out our troops to the British when Obama was negative 185 years old. Of course you won't hear about any of THIS in the leftist mainsteam media...

Posted by: jeema | October 29, 2008 6:26 PM

Here is a stock recommendation: Find any company who makes adult disposable diapers and invest in them. Why? When Obama wins the election the republicans are going to be crapping their disposable diapers for 8 years.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 29, 2008 6:26 PM

If McCain thinks Khalidi is so bad, then why did McCain agree to give Khalidi's Palestine group a hefty $440,000 grant?

McCain is speaking out of both sides of his mouth on this accusation.

McCain's desperation is sad to watch.

Posted by: ProudAmerican1776 | October 29, 2008 6:26 PM

http://law.case.edu/faculty/friedman/raw/images/Rumsfeld-Hussein.jpg

I've heard whispers that Candidate McCain has been sighted in the company of the party pressing flesh from the left, more than once.

Certainly, I'll never win a public office as soon as people learn that I once cut high school classes to join an anti-war march in St. Louis, way back when.

Six degrees of freedom. We live in a peculiar world.

Posted by: mmoretti | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

I read that article back in April. From what I know about Khalidi, McCain himself has ties with him as well. After all, the Palestine Research and Studies that McCain chairs recieved half a million dollars from an organization Khalidi helped found.

Ah yes, regurgetate old stories and throw everything at Obama and see what sticks. You'd think as much as McCain has reset his campaign, his platform should be called "Windows '97".

Posted by: JohnO3 | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

A leftist could not define evil if a terrorist flew a plane into his workplace. Release the tapes. The empty suit's glass jaw just shattered.

Mabel in Iowa does not like her president patting terrorists on the back. I don't either.

Posted by: hoimacoach | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

This is the first I've heard of your assertion of "McCain is endorsed by Al Qaeda".

This was widely reported.
http://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS240&q=al+qaeda+endorses+mccain

A McCain presidency would mean a continuation of Bush policies, which is good for recruitment for Al Qaeda.

Which just goes to show that wrapping ourselves in the flag and vowing death to Muslim extremists is the surest way to ensure terrorism never goes away.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

This story is old and busted people. The new hotness is the allegations of Obama palling around with well-known 1770s radical Benedict Arnold, who was selling out our troops to the British when Obama was negative 185 years old. Of course you won't hear about any of THIS in the leftist mainsteam media...

Posted by: jeema | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

Here is a stock recommendation: Find any company who makes adult disposable diapers and invest in them. Why? When Obama wins the election the republicans are going to be crapping their disposable diapers for 8 years.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

The LA Times story quoted Khalidi saying that he disagreed with Obama's pro-Israel views. It is McCain, not the LA Times or Obama, who is NOT providing the full story. In addition, an organization that McCain chaired has given several hundred thousand dollars to an organization that Khalidi founded. On this too, McCain is the one who is not making a complete disclosure. He's smearing Obama and lying by omission at the same time -- just what we do NOT need in the White House.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

McCain is a washed up old man. I will be so happy when this eleciton is over and he and his bimbo running mate will be off my TV and radio. I can hardly wait till these idiots shut their pieholes!

Posted by: Swedishice | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

Still more smear tactics by the McCain campaign. Now it's not only Obama they claim is hiding something evil, now they claim it's the LA times hiding something evil - even though McCain himself have been a supporter of Khalidi.

Smear the media, smear Obama, smear the polls.

These tactics are nothing new coming from the same people that successfully fooled the public four years ago into voting for four more years of Bush by smearing a genuine war hero.

Posted by: sketchpada | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

There is only one candidate in this election who is a true friend to Israel: Barack Obama.

And you can take that to the bank.

Palin, who is into "Jews for Jesus", one of the more disgusting anti-Jewish groups around, has no business openning her mouth.

Everyone in my Jewish family has voted for Obama.

Posted by: storyofthefifthpeach | October 29, 2008 6:23 PM

Obama doesn't want the Los Angeles times to release the video tape of Obama praising Kalidi. Palestinian phone banks raised money for Obama. Obama has refused to disclose where about 300 million dollars of his donations have come from. Speculation is that it came from foreign countries. Muslim mosks have raised money for Obama. Obama spent TWENTY YEARS with with Jeremiah Wright's church, which gave a lifetime achievement award to Jew Hater Louis Farrakhan. Every Muslim leader supports Obama. But, in order to get elected, Obama assures American Jews that he supports Israel. I don't trust Obama. And, as the election approaches – and you consider Obama's economic plan ...
remember the wise words of Abraham Lincoln

* You cannot help the poor, by destroying the rich.

* You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong .

* You cannot bring about prosperity, by discouraging thrift.

* You cannot lift the wage earner up, by pulling the wage payer down.

* You cannot further the brotherhood of man, by inciting class hatred.

* You cannot build character and courage, by taking away men's
initiative and independence.

* You cannot help men permanently, by doing for them what they could
and should, do for themselves.

Posted by: howard521 | October 29, 2008 6:22 PM

"hoimacoach"

Obama has no character!

He spent all his past dodging military service while doing cocaine and smoking dope! Where's the character? Oh, I guess being a "lawyer" says good things about one's character...LOL.

To find Character in this race you have to cast your eyes upon John McCain! This is a man, while being a prisoner of war, turned down early release in favor of his fellow prisoners! That my friends defines Character with a capitol C!

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 6:22 PM

MY BIBLE TALKS ABOUT “LOVE,” AND THE “GOLDREN RULE”….. NOT HATE. THE CONSERVATIVE RIGHT MUST HAVE A DIFFERENT BIBLE FROM THE ONE I HAVE…

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/racist-mccain-rally-goers-pt-8.html

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 29, 2008 6:22 PM

A leftist could not define evil if a terrorist flew a plane into his workplace. Release the tapes. The empty suit's glass jaw just shattered.

Mabel in Iowa does not like her president patting terrorists on the back. I don't either.

Posted by: hoimacoach | October 29, 2008 6:22 PM

McCain is saying anyone who has a friend who is a Palestinian is not a patriotic American and is unfit to be president of the U.S. This blatant advocacy and appeal to ethnic bigotry is one of the most shoocking and repugnant things McCain has said to date in his "anything goes" campaign. As for his statement that Jimmy Carter and anyone else who has ever criticizes the Israeli occupation of Palestine is anti-semetic (1) Carter is the only President who ever actually negotiated a peace agreement which both the Israelis and the Palestinians signed, (2) and since at one time or other most of the population of Israel has criticized the occupation, McCain is saying Israel is "anti-semetic!" As for McCain's patriotism, he has never to this day even acknowledged the men of the U.S.S. Liberty who were killed in a deliberate and unprovoked attack by Israel.

Posted by: smi2le | October 29, 2008 6:22 PM

Anyone who can cheat on their significant other can cheat at whatever he desires & as for McCain he is one of those and He frankly scares me with his creepiest tactics but others have tried this way and failed so good he fails. He can't stay on message because he and Sarah whining screechy nails on the board, have nothing positive to offer all Americans. His victory unfortunately is based on lies where he decides to win, that is like a grown up picking a fight with a baby and saying I am going to win this one. How rediculous is John McCain (on Iraq) and his lying and cheating his so called victory. Then they said Florida gave over 30 million alone I simply didn't know he had so much more BSshT McCains mission to decieve the common sensability of smarter voters today because thet are younger and know we need a better President then just a man who would like to wear his uniform to all his speeches.

Posted by: bdrevers | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

As a retired military man, I have to say I think the results of John McCain stay in a POW camp is showing. The man is obviously suffering from flashbacks, post tramatic stress syndrome, and the ill effects of Agent Orange.

He appears and acts delusional and obviously must have been turned by the communist into an America destroying agent of distruction.

John McCain is not a true American anymore, he is a closet communist.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

As a retired military man, I have to say I think the results of John McCain stay in a POW camp is showing. The man is obviously suffering from flashbacks, post tramatic stress syndrome, and the ill effects of Agent Orange.

He appears and acts delusional and obviously must have been turned by the communist into an America destroying agent of distruction.

John McCain is not a true American anymore, he is a closet communist.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

"hoimacoach"

Obama has no character!

He spent all his past dodging military service while doing cocaine and smoking dope! Where's the character? Oh, I guess being a "lawyer" says good things about one's character...LOL.

To find Character in this race you have to cast your eyes upon John McCain! This is a man, while being a prisoner of war, turned down early release in favor of his fellow prisoners! That my friends defines Character with a capitol C!

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

McCain is a washed up old man. I will be so happy when this eleciton is over and he and his bimbo running mate will be off my TV and radio.

Posted by: Swedishice | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

Still more smear tactics by the McCain campaign. Now it's not only Obama they claim is hiding something evil, now they claim it's the LA times hiding something evil - even though McCain himself have been a supporter of Khalidi.

Smear the media, smear Obama, smear the polls.

These tactics are nothing new coming from the same people that successfully fooled the public four years ago into voting for four more years of Bush by smearing a genuine war hero.

Posted by: sketchpada | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

Still more smear tactics by the McCain campaign. Now it's not only Obama they claim is hiding something evil, now they claim it's the LA times hiding something evil - even though McCain himself have been a supporter of Khalidi.

Smear the media, smear Obama, smear the polls.

These tactics are nothing new coming from the same people that successfully fooled the public four years ago into voting for four more years of Bush by smearing a genuine war hero.

Posted by: sketchpada | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

We need to know what ties McKlan have with Khalidi, having donated more than $800000 to Khalidi's group. This is serious tuff.

Posted by: nri1998 | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

We need to know what ties McKlan have with Khalidi, having donated more than $800000 to Khalidi's group. This is serious tuff.

Posted by: nri1998 | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

"Our economy is structurally sound for the long term"
-George W Bush - Feb 11, 2008

"The American people can remain confident in the soundness and the resilience of our financial system"
-Henry Paulson - Sept 15, 2008

"The economy is fundamentally sound"
-Herbert Hoover - October, 1931

"The fundamentals of our economy are strong"
-John McCain - Sept 15, 2008
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcdLO3jKkPo

Posted by: WVUWEIRTON | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

The LA Times story quoted Khalidi saying that he disagreed with Obama's pro-Israel views. It is McCain, not the LA Times or Obama, who is NOT providing the full story. In addition, an organization that McCain chaired has given several hundred thousand dollars to an organization that Khalidi founded. On this too, McCain is the one who is not making a complete disclosure. He's smearing Obama and lying by omission at the same time -- just what we do NOT need in the White House.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

There is only one candidate in this election who is a true friend to Israel: Barack Obama.

And you can take that to the bank.

Palin, who is into "Jews for Jesus", one of the more disgusting anti-Jewish groups around, has no business openning her mouth.

Everyone in my Jewish family has voted for Obama.

Posted by: storyofthefifthpeach | October 29, 2008 6:21 PM

As a retired military man, I have to say I think the results of John McCain stay in a POW camp is showing. The man is obviously suffering from flashbacks, post tramatic stress syndrome, and the ill effects of Agent Orange.

He appears and acts delusional and obviously must have been turned by the communist into an America destroying agent of distruction.

John McCain is not a true American anymore, he is a closet communist.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 29, 2008 6:12 PM

As a retired military man, I have to say I think the results of John McCain stay in a POW camp is showing. The man is obviously suffering from flashbacks, post tramatic stress syndrome, and the ill effects of Agent Orange.

He appears and acts delusional and obviously must have been turned by the communist into an America destroying agent of distruction. John McCain is not a true American.

Posted by: justjunkemail | October 29, 2008 6:12 PM

I want a McCain bumper sticker that whines:

"But the other guy is worse than I am. Well, at least I think so."

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 29, 2008 6:12 PM

McCain is saying anyone who has a friend who is a Palestinian is not a patriotic American and is unfit to be president of the U.S. This blatant advocacy and appeal to ethnic bigotry is one of the most shoocking and repugnant things McCain has said to date in his "anything goes" campaign. As for his statement that Jimmy Carter and anyone else who has ever criticizes the Israeli occupation of Palestine is anti-semetic (1) Carter is the only President who ever actually negotiated a peace agreement which both the Israelis and the Palestinians signed, (2) and since at one time or other most of the population of Israel has criticized the occupation, McCain is saying Israel is "anti-semetic!" As for McCain's patriotism, he has never to this day even acknowledged the men of the U.S.S. Liberty who were killed in a deliberate and unprovoked attack by Israel.

