Does Obama’s repudiation lance the boil?

posted at 10:02 pm on April 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier this evening, I participated in a round table for Rick Moran’s Internet radio show on the Barack Obama attempt to distance himself from Jeremiah Wright. Finally, after several weeks of rationalizations and weak shrugs, Wright forced Obama to react after publicly embarrassing the Democratic front runner in two appearances within 24 hours. Did Obama’s denunciation today finally put his former pastor in his past? McClatchy wonders whether he succeeded:

Barack Obama essentially severed his friendship with his former pastor Tuesday, calling the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s speech a day earlier at the National Press Club “a show of disrespect to me” and saying it “directly contradicts everything that I’ve done during my life.”

Obama’s remarks in a televised news conference from North Carolina came as he responded to increasing pressure to distance himself from the racially divisive Wright in order to build trust with working-class white voters in his bid to secure the Democratic presidential nomination. He drew only about one-third of the white vote last week in Pennsylvania’s primary.

That trend has expanded in recent contests and troubles party insiders who are gauging which Democratic presidential candidate is likely to be strongest in November’s election. A new poll in North Carolina, which most analysts have all but given to Obama, showed his support eroding in recent days, with Clinton picking up 9 points among white Carolinians.

On Tuesday, the Illinois senator used words such as “divisive and destructive,” “ridiculous,” “outrageous” and “wrong” to describe the words of Wright, a man who was Obama’s pastor for two decades, performed his wedding and baptized his children. Obama also said he was “particularly angered” by Wright saying that Obama’s denunciation of some of Wright’s earlier remarks was only political posturing.

He said that Wright isn’t the same man he thought he knew 20 years ago and that some of Wright’s ideas have given “comfort to those who prey on hate.”

This revelation seems rather late in coming. Whether or not Obama heard much the same lunacy contemporaneous to Wright’s eruptions past years, Obama certainly had read all of the controversial remarks by March of this year. That included Wright’s conspiracy-theory lunacy that the government had created HIV as a genocidal tool aimed at people of color, one of the supposed camel’s-back straws that prompted his strong and passionate denunciation today.

Even given that material, Obama responded with a series of rationalizations in his Philadelphia speech on race that never really addressed the substance of Wright’s lunacy. Afterwards, he attempted to dodge Wright and his 20-year association with him — including giving over $20,000 in 2006 alone to Wright for his ministry. Unfortunately, Wright himself forced the issue by grabbing the spotlight like a starving man contemplating a trip to Sizzler’s All You Can Eat. Perhaps resentful of Obama’s relatively mild criticism in the Philadelphia speech, Wright upped the bet to a point where Obama had no choice but to fold.

Obama’s reluctance to address Wright definitively in his earlier opportunities made him look weak and vacillating. Today may have resolved that issue, but it still leaves people wondering how a man could associate with Wright for 20 years without understanding the depth of his hatred and bitterness, just as they wonder how Obama could work with William Ayers for several years and see him as nothing different than Tom Coburn or any other politician. It doesn’t address questions of judgment at all to finally act after being backed into a corner.

On the other hand, he did finally act, and did so to the best extent available now. In doing so, he has at least accomplished one important thing: he has vaccinated himself against further Wright eruptions. Having publicly broken with Wright, he makes anything Wright says from this point forward irrelevant. In fact, his press conference today has likely taken the national stage away from Jeremiah Wright and consigned him more or less to the margins.

This could eventually woo back some of the Democratic working-class whites who had abandoned him in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. However, Obama may still find himself in trouble with his own base of African-American voters, who may not appreciate the political imperative of throwing Wright under the bus. While they may not flock to Hillary Clinton, his actions could cause a deflation of the enthusiasm they had for Obama, who had asserted in March that he could no sooner repudiate Wright than he could repudiate the black community as a whole. That equation may come to mind now that Obama has finally done the former.

Watch North Carolina carefully next week, especially voter turnout. If Obama succeeded today, he should rebound to a solid double-digit win on Tuesday. If it gets close, and especially if he loses, watch out for the lifeboats going over the side of the SS Obama with the Democratic superdelegates.


