McCain urged to attack Obama on cultural issues

10/09/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Although some Democratic Party strategists now say Barack Obama may win easily in the Electoral College on Election Day, there is plenty of evidence to indicate that it is far too soon for such lofty predictions.

John McCain;s campaign has been pushing Obama's connection to Bill Ayres for the past week, and today it unveiled a web ad linking the two. Ayres is referred to as a terrorist throughout the ad, which talks about his "friendship" with Obama.

Elements of the conservative right are demanding that John McCain rip Obama up and down over culture.

In an essay published in the American Spectator, called, “It’s the Culture, Stupid”, writer Quin Hillyer says John McCain should forget trying to argue about the economy with Barack Obama, and go straight to cultural issues.

“The way to undermine Obama's apparent (if unearned) credibility on the economy is to undermine his credibility, period. Make Obama's worldview in general anathema, and you make his economic worldview anathema. And the way to do that is to place Obama outside the common culture, while rooting McCain firmly within it," Hillyer says.

MNF spoke with Hillyer about his piece.

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McCain pals with racists?

Facts for consideration: McCain palled around bigots and segregationists Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond, they served for decades together in the Senate, were committee members together, traveled to events together, fund raised together. They were friends. Thurmond ran for president on a platform of maintaining segregation. Thurmond didn't see blacks as full Americans. Thurmond conducted the longest filibuster in Senate history in opposition to the Civil Rights Act. Thurmond said, "I want to tell you that there's not enough troops in the Army to force the Southern people to break down segregation and admit the Negro race into our theaters, into our swimming pools, into our homes and into our churches." Helms held a strong racist streak that articulated his politics and almost all of his political campaigns - they were racialized in the most negative ways. Helms, in North Carolina, encouraged massive resistance to integration and referred to the University of North Carolina as the “University of Negroes and Communists” suggesting that walls be erected around the UNC campus to prevent enlightened thinking from “infecting” the rest of North Carolina. Helms spouted, “Crime rates and irresponsibility among Negroes are a fact of life which must be faced.” Helms said that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a communist dupe and refused, even decades after King’s death, to honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner. McCain's great-great grandfather William Alexander McCain owned a plantation and 52 slaves in Carroll County, Miss. Would it be appropriate to insinuate that McCain is a racist, a bigot, a segregationist just because of his decades long association, his decades long service with, his decades long friendship with known racists, bigots, segregationists? No. But that doesn't stop the McCain/Palin ticket, surrogates, and supporters from suggesting that Obama may be a terrorist because of a far more tenuous association with a former radical. McCain served on an advisory board of a group linked to ultra-right-wing death squads, promotion of pro-Nazi groups, and dissemination of anti-Semitic virulence. Does that make McCain a Nazi loving, Jew hating, friend of murderers? No. But I bet I hear the link between Obama and Ayers exploited by McCain and Palin within minutes of turning on my television today. Can I create a post linking Sarah and Todd Palin to Nazi groups? Sure, but it wouldn't necessarily mean that Sarah and Todd Palin hate Blacks, Jews, Gays and Lesbians, would it?