On the YouTubes

5 Oct

I wholeheartedly agree with the gentleman at the end of this video:


In the law, we call it “opening the door” – if, for instance, you try to introduce evidence that you have a very good character, you have opened the door to your opponent introducing evidence that you have a very bad character. (Generally, character evidence is inadmissible). By going on the attack against Obama for his guilt-by-association with people such as Bill Ayers and the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, McCain and Palin have swung open the door for people to bring up their own problematic associations, past and present.

Such as:


Of course, the charge that Obama “is palling around with terrorists” is patently false:


Finally, the Obama campaign launches a pre-emptive strike against the coming onslaught of false and inflammatory McCain negative ads:


6 Responses to “On the YouTubes”

  1. Joe Blow October 5, 2008 at 7:19 pm #

    The question remains, what will be the response of the Obama campaign?

    1. Come out swinging, going for the jugular regarding McCain’s involvement with The Keating 5 and McCain’s own history of questionable “associates”?

    2. Tepid, Dukakis-like response that McCain is trying to “change the subject”?

    Bill Clinton was the only Democratic presidential candidate that knew how to react to the Lee Atwater/Karl Rove/Roger Stone etc. bag of dirty tricks. It is a fatal flaw of my Democratic party on the national level. This is an area where the Democrats could use the Steve Pigeons of the world.

  2. STEEL October 6, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    It is odd that McCain is taking this track knowing that Obama has kept Keating 5 in the bag.

    With the current financial crisis ravaging the world now it would have been quite relevant for Obama to inject McCain’s role in that $500B scandal (and by the way $500B was a lot more money back then than $700B is now.) To Obama’s credit he did not inject that history into the campaign. McCain has now opened himself up to a fire storm.

    How can McCain stand in front of the people with the problems we now have and ask the people to forget about his Keating 5 episode?

  3. mike October 6, 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    So where is hank on all this?

  4. The Humanist October 6, 2008 at 12:27 pm #

    Which is the more relevant, damaging connection?

    Obama/Ayers: the former Weather Underground member hosted one fundraiser for Obama in his house 13 years ago. He also sat on a few boards with Obama (along with dozens of other influential Chicagoans). Ayers committed his acts of terrorism around the time Obama was finishing the second grade. There is no evidence that Ayers and Obama have any sort of personal relationship or that Ayers has influenced or advised Obama at all; in fact, Obama has repeatedly denounced the actions of Ayers and the WU.

    McCain/Gramm: As the author of the 1999 Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act that allowed commercial banks to get into investment banking and repealed the Glass-Steagall Act which regulated the financial services industry, then-Senator Phil Gramm set the wheels in motion for the current economic crises. He also was the architect of a 2000 bill that kept regulators’ hands off of “credit default swaps”, the notorious tool that facilitated the bundling and selling of junk subprime mortgages to investors. He’s been the leading proponent of deregulation in financial markets for the past 20 years and was the most prominent champion of giving the banking industry free rein and removing the regulations that kept those institutions honest.

    Phil Gramm was John McCain’s presidential campaign co-chair and top economic advisor, save for a few months where Gramm had to take a powder after being quoted that Americans were being “whiners” about the economy. Gramm is back travelling with the McCain campaign and continues to advise the candidate on economic and financial matters. McCain has not ruled out making Gramm his Treasury Secretary if he’s elected President.

    Oh yeah….in the early 70’s, Gramm tried his hand at being a porn film producer, bankrolling epics like “Truck Stop Women” (tagline: “No Rig Is Too Big For Them To Handle!”), “Beauty Queens” and the politically-themed “White House Madness”

  5. Snarky Snarkmore McSnarkamaphone October 6, 2008 at 1:35 pm #

    Oh yeah….in the early 70’s, Gramm tried his hand at being a porn film producer, bankrolling epics like “Truck Stop Women” (tagline: “No Rig Is Too Big For Them To Handle!”), “Beauty Queens” and the politically-themed “White House Madness”

    This is supposed to be a strike against Gramm? Have you even seen Truck Stop Women? It’s really very good…

  6. The Humanist October 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm #

    @Snarky – I certainly make no comment on the merits of Phil Gramm’s art…I only raise it because it seems strange for a “family values” candidate like McCain (who values families so much, he got two of them), a man of unimpeachable moral character to have, as one of his most senior campaign advisers, a former porn producer. What’s next…the surviving Mitchell Brother to be nominated to head Health and Human Services?

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