Look who gets the Wright Stuff!

posted at 1:00 pm on April 30, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, I catalogued the silly spin from two of the usual media suspects over the Jeremiah Wright controversy and the very belated realization by Barack Obama that his friend of 20+ years is a racial divisionist. While no one should be terribly surprised to see the New York Times spinning like a gyroscope for Obama, their Beantown subsidiary does a much better job of explaining why it matters. Peter Canellos wonders what took Obama so long to figure out Wright, in today’s Boston Globe:

The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. had said it all before: how God damns America for its unfairness, how American policies brought on the 9/11 attacks, how Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is a great American, and more.

But for weeks, Barack Obama portrayed such statements as isolated soundbites, deeply offensive to him, but nonetheless taken out of context by political enemies to create a negative impression of an otherwise caring pastor. It wasn’t until Wright took to the airwaves over the past week to defend himself and take fresh ownership of the statements that Obama became fed up.

Now, after Obama’s uncategorical repudiation yesterday of the man who presided at his wedding and the baptism of his daughters, voters and other political observers will inevitably wonder what took so long – and how Obama could have misjudged someone to whom he was very close. …

On Monday, at the National Press Club in Washington, Wright took another shot: “I said to Barack Obama last year, ‘If you get elected, November the 5th, I’m coming after you, because you’ll be representing a government whose policies grind under people.’ ”

If Wright really had issued such a warning, Obama should have smelled trouble immediately. His failure to do so, and his decision to portray Wright as a distraction, inevitably raises the question of whether Obama is too naive to be president – the very insinuation he ridicules on the campaign trail.

Judgment. Obama sells this as the primary qualifier for his presidency. Don’t worry about my lack of experience, he tells audiences; he has better judgment than Hillary Clinton and John McCain. However, it took him twenty years to deduce what people understood immediately about Wright, and the scales only fell off when Wright publicly ridiculed Obama’s Philadelphia speech on race.

Canellos notes that the efforts of Team Obama, as well as the New York Times and Washington Post, to make this week’s rhetoric somehow a bridge too far falls far short of reality. Wright said nothing this week that he hasn’t said in the past, including the examples that Obama used in his repudiation press conference yesterday: the HIV conspiracy, the 9/11 attacks being justified by American foreign policy, and the notion that we commit the same acts as al-Qaeda under a different flag. For some reason, Obama wants us to believe that saying these things now is somehow much worse than saying them earlier, and that’s the reason he needs to repudiate Wright now rather than years ago.

I knew that some media outlets would grasp the issues that Wright highlights about Obama’s judgment. I just didn’t believe that the Boston Globe would be among them. Maybe Canellos can explain this column in smaller words to the editorial board of his parent company.


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Twenty years is a long time to figure out you are on the wrong Wright path

Kini on April 30, 2008 at 1:03 PM

The most entertaining campaign season ever!

jgapinoy on April 30, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Wright making fun of Boston accents was too much for the Globe.

Blake on April 30, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Don’t worry about my lack of experience or my lack of judgment, I’ve got the HOPE for CHANGE!

BELIEVE!

Click your shoe heels together with me, now.

There’s no place like home… where the chickens come to roost!

profitsbeard on April 30, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Wright making fun of Boston accents was too much for the Globe.

Blake on April 30, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Heh.

Jaibones on April 30, 2008 at 1:07 PM

While his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, fanned the flames by declaring that she would have walked out of Wright’s church, there is little doubt that this is a controversy that would have erupted whether or not Clinton was in the race.

Obama’s next opportunity to claim the Democratic presidential nomination will be on Tuesday, when North Carolina and Indiana go to the polls. Both are winnable states for Obama, but Clinton will no doubt press her argument that she alone is tough enough to handle Republican attacks.

Wright – and Obama – have given her some powerful ammunition.

Yup. Of course if she’d been gone three months ago, they’d be stuck with this turkey.

Typhoon on April 30, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Wright making fun of Boston accents was too much for the Globe.

Blake on April 30, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Dude, guy, so not wicked pissa.

Geronimo on April 30, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Ted Kennedy can’t speak English properly because his brain is pickled.

What’s Wright’s excuse?