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If Obama seizes the moment, which he has only part way done, and actually runs against Wright, he could well win.

MB4 on April 30, 2008 at 12:47 AM

[Wright] using Farakhan’s guys for security and giving such an outrageous speech made it easy for BO to “repudiate” him.
obladioblada on April 29, 2008 at 10:47 PM

Wright’s open affiliation with the Nation of Islam made it necessary for Obama to repudiate him, but it sure as heck didn’t make it easy.

Obama’s base consists primarily of the rabidly racist segment of the black lobby. Tonight’s speech will damage, and possibly even sever that support.

What Obama said wasn’t just a repudiation of one inflammatory preacher; it also included an explicit repudiation of Louis Farrakhan. Make no mistake, that guy is a living legend among today’s black activists.

Racist politicians can get away with “pretending” to marginalize Farrakhan (’cause that’s what the man wants to hear.) But tonight Obama went way over that line; he outright rejected Louis Farrakhan.

You just can’t do that in the Democrat Party and still hold on to the black vote. Without that, Obama will be on a downward spiral going into the Democrat Convention, and the Superdelegats will no longer be afraid to finally go ahead and coronate Hillary.

logis on April 30, 2008 at 12:50 AM

You just can’t do that in the Democrat Party and still hold on to the black vote. Without that, Obama will be on a downward spiral going into the Democrat Convention, and the Superdelegats will no longer be afraid to finally go ahead and coronate Hillary.

logis on April 30, 2008 at 12:50 AM

So you think that the Black vote will desert Obama and jump on the Hillary express? I don’t think so.

MB4 on April 30, 2008 at 1:19 AM

Typhoon on April 30, 2008 at 12:23 AM

I hear what you’re saying, but I still believe it is a numbers game, and Obama has the numbers.

You know, this is what the liberal media gets for not vetting its own side. If this had hit in January, Obama would have been another also-ran.

WisCon on April 30, 2008 at 1:19 AM

May his “true self” be exposed before this is over. I hope so!!! If that happens I think he is easier to beat than HC.
GO JM!!!

bucko36 on April 30, 2008 at 1:34 AM

So now everyone who’s kept Hillary alive, from where I sit, you gave the Dems a get-out-of-your-nightmare free card.

Way t’go.

Typhoon on April 29, 2008 at 10:18 PM

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Time for Operation Chaos to shift votes to Obama.

Right_of_Attila on April 30, 2008 at 1:52 AM

I wouldn’t want to be on Obama’s campaign bus.

The ride must be getting pretty bumpy with him throwing all of these people under it. And you never know who might be next…

29Victor on April 30, 2008 at 2:25 AM

Obama is not off the hook. Not even close. The MSM will try to spin this, but they can’t spin the unspinnable.
I doubt if anyone of us have ever met Wright. We don’t know him. But having seen and heard Wright’s speeches we knew he meant what he said. He hasn’t been taken out of context.
Barack Obama, the Smartest Man In America, who wants to be the Most Powerful Man In The World, who has known Wright for 20 years, only figured it out yesterday. “Guess what? Jeremiah really DID mean that stuff. He wasn’t taken out of context after all. Who woulda believed it!”
This is simply not credible; especially when you add his own wife’s anti-American vitriol (she was taken out of context, of course). I suppose when William Ayers set off those bombs he was being taken out of context too.
There is a pattern here that the MSM refuses to acknowledge.

infidel65 on April 30, 2008 at 2:40 AM

I had a conversation yesterday with a former co-worker who attended Wright’s church in Chicago over a period of five years. She said she went there and enjoyed the hour long Sunday service and knew it was a good congregation for mixing with the Chicago community and the church had a reputation of putting out an uplifting service on a Sunday. She was shocked by the excerpts which have been replaying over the last several weeks and very shocked by Wright’s most recent outings. She said it was the complete opposite of what was the routine in his services that she attended and she is also really upset at what Wright appears to be adhering to these days. In light of his most recent appearances she offers no defense… only shock and a feeling that the guy is off his rocker or trying to sell something. She said the sermons were really nice that she attended and most about love and Jesus… she tells me that the only racial content of his sermons was how black men need to stand up and be the cornerstone of families. I have no reason to doubt her and I am willing to give Obama the benefit of the doubt on Wright. Obama has been consistent in not incorporating any of Wright’s bitterness or bile in his own rhetoric. Wright really is quite beyond the pale now… I think Obama did a good job of making his own views clear. It is also clear that Wright appears to want to Sabotage Obama’s campaign. Obama does have problems (like the other two candidates) but I am wiling to give him a pass on the Wright issue. He should be held accountable for Wright being a dick head.

lexhamfox on April 30, 2008 at 2:43 AM

Maybe it’s Jeremiah Wright who’s lanced a boil.

