What is John McCain up to?
It’s 2:34 a.m. as I write this. I just finished doing some reading for school, and thought I’d check out some of the political Web sites before turning in. Sometimes, the most intriguing stories and commentaries are posted the earliest. All in all, I’m glad I checked, as I like a good mystery.
This was posted on Jonathan Martin’s blog at Politico.com:
October 08, 2008
McCain McCain camp making news in the morning
On what, they won’t say.
“We’ll have something to talk about,” is all a campaign aide would allow.
Check back again in this space or over on our front-page in the morning.By Jonathan Martin 11:45 PM
If I had to guess, it’s a new economic package or a flat-tax plan or something else most people will perceive as anti-climactic. Perhaps the Arizona senator has gone past planning to buy troubled loans and now would like to use taxpayer money to buy up meat and produce before they spoil.
Obviously, I’m joking. McCain said yesterday that he wanted to start getting aggressive–apparently, he didn’t feel comfortable doing so in a town hall-type setting?–and perhaps this is an effort to do just that. Sarah Palin has already been stepping up talk of Barack Obama’s association with William Ayers and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Maybe now, McCain will start to hit Obama a little harder. Or, perhaps he’s announcing some cabinet picks.
Well, whatever it is, I’m off to sleep. I hope the news coming from the McCain-Palin camp in a few hours’ time is something fun.
Well, sure enough, it’s essentially an official acknowledgment of Obama’s relationship with William Ayers. As Politico’s Andy Barr and Jonathan Martin report, the “news” this morning was the launching of a new Web advertisement showing how Obama has attempted to hide that relationship.
It’s a little anti-climactic, I guess, considering that Palin has been attacking Obama on Ayers for about a week now, and that the American public has known about Obama’s connection with Ayers for about a year, if not more. Still, it is a start. The Web advertisements (click HERE for a link to all of them) have proven to be effective, and end up reaching more people via e-mail and sites like America’s Right than many of the targeted cable television ads. Hopefully, with three weeks until Election Day, this is the beginning of a trend which will increasingly put pressure on the Illinois senator.
McCain is indeed starting to hit harder on Ayers. As the Washington Times reported yesterday, the McCain campaign has released a statement from John Murtaugh, a New York attorney and Yonkers city council member who, as a child, remembered his house being firebombed by Ayers’ Weather Underground domestic terrorist group. “Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family,” the statement says in part, as Murtaugh’s father was a judge who presided over a trial involving members of the Black Panther Party.
So, without further ado … I give you the “news” of the morning: