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Posted at 6:13 PM ET, 10/30/2008

John McCain's 'Trick or Treat'?

By Michael Dobbs


Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi.

"I don't care much about an old, washed-up unrepentant terrorist, and his wife who was on an FBI top 10 wanted list. But we should know about their relationship, including apparently information that is held by the Los Angeles Times concerning an event that [William] Ayers attended with a PLO spokesman."
--John McCain, Interview with Radio Mambi, October 29, 2008

On the eve of Halloween, the McCain campaign has come up with a new villain to scare away votes from Barack Obama. He is Rashid Khalidi, professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University, and an Obama associate from his days at the University of Chicago. Regarded as a mainstream scholar by many American Middle East experts, Khalidi has been denounced as an "extremist" by some Jewish groups because of his pro-Palestinian views and sharp criticism of Israel. The Republican candidate is now tying to tie Khalidi to former Weather Underground leader William Ayers -- and suggesting for good measure that the mainstream media (in the form of the Los Angeles Times) is trying to suppress the connection.

Let's try to sort it all out.

The Facts

The author of several books on the Middle East, Rashid Khalidi has long been a target of self-appointed "campus watchdog" groups who have dubbed him the "professor of hate" because he has spoken sympathetically about resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. For their part, Khalidi and other academics have complained about a McCarthyist "witch hunt" aimed at stifling free debate on campuses. For more background on this controversy, see an article I wrote for The Washington Post four years ago, including interviews with Khalidi and his critics.

The McCain campaign has depicted Khalidi as a former "spokesman" for the Palestine Liberation Organization. Questioned about this claim, McCain spokesman Brian Rogers referred me to an April 10, 2008 story from the Los Angeles Times that reported that Khalidi "often spoke to reporters" on behalf of the PLO in the early 1970s while teaching at a university in Beirut. Khalidi has denied ever being a spokesman for the PLO, but this may be a question of semantics, revolving around whether he was a formal or informal spokesman.

The same Los Angeles Times story described a farewell party for Khalidi in Chicago in 2003 prior to his departure for New York that was attended by Obama. As described by the Times, the event included the recitation of a poem by a young Palestinian American accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians. Obama himself adopted a different tone in his comments, calling for Israelis and Palestinians to find common ground.

McCain has accused the Times of suppressing a videotape of the event that it obtained from a confidential source. The Times says that it is keeping a promise to the source not to air the videotape.

In two radio interviews on Wednesday, McCain claimed that the videotape would show that William Ayers also attended the party for Khalidi. According to the McCain campaign, he based this claim on a February 4, 2005 article in The New York Sun written by Sol Stern, a long-time Khalidi critic. But the Stern article does not say that Ayers was present at the party. Instead, it reports that Ayers contributed to a testimonial book that was presented to Khalidi at his farewell dinner. Obama and Chicago mayor Richard Daley also contributed testimonials for Khalidi.

"I never tried to say that Ayers was there," said Stern. "I didn't think it was a big deal at the time."

Stern told me that he was sent photocopies of a few pages from the testimonial book at the time that he was writing opinion pieces criticizing Columbia University for hiring Khalidi. He said he no longer has the photocopies.

The L.A. Times is being coy about what the tape actually shows, apparently out of deference to promises made to its original source. "We reported in April on everything that we saw on the tape that we considered newsworthy," the paper's Washington bureau chief, Doyle McManus, told me. "Our April story did not report that Ayers was at the event."

It turns out that McCain is treading on tricky ground when he cites the Khalidi case as an example of Obama consorting with terrorist sympathizers. The Obama campaign was quick to point out that an organization co-founded by Khalidi has received large sums of grant money from the International Republican Institute, chaired by McCain since 1993. One such grant was for $448,873 in 1998 to assist the Center for Palestine Research and Studies in its work in the West Bank.

The Pinocchio Test

This is a case of guilt by association gone haywire. Both President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice have had extensive dealings with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who is much more closely identified with the PLO than Rashidi ever was. Verdict: the McCain camp has wildly exaggerated the significance of the Obama-Ayers-Khalidi triangle.

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By Michael Dobbs  | October 30, 2008; 6:13 PM ET
Categories:  2 Pinocchios, Barack Obama, Candidate Record, Candidate Watch  
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Comments

Neither Bush nor Rice are running for President of the United States. Why aren't you pressing the LA Times to release the videotape? Then we can all see whether it shows Ayers there or not.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 30, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Or, here's a novel idea: how about someone in the press actually asks Obama, Ayers, and/or Khalidi? Are you too worried that the Obama campaign will pull ad revenue from your employer?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 30, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

In fact, the very first link YOU provided has Khalidi's contact info:

Columbia University in the City of New York
1116 International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10027
Office: 212-854-2584
Fax: 212-854-1413

rik2101@columbia.edu

Assuming someone from the Washington Post took that picture of Khalidi (no outside photo credit given), why didn't that same person ask him if Ayers was present, or if he has ever met Ayers before?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 30, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Mark. Obama didn't give Khalidi a half-million or more, like McCain did. Isn't McCain running for President? Isn't he obliged to explain why he's giving large sums of money to people he calls terrorists?

Is McCain a secret Muslim anti-Semite?

Posted by: thrh | October 30, 2008 7:47 PM | Report abuse

"On the eve of Halloween, the McCain campaign has come up with a new villain to scare away votes from Barack Obama."

So even the "fact checkers" have to give us their partisan liberal opinion now? Give me a break.

Posted by: bobmoses | October 30, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

thrh, I guess anything's possible. I'm just saying that Dobbs (a trained journalist) speaks with at least Stern, a long-time Khalidi critic. But the Stern and McManus -- probably someone (who shall remain nameless) on the Obama campaign who gave him the International Republican Institute info and the "extensive" Bush-Rice dealings -- but never once considers going straight to one of the participants to determine whether Ayers was at the event?! I mean, come on! How much more biased can he be?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 30, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

yuou are full of of it chris. this guy was a spokesman for the plo in the 70's? that is when they were really a terrorist org. these people around your man all look unamerican to us hayseeds out here. thats because they are.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | October 30, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Fact checkers are fct checkers. Not liberal or conservative. That Fct Checkers has shown that mccain is tryig to pull another stunt on phony issues is not partisan opinion. When will you righties ever admit that your candidates are screw ups with nothing to offer but fear and inuendo? Nothing to say about mccain giving half a mil to this "terrorist" orgnization?

Posted by: mikel7 | October 30, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope the voter's rebel against the all too typical Republicans smear attacks! It is part of the reason so many Republicans like Buckley, Eisenhower, and the Goldwater family have endorsed Sen. Obama and Biden!!!

Investigate major Republican crimes like massive voter fraud. Google Rolling Stone and Ohio 2004 for the report.

Posted by: uerossrs | October 30, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

This is a campaign of desperation. Lacking any clear viable ground to break the headwind, they prey on even the flimsiest of possibilities to destroy Obama in hopes that the more gullible will take their distorted word as is. The only thing I hate about this is the Obama campaign doesn't return the favor as vehemently as they do. He should bring up Kitting and Liddy and more. Talk about associations and character and judgment and more, McCain hides way too much than he should and should be equally accountable. The only difference is Obama takes the high road; McCain the lowest of low!!!

