Drumbeat One: Rezko linked to Obama by AP
In a story titled "People Who Might Complicate Obama's Campaign," Christopher Wills struck the first blow the Main$stream Corporate Media will doubtless turn into a pantheon against the presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee.
Wills' story begins this way:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Who's Tony Rezko? William Ayers? Few Americans know, but they probably will by Election Day.
Rezko is a Chicago businessman, convicted of more than a dozen charges this week. Ayers is a professor — and former member of the radical Weather Underground. Both have ties to Barack Obama and may well show up in anti-Obama ads you'll be seeing before long.
These days, presidential candidates can expect to have every personal relationship, new or ancient, inspected like a crime scene on "CSI." Then, if there's political hay to be made, a version of the details is quickly out.
In the time-honored "Fair and Balanced" fashion, Wills adds that John McCain has "problematic people" in his past and his organization. But that's not the focus of this story, so it's elided. Wills generously gives it a summary graf:
Republican John McCain has his own potential problem people whom Democrats may try to exploit. In some cases, they have been for years.
For example, there's Charles Keating Jr., a wealthy savings and loan executive from Arizona who was the focus of a congressional ethics investigation in which McCain was ensnared in the 1980s. Rick Davis and Charlie Black, two men in the inner circle of McCain's campaign, are former lobbyists — hardly a crime but still fodder for critics who want to undermine McCain's self-portrayal as a senator fighting to lessen big money's influence on politics.
So both parties will be researching — and putting the worst face on what they find.
The next 26 grafs focus on potential problematic associates of Obama, ranging from the pastor who performed his wedding to the bride he married there.
So it begins. Edwards' and Clinton's suspended campaigns notwithstanding, the lack of vetting the DNC has done this year will bring us the media's best efforts at creating another debacle a la Kerry and Gore to prop up the faltering "superiority" of the GOP.
And damn it all to hell, why did John McCain not do a Lieberman after the Bush ambush in South Carolina in 2000?
He was then younger, a bit wilder, a lot less heavily identified with the failures of the GOP. Had he chosen to become an "independent Republican" instead of merely hanging onto the tattered remnants of his 'maverick' rep, he might well be the sort of alternative the country, too long at the mercy of the moneyed minions of the corporate nonpersons, needs.
Alas, he chose to cast his lot with the utterly corrupt -- albeit, out of fairness, one must admit he may still have thought Bush would implode on stage as well as in reality (how many thousand times in the last seven and a half years have we, the people, thought, "GOTCHA at last, you worthless back-stabbing son of a ..." in re the latest of W's spectacular effing-ups?) and so, aided and abetted by the likes of Phil Gramm, he walks in the image of the Cheney/Bush presidency.
Sorry, John. I wish I could do better by you.
But I've had my heart handed to me too damn many times in politics, and after what happened with the Democratic Party this month, it's all I can do not to throw up at the idea of voting.