It was October 6, 2008, in front of a few thousand people. In Clearwater, Florida, Palin goes for the rough stuff as audience boos Obama.
"Okay, so Florida, you know that you're going to have to hang onto your hats. Because from now until election day it may get kind of rough."
You betcha.

And the person dishing out the roughest stuff at the moment is Sarah Palin.

"I was reading my copy of the New York Times the other day..."

She continued.
"I knew you guys would react that way, okay. So I was reading the New York Times and I was really interested to read about Barack's friends from Chicago."
It was time to revive the allegation, made over the weekend, that

Obama "pals around" with terrorists... this case Bill Ayers, late of the Weather Underground. Many independent observers say Palin's allegations are a stretch; Obama served on a Chicago charitable board with Ayers, now an education professor, and has condemned his past activities.

"Now it turns out, one of his earliest supporters is a man named Bill Ayers!"

Once again, she continued.
"And, according to the New York Times, he was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and our U.S. Capitol"

Kill him!
And yet, she went on.
"Obama held one of the first meetings of his political career in Bill Ayers's living room, and they've worked together on various projects in Chicago."

Here Palin began to connect the dots.

"These are the same guys who think that patriotism is paying higher taxes -- remember that's what Joe Biden had said. And... sigh..."
"...I am just so fearful that this is not a man who sees America the way you and I see America, as the greatest force for good in the world. I'm afraid this is someone who sees America as 'imperfect enough' to work with a former domestic terrorist who had targeted his own country."

Well, that's it. Until next time, I'm Dana Milbank


2008, Mark Hoback