Posted by: paula7 | October 30, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Why can't the media report the connection of Khalidi and McCain's own GOP organization who gave half a million dollars to the man? If this guy was so bad, why did McCain give him money? The media should be headlining this McCain connection, but it wants to keep the controversy alive and it lets McCain get away with all this garbage. I hate the media.

Posted by: LW22 | October 30, 2008 7:58 PM | Report abuse

That middle sentence was too long and mistakenly garbled:

I'm just saying that Dobbs (a trained journalist) speaks with at least Stern and McManus -- probably someone else (who shall remain nameless, of course) on the Obama campaign who gave him the International Republican Institute info and the "extensive" Bush-Rice dealings -- but never once considers going straight to the source?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 30, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

LW22, you mean the International Republican Institute, chaired by McCain since 1993, as passed along by Dobbs directly from the Obama campaign?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | October 30, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with the rating. McCain is out and out lying about Obama's association with Khalidi. Obama knows Khalidi, as do probably several hundred other people. Obama and Khalidi disagree about Israeli-Palestinian issues, just as do millions of people in this country, and the disagreement between the two is a matter of public record. Khalidi is a respected American academic, not a spokesperson for the PLO. McCain surely knows this, as a group he headed funded one of Khalidi's organizations to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars, even though some people find Khalidi's positions troubling.

McCain is simply resorting to a smear tactic. When you withhold information about that know to be true while simultanenously making a false statement, all with intent to make people believe that someone (in this case, Obama) is associated with an unsavory person or group, you're lying. If my kids, co-workers, direct reports, or colleagues did this, I'd call them out on it. The media should be doing the same with McCain. This isn't two Pinocchios, it's a lie and people who tell lies are liars.

Posted by: Bob22003 | October 30, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

More distortion, deception and distraction from Republicans. Damn!! I ..am..so..tired..of..this..kind ...of ..politics.

01/20/09. End of an Error!!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

MarkInAustin shows the silliness of all of this. Yes, there is a picture of the man. But just looking at it shows it is an old file picture not taken for this article. Where in NY would the trees be green at this time of the year. So unless the photographer could see into the future, how would he be able to even know this would come up. Now I do not really believe I am any smarter than other people so I can only conclude that his remark is like so many of the right wing, throw anything out and hope it sticks. And, of course the by now discredited Conservative ploy of scapegoating the media so they have an out when the truth is printed. Those of us with an interest in sports are quite familiar with it where it is known as "playing the refs" and, just as a good ref will not go for it, neither will any people of intelligence. As for the people who lack such, what can I say? By the way, although I might be curious about the tape, I am old-fashioned enough to admire someone (or organization) that keeps its word. Just as I admire the reporters who went to jail rather than reveal their sources. I am glad that there are still people whose word means something. Why not debate issues? And if one thinks he or she cannot when on issues, then please do not lower oneself to attacking people.

Posted by: TomfromNJ1 | October 30, 2008 8:06 PM | Report abuse

wasnt william ayers there too-- i thought ayers and obama wasnt close--hummm-- i think obama is close to all these kinds of people--just another lie from obama--AGAIN

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

It's absurd to represent Rashid Khalidi, a respected scholar whose many friends and admirers include Jewish and Israeli colleagues and students (including me, in my grad school days)as a "radical" or even (as I have seen in some news outlets) an "anti-Semite." He's certainly pro-Palestinian -- but folks, he's Palestinian; get a grip! His many friendships with Jews, including my family, demonstrate that his principled political convictions have nothing to do with radicalism or hatred.

Posted by: katz2 | October 30, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Another NeoMcCarthyist witchhunt.

Posted by: patrick3 | October 30, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Mark, give it a rest. If he is there, SO WHAT? Khalidi and Ayers are both respected professors, the former so much so that he recieved grants from McCain's own committees and the latter so much so that he was named Chicago's man of the year. If these associations are all anyone has against Obama, it's the most pathetic excuse for turning on a candidate imaginable.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | October 30, 2008 8:28 PM | Report abuse

These red state creeps really have a nerve. They have the highest divorce rates, the highest teen-pregnancy rates, the highest murder rates; they are the biggest recipients of federal tax dollars and contribute the lowest to the Treasury. And yet they have the gall to want to direct the moral, educational, and associative agenda of the people who support them financially. They are welfare recipients and beggars. I vote they secede and stew in their own fetid juices.

Posted by: edwcorey | October 30, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

well the link to your artile in 2004 shows that the Mc Cain camp is using the same rubbish Bush Neo con tactics of 2004 - so pretty much shows Mc Cain is nothing but a Grandpa Simpson of Bush. SO MUCH FOR BEING DIFFERENT.. cant win on policies or style so toss some rubbish... anyone thinks differently attack harrass and call un american.... hey Mc Cain and the republicans what happened to Freedom of speech - what happened to listening and seeing what other people think on issues and events... NO JUSST KEEP USEING FEAR AND PARANOIA AND HATE - STAY BLINKERED AND STUPID FOR ANOTHER 4 YEARS....so old tactics again from a out of date party - time to move on America....

Posted by: colinemery | October 30, 2008 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I would expect smears like this story about Khalidi to come from the lunatic fringe of the Republican Party, but it amazes me to hear them coming from the presidential candidate himself.

In 2000 and 2004 Bush never got his hands dirty hurling crap like this at his opponents -- he always left that to others. But McCain, despite the fact that he was the victim of similar smears during the 2000 campaign, seems to have no problem doing it. Is it desperation, or what?

Posted by: continental46@aol.com | October 30, 2008 8:55 PM | Report abuse

So, let me get this right.... Barack Obama went to a going away party. Like a retierment tea. well, my God. Who the hell does he think he is.

The McCain camp is REALLY reaching here. This kind of crap is all they can ever come up with. How about the issues? Or, maybe we need to get out there and interview all the women that John McCain had sex with while he was married to his first wife. I never hear about that little bit of fact from the Obama camp and that's one of the reasons they have my vote.
I'm so tired of the hate and fear.

Posted by: jymsis | October 30, 2008 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Decent reporting, Mike.

But some blog sites have broken more significant details, including damaging quotes from Obama from an inside LA Times source. And there is no reason the Times can't simply release a transcript.

This story has a great summary of the late-breaking facts:

http://www.zkeletenz.com/ok-no-video-transcript/

Posted by: vancebail | October 30, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

The Fix is in! Wash Post and LA Times....why not release the tape if everyhting is so innocent? (Where's Ben Bradlee when you need him? HA!)So much for journalism's reputation.

Posted by: daman1 | October 30, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Ok. Fine. If McCain/Palin want to run a guilt by association campaign, why isn't the Post going into detail how McCain was a member of the Keating 5 in the 80s (you know, the $88 Billion tax payer bailout of the Savings and loans institutions) or that Sarah Palin's husband belonged to a party that wants Alaska to secede from the Union? Sarah spoke at their party meetings regularly. The party founder Joe Vogler said he would rather see Alaska's glaciers turn to fire than to be with the United States and her "damned institutions". Google Joe Vogler. You can hear streaming audio of his intense hatred of America speeches that make Ahmadinejad's sound like praise for yourself

Posted by: ebz36 | October 30, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

the words washington post and fact checker are not compatible. They are contradictory.

