As we behold the disgusting attacks on John McCain and Sarah Palin it would be well to recall that it was 56 years ago this week that another Republican ticket was fighting against the same type of smear tactics.
Charges that were first splashed across the pages of the New York Post were quickly picked up by the major media of the time. The fact that the charges were spurious and that the fund in question was both common and legal didn’t matter. The fact that every cent was carefully accounted for didn’t slow the media frenzy.
Only the courage of the vice-presidential nominee and the good sense of Republicans across the country kept the left-wingers from winning that battle.Any student of history can tell you that we are fighting the same battles today that our parents and grandparents were engaged in decades ago. The man who as Supreme Allied Commander defeated Adolph Hitler, was in just a few short years accused of being a mindless tool of the right-wing, a war-monger, a Communist agent, out of touch, too old, and of course “a reactionary”.
In an attempt to bring down Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Democrats and their fellow travelers in the media, decided the easy way was to attack Ike’s running mate Richard M. Nixon.
With the political left it has never mattered HOW you defeat your opponent. The left attacks mercilessly and then when faced with a sharp response assumes the fetal position and starts blubbering.
Barack Obama in 2008 is running the same sleazy campaign against John McCain and Sarah Palin that was ran against Eisenhower, Goldwater, and Reagan.
Its our job to make sure they don’t get away with it.