It was good to see ACORN brought up in tonight’s debate. My frequent attention of late to the topic has brought on Lefty critique (22 comments!) that the group has never actually been convicted of electioneering fraud. But we’ll leave that dispute aside for the time being.
Investigative reporter Stanley Kurtz points us to the deeper problems:
On ACORN, I continue to be stunned by Obamaâ€™s denials of his extensive ties to this execrable group. The fact that ACORN came up at all is good. Most folks still donâ€™t know what ACORN is, how bad it is, and how deeply itâ€™s tied to the financial meltdown. John McCain needs to make sure the public learns about ACORN and Obama. Obamaâ€™s dissembling on his ties to ACORN shows that he recognizes his vulnerability on the issue.
ACORN is a powerful example of an Obama “association” that has immense policy implications. ACORN is a genuinely radical group. It believes in economic redistribution, the same question raised by the “Joe the Plumber” controversy. And ACORNâ€™s campaign to undermine credit standards in this country was an extremely important contributing cause of our economic meltdown. So Obamaâ€™s ACORN ties are part and parcel of the core issues at play in this campaign. [link added]
This is astute commentary. But you have to read Stanley Kurtz’s full-length New York Post column (H/T The Daily Blogster) to see the background on ACORN’s agenda and its dangerous relevance to Barack Obama’s record and program. And yes, Obama’s campaign did give $800,000 to a front group for ACORN.
Serious allegations – and indictments for – voter registration fraud only scratch the surface of the problems with ACORN. Tonight’s debate isn’t the only time Barack Obama has sought to lie and run away from his association with the group.
And it’s not just something that happened in the past that should scare you. It’s the implication of ACORN actions that have contributed to the current crisis, and Obama’s connection to ACORN’s agenda combined with his own words that should scare you. Because the socialist program will undermine an already weak economy and our cherished freedoms.
Or maybe Barack Obama has just spent his career using and lying to ACORN and has no intention of forwarding its socialistic agenda. That wouldn’t really inspire confidence in the man’s character.