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There’s nothing wrong with “guilt by association” if the person you’re associating with is guilty of something…
The McCain campaign needs to spin the Ayers connection much better.
It doesn’t matter when Obama met up with Ayers, or how many meetings they ever had.
It’s about the fact that Ayers went from domestic terrorist to “respected community leader”, to the point where Ayers was throwing well attended fundraisers for Obama, and they sat on boards together.
Bill Ayers should never have acheived such respectable positions in the first place.
Bill Ayers should be sitting in jail, not on boards!
But that’s how the 1960s Left’s reputation-laundering works. Look at Angela Davis, and the convicted felon and torturer who invented (the Marxist inspired “holiday”) Kwanzaa and, like Davis, is now a tenured prof.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Ayers was quoted in the New York Times as saying he and his wife only regretted that they hadn’t blown up more buildings. People were reminded that Ayers wife praised the Manson family murders.
That story was widely remarked upon for incredibly obvious reasons.
That story alone would make any decent, intelligent person say afterward: “Wow, I better not be seen anywhere near this guy, let alone sit on a board with him or go to his frickin’ house. Boy, would THAT ever look bad.”
So that means Obama isn’t a decent, intelligent person. Period.
He’s just another craven, arrogant, Chicago style politician.
The McCain campaign needs to spin this as an anti-hippie, anti-lefty, culture wars story:
Ayers and his wife are dangerous criminals and traitors who got away with it, and are now well off and respected. At least the Rosenbergs got the chair…
Look at how average Americans view O.J. — make Ayers the hippie O.J.
Ask folks how they’d feel if Charles Mason was a professor now too?
a guy who has been photographed, as late as 2001, stomping on the American flag is one of Obama’s supporters.
It doesn’t matter if Obama denounces Ayers tomorrow.
It doesn’t matter if their connection is/was “tenuous”.
Here’s what matters:
What does it tell you about Obama and his policies and his worldview that people like Ayers and his ilk are obviously going to vote for the guy?
Do you really want to vote for the same guy that unrepentant, unpunished domestic terrorists vote for?
Yes or no?
Pretty simple, but the McCain camp is blowing it.