McCain Plans Fiercer Strategy Against Obama

McCain Plans Fiercer Strategy Against Obama

By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 4, 2008; A01

 

Sen. John McCain and his Republican allies are readying a newly aggressive assault on Sen. Barack Obama‘s character, believing that to win in November they must shift the conversation back to questions about the Democrat’s judgment, honesty and personal associations, several top Republicans said.

With just a month to go until Election Day, McCain’s team has decided that its emphasis on the senator’s biography as a war hero, experienced lawmaker and straight-talking maverick is insufficient to close a growing gap with Obama. The Arizonan’s campaign is also eager to move the conversation away from the economy, an issue that strongly favors Obama and has helped him to a lead in many recent polls.

“We’re going to get a little tougher,” a senior Republican operative said, indicating that a fresh batch of television ads is coming. “We’ve got to question this guy’s associations. Very soon. There’s no question that we have to change the subject here,” said the operative, who was not authorized to discuss strategy and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Being so aggressive has risks for McCain if it angers swing voters, who often say they are looking for candidates who offer a positive message about what they will do. That could be especially true this year, when frustration with Washington politics is acute and a desire for specifics on how to fix the economy and fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is strong.

Robert Gibbs, a top Obama adviser, dismissed the new McCain strategy. “This isn’t 1988,” he said. “I don’t think the country is going to be distracted by the trivial.” He added that Obama will continue to focus on the economy, saying that Americans will remain concerned about the country’s economic troubles even as the Wall Street crisis eases somewhat.

Moments after the House of Representatives approved a bailout package for Wall Street on Friday afternoon, the McCain campaign released a television ad that challenges Obama’s honesty and asks, “Who is Barack Obama?” The ad alleges that “Senator Obama voted 94 times for higher taxes. Ninety-four times. He’s not truthful on taxes.” The charge that Obama voted 94 times for higher taxes has been called misleading by independent fact-checkers, who have noted that the majority of those votes were on nonbinding budget resolutions.

A senior campaign official called the ad “just the beginning” of commercials that will “strike the new tone” in the campaign’s final days. The official said the “aggressive tone” will center on the question of “whether this guy is ready to be president.”

McCain’s only positive commercial, called “Original Mavericks,” has largely been taken off the air, according to Evan Tracey of the Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ads.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s performance at Thursday night’s debate embodied the new approach, as she used every opportunity to question Obama’s honesty and fitness to serve as president. At one point she said, “Barack Obama voted against funding troops [in Iraq] after promising that he would not do so.”

Palin kept up the attack yesterday, saying in an interview on Fox News that Obama is “reckless” and that some of what he has said, “in my world, disqualifies someone from consideration as the next commander in chief.”

McCain hinted Thursday that a change is imminent, perhaps as soon as next week’s debate. Asked at a Colorado town hall, “When are you going to take the gloves off?” the candidate grinned and replied, “How about Tuesday night?”

Yesterday in Pueblo, Colo., McCain made clear that he intends to press Obama on a variety of familiar GOP themes during the debate, as he accused the Democrat once again of getting ready to raise taxes and increase government spending.

“I guarantee you, you’re going to learn a lot about who’s the liberal and who’s the conservative and who wants to raise your taxes and who wants to lower them,” McCain said.

A senior aide said the campaign will wait until after Tuesday’s debate to decide how and when to release new commercials, adding that McCain and his surrogates will continue to cast Obama as a big spender, a high taxer and someone who talks about working across the aisle but doesn’t deliver.

Two other top Republicans said the new ads are likely to hammer the senator from Illinois on his connections to convicted Chicago developer Antoin “Tony” Rezko and former radical William Ayres, whom the McCain campaign regularly calls a domestic terrorist because of his acts of violence against the U.S. government in the 1960s.

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. appears to be off limits after McCain condemned the North Carolina Republican Party in April for an ad that linked Obama to his former pastor, saying, “Unfortunately, all I can do is, in as visible a way as possible, disassociate myself from that kind of campaigning.”