Posted by: smi2le | October 29, 2008 6:12 PM

McCain is saying anyone who has a friend who is a Palestinian is not a patriotic American and is unfit to be president of the U.S. This blatant advocacy and appeal to ethnic bigotry is one of the most shoocking and repugnant things McCain has said to date in his "anything goes" campaign. As for his statement that Jimmy Carter and anyone else who has ever criticizes the Israeli occupation of Palestine is anti-semetic (1) Carter is the only President who ever actually negotiated a peace agreement which both the Israelis and the Palestinians signed, (2) and since at one time or other most of the population of Israel has criticized the occupation, McCain is saying Israel is "anti-semetic!" As for McCain's patriotism, he has never to this day even acknowledged the men of the U.S.S. Liberty who were killed in a deliberate and unprovoked attack by Israel.

Posted by: smi2le | October 29, 2008 6:12 PM

Is there no level to their shame?

Posted by: krok08 | October 29, 2008 6:10 PM

A PLO spokesman is like a Cub Scout leader. Release the tapes. Obama cannot handle the truth.

Posted by: hoimacoach | October 29, 2008 6:10 PM

A PLO spokesman is like a Cub Scout leader. Release the tapes. This is serious stuff and goes to Obama's character.

Posted by: hoimacoach | October 29, 2008 6:02 PM

but Obama has to win. All the kids hate McCain. Plus, SNL makes it clear that the only thing republicans are for is mockery and derision. I am pretty sure Obama is Bi-Racial Bringer of Mana, The Caramel Robin Hood, The Messiah of the Main Stream Media.

Posted by: laughing_at_dems | October 29, 2008 5:59 PM

How is attending a dinner honoring a world renowned AMERICAN scholar of Middle Eastern Studies analogous to being at a KKK event? Have any of you dittoheads even bothered to read Khalidi's books and articles, instead of quoting some crap spewed by the world's biggest ignoramus, Sarah Palin? For crying out loud, the man was an advisor to the US delegation (led by President Bush I and Sec. of State James Baker) at the 1991 Madrid Conference between the U.S., Israel, Palestinians and Arab countries, and has very nuanced moderate views. Gosh, if McCain believes that listening to the viewpoints of a noted American scholar on the Middle East is heresy against Israel, then how does he intend to sit down with the Palestinian National Authority? Just shrieking "Israel Israel" like Palin does in front of her numbskull supporters isn't going to solve anything. One will have to sit down with people across the political spectrum be they right wing Israelis or hardline Palestinians. Its only the ultra right wingers - both Christian and Jewish - in this country who think that dialogue and mediation are dirty words in the context of the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

Interesting how McCain is resorting to this nonsense now that he's fallen behind in Florida. I doubt if Jews, who by and large embrace the intellect over the vapid ignorance of the current GOP, will fall for this desperate measure. It appears that McCain

Posted by: jaysit | October 29, 2008 5:59 PM

Plenty of U.S. presidents, including Bush, have talked to the PLO. So what? Usually the agenda is about peace in the middle east. Is McCain really inferring that peace in the middle east is not a national goal, because Obama may have talked to a Palestinian scholar?

It is a good thing McCain is not an oil man, because he keeps drilling in a dry hole. McCain might as well concede the election now, and go back to Arizona for a winter "time out".

Posted by: rmorris391 | October 29, 2008 5:59 PM

"SaladSD"

This is the first I've heard of your assertion of "McCain is endorsed by Al Qaeda".

However, it sounds plausible, you see, Al Qaeda thinks who ever they say they endorse will suffer public rejection here in the U.S.

Now, we all know the only thing Obama has ever done is become a silver-tongued lawyer heavily trained in Jury manipulation. Therefore, he realizes that if he were to bring up McCain's endorsement by Al Qaeda, the American public would see it for what it is and it would backfire on Obama.

You have to give a slik-willy silver-tongued lawyer his due, he might not be able to do anything else, but he can sell a hog. Just look at you, you've already bought your Obama hog haven't you?

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 5:59 PM

Yes McCain has far more significant ties to Khalidi, a native born American (more than we can say about McCain) with a distinguished record on Middle East peace. But McCain is uninterested in peace -- as his Senate colleague from Mississippi (a Republican) Thad Cochran said -- the thought of his finger on the trigger sends a cold chill up my spine. A McCain administration will have us in 10 wars within 2 years.

But McCain at least has a perfect record on hypocrisy this year. His praise of ACORN as a keynote speaker at a rally it co-sponsored has gone basically unreported by the "fair and balance" MSM. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Z2t7DTVKA&NR=1 At least Obama isn't married to someone who wants to have his state secede from the US! Why isn't that a disloyal act by the Barracuda, McCain supporters?

Posted by: grclarkdc1 | October 29, 2008 5:58 PM

Sounds like Obama was saying that he has "blindspots" when it comes to Palestinian issues. Or in other words, he is blind at times in his support for Israel to the detriment of Palestine. It sounds to me like he is saying Palestine and it's role in the Middle East should be discussed in broader scope, not just amongst friends who are trying to make him see their side of the issue but in the broader public view.

How is that inflammatory? Especially when John McCain was head of a group that donated money to a group founded by the same guy he's trying to denigrate Obama for "palling around with."

Posted by: gtaylor301 | October 29, 2008 5:58 PM

I commend the LA Times' decision in not releasing the Khalidi video. Republicans are desperate to tear Obama down and will outright lie and twist any word or circumstance to do their dirty job; this is not about fair or accurate media reporting. It is appalling that McCain continues his distorted attacks while Bush's disasterous policies are deteriorating the nation. We should be focused on righting the wrong with sound policy, not righting the wrong with insubstantial trivial attacks.

Posted by: kingbobdoleiv | October 29, 2008 5:58 PM

Here is a You Tube link to a video of Palin addressing the Alaskan Independence Party's last convention (the AIP proposes Alaska seceding from the Union, which, early in our history was viewed as treason):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwvPNXYrIyI

The page also provides links to other fine patriots with who Sarah palls around. Many of whom are, using the eupamism of used by one of them, "defederalists." The AIP is just one of many of these extremist organizations, with which Palin not only doesn't have problems, but with which she sympathizes.

These videos should be given wide media coverage also.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 29, 2008 5:57 PM

Why don't the Republicans tattoo the following words on their foreheads:
"We're Desperate!"

PRESIDENT OBAMA
PRESIDENT OBAMA
PRESIDENT OBAMA

Get used to it, you fascist, Republican scumbags. He's going to be President for the next eight years and THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!

HA HA HA HA HA!

Posted by: pierrejc2 | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

Barack Obama presents a clear and present danger to the United States: Release the tapes.

Posted by: hoimacoach | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

“You mentioned Rashid Khalidi, who’s a professor at Columbia," Obama said. "I do know him because I taught at the University of Chicago. And he is Palestinian. And I do know him and I have had conversations. He is not one of my advisors; he’s not one of my foreign policy people. His kids went to the Lab school where my kids go as well. He is a respected scholar, although he vehemently disagrees with a lot of Israel’s policy.”

But then Obama pushed back, launching a broader defense of his associations, while acknowledging that some past relationships have caused people in the Jewish community concerns.

“To pluck out one person who I know and who I’ve had a conversation with who has very different views than 900 of my friends and then to suggest that somehow that shows that maybe I’m not sufficiently pro-Israel, I think, is a very problematic stand to take," he said. "So we gotta be careful about guilt by association.”

Obama said that members of the U.S. Congress have expressed anti-black sentiments but they are still his friends and it doesn't mean that he avoids dealing with them.

During his closing remarks, Obama launched his fiercest defense of the rumors about his background and heritage, and the e-mail campaign that has targeted him during the course of the campaign –- making the one last case to Jewish voters that he is pro-Israel.

Posted by: surrogate4 | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

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Heavens! What an indictment! Obama has friends that aren't All-White, All-Republican, Regular-Joe-Sixpacks! They challenged his assumptions!

In all, it just makes me want to vote for Obama more. I've had enough if the ignorant Bush administration to want 4-8 years of McSame.
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Posted by: egc52556 | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

McArsehole is at it again. Give it up you old dirt bag. You and your hussy whacko Alaskan ice queen should just give up your whining. You are making the rest of the GOP field look bad.

Posted by: hayden1 | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

McCain has gone off the deep end and seems to be suffering dementia.

Posted by: Maddogg | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

Yawn.

Another day, another silly allegation to keep the tin foil hats worn by the Fox News audience warmed up.

If the Republicans spent as much time taking care of business as they did attacking the people around them, they might not be in the toilet right now.

Allow me to offer a new definition of a conservative: A hate filled, raving failure who blames his problems on the other side and who get's really nasty when average people don't buy into his silly victimhood.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

There is more about the guy in wikipedia than you probably care to read, but I read it and there is nothing "scary" about the guy. He is a Palestinian and carries that world-view, but he is well-educated and not "radical" or "violent". I don't have any problems with Obama socializing with a middle-eastern scholar like Khalidi.
I'd rather have a president who can listen to both sides of the Arab/Isreali conflict and really understand what is driving them. That is the only way that dispute will ever get resloved.

Read it for yourself:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashid_Khalidi

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

I've been watching these boards a lot in the past few weeks, and I've noticed a few odd things:

1) There are very few pro-McCain posts, even amongst the Obama-haters.
2) The anti-Obama posts are generally full of vitriolic, whitewashed statements about "terrorist pals" and "Marxist socialism" and often resort to childish name-calling like "Obamessiah" and "Nobama" and "B. HUSSEIN."
3) The anti-Obama posts do one of two things:
a) dredge up old, tired stories that have already been put to rest (Ayers, Wright, etc.)
b) completely ignore any of the facts that disprove or contradict their anti-Obama opinions (McCain gave money to Khalidi, McCain is friends with Annenberg vis-a-vis Ayers, Palin supports an anti-American terrorist group, etc.)

Huh! The McCain supporters/Obama haters have apparently learned alot from McCain about throwing mud at the expense of truth and reality.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

mckane stinks to high heaven with desperation. That aweful smell when someone is dying.

mckane forgets that pursuing this story does two things, it highlights his far greater ties to the man he is hoping to link to Obama, and it exposes his fearmongering as empty nonsense.

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

I commend the LA Times' decision in not releasing the Khalidi video. Republicans are desperate to tear Obama down and will outright lie and twist any word or circumstance to do their dirty job; this is not about fair or accurate media reporting. It is appalling that McCain continues his distorted attacks while Bush's disasterous policies are deteriorating the nation. We should be focused on righting the wrong with sound policy, not righting the wrong with insubstantial trivial attacks.

Posted by: kingbobdoleiv | October 29, 2008 5:56 PM

Could McCain possibly look more desperate? When he should be clarifying his own cloudy positions on critical issues and giving the voters a reason to vote FOR him, he spends all of his time obsessing about Obama's acquaintances. In politics, as in life at large, you get to know a lot of people. McCain has many more connections than Obama, and some of them are truly shady. But does Obama spend all of his time talking about McCain's most distant connections? No. Why? Because it isn't important, and that kind of intense flea-picking is beneath Obama's dignity.

Is McCain really, really reduced to this kind of floor-licking behavior?

Posted by: jchaney | October 29, 2008 5:55 PM

Why don't the Republicans tattoo the following words on their foreheads:
"We're Desperate!"

PRESIDENT OBAMA
PRESIDENT OBAMA
PRESIDENT OBAMA

Get used to it, you fascist, Republican scumbags. He's going to be President for the next eight years and THERE'S NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!

HA HA HA HA HA!

Posted by: pierrejc2 | October 29, 2008 5:55 PM

There is more about the guy in wikipedia than you probably care to read, but I read it and there is nothing "scary" about the guy. He is a Palestinian and carries that world-view, but he is well-educated and not "radical" or "violent". I don't have any problems with Obama socializing with a middle-eastern scholar like Khalidi.
I'd rather have a president who can listen to both sides of the Arab/Isreali conflict and really understand what is driving them. That is the only way that dispute will ever get resloved.

Read it for yourself:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashid_Khalidi

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 29, 2008 5:55 PM

Yawn.

Another day, another silly allegation to keep the tin foil hats worn by the Fox News audience warmed up.

If the Republicans spent as much time taking care of business as they did attacking the people around them, they might not be in the toilet right now.

Allow me to offer a new definition of a conservative: A hate filled, raving failure who blames his problems on the other side and who get's really nasty when average people don't buy into his silly victimhood.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 29, 2008 5:55 PM

I can't wait til the 5th. IF Obama wins this election hopefully McFlustered will go back to Arizona and spend the rest of himself putting airplanes together in his garage. Good grief!
I predict before the weekend, McCain will start to blow bubbles out the side of his mouth..

Posted by: nielsendeedee | October 29, 2008 5:54 PM

SaladSD: thank you for proving my point with your fine example of demorat lies. Cindy McCain's dad, in 1945, worked in a warehouse where some cases of whiskey went missing. And you spin your lie from there based on a bigoted hate blog.

