McCain Suspends Staffer for Circulating Obama-Pastor Video

The John McCain campaign has suspended an aide for circulating a political attack video that splices together footage of Barack Obama, his long-time pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. and historical imagery of “black power” proponents.

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Do you think it fair that this McCain staffer was canned or is this just another case where Obama is being treated with 'kid gloves" by the competitors? I personally think that in the race for the highest public office in the country, that all candidates need to answer the tough questions in our attempts to ply underneath all the rhetoric in search of the true intentions of those seeking the presidency. I don't feel any better after Barack Obamas speech in his attempts to distance himself from Wright then I did the first time I heard Wright utter those words.

I also think that if videos and questions of credability arise around Clinton or McCain they should be held to the same scrutiny as BHO is currently stumbling his way through.

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Obama has been close to this guy for twenty years and didn't know anything about all this hate talk?
I don't believe that . America is divided , and Obama is not a healer

Can't be any worse than the relationship of Republicans with far right Christian radicals like Pat Robertson or John Hagee.

From Feb 27th in the New York Times:

"Mr. McCain, who has been on a steady search for support among conservative and evangelical leaders who have long distrusted him, said he was 'very honored' by Mr. Hagee’s endorsement. Asked about Mr. Hagee’s extensive writings on Armageddon and about what one questioner said was Mr. Hagee’s belief that the anti-Christ will be the head of the European Union, Mr. McCain responded that 'all I can tell you is that I am very proud to have Pastor John Hagee’s support.'"

Here are a few other notables from this fine Christian pastor:

"The End Times -- Rapture -- is imminent and the U.S. Government must do what it can to hasten it, which at minimum requires: (a) a war with Iran and (b) undying, absolute support for a unified Israel, including all Occupied Territories"

"God caused Hurricane Katrina to wipe out New Orleans because it had a gay pride parade the week before and was filled with sexual sin."

And then there is this classic video of Mr. John Hagee giving a speech with a giddy McCain and Co. in the back:

He did not marry the McCains , nor did he baptize their children, nor were they in his church for 20 years, nor was this pastor a campaign advisor, nor is he full of racism- alot of big differences here

Rather than address the Obama/ Wright issue, you go after McCain. It is a common response for the Barack or Democratic apologists.

The relationships between Obama and Wright and McCain and Hagee are not comparable; it's apples and oranges.

I think Obama needs to be questioned more on his revisions of his story regarding Wright.

I have friends who are bigots. So what? Does that mean I think like them? Of course not. In fact, it speaks volumes that we can still get along and be friends despite our widely differing views. I even have friends who are conservative republicans! And yet I'm still a good person. This issue is rubbish

The Company You Keep
By Eric Schulzke
Mar 18th 2008 10:24PM
Filed Under:eBarack Obama, 2008 President

We judge a man, the saying goes, by the company he keeps. We don't judge a man by the family he is born into. And if you are born into a crotchety annoying family, it is counted a virtue up to a point to be indulgent and tolerant of their crotchets. The same would be true of crotchety grandmothers, whom Obama unceremoniously threw into the equivalence pot with the now notorious Jeremiah Wright. But Wright is not his grandma. Nor, so far as we can tell, did she willfully and publicly stoke the fires of racial paranoia.

That is why Obama's repeated claim that Jeremiah Wright is "like an old uncle" to him so badly begs the question. Wright is not an uncle. He's a pastor who was selected from among many such pastors in predominantly African-American Chicago congregations. The vast majority of those congregations preach the gospel of Christ as Martin Luther King understood it. That is, that God is no respecter of persons and judges us not by the color of our skin but by the "content of our character."
The paranoid victimology that so unctuously oozes from Pastor Wright's speeches has no place in the hymnbook of MLK. It is much more in harmony with the racially charged views of Malcom X and of Wright's friend, the notoriously antisemitic Louis Farrakhan.

He is not Obama's uncle. Nor his grandmother. He was chosen by Obama to perform his wedding, baptize his children and, indeed, help to develop his children's cultural attitudes through his sermons and fellowship.

The two most dishonest moments in the speech were when he threw his grandma in the mix and when he compared Geraldine Ferraro to Mr. Wright, suggesting that one is no more offensive than the other. Ferraro's only mistake, as far as I know, was to point out quite reasonably that it is very unlikely that a white man with Obama's thin resume would ever be considered a serious candidate for president.

You can talk to me all day -- as Obama tried to today -- about the legitimate grievances of American's black underclass, and the sense in which Wright evokes and plays to those grievances. But you can't convince me that chaffing on such resentment in the paranoid, out-of-control manner of Mr. Wright is healing or helpful for those involved or healthy for the country as a whole.

Obama indulged such venom when it was politically useful for his plans to run for Congress from Chicago's South Side, at a time what he lacked street cred as a Hawaii and Harvard kid. Now, he cannot simply disclaim responsibility, merely because Wright is no longer an asset for his ambitions.

The challenge for Obama today was to convince us that he was either (a) somehow unaware of the depths of this venom, or that he (b) was compelled to overlook it because there was so much else good in the man.

In the first challenge, he essentially made no real effort. He kind of skirted the issue of how many of the absurd and hateful statements he had heard first hand. God damn America? America started AIDS? 9/11 is the chickens coming home to roost? US of KKK?

We have now heard several substantively different variants about his awareness. In truth, any effort to deny awareness of this stuff would fail the sniff test. No one who said the things Wright said -- heck, he read them from a prepared script, not even extemporized -- would ever be able to hide this ugly streak from a congregation regular. There is nothing in these tapes to suggest an ounce of discretion or reticence. Clearly, Obama was not blindsided by this nut case. He knew and chose to indulge and ignore, and he is now dissembling on that point.

On the second challenge, he also failed. He offered us no specifics as to what was so outstanding about the pastor's teaching or character that would encourage him to wink at his outrages. Obama left that -- as he leaves so much in his speeches -- in the domain of airy platitudes.

- Just the KAT, thinking out loud again. :)

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

I grew up with, played baseball, went to church and went to school with two brothers who are currently serving life sentences without parole for being serial killers. If I use the logic that Obama's critics are using, I must be a serial killer too.

You are correct, Chris, this is rubbish. They can't find any dirt on this man so they try pasting a false label on him so they can say they destroyed him because of his character, not his race. We've heard of the 5 degrees of separation. I'm only three degrees of separation from the greatest mass murder that ever lived. I know a woman who was friends with Joseph Stalin's sister. Stalin murdered over 30 million of his own countrymen. So again, I ask. Does that make me a mass murderer. What I'm afraid of is that the people who are trying to discredit Obama because of his affiliations will damage any chance that there will be good race relations between blacks and whites.

while you are thinking.........

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