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October 22nd, 2008
04:21 PM ET

The Bin Laden Factor: How Obama would handle a terrorist's October surprise

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Jonathan Alter
Newsweek senior editor and columnist

The decision by Barack Obama to return to Hawaii to visit his ailing grandmother might not be the last surprise of the last fortnight of this campaign. Two weeks is an eternity in presidential politics, which means we're likely to have one more twist before this ends—though with early voting, more than a quarter of the electorate now votes before Election Day.

What will the twist be? Reviving Jeremiah Wright, which the McCain campaign is hinting at, won't mean much. Unless the Reverend Wright himself resurfaces (he's abroad and on radio silence), that thrust would be easily parried by the Obama campaign. That's because John McCain is on tape saying a man's pastor should not be relevant in judging his character. Even if an independent 527 committee were to make an attack ad involving Wright, Obama's got an obvious jujitsu response ad making McCain out to be a hypocrite.

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Filed under: Barack Obama • Osama bin Laden • Raw Politics
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  1. Cindy

    I love how you left wing liberals make stuff up!

    And just how would Obama respond to a Bin Laden tape? Would he wait two weeks and ask everyone on his team what he should say like he did the Georgia conflict and then totally agree with what McCain said on day one!? You know he would because he can't make up his mind on his own. So much for leadership!!

    Cindy..Ga.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  2. Reynold durand

    John McCain said he's tested, but he's using such words to the American people to take them to war again. McCain will bring down America with such philosophy.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  3. Tomasz

    Hello:
    First of all, there is no more Al-Qaida. What is going on in the Middle East has been local and regional. The "Al-Qaida" that have been detained have been local people that have gripes against the Iraqi Government based on tribal or sectarian differences.
    Muqtada Al-Sadr wants to get control of the Iraqi Government, he had it once due to ties with Noori Maliki.
    The Taliban sheltered a group of 'rag-tags' called by the west Al-Qaida and made sure the Taliban ruled and that Al-Qaida was kept in line.
    Bottom line: All this Al-Qaida talk is the US drumming up fear of something that isn't there.

    October 22, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  4. Larry

    October surprise could be if there is a problem in his POTUS vetting process. Who vetted him for the U.S. Senate?

    October 22, 2008 at 4:26 pm |