Monday, October 06, 2008

Palin Finally Takes the Gloves Off

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Sarah Palin should have been unleashed weeks ago but the McCain campaign bigwigs held her under wraps. They've taken the high road for the majority of the campaign but now know that's just not working.

This weekend began the nasty part of the campaign and the 'Cuda went for the jugular:

Sarah Palin defended her claim that Barack Obama "pals around with terrorists," saying the Democratic presidential nominee's association with a 1960s radical is an issue that is "fair to talk about."

Obama has denounced the radical views and actions of Bill Ayers, a founder of the violent Weather Underground group during the Vietnam era. On Sunday, Obama dismissed the criticism from the McCain campaign, leveled by Palin, as "smears" meant to distract voters from real problems such as the troubled economy.

Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate, launched the attack Saturday and repeated it Sunday, signaling a new strategy by John McCain's presidential campaign to go after Obama's character.
That should be Obama's lack of character but I digress. Note the headline, Palin doesn't have to defend any comments, she made them, they're true, case closed. Charles has more here.

The door is now open, Obama has indicated that he will go after McCain on the Keating 5 scandal so he is now open for attacks that spotlight: Jeremiah Wright, Father Pfleger, Fannie Mae, Tony Rezko and the myriad other shady scandals The One has been associated with. It seems like McCain has a lot more to work with than does Obama. Keating 5 versus Rezko, Wright and Ayers? I like the Maverick's chances with that.

Using Palin for this is a good strategy, she can call out Obama for his association with Ayers but do it with a twinkle in her eye and without sounding shrill like Hillary, a nice talent. The media were forced to respond this weekend but in true MSM fashion wrote it off as no big deal. When the possible next President of the US has a known friendship with a man who bombed the Pentagon and police stations and is unrepentant, it's a big deal even if they don't think so.

The Wright story has been widely reported but that was during the primaries and most people were paying little attention. Bring it out and hammer it daily, especially Wright's "God damn America!" outburst. Make the Rezko story the subject of an entire speech explaining exactly what the issues are.

McCain is in trouble due to a poor campaign to this point. With twenty nine days left, it's crunch time and it's time for serious hardball. Get ready, the race card is about to be whipped out as often as possible as that is Obama's only defense, but it won't affect the 'Cuda. Palin has withstood a media beating that would rival Balboa in the first Rocky. Still she gets up and fights throwing haymakers and keeping Apollo Obama on the ropes.

I'm not sure McCain has the heart to hang but I know that Palin's spine is steely.

Update: The entire devastating Hannity show on Obama's oily associations aired last night on Fox News can be found at You Tube.

Update: Nothing to see here, move along...

Update: More of this please:

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