Sunday, October 26, 2008

Letterman To McCain: What About Liddy?

For all his insistence that Barack Obama speak about his relationship with Bill Ayers–which Obama did during the third presidential debate–has John McCain made a statement explaining his relationship with G. Gordon Liddy? 

Reasononline explored this very contradiction:

The extremist McCain has befriended is Gordon Liddy, who got a 20-year prison sentence for multiple felonies in the Watergate scandal—including burglary, conspiracy, and illegal wiretapping.

...Working for President Nixon, he committed a raft of crimes to secure Nixon's re-election and punish his perceived enemies. He proposed to do still more—bomb the liberal Brookings Institution, kidnap anti-war activists, and murder a couple of inconvenient people. But cooler heads prevailed.

...His contempt for the law has not abated. After the 1993 raid in Waco, Liddy urged lethal violence against federal agents. "Now if the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms comes to disarm you and they are bearing arms, resist them with arms," he told listeners. "Kill the sons of bitches."

...Liddy, who as a convicted felon is forbidden to possess a firearm, has bragged about keeping guns in his house and using them for target-shooting...

For at least a decade, this unreformed criminal and enemy of democracy has been McCain's loyal friend, supporter, and contributor. It may be a mystery just why the Republican nominee consorts with a lawless radical. But it's no mystery why he doesn't want to talk about it.

In an interview on October 16th, shown above, David Letterman asked McCain about his relationship with Liddy. McCain at first had little to say: "I met him." He later said that Liddy "paid his debt." Despite that, Liddy has expressed no remorse for his crimes.

Letterman exposed McCain's hypocrisy: "But you understand that the same case could be made of your relationship with him as is being made with William Ayers." McCain responded, "Anything about any relationship I've ever had I will make completely open and give a complete accounting of." We're still waiting.

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