Anyone who watched Brian Schweitzer frame the energy issue last night knows why we wanted him for Veep. Now we want him for Energy Czar, and maybe speech tutor for surrogates and candidates. Anyone who watched Hillary Clinton had a cathartic moment when we accepted her at her word and can for the first time in this calendar year accept also the unity of the party that almost got fractured by the primaries.
Anyone who feels the Obama campaign has been acting tentatively or unwisely is not understanding. Anyone who believes the Democrats cannot and will not win in November is in for a big surprise.
It is time to identify John McCain as a sidekick to Bush, NOT as A MAVERICK who bucks his party. It is time to tie him with a heavy rope to the Swift Boar strategy he has endorsed. John McCain just stopped having it both ways.
Here is your first assignment. All you do is click here to find and send the following letter to advertisers and read talking points regarding this nefarious McCain act.
Dear Sir or Madam,
Right now, your company is advertising on some of the same TV stations in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Virginia that are airing a false, discredited, and potentially illegal political attack ad against Barack Obama.
I hope you will do the right thing and pull your ads from these stations.
The American Issues Project ad is full of baseless lies and re-hashed false assertions. It is designed to play into the worst biases and fears, contributing nothing of value to the public discourse.
This is not the kind of controversial and destructive ad any responsible company should want to be associated with.
There is no room on the public airwaves for these kind of lies that violate the most basic standards of political discourse. CNN and Fox News have each refused to run such an ad filled with lies, and I hope you will do the right thing by pulling your ads from stations that air it.
Ask advertisers in these markets to help fight this ad, using the following talking points.
* This ad has no place on the public airwaves. CNN and even Fox News have refused to run this attack ad because it violates basic standards of political discourse.
* The ad is based on lies. This attack ad is full of baseless lies and re-hashed false assertions.
* The ad may be illegal. Under federal law, the American Issues Project should be reporting and complying with the other rules for political organizations trying to influence an election. But the Project is violating the law.
* The same people that swift-boated John Kerry in 2004 are behind this ad. The primary funder of the ads, Harold Simmons, is one of the main culprits behind the Swift Boating of John Kerry and a top bundler for John McCain. The spokesman for the group, Christian Pinkston, also has ties to the Kerry Swift Boat attacks.
The material below is from this blog and other sources. The quoted material above is from the Obama Campaign.
Here is Mayor Daley’s statement on Bill Ayers:
The mayor released the following statement:
There are a lot of reasons that Americans are angry about Washington politics. And one more example is the way Senator Obama’s opponents are playing guilt-by-association, tarring him because he happens to know Bill Ayers.
I also know Bill Ayers. He worked with me in shaping our now nationally-renowned school reform program. He is a nationally-recognized distinguished professor of education at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a valued member of the Chicago community.
I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago but I remember that period well. It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep re-fighting 40 year old battles.
Here is Bill Ayers refuting the context-warp in the ad which implies he had wished to do more bombing:
I’m often quoted saying that I have “no regrets.” This is not true. For anyone paying attention—and I try to stay wide-awake to the world around me all/ways—life brings misgivings, doubts, uncertainty, loss, regret. I’m sometimes asked if I regret anything I did to oppose the war in Viet Nam, and I say “no, I don’t regret anything I did to try to stop the slaughter of millions of human beings by my own government.” Sometimes I add, “I don’t think I did enough.” This is then elided: he has no regrets for setting bombs and thinks there should be more bombings.
The illegal, murderous, imperial war against Viet Nam was a catastrophe for the Vietnamese, a disaster for Americans, and a world tragedy. Many of us understood this, and many tried to stop the war. Those of us who tried recognize that our efforts were inadequate: the war dragged on for a decade, thousands were slaughtered every week, and we couldn’t stop it. In the end the U.S. military was defeated and the war ended, but we surely didn’t do enough.
Why do I contend that McCain is both a sidekick (to Bush) and a swift-boater. Though the answer is implied above, let me add:
McCain cannot run from his record.
It has been 90 percent Bush since he began campaigning for the Presidency this time around. His maverick record — defined as independently bucking his party — refers to occasional efforts, widely publicized by McCain’s media chorus, years ago. His maverick status is only valid if we consider George Bush a Maverick NeoCon who manipulates the country into war with lies and fear politics and say McCain is the same, which he is.
McCain is definitely a Swift-Boater:
Months ago McCain signaled his withdrawal from civility by saying he would not be a referee regarding tasteless, lying and invidious ads put out by his supporters. This was in fact a compelling reason for Barack Obama to reject public financing. Time has shown that the Republicans have developed barely legal means of funding the McCain effort (by using contributions to state contests as a basis for upping minimum contributions) and have explicitly encouraged and accepted 527 Swift Boat advertising, which is probably illegal, as par for the course, rife with lies and distortions, a continuation of an unacceptable shame.
Not this time, John McCain. Last night was just the first salvo. By the close of Barack Obama’s speech Thursday you will begin to hear a rumble in your deepest sleep. It is the rumble of justice and decency taunting you for having given up the shreds of same to which you might have laid claim in the past. You have made a contract with the very jaws of hell and this is our Armageddon. Down you go John.
UPDATE: From The New York Times: Obama Campaign Wages Fight Against Conservative Group’s Ads
In its fight against the American Issues Project, Mr. Obama’s campaign is essentially arguing that the group should fall under more strict election laws because its sole purpose seems to be to defeat Mr. Obama at the polls; issue groups are allowed to run some political advertising so long as affecting an election is not their primary purpose. Under election laws, Mr. Simmons would not be able to exceed a donation of $42,000 to the group and others like it. In a second letter about the group sent to the Justice Department in the past week, Robert F. Bauer, Mr. Obama’s election lawyer, accused the group of flouting “all legal obligations attendant upon political committee status.”