>Avoiding the real issue, Palin accuses Obama of being “pals” with terrorists

>The Republican Party is at it again: accusing Sen. Barack Obama of being friends with terrorists. Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin slammed Obama for associating “with terrorists who targeted their own country.”

An excerpt from CNN’s article:

“We see America as the greatest force for good in this world,” Palin said at a fund-raising event in Colorado, adding, “Our opponent though, is someone who sees America, it seems, as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country.”

Palin is referring to the supposed “relationship” Obama had with Bill Ayers, a founder of Weather Underground, which was responsible for several bombings in the early 1970s.

Some fact checking done by news sources found that Obama had no concrete connection with Ayres:

From the Washington Post:

Both Obama and Ayers were members of the board of an anti-poverty group, the Woods Fund of Chicago, between 1999 and 2002. In addition, Ayers contributed $200 to Obama’s re-election fund to the Illinois State Senate in April 2001. They lived within a few blocks of each other in the trendy Hyde Park section of Chicago, and moved in the same liberal-progressive circles.

From the New York Times:

A review of records of the schools project and interviews with a dozen people who know both men, suggest that Mr. Obama, 47, has played down his contacts with Mr. Ayers, 63. But the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.”

Realizing Obama has surged ahead of McCain in national polls, Republicans are reverting to the old practice of politics of character assassination. It’s ironic that such “mavericks” are continuing to spread rumors that have been repeatedly disputed by mainstream sources. These two mavericks are continuing to paint Obama as the “other,” one mainstream Americans must be worried about. This “other” candidate, they are implying, is not on our side, he’s not one of us.

I can’t help but to wonder if racism has anything to do with this. Republicans have a long-standing history of painting successful black politicians as radical and out-of-touch with the silent (white) majority. Maybe this is just another example of the same political shenanigans of trying to marginalize black politicians.