WAPO wouldn't know a fact if it bit them in their limp wristed arse hole.

Posted by: StarsAndStripesForever | October 30, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Another McCain misfire. McCain knows there is nothing to the tape, but if he can show Obama "muslim" with Khalidi "palestinian" he believes he can scare jewish voters aways from Obama by painting him as anti Israel.
This is yet another reason McCain is unfit for the presidency and you would think if this tape was damaging Hillary would have made use of it during the heat of the primary.
McCain you sir have no honor or shame.

Posted by: sbundley | October 30, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

McCain isn't into this for the good of America or earth. Look, McCain has comes up with with a new gimmick every 12 hours to scare voters. Once president, what will he do? McCain will falsify intelligence to start new wars (kill more innocent people) to distract the stoops (who voted for him - as did GWB) to distract from one's incompetence.

Posted by: tonyreeves | October 30, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE ANYONE
THIS IS A BOGUS

WATCH THE INTERVIEW MCCAIN GAVE TO LARRY KING TODAY, IT'S ON THEIR WEB SITE
HE COULDN T EVEN REMEMBER THE NEWSPAPER AND THE CITY RIGHT
LARRY KING HAD TO FEED HIM WITH HIS OWN B.S.

Posted by: giab | October 30, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

WHO CARES.

The economy is in the tank, we are in two wars, my favorite resataurant is out of business, who cares about mcCain and his senile old man talk.

If anyone needs investigating it is McCain. The selection of Sarah Palin as VP places McCain on the anti-america list. He doesn't wanr America to survive, all he wants is to be President before he passes.

He is 5feet 5inches and not real bright.

McCain has just about destroyed any legacy he would have in this campaign. He will be seen as a sic , sorry mean old man.

Posted by: COWENS99 | October 30, 2008 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Barry hides his past AGAIN!

confidential source at the L.A. Times:

"Saw a clip from the tape. Reason we can’t release it is because
statements Obama said to rile audience up during toast.
He congratulates Khalidi for his work saying 'Israel has no God-given
right to occupy Palestine' plus there’s been 'genocide against the
Palestinian people by Israelis.'

"It would be really controversial if it got out. That’s why they will not
even let a transcript get out."

Posted by: StarsAndStripesForever | October 30, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Let's see the tape. That would truly be the fact checker.

Posted by: usmc93us | October 30, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain can spew all he wants about the average American being on his side. The real-life Average American, the nation's most statistically average man or woman found after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search’s website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | October 30, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

McCain can spin all he wants about being on the side of the average American. The real-life Average American, the most statistically average man or woman found after a long non-partisan search, has come out for Obama, according to the search’s website: http://www.theaverageamerican.com

Posted by: worldview1 | October 30, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Its amazing to me that people would vote for a guy who couldnt even pass a simple background check for a security clearance if he were a regular schmo like us....

My god, people lose clearances all the time for these types of "questionable" associations!

Wake up and stop drinking the Cool-Aide already!

Posted by: indep2 | October 30, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

If there's nothing to it....LETS SEE THE TAPE!!!!

Let America decide not the liberal media of the LA TIMES!

Where there's smoke?

Posted by: blevins20061 | October 30, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

If Ayers was up your AS$ you'd know it, wouldn'cha

you BETCHA!

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 30, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

This is hardly a "fact check" piece; it is like the "fight the smears" official Obama site. This exemplifies what is wrong with journalism today: it is not a watchdog on politics but a participant (mostly for the Dems).

I seriously doubt that Jews who knew about the Khalidi connection--and knew what it meant--would vote for Obama. Khalidi enabled and participated in Islamic terror, as did his wife, and now he just enables it and gives it legitimacy. Obama is hardly the man to fight radical Islam, and anyone who believes otherwise is just a fool. Sorry, I'd love to be tactful, but it's impossible.

Oh, and yes, McCain was on a board that gave a grant for a SURVEY to be conducted by Khalidi in the early Oslo years, as I recall. This did NOT fund Khalidi's activities overall, and there is no friendly relationship between McCain and Khalidi. Get off your talking points, people.

Posted by: fonkyou | October 30, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

How bout the tape of you jerking off to the Saracuda?

Why don't you post THAT tape on youtube and put a link here on WAPO?

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 30, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

"Wildly exaggerated" gets only 2 Pinocchios? And for the haters out there yelling that the LA Times should "release the tape" forget that without the LA Times' reporting THERE WOULD BE NO STORY! Omg you folks would be pretty funny if not so scary....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wmAZUAMG8I

Posted by: Omyobama | October 30, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I wanna see the tape, too, but you don't see my trying to infringe on a promise of confidentiality, do you?

Just relax.

It'll all be over real soon.

sheesh. All over a stupid dinner with some professors.

Who Cares?

Not Americans.

And if you think they do, watch what happens on 'Lection Night...

It's gonna be EMBARRASSING for the 'Publicans.

F'em.

I LOVE IT!

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | October 30, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

The guy the Republicans are up in arms over is a respected scholar. Why do they care about this tape--do they suspect that Obama and Khalidi were torturing Israelis at this party or something? This is guilt by association with someone for whom no one should feel guilty about associating.

This is paranoid nuttiness. This is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, beyond what a radical cult of wacko doodlebugs the Republican party has become. The party of Eisenhower has been taken over by the John Birch Society.

Posted by: johnyates1 | October 30, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

The guy the Republicans are up in arms over is a respected scholar. Why do they care about this tape--do they suspect that Obama and Khalidi were torturing Israelis at this party or something? This is guilt by association with someone for whom no one should feel guilty about associating.

This is paranoid nuttiness. This is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, beyond what a radical cult of wacko doodlebugs the Republican party has become. The party of Eisenhower has been taken over by the John Birch Society.

Posted by: johnyates1 | October 30, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The kind of (faux) ideological rigidity being displayed by these McCainean diehards is laughable. The next thing we'll hear is that the "real" reason they won't release the tape is because it shows Obama inviting Freddy Krueger to be on his Cabinet as Secretary of HHS. People can--and will--make up all the idiocy imaginable when it suits them.

Both the academy and politics represent complex occupations and require minds capable of dealing with a complex variety of worldviews and viewpoints. You meet a bewildering variety of people at any number of occasions, and even when you don't agree with their entire perspective, you try politely to understand their place and position in the marketplace of ideas. Amazingly enough, sometimes even those whose ideas you oppose have something positive to contribute to your own growth.

There likely is no single "right" solution for the Palestine problem, which is precisely why we need to have people who can listen to all sides, without assuming the actors can all be classified according to some dualistic Manichean order. In that sense, even McCain is smarter than the bulk of his supporters; as the article points out, "an organization co-founded by Khalidi has received large sums of grant money from the International Republican Institute, chaired by McCain since 1993. One such grant was for $448,873 in 1998 to assist the Center for Palestine Research and Studies in its work in the West Bank." Ooh, does that mean McCain is a terrorists sympathizer. Who knows, anything is possible, right?

Posted by: Hokuto | October 30, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The guy the Republicans are up in arms over is a respected scholar. Why do they care about this tape--do they suspect that Obama and Khalidi were torturing Israelis at this party or something? This is guilt by association with someone for whom no one should feel guilty about associating.

