Senator Obama is clueless. His inept response to the George Stephanopoulos question about his relationship with William Ayers, unrepentant terrorist, raises legitimate questions about his ability to deal with the likes of foreign bullies, like Iran’s Ahmadinejad. You cringe watching Barack insisting that he barely knows Ayers and their contact is incidental:
Nonsense! William Ayers is not just some guy who lives in Barack’s congressional district. He helped Barack organize his run against State Senator Alice Palmer. Ayers raised money for Barack. Ayers contributed money to Barack. And Bill Ayers and Barack Obama sat side-by-side as paid board members of the Woods Fund. So don’t treat us like we are morons. We are not saying you are guilty because you knew him. We are questioning your judgment because you had more than a passing relationship with him.
But there is a theme here.
The same can be said of Barack’s relationship with his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. The “reverend” who asks God to damn America is a man Barack calls “uncle.” And I do not mean, Uncle Tom. Then there is Tony Rezko, indicted slumlord and influence peddler. Barack asked him for help in buying his Chicago mansion. What about Rashid Khalidi? The former PLO press flack and Palestinian activist. This was more than an incidental acquaintance. In fact, Barack and Ayers helped secure grants from the Woods Fund for Khalidi.
Ayers, Wright, Rezko, and Khalidi are not mainstream folks. Their politics are radical or, in the case of Rezko, his ethics are sleazy. And Barack has maintained close relationships with all four. The Republican 527s understand this point and will savage Barack with it in the fall. His whining, bitching, and crying will not save him the attacks. The attacks will come. And he is unprepared to rebut these attacks because there is no defense for hanging out and doing business with an unrepentant terrorist. There is no defense for having as your chief spiritual leader a man who curses America, blames whites for AIDS, insults Italian (garlic nosed) Americans, and verbally assails Jews. There is no defense for having regular lunches and getting a sweetheart real estate deal from a man on trial for federal corruption charges.
Why does Barack make so many wrong choices? He has no problem hanging out with men of questionable character. He has no qualms about taking their advice or their money. Yet, when it came to honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, a reverend who preached and lived and died on the message of peace and reconciliation, Barack was missing in action. Barack chose not to go to Memphis to honor the fortieth anniversary of the murder of Dr. King. Cornel West, an Obama supporter noted his disappointment.
There is no denying Barack’s talent at delivering a scripted message. But he has not shown the courage of conviction in linking himself to the legacy of Dr. King. His minister of choice is Jeremiah Wright. Where Dr. King challenged Americans to lift their eyes to lofty heights and dream of a society that judges men and women by the content of their character, Dr. Wright preaches a message of hate and entitlement based on separating whites from blacks. Dr. King sacrificed his life to achieve integration. Dr. Wright has wasted his life encouraging segregation. And who did Barack choose?
The Republicans don’t have to make up a thing come the fall. If they can morph the image of Senator Max Cleland into the face of Osama Bin Laden–an accusation without foundation or a shred of truth–what do you think they will do with the real ammunition that Barack’s careless associations has provided? If you think they’ll leave Barack the golden child alone I have a bridge to sell you.