Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Stanley Kurtz on the Obama-Ayers Connection

Today in the Wall Street Journal, Stanley Kurtz has an article discussing the relationship between Barack Obama and Bill Ayers.
Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.

The CAC was the brainchild of Bill Ayers, a founder of the Weather Underground in the 1960s. Among other feats, Mr. Ayers and his cohorts bombed the Pentagon, and he has never expressed regret for his actions. Barack Obama's first run for the Illinois State Senate was launched at a 1995 gathering at Mr. Ayers's home.
But you already know this, right? If you don't, you should. Of course Obama and the media have been trying to cover it up with such vigor, the odds are you might not know about it. Kurtz continues:
The Obama campaign has struggled to downplay that association. Last April, Sen. Obama dismissed Mr. Ayers as just "a guy who lives in my neighborhood," and "not somebody who I exchange ideas with on a regular basis." Yet documents in the CAC archives make clear that Mr. Ayers and Mr. Obama were partners in the CAC. Those archives are housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago and I've recently spent days looking through them.
and ends with:
The Obama campaign has cried foul when Bill Ayers comes up, claiming "guilt by association." Yet the issue here isn't guilt by association; it's guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle. That is a story even if Mr. Ayers had never planted a single bomb 40 years ago.
I still have my doubts on whether this story will stick. I think that is due to the fact of just how damaging it is. You have to pick your battles. The media can cover some other story that paints Obama in a poor light but isn't that serious and claim they are being objective. But in the Ayers case, it is one of the few examples of what Obama has actually done--not talked about doing. And his description of Ayers as mainstream would be shocking to most Americans if they actually were presented with the details of this story. So that means they can't be and they won't be. Obama can't let it happen and neither can the media.

Just look at who is writing about the Kurtz article. Instapundit, Althouse, Hot Air, Gateway Pundit, the Corner, Hugh Hewitt, and Powerlineblog. All conservative, or conservative leaning, blogs. A Google search on "cnn Ayers Obama" returns no results on the first few pages that show CNN has recently reported on the matter. Don't expect that to change.

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