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Corrupt Chicago that ain't the half of it. The legit parts stink to high inefficient heights.
Parking woes are bad by design for $$ mayors gain.

The ad simply states he is a part of the corrupt Chicago system. Well he is.

Senator Obama it is time to unleash Keating 5 on John Mccain!

Give me a break! The man who has basically rubber stamped everything for the Bush Administration is calling Obama "corrupt". Now I have seen everything.

McCain, you're a lying SOS with no honor and no credibility.

My question is where did the money come from? From a early childhood without a father to all of the colleges, homes etc. where did the money come from?

This is a joke....McCain has no leadership skills what so ever. Unless you wanna talk about leaving your disabled wife for a new young dingy blonde whom is not supporting her husband 100%. Before he tries to convince the USA he should have at least told her what to say instead of just smiling. Sarah Palin is another joke who believes and supports teenage mother's because her kid is expecting, and like guns and shooting ranges, go back to being a soccer mom....you suck at this job BIG TIME.

THESE ARE NOT PEOPLE WITH LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR AMERICA!!

Excellent and unfortunately true.

Is it time for Obama to create an ad on Mccain's Keating Five scandal involvment and its ties to the Savings and Loan crisis?

I see nothing wrong with the ad.
There's nothing in it that is not true.

Barack Obama - after a mere 143 days as a senator - decided to launch his presidential campaign, even after telling Illinois voters that he would not seek the presidency in 2008 because HE felt he did not have enough experience.

Since launching his presidential campaign, he has done NOTHING for the people of Illinois who elected him to represent and serve them.

As I stated above, there's nothing in the ad that is not true. Barack Obama is NOT ready to lead.

McCain '08

I am sick and tired of this man slamming and slamming what seems to me for no apparent reason, other than pure 'hate' by a supreme elitist such as this sore loser of a 'want to be president' to continue nasty corruption in this country's politics. John McCain had to get a woman, and a 'White' woman to run up against Senator O'Bama. The constant bickering by him is saying something loud, USA get ready for more hatred, and wasted love by racist White America. Enough of this crap; we have put a lot in to this country; a Black President should have been elected a 'long time ago'; I believe John McCain has a lot 'more' to hide, they keep adding sugar coating to Sarah Palin as well; wake up America, and really smell the hate, one of the biggest hate crimes in this country, to continue 'intentionally' spreading it.

So true. So true. Just look at city defcit of over $400,000,000.000.00. With the largest sales tax in the nation. where is the money????state officials getting more then 50% pay increases in two years. There is a saying: Obama, tell me who you hang with and I will tell you who and what you are.

What horses**t. John McCain would approve the message even if his wife finally admits that her father was a bigamist.

I think the ad is good but does not do enough. There is far more fire to the smoke in the ad.

For example, Obama missed a huge opportunity to be the 'reformer' he claims to be when he failed to back Forrest Claypool in 2006 versus Mr. Stroger.

Obama 'reforms' within the confines of what the machine allows.

Keep that in mind for DC if he is President with a Pelosi House and Reid Senate.

This is full of horsesh**t.

John McCain would approve the message even if it said that he was an adultrist and his wife would tell the truth that her father was a bigamist.

Both stories though in this case are the truth and not a lie.

Where are the Strogers?

McCain's right. Chicago pays the highest sales taxes and even though property values have decreased quite a bit, they keep raising these taxes also. These democratic politicians, especially from Chicago are all crooks. They only care about their pocketbooks. Look at Todd Stroger, Mayor Daley and Michael Madigan for example. The people of Chicago voted these crooks into office and now most of them support Obama because he is from Chicago. Talk about going from the frying pan into the fire.

Obama is up to his eye's in Chicago political corruption and anyone who dosn't know it, has had their head in the sand for the past 5 years. Accusing Obama of being naive is being kind, he is brazenly corrupt and thinks that he can take the white house without people finding out or people just putting on their blinders on. Some time I think some of the writers from the Times and Trib don't read their own papers.

