I can't believe more people don't have a problem with this...
[hat tip: LGF]
If McCain had as one of his friends some white supremacist, who had, say, bombed a government building and then said "I feel like we didn't do enough", we'd never hear the end of it. It would be a three-week news cycle for the mainstreamers.
What matters most in a candidate is character and qualifications, leadership and values, and tactics (what are their plans and how will they execute them). So Obama should be judged on these.
However, his associations go a long ways towards determining character and judgement. And the point here is we see virtually nothing of this in the major media outlets. Obama has an unbelievably bad collection of skeletons in his closet when it comes to associations and what ideologies helped form his thinking, and the prevailing attitude seems to be we can't consider those things, we should simply believe in him because he'll change things and provide hope, whatever that means.
Hugh Hewitt wrote a nice piece on this.