This story sums it up rather nicely:
Obama not only aired a response ad to the spot linking him to William Ayers, but he sought to block stations the commercial by warning station managers andBecause there's nothing more American than using the power of government to shut up your domestic political opponents.
asking the Justice Department to intervene. The campaign also planned to compel advertisers to pressure stations that continue to air the anti-Obama commercial.
And rest assured, I have absolutely no doubt that the GOP would do the exact same thing if the tables were turned. Hell, the Libertarians already tried something similar. If this is where the parties are coming from, I have no interest in trying to compromise with any of them. This isn't choosing between a douche and a turd sandwich, it's choosing between getting hit in the face with a bat and getting kicked in the nuts.