McCain campaign responds to the Obama campaign’s latest legal threat

Team McCain issued this statement earlier tonight:

ARLINGTON, VA — Today, McCain-Palin 2008 Spokesman Ben Porritt issued the following statement in response to the Obama campaign’s letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey:

“After a week of shifting stories and clumsy corrections regarding Barack Obama’s connections to ACORN, the Obama campaign resorted to their now-customary heavy handed tactic of attempting to criminalize political discourse. Today’s outrageous letter to Attorney General Mukasey and Special Prosecutor Dannehy at the Justice Department asking for a special prosecutor to investigate Senator McCain and Governor Palin’s public statements about ACORN’s record of fraudulent voter registrations (including in this week’s Presidential debate) is absurd. It is a typical time-worn Washington attempt to criminalize political differences. For someone who promises ‘change,’ it is certainly only more of the same.

“The letter’s request that the Department of Justice investigate ‘recent partisan Republican activities throughout the country’ is almost a parody of the Obama campaign’s attempt to intimidate their political opponents. In case Sen. Obama’s lawyer did not notice, we are in the midst of a political campaign, not a coronation, and the alleged criminal activity he calls ‘recent partisan Republican activities’ are what the rest of us call campaign speeches and debates. All of this is unfortunately reminiscent of the Obama campaign’s recent creation of a ‘truth squad’ of Missouri prosecutors and sheriffs to ‘target’ people who criticize Sen. Obama. Rest assured that, despite these threats, the McCain-Palin campaign will continue to address the serious issue of voter registration fraud by ACORN and other partisan groups, and compliance by states with the Help America Vote Act’s requirement of matching new voter registrations with state data bases to prevent voter fraud.”

Read more about the Obama campaign’s latest attempt at legal intimidation here (via ST reader MD).

Another “Joe the plumber” openly worries about an Obama presidency

Will Joe Shanks from Knoxville be the next anti-Obama plumber to have his tax records combed with a fine-toothed comb? :-?

On second thought, probably not. After all, this Joe the plumber is not in a swing state that matters.

Related: The anti-Gov. Palin Anchorage Daily News injects all kinds of insinuations about the original JTP in this article, which notes that he lived for a time in Alaska and – horror of horrors – the son he was playing football with when Senator Obama came a callin’ was born in Alaska. I see they continue their despicable digging into this man’s “history.”

If they’d done this much research on Barack Obama’s relationships with Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Rashid Khalidi, and other radical leftists, Obama wouldn’t have even come close to winning the nomination. In fact, he’d have probably dropped out before the primaries even got started.

That’s our MSM for you: Hard at work giving you only the information they think you should know.

Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.

McCain slams Obama, far left for personal attacks on Joe the plumber

Defending an average Joe (literally) from attacks he does not deserve. From a Miami, FL rally earlier today:

We had a good debate this week. You may have noticed — there was a lot of talk about Senator Obama’s tax increases and Joe the Plumber. Last weekend, Senator Obama showed up in Joe’s driveway to ask for his vote, and Joe asked Senator Obama a tough question. I’m glad he did; I think Senator Obama could use a few more tough questions.

The response from Senator Obama and his campaign yesterday was to attack Joe. People are digging through his personal life and he has TV crews camped out in front of his house. He didn’t ask for Senator Obama to come to his house. He wasn’t recruited or prompted by our campaign. He just asked a question. And Americans ought to be able to ask Senator Obama tough questions without being smeared and targeted with political attacks.

The question Joe asked about our economy is important, because Senator Obama’s plan would raise taxes on small businesses that employ 16 million Americans. Senator Obama’s plan will kill those jobs at just the time when we need to be creating more jobs. My plan will create jobs, and that’s what America needs.

Senator Obama says that he wanted to spread your wealth around. When politicians talk about taking your money and spreading it around, you’d better hold onto your wallet. Senator Obama claims that wants to give a tax break to the middle class, but not only did he vote for higher taxes on the middle class in the Senate, his plan gives away your tax dollars to those who don’t pay taxes. That’s not a tax cut, that’s welfare. America didn’t become the greatest nation on earth by redistributing wealth; we became the greatest nation by creating new wealth.

Read the rest here.

Obama vs. Fox News


Maybe one day, if he’s elected president, he’ll consult with the Democratic Congress to find a way to make it very very difficult for Fox News to exist.

Sound nuts? Well, on the surface it sounds crazy, but considering what both he and other Democrats have done before to try to – by legal means – shut down or shout down the opposition, the idea really isn’t so “out there.”

Jeff Goldstein responds:

Clearly, Obama is sending a message here, and the implied threat is visible for all those willing to see it: Obama does not brook criticism; and those who slow down “progress” by forcing him to stop and answer to large segments of the population are an inconvenient threat that must be neutralized.

Is there really any doubt that an Obama administration — backed by a Democrat supermajority — would not rubber stamp high-minded sounding legislation that is, in effect, designed to do nothing more than turn the notion of free speech entirely on its head?

Nope, no doubt from this corner. None at all.

Via Memeorandum.

Friday open thread

I’ll be back later this afternoon to catch up.

In the meantime, make sure to check out the latest news on how the far left and the mainstream mediots (but I repeat myself) continue to target Joe the plumber for destruction, via MM. One of the ways they’ve tried to do so is to note he has a tax lien, but did you know that the treasurer of Obama’s campaign does, too, along with his companies?

The conservasphere: Doing the work the liberal media refuses to.

Back later.