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P.S.: McCain’s Still Running

P.S.: McCain’s Still Running

By Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
FrontPageMagazine.com | 4/8/2008

He’s the guy who was running for president before all the national attention shifted to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Now, McCain seems to be only an afterthought, at best, or an anachronism, at worst. He has got to get back into the game, otherwise he will never be in contention.

Forget that he leads in the polls. That means nothing. His lead is only the consequence of the division among Democrats. Supporters of Hillary are quite incapable of uttering the “O” word to a pollster and Obama backers won’t admit that they’d ever back Hillary. But once the they settle on a nominee — provided there is no super delegate larceny involved — Democrats will be Democrats and McCain’s lead will vanish. He has got to use this period, when he is not under attack, to flesh out his image and begin his campaign.

To do that, he can’t wait on the sidelines and only put out carefully controlled stories — like his biographical tour which he has just begun. He has to wade into the midst of current controversy, carve out his message, demonstrate his relevance, and make the headlines he needs to become a center of attention and interest.

What should be his message? Populism. Many will urge that he fortify his base. But with Republican Party identification at an all time low, there isn’t enough base out there to win. He needs to attract swing voters. Not by going to the left of the Democrats, but by transcending their liberalism by attacking the forces of privilege thei r party is bent on protecting.

Here are a few choice targets:

• McCain should go after those who have caused the subprime crisis and demand justice. He should press for recapture of the fees and commissions they made by making loans they knew were no good. He should demand that their licenses be ended, their institutions closed, and their ill gotten gains confiscated.

• He should attack credit card companies for their abuse of consumers through usurious interest rates, high penalty fees imposed at the drop of a hat, and interchange fees that add to the cost of everything we buy.

• McCain should take up the case against Congressional perks, building on his efforts to curtail earmarks, cracking down on Congressional ethics, and taking aim at the day to day practices (as opposed to the speeches) of his two fellow senators who are running for office.

• He should go after regulators who don’t regulate, beginn ing with those who let unsafe toys into the U.S. He should condemn the FAA for its weaknesses. He should go after the Fed and other regulators for their laxity in the face of the emerging credit crisis.

• McCain should blast China for its abuse of Tibet. While governments are cowed into silence, McCain should speak out for human liberty and against the repressive tactics of Beijing even as China wants us to celebrate their Olympic games.

Strong, vigorous, populist advocacy can bring the spotlight back to McCain, draw attention to the integrity and strength which has always made him a unique public figure.

As he sought the GOP nomination, this muckraking McCain had to be bottled up inside a national security conservative façade. But no matter how deeply McCain believes in national security, it is his populism that has earned him the plaudits that got him to where he is today.

It’s time for the bleached out McCain to exit and f or the hearty, embattled, opponent of falsity and privilege to take center stage. And, to show the Democrats how to do it.


Dick Morris is a former adviser to Bill Clinton. Eileen McGann is an attorney and CEO of Vote.com. Together, they collaborate on books, columns and foreign political campaigns. To receive free copies of all of their commentaries, please sign up at dickmorris.com.

ABC News Runs “Report” On Iraq Troops’ Prez Choices And ONLY Mentions Those Who Support Barak Hussein Obama

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The media free pass for Obama half-truths

The media free pass for Obama half-truths

Ed Lasky
Two Redstate.com writers chronicle the giant pass most of the media grant to Barack Obama for what could most charitably be termed his half truths.

Soren Dayton writes

 

Barack Obama is running on a new kind of politics: dishonesty and half-truths. That politics appears to consist of inflating his resume, McCain’s 100-years statement, “lobbyists don’t give me money,” and even lying to the press about smoking.
It increasingly appears that these lies are central to his message

 

He cites Craig Crawford of the Hotline,

 

“Lucky for Obama, most of the news media seem not to care about such contradictions.” As The Economist noted, “Very little has been made of two instances, reported last month by the Washington Post, where Mr Obama exaggerated his role in legislative accomplishments. … Unlike Mrs Clinton, he has gotten off easy for his fibs.”

