"The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing."


Glenn Reynolds:

Barack Obama:
"Impossible to transcend."

Albert A. Gore, Jr.:
"An incontinent brute."

Rev. Jeremiah Wright:
"God damn the Gentleman Farmer."

Friends of GF's Sons:
"Is that really your dad?"

Kickball Girl:
"Keeping 'em alive until 7:45."

Hired Hand:
"I think . . . we forgot the pheasant."

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Right as Always

Charles Krauthammer:
Obama’s political career was launched with Ayers giving him a fundraiser in his living room. If a Republican candidate had launched his political career at the home of an abortion-clinic bomber — even a repentant one — he would not have been able to run for dogcatcher in Podunk. And Ayers shows no remorse. His only regret is that he “didn’t do enough.”

Why are these associations important? Do I think Obama is as corrupt as Rezko? Or shares Wright’s angry racism or Ayers’ unreconstructed 1960s radicalism?

No. But that does not make these associations irrelevant. They tell us two important things about Obama.

First, his cynicism and ruthlessness. He found these men useful, and use them he did. Would you attend a church whose pastor was spreading racial animosity from the pulpit? Would you even shake hands with — let alone serve on two boards with — an unrepentant terrorist, whether he bombed U.S. military installations or abortion clinics?

Most Americans would not, on the grounds of sheer indecency. Yet Obama did, if not out of conviction then out of expediency. He was a young man on the make, an unknown outsider working his way into Chicago politics. He played the game with everyone, without qualms and with obvious success.


Second, and even more disturbing than the cynicism, is the window these associations give on Obama’s core beliefs. He doesn’t share Rev. Wright’s poisonous views of race nor Ayers’ views, past and present, about the evil that is American society. But Obama clearly did not consider these views beyond the pale. For many years he swam easily and without protest in that fetid pond.

Until now. Today, on the threshold of the presidency, Obama concedes the odiousness of these associations, which is why he has severed them. But for the years in which he sat in Wright’s pews and shared common purpose on boards with Ayers, Obama considered them a legitimate, indeed unremarkable, part of social discourse.

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Comments on "Right as Always"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:06 PM) : 

can't wait to read his piece on mccain and g. gordon liddy


Blogger Gentleman Farmer said ... (8:10 AM) : 

Me neither. Have they ever met?

Liddy was an expert in political dirty tricks, and an energetic and florid self-promoter. I see now that he's selling gold in infomercials.

In the "political dirty trick" department, he was a piker compared to Barry's financing of the criminal activities of ACORN, and with illegal campaign contributions to boot. A two-fer! Of course, it's all in the cause of a Higher Good. Something he no doubt learned from Bill Ayers.


Anonymous 'chesty' said ... (6:50 PM) : 

1970s - Liddy a member of CRP; hatches schemes to bomb the brookings institution and kidnap antiwar activists; coordinated the watergate break-ins; given a 20 year prison sentence; pardoned by Jimmy Carter

1980 - Liddy's autobiography released where he acknowledges at one point he plotted to kill Jack Anderson

August 26, 1994 - Liddy tells his radio listeners: "Now if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms. Go for a head shot; they're going to be wearing bulletproof vests." ... "They've got a big target on there, ATF. Don't shoot at that, because they've got a vest on underneath that. Head shots, head shots.... Kill the sons of bitches."

September 15, 1994 - Liddy tells his radio listeners: "If the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms insists upon a firefight, give them a firefight. Just remember, they're wearing flak jackets and you're better off shooting for the head."

November 2007 - John McCain appears on Liddy's show, telling him "I'm proud of you, I'm proud of your family... It's always a pleasure for me to come on your program, Gordon, and congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great."

but it doesn't matter. because McCain telling Liddy he represents the "philosophies that keep our nation great" doesn't mean McCain supports bombing domestic think tanks, assassinating journalists, or resurrecting burglary as a political tool. nor does obama accepting support from ayers mean he's a fan or domestic terrorism. none of this is worthwhile political discourse, nor is any of it going to help solve our country's problems.


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