Back to birdblogging the marina. Story behind the photo below the break.
John McCain has instructed his campaign that Barack Obama’s pastor of 20 years and general all-around nutburger Rev. Jeremiah Wright is not to be a campaign issue, contrary to the advice of his aides.
The Wall Street Journal is guessing this veto arises from fears of being labeled racist. Allahpundit says there’s not much point to giving Obama a pass on Wright when McCain is already hitting him on his associations with William Ayers and ACORN; might as well go whole hog.
I’m not sure either analysis is right.
My own take (and an UPDATE) below the break.
The Branchflower Report is out. Obama supporter, Sarah Palin stalker, Troopergate investigation frontman, and Alaska State Senator Hollis French promised the world an “October Surprise” with this report on Sarah Palin’s firing of Walter Monegan (this promise, of course, was issued before a single witness had uttered a word). Technically speaking, he didn’t disappoint (that is to say, the report did come in October as promised). Substantively speaking, the report was lacking a certain punch.
Ann Althouse, on the other hand, thinks this is a red flag:
Lots of us like Sarah Palin and have high hopes for her in this election and the next, but let’s resist the impulse to slough off this report. It means something.
She doesn’t say what that something is, and I must admit I’m at a loss to say what it means myself, at least regarding Palin. Link to the full report, highlighting of the nut graphs, and implications below the break.
In the second ruling against her in as many weeks, Ohio State Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has been found in violation of federal election laws by a federal judge. Sec. Brunner neglected to “take adequate steps to validate the identity [sic] of newly registered voters.” The ruling stems from complaints about the Secretary’s program allowing people to register and vote at the same time, without waiting for the registration to be verified.
The nut of the complaints, of course, was that the lack of oversight in the registration/voting program left the door wide open for voter fraud. At the front of the complainants’ minds was ACORN, the community organizing umbrella group with a long, documented history of unethical or criminal voter registration practices continuing into the present day, which is known to have deployed an enormous number of its troops to Ohio. (As noted earlier, Ohio is one of the states of interest to the FBI in their probe of ACORN’s activities.)
Details below the break.
The FBI’s raids of the Nevada offices of ACORN are the latest manifestation in the 10-state official investigation of fraudulent voter registration practices by the “community organizing” outfit. This development could prove embarrassing for the Obama campaign: not only have they paid ACORN $800,000 this election season for their questionable get-out-the-vote services, but Sen. Obama himself has a long history with the group.
This history starts with their recruitment of him in 1992 to run the Chicago branch of their political arm, Vote Smart, and continues with their employment of his wife’s law firm to represent them in an embezzlement case, to his suing the state of Illinois on their behalf to implement their pet “moter voter” law (also a magnet for voter fraud). His association with them culminates in their vocal endorsement of him for president this year, an odd move for an organization that is supposed to be non-partisan.
According to Investors’ Business Daily (via Hot Air), “Obama downplays his ties to ACORN, and his campaign denies coordinating with ACORN to register voters.”
Further details of the FBI probe, ACORN’s checkered past, Obama’s connection to them, and the implications for the McCain campaign below the break.