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October 18, 2008

Somebody Finally Asks McCain About Gordon Liddy Politics

By the McCain campaign's own bogus standard, John McCain "pals around with terrorists."

McCain has a long-standing relationship with G. Gordon Liddy, who was sentenced to 20 years in Federal prison for his role in the Watergate break-in. Liddy also urged the Watergate conspirators to firebomb the Brookings Institution and assassinate columnist Jack Anderson.

In 1994, Liddy told listeners of his radio show, "Now 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. ... Kill the sons of bitches."

Nodody asks McCain about his relationship with Liddy, though.

But finally somebody did. Media Matters:

Finally, for the first time this year, a prominent media figure asked John McCain about his relationship with G. Gordon Liddy last night.

The lack of media attention to the Liddy-McCain relationship is one of the clearest double standards in recent political history. McCain and the news media have devoted an extraordinary amount of attention to Barack Obama's ties to Bill Ayers, yet until last night, McCain hadn't been asked a single question about his ties to Liddy, a convicted felon who has instructed his listeners on how best to shoot law-enforcement agents. Liddy has held a fundraiser for McCain at his home and describes the Arizona senator as an "old friend"; McCain has said he is "proud" of Liddy.

Imagine for a moment that Barack Obama had said he was "proud" of an "old friend" who urged people to shoot law-enforcement agents in the head. Do you think maybe he would have been asked a question or three about it? Do you think maybe there would have been more than the occasional passing mention in the news of the relationship? Of course there would have been.

Yet McCain hasn't been questioned about Liddy. The media have largely ignored the relationship, even while working themselves into a frenzy about Obama and Ayers. McCain's relationship with Liddy is obviously newsworthy in its own right, but coupled with his attacks on Obama over Ayers, it's a textbook case of hypocrisy -- exactly the sort of thing that political reporters supposedly drool over. But not when it's John McCain. [...]

Until last night, when McCain was finally asked, point-blank, about his relationship to Liddy and the similarities between that relationship and the Obama-Ayers relationship he has attacked so harshly.

Who finally asked the question? The New York Times? The Washington Post? CNN's "best political team on television"?


David Letterman asked McCain about Liddy, putting the nation's journalists to shame in the process.

Here's the video:

I love how McCain first tries to pretend Liddy is someone he's only met. When Letterman asks about the fundraiser at Liddy's house, McCain acts like it's news to him. Pretty much exactly what he keeps accusing Obama of: initially minimizing what turns out to be a more substantive relationship. Except in McCain's case, we're not talking about a guy (Liddy) whose actions occurred when McCain was only eight years old.

None of this has any real importance. But the double standard — that is just maddening.

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