Kralizec on April 30, 2008 at 2:51 AM

find himself in trouble with his own base of African-American voters, who may not appreciate the political imperative of throwing Wright under the bus. While they may not flock to Hillary Clinton, his actions could cause a deflation of the enthusiasm they had for Obama, who had asserted in March that he could no sooner repudiate Wright than he could repudiate the black community as a whole. That equation may come to mind now that Obama has finally done the former

.

No way. There are only two ways he could lose black support and that is to echo Wright’s words, which would lose him about 10% or run as a Republican. Obama has no worries about the black vote. Even supposedly conservative black people I know are clinging harder than ever to the notion that Obama is a phenomenon that is going to change America and become the first “black” President.

Theworldisnotenough on April 30, 2008 at 3:20 AM

Jeremiah Wright is Hillary Clinton’s early Christmas present. He came in the spotlight at the right moment she needed something to deflate the Obama balloon. She’s not going to quit the race because she know she has a decent chance to win the nomination. It may not be enough to get Florida and Michigan fully counted, but it would be a less sour taste in the Democrat Party mouth if Florida and Michigan get to be worth something.

Gratuitous jab: Isn’t it interesting the two states that broke the rules both support Clinton?

hadsil on April 30, 2008 at 3:29 AM

On the other hand, he did finally act, and did so to the best extent available now. In doing so, he has at least accomplished one important thing: he has vaccinated himself against further Wright eruptions.

Not if those eruptions include a video and we know Rev. Wright’s church loves to video. I can’t imagine that the temptation to capture someone like Obama in the pews could be passed on. There’s a reason why Obama has not rejected Wright up until now and I think it’s because he knows that the good Rev could deliver the final nail in the coffin. The question now is, what’s next?

Syd B. on April 30, 2008 at 5:15 AM

There’s a reason why Obama has not rejected Wright up until now and I think it’s because he knows that the good Rev could deliver the final nail in the coffin. The question now is, what’s next?

Syd B. on April 30, 2008 at 5:15 AM

Exactly. It is not implausible that Wright’s next move will be to explicitly state that he and Obama discussed these things, that Obama agrees in private but is a politician in public, and generally put Obama in the position of having to address this yet again. After a 20 year “uncle-nephew” relationship, it’s hard to imagine that Wright doesn’t have something he can use to fire back. And, it is particularly hard to imagine that a man like Wright will leave the spotlight without kicking and screaming the whole way.

DrMagnolias on April 30, 2008 at 5:57 AM

This has to be the Twilight Zone of all primaries. It’s like every negative thought I’ve ever had about the Democratic Party being displayed for the world to see in the same instant. I find myself almost feeling sorry for them, but then Nancy Pelosi’s face comes into my head and I’m snapped back to reality with a kick to the nether regions.

Syd B. on April 30, 2008 at 6:30 AM

Lance Boil? Lance Boil? I was thinking more along the line of hemorrhoidectomy.

TheSitRep on April 30, 2008 at 7:00 AM

This one is so easy. EVERYTHING Barack Obama has done or not done in regards to his ‘pastor’ has been done based on its effects on his campaign. When Wright was more of an asset (giving him credibility among the African American community) he was embraced. When Wright became a liability, he was chucked. It is as simple as that. No more analysis of why things were done is needed. Whether or not it was effective – that depends on how gullible, ignorant, or pro-liberal people are.

King of the Britons on April 30, 2008 at 7:15 AM

Still as of today, Obama will be the nominee. BHO limps in as the candidate and the MSM falls in line behind. Who will be his VP candidate? How can he run and win?