 

Meanwhile, blogger Erick lists reporters who have given Obbama a free pass.

Radical Muslim Students’ Magazine—Largest Muslim student newspaper in America

  • Largest Muslim student newspaper in America
  • Its prison outreach program seeks to recruit new converts to Islam
  • Publishes many articles and opinion pieces expressing contempt for the U.S. and Israel

Al-Talib is the news magazine of the Muslim Students Association of UCLA (MSA UCLA). Founded in 1990 and staffed entirely by unpaid students, it is the largest Muslim student publication in the United States. The press run for each issue is approximately 20,000 copies, which are distributed to more than 150 locations (mostly mosques, community centers, and college campuses) in 37 states. All told, Al-Talib’s estimated national readership is about 56,000.

The publication’s major “topic points” include: “spirituality, politics, Islamic history, and challenges facing Muslim-Americans.” Its mission is to “serv[e] the American community with deeper understanding of events that occur throughout the world”; “to remain an independent forum for a diverse spectrum of views and concerns”; and “to correct the mainstream media’s misconceptions about Islam and enlighten the readers of the true teachings of Islam.”

Through its outreach program for prison inmates, “Al-Talib is made available to the incarcerated population as it may be their only sources of news and consciousness to international events [sic].” The goal of this initiative is to win converts to the Islamic faith.

Along with Alkalima (the newspaper of UC Irvine’s Muslim Student Union), Al-Talib once published a special report titled “Zionism: The Forgotten Apartheid.” This report featured a section devoted to “the resistance movements against Zionist aggression,” glorifying Hamas and Hezbollah not only as noble warriors fighting Israeli oppressors, but also as providers of social welfare services for the Palestinian people. Said the report: “As the Zionists continue to colonize, torture and ethnically-cleanse in the name of the ‘peace process’ and the Americans continue to fund them, the respective staffs of Al-Talib and Alkalima feel it to be their basic duty to expose Zionism, its evils and its effects … Zionist-controlled world media has been purposefully distorting and misconstruing world events too long.”

The report also contained articles titled “‘Israeli’ Apartheid: the Chilling Facts”; “Zionist Torture Exposed”; “Examples of ‘Israeli’ Human Rights Violations”; “‘Israel’s’ Nuclear Weapons: Proof of Their Relentless Terror”; and “Stop U.S. Foreign Aid to ‘Israel’ Now.” All references to Israel were accompanied by sneer quotes, to stress that the authors did not recognize Israel as a legitimate entity.

In July 1999 Al-Talib featured a cover story on Osama bin Laden, titled “The Spirit of Jihad.” Said this piece: “When we hear someone refer to the great mujahideen Osama Bin-Ladin as a ‘terrorist,’ we should defend our brother and refer to him as a freedom fighter; someone who has forsaken wealth and power to fight in Allah’s cause and speak out against oppressors.”

In November 2000, Al-Talib examined the ideas of Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, bin Laden’s spiritual leader who has called for “jihad and the rifle alone” as a means to the formation of an Islamic empire. “We pray that Sheik Azzam’s dream of a true Islamic state comes true,” said Al-Talib.

In another 2000 issue of Al-Talib, MSA national President Atlaf Husain called for the American Muslim community “to rally behind one of its own” — specifically, Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (a.k.a. H. Rap Brown), former Minister of Justice for the Black Panthers. Al-Amin was on trial at the time for having killed Deputy Ricky Kinchen in Alabama, a crime for which he would eventually be convicted. Said Husain, “Each of us needs to show our unwavering support for [Al-Amin], his family, and his community because Imam Jamil is not the only one on trial. The Muslim presence in America is on trial.”

