We All Have Some Guilty Associations

Gail Collins has been palling around with terrorists, too
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2008 12:37 PM CDT
In this May 17, 1982 file photo, Bill Ayers, a former member of the Weather Underground, walks with wife, Bernardine Dohrn, and their son, Zayd Dohrn, 4, outside Federal Court in New York.   (AP Photo/David Handschuh, File)
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(Newser) – So William Ayers once threw a house party for Barack Obama, and now Obama’s responsible for all Ayers’ misdeeds? By that standard, writes Gail Collins—who might have attended a college party with Ayers' wife, Bernardine Dohrn—"I believe I may now be held partly responsible for all of Dohrn’s misdeeds, including aggravated battery, bail jumping, the Days of Rage, and unreadable political tracts."

What’s worse, McCain’s pal Joe Lieberman called the Obama-Ayers connection “fair game.” Lieberman "once came to a party at my house,” writes Collins in the New York Times, so she’s not just a victim of the guilt-by-association standard—she’s complicit in creating it, too! Of course, back then Lieberman was a state senator, and state senators are “so thrilled at any sign of interest” that they’ll go to anything. They’d probably even go to a reception held by Ayers.