Posted by: explore4corners | October 29, 2008 5:54 PM

Could McCain possibly look more desperate? When he should be clarifying his own cloudy positions on critical issues and giving the voters a reason to vote FOR him, he spends all of his time obsessing about Obama's acquaintances. In politics, as in life at large, you get to know a lot of people. McCain has many more connections than Obama, and some of them are truly shady. But does Obama spend all of his time talking about McCain's most distant connections? No. Why? Because it isn't important, and that kind of intense flea-picking is beneath Obama's dignity.

Is McCain really, really reduced to this kind of floor-licking behavior?

Posted by: jchaney | October 29, 2008 5:54 PM

"We already know the anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large" typical Republican...until this kind of hate changes...nothing will change...get a grip.

Also...I hope to God anyone who reads this, truly understands that the media would not exist if they couldn't trust their sources. It's as sacred as anything and what this country was founded on. Go do your research and talk to the hundreds of people who were in attendance back in 2003....another Republican distraction... incredible.

Posted by: surrogate4 | October 29, 2008 5:54 PM

McCain-Palin are going to get creamed on 11-4-08 and McCain is becoming more divisive and hostile as we near that date.

For McCain's knowledge, American Neo-Nazi's have endorsed McCain.

The later part of the 2008 Presidential campaign shows just how poor McCain would be if he became President. The man is hostile to everyone. His hostility probably goes back to his dad's binge drinking days.

Posted by: Maddogg | October 29, 2008 5:54 PM

How is attending a dinner honoring a world renowned AMERICAN scholar of Middle Eastern Studies analogous to being at a KKK event? Have any of you bothered to read Khalidi's books and articles, instead of quoting some crap spewed by the world's biggest ignoramus, Sarah Palin? For crying out loud, the man was an advisor to the US delegation (led by President Bush I and Sec. of State James Baker) at the 1991 Madrid Conference between the U.S., Israel, Palestinians and Arab countries. Gosh, if McCain believes that listening to the viewpoints of a noted American scholar is heresy against Israel, then how does he intend to sit down with the Palestinian National Authority? Just shrieking "Israel Israel" like Palin does in front of her numbskull supporters isn't going to solve anything. One will have to sit down with people across the political spectrum be they right wing Israelis or hardline Palestinians.

Interesting how McCain is resorting to this nonsense now that he's fallen behind in Florida. I doubt if Jews, who by and large embrace the intellect over the vapid ignorance of the current GOP, will fall for this desperate measure.

Posted by: jaysit | October 29, 2008 5:54 PM

Yawn.

Another day, another silly allegation to keep the tin foil hats worn by the Fox News audience warmed up.

If the Republicans spent as much time taking care of business as they did attacking the people around them, they might not be in the toilet right now.

Allow me to offer a new definition of a conservative: A hate filled, raving failure who blames his problems on the other side and who get's really nasty when average people don't buy into his silly victimhood.

Posted by: MorganaLeFay | October 29, 2008 5:53 PM

How is attending a dinner honoring a world renowned AMERICAN scholar of Middle Eastern Studies analogous to being at a KKK event? Have any of you bothered to read Khalidi's books and articles, instead of quoting some crap spewed by the world's biggest ignoramus, Sarah Palin? For crying out loud, the man was an advisor to the US delegation (led by President Bush I and Sec. of State James Baker) at the 1991 Madrid Conference between the U.S., Israel, Palestinians and Arab countries. Gosh, if McCain believes that listening to the viewpoints of a noted American scholar is heresy against Israel, then how does he intend to sit down with the Palestinian National Authority? Just shrieking "Israel Israel" like Palin does in front of her numbskull supporters isn't going to solve anything. One will have to sit down with people across the political spectrum be they right wing Israelis or hardline Palestinians.

Interesting how McCain is resorting to this nonsense now that he's fallen behind in Florida. I doubt if Jews, who by and large embrace the intellect over the vapid ignorance of the current GOP, will fall for this desperate measure.

Posted by: jaysit | October 29, 2008 5:52 PM

They won't release the tape. It would be inconsistent with the Liberal Media's Agenda of shaping this election!

Kind of like they have hardly let anyone know that we just took 550 metric tons of uranium out of a south Baghdad neighborhood, it just doesn’t fit well into their Agenda!

Tell me that doesn’t have WMD potential!

Here is an article on it:

http://www.nysun.com/editorials/iraqs-yellowcake/81328/

Posted by: AverageAmerican1 | October 29, 2008 5:45 PM

McClan better be careful he's spewing out so much crap he may just sink in it! The guy is pathetic and old.

Posted by: sfilutze | October 29, 2008 5:44 PM

The media could do a expose on the connection of the McCain camp to Neo-Nazis. High level Alaskan Independence Party members, the party Todd Palin belonged to and that Sarah addressed at its last convention, boasts about contacts with over 30 other secessionists groups in the Lower 48. Many of these groups are Neo-Confederate organizations with ties to white supremacist groups. Media, quit avoiding exposing this unholy alliance with only six days left to the election.

Posted by: csintala79 | October 29, 2008 5:42 PM

Let's see. McCain is endorsed by Al Qaeda, but the Obama campaign won't use that explosive "association." Perhaps because they realize that it's not relevant, and completely a non sequitor. However, were the tables turned, in Palan's faux-folksy parlance, foreign terrorists would be described as pals with McCain, since they see him as supporting their cause, i.e. recruitment. McCain I'm sure has "associated" with lots of unsavory sorts, especially in the shadowy world his wife's wealth is tangled up in (McCain's father-in-law, the late Jim Hensley, founded a hugely-profitable liquor distributorship in Phoenix. But the business has a long, well-documented history of connections to bootlegging and organized crime. In fact, Hensley himself was twice-indicted by federal prosecutors and landed a felony conviction.), but that's not relevant I suppose, because they're White and rich.

Posted by: SaladSD | October 29, 2008 5:42 PM

LABC: simply not true. Obambi's standard answer to something he doesn't like is "it's groundless." Of course, that is only when he is not occupied violating privacy laws going after such high profile folks like Joe the Plumber. The audacity of asking a question.

Posted by: explore4corners | October 29, 2008 5:41 PM

It proves what has been said for a long time. The main media in this country is
nothing but a bunch of socialist/communists, they have decided to get obama(osma) the massiah elected and will resort to any means to get it done. Iam afraid this country will be finished soon. I just hope all of the obamaites get what is comming to them first.

Posted by: rflyer | October 29, 2008 5:41 PM

Let's see. McCain is endorsed by Al Qaeda, but the Obama campaign won't use that explosive "association." Perhaps because they realize that it's not relevant, and completely a non sequitor. However, were the tables turned, in Palan's faux-folksy parlance, foreign terrorists would be described as pals with McCain, since they see him as supporting their cause, i.e. recruitment. McCain I'm sure has "associated" with lots of unsavory sorts, especially in the shadowy world his wife's wealth is tangled up in (McCain's father-in-law, the late Jim Hensley, founded a hugely-profitable liquor distributorship in Phoenix. But the business has a long, well-documented history of connections to bootlegging and organized crime. In fact, Hensley himself was twice-indicted by federal prosecutors and landed a felony conviction.), but that's not relevant I suppose, because they're White and rich.

Posted by: SaladSD | October 29, 2008 5:40 PM

Why should it be released? So McCrap can distort, twist, and invert it to mislead more voters into believing something bad about Obama?

We've already heard McCrap's vomit and how badly he distorts it. Enough! If you can't run on the issues, don't run at all.

Posted by: abigsam | October 29, 2008 5:40 PM

There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance!

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice
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Ignorant? Take a look in the mirror - cause you are what McLame and Caribou Barbie have left for a base - ignorant, racist sad sacks who instead of volunteering, canvassing, and supporting their candidates in any real way, sit on a message board repetitiously posting the same nonsense over and over again - the ultimate form of insanity. Do us a favor and perform a disappearing act already.

Posted by: LABC | October 29, 2008 5:40 PM

Is there anything more pathetic than watching the Republican machine tout Palin as the 'future' of their party and at the same time see their politicians trying to avoid disclosing their affiliation with the Republican party in their re-election campaigns?
Say does anyone have a few extra McCain-Palin spit cups they'd like to sell?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | October 29, 2008 5:37 PM

God, those people are bigots. So what if Obama has a fellow professor friend who happened to be Palestinian. I've had friends of all nationalities and religions, and I think this is great to give me a broader sense of the world and acceptance of more diverse points of view. I'd rather have a president who's able to have good relationships with foreigners so he'll be a more efficient statesman.

The McCain campaign tries to equate Arab and Muslim with terrorist, criminal, anti-American whatever. This is such an insult to the Arab-Americans who love this country and work here and pay their taxes (as opposed to Joe the Plumber who still owes his).

Posted by: lccc1 | October 29, 2008 5:37 PM

bsimon1: I was exactly where I am now, that is demanding the release of the info to the public.

Posted by: explore4corners | October 29, 2008 5:36 PM

bsimon1: I was exactly where I am now, that is demanding the release of the info to the public.

Posted by: explore4corners | October 29, 2008 5:36 PM

McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: libertaria08 | October 29, 2008 5:36 PM

McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: libertaria08 | October 29, 2008 5:36 PM

bsimon1: I was exactly where I am now, that is demanding the release of the info to the public.

Posted by: explore4corners | October 29, 2008 5:35 PM

McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: libertaria08 | October 29, 2008 5:35 PM

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station Wednesday morning. "I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different."

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Ummm, I haven't seen the video either but I sincerely doubt that B. Obama is dressed in a hattah and shouting "Praise Allah," so McCain's analogy is a serious stretch of logic.
Besides, it IS perfectly acceptable to assert that the Palestinians have SOME rights in this whole situation, although the far-right evangelical Israeli-state-will-bring-about-the-Second-Coming crowd will vehemently deny that.

But, while we're talking about releasing tapes, I wonder what McCain would think if CNN aired the audio of Palin doing a 30-second radio spot for AIP, an anti-American terrorist organization whose founder said "I have no use for America or her damned institutions."

The hipocrisy in the McCain camp is absolutely appalling.
Even if I didn't like Obama, I wouldn't vote for McCain based on principle alone.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 5:35 PM

The Red Baron gets shot down again ... poor old johnny

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 29, 2008 5:35 PM

The Red Baron gets shot down again ... poor old johnny

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 29, 2008 5:35 PM

Fear, fear, and more fear. That's all the Republicans have been selling for the last eight years, and now they are selling more of it. It's very obvious they have nothing else to offer. Just another sign that McCain equals Bush.

Posted by: bretb | October 29, 2008 5:34 PM

The Red Baron gets shot down again ... poor old johnny

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 29, 2008 5:34 PM

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station Wednesday morning. "I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different."

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Ummm, I haven't seen the video either but I sincerely doubt that B. Obama is dressed in a hattah and shouting "Praise Allah," so McCain's analogy is a serious stretch of logic.
Besides, it IS perfectly acceptable to assert that the Palestinians have SOME rights in this whole situation, although the far-right evangelical Israeli-state-will-bring-about-the-Second-Coming crowd will vehemently deny that.

But, while we're talking about releasing tapes, I wonder what McCain would think if CNN aired the audio of Palin doing a 30-second radio spot for AIP, an anti-American terrorist organization whose founder said "I have no use for America or her damned institutions."

The hipocrisy in the McCain camp is absolutely appalling.
Even if I didn't like Obama, I wouldn't vote for McCain based on principle alone.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM

"A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)"

(thanks to RollaMO)

Are you sure you republicans want to bring this up, are you really really really sure?

Posted by: khote14 | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM

While the Republicans become more desperately pathetic, Obama's lead continues to grow.
Palin is being viewed as the 'future' for the Republi-bubba party and at the same time flag wearing politicians are attempting to hide their party affiliation.
Got meltdown?
(PS If you're a vendor, don't take their checks.)
Say, does anybody have a few extra McCain-Palin spitcups they'd like to sell?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/the-khalidi-gam.html

Why isn't anyone reporting that McCain gave the same man he is trying to smear Obama with nearly a million dollars? MCCAIN FUNDED THIS GUY AND CALLS HIM A "NEO-NAZI"? DOESN'T ANYONE SEE THE IRONY!?!

Posted by: Fuzzy21 | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM

This guy is too paranoid. Pretty soon the American people will be accused of trying to take over America. He really believes that since he fought in a war - he owns the U.S. He needs a mental health check up.

and what in the heck does anybody need with 7 houses and 13 cars? This sounds like GREED. You can only live in one/two (summer/winter) at a time.

Posted by: brndmnd04 | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM

I agree w/ the French President. Obama is weak, shallow, naive and devoid of ideas. So much for Obambi being the messiah leading us back to credibility w/ the world.

