I need to retract my displeasure with Gov. Palin regarding her comments on Sen. Obama and Bill Ayers. On looking further at the issue, I’ve found that their relationship was closer than I was willing to assume, and that Ayers is less-than-repentent about the bombs that he built and placed while he was active with the Weather Underground (I wasn’t willing to just assume that he was directly involved with the terrorism of his group). Based on this, I find Gov. Palin’s comments to be not nearly as much of a stretch as I previously thought.
For those who hadn’t seen the full quote in context (I hadn’t), these two paragraphs come from the New York Times blogs.
“I get to bring this up not to pick a fight, but it was there in the New York Times, so we are gonna talk about it. Turns out one of Barack’s earliest supporters is a man who, according to the New York Times, and they are hardly ever wrong, was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that quote launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and US Capitol. Wow. These are the same guys who think patriotism is paying higher taxes.
“This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America. We see America as the greatest force for good in this world. If we can be that beacon of light and hope for others who seek freedom and democracy and can live in a country that would allow intolerance in the equal rights that again our military men and women fight for and die for for all of us. Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country?”
This statement is arguable, but it’s not false, it’s not rumor, and the context makes claims of an appeal to racism clearly wrong. When you’re facing a half-black candidate, there is no need for an appeal to racism — anti-black racists aren’t going to vote for him anyway.