No More Mr. Nice Guy

The McCain camp says it is going to get tough on Barack Obama during the last month of the campaign. Well, I certainly hope so: if they’ve been waiting for someone else to do it–reporters, say–that hasn’t worked out so well. Realistically, the only ones who can bring public attention to Obama’s weaknesses are John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Which is why Palin told a group in Colorado today that Obama doesn’t view America the same way they do:

Our opponent, though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect, imperfect enough that he’s palling around with terrorists who would rather target their own country. Americans need to know this. … We gotta start telling people what the other side represents.

That is, I think, a harsh but fair assessment. You can see the Fox News report here.

The Associated Press ran interference for Obama, as usual:

Obama, who was a child when the group was active, has denounced Ayers’ radical views and activities.

While it is known that Obama and Ayers live in the same Chicago neighborhood, served on a charity board together and had a fleeting political connection, it’s a stretch of any reading of the public record to say the pair ever palled around. And it’s simply wrong to suggest that they were associated while Ayers was committing terrorist acts.

Those aren’t facts, those are the Obama campaign’s talking points. But no one is going to hear anything else unless McCain and Palin start taking their message straight to the American people.

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