Palin Smears Obama as ‘Terrorist Pal’

Palin Smears Obama as ‘Terrorist Pal’

GOP Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin unleashed an attack on Barack Obama that relies on that most McCarthy-esque concept, “Guilt by association.” In this case, it’s guilt by an association so weak, it took feverish gymnastics by ABC News to unleash it on legitimate journalists. From Politico:

“There’s been a lot of interest in what I read lately. Well, I was reading my copy of today’s New York Times and I was really interested to read about Barack’s friends from Chicago. Turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man who, according to The New York Times was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, ‘launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol,'” Palin said today, according to a transcript distributed by the campaign. “These are the same guys who think patriotism is paying higher taxes. This is not a man who sees America as you and I do – as the greatest force for good in the world.

“This is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country,” Palin concluded, in the hardest shot of the statement.

Political observers expect McCain’s ticket to receive a polling bounce, thanks to Governor Palin’s newfound ability to identify a newspaper that she reads.

Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan fired back:

Governor Palin’s comments, while offensive, are not surprising, given the McCain campaign’s statement this morning that they would be launching Swiftboat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation’s economic ills. In fact, the very newspaper story Governor Palin cited in hurling her shameless attack made clear that Senator Obama is not close to Bill Ayers, much less ‘pals,’ and that he has strongly condemned the despicable acts Ayers committed 40 years ago, when Obama was eight. What’s clear is that John McCain and Sarah Palin would rather spend their time tearing down Barack Obama than laying out a plan to build up our economy.

That the McCain campaign is resorting to this so quickly on the heels of Thursday’s debate, and with Obama pulling away in the polls, is a signal that they are getting desperate. Two important questions will be answered shortly: Will it work, and how far will they go?

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