KARL ROVE SHAME ON YOU!
MCCAIN SHAME ON YOU FOR LISTENING TO ROVE!
MCCAIN AND THE GOP ARE ON THE ROPES ABOUT TO BE
COUNTED OUT!
COME ON JOHN YOU WERE IN THE NAVY, YOU EVEN BOXED
AND NOW YOU ARE ACTING LIKE YOU ARE A CHOIR BOY!
YOU DUMPED YOUR FIRST WIFE, YOU MARRIED A RICH
WOMAN, YOU ARE A WAR HERO AND NOW YOU ARE ACTING
LIKE A GUY WHO IS ABOUT TO LOSE, SHAME ON YOU
JOHN, TAKE YOUR MEDICINE LIKE A MAN, AND LOSE
WITH DIGNITY!
REMEMBER THE KEATING 5, SEE JOHN YOU HAVE DIRT
ON YOUR HANDS, YOU ALMOST WENT TO PRISON, KARL
ROVE IS GOING TO PRISON, BIRDS OF A FEATHER DO
FLOCK TOGETHER!
OBAMA AND BIDEN - REAL MEN WITH A VISION!

Our city is one of four cities left to host the world's biggest international event, the summer 2016 Olympics. What a great guy McCain is. He trashes our state and city, to possibly get elected president. If we were to get the Olympics, make sure he is not invited. What a loser McCain is, anything to get elected. Not to mention what he says does not even closely resemble the truth.

Is that the best that Mccain can do??? he is really getting pitiful with the ads and rather boring also... he should be discussing the issues not makeing false statements... guess thats that old age in him cant remember what he says from day to day....


Wow. By showing a picture of Bill Daley when they are talking about Richie, how unethical can you be?


You are known by the company you keep.

I praise Obama for not running ads that hit below the belt, like this one. It may be time for the Charles Keating ad to run. For those not familiar with this issue, John McCain was wrapped up in a scandal with Charles Keating about 20 years ago. Check out the Phoenix Times for more details: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1989-11-29/news/mccain-the-most-reprehensible-of-the-keating-five/1. By the way, an article was written by a Sun-Times writer earlier this year about how Barack has remained independent of the Chicago Machine. This ad clearly tries to imply that because some Illinois politicians are corrupt, every Illinois politician is corrupt and this cannot possibly be true. The truth is being stretched again by McCain.

How true it is. But he forgot to mention Mayor Daley in the add.

I get the ad, but I do not understand the point of why the Some-times and the Trippinbune would have this as a headline on their web versions of the paper. At least have some kind of editorial comments that you are with it or against it. But please let Senator McCain pay for his advertising like the next man has to do. It is funny, it took Saturday Night Live to call Senator McCain out for his approval of obvious lies.

This ad doesn't go nearly far or deep enough. Obama has lots of 'spainin' to do about his associates and mentors.

From an article by Carol Eisenburg:

“...There are no virgins in politics, let alone in Chicago politics,” asserts Fred Siegel, author of “The Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life,” and a professor at New York’s Cooper Union.

Siegel cites Obama’s endorsements of Daley, as well as of former Chicago alderman Dorothy Tillman, perhaps best known for taking a pistol from her purse and brandishing it at a City Council meeting, and who was ultimately rejected by her district the face of charges of corruption and graft. Reformers were also stunned in 2006, when Obama endorsed Todd Stroger, son of longtime Cook County Board president John Stroger and the ward bosses’ pick to assume his father’s mantle after the elder Stroger suffered a stroke.

“Obama may not have come out of that world of the Chicago machine, but he’s been a functional ally,” Siegel said. “The idea that he’s a reformer is simply bizarre...”

Ad is totally accurate...spot on!!! If you swim in a dirty pond (Chicago machine politics) you become as dirty as the others in that pond. 20 years swimming there, you bet he's not ready to lead. He's ready to be scrutinized as to what he did for 10 years in the pond.

David Axelrod and all the political cronies of Obama in Chicago Politics will make Richard Nixon and LBJ look like schoolboys if he gets elected.

The question is, is the nation ready for Chicago Style Politics?

Click on this link and learn a little more on how the Obama Campaign plays the politics of smear.

http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/194057.php

Is Obama a member of the political machine?

