In an interview with the New York Times appearing this Sunday in its Magazine, former Weatherman and top 2008 campaign demon, Bill Ayers, reveals that he sent Sarah Palin a note after the November election. You will recall -- how could you not? -- that she had claimed on numerous occasions that Barack Obama was "pallin' around with terrorists," notably, Bill Ayers.
Asked about these attacks, Ayers replies, referring to Palin, "I did send her a note after the election. I suggested that we have a talk show together called Pallin' Around With Sarah and Bill." Alas: "I haven't heard back."
He also claims that he was never contacted by Obama or his team during the campaign and asked to stay quiet. And he did not resent when Obama said he had committed "despicable" acts, saying this is not the "minority" view and "even people on the left" feel that way. Yet he again fails to express regrets for taking part in bombings, pointing out that the U.S. may have killed 3 million in Indochina and that's "really despicable."
Ayers, in talking to Deborah Solomon, refuses to call Obama a liberal, instead describing him as "a moderate Democrat. If you look at his records, it's the record of a moderate, who indeed does know how to make compromises." He says he did not attend the Inauguration but like everyone else will claim he was there 20 years from now -- if the Obama "magic holds, and the magic will only hold if we don't burn it up in war."
As for himself: "I think I am a radical. I have never deviated from that. By radical, I mean someone trying to go to the root of things." He says he wakes up happy every morning, perhaps because he has a "genetic flaw" -- his mother was a "hopeless Pollyanna." He and his wife Bernardine Dohrn have a new book coming out, Race Course.
Greg Mitchell's new book, "Why Obama Won," has a good deal on the Obama-Ayers-Palin triangle. He is editor of Editor & Publisher.