Sen. Collins in attack dog mode, forgets those tasty AZ biscuits
Sen. Susan Collins, the iffy Republican from Maine has joined with none other than the most liberal of her cohorts, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (NV), in hammering GOP presidential candidate John McCain.
According to Collins, McCain’s campaign has done the ‘unthinkable’ in running auto-dialer phone calls that link Democrat candidate Barack Obama to one-time terrorist William Ayers, now morphed into respectability as a university professor. Ayers and his equally radical wife Bernadine Dorn, have been integral aspects of the Obama political saga, beginning with hosting Obama’s Illinois state senate kickoff in their living room.
Collins serves as a co-chairwoman of McCain’s Maine campaign. Sen. Jon Kyl has held fundraisers for the pro-abortion senator in Phoenix and Paradise Valley. It’s time for him to remind her of what’s at stake and of his previous generosity.
“These kind of tactics have no place in Maine politics,” Collins spokesman said. “Sen. Collins urges the McCain campaign to stop these calls immediately.”
Ayers was a terrorist in the late 1960s and 1970s. His radical group the Weather Underground set bombs at the Pentagon, U.S. Capitol, Fort Dix and office buildings in various U.S. cities. An eerily timed article about him appeared in the New York Times on Sept. 11, 2001 in which he was quoted as saying, “I don’t regret setting bombs, I feel we didn’t do enough.”
McCain rightfully referred to him as a “terrorist, radical, friend of Obama” and a mailer featured several images of Obama and Ayers.
Reid told reporters at a news conference in Las Vegas that he’s surprised at the “scummy” tactics employed by McCain’s presidential campaign.
The McCain campaign says the calls are warranted because Obama’s connection to Ayers raises valid questions about the Democrat’s judgment and record. “This is an association that is highly questionable and not out of bounds,” said a McCain spokesman.
Longtime readers know this site is no fan of John McCain’s. However, the dynamics have changed, and given the appalling choices, we view him as the lesser of two evils. McCain needs to stick with the facts and Jon Kyl needs to call in his ill-placed Susan Collins chips.