Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Problems for Obama

Hopefully this won't turn out to be much, but Maggie Gallagher has written an article today that might give the Ayers story a little bit more of an edge.

She interviewed John Murtagh, who's house was firebombed by Bernardine Dohrn, wife of Bill Ayers. This was, for the record, an awful thing that Dohrn did, as were the other bombings by Bill Ayers. Also for the record, Obama has condemned these actions by Bill Ayers, calling them detestable. For more information on the shakiness of these connections, check out this post by John K. Wilson.

These attempts to connect Obama to Ayers are pretty weak, but I think John Murtagh might give this story more legs. For one thing he's running for the state senate on a GOP ticket, so presumably he can present himself well, and presumably he would like to play a role in the national campaign. For another he puts a human face on this issue. The actual connections to Obama are slim to non-existent, but the claims of the Swift Boat Liars in 2004 were pretty slim too. And they got through.

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