Yes, release the darn tape. As Sarah said, had this tape depicted John McCain in a neo-Nazi uniform they would have released it. But what can you expect from supposed journalists who have made their living lately shilling for this utterly weak and inefectual candidate.

Posted by: explore4corners
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explore4cornersofyoura$$:
UPDATE: The Obama campaign passes along this comment from a spokesman for the French government: "The remarks attributed by the newspaper Haaretz to the President of the French Republic concerning Senator Obama's positions on Iran are groundless. To the contrary, the in-depth discussions between the President of the Republic and Senator Obama on Iran during their meeting in Paris in July demonstrated a broad convergence of views on this issue. President Sarkozy and Senator Obama agree to oppose Iran's development of a military nuclear capability."
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I don't know what is sadder: McCain's hypocritical turd flinging or the idiot base that breaks them open trying to find diamonds.

Posted by: LABC | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM

"Some of the most miserable people in the world?

I have news for you, some of the most miserable people in the world are the ones who are currently seated in the executive branch of our government this very day. They are the ones who McCain hired to run his campaign. And now they are this desperate old man and his second rate, second runner up beauty contest winner. Now THOSE are MISERABLE people in a league all their own. Overachievers you might say.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM

When this turns out to be another "Truman" type election, it will be hilarious to see all the Obamassiah koolaid drinking adherents with their hangovers from partying and reading the headlines from the Chicago newspapers suddenly faced with the reality that their " saviour" has feet of clay and is unable to walk on water. Oh my goodness, there will be joy in Mudville that night. How many will be unable to bear it and will resort to suicide? Many, I hope. The world would be better off with a few of the Liberal Left Marxist's who desire to turn the USA into the USSA. Adios, mi amigos. Jajajajajaja

Posted by: jorind1 | October 29, 2008 5:30 PM

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station Wednesday morning. "I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different."

-----------

Ummm, I haven't seen the video either but I sincerely doubt that B. Obama is dressed in a hattah and shouting "Praise Allah," so McCain's analogy is a serious stretch of logic.
Besides, it IS perfectly acceptable to assert that the Palestinians have SOME rights in this whole situation, although the far-right evangelical Israeli-state-will-bring-about-the-Second-Coming crowd will vehemently deny that.

But, while we're talking about releasing tapes, I wonder what McCain would think if CNN aired the audio of Palin doing a 30-second radio spot for AIP, an anti-American terrorist organization whose founder said "I have no use for America or her damned institutions."

The hipocrisy in the McCain camp is absolutely appalling.
Even if I didn't like Obama, I wouldn't vote for McCain based on principle alone.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 5:30 PM

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/the-khalidi-gam.html

Why isn't anyone reporting that McCain gave the same man he is trying to smear Obama with nearly a million dollars? MCCAIN FUNDED THIS GUY AND CALLS HIM A "NEO-NAZI"? DOESN'T ANYONE SEE THE IRONY!?!

Posted by: Fuzzy21 | October 29, 2008 5:30 PM

Release the tape. Thats it in a nutshell. If there is nothing there, you make huge points in humiliating the right.

There is no leftist worth his/her salt that would pass on that - so release the tape.

What are the socialists afraid of??????

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | October 29, 2008 5:30 PM

Given all of Mr. McShame's connections to Mr. Khalidi, this just smacks of more smear and desperation. What a pathetic disgrace it is to be John McCain. Everytime I see him and Cindy McCain together, you can see in her eyes that she wouldn't f@ck that old goat even if it meant doubling her fortune.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 29, 2008 5:30 PM

McCain runs his campaign just like his hero "George Bush" down & dirty, lie every chance you get ... McCain should hang his head in shame. He's no hero, he's just an other sleazy Republican who's losing.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 29, 2008 5:30 PM

"Some of the most miserable people in the world?

I have news for you, some of the most miserable people in the world are the ones who are currently seated in the executive branch of our government this very day. They are the ones who McCain hired to run his campaign. And now they are this desperate old man and his second rate, second runner up beauty contest winner. Now THOSE are MISERABLE people in a league all their own. Overachievers you might say.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 5:29 PM

The LA Times need to put out the video of Obama at the party for Khalidi's. This will be of great importance to those people that can't decide who to vote for, and to show everyone that Obama is a socialist and hangs out with low lifes. I would not vote for anyone that believes in turning this great country of ours into communists, socialist country.

Posted by: grandmakettle | October 29, 2008 5:29 PM

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station Wednesday morning. "I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different."

-----------

Ummm, I haven't seen the video either but I sincerely doubt that B. Obama is dressed in a hattah and shouting "Praise Allah," so McCain's analogy is a serious stretch of logic.
Besides, it IS perfectly acceptable to assert that the Palestinians have SOME rights in this whole situation, although the far-right evangelical Israeli-state-will-bring-about-the-Second-Coming crowd will vehemently deny that.

But, while we're talking about releasing tapes, I wonder what McCain would think if CNN aired the audio of Palin doing a 30-second radio spot for AIP, an anti-American terrorist organization whose founder said "I have no use for America or her damned institutions."

The hipocrisy in the McCain camp is absolutely appalling.
Even if I didn't like Obama, I wouldn't vote for McCain based on principle alone.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 5:29 PM

Hey, Alaska, I have some terrible news for you.

Sarah Palin is headed your way for good in about six days.

Good luck with that.

Posted by: Jaxxon | October 29, 2008 5:29 PM

Given all of Mr. McShame's connections to Mr. Khalidi, this just smacks of more smear and desperation. What a pathetic disgrace it is to be John McCain. Everytime I see him and Cindy McCain together, you can see in her eyes that she wouldn't f@ck that old goat even if it meant doubling her fortune.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 29, 2008 5:29 PM

Given all of Mr. McShame's connections to Mr. Khalidi, this just smacks of more smear and desperation. What a pathetic disgrace it is to be John McCain. Everytime I see him and Cindy McCain together, you can see in her eyes that she wouldn't f@ck that old goat even if it meant doubling her fortune.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 29, 2008 5:29 PM

Given all of Mr. McShame's connections to Mr. Khalidi, this just smacks of more smear and desperation. What a pathetic disgrace it is to be John McCain. Everytime I see him and Cindy McCain together, you can see in her eyes that she wouldn't f@ck that old goat even if it meant doubling her fortune.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | October 29, 2008 5:27 PM

The LA Times need to put out the video of Obama at the party for Khalidi's. This will be of great importance to those people that can't decide who to vote for, and to show everyone that Obama is a socialist and hangs out with low lifes. I would not vote for anyone that believes in turning this great country of ours into communists, socialist country.

Posted by: grandmakettle | October 29, 2008 5:27 PM

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station Wednesday morning. "I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different."

-----------

Ummm, I haven't seen the video either but I sincerely doubt that B. Obama is dressed in a hattah and shouting "Praise Allah," so McCain's analogy is a serious stretch of logic.
Besides, it IS perfectly acceptable to assert that the Palestinians have SOME rights in this whole situation, although the far-right evangelical Israeli-state-will-bring-about-the-Second-Coming crowd will vehemently deny that.

But, while we're talking about releasing tapes, I wonder what McCain would think if CNN aired the audio of Palin doing a 30-second radio spot for AIP, an anti-American terrorist organization whose founder said "I have no use for America or her damned institutions."

The hipocrisy in the McCain camp is absolutely appalling.
Even if I didn't like Obama, I wouldn't vote for McCain based on principle alone.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | October 29, 2008 5:26 PM

Another day, another sad and demented example of McPalin kitchen sink catapultry.

Posted by: TomCadorette | October 29, 2008 5:19 PM

Good for the LA Times. There is no room for this distraction in a real political campaign. Just another case of the Chablis and Bree GOP hate-mongers twisting something to their own perverted view of the world. John McCain; He just doesn't get it.

Posted by: hiberniantears | October 29, 2008 5:16 PM

Here's what I love: McCain keeps saying that Obama must tell the truth to the American people about his relationship with William Ayers. If John McCain knows something that nobody else knows, why isn't HE telling us. Why is there no one asking him this question? "Senator McCain, you keep saying this. What is it that you know, sir, that Senator Obama has not revealed?"

The three scariest words this Hallowe'en: President Sarah Palin.

Posted by: FactChecker1 | October 29, 2008 5:15 PM

Senator Obama's denial of close associations with some of the most abysmal people in the world, the Rev. Wright, as just one example, gives one pause as to his forthrightness. The senator is very, very bright. And, yet, he acts like a deer in the headlights, when he purports that in his 20 years of attendance (once or twice every month) in the rev's. church, he never, ever heard of the incessant barrage of the rev's. anti-American rants, including the most despicable of all, five days after the Islamofacists slaughtered 3,000 innocent Americans, "America, your chickens have come home to roost!" This, in reference to those that were incinerated.
There are other examples of similar repulsive statements given by other close associates. And, yet, the senator's responses are, in general, nebulous at best. One more comment as to why a long time Democrat, like me, makes me so cautious about voting for the senator. Just why did it take a debate with Hillary Clinton for Senator Obama to denounce the Rev. Farakkahn's endorsement? Initially, I heard the senator state, "I can't help it, if he thinks I'm a nice guy." What he should have stated is that I reject this messenger of unadulterated hatred, and I refuse such an endorsement. This should have come well before his meeting with Senator Clinton, when she, more or less, made him provide such a denoucement.

Posted by: secondbanana | October 29, 2008 5:13 PM

"Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008"

Hello to both of you!

Posted by: izivkov | October 29, 2008 5:12 PM

Where were all these conservative bloggers when Matt Cooper & Judith Miller were trying to maintain their sources' confidentiality?

Posted by: bsimon1 | October 29, 2008 5:12 PM

Just for fun

Let's imagine for a few moments the Democrats were waging the same desperate, McCarthyite campaign, full of lies, distortions, namecalling and more lies to try to win the presidency. Couldn't they come up with "plausible" charges McCain is a socialist or communist. Let's try, just for fun.

The Bush bailout plan, partially nationalizing AIG and many banks, is socialism since the definition of socialism is the government owning certain key industries in the economy. McCain supports this bailout, therefore he must be a socialist, seeking to spread socialism in the USA. Right?

The Communist party of China places the interests of the rich and businesses over the common people, especially workers, small farmers and the environment. Hey since this is basically the same agenda supported by McCain and the GOP, they have to be communists. Right?

Unless McCain seeks to abolish most federal programs, including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, federal aid to college students, food stamps, the mortgage interest deduction, as president he would be seeking to take money from some people to redistribute it to others. As anyone with any intelligence knows, federal spending and tax policies are based upon the premise of taking money from some people and spending it elsewhere, to the benefit of other people. McCain therefore is running not to be commander-in-chief, but redistribtionist-in-chief. This hints of Marxism. Right?

The Nazis invaded Poland on entirely false pretensions, occupying a country which was too weak to offer any threat to any of its neighbors. Hey wasn't the invasion of Iraq based on false pretentions against a country which was militarily too weak to be a threat to any other nations. You get where we are going with this smear.

Alas, Democrats are too nice to use such McCarthyite tactics. They generally try to win elections fairly, so they will have a legitimate mandate to effectively govern the country. Maybe if McCain wins this year, Palin is president for two terms, etc., they may change their ways in the distant future. Probably not.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 5:12 PM

Hahaaha all you Obamassiah lovers who genuflect at the sound of his name are in for a very rude awakening come the morning of Nov. 5th when McCain/Palin pull out a Truman type victory. I can already see the Chicago papers having to eat their editions again. In addition, all the hangovers from the "victory parties" of the previous evening--just too funny to describe.

Posted by: jorind1 | October 29, 2008 5:12 PM

Isn't this the United States of America? Show the stupid video. What is there to hide?

Posted by: scott3 | October 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Hahaaha all you Obamassiah lovers who genuflect at the sound of his name are in for a very rude awakening come the morning of Nov. 5th when McCain/Palin pull out a Truman type victory. I can already see the Chicago papers having to eat their editions again. In addition, all the hangovers from the "victory parties" of the previous evening--just too funny to describe.

Posted by: jorind1 | October 29, 2008 5:11 PM

Next ad from the McCain campaign:

"Obama is the Antichrist [cut to picture of Barack with devil horns]. Dangerous. A vote for Barack Obama is a vote for the world to end [cut to zoom of world blowing up]. Tragic. No experience, no plan, world ending... I'm John McCain and I approve this message."

Posted by: SteadyState | October 29, 2008 5:11 PM

So what did this Khalidi guy do? Why is he so bad?

Posted by: billy8 | October 29, 2008 5:10 PM

Okay, lets see.

FACT: Khalidi was a professor at chicago where Obama was teaching and they met and have discussions.

FACT: Khalidi is a world renowned Professor at Columbia University in New York.

