Obama and the Politics of the Playground

The Politico is reporting that the Obama campaign plans to make an issue of Sen. McCain’s association with the Keating Five scandal of twenty years ago.  Per the article, McCain-Palin spokesman Brian Rogers said (emphasis mine): “The difference here is clear. John McCain has been open and honest about the Keating matter, and even the Democratic special counsel in charge recommended that Senator McCain be completely exonerated. By contrast, Barack Obama has been fundamentally dishonest about his friendship and work with the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, whose radical group bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. Nor has Barack Obama come clean on his close friendship with Tony Rezko, a felon convicted on bribery charges who subsidized the purchase of Barack Obama’s home. It’s obvious that Barack Obama is frantically attacking because he knows that most voters find these kinds of friendships, and the failed judgment they expose, to be unacceptable for our next president.”

So it appears that the reactionary Barry O is channelling his inner schoolboy and playing the “I know you are, but what am I?” card.  Except for, in this case, McCain made no attempt to cover up his actions and has been cleared of any wrongdoing. Barry O?  Not so much.  The BO camp might want to rethink their playground politics, as Bill Ayers isn’t the only skeleton in Obama’s closet.

Patterico has more.

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4 responses to “Obama and the Politics of the Playground

  1. sauer kraut

    Much of McCain’s real association with Keating did not come out until AFTER the probe into his ethics. Indeed, he’s never been “open and honest” about his association with Keating.

    It appears from your post that you want McCain to be able to swiftboat Obama with half-truths while holding Obama to a higher standard.

    We’ve had 8 years of that type of playground behavior. Time for us to move away from that.

  2. novamom

    And it appears that you, sauer, need to take off the blinders. McCain was *exonerated* for his association. Obama, however, won’t even admit to his association with the terrorist Ayers. I’d like to be able to hold BO to my higher standards, but The One doesn’t even hold up to my lower standards.

  3. sauer kraut

    novamom – McCain was not “exonerated.” What he got was the benefit of the two legislative bodies each declaring that they had no jurisdiction because a) he was no longer a member of the House and b) he was not a member of the Senate when the ethical violations occurred.

    In some ways, I can see a similarity with OJ’s glove. “If it don’t fit, you must acquit.” That’s how it worked for McCain. I disagree with the outcome for OJ 13 years ago and I disagree with the outcome for McCain 20+ years ago.

    But Keating 5 isn’t the only baggage McCain carries around. And that baggage doesn’t even include the poor judgment shown in choosing Palin over the many other exceptional women on the Republican side.

  4. novamom

    Sauer, there you go again. You might want to get your information from sources other than the DNC and the HuffPo. According the Bob Bennett, the Democrat Special Counsel hired by the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the Keating Five, McCain did nothing wrong and he recommended total exoneration. Listen to the audio here:

    [audio src="http://newsbusters.org/static/2008/10/LEVIN%20BENNETT.mp3" /]

    So stop embarrassing yourself with your woeful lack of information.

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