Here’s another example of Obama and Ayers running in the same political circles.
…, the real troubling aspect of the Obama-Ayers relationship is that Obama comes from a political subculture in which Ayers is an accepted and unremarkable individual. Looking at Ayers, one is forced to ask exactly what kind of leftist extremism would be considered unacceptable by Obama and his cohorts.
Ayers clearly wasn’t an outsider in leftist circles in Chicago. In this case, no one found it odd that an Illinois state senator was sharing a forum with an unrepentant, stalinist terrorist. One has to wonder how an political culture so accepting of Ayers shaped Obama’s world view.
Clearly, Obama has to have had some sympathy with Ayers or he would not have shared a forum with him or endorsed his work. In any other context, everyone would find this a highly questionable decision. I don’t think that Obama would let off the hook a Republican that shared a forum with someone who tried to kill abortion doctors and never expressed any regret for doing so. I doubt it would matter to Obama whether or not the anti-abortion terrorist went on to do humane work in another field. Obama would view a political culture that embraced an unrepentant anti-abortion terrorist as immoral and any politician that came out of that culture as strongly suspect.
We should hold Obama to the same standard.