The academic community supports Bill Ayers.
I think conservatives have overblown the connection between Ayres and Obama. Ayres style radicals permeate America's campusses. Pretty much anyone who goes through a major US University will encounter scores of Ward Churchills and Bill Ayers. In many departments, they out number the professors who actually got their job through scholarly work.
I simply wish to point out that the number of radicalized professors number in the thousands.
The scary thing is that these folk have captured the teacher schools are are effectively the ones who write the public school curriculum.
I don't like this group that dominates the education departments of most universities because that the curriculum they are creating is politically fused. I believe the curriculum should be designed to give students the best possible education.