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Is Obama un-American? Is Palin?

How the guilt-by-association game will play with voters

John McCain will regret the “preposterous” allegations his campaign is slinging at Barack Obama, said Mary Mitchell in the Chicago Sun-Times. The “hateful speech” from his running mate, Sarah Palin, is a “turn-off”—especially her accusation that Obama has been “palling around with terrorists.” No wonder Obama’s poll numbers are rising.

“Democrats are crying foul,” said David Limbaugh in The Washington Times. But Obama’s “way-more-than-casual association with unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers” is serious stuff. Voters need to know about the candidate's history of rubbing elbows with “people and causes hostile to the founding principles of this nation.”

If you really want to talk about someone who has been cozy with radicals, said David Talbot in Salon, take a close look at the secessionist “America-haters” Sarah Palin and her husband have been “pallin’ around with” back home in Alaska.

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