Well, one must first accept that the views of Tod are not necessarily the views of Sarah. It is all too easy to read this as 'Sarah Palin supports the secession of Alaska'.
And of course the views of Ayers are not the views of Obama, even if they are best of friends. But Palin is implying that they are, so it would be a little intellectually dishonest of her to say that her husband's views don't matter to her politics but Ayers' views obviously matter to Obama's.
At one and the same time it is folly to assume that one's spouse does not have an influence over our opinions.
I think that this is an important question to answer. The following points in combination make me jumpy -
* A VP espousing 'drill baby drill' as the answer to our energy problems
* Vast quantities of oil present under Alaska
* A VP with connections, albeit via her spouse, to a political party with secession as a central tenet
It's unlikely that secession from the Union would result, even if McCain/Palin got into power, McCain died, Palin became president, Alaska was drilled more than Thai ladyboy on a Navy base, and Todd Palin supported secession. But hell, when you can draw a line that straight through those issues, does it make sense to put this person into the White House?