Bill Ayers is challenging Sarah Palin in the media rehabilitation department. In addition to appearing on Good Morning America this morning, Ayers has written a new afterword for his soon-to-be reissued memoirs. In it, Ayers calls Obama a "family friend" and writes, "The more serious point is that Obama was asked once more to defend something that ought to be at the very heart of democracy: the importance of talking to many people in this complicated and wildly diverse society, of listening with the possibility of learning something new, of speaking with the possibility of persuading or influencing others." He rues his treatment by the "neocon media machine," saying that he never claimed he wished he had set more bombs, as it is oft quoted. "I killed no one, and I harmed no one, and I didn't regret for a minute resisting the murderous assault on Vietnam with every ounce of my being."