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Opinion: Jason Plummer Sends Ill-Timed Tweet About Ayers, Dohrn



    Despite losing two elections in two years -- first, for lieutenant governor, then for Congress in southwestern Illinois -- Jason Plummer has not lost interest in politics. On Saturday, the day after Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured alive by police, Plummer sent out this tweet:

    Since the one bomber lived will @nulawadmissions & @uicnews offer him a gig as a professor like they did Bill Ayers & Bernadine Dohrn?
    That, of course, is a reference to the couple who were members of the 1960s radical organization the Weather Underground, which bombed a San Francisco police station, the New York Police Department headquarters and the home of a New York Supreme Court justice.

    After several years in hiding, Ayers and Dohrn turned themselves in and eventually built academic careers. Ayers became a professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Dohrn a law professor at Northwestern. They live in Hyde Park, and their association with Barack Obama’s first state senate campaign became an issue in the 2008 presidential election.

    In an interview about his 2000 memoir, "Fugitive Days," Ayers said, “I don’t regret setting bombs,” and “I feel we didn’t do enough.” 
    Ayers and Dorhn deserve to be scorned, but this wasn't the best occasion.