Forty years after he helped destroy SDS, Mark Rudd condemns his role in Weatherman as “the greatest single mistake of my life … a historical crime.” How did it happen and what did it mean? Why did peaceful protest give way to violent resistance? What lessons are to be learned from the failure to spurn the seductions of charismatic cults?
Former Clinton consultant (Bill Clinton, in this case) and political commentator Paul Begala appeared on “Meet the Press” on Oct. 5, during which he criticized the McCain campaign’s ramped-up attacks on Barack Obama’s ties to former Weather Underground member Bill Ayers, while, according to Begala, John McCain should be concerned about one of his own past associations.
Sarah Palin went into negative campaigning mode on Saturday during a speech in Colorado, apparently attempting to forge associations in voters’ minds between the name Barack Obama and the word terrorist, thus indicating that the McCain campaign is ready to hit the mat—or the muck—during the last four weeks before the election.