Skip to main content

So, the rightwing has been making a big deal out this guy, William Ayres, because he was a radical 40 years ago and Obama worked on a board with guy in Chicago.
They think this is a big deal.
Enough for McCain to try to target Obama with him and hope to destroy Obama over it.
But, the problem for McCain is that he hangs around a known convict.
So, why is this not a problem?

The way I see it, there is always a ying and a yang.  For every problem person Obama knows, there is an equally problem person for McCain.

William Ayres was a radical youth 40 years ago when so many under the age of 30 were radical.  It was a time of social upheval.
Since then, Ayres grew up, settled down and became an authority on Education and worked at the University of Chicago.  
Barack Obama worked at the University as well and served on board and Ayres was the expert in this issue and close at hand.  They were co-workers and happened to live in the same neighborhood.  Like other professors of the University.
While Ayres past was not something to be proud of, it is ancient history and he's moved on and became a productive citizen.
John McCain happens to pal around with a known convict.  G. Gordon Liddy is infamous.  
So, why is it okay for John to hang out with Liddy but, not okay for Obama to work on a project with co-worker Ayres?
What is the difference?
Ayres is not a wanted felon who is hiding from his crimes.  He is fine with the law and even worked on some boards with the Mayor of Chicago and with conservative professors at the University.
They will bring up Rev. Wright.  But, I raise you a Hagee for their Rev. Wright.
They will trot out Rezko but, I have a Charles Keating for their Rezko.
If the right wants to smear and tar Obama as dangerous for his associations with a few characters, I have equal ones to counter with.
If they want to make an issue of Ayres, Wright and Rezko, I say let's throw them Liddy, Hagee and Keating right back at them.
If Obama is some scary other, then so is John.
Ya Betcha!

Originally posted to renior on Sat Oct 04, 2008 at 05:07 PM PDT.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site