Ari Melber (Washington Independent) with video from the Obama/Biden campaign (00:30):
FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – “These folks are shameless!” thundered Sen. Barack Obama, after listing his Republican opponents’ distortions and economic plans. The line drew roaring approval from a packed gym at North Farmington High School on Monday night, where about 1,500 Michiganders had gathered to support the Democratic ticket.
Obama was introduced by a former Republican with a very Republican name, John Ashcraft, who lost his job in January. Ashcraft explained that he decided to change gears and back Obama because he will fight for middle-class Americans.
In a direct knock against McCain’s personal fortune, Ashcraft said he was part of the majority of voters “who know exactly how many houses we have, because we’re struggling to pay the mortgage.”In response to an audience question about civil liberties, for example, Obama delivered a rousing riposte — one part Dirty Harry and one part Justice William Brennan Jr.– savaging the Bush administration for failing to catch bin Laden and slamming right wingers for abandoning the rule of law.
“Don’t suggest that its un-American to abide by what the founding fathers set up for over 200 years,” he declared, drawing more applause from the crowd.