The Wright Stuff: Bad reviews from the Left

posted at 9:15 am on April 29, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

It appears that the Reverend Jeremiah Wright may have officially crossed over from partisan target to widespread embarrassment between the hours of 6 pm ET Sunday and noon ET yesterday. In response to the new media offensive (in every sense of the word) launched by Wright, the nation’s pundits on the Left have blown a big raspberry back in his direction. Finally, it appears, the audacity of lunacy has come to their attention.

Bob Herbert calls Wright a narcissist:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright went to Washington on Monday not to praise Barack Obama, but to bury him.

Smiling, cracking corny jokes, mugging it up for the big-time news media — this reverend is never going away. He’s found himself a national platform, and he’s loving it.

It’s a twofer. Feeling dissed by Senator Obama, Mr. Wright gets revenge on his former follower while bathed in a spotlight brighter than any he could ever have imagined. He’s living a narcissist’s dream. At long last, his 15 minutes have arrived.

Eugene Robinson (correctly) says that Wright has no business representing himself as the center of the black church:

The reality of the African American church, of course, is as diverse as the African American community. I grew up in the Methodist church with pastors — often active on the front lines of the civil rights movement — whose sermons were rarely exciting enough to elicit more than a muttered “Amen.” They were excitement itself, however, compared with the dry lectures delivered by the priest at the Catholic church around the corner. And what I heard every Sunday was nothing at all like the Bible-thumping, hellfire-and-damnation perorations that filled my Baptist friends with the Holy Ghost — and even less like the spellbinding, singsong, jump-and-shout sermonizing that raised the roofs of Pentecostal sanctuaries across town.

Wright claims to represent all these traditions and more, but he does not. He also claims universality for the political aspect of his ministry. It is true that the black church, writ large, has been an instrument of social and political change. But most black churches are far less political than Wright’s — and many concern themselves exclusively with salvation.

I point all this out not to say that one tradition is better than another; as Wright said, different doesn’t mean deficient. But what Wright did was to try to frame the issue in such a way that to question him or anything he has ever said was to question the long, storied tradition of African American religion.

E.J. Dionne warns that Wright’s eruptions makes Obama look weak and vacillating at a moment he can least afford it:

No one benefited more than Barack Obama from this sense of historic moment. Change, not experience, was the order of the day. Sweep, not a mastery of detail, was the virtue most valued in campaign oratory. A clean break with the past, not merely a return to better days, was the promise most prized.

Then something happened. Specifically, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. And he keeps happening, holding tightly to a spotlight that was turned his way by a certain politician whom the preacher dismisses for being a politician. First came his Friday appearance on public television with Bill Moyers, then his NAACP address in Detroit on Sunday, and his National Press Club speech yesterday.

Obama, once seen as a prophet, is now merely a human being capable of performing indifferently in debate and of making statements about bitter voters that made some voters bitter.

Even the editorial board of the Washington Post felt compelled to scold Wright:

THE REV. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose incendiary and controversial sound bites have knocked the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) off balance, strutted to the microphone of the National Press Club and made an audacious claim: “This is not an attack on Jeremiah Wright. It is an attack on the black church.” No. The harsh spotlight under which the Chicago pastor finds himself is exactly where it belongs. …

Yesterday, the Rev. Wright was unrepentant. He refused to disavow his oft-repeated belief in the sinister myth that the AIDS epidemic is a genocidal government plot to exterminate African Americans. He stood by his blame-America-for-Sept. 11 stance, saying, “You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back to you.”

Amazing how this Road to Damascus moment all came at the same time, although to differing degrees. All of these commentators came to see Wright as a narcissist, egotist, provocateur, and a shameless self-promoter in the last 48 hours. Why? In reading the pieces, their ire and scorn come exclusively because of the damage he does to Barack Obama, and with the exception of the Post editorial, not because what he says is ridiculous.

Not one of these columnists mentions his defense of Louis Farrakhan as misunderstood and his anti-Semitism as misreported. Not one of them mentions his strange views on neurology and the supposed synaptic differences between white and black brains. None of them offer even a questioning sentence on Wright’s theories on “tonality” or on the purportedly racial differences between marching bands, let alone his silly and offensive demonstrations of them on stage. Only the Post mentions his repeated assertion that the American government created AIDS as a means for genocide against people of color.

