Barone: Of course Ayers is relevant

posted at 12:00 pm on October 8, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Greta van Susteren asked Michael Barone whether the topic of William Ayers has any relevance to Barack Obama’s candidacy last night after the debate. He replies that it’s at least as legitimate as Sarah Palin’s per diem, and gives three reasons for why it should get more attention:

Barone’s three reasons:

  • Obama stresses his commonality with the American people.  Do most people feel comfortable working closely with unrepentant domestic terrorists who still want to overthrow the capitalist system in America?
  • Obama presses educational issues as part of his campaign.  He spent years working with Ayers on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which pushed efforts to create primary educational organizations that would create political activists for the Left – and which largely failed in any of its intended purposes.
  • Obama has lied and obfuscated about his relationship with Ayers.  Clearly, Ayers was not just “some guy in the neighborhood”, but a political adviser at least on educational issues who provided a key launch for Obama’s political career.

I think the latter two are more compelling than the first.  Perhaps a better way of structuring the first point would be to relate it to Obama’s insistence that he has better judgment than John McCain to lead the nation.  Can anyone believe that a man who worked with an unrepentant domestic terrorist for years and considered him “mainstream” has the judgment necessary for the Presidency?

Expect Sarah Palin to continue to lead the charge on this topic.  She has effectively used the media scrutiny surrounding her to get national media coverage on Ayers, with surprising results.  So far, the Obama campaign simply has not effectively rebutted it, and in fact has made the damage worse.

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Whenever somebody tries to tell you this doesn’t matter, all you need are two words: tanning bed.

Jim Treacher on October 8, 2008 at 2:15 PM

An idea of what Ayers has in mind for America’s schools was provided in his own words not 40 years ago when Obama was eight years old, but less than two years ago in November 2006 at the World Education Forum in Caracas hosted by dictator Hugo Chavez.

With Chavez at his side, Ayers voiced his support for “the political educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how . . . all of you continue to overcome the failures of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane.”

Vashta.Nerada on October 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

RBMN on October 8, 2008 at 12:26 PM


Reinforcing my 12:12 PM comment.

Whenever I tell my liberal friends my suspicions, they just scoff and sneer.

Looks like, I’m not alone

franksalterego on October 8, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Mike Barone: duh.

This is a powerful reminder that there is not one (Andrew McCarthy) but in fact two relatively high-profile conservative political commentators in this country who have functioning brains.

Fun that this opinion comes on the same day that effeminate pansy Rich Lowry is swooning over the unflappability of the master fraud Obama.

Rich: a great big “GFY” to you.

MB: bravo. Speak the truth; you never know, it might wake up some of the sleeping nitwits in this country.

Jaibones on October 8, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Hey, for the “it doesn’t matter” crowd: what happens when Ayers’s fellow terrorists come up for parole every couple of years? Does the American public say “hey, that’s just one of my neighbors; let her out of prison!”?

Not so much.

Jaibones on October 8, 2008 at 2:33 PM

When the Monsterettes were little, sometimes I’d catch one with her hand behind her back, trying to hide something from me. That’s how I knew she was up to no good.

If there’s no “there” there, why did the 0bama campaign put out an Action Alert to try to shout down the Kurtz/Rosenberg discussing Chicago Annenberg and Woods?

Yes, it’s bad that Ayers founded an organization that declared war on the USA (and got away with it). But we should not forget to talk about what he and Obama did when they worked together, years after the bombing thing.

The Monster on October 8, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Oh, clearly you guys are blowing this out of proportion!!

Barry himself assured us, “I didn’t discuss policy positions with him on a regular basis.”


Go Sarah Go!!

Pomme143 on October 8, 2008 at 5:48 PM