The Obama double standardApparently, Barack Obama has had no trouble accepting support from terrorists and members of the radical Left in his relatively recent past:
In 1995, State Senator Alice Palmer introduced her chosen successor, Barack Obama, to a few of the district’s influential liberals at the home of two well known figures on the local left: William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
While Ayers and Dohrn may be thought of in Hyde Park as local activists, they’re better known nationally as two of the most notorious — and unrepentant — figures from the violent fringe of the 1960s anti-war movement.
They disappeared in 1970, after a bomb — designed to kill army officers in New Jersey — accidentally destroyed a Greenwich Village townhouse, and turned themselves into authorities in 1980. They were never prosecuted for their involvement with the 25 bombings the Weather Underground claimed; charges were dropped because of improper FBI surveillance.
“I don't regret setting bombs; I feel we didn't do enough,” Ayers told the New York Times in 2001.
Imagine if this were a conservative Republican candidate in a serious two-person fight for for the GOP nomination that were still far from being decided heading into a couple of big large-state primaries, and the conservative had developed a huge popular following in Red States based on a message of right-wing populism and social conservatism. What if it were then discovered that the conservative candidate had meetings when he or she was first entering public life with some of the most radical fringe groups on the Right in search of their tacit or active support? Suppose the conservative had a meeting with Willis Carto or David Duke and was aided or given contributions by friends of Carto or Duke-the press would never let it rest.
All that would be discussed in the major news media for weeks on end would be the "radical associations" in the past of the conservative candidate. It would be asked if the conservative were racist or anti-Semetic, and the conservative would be forced to spend much valuable time defending themselves against charges of associating with hate groups or even those who advocate violence. The press would constantly harp the candidate over whether he or she held any of the extreme beliefs espoused by these supporters from the "old days."
If such questions about political associations are relevant for conservatives and they ought to be made to answer for them, extreme associations on the other side of the political spectrum are equally fair game. Yet the press isn't asking these questions about Barack Obama and his associates, because being liberal apparently qualifies you for getting a pass for associating with extremists or terrorists-especially if those people are Leftists.