By Alan Caruba
A lot of people who know politics far better than I are beginning to openly worry if John McCain can close the gap with Barack Obama. At a time when voter registration investigations and scandals are erupting in more than a dozen states, McCain insists on calling Obama “a decent man”, but his record suggests otherwise.
At the heart of the voter registration abuses is an organization called ACORN, an acronym for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, and Obama has a long history with it.
ACORN is officially a taxpayer-supported “non-partisan” organization. The truth, however, is that ACORN has an anti-free market, radical socialist agenda.
1985 - 88 Barack Obama’s political mentor was ACORN’s Madeleine Talbot. Barack Obama trained Talbot’s ACORN cadre.
1992 - Barack Obama was director of “Project Vote” which coordinated with ACORN.
1993 - 02 Barack Obama was on board of directors of Woods Fund which gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to ACORN.
1995 - Barack Obama was attorney for ACORN in a “motor-voter” case.
1995 – 99 - Barack Obama was chairman of the board for former Weather Underground, domestic terrorist, William Ayer’s Chicago Annenberg Challenge which gave millions of dollars to ACORN.
1999 - Barack Obama endorsed ACORN state chair Ted Thomas for alderman.
2000 – 02 - Barack Obama was on board of directors of William Ayer’s Chicago Annenberg Challenge funneling money to ACORN.
2004 - ACORN endorsed Barack Obama for US Senate.
Feb 2008 - ACORN endorsed Barack Obama for President.
Aug 2008 - Barack Obama’s presidential campaign gave $800,000 to ACORN.
Nov 4 2008 – ACORN’s alledged voter fraud could possibly elect Barack Obama President. Recall how close the Florida race outcome was between Bush and Gore.
The Chicago political machine is virtually the template for political corruption and Obama has been a part of it now for decades. The fact that this raises no doubts or questions in the minds of his supporters is a serious cause for concern for the rest of us.
It well may be that the financial crisis gripping the nation may so distract voters that the wish for “change” will be sufficient for them to ignore some very ugly truths about Obama. If that proves true, the real losers won’t just be John McCain and the Republican Party. It will be the American people.