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Friday, March 14, 2008

When Good People Have Bad Ministers

So your minister calls it the "U-S of K-K-K." So your minister says 9/11 was "America's chickens coming home to roost." So your minister says "It's not God Bless America, it's God Damn America." What do you do?

If you're Obama, you pray for a miracle. As this blog as already noted, this kind of rhetoric is what Republicans LIVE for in a campaign. Just look at what they did with the Swift Boat stuff. And that wasn't caught on tape!

Here's the video, so you can decide for yourself:

CNN says: "But Obama has long maintained he is at odds with some of Wright's sermons, and has likened him to an 'old uncle' who sometimes will say things he doesn't agree with. He has also specifically denounced Wright's 9/11 comments."

No one can spin this, but you hope people see the distinction between the preacher and his congregant. I know Catholics who don't agree with everything the Pope says, but they still go to their church. I know Evangelicals who don't believe in gay ministers, but they still go to their church. I know Methodists who don't approve of women ministers, and prefer to "hear a man speak", but who still go to their church.

CNN goes on to say:
"An Obama campaign spokesman also said Thursday the Illinois senator 'deplores divisive statements whether they come from his supporters, the supporters of his opponent, talk radio, or anywhere else.'

UPDATE: Speaking with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Obama said, 'I profoundly disagree with some of these statements.'

'Here is what happens when you just cherry-pick statements from a guy who had a 40-year career as a pastor. There are times when people say things that are just wrong. But I think it's important to judge me on what I've said in the past and what I believe,' he also said."

None of that matters in a Presidential race. If your surrogate says your opponent is just popular because he's black, "the candidate" said it. If your surrogate says your opponent is a monster, "the candidate" said it.

There is no way for Obama to separate himself from this man. At least not in the eyes of the people who want to hate him. If you like Obama, you're probably very bothered, like I am, by the comments that keep coming out of Jeremiah Wright's mouth. Yet, I'd rather see Obama in office than any of the other candidates because I know he doesn't believe everything that man says.

How do I know that? His mother was a white Midwestern girl from Kansas. He's got Midwestern sensibility, and that's what matters. He's not going to go into office and hand Israel over to the Palestinians. He's not going to go into office and give blacks a retroactive ability to punish whites based on America's history. And he's definitely not going to allow terrorists to infiltrate America. It's the height of stupidity to believe any of these things. Then again, that's probably what John Kerry thought.

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