Did you hear?? John McCain worked with Eric Rudolph (abortion clinic bomber) for years on his committee to promote adult education in the south.
Of course you didn’t hear it because it isn’t true. But can you imagine if it WERE true!!!? McCain wouldn’t even be running for president.
Even the thought of McCain meeting Eric Rudolph is distasteful to me. And I’m sure to most people.
Which is why it’s completely fair for McCain/Palin to be bringing up Bill Ayers now.
It isn’t “racist”. Sheesh.
As always The Anchoress has a ton of good links. (including this link to Michelle Malkin observing what is probably the problem with the now removed SNL skit of Pelosi/Frank/Bush discussing the bailout. It was a classic and actually showed the Democrats as blameworthy along with homeowners and subprime sellers. You’ll be sorry you missed it.)
And Uncorrelated describes this Obama episode similarly to how I described his big speech on race.
Obama hung out with Ayers without 2 cents of thought given to it because it seemed normal/fine to him.
I can really only think of one plausible reason (I gladly invite other perspectives…). The Obama campaign, including the candidate himself, have been so isolated within the leftist culture, that they literally can’t see how these relationships could be seen as a problem.
Mick goes on to note that as a conservative in a conservative state he can still see liberals and understand what they are thinking. However a person can easily be in many places, ie Chicago, get caught up in liberal thinking and not even see that there might be another way.
“Ooh – it never even occurred to me that Reverand Wright was a racist ranter. I thought it was normal.”
“Ooh – I figured as long as Ayers was now into community service that all was cool with him.”
Why does Obama think this? Because that’s what the left thinks. He’s surrounded by it and not intellectually curious enough to reach out to those who might think differently.
As Mick notes:
It hard to imagine someone like Barack Obama, so completely removed from the reality of more than half the country, actually sitting in the oval office and making policy. How does one govern a country one doesn’t understand or respect?
Badly I imagine.
UPDATE: Thomas Sowell suggests using the word “ally” vs “friendly” or “associate” when talking about Ayers et al. I don’t disagree.