We've heard ten thousand times about how awful it is that Obama kept worshipping at the church led by just awful Reverend Wright, how he kept going for 20 years.
Well it sure seems to me that McCain.s decades long, close relationship with Phil Gramm, his most embraced economic advisor, signifies much worse than Obama's case.
You can be a member of a church and not have your minister speak for an represent you. You can be a member of a church and not have anything more than a brief conversation with your minister every few weeks.
But when you are the chief economic advisor on the campaign team, when you act as an official surrogate, speaking to audiences on behalf of your candidate, that is several quantum levels more involved, more connected to the candidate.
So we have Phil Gramm telling us the nation's economic problems are all in our head, that it's a "mental recession" and we're a nation of whiners.
This should be pretty easy math. You have a foolish, overly bombastic, self promoting pastor or you have an out of touch, let-them-eat cake, arrogant ADVISOR and official campaign surrogate and spokesperson who insults Americans and is clueless on the biggest challenge facing Americans, playing close advisor role to a candidate who has admitted he doesn't know his ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to economics.
Which is worse?
Yet where's the comparison on the mainstream media? Why aren't we seeing in big, bold letters,
McCain's Gramm = Obama's Rev. Wright?
I'll tell you why. The Dems have not done any viral email campaigns. They don't have a horde of right wing sycophant media allies at Fox, CNN and the networks ginning out the meme, like was done for Wright.
And they have Carly Fiorina saying that these people aren't important, nobody pays attention to them. Why do I recall the scene in the first Star Wars movie when Obi Wan Kenobe hypnotizes the starship troopers, telling them, "we're not important."
Sorry Carly, but Senator Gramm is a direct representative, a formally delegated speaker for candidate McCain-- the back-up and cover for his previous confessions of ignorance.
Gramm = Wright-- that should be the message Obama's people push the next few days in every talking head moment they get. People will recognize the difference between a foolish minister and an offensively misguided advisor-spokesperson. Build them the idea, feed it to them and they will digest it.
And while we're at it, let's not forget Reverend Hagee, the Catholic hater who McCain initially embraced, until he unembraced him. Oh... and Rev. Parsley too.
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)