McCain to Biden: Too early to celebrate
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He never did. This rankles some McCain supporters who think the "be calm" coaching they say he's receiving is wrongheaded in light of the trajectory of the polls.
"The only way John McCain can stop the bleeding is to get mad like I did last week with Barney Frank, who refused to take any responsibility for the meltdown of the government mortgage agencies even though Frank's job is to oversee them," Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wrote in Tuesday's "talking points" memo.
"As a citizen, I'm furious that I and other honest Americans are being punished by the incompetency of Mr. Frank and a number of other politicians, including Republicans, who are supposed to be looking out for us," O'Reilly wrote.
What McCain did not say on Tuesday night the campaign ad says with O'Reilly-type venom.
"Barack Obama and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Friends. They've worked together for years," the ad begins. "But Obama tries to hide it. Why?"
"Obama launched his political career in Ayers' living room," it continues. "Ayers and Obama ran a radical 'education' foundation, together. They wrote the foundation's by-laws, together. Obama was the foundation's first chairman. Reports say they distributed more than $100 million to ideological allies with no discernible improvement in education."
"When their relationship became an issue, Obama just responded, "This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood." That's it?," the astonished-sounding announcer asks.
The ad goes on to say the relationship between Obama and Ayers is not the issue. Actually, the ad is a bit stronger calling the relationship a "friendship" and putting the word "terrorist" right before Ayers' name.
Regardless, Palin said the same thing last night. It's all about judgment she said.
"I think the significance here, Greta, is truthfulness and judgment and maybe how that is reflected in other issues and other policy calls," Palin said. "That's why the association there and discussing it I don't think is off-limits."
"The thing that I just encourage people is to judge Barack and judge all of these candidates based on what they do, their actions, their character, what they do in their lives, rather than what somebody did when they were 8 or 6 years old," Obama said.