Friday, April 18, 2008

Barack and the Bad Guys

Barack said at the debate Wednesday night that its not appropriate to make him responsible for the words or actions of people who happen to support him. That sounds reasonable on the surface. But in the Rev Wright situation, Americans ask themselves, "Would I have stayed in that environment for 20 years and listened to anti-American rants?"

In the case of the former terrorist William Ayers, there's a similar question. "Would I let the guy hold a fundraiser for me?"

The LA Times today argues that Barack's ties to the bad guys are thin, but writes:

Obama and Ayers moved in some of the same political and social circles in the leafy liberal enclave of Hyde Park, where they lived several blocks apart. In the mid-1990s, when Obama was running for the Illinois Senate, Ayers introduced Obama during a political event at his home, according to Obama's aides. Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, later contributed $200 to Obama's state campaign.
What? Does a normal person accept donations and fundraisers from people who say they're proud of having blown up buildings during the Vietnam protest era? Does a normal American agree to serve on a charitable board with the same guy? Is that a thin connection?

And does Barack's attempt to distance himself from Ayers ring true?
He's not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.

And the notion that . . . knowing somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8 years old, somehow reflects on me and my values doesn't make much sense.
Disingenuous at best.

All this is more evidence of why Barack can't win the presidency, which will lead to guilt by association attacks like this popular YouTube video:

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