As a reformed wingnut, I recall those times. There’s a whole fringe camp out there full of folks just like Bill Ayers who are upset with our President for not being the far left revolutionary that they really want him to be. These hard bitten partisans are willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with the hard right right whenever the opportunity presents to fling poo at the prez because it’s the only way they can have any influence at all.
The symptom they suffer from is the same as many of Digby’s villagers: it’s much easier to focus on the executive branch and palace intrigue than to persistently focus on daily congressional malfeasance as our social safety nets slowly fray apart from intentional congressional neglect. That’s just boring stuff, not as sexy as the village gossip about who’s spying on whom and how, or exactly how much of a [ tyrant, warmonger, socialist, antichrist, war criminal, foreigner, ] the president is.
If the left doesn’t like what the NSA is doing, or how Obama is executing the directives then the remedy lies in Congress not the media - congress is the only place where these extraordinary powers can get taken away.
So much for that Bill Ayres-Barack Obama friendship.
Ayres, the 1960s radical from Chicago whom Republicans have often tried to link to Obama, says the president should be tried for “war crimes,” and that his use of drones and other counter-terrorism activities amount to “acts of terror.”
To be fair, the former member of the Weather Underground says he has given all recent presidents failing grades, including some “F-minuses.”
“Every president in this century should be put on trial … for war crimes,” Ayers says in a brief interview with Real Clear Politics.