Gloves Off, Knives Out
Since the weekend, both campaigns have come out swinging at each other. With less than 30 days left until November 4, both camps are throwing everything they've got at the other, hoping that something sticks.
Sarah Palin, the maverick, took a shot at Barack Obama's connections with Bill Ayers, formerly of the terrorist group, Weather Underground. Palin was quoted this weekend as saying anyone who "pals around" with terrorists couldn't possibly be our next President.
In the 1960s, when Barack Obama was eight, Ayers sent bombs to the Capitol and Pentagon in protest of the Vietnam War. There are no known casualties or injuries from these explosives. In recent years Ayers has said, "The one thing I don't regret is opposing the war in Vietnam with every ounce of my being."
Between 2000 and 2002, Obama and Ayers served on an educational reform board in Chicago. The two have had little to no contact since that time. Obama has since condemned the violent acts of Ayers and Weather Underground.
The Obama campaign, refusing to let McCain/Palin have all the mudslinging fun, took to the airwaves themselves, decrying McCain's involvement in the infamous Keating Five corruption scandal of 1989. (It was him and four other guys.) At the heart of this scandal was the collapse of Lincoln Savings and Loan, which cost the American taxpayer $2 billion. Additionally, 23,000 Lincoln bondholders, mostly the elderly, lost their life savings.
The Obama campaign has released a 13-minute documentary outlining in no uncertain terms McCain's involvement with the Keating Five. The hope being that the current post-Bailout climate will cast a poor light on the McCain campaign.
And so with 29 days to go, the two campaigns are basically asking the American voter which words they find more offensive: 'pals around with terrorists' or 'collapsed financial institutions'?