This is paranoid nuttiness. This is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, beyond what a radical cult of wacko doodlebugs the Republican party has become. The party of Eisenhower has been taken over by the John Birch Society.

Posted by: johnyates1 | October 30, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Why are we still talking about Obama's extremely peripheral connections with Ayres and Khalidi, but McCain's substantial connection to the U.S. Council for World Freedom, with its Nazi sympathizers and its support for right-wing death squads in Latin America, is hardly mentioned? The Post had one reference to it in a blog and linked to the AP story--that's it. The press should do its job.

Posted by: NoraS | October 30, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

SOMEBODY UPLOADED A TAPE ON YOUTUBE...

I Support Obama, but this looks pretty Bad.

Obama's clapping the whole time and smiling while these guys, Ayers and Khalidi Rip Israel Apart.

It's CRAZY!!!

I Can't believe Obama sat there!!

I would have left in 2 minutes.

Check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEtZlR3zp4c

I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY LEAKED THIS TAPE - - THIS IS GONNA CHANGE EVERYTHING!!!!

OBAMA IS TOAST!!!

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 30, 2008 10:21 PM | Report abuse

a Jewish Zionist named Rahm Emanual is the money man for the democrats including Ocrapa.

I assure you all, Ocrapa will have his head so far up Israel's backside that we will pay for for decades to come.

He is no different then our past presidents who took Zionist donations.

Posted by: torro67 | October 30, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

wasnt william ayers there too-- i thought ayers and obama wasnt close--hummm-- i think obama is close to all these kinds of people--just another lie from obama--AGAIN-- whats the difference in having lunch with osama bin laden? a terrorist is a terrorist-- no difference at all-- i cant believe you people would vote a terrorist in the white house-- you people are brain washed, like the people in waco tx..

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Not enough noses. McCain also knows Kahlidi. In fact, there is a funding connection between them.

Posted by: Moritaslljn | October 30, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Not enough noses. McCain also knows Kahlidi. In fact, there is a funding connection between them.

yeah-- but he didnt (praise) him, or have freakin lunch with him-- come on dude

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

thats like praiseing osama bin ladin and toasting him at lunch dude-- wake up

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

I am so confused- I mean the honorable John McCain and the brilliant Sarah Palin say Obama is tight with the PLO and now Torro67, an even greater braintrust than McPalin, says Obama is a Zionist tool. Who to believe? I think I'll just go with my instincts(and the New Yorker, New York Times, Washington Post among other reading I've done) and know that McPalin and their remaining supporters are pathetic- and unhinged.

Posted by: silverspring25 | October 30, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

im not clling obama a terrorist, but he sure is showing all the simptoms of a terrorist--i mean if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck-- ITS A DUCK

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

the thing i don't get is why it is OK for McCain et al to say someone IS a PLO spokesman because, nearly 40 years ago, that person spoke in some unnamed capacity for the PLO.

By that standard, John McCain IS a cheat on his wife and IS a bribe taker and influence peddler.

oh, wait, in his case it's ok because he says he's sorry.

Yeah, sure, you betcha!

Posted by: summicron1 | October 30, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

So Ayers first book was dedicated to the kennedy killer 40 years ago... when he was killed

And his other book was dedicated to a cop killer...

It amazes me that the media is purposefully hiding these VERY IMPORTANT facts that the general public has been denied to make a educated opinion... Among many others.

Would you put your trust in a person who would have not only been denied a security clearance if he had to get a regular job as a government contractor, and would have already had it revoked once these associations came to light?

The lack of asking questions of the messiah and reporting on ALL FACTS is the reason the Democrats will lose this election to the newly annoyed GOP base that typically doesnt vote.

I am already seeing and hearing about GOPers that havent cast a vote in 20 years, cast and will cast one for McCain to ensure that they will continue to have a job.

A tax break for 95% of Americans on the backs of businesses wont help you when you cant get a job..... Isnt Obamas policies the same ones that lead to the Great Depression all those years ago? Pretty sure it is when you do a direct comparison of presidential policies.

Posted by: indep2 | October 30, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's ask McCain why he gave Khalidi $480,000!!!!! Actually...McCain has "gifted" him twice, to the tune of about $550,000 total.

Now, can we move on and ask Sarah Palin to explain her ties (and her husband's ties) to the radical group "Alaska Independence Party"? You know the group who has ties to the Aryan Nation?

Posted by: beachykeen02 | October 30, 2008 11:01 PM | Report abuse

yeah-- but he didnt (praise) him, or have freakin lunch with him-- come on dude

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 10:38 PM

thats like praiseing osama bin ladin and toasting him at lunch dude-- wake up

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Rashid Khalidi is not a terrorist. Barack Obama is not a terrorist. John McCain is not a terrorist. Sarah Palin is not a terrorist. I am not a terrorist. If there is any terror to be found in this country, it is the terror of the small-minded bigots who scream for a presidential candidate to be killed during rallies; who equate being Arab-American or Muslim with being evil; who do not remember that our Constitution was founded by men who recognized the freedom of religion as one of the key tenets of human freedom. I dare any of you to look into the eyes of one of our many Muslim-American soldiers on tour in Iraq and Afghanistan and call s/he a terrorist. The bigotry in this country is one of its most shameful and dangerous traits. It is time to elevate the debate.

Posted by: darinholmesisaterrorist | October 30, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

can we move on and ask Sarah Palin to explain her ties (and her husband's ties) to the radical group "Alaska Independence Party"? You know the group who has ties to the Aryan Nation?

i never heard of any skin heads in alaska- no blacks eather dude--skinheads dont fit very well there--you know

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if Obama, Ayers, and Khalidi were in the same room together for a going away party for a Chicago professor. Enough of this guilt by association. Ayers charges were DROPPED by the federal government in 1974, some 32 years ago. Hello! What is the issue here. Maybe we should investigate everyone who was present when Chicago presented Ayers with the Citizen of the Year award. Who was in that room with Ayers? McCain is grasping at straws because his policy discussions are taking him nowhere.

Posted by: WhoopYeah | October 30, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Rashid Khalidi is not a terrorist. Barack Obama is not a terrorist. John McCain is not a terrorist. Sarah Palin is not a terrorist. I am not a terrorist. If there is any terror to be found in this country,

HOW DO YOU KNOW? please tell me-- do you have a crystal ball are something

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 11:11 PM | Report abuse

The situation is indicative of the kind of opposition Obama may face once and if he is elected. It is likely that, in a different political and economic environment, given this kind of "revelations", Obama´s candidacy might never even have gotten off the ground. But today, these eleventh-hour disclosures come across as sour grapes. Once again, McCain, Palin and company don´t seem to understand that in voters´minds there is a larger issue, which is leading voters to "take the risk" on what appears to be an overblown case.

Posted by: j_observer | October 30, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

The suggestion that John McCain differs substantially from the lunatic right Republicans does not impress those who have followed his activities for decades. His history has been neither so ethical nor so sensible as he and his campaign claim.