FACT: McCain gave Khalidi a $500k grant to continue his work; encourage democracy in Palestine.

In the face of this, it appears we should be happy of both candidates for making efforts to connect with Palistinians (Obama) and financially supporting them (McCain) to be part of the democratic world - one avenue for peace in the middle east.

Now, the two are running for president and McCain felt he can attack Obama for talking to this Arab/Moslem sounding guy, never mind he is American so that he can eke out some votes from some racists; never mind its consequences to govern at home and lack credibility abroad. If we wondered how bush got us into our lack of credibility abroad, here is the sequel - and as most sequels this stinks even worse.

McCain MUST BE COUNTING on something to attack Obama with this while he is the one who actually funded his project.

Of course, the targets are independents; is he counting that we independents are so stupid we just buy mcCain's demagogue wholesale?

May be he is counting that this goes well with the rest of the attack; Hussien/Arab/terrorist/Communist/...

I thought McCain or Obama were going to solve the Palestinian/Israeli problem ones one of them takes power. But, if McCain finds it so horrific to talk to a Plaestinian American scholar at Columbia University, How could he solve the problem in the middle east? How could Palestinians trust and talk to this demagogue President McCain who demonizes a worldwide respected Palestinian American scholar who teaches at one of America's best universities?

To me, this alone is sufficient to disqualify McCain for president.

How could a man so respected by most people could go down at such alarming speed and pal around with the worst among us and demonizes people 'who are not like us'?

Posted by: selam1 | October 29, 2008 5:09 PM

I agree w/ the French President. Obama is weak, shallow, naive and devoid of ideas. So much for Obambi being the messiah leading us back to credibility w/ the world.

Yes, release the darn tape. As Sarah said, had this tape depicted John McCain in a neo-Nazi uniform they would have released it. But what can you expect from supposed journalists who have made their living lately shilling for this utterly weak and inefectual candidate.

Posted by: explore4corners | October 29, 2008 5:08 PM

The LA Times lacks journalistic integrity. Had McCain been on that tape, it would have been played around the clock. No, more and more this country is moving toward a media controlled by one political party. And the ignorant masses ignore the fact that the media controls what they do or do not see. Problem is, I have no interest in living in a Soviet like state where the published word is controlled. The LA Times has sunk to the level of Pravda and for that, they can be very proud. But, hey, if it will get our guy elected, what is a little control of the media to a bunch of stupid Americans? After all, they are nothing but a bunch of following sheep, right? Baaaaah.....

Posted by: donchew1 | October 29, 2008 5:07 PM

Michael, you pathetic Republican hack, why can't you state the amount of McCain's support for Khalidi- $500,000- in the context of McCain now claiming Khalidi is a terrorist. This makes McCain a financier of terrorism and a treasoner, a crime subject to the maximum punishment.

Posted by: dime_dropper | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM

Obama was a board member of Woods Non Profit Fund from 1999-2002.

John McCain's involvment with Rashid Khalidi is as follows:
McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

No need for the video tape here.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | October 29, 2008 5:04 PM

Why is McCain comparing this scholar to a neo-Nazi? Because he is sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians? McCain is completely absurd.

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 29, 2008 5:03 PM

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station....

Huh? A Cuban radio station? Maybe you mean a Cuban-American radio station? Can't really see McCain consenting to being interviewed by Cubans...

Posted by: news5 | October 29, 2008 5:03 PM

The anti-Muslim sentiments coming out of the McCain campaign over this are appalling. They really truly have no shame.

Posted by: arcadiola | October 29, 2008 5:03 PM

Why is McCain calling this scholar a neo-Nazi? Because he is sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians? Sickening. And absurd.

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 29, 2008 5:02 PM

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008

Posted by: hclark1 | October 29, 2008 5:02 PM

Just more of the same from More of the Same McCain. Since he really doesn't have anything in the way of solutions for America's problems McSame just tries to create doubt about Obama. He's a pathetic old man with a dizzy bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 29, 2008 5:02 PM

The only problem I have here is with the DMC. They needs to get off this "Mr. Nice Guy" and hit this nasty lying old McCain fellow with everything in the kitchen. Just don't contiune to let McCain make all of the false statement with a hurricance spin and get away with it. McCain had a relationship with this same group, McCain still love G. Libby, McCain selected a running mate whom pastors have it in for Jews and she is still under that teachering. McCain's running mate had her home built for free and is just as guilty as Senate Stevens for kick back. Palin husband is still a card carrying member of the AIP that is trying to suceed from the USA people. Is this your next heartbeat from becoming President? where you DMC?McCain made out great and so did Cindy on the Keating situation. McCain and the POW situation needs to be really looked into and not just another "how washington take care of their own". This is the same system he claim he wants to change. DMC, where are you? Is your dirt so nasty that you are afraid to throw the broom at this guy? Come on give me my money worth... Don't give them the election. I say, just be a George Bush on this guy and watch him sneak back into this lying shell. He let go of his hero status under George Bush because they were about to expose his real heart and action at the Hanio Hilton.

Posted by: floridaihamp | October 29, 2008 5:02 PM

Someone wrote:

"It is amazing what people are willing to cover up or intentionally ignore in order to promote Obama. Blah, blah, blah..."

Which somehow leads to my question of "Who IS the REAL John McCain?"

Is he the one who said he was going to run an "honorable campaign"? The one who felt slighted because "you won't do the town halls with me"? The one who as chair of the IRI has given funding to Khalidi's organization ? Or the one who decries Palin as the "most qualified" vice presidential select ever?

Is he the same person who opposed Bush's tax cuts for the well off? The one who was against offshore drilling? The one who claims he will lower taxes AND balance the budget within four years? The same one who claims "G. Gordon Liddy is fine America and I'm proud to know him?" Who knows anymore?

What I suspect and believe he is or has become is a desperate old man who will do anything to win the presidency which he feels he is entitled to.

Well John, you are entitled to nothing and the way you have run your campaign and the decisions you have made these past six months only goes to show you don't deserve it either.

So now let's see, back to the topic. By the Palin-McCain guilt by association standard:

  • Yitzhak Rabin was a PLO supporter and sympathizer since he developed a relationship of mutual dialog and respect with Yasser Arafat despite their diametrically opposed ideological and religious views.
  • Ehud Olmert obviously is too since he has been "palling around with terrorists" such as Abbas.
  • George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Condi Rice for the same reason and even going as far as providing material support for Abbas and the PLO.

Now strangely most of my Jewish friends, including my very best friend, are either Orthodox Jews or Chabad and they don't have a problem with Obama knowing, having dinner with or associating with Khalidi. Why? Because overwhelmingly most of the people Obama has associated with have been or are strong supporters of Israel. So why are Palin and McCain bringing it up now? Oh yeah, desperation and divisiveness, the only strategy they have to steal the election.

We just don't know who the REAL John McCain is anymore. You've been tested all right John, and you know what? You have failed miserably.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 5:02 PM

Just more of the same from More of the Same McCain. Since he really doesn't have anything in the way of solutions for America's problems McSame just tries to create doubt about Obama. He's a pathetic old man with a dizzy bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM

Just more of the same from More of the Same McCain. Since he really doesn't have anything in the way of solutions for America's problems McSame just tries to create doubt about Obama. He's a pathetic old man with a dizzy bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: ElectricBill | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM

Someone wrote:

"It is amazing what people are willing to cover up or intentionally ignore in order to promote Obama. Blah, blah, blah..."

Which somehow leads to my question of "Who IS the REAL John McCain?"

Is he the one who said he was going to run an "honorable campaign"? The one who felt slighted because "you won't do the town halls with me"? The one who as chair of the IRI has given funding to Khalidi's organization ? Or the one who decries Palin as the "most qualified" vice presidential select ever?

Is he the same person who opposed Bush's tax cuts for the well off? The one who was against offshore drilling? The one who claims he will lower taxes AND balance the budget within four years? The same one who claims "G. Gordon Liddy is fine America and I'm proud to know him?" Who knows anymore?

What I suspect and believe he is or has become is a desperate old man who will do anything to win the presidency which he feels he is entitled to.

Well John, you are entitled to nothing and the way you have run your campaign and the decisions you have made these past six months only goes to show you don't deserve it either.

So now let's see, back to the topic. By the Palin-McCain guilt by association standard:

  • Yitzhak Rabin was a PLO supporter and sympathizer since he developed a relationship of mutual dialog and respect with Yasser Arafat despite their diametrically opposed ideological and religious views.
  • Ehud Olmert obviously is too since he has been "palling around with terrorists" such as Abbas.
  • George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Condi Rice for the same reason and even going as far as providing material support for Abbas and the PLO.

Now strangely most of my Jewish friends, including my very best friend, are either Orthodox Jews or Chabad and they don't have a problem with Obama knowing, having dinner with or associating with Khalidi. Why? Because overwhelmingly most of the people Obama has associated with have been or are strong supporters of Israel. So why are Palin and McCain bringing it up now? Oh yeah, desperation and divisiveness, the only strategy they have to steal the election.

We just don't know who the REAL John McCain is anymore. You've been tested all right John, and you know what? You have failed miserably.

Posted by: wes1155 | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM

Why is McCain calling this scholar a neo-Nazi? Because he is sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians? Sickening. And absurd.

Posted by: AlaskaMelts | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM

jrrobinson7,

You idiot,

I live in south Florida.
There are Cuban radio stations every where down here.

But keep Marching for TheBarackPanther Party.

You Marxist Retard.

Posted by: dashriprock | October 29, 2008 5:01 PM

It is truely sad to see how low John McCain has sank to get himself into the White House. If he had been listening to the American Citizens as he claimed he would know that we are sick and tired of the lies and fear mongering that we have had forced upon us for the past 8 years. You'd would think that he would run an honest and truthful program that showed that he was different from Bush and his gang of liars and crooks. He sounds EXACTLY like Bush and has shown himself to be just as dishonest as Bush, Cheney, Rove and the rest. While he has been admired for his war record, as he should be, that on it's own does not mean McCain has what is need to be president. His run, even more so during the past few months has sank to levels that embarressing to say the least. Add to that his choice of someone like Palin, who own honesty is in serious question from her home state of ALaska also show poor judgement. To see someone once thought of as honest and trustworthy stoop to this kind of lies and chickens..t behavor is terrible. We can't have another "I Wanna Be King" in the white hoiuse. Bush has nearly destoryed this great country and McCain, having voted with Bush 92% of the time shows more and more each day just how much he and Bush are exactly the same.

Posted by: Hopinghere2 | October 29, 2008 4:58 PM

How about a little truth in advertising: Casablancasrick should change his screen name to casablancasmajorstrasser. You gonna wear brown shirts on your march?

Posted by: orrg1 | October 29, 2008 4:53 PM

This is only getting any daylight because the rat winger radio yakkers were yelping about it this Monday -- in between the ayers, what;s his name, farrakahn screed they managed to take a breat and start on this horse manure. They have nothing. Hanity sounded like his head was goin to explode - "Obama means an end to the Constitution, to freedom, to liberty, to capitalism..."on and on and on. Pathetic.

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 4:53 PM

McCain/Palin and their ilk are racist. Their language is usually filled with hate - its attack attack all the time. I have met Americans who come from all over the world. They are all extremely patriotic, for reasons that elude me.

Some christians for some strange reason seem drawn to the two of them. This is primarily due to a couple of their positions. But the behavior of these two seem so far removed from the teachings of Christ as to be evil.

Americans have to ask themselves whether it is more important for the nation as a whole to have as a leader someone who is smart and competent, with the temperament to handle complex intractable issues or someone who is somehow identified with a religious cause.

Posted by: chinkchua | October 29, 2008 4:52 PM

wow.

What part of "promise" doesn't the McCain campaign understand?

Posted by: random-adam | October 29, 2008 4:52 PM

Isn't this supposedly the same Palestinian person that McCain once funded or donated funds to? There was a mention of this on (I believe) MSNBC this morning. The anchor/host there mentioned that the entire story and the relationship of this person should be disclosed if there's new news about the gathering. From what I can determine, there wasn't anything new about the story, since the Los Angeles Times first printed a story about this gathering several months.

If this is what I think, McCain is again trying to change the subject to siphon off more votes by inferring that something's there that is not new news - all while claiming that the media is in the tank for Obama. You can't continue to farm out bogus stories and turn around and accused the media of providing favorable stories about Obama, especially if your goal is simply trying to do a character assassination. McCain - you and your booster are still looking desperate. And I'm saying this as a former member of the GOP.

If this was supposed to be a big story, it's interesting that the McCain people are trying to make this a so-called October surprised. This is the kind of thing that has me PO'd with the Republican party. I'll reconsider joining the GOP again once the party of Eisenhower is back.