Two days before 9/11, Al Talib co-sponsored a dinner at UC-Irvine to honor Al-Amin. A featured guest speaker at this event was a Black Muslim named Abdul-Alim Musa, Imam of Masjid al-Islam in Washington, D.C.  Said Musa:

“You think Zionism and Palestine is the only dictatorial power in the world. We’re telling you about apartheid right here in America. Not an apartheid of the 1960s, but an apartheid right now today. When you fight Old [Uncle] Sam, you are fighting someone that is superior in criminality and Nazism. … The American criminalizer [sic] is the most skillful oppressor that the world has ever known. … Imam Jamil coined a phrase, and that phrase meant this: ‘If you don’t give us justice. If you don’t give us equality. If you don’t give us our share of America. If you don’t stay out of our way and leave us alone, we’re gonna burn America down.’ … America is the most criminal government in the world (Allahu Akhbar) along with the Zionists. … They [America] are a better colonizer, a better murderer, a better killer, a better liar, a better thief, a better infiltrator, than old, than old British. This is America that we know.”

At the same event, another guest speaker made the following remarks concerning the fate of America: “… They were ungrateful for the bounties of Allah and so Allah caused them to taste fear and hunger. That is one reason and, I would say, that this country is facing a very terrible fate. The reason for that is that this country stands condemned. It stands condemned like Europe stood condemned for what it did. . . . This country [America] unfortunately has a great, a great tribulation coming to it. And much of it is already here, yet people are too to illiterate to read the writing on the wall.”

Also in September 2001, Al-Talib featured a cover story titled, “Philippines: the Forgotten Jihad,” where the author lamented the media’s “targeted distortion” of Islamic terrorist groups like Abu Sayyaf: “The marginal Abu Sayyaf are actually beneficial for the United States because they give the United States a reason to be in the Philippines. After all, America is just helping the government get past its nasty Muslim problem, nothing else.” In the same article, Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright were referred to as “the butcher of Baghdad” and “his henchwoman,” respectively.

The November 2001 edition of Al-Talib featured three full-page, color advertisements soliciting donations for the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), the Global Relief Foundation (GRF), and the Benevolence International Foundation (BIF). One month later, each of these pseudo-charities would be shut down by federal agents for funding al Qaeda and Hamas terrorists.

Quoted in a December 19, 2001 Associated Press article titled “University Support for Alleged Terrorism Affiliates Sparks Debate,” Al-Talib publisher Mohammad Mertaban condemned the U.S. government for having frozen the assets of these and other Islamic charities that were funding terrorism. “If [the money] goes to families of those who have died in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” said Mertaban, “I don’t see anything wrong with that. I don’t understand how people can label Palestinians terrorists.” When Mertaban was asked to give his views on suicide bombers in Israel, he replied, “We’re in no position to condemn a suicide bombing because none of us has experienced what [the Palestinians have] been through under 53 years of oppression.”

A 2002 article in Al-Talib lamented the sudden demise of HLF, GRF, and BIF: “Immediately after the closures, the Muslim American community was stunned. How three of the nation’s largest Muslim charities could be made inoperable at the peak of the giving season of Ramadan seemed unbelievable.”

The February 2002 edition of Al-Talib contained an advertisement for an upcoming MSA West-sponsored event honoring “The Legacies of Hassan Al-Banna [founder of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood] and Malcolm X.”

Al-Talib’s articles archive contains a section titled “The Muslim Witch Hunt,” which states:

“The government of this country is no stranger to creating a well defined enemy, an enemy who can be readily blamed at a time of national crisis, lulling Americans into a false sense of security. In the 17th century, this enemy happened to be a woman who allegedly practiced witchcraft. In the 1950s, it was a communist or a red sympathizer. At the time of World War II, it was the Japanese. And today it is a bearded man or a veiled woman. Our government is all too familiar with how to punish an entire people for the mistakes of a few. The hunt stops at nothing. No one is safe and no Muslim in any thread of the social fabric of this country is left untouched.”

Other articles in this section condemn America’s “arrogance,” its “torture” of Muslim prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay, its “Islamophobia,” and its “Modern McCarthyism.”

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