Im a desperate attempt to court the Arab-American vote (Bush's formerly strong support within this community having been left in tatters by the Bush/Ashcroft assualt on their rights), the Bush campaign has created a front group that, Surprise!, endorsed Bush.
And it turns out that one of coordinators of this fraud known as the Middle Eastern American National Conference is a paid lobbyist for the "former" terror sponsoring state: Libya.
But, thanks to the ineptitude of the Bush camp, this information was accidentally emailed to GeorgeWBush.org.
And, it's not sitting well with everybody. From the MSNBC version of this story
""I think it's appalling," said Victoria Pimentel, whose husband, John B. Cummock, was killed in the Lockerbie bombing, and who has objected to the president's rapprochement with the Libyan government. "Clearly, you can buy policies and you can buy votes with this administration. Obviously, if you have a lobbyist for the Libyans who is out there trying to get Muslim votes for the president, it's a good indication of what this administration is all about."
"It's so blatantly obvious that there is coordination between the Bush campaign, the Kaddafi regime and the oil companies," said Dan Cohen, whose daughter was killed in the Lockerbie bombing. "If it weren't so serious, it would be laughable." Asked about Hudome's role, Steve Schmidt, deputy communications director for the Bush campaign. said: "We have hundreds of thousands of people who have volunteered their time to the Bush campaign. She is one of them." He declined further comment."
I've suspected that that Libya redemption in the eyes of Bush was based on a couple of things. First, the Libyan government tried for ten years to get back into the good graces of the International community. Finally, the court cases got settled and in the meantime, Libya aquired a bargaining chip in the form of an active nuclear program.
By accepting Libya's offer to dismantle their WMD program, the Bush administration could chalk up a (fake) victory in the Neverending War on Terror, and at the same time re-gain access to their oil fields.
If nothing else, this story might help to supress any possible advantage that Bush hoped to gain by this "endorsement".