How close are McCain and Liddy? At least as close as Obama and Ayers appear to be. In 1998, Liddy’s home was the site of a McCain fundraiser. Over the years, he has made at least four contributions totaling $5,000 to the senator’s campaigns—including $1,000 this year.
Last November, McCain went on his radio show. Liddy greeted him as “an old friend,” and McCain sounded like one. “I’m proud of you, I’m proud of your family,” he gushed. “It’s always a pleasure for me to come on your program, Gordon, and congratulations on your continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great.”
Which principles would those be? The ones that told Liddy it was fine to break into the office of the Democratic National Committee to plant bugs and photograph documents? The ones that made him propose to kidnap anti-war activists so they couldn’t disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention? The ones that inspired him to plan the murder (never carried out) of an unfriendly newspaper columnist?
The Chicago Tribune, despite running a front-page story today about Obama and Wright that doesn’t once mention the name “Hagee” and contains nothing new in the ongoing Validate My Need for a Controversy tour, manages toendorse Obama for Indiana in terms that reveal that while the paper’s editorial board member probably wouldn’t vote for him if you nailed their nuts to an anthill, on balance, he’s a local guy and so he is in some sense theirs.
When it doesn’t infuriate me this paper confuses the hell out of me.