Perhaps you live in a blue state, or work at a college or a media outlet. The next time Ayers comes up in conversation and they're all like, "Who cares?", you could present these three reasons to care.
Or, you can just reply with two words:
If they think per diems and '58 Piper Cubs and not being fond of a drunk who tasered a little kid and all this other stuff are vital campaign issues, then so is serving a long apprenticeship to a guy who used to blow stuff up for political reasons and won't rule out doing so again. If this were Palin's resume instead of Obama's, Andrew "Ask Me About My Loads" Sullivan would call these concerns vetting.
So give that a try. I don't expect it to work, but it might twinge whatever remains of your lefty friends' consciences. And that's always fun to watch.
P.S. "Barack Obama's friend tried to kill my family." Wow, some racists can sure hold a grudge, huh?
P.P.S. The 1993 statement by Clare Schroder, daughter of Boston police officer Walter Schroder, who in 1970 was gunned down outside a bank that had just been robbed by the Weather Underground: "My father's life was cut short for no reason, shot in the back with a bullet of a coward while [Weather Underground member and 23-year fugitive Katherine] Power waited to drive that coward to safety." Keep in mind that at that point, it had happened almost 25 years before. Some bigots just can't let things go.Posted by Jim Treacher at October 8, 2008 11:28 AM