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Oh No They Didn’t: McCain’s Own Domestic Terrorist

We all knew it was coming.  Naturally, John McCain wants to change the subject.  He’s getting his political ass kicked up and down the field and his winking gimmick of a VP has turned out to be a net loss for his campaign. Negative is all they’ve got left, and smears are the only bullets still rolling around in the bottom of the bucket.  


When you’ve got no substance, you’ve got to attack your opponent’s character.  So what do McCain and the Winking Buffaloon trot out?

Obama and McCain have hit each other at personal levels before. But the vitriol increased dramatically Saturday, when Palin repeatedly raised Obama’s relationship with former 1960s radical Bill Ayers.

Obama, she said, was “palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

Ayers helped found the violent Weather Underground group, whose members were blamed for several bombings when Obama was eight years old. Obama has denounced Ayers’ radical views and activities.

The two men live near each other in Chicago, and once worked on the same charity board. Ayers hosted a small meet-the-candidate event for Obama in 1995, at the start of his political career. Obama strategist David Axelrod has said the two men are “friendly” because their children attend the same schools, but multiple news accounts have said they are not close. The campaign called Palin’s remarks outrageous and grossly exaggerated.

Say what, Sarah?  Here’s what Hockey-Puck-In-Chief had to say down in Florida:

Now it turns out one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers.

And according to the New York Times he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that quote, “launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol.”

And then there’s even more to the story. Barack Obama says that Ayers was just someone in the neighborhood, but that’s less than truthful. His own top adviser said that they were quote, “certainly friendly.” In fact, Obama held one of his first meetings of his political career in Bill Ayers living room.

And they worked together on various projects in Chicago. And, you know, these are the same guys who think that patriotism is paying higher taxes.

Remember, that’s what Joe Biden had said. And I am just so fearful that this is not a man who sees America the way that you and I see America, as the greatest source for good in this world.

I’m afraid this is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country.

Oh no she didn’t.  The Winkster must’ve been too busy practicing flute solos to have learned who G. Gordon Liddy is.

In 1971, after serving in several positions in the Nixon administration, Liddy was moved to Nixon’s 1972 campaign, the Committee to Re-elect the President (officially known as “CRP” but to opponents known as CREEP), in order to extend the scope and reach of the White House “Plumbers” unit, which had been created in response to various damaging leaks of information to the press.


For his role in Watergate, which he coordinated with Hunt, Liddy was convicted of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping, and received a 20-year sentence. He served a total of five and half years in prison, including over 100 days in solitary confinement, before his sentence was commuted by President Jimmy Carter and he was released on September 7, 1977.

Nice guy, eh?  Quite a history Gordo’s got going there.  I suppose his  formative years helped shape the man he would become.

Liddy was made to salute the Stars and Stripes Nazi-style by the nuns at his school; even now, he admits, “at assemblies where the national anthem is played, I must suppress the urge to snap out my right arm.” His beloved German nanny taught him that Hitler had — through sheer will-power — “dragged Germany from weakness to strength.”


When he listened to Hitler on the radio, it “made me feel a strength inside I had never known before,” he explains. “Hitler’s sheer animal confidence and power of will [entranced me]. He sent an electric current through my body.”


Emphasis mine.  Now, here’s a guy that has to fight off a Sieg Heil every time he hears the National Anthem, but Barack Obama is somehow scary and unamerican?  You’ve got to be fucking kidding me.  The smear associating Barack to Ayers is phony, tenuous, and exaggerated, if not outright false.  Here’s what’s really scary:

Liddy has acknowledged preparing to kill someone during the Ellsberg break-in “if necessary”; plotting to murder journalist Jack Anderson; plotting with a “gangland figure” to murder Howard Hunt to stop him from cooperating with investigators; plotting to firebomb the Brookings Institution; and plotting to kidnap “leftist guerillas” at the 1972 Republican National Convention — a plan he outlined to the Nixon administration using terminology borrowed from the Nazis.

Damn Gordo, some of that shit sounds like domestic terrorism to me.  McCain must despise this guy, right.  Yeah, not so much:

Liddy has donated $5,000 to McCain’s campaigns since 1998, including $1,000 in February 2008. In addition, McCain has appeared on Liddy’s radio show during the presidential campaign, including as recently as May. An online video labeled “John McCain On The G. Gordon Liddy Show 11/8/07” includes a discussion between Liddy and McCain, whom Liddy described as an “old friend.”  During the segment, McCain praised Liddy’s “adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great,” said he was “proud” of Liddy, and said that “it’s always a pleasure for me to come on your program.”

Additionally, in 1998, Liddy reportedly held a fundraiser at his home for McCain. Liddy was reportedly scheduled to speak at another fundraiser for McCain in 2000. The Charlotte Observer reported on January 23, 2000, that McCain’s campaign vouched for Liddy’s “character”:

His [McCain’s] campaign officials said Liddy’s character will appeal to many voters because he was following orders from President Nixon and kept silent afterward.

“His (Liddy’s) judgment might be in question, but I don’t think his character is,” said Ed Walker, the York County chairman of McCain’s campaign. “He was following orders just like any good soldier, and he didn’t tell on anybody. He felt like he was on a mission and kept his silence.”

Shouldn’t Hockey Puck-Palin be railing against John McCain and his direct ties to infamous domestic terrorist G. Gordon Liddy?  We know losing is hard, but come on Sarah, do it for America!




    I mean the inability of Republicans to recognize their own hypocrisy.  Palin, who has supported a secessionist movement in Alaska until very recently, claims Obama doesn’t have a patriotic enough view of America.  McCain, who to this day pals around with neo-Nazi Liddy, says there’s something suspicious that Obama is on a charity board with someone who forty years ago was a radical anti-Vietnam war protester.

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