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Monday, April 28, 2008

Wright Battles Bill for Worst Campaign Surrogate

Jeremiah Wright, having seen that Obama lost in Pennsylvania, has decided to do what little he can to help him lose a few more elections.

From Politico.com:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright said Monday that he will try to change national policy by “coming after” Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) if he is elected president.

The pastor also insisted Obama “didn’t denounce” him and “didn’t distance himself” from Wright’s controversial remarks, but “did what politicians do.”

Wright implied Obama still agrees with him by saying: “He had to distance himself, because he's a politician, from what the media was saying I had said, which was [portrayed as] anti-American.”


But Wright talks of their relationship in the present tense. “I'm a pastor; he's a member,” he said. “I'm not a ‘spiritual mentor.’ “

From the "coffee shop" conversations I have heard, this is a campaign killer for a lot of white America. If a white voter is uncomfortable voting for a black President, they can easily point to this as a "reason" why they shouldn't vote for him.

Maybe when Obama and Hillary are sitting in the Senate after McCain wins the general election than can compare war stories over whose campaign suffered the most: Hillary because of Bill or Obama because of Wright.

Update:
From Joe Klein:

And furthermore, I've been to dozens and dozens of African-American church services over the years, including the investiture of one of my friends as an AME minister two years ago, and I have very rarely, if ever, heard the kind of rants that are part of Reverend Wright's canon. Yes, as many have pointed out, Martin Luther King Jr. gave some angry, angry sermons--especially about the obscenity of the war in Vietnam--but for Wright to say the attacks on him are an attack on the black church is to offer a straitened and solipsistic view of that grand institution. Black liberation theology is not the black church.

And worse, Wright's purpose now seems quite clear: to aggrandize himself--the guy is going to be a go-to mainstream media source for racial extremist spew, the next iteration of Al Sharpton--and destroy Barack Obama.

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