This is really getting ridiculous, folks.
On the Huffington Post web site sits the following by Thomas Edsall, and represents the abject cluelessness of the Clinton campaign’s staunchest supporters: Clinton Backer Distributes Essay On How GOP Would Link Obama To ’70s Radicals.
A high-ranking labor supporter of Hillary Clinton is distributing
to union leaders and to Democratic strategists a document detailing the
radical activities of Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, two former members of
the ’70s group the Weather Underground, who decades later, in Chicago,
crossed paths with Barack Obama.
The document – a three-page emailed essay by Rick Sloan, communications director for the International Association of Machinists as
Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) — takes both literary and political license to
outline what Sloan believes would be the thrust of a hypothetical
Republican campaign against Obama focusing on his tangential connection to
Ayers and Dohrn.
The goal of the essay appears to be to discredit Obama as the
prospective Democratic presidential nominee.
The most damaging new material cited by Sloan appears in a link to an FBI Freedom of Information
web site — where a viewer can examine hundreds of pages of a study of the
Weather Underground and its leaders, written in 1976 by the Chicago FBI
office, just at the group was disintegrating at the end of the Vietnam War.
So, let’s look at this, shall we?
The Weather Underground blew itself up about the time Barack Obama was in grade school. He was in Junior High when the group was disintegrating. By the time Obama even MET Ayers, Ayers was a FORMER radical, who had become a college professor and was considered "mainstream" at that point.
This is from a Washington Post article from this past week. I quoted it earlier, but it bears repeating:
Nearly 30 years after surrendering to police, Ayers and Dohrn, both in
their 60s, are tenured university professors whose work on school
reform and juvenile justice have won them bipartisan respect.
Ayers is an informal adviser to Mayor Richard M. Daley
and has been awarded more than $50 million in charitable grants for his
promotion of small schools as a solution to a crisis in education.
Dohrn lectures widely on children’s law and serves on a variety of
boards and committees. Together, they have raised three boys in the
intellectual haven of Hyde Park, where Sen. Barack Obama is a neighbor.
For months, their connection to the Democratic presidential candidate
— they hosted a gathering for him in 1995 when he first ran for the
state Senate and later contributed $200 to his reelection campaign —
has been a source of growing anger among conservatives. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton‘s
campaign picked up on the connection to suggest skeletons in Obama’s
closet. On Wednesday night in a televised debate with her rival,
Clinton (N.Y.) mentioned it as "an issue that certainly the Republicans
will be raising."
In Chicago, however, Ayers is considered so mainstream that Daley
issued a statement on Thursday praising him as a "distinguished
professor of education" and a "valued member of the Chicago community."
"I don’t condone what he did 40 years ago, but I remember that
period well," said Daley, an Obama supporter whose father, Richard J.
Daley, was a favorite target of the antiwar movement when he was mayor
in the ’60s. "It was a difficult time, but those days are long over. I
believe we have too many challenges in Chicago and our country to keep
refighting 40-year-old battles."
Look, folks; the right is going to throw a lot of shit at Obama; I don’t think anyone will argue that point at all. The question is, will it stick? And the answer is, no it won’t, anymore than Bill Clinton’s Lewinsky fiasco is sticking to Hillary. This whole exercise is insane. Stop treating the American people as if they’re stupid.
The stupid ones vote for the right wing, not for Barack Obama. Insulting anyone who doesn’t vote for you is not going to get you more votes.