McCain advisers said the new approach is in part a reaction to Obama, whose rhetoric on the stump and in commercials has also become far harsher and more aggressive.

They noted that Obama has run television commercials for months linking McCain to lobbyists and hinting at a lack of personal ethics — an allegation that particularly rankles McCain, aides said.

Campaigning in Abington, Pa., yesterday, Obama continued to focus on the economy, even as he lashed out at McCain.

“He’s now going around saying, ‘I’m going to crack down on Wall Street’ . . . but the truth is he’s been saying ‘I’m all for deregulation’ for 26 years,” Obama said. “He hasn’t been getting tough on CEOs. He hasn’t been getting tough on Wall Street. . . . Suddenly a crisis comes and the polls change, and suddenly he’s out there talking like Jesse Jackson.”

Obama highlighted a new report showing a reduction of more than 159,000 jobs last month, and he linked the bad economic news to McCain and Palin.

“Governor Palin said to Joe Biden that our plan to get our economy out of the ditch was somehow a job-killing plan; that’s what she said,” Obama told a crowd of thousands. “I wonder if she turned on the news this morning. . . . When Senator McCain and his running mate talk about job killing, that’s something they know a thing or two about, because the policies they’ve supported and are supporting are killing jobs in America every single day.”

McCain issued a statement yesterday saying the bailout bill “is not perfect, and it is an outrage that it’s even necessary. But we must stop the damage to our economy done by corrupt and incompetent practices on Wall Street and in Washington.”

Speaking in Pueblo just as the House was finishing deliberations on the package, McCain blamed fellow lawmakers for the failure to adequately regulate the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

“It was the Democrats and some Republicans in the Congress who pushed back and did not allow those reforms to take place, and that’s a major reason we are in the trouble we are in today,” he said. “Those members of Congress ought to be held accountable on November 4th as well.”

Before the bailout crisis, aides said, McCain was succeeding in focusing attention on Obama’s record and character. Now, they say, he must return to those subjects.

“We are looking for a very aggressive last 30 days,” said Greg Strimple, one of McCain’s top advisers. “We are looking forward to turning a page on this financial crisis and getting back to discussing Mr. Obama’s aggressively liberal record and how he will be too risky for Americans.”

Staff writers Michael Abramowitz and Perry Bacon Jr. contributed to this report.

Worth re-cycling every Election Year!

 

AGELESS OBSERVATIONS

 

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”

-Mark Twain

 

Suppose you were an idiot.

And suppose you were a member of Congress….

But then I repeat myself.

-Mark Twain

 

I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.

-Winston Churchill

 

A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

– George Bernard Shaw

 

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.

-G Gordon Liddy

 

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

-James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

 

Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.

-Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

 

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

-P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

 

Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.

-Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

 

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

-Ronald Reagan (1986)

 

I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.

-Will Rogers

 

If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!

-P.J. O’Rourke

 

In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.

-Voltaire (1764)

 

Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!

-Pericles (430 B.C.)

 

No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.

-Mark Twain (1866 )

 

Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.

-Unknown

 

The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.

-Ronald Reagan

 

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

-Winston Churchill

 

The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.

-Mark Twain

 

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.

-Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

 

There is no distinctly Native American criminal class…save Congress.

-Mark Twain

 

What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.

-Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)

 

A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.

-Thomas Jefferson

 

 

.all others are suspect

 

The American-Iranian Council, a pro Islamic Terrorist regime in Iran plans to open an office in Iran

U.S. allows advocacy group to set up shop in Iran

The American-Iranian Council, a nonpartisan group promoting better ties between the nations, still needs permission from the Iranian government.
By Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
4:55 PM PDT, October 4, 2008
TEHRAN — Now the ball is in Iran’s court.

Last week Washington granted a rare waiver to allow a U.S.-based Iranian American lobbying group to set up shop here in what some consider a gesture of diplomatic outreach. But Iranian officials, who must grant permission for the American-Iranian Council to open a branch, have responded coolly to the modest olive branch.

