In the infamous interview with Katie Couric that sent conservatives panicking, one of the patronizing questions Palin was asked was what newspapers and magazines did she read. One of them, she told supporters Saturday, is the New York Times.
While campaigning Saturday before an audience of at least 15,000 in Southern California, the Alaska governor mentioned an article in that day's Times. It dealt with a matter some consider irrelevant — Barack Obama's association with Weather Underground founder William Ayers.
The piece was no expose. The title, "Obama And '60s Bomber: A Look Into Crossed Paths," suggests their relationship was trivial, old news. As Obama's defenders remind us, Ayers bombed buildings like the Pentagon when Obama was 8 years old.
With Obama/Ayers, we have ample documentation their association was not just casual, but in fact meaningful.
"If you're in public life, you ought to say, 'I don't want to be associated with this guy,' " observes columnist Steve Chapman. "If John McCain had a long association with a guy who'd bombed abortion clinics, I don't think people would say, 'That's ancient history.' "
That Ayers' totalitarian revolutionary agenda isn't history is shown by Ayers today sitting on the directorate of the Miranda International Center, a think tank funded by the Venezuelan government of Hugo Chavez, unofficially a state sponsor of terror that just last weekend was found to be hosting terror training camps with Cuban and FARC operatives to attack its neighbors. Ayers is both a hero and adviser to Hugo Chavez and a colleague of Obama's.
A brief resume of Ayers on the Venezuelan government site describes him as "the leader of the revolutionary and anti-imperialist group The Weather Underground which initiated struggle against the government of the USA," which it calls "the empire."
Ayers is also described as having "developed courses around the urban reform (and) problems of capitalist education." That refers to Ayers' joint involvement with Obama in the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school "reform" project Ayers used to insert a radical socialist curriculum into the Windy City's public schools.
On Saturday, Palin fired the first salvo against Obama's long links with terrorists like Ayers, socialist activists like ACORN, racist pastors like Jeremiah Wright and convicted influence peddlers like Tony Rezko.
"Our opponent . . . is someone who sees America, it seems, as so imperfect — imperfect enough that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country," Palin said. "Americans need to know this . . . I think, OK, we gotta get the word out . . . we gotta start telling people what the other side represents."
As we have pointed out repeatedly, Obama and Ayers didn't merely "cross paths." When Obama made his first run for the Illinois Senate, Ayers and terrorist wife Bernadine Dohrn hosted Obama's first fundraiser at their house in 1995. He remains in their debt.
Obama was CEO of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, a school reform project Ayers helped found, fund and use to advance his socialist agenda. Ayers served on its board. The two met frequently, talked a lot and shared ideas. Their ties were anything but casual.
Both men served for a few years together on the board of the Woods Fund. This group helped fund the leftist group ACORN and its project to coerce banks to issue the very risky loans that led to the current financial crisis. Among their grants was one to Yasser Arafat's associate Rashid Khalidi.
Ayers isn't the only terrorist or radical supporting Obama. Mark Rudd, one of the founders of the Weathermen terrorist group, worked closely with Ayers. He's one of the signatories and endorsers of Progressives for Obama.
The group was started by, among others, Tom Hayden, founder of the Students for a Democratic Society, and Hugo Chavez's buddy, actor Danny Glover. Also in the mix is former Maoist Bill Fletcher, leader of Democratic Socialists of America and a Chavez apologist.
"Before people pull that lever in November, they have a right to know, and we a duty to tell them, who Barack Obama is — and to shine the light on some of those fairly liberal and sometimes downright troubling relationships that he's had," McCain adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer told Fox News Saturday.
Hopefully that will start in earnest in Tuesday's debate. As Sarah says, the American people gotta know, doggone it.