So talk radio personality and well known Philadelphian Michael Smerconish has endorsed Barack Obama. While this is completely within his right to do so, Smerconish has lost all credibility and has proven himself to be a man without integrity.
One of the greatest causes he has championed has concerned the continued incarceration of convicted murderer and death row inmate Wesley Cook, AKA mumia abu-jamal. Smerconish has been a crusader in reminding people of the vicious murder commited by Cook when he murdered in cold blood Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Cook has been embraced by the left and other organizations as a falsely imprisoned man put in jail because of his race even though countless appeals have reinforced the initial verdict of guilty.
The support Smerconish has given the Faulkner family has been amazing. The actions he has taken in defense of Faulkner's memory and in the name of the justice system of this country are worthy of the highest order of praise. Sadly, he has thrown that all away.
The candidate he has endorsed has ties to Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn, domestic terrorists who, along with their organization, the Weather Underground took part in numerous murders of policemen. His candidate has accepted donations from and appeared with many celebrities who also champion the cause of Cook. How can Michael Smerconish look Officer Faulkner's widow, Maureen in the eye ever again?
What caused his change of heart? I don't want to hear about his disillusionment with the GOP, that's a crock. Obama stands as a champion for all of the divisive and hateful "values" of Ayers, Dohrn, and the murderer Cook. Was it the possibility of a show on MSNBC where Smerconish often appears? Was it the possibility of a new book deal or maybe an interview with Obama after the election? I hope it was worth it. Smerconish has proved that he can be bought and the price he has paid is his honor. That payment doesn't have a refund.