For those who thought that the appointment of 9/11 Truther Van Jones was the nadir (so far) for this administration’s moderate, post-partisan credibility, keep in mind that this man could have been in charge of faith-based initiatives if not for Hillary Clinton’s oppo research team. Jeremiah Wright gives hope to Jones and other demagogues tossed under Barack Obama’s bus that the news media will still give them camera time as long as they continue to make the kind of outrageous statements that marginalized them in the first place. Here, Wright gives his nuanced view of the debate over health-care reform (via JWF):
I think the racists in the right wing are upset because poor people are about to be helped.
Right! Because America is, after all, such an uncharitable nation. Oh, wait — we’re the nation with the highest per-capita private donations to charity, doubling our closest competition. And since conservatives give more in time and money to charitable causes than liberals, that explanation doesn’t wash.
In fact, this Wright statement shows him once again to be either an idiot, a demagogue, or both. What does that say about the man who sat in Wright’s church for 20 years and listened to his idiocy without considering other options for worship?