Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Bill Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, John McCain connection.
Oh, I can't help myself: With Republicans lathered up over Barack Obama's very sporadic proximity to Bill Ayers and Rashid Khalidi, isn't it about time that someone pointed out what Ayers and Khalidi have in common — and the shocking connection that John McCain has as well? Let's see if we can't replicate the kind of silly guilt-by-association linkage that excites the right. Here goes:
Beacon Press has published controversial books by both Ayers and Khalidi. The press, which got into a rather famous fight with Richard Nixon, is owned by the Unitarian Universalist Association, which is an unrepentantly liberal religion. (Its ministers, for example, overwhelmingly cast their ballots to the left of the Republican party.) And Khalidi was the keynote speaker at the Association's annual General Assembly in 2007.
But here's where it gets fun: Who else has cavorted with this far-left, outrageous denomination that has published books by people the McCain campaign deems "terrorists" and "anti-Semites"? Whose best man was a member of that very same nefarious religion? Why, none other than John McCain. How disappointing.
McCain addressed the UUA General Assembly in Phoenix in 1997, the last national officeholder I recall hearing speak at a GA. (John Kerry, notably, did not address the 2003 General Assembly, even though it was in Boston, the UUA's headquarters.) The best man at McCain's 1980 wedding to Cindy Hensley was Senator William S. Cohen, the Unitarian Universalist from Maine who later served as secretary of defense for Bill Clinton. I am shocked, SHOCKED, that McCain's unconscionable fraternization with these known liberals and sympathizers with people like Ayers and Khalidi did not come up during the GOP primaries. Does the man have no shame?
Copyright © 2008 by Philocrites | Posted 30 October 2008 at 10:14 PM