[Posted by WLS]
I’ve looked through the text of most of the major speeches given last week at the GOP convention.
Notably missing from all the digs taken at Obama was any reference to Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn, the Weather Underground, and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
I do not think this was unintentional. This is a subject that animates McCain. From April 20:
On “This Week with George George Stephanopoulos” this morning, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., unprompted, raised the issue of the connection between Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and William Ayers, a former member of the radical group the Weather Underground.
On the subject of whether McCain would attempt to attack Obama on patriotism, the presumptive GOP nominee said, “I’m sure he’s very patriotic. But his relationship with Mr. Ayers is open to question. … if you’re going to associate and have as a friend and serve on a board and have a guy kick off your campaign that says he’s unrepentant, that he wished they had bombed more.”
McCain said he was most offended by Obama’s comparison of Ayers to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., during Wednesday night’s ABC News debate. Obama had said he doesn’t subscribe to the views of all his friends, and cited Coburn’s anti-abortion rhetoric as an example.
“The worst thing of all, that I think really indicates Senator Obama’s attitude, is he had the incredible statement that he compared Mr. Ayers, an unrepentant terrorist, with Senator Tom Coburn, Senator Coburn, a physician who goes to Oklahoma on the weekends and brings babies into life,” McCain said. “It’s very insulting to a great man, a great doctor, a great humanitarian… (H)ow can you countenance someone who was engaged in bombings which could have or did kill innocent people?”
After Stephanopoulos pointed out that Obama had said he doesn’t agree with comments Ayers has made, McCain said, “Doesn’t agree with them? Does he condemn them? Would he condemn someone who says that they’re unrepentant and wished that they had bombed more?”
The groundwork on this subject is still being prepared. A thorough review of the CAC documents is underway — and I’m sure it’s not just Stanley Kurtz doing it.
The silence on this subject suggests to me that the McCain camp is holding it back for a moment deeper into the campaign. A face-to-face confrontation between a self-professed friend of Ayers and POW who was sitting in the Hanoi Hilton while Ayers and his cohorts were trying to bomb an Officer’s Club at Fort Dix, would be an interesting exchange in a presidential debate. I think one of the agreed-upon formats has the candidates asking questions of each other.