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October 15th, 2008
02:52 PM ET

ACORN becoming an embarrassment for Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/15/art.acorn.jpg caption="An investigator enters the ACORN office in Las Vegas, Tuesday. A Nevada secretary of state's office spokesman said Tuesday that investigators are looking for evidence of voter fraud at the office."]Dick Morris
Real Clear Politics

As Obama lengthens his lead, the Republicans are praying that the election becomes close enough for the Democrats to steal. But, meanwhile, ACORN, the radical community group, is becoming an embarrassment for Obama. It is not as if its shenanigans are likely to tip the result, with the Democrats so far ahead, but as they are raided by the FBI in state after state (11 so far) they are becoming identified as the electoral equivalent of Greenpeace - extremists who will stop at nothing to get their way.

What makes ACORN particularly embarrassing for Obama is that he used to be one of them. He served as general counsel for ACORN in Illinois, channeled millions to the organization from the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (whose funds he distributed), and has lately spent $800,000 of his campaign money to subsidize the group's activities. For this emolument, ACORN has registered voters 15 times over, canvassed the graveyards for votes and prepared to commit electoral fraud on a massive scale.

With friends like this, Obama doesn't need enemies. As their radical activities make headlines every day, Obama's intimate involvement with these radicals becomes more and more of a political liability.

The other Obama scandals have no topical relevance. Rev. Wright no longer spews hatred from the pulpit and has apparently been persuaded to stay away from media interviews. Likewise, William Ayers is making himself scarce; the Obama/Ayers relationship, whatever it may have been, is clearly in the past. Rezco is facing sentencing in his own corruption case, but isn't likely to turn on the one man who may acquire the power to pardon him.

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  1. Brenda Harris

    I don't think this is an embarrassment for OBAMA at all . He didn't do anything wrong. AND I wouldn't doubt with all the dirty Politicing going on, if this is not some dirty trick that the republican party came up with to discredit OBAMA. Who is any meaner or dirtier than the Republican party. They have sent this country down the tubes and want us to still trust and like them.... I THINK NOT.

    AND MCCAIN ITS your choice for running Mate that has sent you down the tube........you better reconize.

    October 16, 2008 at 10:09 am |
  2. Chrys Thorsen

    What does do you mean by "get their way"? Since the people registering new voters for ACORN were being paid for each person they signed up, it looks like the "way" was for those local workers to fraudulently make more money–at ACORN's expense– by bolstering their numbers with bogus registrations.

    October 16, 2008 at 9:52 am |