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The Khalidi Connection to a Presidential Candidate.

October 29, 2008

I’ll bet you’re thinking I was going to talk about Barack Obama’s connection to “PLO spokesman,” Rashid Khalidi.  I mean, after all he toasted the guy at a party before he left for New York to become a professor at Columbia.  And John McCain is just livid that the Los Angeles Times refuses to release the videotape of that toast.  I mean, “He’s palling around with terrorists, for Pete’s sake!!!

McCain today said, “The Los Angeles Times refuses to make that videotape public…I’m not in the business of talking about media bias…but what if there was a tape of John McCain with a neo-Nazi outfit…I think the treatment of the issue would be slightly different.”

But as is usually the case with John McCain, if he accuses Barack Obama of something, you can bet he’s guilty of it himself.

He’s inexperienced!  Enter Sarah Palin.

He’s a celebrity!  Again… Palin.

He’s got questionable associations!  Enter G. Gordon Liddy.

He’s connected to a PLO spokesman!  Enter… Rashid Khalidi?

As Jake Tapper has discovered, John McCain has his own connections to this “questionable” character.

In 1993, McCain became chairman of the International Republican Institute. He still chairs that respected organization.

That same year, Khalidi helped found the Center for Palestine Research and Studies, self-described as “an independent academic research and policy analysis institution” created to meet “the need for active Palestinian scholarship on issues related to Palestine.” (Its archived Web site is HERE.)

Khalidi was on the board of trustees through 1999.

According to tax returns, the McCain-chaired IRI funded the organization Khalidi founded and served on to the tune of $448,873 in 1998 (click HERE to see the tax return)* as first reported by Seth Couter Walls at HuffPo.

The IRI continued to give money to the CPRS after Khalidi left the group as well.

Sensing a theme?

You can bet that if John McCain accuses Barack Obama of double-dipping a chip, it’s because John McCain himself has put his whole mouth right in the dip.

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