Hening on April 30, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Sorry, bho, I’m not buying one thing you are trying to worm out of. This is gonna get better and better by the day.
L

letget on April 30, 2008 at 1:11 PM

wow what a slow news day.

Wright is just trying to run for President.

Obama is just a muslim in Democrats clothing. Other then the fact he is just an idiot of the highest degree.

And Hillary is yee-hawing with new boots.

Is there anything else going on?

upinak on April 30, 2008 at 1:15 PM

I find it humorous that noone has caught on to the fact that the only reason Obama has disowned Wright, is becuase Wright called the Messiah a “typical politician.”

He was never bothered by the racism, division, etc. The played along, and said it was all ok becuase Obama made his big race speech.

But now that Wright sold Obama down the river, suddenly Obama disowns him.

What a joke.

Vincenzo on April 30, 2008 at 1:16 PM

His judgement on Communism, terrorism in general and the jihadist threat is , to me, what the important issues are. WE don;t have the time for on-the-job judgement training, especially with a person who has a bit of a slow learning curve.

bbz123 on April 30, 2008 at 1:17 PM

At best, this whole kefuffle reinforces the image of Obama as the next Jimmy Carter, who couldn’t see the Soviets as having bad intentions until they had the temerity to invade Afghanistan without warning while Carter was trying to stave off a primary challenge from Ted Kennedy.

jon1979 on April 30, 2008 at 1:19 PM

All obvious and deserving criticism aside, anyone with half a brain better be terrified that this radical nitwit might become POTUS and have to face the real life and death issues facing America and the world. It isn’t a stretch to say that the United States would be an indangered species if that happens. God help us all.

libhater on April 30, 2008 at 1:19 PM

well when the majority of your voters think this stuff is true and elect you with that mandate then it becomes true to you. Only when you go outside your bubble and listen to other people do the words ring empty

unseen on April 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

Can’t we just throw back all 3 candidates and ask for a “Do Over”? Just think how “fresh” the news would be then.

This has to be the most depressing Presidential Candidate nomination process I’ve ever seen. Good Lord, help us.

kirkill on April 30, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Hillary finds her Mr. Wright

Maxx on April 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Obama doesn’t have good judgment, I wouldn’t trust him with any form of “real” responsibility.

Chakra Hammer on April 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

OT, sorry:

“As a boy, I learned to swim at a whorehouse.” – Harry Reid, part of his book at HuffPo

WisCon on April 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I agree with you kirkill. This year I am forced to vote against the greater evil and not for the candidate I would be pleased and proud to support.

HawaiiLwyr on April 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM

Don’t worry about my lack of experience or my lack of judgment, I’ve got the HOPE for CHANGE!

BELIEVE!

Click your shoe heels together with me, now.

There’s no place like home… where the chickens come to roost!

And turn around three times before you lay down with the yellow dog.

vulcannomad on April 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Harry Reid said:

“As a boy, I learned to swim at a whorehouse.”

WisCon on April 30, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I believe this one qualifies under “too good to check”

fluffy on April 30, 2008 at 1:36 PM

Obama might look very bad but McCain has Bush hate to overcome. I’ve started to notice that many lies and misrepresentations about Bush have been taken on by the general population at a level more basic than thought. All of this stuff has been repeated so much in so much of the media that people repeat it in a glassy eyed chorus that is like a motor response. And the Democrats and pundits are trying to pull the same big lie strategy with, “McCain is just a 3rd Bush term.” It might be unstoppable.

snaggletoothie on April 30, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Obama repudiated Wright yesterday because Wright offended OBAMA…He said Obama is an ordinary politician doing what politicians do. Obama ONLY repudiated Wright because it got personal. Obama still believes everything, he’s just pissed that Wright pulled the curtain back on the Obamessiah show.

ihasurnominashun on April 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

I can’t decide which is harder to believe…
That an Austrian lady went 20 years unaware that her husband was raping their daughter in the basement, or that Doh’bama went 20 years unaware of Wright’s vitriol.

innominatus on April 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Obama is just a muslim in Democrats clothing. upinak on April 30, 2008 at 1:15 PM

And he hopes all the Wright hoopla will distract folks from that fact.

