Following up on Shannen’s point, Obama’s decision to contest the William Ayers ad brings a result that’s not terribly positive for his campaign: a big story in USA Today. And there’s this gem near the end of the piece:
Tom Hayden, an anti-war activist who met Ayers in the 1960s and later was elected to the California Legislature, says Ayers’ past should be forgiven.
“I have met and like John McCain, but he bombed, and presumably killed, many people in a war I opposed,” Hayden says. “If I can set all that aside, I would hope that Americans will accept” that Ayers has changed, too.