Why not? Because to point these out would be to confirm Wright’s status as a racial demagogue and borderline lunatic, which would really damage Obama. Either Obama agrees with all of this nonsense, which obviously has received detailed airings at TUCC, or he only belongs to TUCC in order to bolster his political credibility in his South Side power base, which is the most likely scenario.

The Left doesn’t want to force Obama to answer those questions. Instead, they’ll castigate Wright for damaging Obama while failing to explain why he damages Obama. They want to keep that a secret, but unfortunately, that secret’s been out for weeks, and it doesn’t bolster their credibility by pretending otherwise.


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Obama: “Actually, no, not a campaign issue, John!”

WisCon on April 29, 2008 at 9:19 AM

How did Rush Limbaugh get Rev. J. Dudley Wright to become a soldier in Opertation Chaos?

EJDolbow on April 29, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Somehow, some way, the Clintons are involved in the Wright Magical Mystery tour.

And yes, I question the timing.

swami on April 29, 2008 at 9:26 AM

The Righteous Rev Wrong-Way Wright has officially turned into Rev Media-Pig-Desperately-Trying-To-Extend-His-15-Minutes-Of-Fame-As-Far-As-He-Can Wright.

The sooner this goof is relegated to becoming a future question in a Politics 2008 Special Edition of Trivial Pursuit, the better.

pilamaye on April 29, 2008 at 9:27 AM

It will come as a shock to Rev Wright to find out he ain’t the center of the universe.

Tim Zank on April 29, 2008 at 9:29 AM

So, the MSM has now set the stage for Barry to toss his pastor under the bus along with granny, to their relieved cheers.

Sacrifice anything for Barry!

funky chicken on April 29, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Ironic as it seems, as much as I want Obama to disappear, it seems that the best way to accomplish that is to offer Wright as many opportunities in front of microphones as possible. Let’s get as much footage as possible of Obama’s mentor.

windbag on April 29, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Wright.
Ayers.
Rezko.
Michelle never proud of her country.
Clinging to religion and guns.

Excuse me Columbo, but I sense a pattern.

Sugar Land on April 29, 2008 at 9:35 AM

It’s amazing the white/black brain thing isnt getting any attention. I found that to be one of the most absurd claims. Along with Farrakhan and the AIDS conspiracy. It’s almost a caricature of charges you’d make up if you were looking to slam someone.

Frankly I dismissed the earlier reports of this guy as partisan over reacting by the right. But now if anything seems like they were going easy on him.

Dash on April 29, 2008 at 9:36 AM

They’re quickly trying to marginalize Wright as an offended egoist with a personal beef with Obama.

His arrogance should be the least of anyone’s concerns about the guy and his relationship with Obama.

forest on April 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

In over 200 years of history, there is no new. The old/new jive talking isn’t going to work anymore.

tarpon on April 29, 2008 at 9:42 AM

Sugar land, you left “Typical white person” off your list and “Bitter”

dogsoldier on April 29, 2008 at 9:43 AM

Obama knew about all of this, long before Wright was ever discovered by the media. He had a ticking time bomb and simply waited until it went off, and now it’s gone off a second time.

I’m really having a hard time believing he isn’t an idiot. Was he just so full of his own praise that he thought he could get away with it?

Esthier on April 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM

I hear the chickens. They are coming home to roost, and I don’t think the MSM will be able to hold them off much longer – no matter how hard they try. How many nutjobs does one have to associate with before one is considered a nutjob himself?

sporkbender on April 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM

…their ire and scorn come exclusively because of the damage he does to Barack Obama, and with the exception of the Post editorial, not because what he says is ridiculous.

Thank you, Capt. Ed! First rate analysis.

petefrt on April 29, 2008 at 9:47 AM

Racist, marxist, hypocritical, America-bashing bozo. Mr. and Mrs. Hussein’s spiritual daddy-o.

Rev. Wright is evidence that the U.S. government has introduced the experimental moron virus into parts of the African-American community.

saved on April 29, 2008 at 9:48 AM

What about the bigger question; Why is Obama such a rotten judge of character?

If he knew J. Dudley Wright for 20 years and decided this loon should preside over his marriage, his worship, his Bible Study and the baptism of his daughters, what kind of Cabinet members will he chose?
What kind of Ambassadors?