Posted by: maxiceska | October 30, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

This is ridiculous. I'd like to point out that these individuals are academics. They speak to each other and interact to gain insight into each others knowledge and scholarship. Talking to someone about their thoughts and attitudes, especially when they hold differing opinions, is how people learn about each other and begin to understand those around us. This is how the world works for a great many of us. We respect differences and learn from each other. Being in someone's presence and treating someone with respect and dignity does not mean you agree with their views or intend to act in the same way.

I interact with a great variety of people in my day-too-day life. I don't necessarily endorse all of their views and they certainly don't endorse mine.

Let's get some perspective on this, please.

Posted by: portiaperu | October 30, 2008 11:18 PM | Report abuse

You don't need a crystal ball. You just need a brain in your head. It's one thing to disagree with what they say; it's something else to imply that they're criminals. And, besides, if criminality is the test, only of the two candidates has ever been investigated for criminal misconduct while serving in the Senate. Enough with the terrorist b.s. It's retarded.

Posted by: darinholmesisaterrorist | October 30, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

when obama is hanging around all these radical people. it sure throws up a red flag to me, as a american.. i cant take that kinda chance for my country.. i know john mccain is a safe choice-- he accually fought for us,and almost died-- theres no greater love he could show me, as a american.. i'll vote mccain for sure--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 11:19 PM | Report abuse

michael goldfarb got his butt kicked on cnn by RICK SANCHEZ. that tells you all you need to know about what a lame and jacked up lie the neocon dirtbag goldfarb was trying to spread. it was hilarious to see goldfarb punked by sanchez. whatta putz.

Posted by: mycomment | October 30, 2008 11:22 PM | Report abuse

you can't take that kind of chance? What are you talking about? Reagan invited the Taliban to the White House. Rumsfeld had more than one meeting with Saddam Hussein. The CIA trained Bin Laden. The White House has been covered in red flags for years. Do some research, darin.

Posted by: darinholmesisaterrorist | October 30, 2008 11:24 PM | Report abuse

you can't take that kind of chance? What are you talking about? Reagan invited the Taliban to the White House. Rumsfeld had more than one meeting with Saddam Hussein. The CIA trained Bin Laden. The White House has been covered in red flags for years. Do some research, darin.

your like micheal moores poop..lol..well, when your obama sit in a racist chruch for 20 years that did it for me--when i join a chruch i know what its about the day i join, dont you? - remember (20 YEARS)

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 11:33 PM | Report abuse

you can't take that kind of chance? What are you talking about? Reagan invited the Taliban to the White House. Rumsfeld had more than one meeting with Saddam Hussein. The CIA trained Bin Laden. The White House has been covered in red flags for years. Do some research, darin.

your like micheal moores poop..lol..well, when your obama sit in a racist chruch for 20 years that did it for me--when i join a chruch i know what its about the day i join, dont you? - remember (20 YEARS)

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Khalidi (or "Rashidi," I guess, as he's known in this post?) is clearly an anti-Semite. He's an Arab. A Palestinian Arab. That's like the worst kind of Arab.

Obama is absolutely guilty of knowing a Palestinian, and is therefore Palestinian by association. I can't vote for that. I only support decent family men.

Posted by: jazairy | October 30, 2008 11:34 PM | Report abuse

For god's sake little repugnicon cretins. Both of these men are respected scholars and they are both American citizens who hate war.

What is wrong with you idiots?

Ayers and his group helped TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES by waking up the US public to the slaughter in Vietnam while they were sleepwalking into a war they knew was lost in 1968.

Don't you people know your own history yet?

McCain in the meantime was bombing innocent people to bits, Robert McNamara conceded that about 1 million civilians were slaughtered during that 4 year campaign that he was head of.

Rashid is one of the most respected PEACE promoters in the world and has always worked with Israeli's to that end.
If you want to know about the PLO ask Condi Rice or the Israeli PM as they have both been dealing with the head of the PLO for the past year or so.

And Bush sent the head of the PLO $85 million in weapons early this year in his failed civil war effort.

Good lord, McCain is just stupid.

Rashid did not have anything to do with the PLO, that was Edward Said you morons. And Edward is honoured all over the world every year with famous people giving speeches of peace in his name.

In Australia we have had Robert Fisk, Tanya Reinhart (an Israeli scholar who defected to the US and then died), Sara Roy, another US professor of politics and Gharda Khami a British/Palestinian.

Get this people. The Palestinians are not our enemy.

In Australia we have a shameful record with the Palestinians. We fought with them during two world wars and then gave their land to zionist thugs from Europe after promising they could keep their own land. Britain agreed, America was less certain.

In 1967 the Israeli's bombed the SS Liberty for hours, killing dozens of US sailors and John McCain senior covered it up with the help of Robert McNamara.

Don't you people know your history?

McCain's advisor is Henry Kissinger, Kissinger is a war criminal with the blood of millions of Vietnamese, East Timorese and Cambodians on his hands and McCain was mates with Pinochet and the mob involved in the Iran/Contra scandal.

Now get a grip. If Obama knows people in his city so what?

Posted by: shepherdmarilyn | October 30, 2008 11:35 PM | Report abuse

It just shows who has the real presidential potential. Obama is for unity, compromise, the working man. McCain is for himself and the rich 5% who are grudgingly funding his campaign.

Just listen to the two of them. Which one sounds like a president. Which one is a ranting, whining deceiver that knows one word. Fight. That's all he knows. Fight this, fight that, fight, fight. That's it. That's all he's got.

Obama, on the other hand, is genuinely trying to make sense, take the high road, and bring people together. He is a leader, not a whiner. And he doesn't pick a shallow diva who has been convicted of abusing her elected position, who has consistent ties with american terrorists in the form of separatists and social haters.
What kind of presidential promise does McCain show in picking a loser for a running mate? What about the Keating 5? Come to think of it, he played around while married and then eventually left his wife when she lost her beauty in a car wreck. Stand by your promises? Yeah McCain, I believe you! I believe you're just a sucker for money and a pretty face.

Posted by: bovid4585 | October 30, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing...

...except that unexpectedly it yields the news of an organization McCain Chaired (International Republican Institute) giving a large sum of grant money ($448,873) to Khalidi's organization doing work on the West Bank.

So an attempted smear to Obama becomes a potential smear to McCain.

Posted by: realtruth1 | October 30, 2008 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Ayers and his group helped TO SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES

you must go to oprah's chruch, or farrakans-RIGHT? you will drink the kool-aid for sure--

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Just listen to the two of them. Which one sounds like a president. Which one is a ranting, whining deceiver that knows one word. Fight. That's all he knows. Fight this, fight that, fight, fight. That's it. That's all he's got.

thats right--LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE--- under obama it will be LAND OF THE SOCIALIST AND HOME OF THE WEAK

Posted by: darin_holmes | October 30, 2008 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: drtj1976 | October 31, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

What's so awful in wanting to know all of the facts about a presidential candidate? Especially if that candidate has had a solid history of downplaying any and all negative information about many of his controversial associates less than stellar histories. Just one example is the Rev. Wright. Senator Obama sat in his church, not less than 480 times over a 20 year period, and swears that he never heard one anti-American, anti-white or anti-semetic slur. And, yet, the reverand's video taped (disgusting) sermons were for sale to all church members each and every Sunday.

