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Monday, October 6, 2008

Obama bringing up the past to hit McCain

What's Obama going after McCain on? Oh, not much, really. Just a 20 year old story where John McCain was basically cleared of the charges:

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) on Monday is launching a multimedia campaign to draw attention to the involvement of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the “Keating Five” savings-and-loan scandal of 1989-91, which blemished McCain’s public image and set him on his course as a self-styled reformer.

Pushing back against what it calls McCain's “guilt-by-association” tactics, the Obama campaign overnight began e-mailing millions of supporters a link to a website, KeatingEconomics.com, which will have a 13-minute documentary on the scandal beginning at noon Eastern time on Monday. The e-mails urge recipients to pass the link on to friends.

The Obama campaign, including its surrogates appearing on radio and television, will argue that the deregulatory fervor that caused massive, cascading savings-and-loan collapses in the late ‘80s was pursued by McCain throughout his career, and helped cause the current credit crisis.

This is a dead end in terms of an attack. John McCain was one of five senators involved in the Keating scandal. Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini, Donald Riegle, John Glenn, and John McCain were the senators involved. Both Glenn and McCain were reprimanded for their poor judgment. The other three didn't win reelection after that scandal. And Obama has no problem using surrogates for the attack especially when you use someone from that scandal. Yes, Obama is using John Glenn. Funny choice there if he were trying to remind people of the scandal. One would think he'd take one of the ones actually found guilty of wrongdoing by the Senate Ethics committee. No, instead this clueless rube chooses someone who is basically clean.

See, if John McCain and John Glenn were basically cleared of any wrongdoing, which they were, but Obama paints a picture of McCain's bad judgment, then Glenn also shares that, and it makes him a poor surrogate to go on the attack. In choosing John Glenn, he's using a guy who is no dirtier than John McCain, especially with regard to this scandal. Obama needs to drop this line of attack on McCain. Not only is the story old news -- and the scandal was one of the reinforcing points about McCain's reformist attitude -- but he's using surrogates who were found to be as clean as McCain when the investigation was done.

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