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By Anonymous Mike, pseudonymously.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
The Wright Stuff
A few thoughts on the whole Obama-Wright affair...
Back when Obama gave his first remarks on the Reverend Wright back on March 18, I thought the Senator was doubling down his bets. Obama had a chance to put the issue to bed by backing away from Wright, but instead he not only stuck by Wright but placed his own grandmother in the line of fire by equating attacks on his pastor as attacks on her. Remember "I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother"?
You would have thought Obama gave one of the greatest speeches of all time.
Well instead of lasting for the ages, it lasted about 6 weeks as Obama has started to back away from Wright as the latter made the same remarks this week in a public forum that he has been accused of making from the pulpit of his church, a church that Obama was a member of for 20 years.
Political campaigns are about getting to know a candidate. Their campaigns spends millions and work night and day to make surer we get to know them on their terms, but the unexpected will pop up and we get to know them through their actions. So what does this say about Obama?
When he said in Tuesday's press conference"...that obviously whatever relationship I had with Reverend Wright has changed as a consequence of this", what is obvious? The only thing that had changed since Obama's March 18th speech was not the content of Wright's remarks but the fact that he made them this time in public at the National Press Club for all the media to see. Yes that was a "show of disrespect" to Obama in the sense that it exposes his prevarications on March 18.
So the most logical conclusions from all of this is that Obama sat in Wright's church for 20 years and listened to this crap. Did he believe it? I doubt it, if there is one defining characteristic of Obama is his decency. Did he understand what was being said? Almost surely, this was the man who graduated from Harvard Law magna cum laude.
So he isn't a racist or dumb, so the most charitable explanation for his behavior is opportunism. He likely sat in that church for 20 years, listening to remarks that must have repulsed him, because of the political credibility it gave him. In short, he acted like a normal politician. Where he got caught was to milk the same cow twice by basing his candidacy in large part on transcending race.
Being a politician isn't a crime. After all his Democratic opponent reeks political opportunism through her pores and the presumptive Republican nominee's signature legislative achievement is to restrict the First Amendment.
What is a crime is that a major part of Obama's appeal is his race and the hope that he offers the country with a history of black slavery and segregation by electing a black man to the highest elected office in the country. We know and he knows that and he has implicitly based his campaign on it. Now we find out that not only has he been basing his spiritual life on an institution that reeks of racism but that he considers as a father figure a man who repeatedly makes and without shame the most vile of racist remarks. He has tied his life intimately to a man who is so vile that if you suggested his as a character for a Hollywood movie, he would be rejected as being simply too fantastic.
To top it off, when he is caught in this hypocrisy like the proverbial minister who has made his name by preaching virtue but is found caught in the bed of a prostitute, he doubles down his bets and excuses the racist creep by invoking the sins of not only the country but of his own grandmother
So what is the compelling reason for his candidacy again?
Oh yeah he's a Democrat whose name isn't Hillary Clinton.