Wait a minute. We have McCain as our guy. He can screw it up just fine.

JAW on April 30, 2008 at 7:15 AM

So at the Philly speech, he said that this goes on in the black church (and barbershops, and hair salons, etc), and then in NC, it’s offensive to the black church. Well, which is it, Barack?

At first, I thought this was a scheme, but not anymore. Wright just doesn’t seem that smart to me and neither than Obama. Then you have Al Charlatan telling Barack to stop “grandstanding.” He’s just too surrounded by race baiters. It’s tiresome.

Dubn8tr on April 30, 2008 at 7:16 AM

It appears that obama is all for equal opportunity when it comes to throwing someone under the bus. White or black, it does not matter as long as it is politically expedient to do so.

rbb on April 30, 2008 at 7:34 AM

This was all planned and contrived between Obama Hussein and the Rev. It was predicted (on NRO site) on March 18th as the only way Obama could distance himself from (Rev.) Wrong. [The Rev. comes out and makes public noise filled with black-white hate, Obama can fake outrage and turn his back on him]

Obama, you are not a good actor. Neither is Rev. Wrong.

stenwin77 on April 30, 2008 at 7:41 AM

So is Obama going to disown his grandmother now?

mgtanner on April 30, 2008 at 7:44 AM

Jerimiah Wright is to Obama
as
Juan Hernandez is to McCain.

stenwin77 on April 30, 2008 at 7:44 AM

Does anyone think for one nano-second that if Obama got into the Oval office that Rev. Wrong and his Black Liberation Theology wouldn’t be right there with him?

They’re trying to dupe the American voter… and most people are dumb enough to believe it. Watch the sympathy vote start pouring in. (Poor Obama saw the light, he was mis-lead by his pastor all those years.)

stenwin77 on April 30, 2008 at 7:47 AM

This scenario was predicted six weeks ago by Amy Holmes on The Corner, well worth reading. (the original link to this was in the Headlines section last night, I think.)

If her interpretation is correct, then this was an incredibly cynical piece of performance art, with Jeremiah Wright intentionally camping it up, to “take one for the team”, providing Obama another tear-jerking public moment to (perhaps) finally put the Wright issue to rest for white voters.

The fly in the ointment, however, seems to be that Wright’s recent outburst, if overly dramatic, is nothing new – it seems to be fully in keeping with recorded and published sermons dating back quite some time. So, for anyone willing to entertain a doubt about Obama’s bona-fides, the most recent Obama moment continues to ring false, leaving him (Obama) a man lacking either judgement, honesty, or (more likely) both.

bofh on April 30, 2008 at 8:02 AM

EVERYTHING Barack Obama has done or not done in regards to his ‘pastor’ has been done based on its effects on his campaign.

I disagree with this. I think yesterday was a genuine repudiation of Wright, most likely because he’s pissed at comments he made during the previous 72 hours.

I think when Obama stood by Wright and defended him in his Philadelphia speech — he was genuinely taken aback by some of the comments that were circulating the Web — but I think Obama at that point did like Wright and respect him for the work he had done — like lexhamfox’s friend, his experiences with him had been positive. He probably still does respect a lot of what Wright has done — and I do too. The guy has done a lot of good in Chicago. I respect Obama for not “throwing him under the bus” at that point.

But now that Wright come out and taken jabs at Obama and continued to state his most pointed and outlandish beliefs, Obama is pissed and doesn’t want anything to do with him.

I think overall, the Wright issue is dead for Obama. We KNOW certain people will still cover any action Wright and try to keep the Obama/Wright connection alive (it was a weak one to begin with — guilt by association). But, as a “substantive” issue (which it never really was), while it still will have a few more days of life, I think Obama will be past the Wright-storm for the rest of the campaign.

Tom_Shipley on April 30, 2008 at 8:12 AM

I wonder what the current pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ, Otis Moss III, will do in the way of Rev. Wright’s recent remarks and Sen. Obama’s denunciation. When the sections of Wright’s sermons hit You Tube last month, Rev. Moss gave a weird sermon defending Wright and accusing the Press of “lynching” Wright.

