Thursday, June 12, 2008

Barack Obama and his Widening Circle of Ex-Friends

Is "under the bus" now a cliche when applied to the Obama campaign? I think so. The former friends of Barack Obama grows weekly, though they don't have a website yet. Sometimes I wonder if anyone associated with the Obama campaign ever thinks "I might be next . . ." I would, that's for sure. Meanwhile, with the Jim Johnson resignation, even the mainstream media is beginning to notice that when it comes to Barack Obama and his associates, there's a pattern. You think? Maybe bloggers will be able to go on summer vacation after all! Today, a Wall Street Journal editorial focuses on Obama's ex-friends, saying

"As for Mr. Obama, Mr. Johnson now joins an intriguing and growing list of Mr. Obama's ex-associates that includes the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, and former terrorist bomber William Ayers. We might call this list eclectic, except that there is a consistent pattern of bad judgment followed by an initial defense, then followed by rapid disassociation and regret that none of them were the men Mr. Obama 'knew'."

Over at the Washington Post, Jim Hoaglund suggests an interesting scenario

"Shifting into overdrive, Obama added that "these aren't folks who are working for me," referring to Johnson and his two associates on the vice presidential vetting team, Caroline Kennedy and Eric Holder.

"It was enough to make you wonder if the three had somehow broken into Obama's office, stolen his letterhead stationery and appointed themselves to interview the capital's good and great about who should join Obama on the Democratic ticket."

Meanwhile, if you're concerned about Obama's tax policies, you might enjoy politically incorrect economist Walt Williams editorial on the surprising characterization of the government taking an ever increasing amount of your earnings.


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