John McCain who once denounced the attacks on John Kerry a fellow Vietnam veteran whose service to the country the Republican rank and file mocked. People who thought it funny to wear purple band-aids to show what they thought of the Purple Heart Medal awarded to Kerry for wounds he received in the line of duty. John McCain who denounced the attacks on his family with Republican operatives setting up robo-calls alleging he fathered an illegitimate black child. It probably was not the cheating on his spouse that turned South Carolina voters cold to McCain considering how he left his first wife to marry his mistress, Cindy McCain. It was more likely that he was accused of sleeping with a black woman and producing a bi-racial child.
South Carolina voters would become extremely upset when it was discovered that the late South Carolina Republican Senator Strom Thurmond fathered a bi-racial child, which was not revealed until after his death in 2003. However, the rumor was not true of McCain and he denounced those attacks, which probably cost him votes in the SC primary in 2000. John McCain has now come to embrace the personal attacks he was a victim of even went as far as to hire the very people that smeared him in South Carolina in 2000. These lines of personal attacks have long been employed by right wing bloggers and groups before the McCain camp started using them. It was reported just three days ago, “The Chaffey Community Republicans Women hit an all time low depicting an image of presidential candidate Barack Obama on a phony $10 dollar bill with non other than African American stereotyped images of a bucket of fried chicken, a watermelon and ribs.”
The dirty tasteless tactics used by the Bush team against McCain do not seem to working for John McCain against Democratic rival Barack Obama. Judging by some recent polls, it appears to be hurting McCain. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll of likely voters has 60 percent saying Obama's relationship with Ayers is not a legitimate issue. Lately John McCain has said that our democracy is in danger because of massive voter fraud by Acorn on the behalf of Barrack Obama, a group he has worked with in the past. However, that line of attack may backfire also as the facts do not hold water for his accusation. In fact, John McCain by embracing this line of attack may have pushed Colin Powell into endorsing Obama citing the poison filled rhetoric coming out of the McCain/Palin camp. After Powell’s endorsement, Obama saw a modest jump in the polls as a result. Powell also cited McCain’s pick of Palin as questionable and the polls have bear that out with 52 percent of likely voters saying John McCain's pick of Sarah Palin made them less confident in his judgment.
If an endorsement from Powell has produced desirable results for Obama, one can only assume that it will help him a lot more since announcing this morning that Powell will be a senior advisor in an Obama administration. "He will have a role as one of my advisers," Barack Obama said on NBC's "Today". Colin Powell has had a storied career in the U.S. military and served as a security advisor to Ronald Reagan. However, Powell is not the first Republican or conservative to embrace Obama and favorable comments by Republican pundits could be heard on many of the last post debate analysis programs.
There were Republicans embracing Obama before he won his party nominee according to a NewsWeek article in February 2008. One interesting note about the NewsWeek article, it quotes members of the McCain camp on attacking Obama. “One senior aide to John McCain has already said he's reluctant to attack Obama: last year, McCain's adman Mark McKinnon wrote an internal memo promising not to tape ads against the Illinois Democrat if he becomes the nominee.” Of course, this was before McCain became so desperate that he ran out and hired the very people from the Bush campaign team who personally attacked him and his family in 2000.