(UPDATE: Go here to read how McCain’s statement was taken out of context. In other words, this post was based on a false report and should be read as such, even though I still think McCain raising money off of Hamas’ “endorsement” of Obama is hacky at best.)
As most of you know by now, Hamas said they wanted Obama as president. Not much he could do about that, and he’s stated before that he wouldn’t be open to talking to them, but there it is nonetheless.
Unfortunately, McCain took that opportunity to try and land a cheap shot against the Illinois senator and even went so far as to raise money off of it.
Well…maybe McCain is Hamas’ worst nightmare now, but back in 2006 he seemed a lot more open to dealing with them.
I asked: “Do you think that American diplomats should be operating the way they have in the past, working with the Palestinian government if Hamas is now in charge?”
McCain answered: “They’re the government; sooner or later we are going to have to deal with them, one way or another, and I understand why this administration and previous administrations had such antipathy towards Hamas because of their dedication to violence and the things that they not only espouse but practice, so . . . but it’s a new reality in the Middle East. I think the lesson is people want security and a decent life and decent future, that they want democracy. Fatah was not giving them that.”
How can the McCain of 2006 square his comments with the McCain of 2008? It’s not like Hamas has really changed that much, and that election was widely regarded as a disaster then.
And doesn’t it seem like McCain ’08 would be raising money off the comments of McCain ’06? Let’s also remember one very important thing…Obama has said NOTHING like this regarding Hamas. Hamas simply came out and talked about Obama…and that was enough for McCain to pounce.
So yes, the broader point here is that McCain’s attack is not the kind you expect from somebody who’s promising change in Washington. Let’s hope we don’t see more of this in the days ahead.
Here’s the video…