Charita Goshay: Duck! Here comes the kitchen sink

Charita Goshay

As we round third base and head toward the end of this election, it was perhaps inevitable that both campaigns would empty their benches in a last-ditch brawl for your vote.

Over the weekend, Gov. Sarah Palin threw the first punch, citing Sen. Barack Obama's threadbare association with 1960s radical William Ayres as proof that he's "pallin' around with terrorists," and throwing in the Rev. Jeremiah Wright for good measure.

Why now? Did she catch the three of them playing cornhole together at the al-Qaida company picnic?

Ayers, a professor at the University of Illinois, was co-founder of the Weathermen, a group of anarchists who planted bombs at the U.S. Capitol Building and Pentagon in protest of the Vietnam War; indefensible, 40-year-old acts of violence that Obama has publicly condemned.

Same card

However, if my husband once belonged to a group whose secessionist founder declared: "I'm an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions" and "The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hate for the American government ... and I won't be buried under their damned flag" — I don't think I'd be doing much barking about someone else's patriotism.

And if one of my spiritual advisers hounded a woman out of her home on unfounded suspicions she was a witch, I wouldn't be throwing my Bible at someone else's preacher.

But that's just me.

It's disappointing that Obama, who prided himself on offering a new kind of politics, has reversed his stance that he would not point to Sen. John McCain's hobnobbing in the 1980s with crooked banker Charles Keating. Clearly haunted by what happened to John Kerry, Obama has begun to burn time and money on ads reminding voters about the Keating scandal, though McCain was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

Apparently, McCain also has reneged on his promise not to trot out Ayers and Wright.

Meanwhile, as they all squabble over who did what with whom and when, the bear is staring into the abyss.

Beer, here

As Ayers and Keating are being thrown at the wall in the hope they'll stick, the number of Ohioans applying for public assistance has jumped to 11 percent for cash benefits and 7 percent for food stamps.

While McCain and Palin reach out to hockey moms and Joe-Sixpacks, they might want to explain to them how they're going to resuscitate their retirement assets, which have declined $2 trillion over the past 15 months.

This keeps up, and we'll be lucky to buy one beer, let alone six.

If Obama and Biden want to pound the bully pulpit over bad banking, let's start with the mess we're in today and how they plan to fix it, shall we? Charles Keating is a convicted felon who lives better than you or me.

This new fight over old stuff is the last thing we need.

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