Tuesday, October 14, 2008

McCain Promises to Cite Ayers in Wednesday Debate

Good news for Obama:

It appears Sen. John McCain will take Sen. Barack Obama up on his challenge.

In an interview on a St. Louis radio station, McCain said Obama's comments that "I didn't have the guts" to talk about William Ayers in the last presidential debate have "probably ensured" that the former 1960s radical will come up in Wednesday's debate.
Again, McCain seems to be campaigning against himself.

The challenge from Obama and Biden ("Say it to my face!") is strong political strategy. If McCain doesn't, he looks week, if he does, they have an opportunity to let loose a response they've now had nearly two weeks to work on. Voters have short memories, but Ayers talk dominated the political landscape for a week or more last spring, and voters didn't care. (This is the benefit of a contested primary, another advantage for Obama) Negative attacks from McCain using Ayers to assert Obama himself is a terrorist have driven independents to Obama, and reinforced Obama's lead in national polls. McCain/Palin, it seems, still think this is a good idea. Advantage Obama/Biden. And this happens far enough out still that we can get back to discussing real issues... you know... the ones voters actually care about.


  1. McCain can say nothing about Ayers, as he did in the last debate, and look like a coward (again). Or he can look like a fool for bringing up all already-discredited non-issue.

    I'm betting that Obama won't even bother to mention McCain's friendships with Charles Keating, Ahmed Chalabi and G. Gordon Liddy. All unrepentant convicted criminals.

  2. Here's a video showing the Obama / Ayers connection.

    Just a guy that lives down the street?


    [url=http://clamshare.com/v/259,devastating-video,-obama-talks-about-job-ayers-gave-him.html][img]http://clamshare.com/uploads/thumbs/fi6pei8u5jzzpaqb.jpg[/img] Watch "Devastating Video, Obama talks about job Ayers gave him"[/url]

  3. That video was kind of without a coherent point, and seems to make just a few wild assumptions. Possibly not the best source of information, Abram.