Smearing Everything Except Her Lipstick

(CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday charged that Sen. John McCain’s campaign is launching “Swift boat-style attacks” on him instead of addressing the country’s problems.

“Sen. McCain and his operatives are gambling that they can distract you with smears rather than talk to you about substance. They’d rather try to tear our campaign down than lift this country up,” Obama said at an event in Asheville, North Carolina.

“That’s what you do when you’re out of touch, out of ideas, and running out of time,” he said.

The comments come a day after Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s running mate, claimed that Obama associated “with terrorists who targeted our own country.”

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“The last four weeks of this election will be about whether the American people are willing to turn our economy and national security over to Barack Obama, a man with little record, questionable judgment, and ties to radical figures like unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds said in a statement.

“Americans need to ask themselves if they’ve ever befriended an unrepentant terrorist, or had a convicted felon help them buy their house — because those aren’t smears, those are true facts about Barack Obama.”


The back-and-forth comes during a weekend of intensified attacks. The McCain campaign has said that it plans to step up attacks on the Democratic presidential candidate with just a month left before the November general election.

Palin on Saturday slammed Obama’s association with former anti-war radical Bill Ayers and accused Obama of associating “with terrorists who targeted their own country.”


Obama campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan called Palin’s comments “offensive” and “not surprising” given the McCain campaign’s statement that “they would be launching Swift boat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation’s economic ills.”

The term “Swift boat” refers to how Swift Boat Veterans for Truth launched attacks against Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 presidential race. Kerry was criticized for not quickly condemning the personal ads.

In a new ad that begins airing Monday, the Obama campaign calls the new McCain campaign attacks a “dishonest, dishonorable assault on Barack Obama”.

The ad tries to paint McCain as “erratic” and “out of touch,” quotes taken from newspaper editorials.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said she found Palin’s attack on Obama “shocking.”

CNN Fact Check:

The Statement: Republican vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin said Saturday, October 4, that Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama is “someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”


The Facts: In making the charge at a fund-raising event in Englewood, Colorado, and a rally in Carson, California, Palin was referring at least in part to William Ayers, a 1960s radical. In both appearances, Palin cited a front-page article in Saturday’s New York Times detailing the working relationship between Obama and Ayers.

In the 1960s, Ayers was a founding member of the radical Weather Underground group that carried out a string of bombings of federal buildings, including the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol, in protest against the Vietnam War. The now-defunct group was labeled a “domestic terrorist group” by the FBI, and Ayers and his wife, Bernadine Dohrn β€” also a Weather Underground member β€” spent 10 years as fugitives in the 1970s. Federal charges against them were dropped due to FBI misconduct in gathering evidence against them, and they resurfaced in 1980. Both Ayers and Dohrn ultimately became university professors in Chicago, with Ayers, 63, now an education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Obama’s Chicago home is in the same neighborhood where Ayers and Dohrn live. Beginning in 1995, Ayers and Obama worked with the non-profit Chicago Annenberg Challenge on a huge school improvement project. […] Also from 1999 through 2001 both were board members on the Woods Fund, a charitable foundation that gave money to various causes, including the Trinity United Church that Obama attended and Northwestern University Law Schools’ Children and Family Justice Center, where Dohrn worked.

CNN’s review of project records found nothing to suggest anything inappropriate in the volunteer projects in which the two men were involved.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt told CNN that after meeting Obama through the Annenberg project, Ayers hosted a campaign event for him that same year when then-Illinois state Sen. Alice Palmer, who planned to run for Congress, introduced the young community organizer as her chosen successor. LaBolt also said the two have not spoken by phone or exchanged e-mail messages since Obama came to the U.S. Senate in 2005 and last met more than a year ago when they encountered each other on the street in their Hyde Park neighborhood.


The McCain campaign did not respond Saturday to a request for elaboration on Palin’s use of the plural “terrorists.”

Verdict: False. There is no indication that Ayers and Obama are now “palling around,” or that they have had an ongoing relationship in the past three years. Also, there is nothing to suggest that Ayers is now involved in terrorist activity or that other Obama associates are.


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16 responses to “Smearing Everything Except Her Lipstick

  1. The lies have just begun. But they didn’t work for Hillary in the end and I pray to Buddha they won’t work for these assholes either.

    Great graphic as usual Nonnie. πŸ˜‰

  2. jlms qkw - jenn

    nonnie: do you know what you did to me? i was waiting in line somewhere, staring at their dvd rack, and imagining politicians with altered titles.

    this one rocks too, love the shadowy bullshit lies & innuendo.

    can i get one of those alien things on my name?

  3. hi dusty! πŸ™‚
    nice to see you again! that pic over at your place is absolutely gorgeous!
    i am sure it is going to get worse. i hope that the american voting public has grown up enough so that they won’t fall for that crap again. i hope it backfires.

  4. jenn,
    welcome to my world. πŸ˜› whenever i see a movie, i think about how i can manipulate it. glad you like this one.
    you can get one of the alien things, i believe, by deleting the avatar you have. the aliens are generated by wordpress.

