Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

PA GOP: Obama a Terrorist’s Best Friend

And the GOP hits absolutely rock bottom. On the heels of polling putting Obama’s PA lead at 10,

Political Wire got an advance look at a new West Chester University/NPR poll in Pennsylvania that shows Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 52% to 42%, in the key battleground state.

the PA GOP has put out a press release scraping the bottom of the barrel.

The stunning press release (including stunned reaction):

I’ve been writing about political campaigns for more than a quarter-century now, and it really takes a lot to surprise me, but I am absolutely stunned at the depths that the Republican Party is willing to sink to try in win this election, even as polls are beginning to suggest it may be a lost cause for John McCain and Sarah Palin. At 9:29 p.m., I received in an email the sleaziest political press release I’ve ever seen. It came from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania and it’s headlined: “PAGOP: OBAMA – A TERRORIST’S BEST FRIEND.”

The text of the release, while spewing the usual nonsense doesn’t really even address the incendiary headline:

HARRISBURG – Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Robert A. Gleason, Jr. released the following statement regarding Barack Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers, a terrorist who helped found a group called the Weather Underground. The Weather Underground is a left-wing extremist group that was responsible for bombing both the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in the 70’s. The group was also responsible for a pipe bomb that killed a San Francisco police officer in 1970.

“Barack Obama’s association with terrorist Bill Ayers is alarming and absolutely deserves to be questioned,” Gleason said. “We are electing someone to be our next Commander-in-Chief and I think it is more than fair to look into their background. The Obama Campaign admitted that Obama and Ayers were ‘certainly friendly’ and that says a lot about Barack Obama’s character. Ayers’ is a terrorist, and there is no denying that the group he founded attacked our country and killed innocent Americans.

“Obama claims that he didn’t know about Ayers background as a terrorist, but I find that hard to believe. Ayers past is well known and he has been quoted in numerous articles, including in The New York Times where he said that he thought he didn’t do enough and wishes that he would have set off more bombs. What does it say about the character of Barack Obama that he knowingly associates with terrorists? It tells me that Obama lacks the judgment and character to be our next Commander-in-Chief.”

Will Bunch sums it up quite nicely:

Seriously, this is the kind of crap that people usually put on people’s car windshields at 3 in the morning, unsigned in crude block letters. The fact that the Republican Party of Pennsylvania would put this out on its official letterhead is truly a rock bottom moment in American politics. It makes me wonder what the Republican Party has to hide if they are this desperate to try to cling to power at all costs to their dignity and humanity.

Just how much more pathetic can these folks get?


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  1. I’m shocked, SHOCKED I say!

    Comment by dansac | October 7, 2008 | Reply

  2. Well, apparently Sean Hannity aired a show on Fox News called “Obama & Friends: The History of Radicalism.” To say it’s getting ugly is an understatement.

    But, one thing is worse: this endagers Obama’s life. Yesterday, as McCain asked “Who is Barack Obama, really?” someone called him a terrorist and McCain looked perplex and then smiled sheepishly. Also, too, (sorry I couldn’t help myself), a man yelled out “kill him” at a Palin event, which did not receive a reaction.

    I think that someone in the media needs to point out how dangerous that is. This man has a wife and two little girls.

    Comment by Suzie Q (not the blogger) | October 7, 2008 | Reply

  3. This is disgusting and ridiculously low.

    Comment by dragonmage06 | October 7, 2008 | Reply

  4. […] around” with tons of other students and charity workers).  The Pennsylvania GOP (where Obama is up about 10 points) has put out a press release saying that Obama was “a terrorist’s best […]

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  5. Well, since I live in Pennsylvania I am not shocked. But will need to send a letter of protest to my Republican congressman Jim Gerlach. We haven’t worked as hard as we did two years ago to replace him this time around, but maybe we can just sweep him out with the Obama landslide.

    Comment by Rebekah Ray | October 10, 2008 | Reply

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