 
The council announced last week that the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had granted it permission to open an office in Tehran, something ordinarily forbidden because of a stiff embargo on all but a few types of business relations with the Islamic Republic.

The New Jersey-based group, which describes itself as a nonpartisan think tank, seeks to promote friendly ties between Iran and America. Its president and founder, Hooshang Amirahmadi, a scholar at Rutgers University, travels frequently to Tehran and met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad when he was at the United Nations last month.

“This means that the U.S. government is genuinely interested in expanding exchange between the peoples of Iran and the United States,” Amirahmadi said from the U.S. in a telephone interview Saturday. “I also believe that the U.S. government expects that our presence in Iran will help in a better understanding of the issues that exist between the two governments.”

Amirahmadi said he had formally applied to Iranian officials for permission to open the office.

The U.S. waiver comes as the Bush administration appears to have stepped back from a confrontation with Iran over its nuclear program and alleged support for militant groups that nearly reached boiling point last year. An anonymous U.S. official told the Reuters news agency that the administration granted the waiver in order to promote “cultural exchange and mutual understanding” between Americans and Iranians. Amirahmadi, however, noted that his group had also cultivated extensive contacts with current and former government officials in Washington and Tehran.

Iranian officials greeted news of the waiver with caution.

“We do not assess such measures as the political will of the American administration,” Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. “But at the same time such opportunities are open to our fellow countrymen.”

Despite Ahmadinejad’s public stance that he welcomes increased contacts between the U.S. and Iran, he and his inner circle have frequently shot down attempts at rapprochement and arrested and jailed Iranian Americans such as scholars Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, who sought to foster academic ties between the two countries. They were accused of trying to foment anti-government movements.

A news website close to Ahmadinejad has already trashed the council. Raja News accused Amirahmadi of “running an errand for the propaganda machine of the Republican Party.”

Amirahmadi dismissed the report as the voice of isolated “pressure groups.”

Others criticized the U.S. move as a substitute for real diplomatic engagement. “The U.S. has enough access to convey its message, and Iran equally has its own channels,” said Mohammad Marandi, head of North American studies at Tehran University. “If there is the political will in the U.S. to reduce tensions, let them send a signal officially.”

But some analysts predicted that the government would ultimately welcome the council. “As a general rule, important decision or U-turns can be taken by the ruling hard-liners,” said Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a liberal journalist and activist who opposes Ahmadinejad.

While moderate former President Mohammad Khatami was in office, attempts at improving ties with U.S. officials were sabotaged, and he was even warned against shaking hands with then President Clinton during a U.N. assembly, Shamsolvaezin said.

“Now Ahmadinejad goes to the U.S. and calls for debates with presidential candidates,” he said.

Allowing the council “is a good step that can be taken only by Ahmadinejad, who can sell it easily in the country,” he said, “and no one can dare disagree with him as he is supported by the most hard-line elements inside Iran.”

daragahi@latimes.com

Special correspondent Mostaghim reported from Tehran and staff writer Daragahi from Beirut.

Palin says Obama ‘palling around’ with terrorists

Palin says Obama ‘palling around’ with terrorists
Oct 4 03:32 PM US/Eastern
By JIM KUHNHENN
Associated Press Writer

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin on Saturday accused Democrat Barack Obama of “palling around with terrorists” because of his association with a former 1960s radical, stepping up the campaign’s effort to portray Obama as unacceptable to American voters.Palin’s reference was to Bill Ayers, one of the founders of the group the Weather Underground. Its members took credit for bombings, including nonfatal explosions at the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, during the tumultuous Vietnam War era four decades ago. Obama, who was a child when the group was active, served on a charity board with Ayers several years ago and has denounced his radical views and activities.

The Republican campaign, falling behind Obama in polls, plans to make attacks on Obama’s character a centerpiece of presidential candidate John McCain’s message with a month remaining before Election Day.