EJDolbow on April 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

It’s all a distraction.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on April 29, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Barack Schultz – “I know nothing”

Hening on April 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

Ironic as it seems, as much as I want Obama to disappear, it seems that the best way to accomplish that is to offer Wright as many opportunities in front of microphones as possible. Let’s get as much footage as possible of Obama’s mentor.

windbag on April 29, 2008 at 9:34 AM

Oh, absolutely. I’m looking forward to watching him host SNL.

a capella on April 29, 2008 at 9:53 AM

Reverend Wright has one unabashed cheerleader on the left. I refer to CNN airhead Soledad O’Brien. She was so effusive in her praise for Reverend Wright that she sounded almost libidinous. O’Brien made the astounding claim that Reverend Wright is fluent “in five languages”. O’Brien did not tell us how she knows this. Nor did O’Brien tell us what languages Wright is fluent in. Apparently, Wright must have made this claim and airheads like O’Brien repeat whatever slop Wright feeds them. If Wright speaks these other languages the way he speaks English, it would be hard to consider him “fluent” as O’Brien says Wright is. When he speaks English, Wright says “nobody” when he should say “anybody”. Wright says “don’t” when he should say “doesn’t”. Wright uses double negatives constantly.
I also wonder how O’Brien can verify that Wright is fluent “in five languages”. Did O’Brien hire people who are fluent in each language and have them listen to Wright speak and then confirm for O’Brien that Wright is fluent in all these languages? Soledad O’Brien is the very definition of a sloppy reporter.

Larraby on April 29, 2008 at 9:54 AM

It’s amazing the white/black brain thing isnt getting any attention. I found that to be one of the most absurd claims. Along with Farrakhan and the AIDS conspiracy.

Frankly I dismissed the earlier reports of this guy as partisan over reacting by the right. But now if anything seems like they were going easy on him.

Dash on April 29, 2008 at 9:36 AM

Yep. He’s far more ridiculous than anyone even knew. Let’s give a h/t to the one New Media journalist who has been calling this shot since the beginning of Obama’s campaign, and actually went into the belly of this racist beast, Trinity UCC, to witness it firsthand:

Fran Eaton of Illinois Review, a mostly conservative, pro-life blog on Illinois politics. Well done, Fran!

Because let’s face it, the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times don’t have the integrity to do it, and don’t have a full set of nuts between them…

Jaibones on April 29, 2008 at 9:55 AM

So Barrack is a “breath of fresh air” who has surrounded himself with and received financial, political, and consultive support from some of the vilest, anti-American whackos we’ve seen in ages? Here’s the true joke. Obama is worse than all of those guys, because he is pretending to be something he is not. Wright, Ayers, et al are disgusting, but they are who they appear to be. Ol’ Barry used each and every one of them (and he likely wouldn’t have succeeded in Chicago without them), and now he’s “surprised and disappointed” that the dogs he’s bedded down with for 20 years are throwing off fleas? Newsflash: Obama is the biggest scam artist of all.

Sugar Land on April 29, 2008 at 9:55 AM

em>”Barack Schultz – ‘I know nothing’ “Hening on April 29, 2008 at 9:52 AM

…and Hillary Klink: “Billlly!” ;)

They really all do seem to live in one (political) camp.

Lockstein13 on April 29, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Soledad O’Brien is the very definition of a sloppy reporter.

Larraby on April 29, 2008 at 9:54 AM

She’s not a reporter. She’s an ivy league, pedigreed bimbo who reads what is on the teleprompter.

Jaibones on April 29, 2008 at 10:00 AM

All of these commentators came to see Wright as a narcissist, egotist, provocateur, and a shameless self-promoter in the last 48 hours.

That’s our Jerpariah Wright!

James on April 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Obama: John McCain, why can’t you get those N.C. Republicans to shut up?”
McCain: “Barack Obama, why can’t you get your pastor to shut up?”

jgapinoy on April 29, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Done! Stick a fork in both Wright and Obama, they’re done.

Does Wright have such a tin ear, is he such an egomaniac or does he just not care or all of the above. Clearly he’s made a good living off of a racist narrative that might be spoiled if Obama were to be elected.

There will be a lot of anger at Wright, but he’s getting ready to move into his 10k sq ft, $1.6 million dollar house with an elevator, gated community. He’s cashed out.

The only question is will the liberals be angry enough at Wright to deny him a seat at the “national dialog and reconciliation” table. That’s where the real money and notoriety come into play.

moxie_neanderthal on April 29, 2008 at 10:03 AM

In reading the pieces, their ire and scorn come exclusively because of the damage he does to Barack Obama, and with the exception of the Post editorial, not because what he says is ridiculous.

