Rick Sloan, communications director for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and a Clinton supporter, thinks that there's an anti-Obama campaign in the works and that Karl Rove is behind it. Sloan is calling for a full-investigation and vetting of Obama's relationship with Ayers.
Rick Sloan says he doesn't want to see the Democrats get "Swift Boated" again this time. So the communications director for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has sent a couple of dozen friends -- union leaders and Democratic activists, mainly -- an urgent plea to pay attention to Sen. Barack Obama's connections with the 1960s anti-war group, the Weather Underground, and other leftist thinkers.
Democrats "can't be an ostrich on this" with their heads buried in the sand, Sloan said in an interview.
He sent a copy of the memo to ABC News by e-mail.
Titled "What Is Rove Up To?," Sloan writes that Rove will seek to redefine Obama's signature slogan "Change We Can Believe In" and brand it instead as "revolutionary change, change driven by an alien ideology, change no patriotic American could stomach. And he intends to do so by channeling Sen. Joseph McCarthy."
The memo (pdf) outlines Sloans' argument and sources of information. Sloan presents an interesting argument, it's worth a read.
A full investigation could exonerate Obama, so why wait until we're locked into Obama as our nominee to have the full and complete story out in the public? Let's find out everything now, not as an October surprise.
How did Rove link Ayers and Obama?
He quoted David Axelrod, Obama's senior strategist, as saying "Bill Ayers lives in his neighborhood. Their kids attend the same school. They're certainly friendly."
In the debate Obama replied to a question on Ayers by saying that "Ayers is not someone with whom he exchanges ideas on a regular basis."
I can tell you that from my months of following and deconstructing Barack Obama closely that Obama is telling us he has exchanged ideas with Ayers, just not on a "regular basis." This is one of Obama's verbal tricks, couching the confession is the middle of a sentence that sounds like a denial. I believe there is more there that needs investigation as well.
UPDATE: Sunday morning John McCain piled on Obama by raising additional concerns over the Ayers/Obama connection.
John McCain waded into the controversy over Barack Obama's ties to Weather Underground founder William Ayers Sunday, telling an interviewer that the Illinois senator's relationship with the activist was "open to question," and his explanation of their connection "borders on the outrageous."
The presumptive Republican nominee raised the issue himself during an interview on ABC's This Week, in response to a question from host George Stephanopoulos about whether he believes Obama is as patriotic as he is.
"I'm sure he's very patriotic. But his relationship with Mr. Ayers is open to question," said McCain.
"He became friends with him and spent time with him while the guy was unrepentant over his activities as a member of a terrorist organization, the Weathermen," said the Arizona senator.
"Does he condemn them? Would he condemn someone who that says they're unrepentant and wished that they had bombed more?"
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