Team McCain rolls out Murtaugh to continue focus on Ayers

posted at 2:20 pm on October 8, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Cillizza wonders whether John McCain may have decided to drop the William Ayers topic when it didn’t come up in last night’s debate.  The McCain campaign answered today by releasing a statement from John Murtaugh regarding his close brush with the Weather Underground terrorists that Ayers helped lead.  It doesn’t look like the McCain campaign has any intention of dropping Ayers at all:

Today, John M. Murtagh made the following statement on Barack Obama’s relationship with William Ayers:

“When I was 9 years-old the Weather Underground, the terrorist group founded by Barack Obama’s friend William Ayers, firebombed my house. Barack Obama has dismissed concerns about his relationship with Ayers by noting that he was only a child when Ayers was planting bombs at the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. But Ayers has never apologized for his crimes, he has reveled in them, expressing regret only for the fact that he didn’t do more.

“While Barack Obama once downplayed his relationship with Ayers, today his campaign took that deceit one step further. Barack Obama now denies he was even aware of his friend’s violent past when, in 1995, Ayers hosted a party launching Obama’s political career. Given Ayers’ celebrity status among the left, it’s difficult to believe. The question remains: what did Obama know, and when did he know it? When did Obama learn the truth about his friend? Barack Obama helped Ayers promote his book in 1997, served on charitable boards with him through 2002, and regularly exchanged emails and phone calls with him through 2005. At what point did Barack Obama discover that his friend was an unrepentant terrorist? And if he is so repulsed by the acts of terror committed by William Ayers, why did the relationship continue? Any honest accounting by Barack Obama will necessarily cast further doubt on his judgment and his fitness to serve as commander in chief.

“Barack Obama may have been a child when William Ayers was plotting attacks against U.S. targets — but I was one of those targets. Barack Obama’s friend tried to kill my family.”

I covered Murtaugh’s story in two posts during the primaries, but Murtaugh tells it much better himself.  Here are both parts of Greta van Susteren’s interview with Murtaugh from the spring:

As I wrote at the time, Murtaugh himself makes the point that Eric Rudolph rightly rots in prison for his bombing attacks on abortion clinics and the Atlanta Olympics. Ayers and Dohrn, on the other hand, have entered the highest circles of Chicago political elite, Ayers has tenure at a state university, and both have entree to a man running for President, who would command the forces that Ayers and Dohrn bombed. (Dohrn also has a track record as an accessory to armed robbery and murder of police officers.) Needless to say, this does not please or amuse Murtaugh in the slightest, and neither should it please or amuse the rest of us.

Just in case anyone wonders, like Van Susteren does, whether Ayers and Dohrn have mellowed, revisit this post and the speeches both gave last November. Dohrn still wants an “overthrow” of capitalism, and Ayers still thinks that Red China is on the right track while railing against the “unimaginable authoritarianism” of the US over the last 40 years. And Barack Obama considers this “mainstream”.

That says something about both judgment and character, and explains why Team Obama has fought so hard to keep McCain from talking about Ayers.


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Question,why are Liberals refusing to see Ayers as
a Terrorist!!!

Is there a difference between a foreign terrorist,
such as AQ!

Or a,

Domestic Terrorist, William Ayers!

If William Ayers brought down the Twin towers,would
the Liberal Democratic Party,after say 30 years,welcome
Ayers as a professor,and a political partner for the
Liberals!!

canopfor on October 8, 2008 at 3:27 PM

The man we know as a terrorist is the Left’s National Hero, don’t you know?

newton on October 8, 2008 at 4:43 PM

My question is why do these anti-capitalists live in mansions in posh neighborhoods, and have such wealth? Doesn’t that fact represent the highest of hypocrisy?

13Girl on October 8, 2008 at 4:41 PM

Of course. When have Marxists ever worried about a goose/gander situation?

anuts on October 8, 2008 at 4:44 PM

Notice how team Barry’s counter attack about McCain’s involvement in the Keating five seams to have fallen flat on its face due to lack of interest.

Meanwhile the Ayers affair continues to gain traction despite the best efforts of Ayers and Obama’s admirers in the MSM particularly subversive left wing outlets like the NYT to downplay the story.

Dreadnought223 on October 8, 2008 at 4:50 PM

And if McCain had been on a board and received money from Tim McVeigh, the left would turn the other cheek? They would say that is okay because that was 13 years ago?
I don’t think so…

right2bright on October 8, 2008 at 4:51 PM

McCain needs to start carrying the pictures of Ayers standing and dancing in the American flag around and holding it up at events and during the next debate!!. That photo will put a face on Ayers!!!
A picture is worth a thousand words!
SHOW AMERICA THE PICTURE OF OBAMA’S FRIEND AYERS STANDING ON THE AMERICAN FLAG AND DEMAND OBAMA EXPLAIN WHY HE CHOSE TO LAUNCH HIS POLITICAL FUTURE OUT OF THAT MAN’S LIVING ROOM!!

Show the picture!

JellyToast on October 8, 2008 at 7:17 PM

i surly must be the dumbest person in the whole world. the world tells the us to elect obama. why is that? is it that the leftist societies of europe realize that the economic policies have made themselsves useless?

the left INCLUDING OBAMA want the people of the u.s. to believe that they the LEFT is for the little man.. the left in fact want to make a miserable life common. how is it that the al gores of the world can use all the energy that they want and at the same time tell the people in central africa that they can not burn coal or oil to make electricty to improve the life style of thier families??????

TomLawler on October 8, 2008 at 7:25 PM

I like this.

The next conservative should just have a series of meetings with all dozen or so nationally known radio talk show hosts. Have THEM plan your campaign and talking points. One afternoon of cigars and brandy with Rush would win your office in a landslide.

Mojave Mark on October 8, 2008 at 7:51 PM

On another posting on Hot Air, there is a video history of the WU which includes a clip from a 1998 interview of Ayers and Dohrn on ABC in which Dohrn stated that she wished SHE had MORE as Ayers chuckles in agreement.

Laurence on October 9, 2008 at 12:25 AM

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