by Kiley Larsen
I’m not going to go as far as former Clinton advisor Howard Wolfson and say this thing is over, (I am a lifelong Red Sox fan after all, think 2004 ALCS!) but the McCain campaign looks downright desperate right now. We all know that the “Swift Boat” ads from 2004 pretty much single-handedly killed Kerry’s campaign, but in these rough times, small ball politics are not going to win an election.
This election’s “Swift Boat” has turned out to be Bill Ayers, former “terrorist” and now respected professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As co-founder of the Weather Underground organization, he participated like many others in the late 60’s, in radical movements (blowing up empty buildings), but has turned into a powerful community member who pushes education.
Now Sean Hannity is playing right along with this, and in an effort to counter the propaganda, John K. Wilson of The Huffington Post has posted 30 lies about the association of Obama and Ayers. Here is just a sampling of what he found:
LIE: “My view is that the community organizer was really a sham event. Bill Ayers was testing him.”(Andy Martin, Hannity’s America, October 5, 2008, “Obama and His Friends: History of Radicalism”)
TRUTH: Bill Ayers had nothing to do with Obama’s community organizing job. It’s pure lunacy to imagine that Ayers was “testing” Obama.
LIE: “They live half a mile from William Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist” and “Just a half a mile from those homes is Louis Farrakhan.”(Hannity’s America, October 5, 2008, “Obama and His Friends: History of Radicalism”)
TRUTH: It’s true, of course, that Obama lives in this same neighborhood, as do tens of thousands of other people who presumably are also guilty by geographical association. The logic of this argument would be, if you live half a mile from a sex offender, then you agree with child molesters.
LIE: “Bill Ayers is an unrepentant terrorist.”
TRUTH: Bill Ayers is not, and apparently never was, a terrorist. The conventional definition of a terrorist is someone who tries to kill innocent people for political purposes. As Factcheck.org noted, In fact, nobody died as a result of bombings in which Ayers said he participated as part of the Weather Underground. (Factcheck.org)
LIE: “Obama is hanging around with Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright. By the way, Bill Ayers advertised himself as being a communist with a small c just when he was beginning to
partner with Obama on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. (Stanley Kurtz, Hudson Institute, Washington DC, October 1, 2008)
TRUTH: Contrary to this McCarthyist attack, there’s no evidence that Obama ever knew that Ayers supposedly called himself a communist, nor is that a good reason for Obama to end his work on school reform and charitable activities.
When Wilson says McCarthyist attack, he hits the nail on the head. The McCain/Palin campaign, is full of this accusation with no fact fluff. If this was just another election, people might fall for it, but the real issues are much more important than apparent associations with people who are viewed as unconventional. This may round off things a bit for McCain but is by no means going to change his fortunes.