National Review’s Katherine Jean Lopez on the relevance of Ayers:
McCain probably just isn’t the messenger for it — but I think Obama’s radicalism needs to be part of the narrative of why McCain and not Obama — but it’s a message that needs to be heard and I think people are increasingly receiving it. Ayers isn’t the whole election, but he is a legitmate part of the reason why Obama should not be president. JUDGEMENT.
This “insight” gets at the heart of the Ayers-Obama absurdity. I’m left weighing one candidate’s questionable associations (errr, assuming I disregard McCain’s checkered past) against another candidate’s awful record on several major issues. And this doesn’t even touch on McCain’s inability to formulate a coherent political message.
What’s more, it looks like voters have also begun to take note (via Politico):
54 year-old white male, voted Kerry ’04, Bush ’00, Dole ’96, hunter, NASCAR fan…hard for Obama said: “I’m gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He’s gonna be a bad president. But I won’t ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President.”
The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. “Well, I don’t know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I’m sick of paying for health insurance at work and that’s why I’m supporting Barack.”