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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Bernstein on Liddy-McCain

I'd written about this several months ago, but am glad to see it getting more visibility. Carl Bernstein returns to the disturbing relationship between John McCain and G. Gordon Liddy, and the former's admiration for the latter's "adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great." As Carl asks:
Which of Liddy's "principles and philosophies" was McCain referring to? Liddy's advocacy of break-ins? Firebombings? Assassinations? Kidnappings? Taking target practice with figures nicknamed Bill and Hillary?

During the same period that Bill Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, Gordon Liddy was making plans to firebomb a Washington think tank, assassinate a prominent journalist, undertake the Watergate burglary, break into the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, and kidnap anti-war protesters at the 1972 Republican convention.

Re: Liddy's "continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great:" Did McCain mean to include Liddy's instructions to listeners of his radio show in 1994 (around the time Ayres and Obama were on a board together discussing education programs and other plots) on how to shoot Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agents (aim for the head)?
Seriously. How about some uproar and outrage over McCain's refusal to be candid with the American people about his relationship with a convicted felon and unrepentant terrorist? One whose support, we should remember, Sen. McCain actively sought.

In any case, if you were looking for some sort of objective understanding of John McCain's cowardice in not bringing up the mud slung at his rallies when face to face with the man he's smearing, this should help. It's probably not a subject he wants to get backed up against the wall on by Obama. Not with tens of millions of Americans watching.

And oh yeah, he's neither courageous enough nor principled enough to do so, even if it wouldn't blow up in his face.

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