Exactly. Here’s my comment on Eugene Robinson, from the headlines, in response to an assertion that Robinson’s column was “awesome”:

I’m not getting the ‘awesomeness’ of this article. Yes, he’s correct that Wright does not speak for all black churches. However he is blithely brushing off the poisonous message that is at the heart of Jeremiah’s shtick. and misrepresenting what Jerry said. Like here:

In his speech Sunday at the NAACP dinner in Detroit, Wright spoke at length about how “different” does not mean “deficient.” He talked of how European and African musical and rhetorical traditions are different, and how that doesn’t mean that one is better than the other. The point was that there is no one way to preach the Gospel. In this, Wright is right.

Actually, Jerry said that there were innate differences between the races in how they express themselves musically. That is not the same thing as saying that they have different traditions. Traditions come from culture and experience, not from genes.

Buy Danish on April 29, 2008 at 9:23 AM

Buy Danish on April 29, 2008 at 10:04 AM

E. J. Dionne ….. “Obama, once seen as a prophet, is now merely a human being capable of performing indifferently in debate and of making statements about bitter voters that made some voters bitter.”

I don’t think there were any official Messiah sightings.

I think that should read, often portrayed as a prophet by myself and others in my profession, shouldn’t it Dionne?

fogw on April 29, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Rev. Wright, don’t listen to them. Bunch of House Ni***ers trying to shut you up.
Be an independent black man, stand up for what you believe…don’t let someone back you down, Rosa Parks sat in the bus for you, she didn’t back down.
Take it to the streets if you have to, you know deep in your heart that Obama believes in you. He can’t say it, but you can…don’t back down, don’t back down…don’t back down.

right2bright on April 29, 2008 at 10:09 AM

It’s mindboggling to think that someone could be a tone deaf as Wright seems to be. He is just killing Obama and either he’s totally oblivious and loves the attention, or he’s intentionally undermining him. I don’t doubt that Wright’s a narcissist, but holy cow.

I hope no one stops him.

drjohn on April 29, 2008 at 10:10 AM

“…he only belongs to TUCC in order to bolster his political credibility in his South Side power base, which is the most likely scenario.”
Sorry Cap, you can’t make that claim anymore. O’Bama is a stone cold racist, he just hides it better than David Duke Rev Wright.

Don Carne on April 29, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Is this fun to watch, or what?

Bob's Kid on April 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Rev. Wright must be very bitter, clinging as he does to outdated notions of race.

rbj on April 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Reverend Wright just gets increasingly strident, and less appealing as he speaks. I keep thinking the best quick comment on him is from what may have been the best American political novel, _The Last Hurrah._ It is a brief quip from the Charlie Hennessey character on one of the other candidates for mayor: “Is this the behavior of a sane man? No, dear friends, they are the tactics of a nut-boy!” That’s it. we have a falling out of nut-boys here. It becomes hard to seriously consider someone who purports to be ‘the candidate of change’ who sat in the pews of a church whose pastor repeatedly delivered such absurd nonsense in his sermons and public commentary, and who supported a first class bigot like Louis Farrakahn. The question is, why did the Democratic Party fail to understand this? Nut boy, indeed.

Orson Buggeigh on April 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM

In his Q&A session he mentioned two book references from which, it appears, he formed his AIDS/USA connection.

Anyone read these texts? Any reviews?

Limerick on April 29, 2008 at 10:18 AM

F I N A L L Y,
His delivery of his preplanned answers, with his $#!T eating grin waiting for the response from his cult, reminded me of Red Fox in Sanford and Son. That’s a shame because I love that show Sanford and son.

abinitioadinfinitum on April 29, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Karl Rove, you tricky devil you! My only question is: How?

Lunkinator on April 29, 2008 at 10:20 AM

They’re quickly trying to marginalize Wright as an offended egoist with a personal beef with Obama.

His arrogance should be the least of anyone’s concerns about the guy and his relationship with Obama.

forest on April 29, 2008 at 9:41 AM

Correct.

funky chicken on April 29, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Wright.

Ayers.
Rezko.
Michelle never proud of her country.
Clinging to religion and guns.

Excuse me Columbo, but I sense a pattern.

Sugar Land on April 29, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Jeremiah Wright: Angry racial bombast.
William Ayers: Angry Pentagon bomber.
Barack Obama: Angry debate bomber.

I, too, think I sense a pattern.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on April 29, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Wow. How low can you go? When these types start hammering you.