Posted by: secondbanana | October 31, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

It should have been at least one more Pinnochio for the simple annoyance factor of having to chase down these ceaseless, ridiculous ad hominem attacks. McCain and his campaign are sick.

Posted by: johnsonc2 | October 31, 2008 12:38 AM | Report abuse

This is information taken directly from the Obama Fight the Smears website (fightthesmears.com) where he attempts to answer all of the nasty, desperate attempts at character assassination fomented by the McCain campaign, Clear Channel radio nutcase hosts, vicious robocalls, and the Fox "News" channel:

Ugly insinuations about Barack Obama’s relationship with a former neighbor and university colleague, Rhashid Khalidi, are completely false.

Barack himself has openly described his relationship with Rashid Khalidi:

"[Khalidi] 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…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…So we gotta be careful about guilt by association."

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/05/obama-on-the-de.html

Barack’s record on Israel is clear: he strongly supports the U.S.-Israel relationship. He believes that our first and incontrovertible commitment in the Middle East must be to the security of Israel, America's strongest ally in the Middle East.

If this is the best argument Barack’s attackers can come up with, they really are desperate.

Find out more about Barack Obama and the Columbia University scholar, Rashid Khalidi, then help spread the truth:

http://my.barackobama.com/khalidismear

Together we can make sure the deceitful and divisive smear attacks about Rhashid Khalidi don't affect this election.

Thanks for your help.

Posted by: lakotadee | October 31, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/10-15-2008/0004904149&EDATE= this site is from a previous campaigner of obama he tells what obamas plans are and if you own a gun or want to continue owning a gun please read

Posted by: everly1 | October 31, 2008 5:25 AM | Report abuse

In response to MarkInAustin's post:

"Neither Bush nor Rice are running for President of the United States."

Get real! Bush IS the president and Rice IS Secretary of State...

Seems to me that's A LOT MORE SCARY!!!

Posted by: comeonnow1 | October 31, 2008 7:10 AM | Report abuse

The only word the GOP knows is 'smear.' How could anybody not need a shower after listening to them?

It was nice to see Campbell Brown rip apart Elizabeth Dole, and those of her ilk, for their repulsive ads and tactics.

If you haven't seen Brown ask Dole, and, by extension, McCain, to "restore your dignity," you are in for a treat.

Here is the video:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/campbell-brown-blasts-elizabeth-dole.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 31, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

The only word the GOP knows is 'smear.' How could anybody not need a shower after listening to them?

It was nice to see Campbell Brown rip apart Elizabeth Dole, and those of her ilk, for their repulsive ads and tactics.

If you haven't seen Brown ask Dole, and, by extension, McCain, to "restore your dignity," you are in for a treat.

Here is the video:
http://scootmandubious.blogspot.com/2008/10/campbell-brown-blasts-elizabeth-dole.html

Posted by: scootmandubious | October 31, 2008 7:42 AM | Report abuse

Thinker:

Very funny (NOT).

Posted by: JakeD | October 31, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The sad thing is you Obama backers is that McCain never had any relationships with know terrorists as Barrack Hussien Obama has so stop your wining and get over it. I hope Obama does win because a year from now you will be complaining that he screwed us all and didn't keep a single promise out the the hundreds he has praised us with.

Posted by: jumland | October 31, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Does nobody care that McCain has stated on record that he hates Asians or in his words "Gooks" and will hate them for as long as he shall live???
http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/content/view/108/1/

Posted by: robbase | October 31, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

At least McCain says what he means and after the way he was treated as P.O.W. he has a right to have hatred towards North Korean people. At least he isn't rubbing shoulders with known terrorist.....You Obama backers are totally ignorant!!!

Posted by: jumland | October 31, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Hey Mark in Austin and other assorted morons, tell me what evidence you have that Khalidi is a terrorist. He is an American who teaches at American Universities and he has never been even accused of a crime. If you can't see your own fear-based racism, then think about this: what would you reaction to this be if his name was John Williams?

Posted by: NMModerate1 | October 31, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm, the McCain campaign seems to have a lot of information on the Terrorists Ayesr and Khalidi.

Hmmm, the FBI is real interested in Terrorists these days.

Hmmm, maybe they should tell the FBI about these giys.

What's that? The FBI knows who and where they are, and they don't care.

Then why should I?

Posted by: sourpuss | October 31, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I haven't read all the comments here, so apologies if someone already has said this, but the writer here needs to look up the translations that have been done of what Khalid Rashidi says in Arabic in the Arab media. This is a total whitewash and not a "fact checking" at all. In fact, it's so much so that it casts into doubt, at least for me, other things that have been written here, especially by the community-based fact checkers. What a shame to learn this isn't really as rigorous as I'd thought.

Posted by: nelliehart | October 31, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

The world economies meltdown convinced me that we are a GLOBAL COMMUNITY now. We depend on each other. It is time to accept our differences with friends or foes. Obama gets this, why/for he tries his best to remain civil to everybody, friend or foe. It's our only HOPE for peaceful co-existence, which renders McCain useless because he has the soul of a warrior.

Posted by: nr18313attnet | October 31, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Four Halloweens ago the scariest costumes were of Cheney and Darth Vader. This year the scariest costumes will undoubtedly be of McCain and Palin in their quest to return to the darkest, scariest days of the McCarthyism era.

Come now, McCain's "vile" smear, to quote the a "Washington Post" editoiral merits four lying faces. I thought one of our basic ideals in this country was the freedom to listen to all perspectives and to associate, socially and/or professionally with people we may strongly disagree with about certain subjects.

The McCain "vile" smear suggests all people should only associate with those who have approved opinions of certain subjects, with certain opinions being taboo, akin to when there was, in the past, a papal list of forbidden books.

Of course, the right wing Republicans will insist they make up the list of approved opinions. Given how any chances for victory for McCain and many Republicans depends on the votes of millions of racists, racism will likely be exempted as a forbidden opinion.

So no one makes an innocent mistake in the future and be condemned for associating with "neo-Nazis," McCain and other right wingers are obliged to come up with such a list of officially approved, as well as forbidden opinions, to express after the election. Any comparisons by right wingers attempting to suppress how people think or who they associate with, to those of the Nazis who tried the same in Germany is strictly, of course, a coincidence.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | October 31, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Will someone please tell Sarah Palin how to say Rashid Khalidi correctly? It is not Ka lod y.
What an ignorant dope. I find it difficult to even listen to her when she says,"Eye- rack, and Eye-ran." Doesn't she know that the incorrect pronunciation of these two country's names is offensive to people in the rest of the world?

As a veteran of three combat tours, the prospect of this silly know nothing woman, potentially becoming Commander in Chief is just ludicrous and frightening.

What hubris she has. In her attempt to smear the likely President of the United States, she doesn’t realize that what goes around comes around. We end up looking at her and her total lack of knowledge and curiosity about the world outside of Wasilla, Alaska.

It would be comical if it weren’t so important to our country.

What on earth was John McCain thinking?

Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 31, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

WE NEED SOMETHING AND SOMEONE NEW!

NO MORE MCPAIN!

NO MORE LIES!

NO MORE HATE CONTROLLING AMERICA!

NO MORE FEAR OF SOMETHING AND SOMEONE ELSE!

