By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists"..., vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin' attack... carried a racially tinged subtext....How is pointing out that Obama was friends with a terrorist who is a white man racially inappropriate? The Daniel's goes on to say:
...portraying Obama as "not like us" is another potential appeal to racism.Obama is unlike most Americans, and pointing that fact out is not racism. Most Americans have no relationship with an unrepentant terrorist who on the day of the 9/11 attack published an article expressing regret that he did not commit more attacks against the USA (”I don’t regret setting bombs,” Bill Ayers said. ”I feel we didn’t do enough.”).
Finally, Daniels says that Palin's attack on Obama regarding his "palling around with terrorist" is "unsubstantiated". That is false. In the clip below, you can hear Obama compare his relationship with Ayers to his relationship with Senator Tom Coburn. Obama says that he "is also friendly Tom Coburn". That can only be understood as an implicit acknowledgement that he is also friendly with Bill Ayers.
Update: More "racially tinged subtext" here and here.
Update II: (via Allah Pundit) Palin continues to tell the truth:
I think it's fair to talk about where Barack Obama kicked off his political career, in the guy's living room.
Tucker Bounds, McCain-Palin spokesman, statement is also very effective:
The last four weeks of this election will be about whether the American people are willing to turn our economy and national security over to Barack Obama, a man with little record, questionable judgment, and ties to radical figures like unrepentant domestic terrorist William Ayers. Americans need to ask themselves if they’ve ever befriended an unrepentant terrorist, or had a convicted felon help them buy their house — because those aren’t smears, those are true facts about Barack Obama.
It is about time that the McCain campaign got the courage to tell the truth.