What happens if Rev. Moss is asked to comment on recent events? Does he continue to defend Wright who is still popular at that church and risk having Obama forced to announce he’s now leaving that church? Or does he defend Obama leaving him at odds with his pro-Wright parishioners? My bet: he tries to walk a middle line, criticizing the press, and not explicitly defending Wright.

Jill1066 on April 30, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Wright has built huge support in the black community across the country, over many years. He tours, and is a major “draw” wherever he appears. He may be (i.e. “is”) a venomous, hate-filled bigot, but don’t mistake him for a bit-player – he’s got major national status.

A very solidly middle-class, middle-aged “church-lady” black woman recently told my wife how excited she had been to have been able to personally hear a sermon given by Dr. Wright last year during one of his road shows. And how “unfair” it was for the media to play those clips.

Obama’s apparent repudiation of Wright will cost him considerable capital with black voters (at least in the short term), but was apparently calculated to have been worth the cost, in terms of salvaging moderate white votes. He probably figures that the black votes will ultimately come back to him anyway in the general election.

bofh on April 30, 2008 at 9:22 AM

Does Obama’s repudiation lance the boil?

No.

Obama is denouncing many statements, but avoids denouncing the racist concept of ‘black churches’.

Christ’s Church isn’t a racist church of black people, or of white people.

So… Rev. Wright, Rev. Sharpton, Rev. Jackson, etc., please stop race baiting because all you are doing is creating race-focused racist politicials like Barak Obama.

Lawrence on April 30, 2008 at 9:24 AM

This was all planned and contrived between Obama Hussein and the Rev. It was predicted (on NRO site) on March 18th as the only way Obama could distance himself from (Rev.) Wrong. [The Rev. comes out and makes public noise filled with black-white hate, Obama can fake outrage and turn his back on him]

With my “Paulnut” hat on that is exactly what I thought right after watching the rev. He was so over the top that the only thing Obama could do would be to cut ties and then all of this will be off limits during the general election. And the rev offered up the key comments saying that Obama has to do what any politican does to get elected. wink wink

There was no downside, the GOP would be using the clips anyway in the general and you either believed them or not. This way, as Chris Matthews tried to say yesterday, this takes the rev off the table, right? Anything the rev says Obama is the opposite. /Paulnut hat off

yakwill83 on April 30, 2008 at 9:31 AM

I have a brilliant (if I do say so myself!) Observation that I have not yet heard yet.
I think by what Obama did yesterday he essentially went all in with his political poker hand.
Because what if Wright comes out today and says…….” I remember Obama talking at the Million Man March late at night with me and the rev Farahkan how he agreed with us that the white man…………”
He is betting the fate of his campaign on the assumption that the Rev. Won’t double-down.
Hell hath no fury like the REV scorned!!

bobeast on April 30, 2008 at 9:44 AM

With my “Paulnut” hat on that is exactly what I thought right after watching the rev. He was so over the top that the only thing Obama could do would be to cut ties and then all of this will be off limits during the general election. And the rev offered up the key comments saying that Obama has to do what any politican does to get elected. wink wink

My wife, who is not a Paulnutter, and who has not been following this as closely as some of us have, immediately said this yesterday too. Wright’s performance art may have been a little too much of a minstrel show.

bofh on April 30, 2008 at 9:49 AM

I am waiting for the Hillary machine to get rolling…it should be a good one.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the DNC forced another debate, just to get this out in the open to see how it registers with their voters.

right2bright on April 30, 2008 at 9:53 AM

HEADLINE:

OBAMA DISOWNS THE ENTIRE BLACK COMMUNITY!

Beo on April 30, 2008 at 10:06 AM

STuff and nonsense!! He only did it to be elected President. He would never have done it otherwise and probably doesn’t believe it anyway.

jeanie on April 30, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Is the next show going to be William Ayers blowing himself up?

Obama has been happy hanging around this group in Chicago because that’s what you do in Chicago. This act didn’t play well with the masses and now (a little bit too late) Obama is chanting his own song….”a change you can believe in.” However, this change was forced and it’s not one you can believe.

