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Did the McCain campaign back-channel the race card through Ron Fournier?

by Open-Publishing - Sunday 21 September 2008
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USA Mary MacElveen US election 2008

After the worst week on Wall Street in U.S. history where the ripples are being felt clear across America and will continue to be felt for years to come, the tax payers will be bailing out incompetent and greedy executives on Wall Street. This shockwave felt by all of us has caused John McCain’s poll numbers to take a dive similar to the way the stock market did. One because he has always been against regulation and now says he is for it. Also his economic advisor Phil Gramm wrote most of the laws that got us into this mess in the first place.

I do suspect panic is setting in within the McCain campaign where they must be thinking of how they can hit back. I would not put anything past them to fool the American people and to play on their hate and their fear. How dare they!

So, I find it suspicious to read this article today where Ron Fournier wrote the following piece, Poll: Racial views steer some white Dems away from Obama and the first reason why I find it suspicious is that this poll was taken between “Aug. 27 to Sept. 5.” If they took this poll back then: Why not release the results after it was taken? Why wait until now? The article also reports that only “2,227” adults were surveyed. Now how many registered Democrats are there within this nation? According to this article registered Democrats outnumber Republicans, yet they only polled 2,227 people? I am a Democrat, yet no one called me or asked me to take any poll like this.

Another reason why I do find this article highly suspicious and where I do suspect this may be coming from the McCain campaign itself is this fact as reported by Politico.com concerning the cozy relationship between Fournier and the McCain campaign. In this article, you will clearly read, “Before Ron Fournier returned to The Associated Press in March 2007, the veteran political reporter had another professional suitor: John McCain’s presidential campaign.”

Now read this damming passage, "In October 2006, the McCain team approached Fournier about joining the fledgling operation, according to a source with knowledge of the talks. In the months that followed, said a source, Fournier spoke about the job possibility with members of McCain’s inner circle, including political aides Mark Salter, John Weaver and Rick Davis." So, how can we as Americans trust a journalist with close ties to the McCain campaign itself and where they sought him out? We cannot and you should not!

I do believe that the McCain campaign is counting on American’s fears, hate and ignorance when they showed absolutely no leadership ability this past week.

This is where Fournier’s column concerning race must be thoroughly dismissed when one reads where he “was considered for “a senior advisory role” in communications.” If elected, would Fournier become McCain’s press secretary? I think that is a fair question to ask. His article concerning race should not be deemed as objective, but highly subjective and thoroughly dismissed by all Americans.

You will also read, “Fournier has taken lumps in the left-leaning blogosphere in recent weeks, following the disclosure of a friendly e-mail exchange with Karl Rove from 2004.” Gee a friendly relationship between Fournier and Rove? What a coincidence. Is race the ultimate in Swift-boating? Do not put anything past Rove since he has a friendly relationship with Fournier.

As a journalist I have shown my own bias, but I do not have any connections nor was I ever approached by the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee. I am clearly expressing my own thoughts. Like millions of Americans clear across this country, I too am frightened of our economic future.

So, if Fournier and perhaps the McCain campaign are going to play the race card, I will play the age card. This past week John McCain became confused when it came to a question dealing with Spain’s prime minister as evident when Keith Olbermann discussed this confusion.

In listening to that feed, he clearly seems confused and can we really have confused leader in these dangerous times? Absolutely not!

In a past article written by me, titled McCain hold’s America hostage and Ed Koch endorses Barack Obama, I wrote this of McCain as it pertains to Osama bin Laden again using a presentation by Keith Olbermann, “With that said, in Keith Olbermann’s wonderful on-air commentary, he quoted Senator John McCain concerning Osama bin Laden, “Look,” he said. “I know the area, I’ve been there, I know wars, I know how to win wars, and I know how to improve our capabilities so that we will capture Osama bin Laden — or put it this way, bring him to justice. We will do it. I know how to do it.”

While Olbermann expressed his opinion that McCain was aiding and abetting bin Laden by not going to the proper authorities with this information on how to capture bin Laden. Me, I have another take.

It is called delusions of grandeur which is a psychological condition. McCain is the ONLY one who knows how to capture bin Laden? One definition concerning this condition is, “that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are” and another, “delusion, megalomania, psychotic belief” Does John McCain think he is more powerful than anyone else? Is he truly a megalomaniac by expressing that he alone is the only one who can capture Osama bin Laden? If that is the case, we as Americans truly have a person to fear and his name is John McCain.

Mr. Fournier, America has no time for cheap political ploys such as the article you wrote when Americans are trembling at this moment in time worrying about their financial futures. To Senator McCain and anyone within your campaign if this is a back-channel article to play on America’s emotions, you, Sir, do not belong in the highest elected office in the land. We Americans have far more important issues to deal with. Plus we are sick and tired of being feared.

While Senator Obama came off as presidential on Friday the day after it was announced we the people would be bailing out these incompetent and greedy executives, it was Senator McCain who was acting like a crotchety old man sniping away at Barack Obama.

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