LtE126 on April 29, 2008 at 10:32 AM

Anxiously awaiting release of new Snoop Dogg / Jeremiah Wright CDs: “Rappin’ it up with the Rev’” and “Obama – no-mo’”

whitetop on April 29, 2008 at 10:36 AM

What all these Obama supporters have in common is they expected Jeremiah Wright to throw himself under the bus for the good of the cause, in the same way the far left muzzled itself during almost all of the 1992 campaign in order to get Bill Clinton elected. Instead, the reverend has decided this is his chance to become the Midwest’s answer to Al Sharpton — a national figure who gains fame and cash because he’s a go-to person when the media wants a quote or two on what the African-American community is really thinking.

Which he will get to do … if he wants to go on Fox News or talk to anyone on the Democrats’ side who’s a Hillary sympathizer, like George Stephanopolous. They’d have no problems letting him prattle on endlessly over the next few weeks. But for columnists like Herbert or Robinson or outlets like MSNBC, Jeremiah Wright is the new Ralph Nader, a person formerly considered an ally, if not a sage, who is now seen as a pariah because he put his own ego above the higher cause of electing one of their own to the presidency.

jon1979 on April 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

That magnificent Karl Rove!!

exhelodrvr on April 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

The Left doesn’t want to force Obama to answer those questions.

The left would put Obama in office despite all of Obama’s faults, just because….. WELL, I really can’t understand the because part. As someone said on Beck last night, I keep waiting for
Rod Sterling to appear with a cigarette!

abinitioadinfinitum on April 29, 2008 at 10:37 AM

A very nice post, Ed, especially your conclusion.

Dusty on April 29, 2008 at 10:38 AM

The sooner this goof is relegated to becoming a future question in a Politics 2008 Special Edition of Trivial Pursuit, the better.

pilamaye on April 29, 2008 at 9:27 AM

Au contraire, the longer this goof shoots his mouth off the better. Obambi is still on track to win the Democrat nomination, but the more he has to keep fending off Rev. Wrong, the less chance that anyone will vote for him come November.

Keep it up, Jeremiad!

MrLynn on April 29, 2008 at 10:39 AM

I wonder if Obama expected to get this far in this campaign. Was he really looking at this election cycle as a way to get name recognition and lay the groundwork for a “real” run in 2012/2016? And things “fell into place” unexpectedly, he is on the verge of being the candidate, and he (and his organization/supporters) aren’t really ready for this yet.

exhelodrvr on April 29, 2008 at 10:43 AM

WRIGHT STUFF: hang-over blues

time to sober up and face the sunshine, baby

maverick muse on April 29, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Obama knew about all of this
Esthier on April 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM

Like say, 20 + years.

abinitioadinfinitum on April 29, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Writes Ed, astutely,

In reading the pieces, their ire and scorn come exclusively because of the damage he does to Barack Obama, and with the exception of the Post editorial, not because what he says is ridiculous. . .

Why? Because with minor exceptions, the Left actually believes the same tripe that Jeremiad is spouting: September 11th was our fault, blacks are still enslaved (or at least victims), Amerika is USA of KKK, the CIA is capable of inventing AIDS to kill off all the Africans, etc., etc.

As long as this vile ideology doesn’t hurt Obambi, they’re perfectly happy with it.

MrLynn on April 29, 2008 at 10:45 AM

took the name for his book Audacity of Hope from a Wright sermon

dedicated that book to Wright

called Wright his spiritual mentor

married by Wright, children baptised by Wright

spent 20 years in Wright’s congregation

As Sean Hannity finally said last night, I think Obama and his wife clearly share Wrigh’ts opinion of America.

DrW on April 29, 2008 at 10:50 AM

Rev Wright, the gift that keeps on giving. One can only hope that he’s invited to even more televised events and given an opportunity to speak.

GarandFan on April 29, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Gee we aren’t talking about Tony Rezko and Patrick Fitzgerald are we?

gbear on April 29, 2008 at 11:11 AM

it would be refreshing if he would forgive those that “put him in chains”, especially now that he’s got his 10K sq. ft. mansion.

Not holding my breath though.

kirkill on April 29, 2008 at 11:12 AM

The Rezko problem will fester for a while and then explode, hopefully after BHO has the Nomination.
BHO is the programmed candidate of desire for the worse of the Left but evidently someone (Rove?) has managed to implant a virus in the system…

el Vaquero on April 29, 2008 at 11:18 AM

How did Rush Limbaugh get Rev. J. Dudley Wright to become a soldier in Opertation Chaos?