Poor Barry, I expect in the months to come he’ll find out that he’s really just another “typical” politician with no moral backbone.

moonsbreath on April 30, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Obama didn’t mean a word of what he said. In an attempt to save his ass he threw his old buddy under the bus . . . no problem. Now, for the mindless sheep that believe this dolt; you deserve whatever you get.

rplat on April 30, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Obama’s going to have to lance much of his entire past.

Dancing and Lancing with Barack- the Dem’s new musical reality show.

profitsbeard on April 30, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Obama never threw anyone under the bus but his white grandmother. If things had gotten hot there was always an escape plan…

Here’s a direct quote from a Jodi Kantor article in the NYT dated April 30, 2007: “A Candidate, His Minister, and the Search for Faith” …exactly one year ago today.

“Mr. Wright, who has long prided himself on criticizing the establishment, said he knew that he may not play well in Mr. Obama’s audition for the ultimate establishment job.
“If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,” Mr. Wright said with a shrug. “I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen.”

marybel on April 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM

I know Allah only expects ‘moderate push back’ from Wright in the coming days. I can’t agree.

Wright has the look and sound of a man trying to save his legacy, his place in history. I agree that his and Obama’s orbits overlap, but after the standing O’s he’s been getting from the NAACP and others, he undoubtedly feels safe spouting his looniest tunes to black audiences.

Stay tuned for more fireworks.

DrW on April 30, 2008 at 10:55 AM

If Barack Obama says he “didn’t have sex with” Rev. Wright, I’ll believe him. Everything else he says about Rev. Wright is baloney.

What?

He couldn’t disown Rev. Wright in March, but he can in April? Give me a break!

The Pastor of Disaster and his famous acolyte live on!

Stepan on April 30, 2008 at 11:07 AM

“If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,” Mr. Wright said with a shrug. “I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen.”

marybel on April 30, 2008 at 10:35 AM

I have been wondering how you have a Sister Souljah moment with your real sister. As someone said yesterday, its like Hillary saying she’s disowning Bill for…

faraway on April 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Let’s face it. A November ’08 win for the Dems was supposed to be George Soros’s Sister Souljah moment. It was the reason behind the creation of BDS. Create the hate, then offer change. Chaos within the party and Wright’s obvious indoctrination of his congregants was not what Soros and his minions had in mind. Nor is it what the San Franciscan elites had in mind when they poured their financial support into Obama’s coffers.

Connie on April 30, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I’m going to throw out a new theory on this. I think the whole thing was rigged by Obama and Rev Wright to give Obama an excuse to change his position. They found that his defense of Rev. Wright in the past month was not working out, and that baggage was potentially going to cost him the nomination. So Rev. Wright threw himself under the bus, and made more comments that were designed to provoke a revised response from Obama.

I can really think of no other reason why Rev. Wright would have gone out of his way to say such things. I guess it could be that he really believes these things in his heart, and just can’t help but to testify. But the timing is awfully convenient. If their friendship is as deep as Obama claims, I think it’s plausible that Rev. Wright would do this for the greater good of Obama’s campaign.

connertown on April 30, 2008 at 11:31 AM

BO had no problems with Wright for the last 20 YEARS!!!! He wouldn’t disavow him last week but now “all of a sudden” Wright’s antics are unacceptable. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this am. because this “typical” Dem behavior is really getting to me today.

Hunt035 on April 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM

conner, of course.

Wright believes these things and has said them many times, but the thing that me know this is a setup is that Wright would NEVER say these things in front of whitey at the National Press Club.

faraway on April 30, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Recognize the unholy alliances of Obama’s Trinity,

united in the spirit of hate, spite and riot.

1. BHO godhead: Me, myself, and I

2. BHO amalgam: Islamofascism, Black Supremacism, Black Social Gospel removing Jesus from Christianity

3. BHO BFF: Marxist SDS, Muslim Jihad, DNC liberal progressive fascism

Obama wallows in his own context as he embodies the quote,

“better to rule in hell than serve in heaven.”
What a joke the Pink Floyd floating Obama X show pig,
floating away into the darkness of oblivion.
“That’s my pig!”

maverick muse on April 30, 2008 at 12:01 PM

He’s just a politician that used the radical Rev. to advance his political career.

