Got that? Here's what McCain told the radio station:
“I think the whole issue of the relationship with Bill Ayers needs to be known by the American people. Sen. Obama said it was just a guy in the neighborhood. We know much more than that. I don’t care much about an old, washed-up, unrepentant terrorist, and his wife who was on the FBI Top 10 Wanted list. We should know about their relationship including, apparently, information that is held by the Los Angeles Times concerning an event that Mr. Ayers attended with a PLO spokesman."
Who cares if Ayers attended a party with Khalidi or the boogeyman for that matter. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Obama or this election. No one has brought up McCain's friendship with convicted felon G. Gordon Liddy.
In 1998, G. Gordon Liddy hosted a fundraiser for John McCain, and last year, McCain went on Liddy's radio show and said, "I'm proud of you,I'm proud of your family. It's always a pleasure for me to come on your program, Gordon, and congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great."
Really, Liddy makes our nation great? Liddy makes no apologies for his role in engineering the illegal Watergate break-in and says the prison time he received for those activities made him a "prisoner of war" - I wonder if McCain would equate Liddy's time in jail with his time in the Hanoi Hilton? On his radio talk show, Liddy advised his listeners on how to deal with federal agents, "Now if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms. Go for a head shot; they're going to be wearing bulletproof vests. ... Kill the sons of bitches."
If McCain wants to create a relationship that doesn't exist between Obama and Khalidi, he should be ready to defend his "proud" friendship with Liddy. He should also be ready to talk about Sarah Palin's connection to the Alaska Independence Party, which preaches secession from the U.S. and violence against the government. Her husband was a member of the party for seven years and Palin herself has expressed her support for their political activities.
It's time McCain rode off on the Straight Talk Express into the Arizona sunset.