Before getting into the meat of this post about the batshittery from Stanley Kurtz on the Obama-Ayers connection, I can’t resist commenting that Kurtz sounds exactly like Big Gay Al, which may explain much more than we want to know about Kurtz’s unflagging crusade against teh gays:
Now that we have that out of way, let’s talk about Big Gay Stanley’s batshittery on the Obama-Ayers connection. As you probably know, Stanley’s been running around, telling anyone who would listen, that Obama and Ayers were best buds, that Obama’s political philosophy is therefore absolutely identical to Ayers’s philosophy, and that if we elect Obama, the first thing he’ll do in office is try to blow up the Pentagon.
The basis for this nonsense is the Obama was on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and Bill Ayers was involved in a group that organized the Chicago Challenge and that provided advice and recommendations to the Challenge. So, since being on the Board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge makes you a terrorist, let’s see who some of the other terrorists on that Board were. Here’s a list of the Board members from the group’s 1998 IRS Form 990.
First we have Edward Bottum, who was head of a Chase Franklin, a venture capital firm, as well as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Underwriters Laboratories. And, probably to throw the FBI off the track of his terrorist leanings, he made all of his political contributions to Republicans.
Best of all, another Board member is Scott C. Smith, President and Publisher of the Chicago Tribune, which still openly advocates blowing up public monuments and gives recipes for Molotov cocktails in its “Food and Drink” section. Scott gives money to Republican candidates hoping to embarrass them by his connections with Bill Ayers.
Finally, Kurtz and all the other wingnuts screaming about this seem to have forgotten who Walter Annenberg, the guy who started this whole thing, was. To call him a fervent Republican and best buddies with Tricky Dick Nixon and St. Ronnie Reagan is an understatement. Actually, the most damning thing about Obama’s connection to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge is, well, Annenberg himself, but we aren’t going to hear that from Big Gay Stanley and friends.