That’s bs. His other alliances and friendships and wifes own words support the truth. He was in that church because that’s what he believes. If you support barry then you are a dimwit or also hate America.

peacenprosperity on April 30, 2008 at 12:07 PM

I’m going to throw out a new theory on this. I think the whole thing was rigged by Obama and Rev Wright to give Obama an excuse to change his position. They found that his defense of Rev. Wright in the past month was not working out, and that baggage was potentially going to cost him the nomination. So Rev. Wright threw himself under the bus, and made more comments that were designed to provoke a revised response from Obama.

I can really think of no other reason why Rev. Wright would have gone out of his way to say such things. I guess it could be that he really believes these things in his heart, and just can’t help but to testify. But the timing is awfully convenient. If their friendship is as deep as Obama claims, I think it’s plausible that Rev. Wright would do this for the greater good of Obama’s campaign

.

There are a number of people who feel this is a possibility and in fact, a few that predicted it. I think Wright’s response to Obama will tell the tale.

Syd B. on April 30, 2008 at 12:31 PM

So has the IRS contacted Rev. Wright’s church yet and revoked their tax exempt status? You can bet that would have already happened if it was a white church advocating conservative views and getting directly involved with the election like Rev. Wright has.
But do you think the IRS will revoke Rev. Wright’s church tax exempt status? Of course not, they won’t touch it because that would be “racist” but of course it would be perfectly OK to do it to a white church.

If the IRS isn’t going to apply this law equally…. and they never do, then Congress should revoke the law itself. I don’t think the law is Constitutional in the first place. Let’s let everybody have their say.

Maxx on April 30, 2008 at 12:42 PM

I heard 2 people say that this could have been an orchestrated effort by the Obama camp to lance the boil, as Ed so aptly said. It sounded plausible, I have my moments of seeing Wright and Wrong as Billy and Jesse talkin’ on the phone, still inter-dependent, like symbiotic parasites. But, whatever screen play I try, I still get the gut feelin’ that these public displays of ‘passive-aggression’ are merely part of a good ol’ fashioned ego-testicle war of words.
Wright’s press conference seemed staged and very awkward but i find it remarkable that not even the fawning press can hide the oozing sore that is the Obama campain.
Strange thing I noticed: If you take the W from Wright he would be right. You see? It IS Dubya’s fault; it always is.

Christine on April 30, 2008 at 1:14 PM

If no one is there to hear it,
does a falling tree create vibrations
when it hits the ground?

Since we ARE here and we do hear it,
and since the vibrations are a scientific fact,
then we have what we have.

maverick muse on April 30, 2008 at 1:16 PM

Maxx is right…I like my politics and spirituality served separately, thank you very much.

Christine on April 30, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Do not overlook the Michelle factor.
Obama is her Gumby doll.
She found him.
She made him.
He’s hers.
She’s his power broker with the brains.
So don’t overlook the Michelle Obama.

Amarosa could play Michelle.
They share so much in mind and manner.

maverick muse on April 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Let’s do a ‘No taxation without representation’ day.
I can dream.

Christine on April 30, 2008 at 1:21 PM

No matter what, Wright is going to make a lot of money of this fiasco. If his 10,000 sq.ft. house is not yet paid for, it soon will be. He can’t lose. Wright doesn’t care what you and I think of him, he only cares about his peers and that tier of leftists (of all colors) think. That is where the money is for him.

Wright faces no downside. Is he going to lose fame, wealth, or standing in the ‘community’ he cares about? No. He thrives on the divisions he imagines and those he creates. As sick as it is, his fame, wealth and standing will only increase because of his views.

DrDeano on April 30, 2008 at 1:37 PM

Does Obama’s repudiation lance the boil?

No. This is a boil that needed lancing several years ago.

What he needs to do now is say: “Okay .. okay .. ya got me. Obviously I understand black liberation theology only too well. And while I find it entertaining as hell, I agree with none of its fundamental positions. What can I say? The stained glass was breathtaking and the coffee divine. That said, could we please CHANGE the subject? Could we please get back to the topics of HOPE and corporate greed?”

argos on April 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

Sister Souljah or Judas moment?

