Broadway Baby and Senator Hope and Change

John Kass delves deeper into the cases of Bernadine Dohrn, William Ayers, and the Weather Underground, and finds more crimes than commonly thought. Barack Obama tried to shrug off the radical past of his associate on the Woods Foundation board as having ended when Obama was eight, but now it looks more like the 80s. Kass relates the tale of how Dohrn in particular assisted radicals in armed robberies that turned into murders through identity theft:

According to a 1982 New York Times report, Broadway Baby was implicated in an investigation of a series of violent armed robberies in New York—netting more than $2 million over a two-year span—committed by former Black Panthers and Weather Underground members in the early ’80s.

Their aim? Global revolution, naturally. They needed cash, but the rich white parents weren’t in a giving mood. So their privileged offspring grabbed guns, pointed them at the faces of the working man and, sometimes, they pulled the trigger.

At Broadway Baby, customers often paid by check and used driver’s licenses for identification. On Dec. 28, 1979, information from two customer files was used to apply for two driver’s licenses at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. The fraudulent licenses were used to rent getaway cars for the gang.

Investigators tracked the identities on two licenses for the getaway cars. The names belonged to women who had shopped at Broadway Baby in December 1979. But they weren’t robbers.

And who was the manager of Broadway Baby during that period of the customer ID theft?

Dohrn, the future wife of Ayers, identified by investigators as taking customer information from one, and possibly both, of the women shoppers. Dohrn was never charged in that case.

This conspiracy didn’t involve political protest, but common robbery — and murder. The same gang that Dohrn supplied with fake ID later went on to murder a Brinks armed guard and two police officers. Dohrn refused to cooperate in a grand jury investigation and served seven months for contempt. Years later, Ayers’ father apparently pulled some strings at Northwest University, where he was a trustee, and got Dohrn a job at the school with less access to drivers licences.

Only 14 years after these murders, Barack Obama went to the house of the apparent accomplice in these robberies and murders and asked for her support in his first political campaign. He sat on panels with Ayers in Chicago discussing politics and worked with him on the Woods Foundation board. This isn’t just some neighbor with whom he accidentally crossed paths; the Obamas sought out Ayers and Dohrn and maintained political ties with them at least through 2002.

Do we want to hear another verse of how Ayers and Dohrn somehow equate to Tom Coburn? Barack Obama seems to really believe that nonsense. That, more than anything, should really be the cautionary tale — that a candidate for President considers a sitting Senator with a distinguished medical career the political equivalent of an unrepentant domestic terrorist and an accomplice to armed robberies and murder.