Posted by: ldsw | October 29, 2008 4:51 PM

Again Obama is best suited for the international diplomacy this country so sorely needs. He knows all sorts of people of different color and nationalities. However this Professor is an American who happens to not believe Israel is the most important country in the world. McCain gave him grants. McPooper is just pooped his aged pants again and we are sick and tired of the push for war and war profits by types like him. Lets put the Bush/McCain years behind us.

Posted by: Mnnngj | October 29, 2008 4:51 PM

Dear John,

I am so much more concerned with Obama being in the same room with you at a fundraiser than I am with him being in a room with this Joe "Khalidi" guy. You are a sick lunatic and Obama should steer clear of you for fear that the funk that you spew will get on him.

Posted by: Beingsensible | October 29, 2008 4:50 PM

McCain should shut up and lose already

Posted by: nmoses | October 29, 2008 4:48 PM

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27441783/

mckane wants an old video to smear and instil fear and hysteria, yet what about his running mate facing her THIRD ethics inquiry in less than two years in office? His running mate has less than two years experience in government and has already spurred THREE ethics investigations. this is not old guilt bu association atwater/rove fear mongering, this is a politician who routinely breaks the law and uses public money and campaign money for her won benefit. mckane is a sleaze bag.

Posted by: John1263 | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM

McShame made this allegation in an interview with a Cuban radio station???? I thought there was an embargo on dealing with Cuba. We should be investigating McShame's dealings with Cuba!!!!

jrobinson7

Posted by: jrobinson7 | October 29, 2008 4:46 PM

The folks in McCain's camp need to learn how to do BASIC research BEFORE they release a hit piece.

It's clear since McCain helped FUND the group:

From the Huffington Post today:

"McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM

Yo! Fringe GOP freaks! Re: statements (you can't call them thoughts) like these: "It's amazing what the media is willing to cover up or ignore to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong."

The LA Times, like all organizations, doesn't release things like this to protect sources. There's no "there" there, as they've explained.

I just hope someone's making a big, fat list of all the things these small-minded, fear-driven, America-hating screamers are telling us is going to happen, as if Obama were king. I want an organization like the WaPo to write an article a year from now showing the world how stupid and destructive the Limbaughs and Hannitys of the country are to our political process.

Obama is young; he wants a second term. He'll govern exactly like Bill Clinton did(sans in flagrante delicto, one hopes!): he'll navigate to the precise center and irritate both progressives and conservatives by disregarding party ideology and going with the flow.

You can write that down as my prediction, and it is the main reason why I'm very comfortable having voted for him.

Posted by: abqcleve | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM

McCain has clearly gone mad. Mad in his desperation. Does he really think that Jewish voters are that stupid that they can't see through his desperation? What next? Would having dinner at a Chinese restaurant make one a Chinese spy? Eating kebabs at a middle eastern restaurant make one a member of Al Qaeda?

Any trace of honor this man may have one possessed has been thrown into the sewer. I was feeling sorry for him in light of a highly potential loss on Nov. 4, but now I hope that he gets walloped.

Posted by: jaysit | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM

Hey, Republican morons!
If the FBI says Obama is OK, and the CIA says Obama is OK, you should all collectively shut up, grin and bear.
If you allege Obama's terrorist links, file a lawsuit, see if it flies.

Posted by: VMR1 | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM

The McCain campaign has reached the point of complete, unreasoning panic. They're throwing everything off the boat they can grab, but it's sinking even faster. The latest is making a big deal about Khalidi. The only problem is that, as mentioned on the ABC news site,

"the McCain-chaired IRI (International Republican Institute) funded the organization Khalidi founded and served on to the tune of $448,873 in 1998"

This is the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, where "Khalidi was on the board of trustees through 1999".

The desperation here again is the demonizing of anyone from the Islamic world - implying that they are all terrorists - and indiscriminately lumping even those that work to reduce violence with radicals.

It is a small jump to say all Muslims are bad - something Palin is flogging for all it's worth - and one of the things that Colin Powell denounced when he endorsed Obama.

Posted by: orrg1 | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM

According to the well-tested "small word phenomenon" every person is connected to every other person in the world by max. 6 others persons. There you have the Al Quaida-tie of Obama, senator McCain!

Posted by: egojen | October 29, 2008 4:45 PM

If McCain were to win this thing, how does he expect to govern, given the way he has used slash and burn tactics during this campaign?

After eight years of the Bushies running around yelling the sky is falling and now this garbage, how does he ever expect to lead the country with what looks like an avalanche of new Democrats in Congress?

Does anybody ever think about the day after anymore? After Palin, he should have done a George Costanza. The opposite. Whatever your first instinct is...just do the opposite.

Posted by: horace_simon1 | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

The folks in McCain's camp need to learn how to do BASIC research BEFORE they release a hit piece.

It's clear since McCain helped FUND the group:

From the Huffington Post today:

"McCain Funded Work Of Palestinian His Campaign Hopes To Tie To Obama

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

Yo! Fringe GOP freaks! Re: statements (you can't call them thoughts) like these: "It's amazing what the media is willing to cover up or ignore to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong."

The LA Times, like all organizations, doesn't release things like this to protect sources. There's no "there" there, as they've explained.

I just hope someone's making a big, fat list of all the things these small-minded, fear-driven, America-hating screamers are telling us is going to happen, as if Obama were king. I want an organization like the WaPo to write an article a year from now showing the world how stupid and destructive the Limbaughs and Hannitys of the country are to our political process.

Obama is young; he wants a second term. He'll govern exactly like Bill Clinton did(sans in flagrante delicto, one hopes!): he'll navigate to the precise center and irritate both progressives and conservatives by disregarding party ideology and going with the flow.

You can write that down as my prediction, and it is the main reason why I'm very comfortable having voted for him.

Posted by: abqcleve | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

Over the years, I have attended many banquets, no doubt some featured events and speakers that I did not agree with. Of course, this is not the issue that McCain is raising. He just continues to form a guilt-by-association case against Obama. There is nothing in Obama's temperament or background that would even hint that Obama has sympathetic leanings for extremist positions on either side.

In reality, McCain's associations over a career of over 25 years in the US Senate must be able to show some interesting revelations. McCain had better stop the mud slinging before he gets in over his head. Remember, Obama has survived southside Chicago, apparently the murder-capital of the US. Obama continues to remain calm despite all of the mud that McCain has slung.

Now we know that Sarah Palin has suggested and even talked about the collective state of Alaska and the form of socialism practiced there. It seems that they do "spread the wealth around." Yet, she also throws mud.

There is a Republican campaign pattern of smear, fear, and so forth. They do not seem to mind that much of the mud comes back at them. What kind of a leadership team would McCain and Palin make? It sounds risky to me.

Posted by: EarlC | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

Stop blogging here and email the writer and the paper's contact. You're not affecting anyone here.
peter.wallsten@latimes.com
From Foxnews.com...
Tell the LA Times What You Think by e-mailing the paper's "readers' representative," Jamie Gold, at readers.rep@latimes.com or click here to fill out a feedback form. Or call to leave a message with Gold at (877) 554-4000.
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/29/mccain-slams-la-times-double-standard-withholding-obama-khalidi-tape/

Also to those who can participate in pursuit of the truth..
If you live in CA and want to attend FreedomMarch.org is marching on the LA Times, Thursday October 30, 2008 at 10:00 AM, if it does not release the Rashid Khalidi video of Obama.

Go to this website and sign-up.
http://www.freedommarch.org/Ma
rch_LA_Times.html

and one more contact PRAY HARD

Posted by: casablancasrick | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

McCain has clearly gone mad. Mad in his desperation. Does he really think that Jewish voters are that stupid that they can't see through his desperation? What next? Would having dinner at a Chinese restaurant make one a Chinese spy? Eating kebabs at a middle eastern restaurant make one a member of Al Qaeda?

Any trace of honor this man may have one possessed has been thrown into the sewer. I was feeling sorry for him in light of a highly potential loss on Nov. 4, but now I hope that he gets walloped.

Posted by: jaysit | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

McCain and his nurse Palin are pathetic. How anyone with a brain could waste their vote on them is beyond belief. I can't wait for Palin to crawl back in her igloo & McCain to go to Crawford Texas for his crying towel.

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 29, 2008 4:44 PM

An excellent discussion of McCain's typically-conservative hypocrisy:

http://harpers.org/archive/2008/10/hbc-90003779.

And what's wrong with having compassion for a people whose land was stolen right out from under them?

Posted by: Garak | October 29, 2008 4:42 PM

Let me get this straight. It's important to inform the American public about the RNC purchasing clothing for Sarah Palin but not to show a video of Obama's speach, which may shed some additional truth to his views on Israel and the PLO? We down played the Obama interview where he supported court-imposed redistribution of wealth. Or where' the media questioning teh tax plan? Is "rich" $250k? $200K" Or $150k, like Biden said yesterday.

Got to love hiding behind the veil of journalistic integrity, too bad there's no ethics to hold it up.

Posted by: eliahs474 | October 29, 2008 4:41 PM

If you're a Libertarian, you'll care what Donald J. Boudreaux thinks. If you're not a Libertarian then you could care less what he thinks... and I could care less.

European countries have a mix of socialism and capitalism and it's worked out for them just fine. The same can be said for The U.S. for the most part. It's only when one side becomes all powerful that we enter into dangerous times.

A Libertarian "utopia" is what we should be afraid of the most.

Bush represents bigger government than Obama ever will.

Posted by: grackel | October 29, 2008 4:40 PM

McCain and his "nurse" Palin are pathetic. How anyone with a brain could waste their vote on them is beyond belief. I can't wait for Palin to crawl back in her igloo & McCain to go to Crawford Texas for his crying towel

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 29, 2008 4:40 PM

Stop blogging here and email the writer and the paper's contact. You're not affecting anyone here.
peter.wallsten@latimes.com
From Foxnews.com...
Tell the LA Times What You Think by e-mailing the paper's "readers' representative," Jamie Gold, at readers.rep@latimes.com or click here to fill out a feedback form. Or call to leave a message with Gold at (877) 554-4000.
http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/10/29/mccain-slams-la-times-double-standard-withholding-obama-khalidi-tape/

Also to those who can participate in pursuit of the truth..
If you live in CA and want to attend FreedomMarch.org is marching on the LA Times, Thursday October 30, 2008 at 10:00 AM, if it does not release the Rashid Khalidi video of Obama.

Go to this website and sign-up.
http://www.freedommarch.org/Ma
rch_LA_Times.html

and one more contact PRAY HARD

Posted by: casablancasrick | October 29, 2008 4:39 PM

An excellent discussion of McCain's typically-conservative hypocrisy:

http://harpers.org/archive/2008/10/hbc-90003779.

And what's wrong with having compassion for a people whose land was stolen right out from under them?

Posted by: Garak | October 29, 2008 4:38 PM

If you're a Libertarian, you'll care what Donald J. Boudreaux thinks. If you're not a Libertarian then you could care less what he thinks... and I could care less.

European countries have a mix of socialism and capitalism and it's worked out for them just fine. The same can be said for The U.S. for the most part. It's only when one side becomes all powerful that we enter into dangerous times.

A Libertarian "utopia" is what we should be afraid of the most.

Bush represents bigger government than Obama ever will.

Posted by: grackel | October 29, 2008 4:37 PM

McCain and his nurse Palin are pathetic. How anyone with a brain could waste their vote on them is beyond belief. I can't wait for Palin to crawl back in her igloo & McCain to go to Crawford Texas for his crying towel

Posted by: gatorsn09 | October 29, 2008 4:37 PM

Well another link that Obama will fail to acknowledge, Khalidi. We can add him to all the others "Passing Acquaintances” which he fails to admit knowing. Again we are seeing the biased press doing the most they can to support the Obama agenda.

Posted by: dnicolo1 | October 29, 2008 4:36 PM

McCAIN HAS TIES TO THE SAME GROUP THAT HE IS ACCUSING OBAMA OF HAVING. This is a perfect text book definition of Hypocracy by McKLAN.


http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/the-khalidi-gam.html


Posted by: nri1998 | October 29, 2008 4:36 PM

I am not sure what is the big deal here. If McCain oversaw a grant to this man's organization, then how can he be so "dangerous"? So, Obama gave a warmly worded toast at a dinner event. Big deal. Isn't that what politicians do? Hum, didn't McCain go on a few trips with Keating? Oh yea, wasn't one of McCain's advisors a lobbyist for Saddam Hussein? Talk about questionable associates?! I think that the real reason that McCain wants this videotape is so that his hacks can edit it and turn it into yet another one of their negative ads...i can only imagine something like lots of screaming Iranians holding guns while a voice is synthesized to sound sinester...OOPS...McCain's team has already done that scare tactic.

