Why The McCain Campaign Is Lame, pt. I lost count

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OK, when your campaign demands that the press release a video from 2003 of Obama praising Palistinian activist and scholar Rashid Khalidi, a video that you’re going to use as yet another guilt by association attack against Obama, you should AT LEAST learn to pronounce the guys name Wright… er, I mean right.

Palin’s attack on Khalidi has been eagerly anticipated by GOP faithful for sometime. The National Review, in particular, has practically begged for the campaign to make an issue of “the top apologist for terrorists” — i.e., former spokesman for the PLO — who is another (distant) associate of Sen. Barack Obama’s. Indeed, when Palin first mentioned him, mangling his name a bit in the process, several audience members shouted good-natured corrections.

It would also be a good idea if you hadn’t, in the past, given money to this guy and his “terrorist” organizations.

During the 1990s, while he served as chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), McCain distributed several grants to the Palestinian research center co-founded by Khalidi, including one worth half a million dollars.

A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi’s Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, “West Bank: CPRS” on page 14 of this PDF.)

Ooops.

If the McCain camp keeps this kind of behaivour up, I might have to vote for Obama just to spite them. (JK)

But seriously, the LA Times should release the video.