April 29, 2008

Jeremiah Wright may drive us into the arms of Barack Obama.

Jeremiah Wright is "angry at Barack Obama for trying to be disingenuous," said Newt Gingrich. Wright is outraged that Obama tried to suppress and minimize him. Asked if Wright was trying to hurt Obama, Newt said: "I think Reverend Wright has a greater investment in his own self-importance than he does in Senator Obama's victory." Yes, Reverend Wright is on a tear. He's an egomaniac lit afire by this opportunity of a lifetime.

But I see a way for this awful problem to help Obama. It ties back to the original reason he became so popular. Obama seemed to offer a path out of the old-style racial politics that is based on grievances and demands and race as victimhood. Obama did not talk about race. He was black but he didn't talk about race. Now, Wright is rubbing our faces in the racial issues that Obama didn't want to talk about, and maybe he was disingenuous for submerging these things. But if Obama loses, Wright and his ilk will be magnified. They will have been instrumental in destroying Obama, yet they will use fact that Americans rejected Obama to reinforce their critique of America.

The message Obama needs to convey is: Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades. If we are disgusted by Wright, we shouldn't reject Obama. We should embrace him as the best hope we're ever going to have.

ADDED: Amba responds:
But the best hope of what?... Obama has been thrown up there like a litmus test to prove how racist the nation still is or isn't. And if you question his judgment or maturity or readiness, that becomes a checkmark on the "racist" side. That's infuriating. In fact, it could be argued that to judge Obama as sternly as you'd judge any human being who wanted to be president is less racist than insisting he be elected to prove we're not racist!
I have often said that we need to test Obama, and that letting him off easy is basically racist. But here my point is that his becoming President would quell the power of the Wrights of this world and we might overcome what will otherwise be a long impasse on race.

169 comments:

rhhardin said...

It won't work.

What blacks have to do is do something for somebody other than blacks, to escape the trap they've put themselves in as victims.

It won't help to vote for Obama instead.

You might as well stick with Wright, for that's what you'll be doing anyway.

former law student said...

Yes.
Obama is not bearing a grudge; he merely listens to grudge-bearers. You can expect Obama to listen to you, too.

Balfegor said...

If we are disgusted by Wright, we shouldn't reject Obama. We should embrace him as the best hope we're ever going to have.

That . . . that's the best we can do? That's pretty sad. I'm pretty sure that's also not true. After all, now that Obama has set the bar so low, it's not like we'd have to wait particularly long for someone else to come along. There must be hundreds of Black state legislators just itching to get elected to the national Senate and start immediately on their Presidential campaign. I'm sure at least some of them attend normal churches where the pastor doesn't preach hate and racial resentment, or bizarro 1930's theories about how African brains are different from European brains.

We could have another candidate just like this one but better in four years, easy. That's how long it took for Obama to rise from total obscurity to the top.

JDAXC said...

Obama will not be able to break from the Rev. On the national stage, a brotha can not break from a brotha.

lumiere said...

We'll get stuck with the worst of both worlds. We'll get a President who is unwilling to cut lose racists and antisemites for whatever reason. Thanks but no thanks. The race hustlers will still be with us regardless of whether Obama wins or loses.

PatCA said...

But Obama always agrees with the race baiters, albeit on a tonier level, like decrying the SCOTUS decision that requiring voter ID is not oppressive.

So Obama seems to be one of them. He's just letting Wright do the demogauging for him. And questions like the ones at the Press Club finally are the racial conversations we should be having. It may deal the death blow to the whole ideology.

AllenS said...

"Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades"

The nomination of Obama will increase the amount of people like Wright.

SteveR said...

I don't see this working for Obama in that way. For one I don't think the "original reason" he became so popular is going to help him regain or grow in popularity now. Maybe something else will, but that card's been played.

Kirby Olson said...

Ann, this sounds like good cop bad cop.

You hate bad cop but you give in to good cop.

So maybe they are working in tandem, the way that some said that Malcolm X and MLK worked in tandem.

There are black people like Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell, too.

I don't think we have to deal with this forced dichotomy of either we take Obama or we're stuck with Wright.

I still think that Wright will sink Obama, and together they will disappear into the quicksands.

Fen said...

Micheal Steele.

Original Mike said...

The message Obama needs to convey is: Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades.

That's an abstract enough message that, for it to work, he's got to say it explicitly. And I doubt he will. For one thing, Michelle would never let him.

