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Barack Obama’s Willie Horton

Mr. Ayers continues:
“Certainly flirting with the idea of terrorism was off the tracks and a
mistake. The fact that we never executed that flirtation is important and significant
and I think conveniently forgotten, but we never did.” In fact, Mr. Ayers
and his cohorts did set off a bomb at the Pentagon. In his book, he writes:
“It turns out that we blew up a bathroom and, quite by accident, water
plunged below and knocked out their computers for a time, disrupting
the air war
and sending me into deepening shades of delight.”
In those four little words, “disrupting the air war,” there is the
dark prospect of American soldiers in jeopardy. – WSJ,

Over the last several months I’ve been talking to many people out of Illinois,
as well as people beyond
Obama’s stomping grounds, who knew of the connection with Barack Obama and the
domestic terrorist couple Bernardine Dohrn and William Ayers.

“There’s no way to be committed to non-violence in one of the most violent societies that history has ever created.” Bernardine Dohrn

has done a piece today on the relationship. It’s a story many of us
have been following. The Ayers story goes back years, to
, a subject, no doubt, that John McCain will mine. After all, who
better to attack the Democratic nominee than a war hero tortured while an acquaintance
of Barack Obama’s was “disrupting the air war” in Vietnam, while equating
Marines with “terrorists.”

Later in the talk, Mr. Ayers declared: “The fact is that there was an
official policy of our government to create terrorism in Vietnam. . . . How
you resisted that policy was a burning question, and is still a good question.”

So, to recap: The Weathermen weren’t terrorists, but the U.S. Marines were.
Even if we accept this perverse semantic equation, the position of the Weathermen’s
apologists is still remarkable.

The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth won’t have to make stuff up about Obama.
His relationship with Ayers is a fact, as they also were both seated on a nine-member
board of the Woods Fund in 1999, for three years. In lieu of that connection,
even in the face of a measly $200 contribution from Ayers to Obama, as well
as the Obama campaign’s statement decrying Ayers’ actions when he was with the terrorist group The Weather Underground, quotes like the one below
from Ayers are a general election gift to your opponent, especially considering Obama has
no problem sitting on a board with this thug, or taking a meeting with him when launching your political career:

Mr. Ayers wrote a memoir, “Fugitive Days,” published in 2001, and
on the day of the September 11 terrorist attacks, he was quoted by the New
York Times as saying: “I don’t regret setting bombs. I feel we didn’t
do enough.”

I held out from writing about the Obama – Ayers connection in the hope that
someone would finally go on the record to advance the story in a serious way.
Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen at this point. I simply could not
get Alice Palmer or others in Illinois on the record, try as I might through
many angles. Peter
was the first to do a more recent article on the Ayers and Obama
connection. No doubt he won’t be the last, because the Republicans are going
to love this angle if Obama gets to the general election. Larry
has also sent a warning shot on Obama’s connection to radical domestic
terrorist William Ayers, though no one is listening.

Do you think that Republicans will ignore Obama’s ties to Ayers? The two
were serving on the same board in 2002. We are talking less than six years
ago and the record will come out showing some questionable grants by these
two characters. William Ayers, in the age of terrorism, will be Barack
Obama’s Willie Horton. …
(emphasis added)

After getting attacked, Larry did an update on a post to try to drive the point
home in “Obama’s
Terrorist Ties”

The facts are quite clear:

1. William Ayers conducted terrorist attacks inside the United States and
against the U.S. Government. He does not consider himself a terrorist, but
he admits he did the acts.
2. Barack Obama has had a long standing relationship with Ayers and is quite
knowledgeable of his past.
3. Barack and Ayers served together on the Wood Fund. I am told, but have
not yet confirmed, that they steered money to an individual who is under Federal
indictment. If that is true, life gets more interesting.
4. William Ayers made a small financial contribution to Obama’s first
campaign. In the total scheme of things, not significant, except it will be
used by Republicans against Obama in the fall. How do you explain to Joe or
Jane Average American that a guy who describes U.S. Marines as terrorists
not only gave you money but also helped raise money for your campaign? Do
you really think most Americans will shrug and say, “No big deal”?

William Ayers
Ayers is now an author and professor at the University of Illinois.

Bernardine Dohrn
She spent the 1970s living underground and was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

I’m sure Larry won’t mind me borrowing his line for my headline. At least I
credited him. But what he is saying will indeed be an issue on which Republicans
will seize. Why wouldn’t they? Visualize Bush
41 and Michael Dukakis
, then think of the Obama – Ayers ad in the general
election. It writes itself. The difference, however, is that Horton was a common
murderer, while Ayers was a domestic terrorist who delighted in “disrupting
the air war” and equated Marines with terrorists, all of which is on the record.

This is the vein in the Democratic party I will never understand, cannot accept
on any level. What is it about some people who just don’t get the problems with
our Democratic nominee being friendly, even taking a contribution (however small),
as well as having a meeting as recently as 1995 with an unrepentant domestic
terrorist like William Ayers? It reveals a lack of seriousness about the issue
of terrorism and the dangerously immature judgment of anyone who is going to
associate with a man, at the very least, that Republicans will use to beat us
over the head with, having the bonus of hitting a spot the public loves to drink up, which is that our
party is not serious about the dangers we face in this world.

From Ben Smith’s article:

“I can remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill
Ayers’ house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the senate
and running for Congress,” said Dr. Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago
physician and advocate for single-payer health care, of the informal gathering
at the home of Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn. “[Palmer] identified
him as her successor.”

Obama and Palmer “were both there,” he said.

Obama’s connections to Ayers and Dorhn have been noted in some fleeting
news coverage in the past. But the visit by Obama to their home—part
of a campaign courtship—reflects more extensive interaction than has
previously reported.

Neither Ayers nor the Obama campaign would describe the relationship between
the two men. … ..

Obama’s Ayers and Dorhn relationship is something more than a few people have
been trying to nail down for weeks. You can bet the Republicans and their 527s
will do just that. I don’t blame them either. This goes well beyond the Rezko
connection. In the bad judgment file, any association whatsoever with a domestic
terrorist who actively tried to thwart an air war during the Vietnam war, calls
our Marines “terrorists,” while also being unrepentant about it, shows
a lack of seriousness I will never accept. John McCain’s personal disgust at
this connection between Obama and Ayers will bring out a righteous fury that
will likely pit the War Hero against the Terrorist’s Friend, which is just one
angle Obama’s opponents will use.

“Ayers was a terrorist. Bernardine Dohrn was a terrorist. Ayers has
never offered one word of apology — he glories in it, thinks it’s
terrific. And that to me is not what I would call acceptable or mainstream
behavior,” said Dan Polsby, a former law professor at Northwestern who
is now dean of George Mason University Law School. “If Obama takes a
different view on that — well, OK, that’s data about Obama.”

It’s a set up waiting for Democrats. If Obama’s the nominee, his campaign and
supporters are walking into a political buzz saw. Considering Ayers’ past domestic
terrorist resume, as well as his involvement with Obama, John McCain’s fighter
pilot, held captive and tortured biography is made for this fight.

Perception is reality in politics. The primary season will have no resemblance to the general election, trust me. It may not be right to dredge up the past and link Obama with Ayers, but if you doubt the Republicans will do it you’ve not been paying attention to American politics over the last twenty years. Between Tony Rezko, Obama’s financial godfather, who is set to go on trial soon (so who knows what will hit), and William Ayers, the American people are going to be asked to make an assessment about Barack Obama’s judgment to be president and commander in chief. If past is prologue, the Republicans are set to make Ayers Barack Obama’s Wille Horton. But evidently, that’s
a gamble many Democrats are willing to take.

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