Crminal Justice/Matt Kelley: More McCain on Crime – Willie Horton in 2008

Crminal Justice/Matt Kelley

More McCain on Crime – Willie Horton in 2008


Following up on yesterday’s post, here is more from John McCain on his legal priorities and his courageous stance against bad guys. In a post for tomorrow’s National Law Journal, McCain writes that “Senator Obama’s judges would coddle criminals. I will appoint judges who will hold criminals accountable.” This is the same “I’m tough on crime” froth that McCain is spewing in his Florida fliers.

McCain does say in the article that he would make it a priority to keep politics out of the Department of Justice – a worthy goal. Read his full post here.

And read the Wall St. Journal’s analysis here.

But the “coddling criminals” line is reminiscent of the Willie Horton ad credited with derailing Michael Dukakis in 1988. Floyd Brown, the same guy behind the Horton ad, launched a neo-Horton ad against Obama earlier this year (Brown’s National Campaign Fund PAC has also run ads alleging that Obama is a Muslim). And a YouTuber has taken it one step further in a video alleging that Obama could actually be Willie Horton. Some YouTube fun after the jump.


Have you ever seen Obama and Horton in the same place at the same time?

And the NCF’s actual attack ad, trying to make some sort of connection between Obama’s vote against an expansion of the death penalty in 2001 and murders that happened in Chicago. (Two years later, Gov. George Ryan would clear the state’s death row, commuting all sentences to life, after a slew of defendants were exonerated)



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