Mccains relationship with gordon liddy

McCain's pal Liddy re ATF: "shoot for the head."

John McCain told late-night TV talk show host David Letterman that "I screwed up " by "Did you not have a relationship with Gordon Liddy?. Turnabout is fair play. Last night David Letterman asked John McCain about his continuing relationship with Watergate burglar and. John McCain told David Letterman that "I screwed up" by canceling a "Late Show " “Did you not have a relationship with Gordon Liddy?.

Here's a summary of all the crimes of G. Gordon Liddy, the responses of John McCain, and the questions that need to be asked: Last night on Letterman, here's what McCain said. But did you not have a relationship with Gordon Liddy?


I met him, you know, I mean Didn't you attend a fundraiser at his house? And when you're asked about attending a fundraiser at his house, you don't answer? You don't admit that Liddy hosted a fundraiser for you in ? You just say, "Gordon Liddy's?

After the commercial break, McCain quickly tried to explain himself: I know Gordon Liddy. He paid his debt. He went to prison, he paid his debt, as people do. I'm not in any way embarrassed to know Gordon Liddy. And his son, who is also a good friend and supporter of mine. But you understand that the same case could be made of your relationship with him as is being made with William Ayers. Everything about any relationship that I've had I will make completely open and give a complete accounting of.

Senator Obama said that he was a guy who lived in the neighborhood. OK, it was more than that. McCain said that Liddy's son is "also a good friend and supporter of mine. Contrast that with Obama, who has never called Ayers his friend David Axelrod described them as "friendly," which is much different.

Liddy did go to prison for Watergate. Does McCain mean to say that it's okay to pal around with criminals so long as they've served time in prison? Ayers, by the way, did turn himself him; he was never convicted of a crime due to technicalities.

Would McCain claim that it would be okay to hang out with Ayers if he had spent time in prison? But Liddy's never served any time in prison for urging the murder of federal law enforcement officials, or for plotting the assassination of a newspaper columnist, or for encouraging the murder of possible burglars, or for illegally using firearms despite being an ex-felon.

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So by McCain's logic, Liddy has never paid his debt for those actions. McCain claims, "Senator Obama said that he was a guy who lived in the neighborhood. As Obama actually said: He's not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis. When convenient, he worked with terrorist Bill Ayers. When discovered, he lied. There is no evidence that Obama has 'lied' about his dealings with Ayers. McCain, unlike Obama, was lying about his relationship.

McCain, unlike Obama, was actually defending an unrepentant terrorist. InMcCain went on Liddy's radio show and told him: I'm proud of you, I'm proud of your family 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.

Let's go through the details.

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Gordon Liddy is a lunatic who grew up admiring Hitler. But what really matters are his crimes. Watergate alone should be a good enough reason for any presidential candidate to avoid any association with the man whose criminal activities helped to bring down Richard Nixon. However, Liddy's plotting of crimes went far beyond the Watergate break-in. At the Committee to Re-Elect the PresidentLiddy concocted several plots, some far-fetched, intended to embarrass the Democratic opposition.

These included firebombing the Brookings Institution in Washington, D. Most of Liddy's ideas were rejected, but a few were given the go ahead by Nixon Administration officials, including the break-in at Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office. Liddy has revealed that he was prepared to murder someone "if necessary" during the Ellsberg break-in. He also said that he "plotted with a 'gangland figure' to murder Howard Hunt to prevent him from cooperating with investigators.

During the same period that Bill Ayers was a member of the Weather Underground, Gordon Liddy was making plans to firebomb a Washington think tank, assassinate a prominent journalist, undertake the Watergate burglary, break into the office of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist, and kidnap anti-war protesters at the Republican convention. Liddy's "continued success and adherence to the principles and philosophies that keep our nation great: If ATF agents attempt to curtail a citizen's gun ownership, Liddy counseled, "Well, if the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms.

Go for a head shot; they're going to be wearing bulletproof vests.

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So I named them Bill and Hillary, thought it might improve my aim. My aim is good anyway.

Ayers and the McCain-G. Gordon Liddy Symbiosis

Now, having said that, I accept no responsibility for somebody shooting up the White House. But the documentation of their interaction Liddy has also contributed financially to McCain's presidential campaign is not a matter of Left or Right: It is astonishing that, given the prominence of the Ayers matter accorded by virtually every "mainstream" news outlet in America, there has been virtually nothing on the subject in the major newspapers and broadcast networks.

This is a real journalistic failure and abrogation of responsibility. Is Liddy any less a domestic terrorist than Bill Ayers? It is a zero-sum argument, for sure. I do not believe, incidentally, that John McCain shares the most abhorrent of Liddy's values, as expressed in Liddy's actions during the same period that Ayers was a Weatherman - and which Liddy continues to express, unapologetically, to this day.

But McCain has now become so unmoored from the principles he once espoused, so shameless in his courtship not only of the Republican "base" but in his eagerness to unleash a poisonous arsenal of character assassination and guilt-by-association - and plain-and-simple incitement of people's fears and prejudices - that, now, inevitably his and Sara Palin's rallies and campaign events have taken on the aura of mobs at times.

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That is scary," the Republican chairman said. The most recent McCain ad on the subject shouts, "Obama worked with terrorist William Ayers when it was convenient" - perhaps suggesting, indeed, even that the candidate was there planting bombs. The intended message of the McCain campaign is, of course, that Obama is less than patriotic - enunciated even by the candidate's wife, Cindy: The chairman of the Lehigh, Pa. Like Cindy McCain, the campaign's "Ad Facts" also trumpet - misleadingly - the only troop-funding bill that Obama voted against, in - without noting that Obama first voted for the bill, in a version that included a timetable for withdrawal.