If there’s one certainty in American politics it’s this: The GOP will do anything to paint their opponent as unpatriotic, elite, and, if possible, as a crazy radical we shouldn’t trust in our neighborhood let alone as leader of the nation.
“Barack Obama’s foreign policy plans have even won him praise from Hamas leaders,” writes McCain deputy campaign manager Christian Ferry. “Ahmed Yousef, chief political adviser to the Hamas Prime Minister said, ‘We like Mr. Obama and we hope he will win the election. He has a vision to change America.’”
The McCain fundraising e-mail says Obama’s stands have earned him “kind words” from Hamas. “John McCain’s foreign policy provides a stark contrast to the policies of Barack Obama,” writes Ferry. “While Senator Obama would surrender in Iraq and hold talks with the Iranian regime, John McCain will never surrender in the struggle with Islamic extremists. Please join our campaign today by making a generous donation of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or $2,300.”
First off, anyone find it humorous how McCain asks for $50 to $2,300 from his donor pool while Obama’s rarely ever asked for more than $25? That alone should tell you something about the respective audiences, but I’ll leave it at that.
No, what’s really interesting is the fact that this shows McCain to be GOP business as usual. If there was any doubt we’ve already entered the general election race it should be gone now, this is the kitchen sink some democrats have been so concerned about with the “electability issue”. Obama’s response?
Obama supporter Rep. Robert Wexler responded to the McCain fundraising e-mail Friday. “John McCain likes to talk about the civil campaign he plans to run, and yet today he has engaged in a shameful, divisive, and cynical kind of politics that he pretends to reject — all in reckless pursuit of campaign dollars,” said Wexler, calling the message “empty tough talk and divisive fear mongering.”
“We call on Senator McCain to reject this embarrassing and outrageous tone, and to join with Barack Obama in calling for an America that is united in its determination to isolate Hamas and support our ally Israel,” he said.
Welcome to politics as usual folks. Want a reason to vote against McCain? Here it is. One last question: Why exactly does Wingnut daily have access to Hamas and enough clout to score an exclusive interview? Doesn’t that raise any red flags?