Obama Praises William Ayers’ Book

According to Fox News, while he was a state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama endorsed William Ayers’ book A Kind and Just Parent: Children of the Juvenile Court . In the endorsement, state senator Obama praised the book as “searing and timely.” I am not aware of any remarks from the McCain camp about this latest link between Ayers and Obama, but I would not be surprised to see this emerge as a talking point. Meanwhile, Obama’s camp is claiming that the endorsement was not a review of the entire book. This seems like a sensible defense of Senator Obama’s endorsement. It seems perfectly reasonable to assume that Senator Obama simple believed the book’s title (for example) to be “searing and timely.”
I believe that the evidence clearly demonstrates that Senator Obama and William Ayers, a self-admitted perpetrator of domestic attacks against the United States, had a friendly relationship and have many areas of ideological agreement. Ideological agreement between the two can be seen most clearly in the area of education. Given Ayers age and position relative to Obama upon their meeting, it further seems reasonable to conclude that Ayers is something of an ideological mentor to Barack Obama. I hold a high view of the power of mentor / mentee relationships and believe that young people (such as myself) owe much of our early understandings / views of the world and personal networking success to such relationships.
My question to the Obama supporters out there: Does Obama’s mentor / mentee relationship with Ayers matter? If not, why not?

Around the Horn: Joe Biden for Vice-President

If elected president, Barack Obama has chosen Joe Biden to assume the office of President should something happen to Obama.
Media outlets are buzzing with stories on Obama, Biden, and Obama-Biden. Here is a quick trip around the horn:
The Trumpet Resounds:
Alexander Burns and John F. Harris provide a sketch of Biden for those unfamiliar with him or his record.
Trumpeting from the Right:
Hugh Hewitt agree’s with the assessment of Biden that he is the “stupid person’s idea of a smart person’s candidate.” Hewitt argues that picking Biden means that, “Obama has added to his unsteady candidacy an epic amount Beltway cluelessness and arrogance unsupported by anything except frequent flier miles and Delaware’s love for a chuckle-headed fellow with a big smile.” Cliff the Mail Man for Vice-President.
Proving that he understands the language of Obama’s core support demographic, Washington Post On Faith columnist and Scriptorium Daily contributor John Mark Reynolds says “LOL” to Obama’s seemingly unwise choice. Noting the unique role that a Vice-President can play, Reynold’s says, “You look all over America able to choose the person (other than yourself) most fit to be President of the United States. It is a primary with one voter and you can choose your own Socrates, since he need not win over the masses.” Instead of choosing Socrates, Obama chose Empedocles.
The editors at National Review Online question whether Obama’s choice of Biden for VP leaves any hope for change in Washington.
Trumpeting from the Left:
Mike Allen quotes Obama spokesperson Linda Douglass who attempts to refute the notion that Biden eliminates any hope for change in Washington. According to Douglass, “”He’s stared down dictators all around the world. He has decades of experience in Washington and, yet, uniquely, he is not of Washington…He is the perfect person you could try to find to get away from the failed policies of the Bush administration. He is an independent thinker. Joe Biden, as you well know, has never been at a loss for words.”
At the Daily Kos they see Biden as a strong choice for Obama. Noting that Obama did not merely want a “yes man” Kos references this Obama quote, “I want somebody who is independent. Somebody who is able to say to me, ‘you know what, Mr. President, I think you’re wrong on this and here’s why’ and will give me (applause) who will help me think through major issues and consult with me, would be a key advisor.” Joe Biden certainly does not seem to be one who would merely say “yes.”
Finally, James P. Rubin argues that Joe Biden is the right man at the right time. According to Rubin, Biden’s “foreign policy experience and wisdom are unmatched in American politics. There is no one in Congress who has been around as long, who understands the international realities better, or whose judgment has proven sounder than Joe Biden’s.”
Blowing My Own Horn
Barack Obama’s VP pick confirms my suspicion that Barack Obama is the biggest thing in his universe. Biden has useful political experience and foreign policy gravitas, but his gaffe prone long-windedness and his inability to excite more than 1% of Democrat voters in this last primary means that he will not overshadow Obama. While it is commendable of Barack Obama to pursue someone who would not be a “yes man,” especially in the area of foreign policy, there seem to be other individuals who fit this bill. Why did Obama not choose Bill Richardson whose has as much political gravitas as Biden with a much more diverse resume and who would have put the battle ground state of New Mexico in play?
McCain supporters have reason to be of good cheer.
Dustin Steeve is a graduate of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. Dustin worked as an Assistant Producer for the Hugh Hewitt Show and was also the Administrative Editor for the ScriptoriumDaily.com.