The McCain/Palin compaign is going negative. It’s about time they did, but they are going about it all wrong. Linking Obama to Bill Ayers is a tactic that must be used (and should have been used sooner), but the campaign is focusing on the wrong thing. Simply calling Ayers a terrorist accomplishes nothing, because it happened forty years ago. Young voters consider the sixties to be ancient history, and see such attacks as a weak link to an irrelevant person. Many older voters view the sixties with nostalgia and forgive the guy for youthful indescretions. After all, he did stop bombing things!
While it may stir up the conservative base, this approach does nothing to attract weary Republicans, fed up Libertarians, or anyone else who might still be swayed. In fact, it will have a negative backlash. Nobody seriously thinks that Obama endorses bombing buildings, so this comes off as a desparate character attack.
McCain and Palin claim that the relationship raises questions of “Honesty and Judgement”. This is true, but what McCain really needs to do is to explain Bill Ayers’ PHILOSOPHY. While he may not be throwing literal bombs, he continues to promote his extreme left, anti-capitalist philosophy as a professor of education at University of Illinois at Chicago. Consider this Ayers quote:
“We have always been small ‘c’ communists in the sense that we were never in the [Communist] party and never Stalinists. The ethics of Communism still appeal to me. I don’t like Lenin as much as the early Marx. I also like Henry David Thoreau, Mother Jones and Jane Addams […]”
Senator Obama’s allies and connections, including Ayers, are an indicator of his worldview, his concept of America, his political and ethical philosophy. We should know by now that you cannot blindly trust the words of any politician running for office. In order to predict what a man will do after he is elected, we need to understand what motivates him.
I fear that American will not see Obama for the leftist he really is. But more than that, I fear that America might see Obama for the leftist that he really is…and still choose to vote him in.