EJDolbow on April 29, 2008 at 9:23 AM

He didn’t, Hillary got him to join her side, sort of.

AprilOrit on April 29, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Somehow, some way, the Clintons are involved in the Wright Magical Mystery tour.

And yes, I question the timing.

swami on April 29, 2008 at 9:26 AM

Barbara Reynolds – introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club “who organized” the event – is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter.
http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/columnists/louis/index.html

Red Pill on April 29, 2008 at 11:32 AM

To add to what “Sugar Land” wrote: not only did Barack Obama receive financial aid from corrupt Chicago financiers, he GAVE financial aid to the Radical Reverend: over $20,000 each in 2006 and 2007. If Obama puts his money where his mouth is, that means Wright’s mouth is Obama’s mouth.

I vote for the unencumbered First Amendment rights for Reverend Wright–unrestricted air time until November 5. Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton would probably be delighted…

The chickens have come home to roost, and Obama has egg on his face…

Steve Z on April 29, 2008 at 11:48 AM

took the name for his book Audacity of Hope from a Wright sermon

dedicated that book to Wright

called Wright his spiritual mentor

married by Wright, children baptised by Wright

spent 20 years in Wright’s congregation

As Sean Hannity finally said last night, I think Obama and his wife clearly share Wrigh’ts opinion of America.

DrW on April 29, 2008 at 10:50 AM

And don’t forget: hid Wright in the basement and prayed with him before going out on stage (where Wright was not allowed to be, lest he be seen) to announce to the public his candidacy for President.

AZCoyote on April 29, 2008 at 11:58 AM

the audacity of lunacy has come to their attention.

Excellent description. However, a little argument with the term “borderline”

confirm Wright’s status as a racial demagogue and borderline lunatic

fogw beat me to a point I was going to make, that E.J. Dione and his mignions were hoping that we’d overlook the details, experience, judgment, character, leadership, maturity, in exchange for the Hope, Unity, Change fluff. Wright just sped up the process of discovery.

Suma sumarum, what annoys the lefties and the media is that Wright is now bigger news than Obama, at a time the latter can least afford it. Who needs enemies?

Entelechy on April 29, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Everyone forgets its not just 20 years.

Obama said he listened to Rev Wright on tape when Obama was at Columbia. Obama sought out Wright when he moved to Chicago.

faraway on April 29, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Obama said he listened to Rev Wright on tape when Obama was at Columbia. Obama sought out Wright when he moved to Chicago.

faraway on April 29, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Somebody should get ahold of Wright tapes from that time to see what attracted the BarryO to him.

EJDolbow on April 29, 2008 at 12:14 PM

thanks for the summaries, Ed.
the left is just too fanatical to behave itself.
extend foot, squeak trigger.

jimmer on April 29, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Where are all the enlightened “Republicans” who have admonished all of us right-wingers for being out of touch with the “new” Republican Party. Why the silence on the lib media’s attack on Wright. Are they showing soundbite’s that are out of context? Are they being racist, and small minded with their critical take on Wright? We always seem to have poster’s on this site, who never miss a chance to tell conservatives how we are wrong on so many issues, but the silence on the recent Wright speeches is amazing. Wright is who we said he was. A hate-filled racist, anti-American leftist, and a bigot who preaches hatred of whitey,and victimization, instead of the salvation of Jesus Christ.

chief on April 29, 2008 at 12:59 PM

I am warning everybody now. This latest dust up with Rev. Wright is all a coordinated setup by the Obama campaign staff!

Obama tried for the “It was all a mischaracterization of Rev. Wright. He’s a nice guy. I won’t denounce him.” That didn’t sell. His internal polling and focus groups showed that the public was not buying the story since Obama had been a loyal church member for 20 years. Obama was losing ground. And it would hurt him in November!

Obama needed to find a “quick exit”. But how do you denounce Wright when you have already refused to do so????? Well, you need Wright to say something even more outrageous and then denounce that. As Obama’s loyal counselor, mentor and Pastor who presided over his wedding and the baptism of his children, Rev. Wright was willing. So Pastor Jeremiah came out of hiding (where he had passed up some honorary awards) and calls a series of press conferences and issues some more outrageous comments.

Quick like a rabbit, Obama denounces the “latest statements”. He then denounces Sharpton. Then Obama calls a press conference to “answer the questions about Rev. Wright”. Gee. Who would have guessed?!?!?!?!?!?!