Posted by: SWadvocate | October 29, 2008 4:34 PM

I am not sure what is the big deal here. If McCain oversaw a grant to this man's organization, then how can he be so "dangerous"? So, Obama gave a warmly worded toast at a dinner event. Big deal. Isn't that what politicians do? Hum, didn't McCain go on a few trips with Keating? Oh yea, wasn't one of McCain's advisors a lobbyist for Saddam Hussein? Talk about questionable associates?! I think that the real reason that McCain wants this videotape is so that his hacks can edit it and turn it into yet another one of their negative ads...i can only imagine something like lots of screaming Iranians holding guns while a voice is synthesized to sound sinester...OOPS...McCain's team has already done that scare tactic.

Posted by: SWadvocate | October 29, 2008 4:33 PM

I just read the LA Times story and I find this statement of theirs completely false: "More than six months ago the Los Angeles Times published a detailed account of the events shown on the videotape. The Times is not suppressing anything. Just the opposite -- the L.A. Times brought the matter to light."

The article provides some high level accounts of the event, but most of the article details Senator Obama's fence straddling, seeking the favors of both Palestinians and what the LA Times calls the pro-Israel lobby. There is no direct quote from Senator Obama's speech. In fact, it is difficult to imagine what in the video tape was used as this article is so thin on details.

The second question is just to what degree the LA Times is required to adhere to source's request. It is one thing to provide a conditional interview that must be deferred to some future time, such as the one with President Ford that was held until after his death. But unless the document reveals who actually turned over the material, for example who filmed it, is a reporter obliged to withhold original source material?

There is some precedent for this behavior with TV stations and photographers working for newspapers withholding images, but this goes to protecting the reporters, not their source. If that class of material was turned over then it would compromise either the reporters' safety or access to the event or both.

But that is not the situation here: here the document was turned over to the press and they have not extensively quoted from it at all. They have not described who was at the event. They have given almost no detail at all. So one is inclined to conclude that the LA Times is covering up something.

If the LA Times publishes real details from this document (film) that would be one thing. But the fact that the Times lied about their reporting of the film furthers the need for them to disclose its contents or release the video.

Finally, it is astounding that for every point that Senator McCain makes the press feels obliged to either refute it or find some tangential association of McCain's.

I would point out that McCain did not come close to comparing anyone to a neo-Nazi. He merely compared the notoriety of the individuals to the notoriety of neo-Nazis.

While Mr. Khalid may deny being a spokesman for the Palestinians that LA Time article makes clear that he may not have been an official spokesman but that he filled the role of advocate and unofficial spokesman to Western reporters.

You think the Washington Post, even in a blog, could try for some level of balance and accuracy. In keeping with the spirit of your own verification blogger, this is four Pinocioes.

Posted by: krushX | October 29, 2008 4:31 PM

I am not sure what is the big deal here. If McCain oversaw a grant to this man's organization, then how can he be so "dangerous"? So, Obama gave a warmly worded toast at a dinner event. Big deal. Isn't that what politicians do? Hum, didn't McCain go on a few trips with Keating? Oh yea, wasn't one of McCain's advisors a lobbyist for Saddam Hussein? Talk about questionable associates?! I think that the real reason that McCain wants this videotape is so that his hacks can edit it and turn it into yet another one of their negative ads...i can only imagine something like lots of screaming Iranians holding guns while a voice is synthesized to sound sinester...OOPS...McCain's team has already done that scare tactic.

Posted by: SWadvocate | October 29, 2008 4:31 PM

Maverick Personality Disorder:

http://tinyurl.com/5ggtte

Posted by: caraprado1 | October 29, 2008 4:31 PM

"a video of a 2003 banquet at which Sen. Barack Obama talked about the professor, Rashid Khalidi, a leading Palestinian American scholar and friend of Obama's from Chicago. Obama talks about leading Palestinian "American" scholar. So What! What the f are these republicans crazy? Yes, the republicans are crazy. How many people were at the banquet? Are they still alive? If so, why did non of them come forward sooner if this is relevent! No to four more years of fuc ups! I will not pay one penny to taxes if McCain get in. I don't want one penny of anyone's taxes going to the war in Iraq, or the Israelies. John McCain is an old bitter man, or better yet, a pim..p

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | October 29, 2008 4:31 PM

John McCain is closer to Rashidi than Obama. He gave him 850,000 in a number of grants for his research in the Middle East. For McCain to call Rashidi, a peace-loving professor who advocates dialogue between Israel and Palestine a Neo-Nazi is slander. This is exactly why Colin Powell repudiated McCain's tactics. Rashidi should sue and expose all the help he received from McCain in the past.

Rashid Khalidi was born in New York, 1950. He received a B.A. from Yale University, where he was a member of Wolf’s Head Society, in 1970, and a Ph.D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1974 and spent many years as a professor and director of both the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago before joining the Columbia faculty. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Lebanese University, and the American University of Beirut.

He is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, which describes itself as “a national organization of Jews, Christians and Muslims dedicated to dialogue, education and advocacy for peace based on the deepest teachings of the three religious traditions.” He is member of the Board of Sponsors of The Palestine-Israel Journal, a publication founded by Ziad AbuZayyad and Victor Cygielman, prominent Palestinian and Israeli journalists.

Posted by: asja | October 29, 2008 4:29 PM

YES YES MCCLAME keep bringing up these stupid claims again!! YES keep doing it! All you're doing is making yourself look like a TOTAL IDIOT as opposed to a old idiot! lololol This old wrinkled man who now realizes that HIS LAST CHANCE at becoming president has been CRUSHED BY HIS STUPIDITY is doing everything in his powers to make himself look retarded! Do you think for a second we CARE ABOUT SOME PROFESSOR? This is why you're out of touch with Americans! This is why Obama is kicking your tired stupid azz all over this nation!! Even repukelicans are throwing in the towel!!! JOHN MCCLAME WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE REPUKELICAN THAT COULDN'T BEAT A 2 TERM SENATOR WHO'S BLACK! HIS REPUKELICAN friends are probably calling him all kind of stupid loser, moron, dumbshiitz! He's already setting up the fall woman! PALIN!!!!! LOLOLOLOLOL Obama is kicking this losers azz and I'm loving every minute of it so keep on with these stupid stories NO ONE CARES ABOUT BUT YOUR STUPID CAMPAIGN!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Posted by: gabbamonkey | October 29, 2008 4:27 PM

YES YES MCCLAME keep bringing up these stupid claims again!! YES keep doing it! All you're doing is making yourself look like a TOTAL IDIOT as opposed to a old idiot! lololol This old wrinkled man who now realizes that HIS LAST CHANCE at becoming president has been CRUSHED BY HIS STUPIDITY is doing everything in his powers to make himself look retarded! Do you think for a second we CARE ABOUT SOME PROFESSOR? This is why you're out of touch with Americans! This is why Obama is kicking your tired stupid azz all over this nation!! Even repukelicans are throwing in the towel!!! JOHN MCCLAME WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS THE REPUKELICAN THAT COULDN'T BEAT A 2 TERM SENATOR WHO'S BLACK! HIS REPUKELICAN friends are probably calling him all kind of stupid loser, moron, dumbshiitz! He's already setting up the fall woman! PALIN!!!!! LOLOLOLOLOL Obama is kicking this losers azz and I'm loving every minute of it so keep on with these stupid stories NO ONE CARES ABOUT BUT YOUR STUPID CAMPAIGN!!!! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Posted by: gabbamonkey | October 29, 2008 4:27 PM

Merlins_New_Apprentice,

McCain donated to the same group Khalidi belongs. If LA Times has to reveal the video, don't you think McCain's relationship should also be exposed?


http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/10/the-khalidi-gam.html


Posted by: nri1998 | October 29, 2008 4:27 PM

John McCain is closer to Rashidi than Obama. He gave him 850,000 in a number of grants for his research in the Middle East. For McCain to call Rashidi, a peace-loving professor who advocates dialogue between Israel and Palestine a Neo-Nazi is slander. This is exactly why Colin Powell repudiated McCain's tactics. Rashidi should sue and expose all the help he received from McCain in the past.

Rashid Khalidi was born in New York, 1950. He received a B.A. from Yale University, where he was a member of Wolf’s Head Society, in 1970, and a Ph.D. Phil. from Oxford University in 1974 and spent many years as a professor and director of both the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and the Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago before joining the Columbia faculty. He has also taught at Georgetown University, Lebanese University, and the American University of Beirut.

He is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East, which describes itself as “a national organization of Jews, Christians and Muslims dedicated to dialogue, education and advocacy for peace based on the deepest teachings of the three religious traditions.” He is member of the Board of Sponsors of The Palestine-Israel Journal, a publication founded by Ziad AbuZayyad and Victor Cygielman, prominent Palestinian and Israeli journalists.

Posted by: asja | October 29, 2008 4:27 PM

Joseph McCarthy, sitting in the lowest rungs of purgatory, is proud of McCain. He has proven to be a master during this campaign of McCarthyite tactics, taking the lowest possible road of smears, namecalling, lies and distortions to try to dupe enough voters to win. McCain's campaign makes a mockery of his contention eight years ago he would not take the low road to win the highest office in the land.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 4:26 PM

For God's sake what is WRONG with McCain???? He acts like he's thick in the midst of full blown dementia. Oooo, more scary stuff from the McCain camp...be afraid, be very afraid! Yawn.

This has been around since April and one would think that he'd have jumped on this back when it first came out. If this is his October surprise, I'd say it is more of an October dud.

Add to the fact McCain has 'ties' to Khalidi, makes my assumption of McCain's dementia even more iron-clad.

And, to think people are actually going to vote for this lame brain....

Posted by: smsbks | October 29, 2008 4:25 PM

The burning smell of a 72 year old juvenile delinquent in desperation, really ugly McCain.

Try to have a little class man, a little grace. How you lose this race is how we're going to remember you, and your party.

Posted by: khote14 | October 29, 2008 4:25 PM

McCain should be more worried about people like this who attend his rallies:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/racist-mccain-rally-goers-pt-8.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 29, 2008 4:25 PM

I'm starting to become seriously concerned about Senator McCain's mental health.

Posted by: Kev29 | October 29, 2008 4:25 PM

Joseph McCarthy, sitting in the lowest rungs of purgatory, is proud of McCain. He has proven to be a master during this campaign of McCarthyite tactics, taking the lowest possible road of smears, namecalling, lies and distortions to try to dupe enough voters to win. McCain's campaign makes a mockery of his contention eight years ago he would not take the low road to win the highest office in the land.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 29, 2008 4:23 PM

Did he babysit McCain's kids? Eat friendly dinners with him? You democrats are really sick people. Anybody that would vote for the Messiah is delusional and in need of therapy, or whatever you do to get out of a cult like behavior, god, people you are sick.

Posted by: tcdifla | October 29, 2008 4:23 PM

Hey Mccain,
You want the LA Times to release some tape.
Well many of us voters want you to comment about the reported rumors that You BETRAYED YOUR FELLOW POW'S IN VIETNAM.

Posted by: sumo1 | October 29, 2008 4:23 PM

McCain should be more worried about people like this who attend his rallies:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/racist-mccain-rally-goers-pt-8.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 29, 2008 4:22 PM

It's amazing what the media is willing to cover up or ignore to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character there, shouldn't Americans know? Are you respondants saying you'd rather supress damning information to elect a person who may be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We know the generally spread anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously refusing to consider that Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of other black Americans? Why's he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is a radical anti-semetic. After all, he portrays himself as being so by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar event with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are you so willing blind as to turn your head from evidence, or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich, just to hide from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance! Where's the "change" Obama speaks of? Is the media actions here from that the German propagandists support of Nazis? How?

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:21 PM

It's amazing what the media is willing to cover up or ignore to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character there, shouldn't Americans know? Are you respondants saying you'd rather supress damning information to elect a person who may be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We know the generally spread anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously refusing to consider that Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of other black Americans? Why's he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is a radical anti-semetic. After all, he portrays himself as being so by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar event with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are you so willing blind as to turn your head from evidence, or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich, just to hide from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance! Where's the "change" Obama speaks of? Is the media actions here from that the German propagandists support of Nazis? How?

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:21 PM

McCain is SO washed up. He is such an embarrassment to our politican system. I wish he would tell us something specific about what he is going to do to get this country back on track rather than embracing same ol' same ol' republican smear tricks. THIS is exactly why this country needs someone like Obama!
Catholic Veterans for Obama '08

Posted by: Swedishice | October 29, 2008 4:21 PM

This is just another silly red herring. Lets restart the House Unamerican Activities committee and bring Joe McCarthy back to chair. That's how stupid and lame this is. The LA Times should go tell them to shove it.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 29, 2008 4:21 PM

First, is McCain saying there's footage of him supporting a neo-Nazi other than Sean Hannity and Hal Turner? There already is footage of that.

