But it remains worth pointing out that self-respecting people all across the country should prefer a root canal, a tax audit, a long wait at the DMV, the Post Office and the Passport Office and the waste of an entire day at traffic school to the distinct displeasure of having to put up with the fatuous nonsense of one William Ayers.

Here’s why. And here’s another reason why. And a third. And a fourth.

Remember: If John McCain was as close to someone on the Right who was a terrorist, we never would have heard the end of it and the association would have been used to smear the entire Right. Of course, it is blatantly unfair to say that because of Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, the entire Left is smeared as well, but it is right to have expected better editorial standards from the New York Times, which happily played the sucker in this entire sorry episode and readily expected the ultimate in a disingenuous Op-Ed from Bill Ayers–a terrorist who should be shunned and held in contempt by all self-respecting members of society.