If McCain asks, what should BO say of Ayers?
by Carl Nyberg, Fri Oct 10, 2008 at 09:27:51 AM EDT
I guess the Obama folks figure there are three things that could happen. First, McCain does nothing and ends up looking like a coward. Second, their taunts get under McCain's skin so badly that he goes over the edge and does something really stupid. Third, McCain takes the bait and decides to bring up Ayers at the next debate.
The first two possibilities are obviously good for Obama. And the third? I guess they must be really sure they have a dynamite response ready in case McCain decides to unload next Wednesday.
I don't see the Ayers question as particularly difficult to answer.
I've written an answer that seems pretty close to what I assume to be the truth.
Bill Ayers was prosecuted for his crimes. Since then he has applied his talents to education. I worked with him in his capacity as an educator and an organizer. I am proud of the work we did on the Annenburg Challenge. While I was aware Ayers participated in the Weather Underground, I didn't consider it a big deal b/c nobody else participating considered it a big deal.
I wasn't going to miss out on doing something productive to help young people because I felt I needed to insulate myself from some future political attack. Like the late Sen. Paul Wellstone, I believe politics is about making a difference in people's lives.
I made a choice that I was going to be involved and help young people better their lives through education. It would have be cowardly to not get involved because I was trying to protect myself from future political attacks by avoiding an individual, who had already been prosecuted for his crimes.
John, picture you have the opportunity to help people in your community but you have to associate with someone who did bad things in the past. These bad things would allow your political opponents to create attack advertisements. Would you be willing to take the heat and improve your community through uplifting disadvantaged children? Or would you keep yourself pure and avoid the situation altogether? Would you skip helping kids in your community because you were afraid of some political opponent making a TV advertisement?
Like I said, I think the response is truthful and it makes McCain look like a weasel and a coward in two ways.
McCain will look like a weasel for running the Ayers ads. And he'll look like a coward because he won't say he'd take the heat to educate children.