The REAL no-spin zone is right here, folks. If the McCain campaign wants to go negative, the Obama campaign has plenty of ammo. Let's talk domestic terrorism*, shall we?
The McCain campaign, through the Pitbull-with-Lipstick, wants to bring up all sorts of exaggerations about Obama's connection to Bill Ayers, a man known for education reform and his ties to the Weatherman group (in the most simplist terms, it is a leftist movement known for bombing federal buildings during the 70s in protest of the Vietnam War). So, somehow Obama, who was 8 when these bombings happened and was certainly not in cohoots with them, is somehow tied to the Weatherman group because he worked with Ayers on education reform and happened to live 3 blocks from him in Chicago. Hmmm...that's quite the leap.
So, according to Palin, this indicates that Obama is "palling around with terrorists."
Let's take a Palin-like leap here and talk about domestic terrorists. When I hear domestic terrorists, I think Timothy McVeigh or Eric Rudolph (responsible for the Oklahoma City bombing and the Centennial Park bombing at the Atltanta Summer Games in 1996, respectively). You know what else Eric Rudolph bombed? Family planning clinics. He killed several innocent people with those bombs too. You know, 'real Americans'.
And how does McCain feel about violence against family planning clinics?
- McCain voted against the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), which makes it a crime to forcibly interfere with women's access to reproductive-health facilities.
- McCain voted to allow perpetrators of violence or harassment at reproductive-health clinics to avoid paying the fines assessed against them for their illegal acts by declaring bankruptcy.
- McCain said he opposed Colorado’s “Bubble Law,” which prohibited abortion protesters from getting within 8 feet of women entering clinics [Denver Post, 2/27/00]. The law was later upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
It's one thing to pal around with domestic terrorists who have since changed their ways and become community activists. It's a whole other thing to use the law to support domestic terrorists for the sake of pandering to your base.
*Also, this whole 'terrorism' crap Palin's spewing? It's totally the politics of fear. When will the GOP learn that voters are over that sh*t?