I once heard an interview of Bill Ayers done by a conservative. I believe it was Sean Hannity, but I’m not totally sure. The interviewer immediately started hectoring and brow beating Ayers about his past terrorist acts. I couldn’t help but cringe. I kept thinking, “Shut Up! Shut Up! Or he’ll never spill the beans!” The interviewer was thinking like a typical mainstream conservative who was unfamiliar with all the ins and outs of birtherism and the cloud of issues that surround it, including the authorship issue. His desire was to paint Ayers as a radical and then tie Obama to him. Yes I understand that Bill Ayers is an unrepentant leftist. And yes the double standard that center-leftists get to associate with far-leftists without consequence, but center-rightists don’t get to associate with far-rightist without being accused of crimethink sucks. But Ayers also probably ghost wrote Obama’s memoir, and we need him admit this publicly. If he no longer has a desire to protect Obama, but doesn’t want to reward Obama’s rightist enemies, then he’ll continue to keep his mouth shut. But if he gets so frustrated with Obama and rewarding Obama’s enemies seems less obnoxious to him, then he may talk.
What is bringing this up now is this recent snippet from Ayers that has been making the rounds where he says Obama should be tried for war crimes. That sounds to me like a man who is very frustrated with Obama, a person he once had high hopes for. Is he on the verge of cracking? I don’t know. Let’s hope so. But let’s not give him reason to keep his mouth shut with our obnoxiousness. Bill Ayers is potentially our friend. He should be stroked, not chastised.
(BTW, watch the next clip where they ask Bill Ayers who his favorite conservative is. I have no doubt that the guy is still an ardent leftist, but his answers seems remarkably out of touch. He replies genuinely unknowingly that he likes Chris Matthews. Then asks if he is a conservative. Then says “I thought he was.” Then says he had never seen Matthews until he interviewed him. Wow! How out of touch do you have to be with the culture of modern leftism not to be familiar with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews?)