Second, is McCain inviting the media to report on the USS Forrestal, where he was showing off his flying prowess, crashed a plane into the ship and killed 133 sailors?

Is he inviting everyone to go front page on the USS Forrestal?

Democrats, why aren't you attacking McCain on the USS Forrestal disaster, where he crashed a plane into a ship and killed 133 sailors? Or how he helped cover up information of POWs? Or McCain's associations? OR the fact MCCAIN PAID FOR THE WHOLE PROGRAM OF KHALIDI. Don't you people read?

Posted by: kravitzkravitz | October 29, 2008 4:19 PM

This is a first ammendment matter. When the press agrees to ptotect a source, or to not publish specific content, it gets acess to stories, and leads that would not otherwise come to light. Freedom of the Press is a fundemental and cherished freedom in the USA. We should be gratefult to the LA Times for gleaning and reporting on the video content, not browbeating them for refusing to betray thier agreement with a source.

Posted by: mastin | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

McCain should be more worried about people like this who attend his rallies:

http://liesliesmorelies.blogspot.com/2008/10/racist-mccain-rally-goers-pt-8.html

Posted by: Snakeheader | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

McCain is SO washed up. He is such an embarrassment to our politican system. I wish he would tell us something specific about what he is going to do to get this country back on track rather than embracing same ol' same ol' republican smear tricks. THIS is exactly why this country needs someone like Obama!
Catholic Veterans for Obama '08

Posted by: Swedishice | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

Release your medical and driving records, Johnny.

Posted by: upland_bill | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

"What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being held by some media outlet?" McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban radio station Wednesday morning. "I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different."

i'm sorry, did the times article suggest that obama was dressed in PLO garb? and for those who think the times is supressing something to benefit obama. let me ask you this. if they truely were trying to benefit him, would they have run this article in the first place? hmm...

that said, the la times is a useless newspaper in general.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

It's amazing what the media is willing to cover up or ignore to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character there, shouldn't Americans know? Are you respondants saying you'd rather supress damning information to elect a person who may be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We know the generally spread anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously refusing to consider that Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of other black Americans? Why's he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is a radical anti-semetic. After all, he portrays himself as being so by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar event with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are you so willing blind as to turn your head from evidence, or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich, just to hide from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance! Where's the "change" Obama speaks of? Is the media actions here from that the German propagandists support of Nazis? How?

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

It's amazing what the media is willing to cover up or ignore to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character there, shouldn't Americans know? Are you respondants saying you'd rather supress damning information to elect a person who may be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We know the generally spread anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously refusing to consider that Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of other black Americans? Why's he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is a radical anti-semetic. After all, he portrays himself as being so by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar event with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are you so willing blind as to turn your head from evidence, or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich, just to hide from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance! Where's the "change" Obama speaks of? Is the media actions here from that the German propagandists support of Nazis? How?

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

It's amazing what the media is willing to cover up or ignore to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character there, shouldn't Americans know? Are you respondants saying you'd rather supress damning information to elect a person who may be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We know the generally spread anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously refusing to consider that Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of other black Americans? Why's he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is a radical anti-semetic. After all, he portrays himself as being so by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar event with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are you so willing blind as to turn your head from evidence, or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich, just to hide from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance! Where's the "change" Obama speaks of? Is the media actions here from that the German propagandists support of Nazis? How?

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

McCain is SO washed up. He is such an embarrassment to our politican system. I wish he would tell us something specific about what he is going to do to get this country back on track rather than embracing same ol' same ol' republican smear tricks. THIS is exactly why this country needs someone like Obama!
Catholic Veterans for Obama '08

Posted by: Swedishice | October 29, 2008 4:18 PM

McCain is an absolute lunatic. If he wins, and lord i hope he does not, we have to start talking about separating the country peacefully. I cannot live another 4-8 years under a stupid, erratic Republican president.

Posted by: oknow1 | October 29, 2008 4:17 PM

Yes.....the secret video!!! That will show them!!! If they could only see the secret video, then they would see!!!

Seriously? The McCain has gone broke, wavered, reversed-course, flip-flopped, turned itself upside down and is now tearing itself apart....and all of this before ever reaching Election Day. What about this makes McCain fit to lead?

And now, with the election less than a week away, McCain's banked his hopes on the "secret" video tape?

Christsake man, pull it together. It's painful to watch you anymore.

Posted by: dsk36 | October 29, 2008 4:16 PM

So McCain is comparing an institute at Columbia University to a bunch of neonazis?

If Joe McCarthy were alive today, he would be very proud of McCain.

Posted by: maggots | October 29, 2008 4:16 PM

McCain is desperate to not only win the election but also to save face with the Republican party. He'll do anything at this point. He's pathetic.

Posted by: tim_hall | October 29, 2008 4:15 PM

Irrelevant, baloney. We don't need another red herring.

Posted by: paulnolan97 | October 29, 2008 4:15 PM

I'd take Rashid Khalidi over John McCain every day of the week.

Posted by: aliancia | October 29, 2008 4:14 PM

In the final moments of despair was when he flailed the wildest, upon self reflection he realized it was truly over, and only then did he realize he lost without honor.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | October 29, 2008 4:14 PM

you mean the same guy McCain gave all those grants too? Hum, I think he needs to be investigated right now don't you, and how McCain came to give those grants to him. See everyone can play this gotta game! It's pathetic.

Posted by: sfilutze | October 29, 2008 4:12 PM

ABC News reported today that "McCain has his own connection to Khalidi," in that McCain has chaired the International Republican Institute since 1993, which in 1998 and 1999 funded the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, founded by the Palestinian scholar.

Why was this paragraph showing McCain's own links to Khalidi buried so deep in the story. Typical Washington Post bull.

Posted by: jlelijah | October 29, 2008 4:12 PM

McCain actually gave this man $500K, and now we are supposed to be looking twice at Obama because he once stood in the same room with him? This man is nuts

Posted by: maurban | October 29, 2008 4:08 PM

It is amazing what people are willing to cover up or intentionally ignore in order to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character here, shouldn't the American people know? Are you idiots saying you'd rather supress damning information in order to elect a person who may actually be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We already know the anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously not considering whether Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of black Americans? Why's do you insist he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is the radical anti-semetic he portrays himself as being by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar dinner with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are we so blind as to turn our head from the evidence or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich hiding from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance!

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:08 PM

"ABC News reported today that "McCain has his own connection to Khalidi," in that McCain has chaired the International Republican Institute since 1993, which in 1998 and 1999 funded the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, founded by the Palestinian scholar."

Why was this paragraph showing McCain's own links to Khalidi buried so deep in the story. Typical Washington Post bulls***.

Posted by: jlelijah | October 29, 2008 4:08 PM

It is amazing what people are willing to cover up or intentionally ignore in order to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character here, shouldn't the American people know? Are you idiots saying you'd rather supress damning information in order to elect a person who may actually be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We already know the anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously not considering whether Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of black Americans? Why's do you insist he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is the radical anti-semetic he portrays himself as being by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar dinner with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are we so blind as to turn our head from the evidence or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich hiding from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance!

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:08 PM

It is amazing what people are willing to cover up or intentionally ignore in order to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character here, shouldn't the American people know? Are you idiots saying you'd rather supress damning information in order to elect a person who may actually be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We already know the anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously not considering whether Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of black Americans? Why's do you insist he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is the radical anti-semetic he portrays himself as being by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar dinner with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are we so blind as to turn our head from the evidence or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich hiding from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance!

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:05 PM

McCain actually gave this man $500K, and now we are supposed to be looking twice at Obama because he once stood in the same room with him? This man is nuts

Posted by: maurban | October 29, 2008 4:05 PM

It is amazing what people are willing to cover up or intentionally ignore in order to promote Obama. If there is nothing on the tape, make it public and prove McCain wrong. If there are important insights into Obama's character here, shouldn't the American people know? Are you idiots saying you'd rather supress damning information in order to elect a person who may actually be anti-American and anti-Isreal?

We already know the anti-semetic sentiment of the African American community at large. Are you seriously not considering whether Obama also shares the sentiment of the majority of black Americans? Why's do you insist he is somehow different? If he is, play the tape and prove it! If not, we can just assume he is the radical anti-semetic he portrays himself as being by his own refusal to call on the Times to release the video.

McCain makes a good point; if he was at a similar dinner with Klu Klux Klansmen, it would be all over the news. This is totally media bias in all its glory. Remember when democrats and the media drove Trent Lott out of the majority leader position for simply offering a toast? And more innocently, it was made to a retiring U.S. Congressman! Where's the equity ? Are we so blind as to turn our head from the evidence or bury our head in sand like an Ostrich hiding from truth? There are none so ignorant as those who choose to be! I hope most Americans are not like the liberals who respond here with such vile and ignorance!

Posted by: Merlins_New_Apprentice | October 29, 2008 4:02 PM

If John McCain is elected, we can be assured of further decline into McCarthyism, where even knowing people of Arab heritage is considered unpatriotic. How can we be expected to ever help resolve the world's problems in the middle east if we won't even talk to one another? I am dumfounded that anyone in this day and age can be smeared with talking to a Middle Eastern studies professor. If the GOP has their way, we will never make any progress toward true peace in the Middle East.

Also, John McCain was in charge of the group that funded this guy's projects! This is so ridiculous - But heck, worth a shot I guess if you have no ideas for our country.

Posted by: jak2 | October 29, 2008 3:24 PM

First, is McCain saying there's footage of him supporting a neo-Nazi other than Sean Hannity and Hal Turner? There already is footage of that.

Second, is McCain inviting the media to report on the USS Forrestal, where he was showing off his flying prowess, crashed a plane into the ship and killed 133 sailors?

Is he inviting everyone to go front page on the USS Forrestal?

Posted by: kravitzkravitz | October 29, 2008 3:01 PM

First, is McCain saying there's footage of him supporting a neo-Nazi other than Sean Hannity and Hal Turner? There already is footage of that.

Second, is McCain inviting the media to report on the USS Forrestal, where he was showing off his flying prowess, crashed a plane into the ship and killed 133 sailors?

Is he inviting everyone to go front page on the USS Forrestal?

Posted by: kravitzkravitz | October 29, 2008 2:58 PM

See the Sarah Palin Impersonator's then vote for your favorite at http://www.VeepPeek.com

Posted by: pastor123 | October 29, 2008 2:41 PM

""The Los Angeles Times did not publish the videotape because it was provided to us by a confidential source who did so on the condition that we not release it," said the newspaper's editor, Russ Stanton. "The Times keeps its promises to sources.""

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-na-video29-2008oct29,0,7568849.story

Posted by: nowanna3 | October 29, 2008 2:33 PM

Here's the real story ABC ran back in May:
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/05/obama-on-the-de.html

Nothing to hide there.


Let's not let this crap distract us, folks...think.

Posted by: owl1 | October 29, 2008 2:18 PM

It's important the media not withold any info that would keep our American without knowledge of what is in those video's!

Posted by: moonstream1 | October 29, 2008 2:01 PM

The McCain campaign is relying on the LA Times journalistic integrity preventing the release of the tape. Sick, vile filth masquerading as a political party.

Posted by: zukermand | October 29, 2008 2:01 PM

It's important the media not withold any info that would keep our American without knowledge of what is in those video's!

Posted by: moonstream1 | October 29, 2008 2:00 PM

Hasn't this been asked and answered? Is this why John McCain is being smug about his chances in this election because he was waiting until now to bring up old news that would spark new flames? Talking to a Palestinian is not wrong, what would be wrong if you went around supporting their views against Israel. This is a ploy to sway the Jewish-American vote.

So, we can end up with a McCain victory next Tuesday but it will be based upon his ability to paint his opponent negatively as Bush did to Kerry. So, we get the lesser candidate again, but this time, with an even lesser VP. Wow! Lets not let this crap distract us folks. The conservative base can jump all over it but let us reasonable, intelligent citizens see this for what it is, a dishonest ploy!

Posted by: ajackson3 | October 29, 2008 2:00 PM

The McCain campaign is relying on the LA Times journalistic integrity preventing the release of the tape. Sick, vile filth masquerading as a political party.

Posted by: zukermand | October 29, 2008 2:00 PM

McCain has his own ties to Khalidi!!!(whoever that is!)

McCain really McBeotch Slapped himself on this one!

DOH!

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 1:49 PM

The Gallup giveth
The Gallup taketh away.

Posted by: thenotoriousflavio | October 29, 2008 1:35 PM

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)

The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."

Posted by: RollaMO | October 29, 2008 1:35 PM

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