NO MORE CRAP from you people that supported BUSH out of stupidity and fear!

NO MORE!

Posted by: vicbennettnet | October 31, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

You all are missing the point about the video. Obama's relation to Khalidi is well-known and documented. The point of releasing the video is not to link Obama to yet another radical association. The point is to see if it is true that there was anti-Jewish remarks made and how Obama reacted to them. Did he clap for them? Did he nod in approval as has been suggested? Did he get up and leave like he should have? Or did he sit there listening to it like he did with Wright? It's not about guilt by association as you liberals suggest. You keep putting that out there to distract people from the real issue that these associations bring up: JUDGMENT and CHARACTER. With all of these associations Barack Obama shows a big lack of both.

Posted by: obama_scares_me | October 31, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"At least McCain says what he means and after the way he was treated as P.O.W. he has a right to have hatred towards North Korean people." jumland

Jumland,

Are you for real? If you are, you are a complete moron and idiot.

John McCain was held captive by the North Vietnamese in Hanoi, North Vietnam- not by North Korea.

Even so, He does not hate the North Vietnamese. He has been photographed many times hugging his old captors and interrogators. Indeed, he was responsible for ending the investigations into trying to find our missing soldiers in Laos and Vietnam so that we could restore trade with their country. He is their best friend now.

Some say he did this so they wouldn't release his interrogation records when the Russian KGB was interviewing him.

John McCain has lost all his marbles and is resorting to any slur or slime that his handler Steve Schmidt can come up with. These slimers that he has hired are the same ones that smeared him for George Bush in the 2000 primaries.

He has renounced whatever integrity that he ever had.

Not this time.

Vietnam Veteran
Khe Sanh 1968

Posted by: Luke2 | October 31, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

A comment from Barnett R. Rubin:

It is really strange to turn on the television and see actual presidential and vice-presidential candidates charging that someone who had dinner at my apartment two weeks ago -- Professor Rashid Khalidi of Columbia University -- is a "neo-Nazi."

Yet John McCain actually said this yesterday. Sarah Palin also attacked him, as a "radical professor" and "former spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization."

(Rashid never held such a position, though he did at one time try to present the Palestinian point of view to journalists in Beirut. I think this is the same PLO whose leader, Mahmoud Abbas, is the elected president of the Palestinian Authority, the U.S.'s preferred "moderate" Palestinian leader, and Israel's partner in negotiations, but maybe it is some other PLO, known only to Sarah Palin.)

But all this is beside the point. I actually find it demeaning, insulting, and depressing to have to defend Rashid. I could say, I know him, he has been a guest in my home in New York and in my rented house in Provence, he bears absolutely no resemblance to the image these despicable people are trying to project of him, and lot's more.

I could point out that I am Jewish and have VISIBLE JEWISH ARTIFACTS IN MY HOME, which did not appear to alarm Rashid, if he even noticed them, but it is all just so ridiculous I don't know what to say.

I don't want to treat these charges with the respect of a refutation. I just want to express my disgust with those who uttered them and my solidarity with my friend, Rashid Khalidi.

Posted by: rpopstar | October 31, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Scott Horton: Of course, Khalidi has been involved in Palestinian causes. Someone ought to ask John McCain about that, because McCain and Khalidi appear to have some joint interests, and that fact speaks very well of both of them. Indeed, the McCain–Khalidi connections are more substantial than the phony Obama–Khalidi connections McCarthy gussies up for his article.

The Republican party’s congressionally funded international-networking organization, the International Republican Institute–long and ably chaired by John McCain and headed by McCain’s close friend, the capable Lorne Craner–has taken an interest in West Bank matters.

IRI funded an ambitious project, called the Palestine Center, that Khalidi helped to support. Khalidi served on the Center’s board of directors. The goal of that project, shared by Khalidi and McCain, was the promotion of civic consciousness and engagement and the development of democratic values in the West Bank.

Posted by: rpopstar | October 31, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey, here's one:

Bernie Sanders is a Socialist. Bernie joined the Senate in 2007. Despite this, John McCain did not resign from the Senate. Therefore John McCain is tainted.

What a fun game!

Posted by: DIS2 | October 31, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

By Edgar M. Bronfman
Edgar M. Bronfman is the former president of the World Jewish Congress.

"I am supporting Obama for president for two reasons: one is my disdain for the McCain-Palin ticket, and the other my respect and admiration for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Among Jewish voters, some feel the basic question is which candidate will act in the best interest of Israel. The answer is Barack Obama. As an American Jew who loves Israel, I cannot support John McCain. He cannot provide what Israel needs most--a respected, credible, morally strong America. To have the United States and Israel both regarded by the rest of the world as unreliable and in isolation is no way to solve the problems that plague both countries. This has been the effect of the Bush policies, and these are the policies that John McCain has promised to continue. Barack Obama is the candidate who can restore America's moral authority in the world and position our government to help negotiate peace.

The most vexing problem Israel faces is its relations with its neighbors. From the inception of the state until today, Israelis have felt besieged, surrounded by enemies who want to make them disappear. The constant security threat has made it very difficult for Israel to address the long list of problems that for the most part have been swept under the rug while awaiting peace. These include a disastrous educational system, a widening gap between rich and poor, and bitter division between secular and religious Jews. Israel desperately needs peace if it is to come anywhere close to being the "light unto nations" of Jewish dreams.

I quarrel with the oft-heard assumption that "George W. Bush is good for Israel." He gleaned many Jewish votes on that slogan, but I take a contrarian's position. Israel is further from peace than it was at the end of the Clinton administration. The smoldering hatred between Iraq's Sunni and Shi'a has burst into flames as a result of the American occupation. An emboldened Iran, with its Shi'a majority, has strengthened and armed Israel's enemies Hamas and Hezbollah. But Israel's most immediate danger comes from a nuclear Iran. Under the Bush administration, conversations with the Iranians began only at the end of May 2007 and have been badly mishandled. The result of the Bush doctrine in the Middle East has been an America and an Israel that are regarded with hatred and fear.

Barack Obama is an inspiring American, willing and able to lead this nation and the world to new heights in very perilous times. I will vote for him with enthusiasm."


Posted by: Luke2 | October 31, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain implying that Obama is some type of traitor, terrorist, etc?
If so be a man and say it, put it right out where it can be blown out of the water for the garbage it is.
Instead he and his campaign insinuate. They demonize Obama to the kooky paranoids with "he's different", "the real America" and so on and now we are seeing levels of personal hatred in the blogosphere which is scary.
Some of us remember that in a span of 20 years Kennedy was killed, Reagan was almost killed, and Ford was victim of 2 attempts on his life.
What McCain and his campaign are doing is playing with fire and they are morally responsible for what they do.
God forbid it should come to more than that.

Posted by: glynnjp1 | October 31, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post: You refuse to conduct a thorough investigation of Obama's background and his ties to terrorists -- and now we're to take your word that you are a "The Fact Checker"? I think "The Crap Spreader" would be a more accurate title.
When you blindly endorse a man who has no leadership credentials we're to suddenly believe this article is the result of a thorough investigation?
How about just one article on the real Barak? How about a nice full-page diagram drawing lines from Barak to all his nefarious America-hating, traitorous friends?
If that takes too much money to investigate (I realize your readership continues to decline because your articles are so predictable), you think you could produce even one article on the sweet, selfless way the Obamas have helped Barak's struggling, slum-residing aunt and his forgotten brother George?

