So, About That Khalidi Tape…

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10/29/2008 5:19 PM |

Tonight Barack Obama will make everyone forget about baseball for five fracking seconds while he chit-chats with the nation about some useful stuff. But whoa hey, look, John McCain, who thinks baseball is more important than issues and doesn’t like having rallies in the rain, is pissed that the Los Angeles Times isn’t releasing a tape that depicts Obama and his wife Michelle carousing at a 2003 party for Rashid Khalidi, a Palestinian-American professor and a critic of Israel.

Whether or not Khalidi was a spokesman for the PLO doesn’t change the fact that Obama has come out and said that he has very different views about Israel. It’s so funny how that works, you know? Friends can sometimes have different ideas! Imagine! Does this make Obama’s vision for our country any less valid? Also, guess what, McCain has ties to Khalidi, too! Why don’t we go ahead and make those nasty associations public, shall we?

McCain also has ties to Khalidi through a
group that Khalidi helped found 15 years ago. The Center for Palestine
Research and Studies has received more than $800,000 from an
organization that McCain chairs.

[...]

Under McCain’s leadership, the IRI gave at least $838,494 to Khalidi’s
group
in 1988 and 1999, according to the IRI’s tax returns.

Ohhhh, there were lots of terrible, terrible individuals at this 2003 party, huh?

On
Wednesday, McCain said 1960s radical Bill Ayers had attended the same
party in 2003. McCain and Palin have criticized Obama for his ties to
Ayers and questioned what the videotape of the party might show.

And now let’s all kowtow and vomit into our hands as Sarah Palin waxes
on about how much she just adores Israel:

“Among other things, Israel was described there as the perpetrator of
terrorism rather than the victim,” Palin said at a rally in Ohio. “What
we don’t know is how Barack Obama responded to these slurs on a country
that he professes to support.”

This is the kind of shit you spew when you know you’re in danger of losing your very own
state of Arizona
. Whoops, won’t THAT be embarrassing. Except it will actually be amazing.

What, exactly, is so biased about this particular blasted liberal media publication McCain hates so much — last April, the Times
published a story about the
banquet Khalidi and Obama attended, and described the video itself
(which they can’t release because they promised the source who provided
the video that they wouldn’t)? Does McCain even care anymore, or does
he just want the opportunity to talk about Nazis and inadvertently
compare Obama’s associations to them?

“What if there was a tape with John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit being
held by some media outlet?” McCain asked in an interview with a Cuban
radio station Wednesday morning. “I think the treatment of the issue
would be slightly different.”

You betcha! I haven’t felt this sick inside over
something in this campaign cycle in quite some time — the McCain camp’s
attempts to stretch the truth are utterly weak sauce see-through-able. Cling-wrap, really. This is a last ditch effort to blatantly manipulate the incredibly strong emotional connection so many
Jews have toward Israel, which I find heinous. And pathetic.

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