During the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama's 20-year association with preacher Jeremiah Wright became toxic when the magnitude of Wright's anti-Americanism and racism came to light. When pressed, Obama grudgingly distanced himself from Wright, carefully orchestrated and packaged by the press as some sort of 'falling out'. He first said "I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community" before later conceding Wright was divisive.
One thing we've learned about Obama in the last 24 months is that he's willing to betray or under-bus just about anybody - except his old radical associations. Pelosi, Reid, Murtha -- all expendable. The Blue Dogs -- so much chattel. But Wright was not jettisoned, just moved off the front stage. Van Jones was not canned - he was transferred to another division of Soros Inc. Obama said not a word about SIEU's violent antics during the August recess.
Then there's ACORN.
As anybody knows, Obama's ties to ACORN run deep and go way back to his beginning. If you believe he has not been closely following the ACORN video scandal then you are a moron. There's no other way to put it.
Now meet George Stephanopoulos if you have not already.
Stephanopoulos is an unlikely protagonist. He's ABC's Chief Washington Correspondent and was a senior advisor in the Clinton administration. Normally we get from him about what you would expect from somebody with that resume. But yesterday Barack Obama's whirlwind wow-and-impress Sunday Talk Show Express made a stop at Stephanopoulos' This Week show, where he met a surprisingly cynical, aggressive, and persistent host. Here's an interesting exchange (emphasis mine), and the link has video:
STEPHANOPOULOS: How about the funding for ACORN?
OBAMA: You know, if -- frankly, it's not really something I've followed closely. I didn't even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Both the Senate and the House have voted to cut it off.
OBAMA: You know, what I know is, is that what I saw on that video was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're not committing to -- to cut off the federal funding?
OBAMA: George, this is not the biggest issue facing the country. It's not something I'm paying a lot of attention to.
Yeah, I bet he's not paying a whole lot of attention to it. Just like Charlie Gibson.
Know this: ACORN was and probably remains a key component in Obama's plans. His ties with ACORN run long and deep. He will neither support nor countenance the doom that seems imminent for them, and he is deeply and intimately involved in whatever left-wing response is coming.
Don't doubt that, even for a second.