Sidley and Austin – Terrorism Central

John McLame breaks another campaign promise: this time his declaration that spouses should not be a topic of discussion. Way to keep it classy, John. The smear is even more ridiculous than the William Ayers smear, there are lots and lots of lawyers who have worked at Sidley & Austin, probably some who even work (or have worked) for John McCain. Sidley & Austin has been around for a long, long time

The McCain campaign is now broadening their attack on Obama’s past association with William Ayers to include Michelle Obama — even though McCain has repeatedly said spouses should be off limits during the campaign.

The attack? Bernardine Dohrn, Ayers’ wife and fellow former Weatherman, went to work in 1984 for the major Chicago-based national law firm of Sidley & Austin, and three years later, Michelle joined the mega-firm as well.

That’s the entire attack. We wish we were joking. But we aren’t.

In launching this latest, McCain is ditching yet another formerly-claimed principle as he faces the growing likelihood of defeat. In a statement back in June, the McCain campaign said: “Senator McCain agrees with Senator Obama that spouses should not be an issue in this campaign, and he has stated that position frequently.”

Keep in mind that this wasn’t any surrogate speaking off the cuff. He was on a call organized by the McCain campaign, and he was apparently reading from a prepared statement, which would of course have been vetted by McCain aides. And so another once-cherished McCain principle gets junked in the service of self-parody.

[From TPM Election Central | Talking Points Memo | McCain Campaign Now Attacks Michelle Obama Over Ayers]

Lame, lame McCain. Campaigning on the issues affecting our nation is not part of McCain’s agenda. So why does he want to be president then?

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