Palin told a group of donors at a private airport, “Our opponent … is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect, imperfect enough, that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.” She also said, “This is not a man who sees America as you see America and as I see America.”

Palin, Alaska’s governor, said that donors on a greeting line had encouraged her and McCain to get tougher on Obama. She said an aide then advised her, “Sarah, the gloves are off, the heels are on, go get to them.”

The escalated effort to attack Obama’s character dovetails with TV ads by outside groups questioning Obama’s ties to Ayers, convicted former Obama fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko and Obama’s former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Ayers is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He and Obama live in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and served together on the board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago-based charity that develops community groups to help the poor. Obama left the board in December 2002.

Obama was the first chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school-reform group of which Ayers was a founder. Ayers also held a meet-the-candidate event at his home for Obama when Obama first ran for office in the mid-1990s.

Palin cited a New York Times story published Saturday that detailed Obama’s relationship with Ayers. In an interview with CBS News earlier in the week, Palin didn’t name any newspapers or magazines that had shaped her view of the world.

Summing up its findings, the Times wrote: “A review of records of the schools project and interviews with a dozen people who know both men, suggest that Mr. Obama, 47, has played down his contacts with Mr. Ayers, 63. But the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called ‘somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.'”

Earlier Saturday, Palin spent 35 minutes at a diner in Greenwood Village where she met with Blue Star Moms, a support group of families whose sons or daughters are serving in the armed forces. Reporters were allowed in the diner for less than five minutes before being ushered out by the campaign.

Palin, whose 19-year-old son, Track, deployed last month as a private with an Army combat team, was overheard at one point commiserating with one of the mothers: “Any time I ask my son how he’s doing, he says, ‘Mom, I’m in the Army now.'”

Taking one question from reporters about competing in battleground states, Palin repeated her wish that the campaign had not pulled out of Michigan, a prominent state in presidential elections where Obama leads by double-digit percentage points in recent polls.

“As I said the other day, I would sure love to get to run to Michigan and make sure that Michigan knows that we haven’t given up there,” she said. “We care much about Michigan and every other state. I wish there were more hours in the day so that we could travel all over this great country and start speaking to more Americans. So, not worried about it but just desiring more time and, you know, to put more effort into each one of these states.”

Still More Questionable Obama Associations

Still More Questionable Obama Associations

Rezko, Wright, Ayers, Meeks, Pfleger, ACORN….the lists go on and on and on and today reports show their is another person associated with Barack Obama who is now under investigation.

The FBI is investigating a former Illinois state senator who is a poker-playing buddy of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

According to Chicago authorities, the FBI visited the offices in Joliet, Ill., of a Will County auditor to ask questions about Larry Walsh, a longtime friend of Mr. Obama’s, and his chief of staff Matt Ryan.

Mr. Walsh, who served in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2005, was endorsed by Mr. Obama in his county executive election bid. With the support of some of Mr. Obama’s U.S. Senate volunteers, he easily defeated incumbent Republican Joseph Mikan.

Will County auditor Steve Weber confirmed that his office had been asked by the FBI to assist in an investigation, but he did not elaborate on the specifics.

Two FBI agents out of Chicago reportedly spent more than an hour in the Will County offices on Wednesday morning.

Exactly how connected is Barack Obama with Larry Walsh and Will County? Glad you asked!!!

Commentary has more information garnered from answer center, Barack Obama, under the header of “What earmarks has Senator Obama requested for fiscal years 2006 and 2007?”

And Barack Obama? Well he sure got a lot of earmarks in there for Will County, although we do not know whether these are the immediate concern of or related in any way to the investigation. In Obama’s earmark disclosure you will find:

In 2006, Obama requested that Will County receive $1.3 million to support its Flood Studies for Unincorporated Will County.

In 2006, Obama requested $800,000 for the Will County Sheriff’s Office Wireless Communications Technology Upgrades.

