Sunday, October 12, 2008

Bill Ayers Is Not an Issue in This Campaign

But let's correct the record.

What's Ayers' position on Terrorism?

I think history will assign Bill Ayers to have been among the
post-9/11 coffee drinkers as opposed to those swilling Kool-Aid.

7 comments:

  1. What an insult to us the American voters, to bring Ayers into this race, especially when our economy is the worse it's been since the depression.

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  2. I could not possibly agree more.

    America Burns While McCain Fiddles

    I'll go a step further. I'd love to attend one of Ayers lectures or even take one of his courses.

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  3. Vigil, you might be interested a 8-Oct letter posted to the To the Editor of the NYT by William C. Ibershof, Bill Ayer's prosecutor:

    Re “Politics of Attack” (editorial, Oct. 8) and “Obama and ’60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths”

    Dear Editor:

    As the lead federal prosecutor of the Weathermen in the 1970s (I was then chief of the criminal division in the Eastern District of Michigan and took over the Weathermen prosecution in 1972), I am amazed and outraged that Senator Barack Obama is being linked to William Ayers’s terrorist activities 40 years ago when Mr. Obama was, as he has noted, just a child.

    Although I dearly wanted to obtain convictions against all the Weathermen, including Bill Ayers, I am very pleased to learn that he has become a responsible citizen.

    Because Senator Obama recently served on a board of a charitable organization with Mr. Ayers cannot possibly link the senator to acts perpetrated by Mr. Ayers so many years ago.

    I do take issue with the statement in your news article that the Weathermen indictment was dismissed because of “prosecutorial misconduct.” It was dismissed because of illegal activities, including wiretaps, break-ins and mail interceptions, initiated by John N. Mitchell, attorney general at that time, and W. Mark Felt, an F.B.I. assistant director.

    William C. Ibershof

    Mill Valley, Calif., Oct. 8, 2008


    The LA Times has a story on this about which I may comment further, today.

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  4. Thomas Franks in the Wall Street Journal says:

    "Waving the bloody shirt" was the phrase once used to describe the standard demagogic tactic of the late 19th century, when memories of the Civil War were still vivid and loyalists of both parties could be moved to "vote as they shot."

    The McCain campaign has made much of its leader's honor and bravery, but now it has chosen to mount its greatest attack against a man who poses no conceivable threat to the country, who has nothing to do with this year's issues, and who cannot or will not defend himself. Apparently this makes him an irresistible target.

    There are a lot of things to call this tactic, but "country first" isn't one of them. The nation wants its hope and confidence restored, and Republican leaders have chosen instead to wave the bloody shirt. This is their vilest hour.

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  5. With this shot across his bow, coming from the WSJ as it is, I'm betting McCain will take the high road tonight.

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  6. Different time, different place. Ayers did demonstrate regret in that he stated he wishes he'd done more against the war. I can't criticize his

    Macdaddy's right: to make Ayers an issue is an insult to Americans.

    Emily's NYT article regarding William C. Ibershof, Bill Ayer's prosecutor should be quoted by the Obama camp if McCain attempts to use Ayers to derail Obama's campaign.

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  7. The Big Lie At The Heart Of McCain's Ayers Campaign.

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