Second, it doesn't make any difference to the people that support Obama.
1. Ayers - many Democrats AGREE with William Ayers! He opposed the United States in Vietnam and he feels he didn't do enough to try and stop it. Most Democrats opposed Vietnam and feel they didn't do enough. I heard someone on the radio say that if Ayers was so bad, why wasn't he in jail? Such blindness is endemic. Further, Ayers is 'respectful' in that he holds a good job and people like him.
2. Rev. Wright - I don't know if you paid attention to all those videos of Wright ranting but the people he was speaking to were CHEERING! His rants against the United States resonates with the left and in many ways, the democrats as a whole. Consider the accusations of imperialism and then put them in the context of Wright's rant and they fade into the background noise of the anti-US left.
3. Guilt by association becomes credibility by association - precisely what Obama wanted as a budding politician. Ayers and Wright gives Obama credibility with the left even when he denounces their actions. He can denounce them..wink, wink, nudge, nudge.
4. Lack of experience is a useless argument: first, we all know that the Presidency is purely on the job training. What we want is some evidence of the candidates ability to deal with unrelenting pressure and good judgment. Obama has been running for 2 years and with the exception of lying through his teeth, he has not buckled. Further, being against Iraq, and his associations ARE signs of good judgment to those that support him.
5. Finally, charges of socialism ring hollow given the GOP's bailing out of corporations (wall street and bankruptcy 'reform' to name two), but more importantly, people WANT socialism! We have been lamenting the policies in schools of eliminating grading and the 'special' status of all students. Losing is bad and 'we' can't make Johnny and Sally feel stupid by showing them how stupid they are. Well, that has moved up the economic ladder and people don't like capitalism's winners and losers. Socialism promises the winners will be dragged back to the average and the losers will benefit. Ignore the stupidity of that promise and the complete inability of socialism to deliver what it promises because the left and the losers don't care. Smart people can make it work and it is a 'provable fact' that Obama is smart...he went to Harvard! Sarah Palin by contrast only went to some stupid college...in Idaho!?
Obama is the left's wet dream candidate. Every good reason we have to oppose him is precisely the reason the left likes him. We can't change that, reason can't change that, appeals to our founding principles will not change that. Too many people don't understand the concept of principles, OR just simply don't agree with them.
John McCain's only hope was to show he was everything Obama is not. Unfortunately, he is a 'maverick', he regularly goes to dinner on the left side of the aisle and if in the end, he is left-lite, why bother? If you can't have a solid conservative, don't want a solid conservative, why bother with a half-asses liberal, just go whole hog and get the real thing.
Obama wins by default. We lose by definition.
21. He is black
The elephant in the room. Race. McCain can't touch it, but Obama embraces it.
Much of Obama's overall appeal stems from his image as practically a post-racial politician. Not only does he have a mixed-race background, with a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya, but his rhetoric, most notably his 2004 Democratic National Convention speech, emphasizes the importance of Americans moving beyond political, religious and racial differences. He rarely makes explicit appeals based on his race the way Jackson did. " A lot of black people aren't ready to get beyond race, because race puts them in the situation they're in," said Ron Walters, a professor at the University of Maryland who worked on Jesse Jackson's Presidential runs. "But many whites want to get beyond the past, they want to support a black person who doesn't raise the past and in fact gives them absolution from the past."
From Time, Jan 23, 2007
In 2004, George W. Bush attracted 11 percent of the black vote, up from the 9 percent he garnered in 2000. In 1996, Bob Dole, running against the nation's so-called "first black president," Bill Clinton, received 12 percent. And now with Obama in the picture, more conservative blacks may feel compelled to join the heftier group of black voters who support the Democrat.
"They're practical if nothing else, and they want to see a black president," Ronald Walters, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, says of black Republican voters. "The historical factor is going to overrun some of the other considerations." In a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, 7 percent of the surveyed African-American adults supported McCain, while 90 percent supported Obama.
From US News, Jun 27, 2008
I will not vote for Obama because he is black, and neither should anyone else. Consider his positions, his judgment and his promises, but his race should not be an issue. The fact that it is - from his SUPPORTERS - is depressing. Martin Luther King would be disappointed:
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.