He was weened on this machine.
He was advanced because of this machine.
He was their valedictorian 4 years ago at the convention.
He has a career of running for office without any accomplishments or positive change for constituents.
He maintains close allegiance with other members.
He supports the same policies and programs as the machine.

Is he a member of the Chicago political machine?
Answer: He is the poster child of this machine.

True that.Add Todd Stroger' Mel and about 43 of the 50 blind aldermen to the list. Passed city ordinance but none of them think that they should obey them and then try to blame the police who ticket them.

Those of us who served during the Viet Nam era are aware that McCain is the primary "back-slapper" of his enduring as a POW and turning his experience into "War Hero" status.

He is no war hero - he is a survivor and should be respected for that much. Most vets despise McCAin because true heroes "KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT."

We can expect these types of ads from a man who might be on wino road if he had not married into a family worth a quarter billion dollars.

I'm embarrassed by McCain.

Ridiculous, the macain campaign is just ignorant , they can do whatever to win but at the end their idea is empty.

Yeah, Obama is nothingmore than a dirty politician from Chicago.

Yeah, Obama is nothingmore than a dirty politician from Chicago.

to add to above, i have been a republican for over 55 years and am totally ashamed of the platform put up this year of mc cain and palin.

So, what's your point? Isn't everything in the ad true? That would be a "yes".

John McCain and his "Bush Campaign Tactics" make me sick.He's running his campaign with the same people and tactics as Bush.Why should we believe that,if elected,his administration and presidency would be any different?

Wait, I thought Obama was from Indonesia -- at least that's how McCain was spinning it when he thought he could pick up the xenophobe vote.

Now Obama's a Chicago-insider? Another half-truth. Not surprisingly, McCain is not interested in talking about how Obama had to work twice as hard to get elected in a city where he did not have lifetime roots (or a powerful dad whose coattails he could ride).

What about mcCain's connection to the Keating 5?? It seems only appropriate that he's within a few degrees of seperation of another financial debacle!

How could there be any question that Obama is a product of the Chicago Machine? The Machine has historically and consistently been involved in illegal political stunts and shenanigans for decades. Obama's wife's experience as the daughter of a precinct captain would only lead a reasonable person to believe the Obama household is a breeding ground for Machine-like ideas and manuevers. Obama has already displayed his abilities in this area by his treatment of fellow Democrats in his early career moving up the food chain in the state of Illinois. This is a no-brainer.


I'll take "Questions with Obvious Answers for $200 Alex".

1. Most interested in the Olympics and personal gain.

Answer: CHicago politicians

2. Liberal slanted newspaper.

Answer: Sun Times

3. Years of personal and political history with people that make racists comments? But, claims to be a bridge to racial divide.

Answer: Obama


4. Obamas most significant accomplishment while in Illinois political office

Answer: Getting re-elected and moving up the ladder? (Either answer is acceptable)

Do I think he is a product of the Daley Machine ? I know he is because, I have worked in the Democratic Party for years. The people who live in Chicago can see right through Obama, after all he did do business with Daley and Rezko on rehabing low income housing.Obama also endorsed Daley over Dorthy Brown.It's very clear there is a strong connection.

If Rezko ever starts talking, The Messiah is gonna have a lot explaining to do.

The title of the story should be "Truthful McCain Ad Hits Close To Home"!!!!! A sad but true reality about Chicago AND Illinois politics!!


The machine with all its members to include Obama are thick as thieves. Advancing their political careers or those of other members and pushing their liberal policies at the detriment of the people are their priorities.

They take care of one another. They count on the liberal media in Chicago to whisper about problems, but not investigate. Emil can use the Uncle Tom comment without a stir from the machine. Murders of 400+ in 2008 may happen, but ta-da, the machine is focused elsewhere on raising taxes and getting a member elected.


Shockingly the voters keep returning and advancing their careers although they see the results staring them in the face every single day.



NO. This ad is extremely unfair. it's comprised of nothing but innuendo, inference, and downright muckraking. McCain has stooped to even lower levels, and it's shameful. He continues to perpetrate these ads that are either outright lies or, in the case of this one, vicious innuendo. It's past time for Obama to bring out an ad about McCain's involvement in the Keating Five scandal that is on the record as fact.