In 2006, Obama requested $1,953,331 for Will County’s Ridgewood Water and Sewage Project.

In 2005, Obama requested $2 million for the Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, to establish a Center for Academic and Community Learning, which is designed to address the significant educational needs of the less advantaged in the Will County region by providing academic assistance not only for students on campus but also for residents of the surrounding communities.

Another reference appears to relate to the Will County Health Department’s mental health program which I am informed got another $1.95 million.

A little more history brought to you by Sun Times, South Town Star.

Exactly how many of these associations are going to be exposed, just to see the mainstream media deliberately try to ignore the amount of criminal and questionable characters that are friends and associates of Barack Obama?

Obama Song Brings Back Memories

Obama Song Brings Back Memories

By Nonie Darwish
FrontPageMagazine.com | 10/3/2008

I was born and raised as a Muslim in the Middle East and lived for 30 years in oppressive dictatorships and police states. I remember the daily bombardment on Arab radio of praise and songs of adoration of the Egyptian dictator president Gamal Abdel Nasser. ‘Ya Gamal ya Habib Al Malayeen, ya Gamal,’ that is Arabic for Gamal beloved by millions and the song goes on to say, we are following you in your road and mission. Day in and day out songs like that was chanted by Egyptian singers who competed to please the dictator, while citizens were oppressed and jailed while the country moved from a multi party system to a one party socialist system. Nasser was the hope for change to bring about Arab unity, destroy Israel and stand up to Western interests.

But Nasser’s hope did unite the Arab world and did not destroy Israel, but brought Egypt to its knees after defeat by Israel. I remember Nasser’s fiery speeches while adoring crowds listened to him saying that he will throw the Jews in the Mediterranean. Instead of Arab unity, he ridiculed many Arab leaders who did not follow him and actually went to war against Yemen where he allowed the use of gas weapons against a brotherly Arab Muslim country. Nasser’s regime which had great hopes for bringing Arab greatness ended up bankrupting Egypt, impoverished its people and loosing the Sinai in irresponsible gamble with wars with Israel.

The way some Americans regard Obama brings back such memories of total adoration and blind hope for change. The media in the US is certainly not government controlled like the Arab media I grew up with, but it has failed the American public. It practices self-censorship when it comes to exposing the mistakes of Democrats or even criticizing radical Islam. It depicts all Republican leaders as dumb and stupid and its favorite target for ridicule is Sarah Palin.

When I saw and heard American kids singing for Obama, I felt a chill of fear. The scene reminded me of how, as children, we were forced to sing for the dictator. It is telling that liberals have exploited children in this manner — and that the mainstream media has given them a pass.


Nonie Darwish is an American of Arab/Moslem origin. A freelance writer and public speaker, she runs the website http://www.ArabsForIsrael.com.

The Obama-Khalidi Connection

The Obama-Khalidi Connection

Rick Moran

Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes will discuss the close relationship between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi – Palestinian supporter and the professor at Columbia University – on a special broadcast of “Hannity’s America” which will air tomorrow night at 9:00 PM eastern time.

Khalidi is a former professor at the University of Illinois and was a close friend of Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. At a farewell dinner for Khalidi before he took the Columbia job, Obama ‘s speech was filled with glowing praise for his friend, including references to the many meals they had shared. He thanked Khalidi for opening his eyes about the problems of the Palestinians.

Khalidi himself has given vocal support to suicide bombers:

During documented speeches and public events, Khalidi has called Israel an “apartheid system in creation” and a destructive “racist” state.  
 
He has multiple times expressed support for Palestinian terror, calling suicide bombings response to “Israeli aggression.” He dedicated his 1986 book, “Under Siege,” to “those who gave their lives … in defense of the cause of Palestine and independence of Lebanon.” Critics assailed the book as excusing Palestinian terrorism.

