I think that Sarah Palin may have just committed a gaff that effectively takes Bill Ayers’s acts of domestic terrorism off the table as a campaign issue.
And Ayers is about the last campaign issue in McCain’s arsenal.
Now, each time that the McCain campaign tries to link Obama to Bill Ayers, the Obama campaign can simply point out that Sarah Palin declines to call abortion clinic bombing domestic terrorism.
This response effectively neutralizes any innuendos and accusation that the McCain campaign is trying to attach to Obama, and reminds female voters that Palin is anti-choice.
Yesterday, ABC News’ Brian Williams asked Sarah Palin this question:
Is an abortion clinic bomber a terrorist, under this definition, governor?
Here’s Palin’s response:
PALIN: (Sigh). There’s no question that Bill Ayers via his own admittance was one who sought to destroy our U.S. Capitol and our Pentagon. That is a domestic terrorist. There’s no question there. Now, others who would want to engage in harming innocent Americans or facilities that uh, it would be unacceptable. I don’t know if you’re going to use the word terrorist there.
Here’s the YouTube:
Palin’s answer may effectively lose McCain at least another day or two before he can try to play offense again—and these are days that McCain can ill afford to squander.
Obama is closing in on a decisive electoral victory.