Could the Obamaites give us an example of a time that Obama bucked the machine as opposed to voting the way Emil Jones told him to vote? one instance where he stood independent and said enough to anyone. are the Obamaites able to read their 2 local newspapers?

Could the Obamaites give us an example of a time that Obama bucked the machine as opposed to voting the way Emil Jones told him to vote? one instance where he stood independent and said enough to anyone. are the Obamaites able to read their 2 local newspapers?

Could the Obamaites give us an example of a time that Obama bucked the machine as opposed to voting the way Emil Jones told him to vote? one instance where he stood independent and said enough to anyone. are the Obamaites able to read their 2 local newspapers?

There was a poster who stated "if you swim in a dirty pond..." Isn't that what people for years have been saying about all politicians?

Because the system is what it is- rules made up by white people- what does that tell you? We have been choosing the lesser of two evils for years. Don't you have to work within a corrupt system before you can change it? Some people allow corruption to consume them, some don't.

Enough said.

WHEN CHICAGO GETS THE OLYMPICS YOU DON'T HAVE TO
WORRY ABOUT MCCAIN GETTING AN INVITE, LOSERS
AREN'T INVITED TO THE OLYMPICS!
THEY MIGHT INVITE PALIN, IF MOOSE HUNTING IS ONE
OF THE OLYMPIC EVENTS!
MCCAIN AND KARL ROVE WILL MAKE HORROR FILMS AFTER
THEY LOSE THIS ELECTION!

I always wondered how endorsing Blago, Stroger, Daley, Tillman, and others squares with being for change or being a reformer. I have heard the explanation that it is because as a State Senator, you can't do anything. But as a U.S. Senator, supposedly independent of the machine, Obama still endorsed the same tired old machine regulars despite ample opportunities to push for change here in Illinois. Instead, he chose to shore up his base here. But we should trust that as president, he will change things rather than shore up his base for his 2012 reelection campaign. We must be drinking very strong kool-aid here.

McCain has no grounds for any of his backstabbing and it appears that's all he has. One attack after another and yet he hasn't come up with any proposals to get this country out of the deep hole Bush and team has led us into. The Palin strategy is starting to fail and he has nothing else to use except innuendos, assaults and lies. And, yes, let's hear McCain's defense on the Keating 5. I lived in Phoenix at the time and he is lucky to have survived that mess.

Maybe someone should remind McCain about what happened to Peter Fitzgerald! He had good ideas which ran counter to the dictates of the Republican party, so they zapped him!
Tells a lot about the party!

All you McCainites, some of which are not rich, barely making ends meet, but because you so do not want to see a Black man in office, you would rather deal with 4 more years of BUSH BS. That's right I said BBS.

This ad is spot-on. I still laugh like crazy every time I think of a Chicago politician running for president.

What's next? Daley/Blagojevich 2012???

hahahaahahahahahha!!!

It is true mainly to the extent that 1) His political Godfather, the one he went to in order to advance his political career, was State Sen Enil Jones, who is knee deep and decades old in the Democratic machine.

2) When Obama first ran for State Senator, his operatives challenged hundreds of signatures on the nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive activist from the city's South Side. And they kept challenging petitions until every one of Obama's four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot. It was said that Obama didn't level the playing field, he CLEARED it.

There's an old saying;

Tell me who you hang with and I'll tell you who and what you are!

Which means, Obama from Chicago is a crook like the rest of them!

Keating Five.

GLAD TO SEE YOU ARE OUT OF PRISON BRAD!
THIS IS OLD NEWS, YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH NAMES
ON YOUR PETITION YOU DON'T GET TO RUN FOR OFFICE
IN ILLINOIS OR ANY WHERE ELSE I WOULD THINK!
YOU CAN'T USE PEOPLE'S NAMES WHO ARE DEAD ON A
PETITION, MR. BRAD!
SINCE YOU ARE A CONVICTED FELON CAN YOU EVEN VOTE!