Khalidi’s wife Mona ran the Chicago area charity, the Arab American Action Network, that received substantial assistance from the Woods Fund, a left wing foundation that Obama and unreconstructed terrorist Bill Ayers were Board members. The AAAN was notorious for its pro-Palestianian sympathies.

Pipes should have quite a bit to say about Mr. Khalidi and Barack Obama’s friendship.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky

 

’12 Reason McCain can still win’

’12 Reason McCain can still win’

Rick Moran
Political analyst William Bradley, writing in the Huffington Post, has penned an interesting – and I believe spot on – analysis of how John McCain can overcome his recent difficulties and win the race.

In addition to some staff suggestions, Bradley turns his attention to McCain’s demeanor and issues that could propel him back in the race. Some examples:

** America “turns the page” back to a calmer economic moment, enabling cultural issues to come to the fore. Some say it’s just bad luck that McCain is running against Obama in a year of economic crisis. Others think it’s poetic justice, since he has mainly supported the Bush/Cheney economic policies. Whichever it is, McCain needs a greater sense of calm in the US economy. It could happen.
** The closed credit spigot is opened. Of course, in order for Team McCain to turn the page away from a pervasive sense of economic crisis, the locked credit market must become decidedly unlocked. Right now, the State of California is in deep crisis, with its usual cash-flow issue at this time of year metastasizing in to potential disaster as the usual lenders turn a deaf ear. This is going on everywhere. Of course, if big financial concerns really want a continuance of Republican governance in the White House, they can start lending money. We’ll see how they “vote.”
** McCain finds an economic initiative … other than suspending his campaign to pass the Wall Street bailout bill, earmark reform, and big tax breaks for corporations and the rich. The campaign suspension fell flat, as McCain delivered nothing much and ended up debating Obama last week anyway. Earmark reform, well, hardly any voters know what that bit of Potomac-speak means and it’s a drop in the bucket of the federal deficit anyway. The tax breaks? “Joe Sixpack” on “Main Street” sitting around his “kitchen table” — and each of those are egregious cliches used by supposed populists who don’t know many people outside their very own elite bubbles — doesn’t relate to big corporate tax breaks.
Schwarzenegger had a big infrastructure program that was central to his re-election campaign. Maybe McCain can do something to stimulate the economy. Or push for a health care program. Something that concretely gets things moving or helps “average people,” another pol-speak cliche, with their real lives.

This is very sound advice from a savvy pro. There’s more at the link, including the very good observation that turning the debate to national security would help people focus on Obama’s inexperience.

Why and How the financial crisis happened

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheMouthPeace

This is based upon “FACTS AND EVENTS DOCUMENTED WITH GOOGLE SITES
REFERENCING ACTUAL DOCUMENTS VERIFYING  EACH AND EVERY TRANSACTION”, so
don’t fail to view its ten (10) minutes long video.  You won’t be sorry.
After you view it……pass it along to everyone you know.

Welcome To Camp Obama

Welcome To Camp Obama

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Friday, October 03, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election ’08: Voters coast-to-coast are receiving e-mails from the Obama campaign encouraging them to sign up to learn pre-election agitation tactics at “Camp Obama.” Red kerchiefs, anyone?


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When readers first alerted us to the camps, we thought it might be another hoax that migrated into inboxes. But it’s for real.

The unsolicited pitch goes like this: “Camp Obama attendees will receive real world organizing experience that will have a direct impact on this election. Graduates of Camp Obama will go on to become Deputy Field Organizers who will lead this campaign to victory in crucial battleground states around the country.”

The letter continues, “By participating in Camp Obama you’ll get the kind of experience that Barack got as a community organizer on the South Side of Chicago, where he learned that real change happens from the bottom up.”

While the letter neglects to identify the source of that “experience,” a slide on a camp blog linked to the Obama Web site offers a clue. Underneath a “Welcome to Camp Obama” banner, a trainer at Obama headquarters in Chicago is seen speaking next to a wipe board with the words “Saul Alinsky” scrawled across it.

