The real significance of the Bill Ayers connection does not stem from the fact that Barack [middle name redacted] Obama chose Bill Ayers as a friend, colleague, and mentor.
What is really significant about Barack Obama's connection to Bill Ayers, is that Bill Ayers chose him.
Barack Obama's career in electoral politics was launched in the home of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
The fact that they chose to sponsor Barack Obama, and lend him the impeccable imprimatur of their radical reputations is what should concern every American.
They could have chosen to sponsor any number of African-American Democrat politicians.
In fact, before his lawyers forced her (and all his other opponents off the ballot) the incumbent holder of the Illionis State Senate seat for which Barack Obama was running was Alice Palmer. Alice Palmer is a black woman whom you might think would have been an ideal candidate for Ayers and Dohrn to support: Alice Palmer is a Ph.D. who was active as a Dean and Director of African-American Affairs at Northwestern University. You might think that would be right up Bill Ayers's alley. Alice Palmer was also an active member of the "U.S. Peace Council," which was identified by the F.B.I. as a communist-front organization orchestrated by the Soviet Union, probably via the K.G.B. In fact, Alice Palmer attended the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and wrote about that experience for the People's Weekly World, the official newspaper of the Communist Party, U.S.A.
So when Bill Ayers (who describes himself as a "communist with a small 'c') and Bernardine Dohrn chose to launch Barack Obama's , one can only conclude that they found Barack Obama at least as simpatico than Alice Palmer! (There are reports that Alice Palmer introduced Barack Obama at the Ayers dinner party; she was at that time planning a run for the U.S. House of Representatives, and what that effort failed, she decided to hold onto her State Senate seat.)
That's the real significance of Barack Obama's Bill Ayers connection: that Bill Ayers saw Barack Obama as an ideal candidate to bring Ayers's and Dohrn's radical agenda into the mainstream.
And wasn't Bill Ayers right about that?
What this means, is that it is not at all unreasonable to assume that Barack Obama will govern from the hard left. What that means is not pretty. I will describe some of the likely consequences in another post.