I've read many posts on how McCain dropped his sick bed ridden wife to marry a rich woman, etc.
This is McCain's personal business and if anyone disagrees, lets look at Obama's personal relationship with; Rev. Wright, Father Flaky, William Aires, Anthony Resko (a convicted Felon).
Should we continue???????????

Don't throw stones at the glass if you live in a glass house.

If people from Chicago and Illinois can not admit that under the Democrats this State is falling into the abyss then you are crazy. Obama supported all these morons and please stop with the Keating nonsense. Stick with the present because Obama is nothing but a corrupt politican.This man even through his own race under the bus through his business deals with Rezko. This is simply unbelievable why you can not understand this? Also stop saying that these assertions are lies because they are truth. What to me sounds made up. Highest Property and Sales Taxes in the Country and the Highest Rate of Foreclosures in the country. Don't get me started about Crime. Where was your boy? Running around selling his books with his racist rants that was influenced by his Pastors thoughts.

Phil, you have major issues!

Well said Senator McCain. Senator Obama has been blind, deaf and dumb concerning the cesspool of corruption in Illinois. We're stressed out in Chicago and taxed to death.

Please keep US Attorney Patrick Fitzgearld in place, he is our only ray of hope, an illuminating light shining through the perpetual darkness of patronage.

The political insiders in Illinois are incapable of conceptualizing how you turned down a special favor and sacrificed for others when you refused early release as a POW.

It will be a gratifying experience, to watch you and the lovely Lady Sarah fighting corruption side by side from your bully pulpit in the White House.

All I have to say is. I am from Chicago and in all my time growing up I have never heard of No-bama until 4 years ago. He is not a Chicagoan. Where did this guy come from. I've never voted Rep. but I will this time. I vote on experience not potential.

First of all, as much as people want to bring up the Keating 5 on John McCain, there isn't a basis for corruption accusations. Yes, he took money that he shouldn't have, but he didn't do anything illegal - unethical yes, but not illegal. While not an angel, he is FAR from as corrupt as Obama. I would vote for a black man any day - if he was like Martin Luther King, Jr. - NOT a racist and corrupt man like Obama. Accusing people of being racist because they don't want a blantantly corrupt POS that has done NOTHING for the people that elected him is ignorant at best. All arguments against Obama have nothing to do with race and everything to do with his track record - or lack thereof. Biden has made several sexist remarks about Palin and Obama has been right behind him. I wonder where all the feminists are? Why aren't they appalled at this behavior by their beloved Democrats? Obama has repeatedly brought up race in this election. The Republicans haven't mentioned it once. Who's racist? Yeah. Wake up, people!! No one has ever claimed that McCain or Palin were perfect or beyond criticism. The difference is that, while they may have made some bad choices or members of their families have made bad choices, they haven't squandered tax-payer's dollars on lining the pockets of the wealthiest people they know or forced the poor people Obama "cares so much for" to live in squalor while his friends collect a fat check and donate a lot of that money to his campaign. Wake up and realize that your opposition to McCain and Palin because they're white and your support for Obama because he's not is EXTREMELY racist!! People should support candidates based on their ability to lead and their qualifications - NOT on their skin color or just because they come from a city you like or because they represent the party you favor. None of that should have any bearing. If it does, your decision is completely biased and unintelligent. Also, supporting your daughter through a difficult time in her life (albeit due to her own bad judgement) is one of the most respectable things someone could do - especially as a politician. Most politicians care more about what the press thinks about them than they do about their families. By her supporting her daughter, she's showing her strength and her resolve that family is much more important than looking good for the press. Besides, what 17 year old girl does everything her parents have raised her and expected her to do? Come on!! I love how people take the realistic view when it comes to defending the people they like and then take the idealistic view when they attack those that they don't.

The ads are truthful and not mud-slinging. Either wake up and see the reality of what this man has and has not done for the people he already has sold out or you can vote to have him sell out the rest of the nation in much the same way. The man couldn't balance a check book if his life depended on it!!

P.S.- His proposed "tax cuts" are not tax cuts. They are cleverly disguised tax hikes. Do your research, people!!

The true color of Obama has finally been revealed.
Obama has dicreetly tried to cover all his potical and corrupt connections with the Chicago Machine, where the dead even cast their votes.

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