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Bill Ayers Heads to Georgetown Law

Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin calls it a case of an "unrepentant, anti-capitalist terrorist" cashing in. The occasion for her ire is a lecture scheduled for Monday at Georgetown Law School by Bill Ayers, the former Weather Underground leader who resurfaced in the spotlight during the 2008 presidential campaign. Yesterday, Beacon Press released an updated edition of Ayers' 2001 book, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Antiwar Activist, and Ayers is going on the road to promote it as well as another new book, Race Course Against White Supremacy, co-authored with his wife and fellow Weather Underground leader Bernardine Dohrn, now a professor at Northwestern University School of Law.

His appearance at Georgetown is sponsored by the school's chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. In a piece last week in In These Times, Ayers may have offered a preview of his talk, commenting on his latest round in the media spotlight. "I became a prop, a cartoon character created to be pummeled," he wrote. When he heard Sarah Palin accuse Obama of "pallin' around with terrorists," he says, "I pictured us sharing a milkshake with two straws."

A couple of legal bloggers -- Walter Olson at and Elie Mystal at Above the Law -- have picked up on Ayers' visit to Georgetown Law. As for Malkin and other conservative bloggers such as Ron Radosh who criticize Ayers for standing in the spotlight, I can't help but note that it was them who helped drag him there. Frankly, what most troubles me about Ayers' appearance at Georgetown is the discovery that the law student who posted the event may not know the difference between "addition" and "edition" ("Ayers will be speaking on his forthcoming book ... and the new addition of Fugitive Days.")

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 13, 2008 at 12:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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