Thi is such an obvious sham, it is hilarious that anyone is buying into it! Obama merely wants to dispose of the Rev. Wright issue by denouncing him. But he needed a new provocation in order to justify it. And Wright gave him the opening. And undoubtedly they planned it together!

Gingrich is the funny one in all of this. He is asking, “Is Rev. Wright trying to undermine Obama”? Of course not! the Pastor is doing Obama a favor. Its a coordinated kabuki dance. Obama gets to dispose of Wright six months before the election and then refuse to discuss it till after the election. Then who do you think will be holding the bible when he is sworn in?

Why are you all missing this? Obama has the nomination locked. This is the final move to prepare for the general election. Dump Wright. Dump Sharpton. Dump Jesse. Then they all meet after the election and toss back a few scotches and call for women and cigars! Big con job on America! How else could Obama unload the “Rev. Wright scandal” from around his neck? He had to have a premise! So he asked Wright to fall on his sword, and Jeremiah complied!. Anyone buying into this is simply blind!

tehehehe on April 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Bob Herbert: “It’s a twofer. Feeling dissed by Senator Obama, Mr. Wright gets revenge on his former follower while bathed in a spotlight brighter than any he could ever have imagined. He’s living a narcissist’s dream. At long last, his 15 minutes have arrived.”

It may be fifteen minutes for Pastor Wright, but it probably feels like an eternity for Obama.

Wright is a demagogue indulging in fallacious argument. If someone objects to his damning of America, claiming America had it coming on Sep 11, or that the government invented AIDS to kill blacks, he asks if the questioner heard the whole sermon. It’s the old demagogues trick of setting an impossible test for the other side to meet. It’s cunning but intellectually dishonest.

Likewise, Wright evades responsibility for his own remarks by claiming that his critics are not targeting him but black churches in general. More evasion from a demagogue.

And this is the same rhetoric and demagoguery the Left has employed with great success against the Right for decades. It’s very amusing and satisfying to see radicals like Wright hoisted on their own rhetoric for all the world to see and hear and realize that he’s nuttier than a walnut tree and his congregation probably is too, including Obama.

Tantor on April 29, 2008 at 4:41 PM

I am warning everybody now. This latest dust up with Rev. Wright is all a coordinated setup by the Obama campaign staff!

Obama tried for the “It was all a mischaracterization of Rev. Wright. He’s a nice guy. I won’t denounce him.” That didn’t sell. His internal polling and focus groups showed that the public was not buying the story since Obama had been a loyal church member for 20 years. Obama was losing ground. And it would hurt him in November!

Obama needed to find a “quick exit”. But how do you denounce Wright when you have already refused to do so????? Well, you need Wright to say something even more outrageous and then denounce that. As Obama’s loyal counselor, mentor and Pastor who presided over his wedding and the baptism of his children, Rev. Wright was willing. So Pastor Jeremiah came out of hiding (where he had passed up some honorary awards) and calls a series of press conferences and issues some more outrageous comments.

Quick like a rabbit, Obama denounces the “latest statements”. He then denounces Sharpton. Then Obama calls a press conference to “answer the questions about Rev. Wright”. Gee. Who would have guessed?!?!?!?!?!?!

Thi is such an obvious sham, it is hilarious that anyone is buying into it! Obama merely wants to dispose of the Rev. Wright issue by denouncing him. But he needed a new provocation in order to justify it. And Wright gave him the opening. And undoubtedly they planned it together! . . .

Why are you all missing this? Obama has the nomination locked. This is the final move to prepare for the general election. Dump Wright. Dump Sharpton. Dump Jesse. Then they all meet after the election and toss back a few scotches and call for women and cigars! Big con job on America! How else could Obama unload the “Rev. Wright scandal” from around his neck? He had to have a premise! So he asked Wright to fall on his sword, and Jeremiah complied!. Anyone buying into this is simply blind!

tehehehe on April 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Very interesting theory. But it only works if people really buy Obambi’s ‘denunciation’. I’m not sure they will. It looks just like a desperation move by a politician, nothing more. And of course, that’s what it is. “You can fool some of the poeople some of the time. . .”

MrLynn on April 29, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Obama is a racist at heart.

Wright is a racist.

Neither can stop pointing out their “blackness”, which is no way to unify a country nor to open any dialogue, which neither wants.

End of story.

madmonkphotog on April 29, 2008 at 6:44 PM