Bill Ayers: Semi-repentant domestic freedom fighter?
As disgusting as I found the McCain-Palin attempts to tar-and-feather Barack Obama with the concocted Bill Ayers association, I was less-than-impressed with Ayers’ own post-election interviews about his Weather Underground past. I think his decision not to become a public player in the campaign drama until the campaign ended was wise, but after seeing a couple of television interviews he’s done in recent weeks, I think it was also a benefit to Obama. Ayers came across as dissembling and less-than-forthright, though not about reports of their “palling around.”
But now Ayers has an Op-Ed in the NYTimes that seems to me to lay out useful facts and to express a more welcome and straightforward degree of regret, if not the self-flagellation some might want. My own reactions (largely negative) to Ayers are, I admit, visceral and not completely comprehensible, to myself. I suspect many others will react postively or negatively to him as well depending on one’s relationship to that era, or the aftermath of that era. Then again some may be more dispassionate and informative.
Read “The Real Bill Ayers” and let a discussion begin.