Alinsky is the late Chicago socialist and street agitator who is considered the father of community organizing.

Another slide of a camp trainer identified as Mike Kruglik is equally telling. Kruglik happens to be the Alinsky disciple who first taught Obama hardball organizing tactics on the South Side. He was Obama’s boss in the ’80s. Kruglik now works for the Chicago-based Gamaliel Foundation, which trains and deploys radicals across the country.

Kruglik once declared Obama “the undisputed master of agitation,” according to David Freddoso, author of the best-seller “The Case Against Barack Obama.”

Obama learned well from the master agitator. Alinsky taught future radicals that bad things are often done for the right reasons, love without power is sentimental mush, power must be taken, and all change comes about as a result of threat and pressure.

Obama calls his Alinskyite experience “the best education I ever had.”

Now he’s passing it on to his groupies. He recently told supporters in Nevada, a state that will be hotly contested, to sharpen their elbows in the final lap of the race. Confront Republicans, he said, and “get in their faces.”

“Be absolutely ruthless,” adds Camp Obama director Jocelyn Woodards, who leads the intensive two-day training course for campers in Chicago.

In the Alinsky model, organizing is code for agitating. For revolution. He had no patience for liberals who merely talked of change.

“Liberals protest,” he wrote in “Rules for Radicals,” while “radicals rebel.” Liberals become “indignant,” while “radicals become fighting mad and go into action.”

“Liberals give and take oral arguments,” Alinsky added. “Radicals give and take the hard, dirty, bitter way of life.”

Alinsky’s paragon of radicalism was Satan, to whom he dedicated the first edition of “Rules”: “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”

Dirty street fighting is at the heart of Obama’s organizing. While he stands above the fray, his minions at ACORN are threatening, intimidating, confronting and even committing voter fraud. This is Alinsky’s end-justifies-means morality in action. Whatever it takes to win the revolution.

Obama needs more agitators, so he’s set up these camps to train them.

ACORN has the minority communities covered, while the camps are churning out mostly coed organizers. The Chicago program has already trained some 2,000 agitators to go back to their college campuses and reproduce more Obama clones.

No campaign has been successful at mobilizing students to vote en masse. But Obama hired the founder of MTV’s Rock the Vote to organize students and train them to use Alinsky tactics on campuses in battleground states.

They have been training these students since the primaries. They in turn are registering fellow students in droves to vote, while creating massive phone banks to help get out the vote on Election Day. Meanwhile, ACORN is registering thousands of minorities to vote in key states.

Such potential new voters don’t show up in the national polls of “likely voters,” which show a relatively tight race, because they’ve never voted and don’t show on past rolls.

If they turn out at the polls on Nov. 4, it could translate into a landslide for Obama.

If he can garner better than 50% of the popular vote, he can claim a mandate for his radical agenda.

What’s more, all these first-time minority and student voters wouldn’t vote for just Obama. They’d also more than likely vote down-ballot for other Democrats, padding their majorities in Congress.

If Democrats score supermajorities, filibuster-proofing the Senate, Obama could get most of his agenda rammed through in the first 100 days, surely in the first two years, before Americans could get a chance to check Democrat power in the midterm election of 2010.

How much damage could they do? Well, look at how much damage the Clintonistas did. We’re now seeing the financial fruits of their social experiment to apply affirmative action to the lending business. Obama plans to conduct a far more radical social experiment.

Few during this long campaign have wanted to talk about Obama’s days as a community organizer or his ties to radicals, because they didn’t want to raise the S word. Well, guess what? The avoidance has given him license to apply his organizing skills on a mass scale.

It made the difference in the primaries when he beat the Clinton machine, and it may now make the difference in the general election.

Not calling attention to Alinsky and the other socialists behind the Obama movement has even allowed creation of camps to indoctrinate American youth.

If John McCain hopes to win, he’ll have to act as ruthlessly as Obama’s campers.

He can start by exposing for voters the socialist underpinnings of community organizing.