Here is a passage from the Washington Post that I think has a strong relationship to this issue of the overblown association Republicans are attempting to draw between Sen. Barack Obama and Columbia University professor of Arab studies Rashid Khalidi.
Here is the Washington Post passage:
“It turns out that McCain is treading on tricky ground when he cites the Khalidi case as an example of Obama consorting with terrorist sympathizers. The Obama campaign was quick to point out that an organization co-founded by Khalidi has received large sums of grant money from the International Republican Institute, chaired by McCain since 1993. One such grant was for $448,873 in 1998 to assist the Center for Palestine Research and Studies in its work in the West Bank.”
This Washington Post article (linked to below) comes across as fair and balanced (Fox News, are you paying attention?). I would encourage people to get the facts before they start spouting off about people being associated with terrorists so we know the full extent and we present both sides of an issue. I hear people talk about Sen. Obama’s associations with terrorists, but why are the Republicans/conservatives (and even some liberals) so silent or go into excuse-making mode in regard to Sen. McCain’s associations with G. Gordon Liddy? Why do Sen. McCain and his people talk about Sen. Obama’s meager association with Khalidi, but then make every excuse in the world for their financial support of Khalidi? I encourage all people utilizing guilt-by-association politics to examine all sides of an issue or an association and to examine the issues and associations regarding all candidates. Those who do fairly look at both sides may indeed bear witness to the hypocrisy that exists in their hearts and minds.