That’s the charge from The Left. Undeserved, unfair, “guilt by association.” Obama strenuously objects when incendiary remarks by his pastor, friends and supporters are, in his words “imputed to me.”
Guilt by Association is a form of logically fallacious, campaign attack wherein a candidate’s stated views are associated with the views of acknowledged evildoers. If, for example, candidate Jones, running for Mayor, advocates more urban mass transit, the textbook guilt-by-association attack would be that the Soviets also advocated more urban mass transit, and therefore Jones is aligned with Soviets.
Questions about Obama’s relationships with radical leftists, overt racists and, in the case of Tony Rezko, a criminal who corrupted elected officials for profit, are not “guilt by association.” They are legitimate inquiry, given the Senator’s self-portrayal as bridge between the races and one who can overcome ideological divisions and “get something done for the American People.”
The Obama campaign is much more personality driven than idea driven, and it’s based on a personality with no track record for voters to review. He wants us to believe he can, by the power of his charismatic personality, transform political adversaries into team players which will in turn…
- empower government to give free or affordable medical care to everyone,
- empower government to give free or affordable college education for virtually everyone,
- bring about improvements that make local public schools work,
- lower gas prices even as oil companies are punished with higher taxes and further restrictions,
- “End” the conflict in Iraq by abandoning it, and,
- Empower Obama to subdue dictators, and potential enemies by talking to them.
Obama has no credentials or record of accomplishment that would make his claimed ability to work miracles through politics credible.
His record of associations may not be the best indicator of how he thinks and what his governing philosophy would be, but so far it’s all we have. And it largely contradicts the Messianic, post-partisan image he has packaged for himself.