October 5, 2008

McCain's Pal Liddy


Liddy has acknowledged preparing to kill someone during the Ellsberg break-in “if necessary”; plotting to murder journalist Jack Anderson; plotting with a “gangland figure” to murder Howard Hunt to stop him from cooperating with investigators; plotting to firebomb the Brookings Institution; and plotting to kidnap “leftist guerillas” at the 1972 Republican National Convention — a plan he outlined to the Nixon administration using terminology borrowed from the Nazis.  — from “Why is the NY Times continuing to ignore McCain’s “own Bill Ayers”?”  (Media Matters)

With the McCain campaign going 100% negative and Palin — with an assist from the NYT — playing the racist Obama-as-terrorist card yesterday, a counteroffensive by Obama surrogates and the larger left is picking up steam in the “two can play the guilt-by-association” game.

(Of course, The BAG is expecting all kinds of new visual material to come out of the woodwork.)

The nets are already targeting, and demanding for equal time, regarding McCain’s connections to Charles Keating and The Keating Five, John Singlaub, Richard Quinn and John Hagee.  As Media Matters elaborates, though, the best comparison to the flimsy ties between Obama and Ayers is the much more tangible connection between McCain and G. Gordon Liddy.  Besides his own domestic terrorist credential above, Liddy has consistently raised money for McCain who he had on his radio show in May.  McCain, in fact, has publicly endorsed Liddy’s character.

If one understands anything from reading this site, it’s that character is revealed in all kinds of ways.  For example, check out this undated shot taken of and for Liddy on a visit to Iraq.  In it, Liddy and an unidentified American officer are posing — mouths stuffed — with various Iraqi soldiers.  The title of the shot says it all:

“G-man noshes on the head of a sheep.”

… And then, I’m also wondering if, 100 years from now, the most popular 43rd U.S. President trivia question might turn out to be:  Who introduced ketchup to Iraq?

(image: Gordon Liddy)

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