Neither. Simply Spin Team moment of the day. “Judgement to Lead Focus Group

eeyore on April 30, 2008 at 2:02 PM

. . . In the last 48 hours, a vast sea of people all across the country, people who normally pay scant attention to politics, have quietly decided they can never vote for Barack Hussein Obama. Thus ends his campaign.

Doctor Zero on April 30, 2008 at 12:46 AM

I think (well, hope) you’re right.

The conspiracy theory, that Rev. Wrong connived with Obambi to put on a minstrel show so outrageous that Obambi would have to ‘fire’ him, is attractive. But it depends on the “vast sea of people all across the country, people who normally pay scant attention to politics,” which Doctor Zero describes above, buying into the idea that after sitting in that church for 20 years, and paying tens of thousands of dollars to Rev. Wrong, Obambi could be “shocked, shocked to see kookiness going on in here!”

I think (or hope) that’s unlikely.

MrLynn on April 30, 2008 at 2:57 PM

View From Under The Bus
from Ms. Juliette

Conservative_SAHM on April 30, 2008 at 3:05 PM

Am I missing something, or is there radio silence on Wrightgate over at dailykos.com? There is only a little whining about

Arugula is the measure of a man.

Bowling is the measure of a man.

Orange juice is the measure of a man.

Flag pins are the measure of a man.

pedestrian on April 30, 2008 at 3:48 PM

Let’s face it. Obama has been listening to Rev. Wright for 20 years. His wife shares the hatred his pastor have. He’s friends with a terrorist Ayers who is still full of hatred and does not regret what he did before and admits he could have done more. Then you’ve got Rezko. What is wrong with these people giving all the excuses for Obama. Stop whining because Obama will not be a good president. He is a radical leftist who obviously hates his country.

mariloubaker on April 30, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Ever since God sent his Son to butt in one last time and give us one last word on way to have a family relationship with God as a father of His kids, the overwhelming response has been, “no thanks… the power trip of ruling over enslaved humans is too way much fun”. These characters in various tribal power centers that say they represent God a are the worst of them all. It looks like the Son’s Return trip will have to clear up these deceptions. In the meantime let us fight for the freedoms we have and never vote for a false messiah who only wants to rule over us.

jimw on April 30, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Wright is not going away. He has a book to flog, and has to be out there competing for the “Big Man” title with Sharpton and Al. He also has to deep six Obama, so he can say “See!”

Obama is likely to find video of himself clapping along to something WORSE.

whiskey_199 on April 30, 2008 at 8:04 PM

Barack Obama said Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s speech a day earlier at the National Press Club…”directly contradicts everything that I’ve done during my life.”

Well, it contradicts everything except the fact that Obama SPENT 20 YEARS LISTENING TO AND BEING INFLUENCED BY the RightReverendRagingRacistRanting Lunatic.

Sorta like the Nazi sympathizers/followers saying in 1946 how bad everything was….

Lockstein13 on April 30, 2008 at 9:37 PM

He made his bed, let him lie in it. It won’t affect Democrats by and large, but the Independents are interested and rightfully so.

Notice the trend, everytime something new with Obama comes up, it’s always and I stress always bad. Obama has no good deeds or stances that are worthy of admiration regardless if you agree or disagree with the stance, one could respect the fact he took a stance. But those stances don’t exist. Party voter, only interested in coming togather when it supports him, and the judgement of a toddler.

He played his hand and it’s looking like dueces.

Hog Wild on April 30, 2008 at 10:39 PM

“I could no more disavow Bill Ayres than disavow the entire terrorist community.”

drjohn on May 1, 2008 at 1:33 PM

before obamas numbers started falling he stated: i can no more distance myself from wright, than i can distance myself from the black community…

after his numbers started falling: hes outraged by his comments, by the way, the three points obama made were said before his “i can no more distance myself speech”

when will people wake up!!!!

atwitsend on May 1, 2008 at 5:59 PM

Wright did me a favor

I thought the race wars were over

Now I know I still have to watch my back

Obama did ne a favor too

He let me know where he stands on Wright

I could have mistaken him for a friend

entagor on May 2, 2008 at 8:38 PM

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