  5. I put up a new header pic every other day Nonnie. I think most folks just come by for that…lol. πŸ˜‰

    I am trying really hard not to get depressed that the mudslinging has started…The Joe and Jill 12-pack crowd will buy it all…fuΒ’kers.

  6. Got a Grip

    The smear thing scares me in a whole host of ways, chief among them being that they work. Lee Attwater lives on in Rove, Rove lives on in Schmidt, and so on and so on, ad nauseam. We’re about to be treated to Willie Horton on steroids.

    Which brings me to Elizabeth Hasselback. I cannot believe that anyone would allow that idiot to have a forum for her vile spew. I woke up this morning to hear her newest performance on The View. She makes me so angry it actually renders me speechless (and we all know how that is to do).

    As for the Obama campaign, I think they’re not hitting the one thing that ties McCain to the current financial disaster anywhere near hard enough. I’m talking about Phil Gramm, he of the midnight deregulation sleight of hand. It is Gramm that is directly responsible for the current economic crisis, it was his despicable actions that inserted the deregulation clauses in a massive bill during the middle of the night right before the bill was to be voted on, knowing that no one would go back and actually read through hundreds of pages to find what he’d done. It is Phil Gramm that is now McCain’s chief economic advisor and the one who has crafted what passes for McCain’s economic policy. I think they ought to take a hammer to the nail that is Gramm and drive it deep into McCain’s disastrous campaign, like a stake through the heart of a vampire.

  7. What makes me nervous is how many truly dumb voters are out there. McCain and Palin should be laughed out of the country, yet there they are with their percentages and poop and ‘energized’ base.

    Perhaps we should reinstate the literacy and Constitution tests as qualifications for voting–this time for white folks.

    I’m going nuts.

  8. dusty,
    i am not so sure of 2 things–first, that people go over to your blog only for the header pic (i love mr. bubble! πŸ˜† ),and second, that joe and jill (joe and jill? maybe we need to change that!) sixpack are going to fall for this $hit again. i think that the majority of them have seen the light after 8 disastrous years of chimpy sixpack. i think the obama campaign has to keep telling people that they are too smart to fall for that crap again. people respond to flattery. treat them like they are smarter, and you just might be pleasantly surprised.

  9. gotta,
    ms hasselback is a moron, plain and simple. she watches faux news or listens to rush limpdick and repeats what she hears. she has her little index cards just like princess sarah.
    i think that you are 100% correct. obama should bring up capt u’s present close relationships, especially with gramm and all the lobbyists. connect capt u and gramm with deregulation at every turn. let the bloggers take care of princess sarah and her lies. when the bloggers go nuts over an issue, the msm reports on it.

  10. lulu maude,
    welcome to the raisin! πŸ˜€ hope you will stop by often.
    i have a simpler solution. instead of testing all the voters, how about we test candidates on the constitution and for literacy before they are allowed to run. princess sarah would never have passed such a test, and capt u is too old to pull all-nighters to study! πŸ˜‰

  11. i cant look at palin without getting nauseous

    can you do a hasselbeck movie!

  12. dcAp,
    i despise her, too. she appeals to the basest instincts of the rethug base.
    i’ve never put hasselback in a movie, because she is such an insignificant person. she is just as vapid as princess sarah. however, if i can think of something particularly vile for her, i will certainly stick her mug in a poster.

  13. Kelly E.

    Tucker Bounds,
    You say the people at the McCain Town Hall Meetings are saying those nasty things because they are frustrated, etc. blah, blah, blah. That is simply so untrue. McCain and Palin literally incite these types of responses in their speeches!! I know that your campaign is desperate, but to go to those extremes to get those types of responses from those types of people who go to a McCain rally is simply dangerous and uncalled for. Then to turn around and blame it on the McCain supporters is ridiculous and, as usual, like all republican tactics, typical to throw the blame anywhere but to who is really at fault–McCain and Palin. Just Thursday, he is saying how we should be scared of Obama, we don’t know him. Friday McCain is saying, “he is a decent man you need not be afraid of” talk about throwing jello to the wall!! Palin’s colors are finally showing as well. The good will prevail and the real truth will come out, most of the American people aren’t as stupid as your campaign and candidates think they are.

  14. hello kelly e!
    welcome to the raisin. πŸ˜€
    amen to all you said. watching what it happening at the capt underpants/princess sarah rallies is frightening, sickening, and unamerican.

  15. Kelly E.

    Thanks for the welcoming, nonnie9999! I like the raisin!!:) I agree with sooo much I’ve read. I too, can’t stand to hear another word uttered by Elizabeth, who should be wearing a t-shirt that reminds us “I was on a reality show, and all I got was a job on The View?” Hasselbeck. Of course she likes Palin, they have alot in common–they are both women who shouldn’t be in the positions they are in! Anyway, like they say, keep fighting the good fight!! Yes We Can!

  16. kelly,
    don’t be formal, call me nonnie. πŸ˜‰ i am very glad that you like it here. i hope you stop by and comment often.
    i can’t stand any of the women surrounding capt underpants. hasseldreck is especially nauseating. she’s not very bright. she reads her talking points and cannot form an argument beyond them.