Last is First on April 30, 2008 at 1:53 PM

The most entertaining campaign season ever!

jgapinoy on April 30, 2008 at 1:04 PM

Boy, that aint no $h1t. It is kinda turning into an embarassment. I figured this guy would crash and burn, but what a way to do it…. Your preacher? I learn more about the black community every day, and a lot of it is troubling for rational people like me.

saiga on April 30, 2008 at 1:56 PM

I welcome all the revelations about all 3 candidates, as long as they are verifiable. Good for the goose, good for the gander is the right motto for this election. Stack ‘em up and if all 3 are found wanting, why can’t we have a do-over?

el Vaquero on April 30, 2008 at 1:58 PM

The most entertaining campaign season ever!

jgapinoy on April 30, 2008 at 1:04 PM

And the best part is that they will both be back in 2012. They will have more experience, but they will also be more bitter. I just don’t know if it will be as fun without the superdelegate secret sauce spicing things up.

pedestrian on April 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM

“Yup. Of course if she’d been gone three months ago, they’d be stuck with this turkey.”
I don’t like sow any better than turkey…not that you do too, Typhoon. The third option isn’t much better anyway: a tough old buzzard.

Christine on April 30, 2008 at 2:02 PM

It just goes to show that welfare + victimism = confusion and confusion + ignorance = trouble.

It is amazing to me the extent in which people can rationalize just about anything they can think of.

saiga on April 30, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Im waiting for the Jerimiah Wright / David duke debate.

saiga on April 30, 2008 at 2:04 PM

Hope?
Change?
Judgement?
Experience?
Bitter?
Cling?

Does anyone have an “Empty Suit to English” dictionary?

Zorg on April 30, 2008 at 2:07 PM

Democrat Candidate A:

Hubby has ten year affair with blonde bimbo, candidate spouse stands by her man.

Democrat Candidate B:

Pastor friend of twenty years calls politician a politician, candidate throws pastor under bus.

It’s like Sophie’s Choice.

fogw on April 30, 2008 at 2:09 PM

Doh’bama

innominatus on April 30, 2008 at 1:51 PM

Doh’bam… LOL. I hadn’t heard that one before.

Claypigeon on April 30, 2008 at 2:14 PM

This is too funny. Arianna Huffington doing book tour for “Right is Wrong”

faraway on April 30, 2008 at 2:16 PM

“However, it took him twenty years to deduce what people understood immediately about Wright, and the scales only fell off when Wright publicly ridiculed Obama’s Philadelphia speech on race.”

You don’t really BELIEVE that, do you, Ed?

Mike H on April 30, 2008 at 2:25 PM

This needs a music theme,Disco Inferno should work!

canopfor on April 30, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Obama just learned about Wright’s comments and he’s upset about it…

The first days of rage!Tm

moxie_neanderthal on April 30, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Wright making fun of Boston accents was too much for the Globe.

Blake on April 30, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Heheh. Hadn’t thought of that, but you may have just nailed it.

capitalist piglet on April 30, 2008 at 3:26 PM

Obama might look very bad but McCain has Bush hate to overcome. I’ve started to notice that many lies and misrepresentations about Bush have been taken on by the general population at a level more basic than thought. All of this stuff has been repeated so much in so much of the media that people repeat it in a glassy eyed chorus that is like a motor response. And the Democrats and pundits are trying to pull the same big lie strategy with, “McCain is just a 3rd Bush term.” It might be unstoppable.

snaggletoothie on April 30, 2008 at 1:49 PM

I was worried about that too, I kept saying to myself, ‘ now what are these Dhimms going to do with themselves when Bush is out of office…?’ If McCain is elected it looks like we have at least 4 more years of Republican Dementia Syndrome to look forward to.

4shoes on April 30, 2008 at 6:13 PM

Obama is like Jimmy Carter–being nice to everybody, with no moral compass whatever, constitutes being a uniter.

Being nice to Tehran didn’t work–they kept our hostages for over a year and started their worldwide terrorism campaign to boot. If this is the way Obama treats madmen, I’d rather have Hillary.

Man, I never thought I would say those words.

PattyJ on April 30, 2008 at 10:26 PM