Obama Calls Edwards a Crook and Felon

While using different language, Barrack Obama accused the Edwards Campaign of a felony when a former campaign official with an independent 527 was found to be readying $796,000 in media time buys.

John said yesterday, he didn’t believe in these 527s. Those are these independent groups that raise money with no disclosure, nobody knows who is giving them. He said, ‘I don’t believe in them,'” said Obama. “We found out today there’s a group buying three-quarters of a million dollars worth of television and the individual running the group used to be John Edwards’ campaign manager.”

Obama used the occasion to suggest that Edwards is guilty of hypocrisy.

“You can’t say yesterday, you don’t believe in it and today three-quarters of a million dollars is being spent for you,” said Obama. “You can’t just talk the talk. Everybody talks change, but how did they act when it was not convenient, when it’s hard.”

Only one problem with the entire Obama scenario: 527’s and other similar entities are forbidden to coordinate their activities with any campaign. Any campaign official working with an ‘independent’ 527 would be guilty of a felony. That person and the campaign, if it was known, would be crooks.

Any person will actually translate the polispeak of the Obama accusation of ‘hypocrisy’ to: “John Edwards is coordinating activities with the 527. The Edwards campaign is guilty of a felony.”

So why doesn’t Obama use the real language, the real words, he’s implying? If he wants to call Edwards a crook and then provide proof of the coordination, he would be doing all of us a favor. For Obama to accuse Edwards of illegal actions with an organization that Edwards can’t control is, itself, the height of hypocrisy.

It’s time for the Obama campaign to put up the proof of coordination or shut up.

[I am not a supporter of, nor have I endorsed, any candidate.]

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3 Responses to Obama Calls Edwards a Crook and Felon

  1. Marlene Bohanan says:

    Obama, as I read this, was not calling names. He was merely making the point that all someone in the Edwards camp has to do is tell the 527 ot discontinue its advertising and the 527 should do so. This approach is perfectly legal.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    I think that Edwars is pulling out all of the stops, as I think Obama, Clinton, etc. are also doing. It’s make or break time today, because Jan. 3 is tomorrow when there’s Christmas and New Years in between. We’re at the point when people say stuff like “if you like sausage, don’t ever watch it being made”. And it feels to me like it’s going to go down hill from here for awhile.

  3. kash money says:

    I find it absolutely ridiculous that Barack Obama would accuse another person of being a felon, especially given the fact that he admits to having done drugs in his youth. I also think its ridiculous for him to take a shot at Edwards for using illegal tactics to get elected. Of course he’s using illegal methods, everybody does. Barack i’m sure is doing the exact same thing, as are all other candidates.