Monday, October 13, 2008

  • Max Blumenthal on Sarah Palin’s Radical Right-Wing Pals and Her Ties to the Pro-Secessionist Alaskan Independence Party


    As the McCain campaign continues to focus on Senator Obama’s alleged ties to former Weather Underground member William Ayers, a new investigation in sheds light on how Governor Palin’s ties to the radical right are far deeper than previously thought. Journalists Max Blumenthal and David Neiwert detail how Palin was elected Mayor of Wasilla over a decade ago with the help of activists from the Alaska Independence Party and the John Birch Society. They allege that she tried to return the favor later by attempting to appoint one of them to an empty city council seat. [includes rush transcript]

  • Former McCain Supporter Accuses the Senator of "Deliberately Feeding the Most Unhinged Elements of Our Society the Red Meat of Hate"


    Frank Schaeffer is the bestselling author of Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back. He is the son of the late evangelist Francis Schaeffer and considered himself a lifelong Republican. He voted for John McCain in 2000, and McCain even endorsed one of Schaeffer’s earlier books on military service. But on Friday, Schaeffer published an open letter to McCain excoriating the Arizona senator. [includes rush transcript]

  • Robert Parry: Why Are McCain Backers So Angry?


    "From Republicans at political rallies to GOP lawmakers on TV talk shows, McCain-Palin supporters are angry, very angry — and they seem to think their anger justifies whatever they do: from calling Barack Obama a 'terrorist' to shouting 'kill him' and 'off with his head' — to getting huffy when their violent rhetoric is challenged," writes investigative reporter Robert Parry, editor of [includes rush transcript]

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