John may be rethinking his position on sucking up to the right wing talk show hosts after today. Walkie-Talkie, Bill "teachers should beat students" Cunningham went into a typical wingnut rant against Barack Obama as he warmed up the crowd at a Cincinnati/McCain event. He used the Coulter method on Obama (middle name emphasis) as a start. After McCain finished speaking---he found out how whacked out Cunningham was and repudiated him. One has to wonder if McCain really is unhappy about it though...You know what I mean?
"Now we have a hack, Chicago-style Daley politician who is picturing himself as change. When he gets done with you, all you're going to have in your pocket is change," Cunningham said as the audience laughed.
The time will come, Cunningham added, when the liberal-leaning media will "peel the bark off Barack Hussein Obama" and tell the truth about his relationship with indicted fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko and how Obama got "sweetheart deals" in Chicago. He said he envisions a future in which "the great prophet from Chicago takes the stand and the world leaders who want to kill us will simply be singing Kumbaya together around the table with Barack Obama."
Cunningham later attacked McCain for "repudiating" him on his radio show. That one had me rolling. I wonder how the rest of the Noise Machine will feel about that after they stuck up for McCain over the NY Times story. This is the part that will infuriate the Limbaugh's:
"I did not know about these remarks, but I take responsibility for them. I repudiate them," he said. "My entire campaign I have treated Senator Obama and Senator (Hillary Rodham) Clinton with respect. I will continue to do that throughout this campaign."
McCain called both Democrats "honorable Americans" and said, "I want to dissociate myself with any disparaging remarks that may have been said about them."
Asked whether the use of Obama's middle name — the same as former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein — is proper, McCain said: "No, it is not. Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate."
How quickly McCain forgets about one of his supporters that called Hillary Clinton a "Bitch."
What will the talkies do now? He's cutting out most of their racist material. Obviously, McCain would like nothing more than for the walkie-talkies to go on attacking Obama this way. How else can he win? It's interesting how Ohio Rep. Rob Portman praised Cunningham after he finished his childish tirade.
Willie, you're out of control again. So, what else is new? But we love him," Portman said. "But I've got to tell you, Bill Cunningham lending his voice to this campaign is extremely important. He did it in 2000, he did it in 2004. It was crucial to victory then and it's even more important this year with his bigger radio audience. So, Bill Cunningham, thank you for lending your voice."
Will these types of attacks have any effect in a general election on Obama if wins the nomination come November? Take the "Hot Seat" AOL Poll below the fold.