Now that the campaign season is at its end, it's the last opportunity for each candidate to unleash attacks on his opponent. McCain's attack was an attempt to build on Obama's connections to despised men like Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers. This time, the McCain campaign is shifting its focus to an alleged connection between Obama and Rashid Khalidi. So, who is Rashid Khalidi? Khalidi is a modern Arab studies professor at Columbia who has been accused of having connections to the PLO. The allegation relating to Obama is that McCain is accusing the L.A. Times of withholding a videotape of Obama speaking at a banquet for Khalidi. Such a tape, McCain hopes, would suggest that Obama is either anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, or related to a terrorist organization. But there's a huge flaw in the plan: McCain has done more for Khalidi than Obama has done. As it turns out, in the late 90's, the International Republican Institute, a group chaired by McCain, gave thousands of dollars in donations to the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, a group founded by Khalidi. I guess campaigning is easier when you don't let pesky little things like facts and reality get in the way.
If you would like to see the tax form proving that McCain's organization made this donation, a copy is available here.
A spokesman for McCain appeared on CNN to defend the Republican candidate's actions, but he ended up getting pwned by Rick Sanchez. Here's the clip. (It gets funny at about 5 minutes in.)
Sarah Palin made her gaffe earlier today. While giving a speech in Pennsylvania, she said, "...And I am thrilled to be here in the home state of the world champion Philadelphia Phillies." I'll admit that this doesn't look like a gaffe upon first glance. After all, the Phillies just won the World Series. It's not like she mistakenly said that the Tampa Bay Rays won. However, she did make a mistake that caused the audience to boo her following her comment, specifically that she said it in Erie, Pennsylvania, a city located in western Pennsylvania. Unbeknownst to Palin, the region with the most Phillies fans is eastern Pennsylvania. In the western part of the state, more people are fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates. And in some areas, the team of choice is the Cleveland Indians. Not only that, but Erie itself is home to the Erie Seawolves, a minor league affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. With this in mind, mentioning how proud she was of a rival team was not a great idea. I know that this won't affect the election, but that doesn't mean that Palin knew what she was talking about.
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