Good news for Obama:
It appears Sen. John McCain will take Sen. Barack Obama up on his challenge.Again, McCain seems to be campaigning against himself.
In an interview on a St. Louis radio station, McCain said Obama's comments that "I didn't have the guts" to talk about William Ayers in the last presidential debate have "probably ensured" that the former 1960s radical will come up in Wednesday's debate.
The challenge from Obama and Biden ("Say it to my face!") is strong political strategy. If McCain doesn't, he looks week, if he does, they have an opportunity to let loose a response they've now had nearly two weeks to work on. Voters have short memories, but Ayers talk dominated the political landscape for a week or more last spring, and voters didn't care. (This is the benefit of a contested primary, another advantage for Obama) Negative attacks from McCain using Ayers to assert Obama himself is a terrorist have driven independents to Obama, and reinforced Obama's lead in national polls. McCain/Palin, it seems, still think this is a good idea. Advantage Obama/Biden. And this happens far enough out still that we can get back to discussing real issues... you know... the ones voters actually care about.