A stupid move, especially for a guy with ties to domestic terrorists, anti-American pastors, and a wife that hasn’t been proud of America in her adult life. Which is going to be more effective? A claim that even TNR admits is unfair, or the association of Obama with an unrepentant terrorist?
As for Obama’s attack ad, Politifact notes just how much of a pass Reed got. While never charged criminally, Reed was named 197 times in the report, was tied to Abramoff multiple times, and was “plagued by scandal as a result”. That’s quid pro quo?
Anywho, Team McCain is jumping at the opportunty:
“Barack Obama’s ad is ridiculous. Because of John McCain, corruption was exposed and people like Jack Abramoff went to jail.
“However, if Barack Obama wants to have a discussion about truly questionable associations, let’s start with his relationship with the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, at whose home Obama’s political career was reportedly launched. Mr. Ayers was a leader of the Weather Underground, a terrorist group responsible for countless bombings against targets including the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and numerous police stations, courthouses and banks. In recent years, Mr. Ayers has stated, ‘I don’t regret setting bombs … I feel we didn’t do enough.’
“The question now is, will Barack Obama immediately call on the University of Illinois to release all of the records they are currently withholding to shed further light on Senator Obama’s relationship with this unrepentant terrorist?” –McCain spokesman Brian Rogers
Like I said, stupid move on Obama’s part.