Posted by: grandview45 | October 31, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I have been watching and following the American election now for some time and don't really support either party but when I listen to and watch each candidate then it seems to me that Barack Obama is head and shoulders above John McCain, especially on an international level.
I think perhaps selecting Sarah Palin as his number two was an altogether risky and ill thought idea which has back fired on John McCain as she seems determined to be seen as independent in her views on any given situation and relies more on brute ignorance that intelligence.
I just hope and pray that the people of America vote for whom they think is the better candidate and do not become racist and vote for McCain rather than elect a black president, we have after all need each other more than ever to help us through these hard times ahead.
I would like to wish the best of luck to both candidates, whom I have no doubt have the best interests of America in their hearts.

Posted by: billythefish | October 31, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Why does it mattter if Ayers was there? This is even dumber than McCain, who is the only Presidential Candidate from a major political party with an ACTUAL Socialist financial proposal on the table, calling Obama a socialist.

What about the fact that McCain chaired an organization that gave a compamy Khalidi $100 k in 1993? if this guy is a villan what is the bigger error in judgement - saying he is a cool guy or sending him actual money?

It takes a special kind of arrogence to hold a guy you funded up as someone to revile because your opponent said a few words about him.

How many times has McCain gone to events and said kind words about people who are not nice?

How about his praise of Pat Roberts in 2007? His visit to Bob Jones University? His praise of the racist, anti-semetic, psychotic fundamentalist preacher because it might get him votes? (All things he attacked Bush fo rin 2000....)

The best thing about McCain and his True believers is that they provide great comic relief from the economic mess the Bush tax cuts and neglect got us in....

Posted by: TOMMYBASEBALL | October 31, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

BELTWAY DICTIONARY

OBAMAD--verb

1. To lose unexpectedly, cataclysmically

2. Delusional Media self intoxication

3. The rescue of America from Obama tyranny in 2008

Posted by: JaxMax | October 31, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

This is a desperate, last minute ploy to sway Jewish voters in Florida to vote against Obama. The McCain camp knows that no self-respecting journalist would violate agreements with their sources;if they did, their sources would immediately dry up.

The McCain people are not too bright, but they are smart enough to know this much and hope the electorate will view it as evidence of a cover-up.

Just another failed strategy....

Posted by: ThePhotogsBlog | October 31, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey KIDS need a Job? don't vote McSame

vote early

Obama Biden 08

Posted by: capinfusion | October 31, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of what Rashid Khalidi feelings are towards Israel, has no bearing on whether he personally is an anti-Semite. As a American Jew, people automatically ASSume I support all of Israeli gov't actions. Which I don't. My father was a practicing Orthodox Jew, and 4 of his pallbearers were Palestinians that he had close bonds with. They discussed politics all the time, but it never overshadowed their love for each other. When my dad was sick, he would always find the time to visit his close friends, who sat him at the head of the table and would put a warm blanket around his shoulders. They would discuss the Koran and the Talmud, but with the utmost of respect. My dad learned Arabic late in life, so he could relate more closely with his Arab 'half' family. I've known these people for over 40 years, and they've always been real warm and gracious. Being a DAV Vietnam veteran, they'd always ask me questions about my experience. Since I don't live where they are and outside New Orleans, they were sincerely interested in my post-Katrina recovery. I got many gifts and offers from them, to come and help us rebuild our home. We didn't take a dime in gov't money, so they knew from my Dad that we were struggling. My dad soon after died, but I still get calls and cards from them. I've found nothing related to Rashid Khalidi to indicate he's a threat to me or my country, despite what FOX is trying to instill. Since Rashid Khalidi is a born and raised American, he's free to practice whatever religion he wants and to write and say whatever he wants. To be quite honest with you from a lifetime of personal experiences, people like 'Joe the Plumber' tend to be more anti-Semitic then Arabs of any national heritage.

Posted by: uc2it4us | October 31, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a flying $%^& if Ayers was there? So what if he was? Its amazing how cons will cling to the slightest little thing, even though it means nothing at all. They are too busy pointing fingers at Obama, telling us all why we should not vote for him, while completely failing to give any reasons why anyone should vote for McCain. Makes one suspect there are no good reasons to vote for McCain. Not being Obama is not good enough. Republicans are bankrupt of any ideas or substance!

Posted by: johnnyonspot | October 31, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The media seems to have been covering for Biden for some time. While news stories still talk about Dan Quayle’s spelling mistake 18 years later, there has been almost no news coverage of Biden’s numerous wacky statements. What if Quayle had said something similar to Biden’s recent statement that, "When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'" A neat trick given that Herbert Hoover was president in 1929 and no one was watching television.

It might not fit the simple template for a 36-year veteran of the Senate to not understand what vice presidents do (after all, eight vice presidents have served with him), but Biden knew less about this than the political outsider, Sarah Palin. Given that they are running to be vice president, why didn’t that story dominate the news coverage after the debate?
-- Finally, an amusing point as evidence that Biden is just one of the people he pointed to, inviting anyone to have a beer with him at "Katie's Restaurant" in Wilmington, Del. Unfortunately, people will have a hard time taking him up on his offer, since the restaurant hasn't had that name for probably 15 years.

Posted by: lucygirl1 | November 1, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

yes, can't wait to see Condi Rice cued. She seemed to be a rising star in the beginning with a great hope for the nation's future, but turned out to be a faltering one. Too much of a disappointment.

Posted by: honkiedarn | November 1, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Well, I want to see if there was any article or a picture of Obama with a pro-Israel scholar on the behalf of his/her accomplishment for Israel in the past before he decided to run for the presidential race. All your pep talks on the Presidential debates is cheap, Obama.

Posted by: honkiedarn | November 1, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Ross Perot would later say, "After he came home, he walked with a limp, she [Carol McCain] walked with a limp. So he threw her over for a poster girl with big money from Arizona [Cindy McCain, his current wife] and the rest is history."
Ross Perot paid her medical bills and was a strong supporter of POWs. They go on and on about his being tortured and injured but first thing he does after getting back from Nam was to have extramarital affairs. He even called himself "selfish and immature" concerning that time. POW coming home selfish and immature. Despite the possibility of being the 3rd gen. 4-star Admiral he was very nearly the single worst student of his class at the Naval Academy. He admits to doing just enough to pass in tough subjects like math. He was a sub-par pilot who crashed 2 planes and ran into telephone lines. Was he even really shot down?
The beer heiress half his age he was hooking up with while still married. But he was still first in line to bash Clinton.

There never was a professor that McCain liked.

Posted by: chavez66 | November 1, 2008 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Another attempt by the illuminati media to bury the truth with distractions. Its too hard for anyone to be straightforward and truthful anymore. Sad.

Posted by: mdrew378 | November 2, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: gdodd414 | November 2, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Uh I hate to burst you repubs bubble...but if...McCain says this guy is a spokesman for the PLO...why in the heck did he as head of the board give this man over 400,000 for studies on the west bank???? Come on...who is the phoney here?????

Posted by: Webster51 | November 2, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

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