Texas Tom said...

"Pollanna Department, Professor Althouse speaking. May I help you?"

George said...

Best hope we're going to have of what....?

Pandering to the lunatic extreme?

If this were 1968 and the Rev. Wright was George Wallace's white minister ranting about the genetic differences between black and white people, thundering about FDR's connivance in Pearl Harbor, warning us of the Commie conspiracy to fluoridate water ala the Tuskegee Experiments, and calling Shirley Chisolm a "skeeze," he'd be laughed out of the universe, along with any education professor who praised Sacco and Vanzetti and mad bomber George Matesky.

Fen said...

I don't think we have to deal with this forced dichotomy of either we take Obama or we're stuck with Wright

Yup. Thats not going to play in "flyover" country.

And the AM talk shows are buzzing about how the MSM is about to savage Wright to protect Obama. We'll see.

Clyde said...

When I saw Rev. Wright's performance yesterday, all I could think was "What a smirky wisenheimer!" It did nothing to change my negative perception of the man.

My theory: It's sabotage by the Rev. Wright, since if Obama gets elected, all of the whining about how racist and unfair America is goes right out the window, since Americans would have just elected a black man to the highest office in the land.

At that point, all of the racial grievance mongers like the various Revs. Wright, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan, etc., are out of a job. Their services would no longer be required. Not just that, but if Obama can succeed, that means that ALL black people could no longer blame "Whitey" for any failures to succeed in life; they would have to take personal responsibility rather than just being helpless victims of a racist society.

Now, Obama's campaign had set Rev. Wright up with some PR firm, but I suspect this isn't the result they anticipated. If Obama is smart, he does a major league Sister Souljah on Wright, and can pull a political jujitsu move by completely disowning Wright and quitting his church for one that is more mainstream. If he doesn't, he can kiss off the votes of most white independents, and probably quite a few white Democrats as well. He would be McGoverned in November, assuming that the superdelegates aren't smart enough to push him aside as damaged goods at the convention.

One more thing: I saw some people saying that Wright can't be "anti-American" because he's a former Marine. Well, so was Lee Harvey Oswald. Being a veteran does not give a free pass for future bad behavior.

Bender said...

It is quite dismaying, the extent to which contemporary presidential politics, as well as the electorate -- and people who comment on such things -- have sunk to such levels of idiocy.

This is what presidential politics is all about today, huh? Before it was flag burning, Willie Horton, pledge of allegiance, and now it is Rev. Wright (which is only part of a larger piece of who-can-be-most-offended-by-someone's remarks-today).

All totally irrelevent to the issues or to the qualifications for the office. And yet, folks go on and on such that this pointlessness is what the election may turn on. Depressing is what it is, that folks will do anything to avoid discussing real matters of substance.

Bender said...

And now you have folks who try to puff up their own self-proclaimed "patriotism" by smearing and belittling the Marine Corps, etc. by pointing out that occasionally some unsavory persons were members of the military. Such a display of contempt for servicemen and -women hardly shows any love for country, and instead betrays their own contempt for this country.

downtownlad said...

Well what do you expect Bender.

In times of peace and prosperity, like we have today, it is to be expected that minor issues like what your Reverand thinks would come to the forefront.

Blue Moon said...

Obama is in a box, since he has already stated that he can no more disown Wright than his grandmother. There will be no Sista Soljah moment with Wright.

Instead, Obama is going to have to do some serious ju-jitsu. For me, the most enjoyable moments in ju-jitsu come when your opponent is attacking you and you literally use his energy against him to send him flying. The problem of course is that sometimes you take some damage while waiting for the moment to take your opponent out. Or, to use another reference, sometimes Darth Vader is mortally wounded when he throws the Emperor off the balcony.

Blue Moon said...

Rhhardin:

I am really trying to be respectful, but seriously, how many black people do you know? We aren't all in a victim trap ya know?

downtownlad said...

I still don't see what the big deal is about what Rev. Wright said.

He implied that our prior presence and attacks in the Middle East might have motivated the terrorists to attack us. This is controversial?

Oh yeah - they attacked us because we're free. Almost forgot about that. Explains why Al Qeada keeps attacking Japan . . .

Mortimer Brezny said...

It's not just that you get Wright if not Obama, you get those nasty Clintons, too.

downtownlad said...

I wonder how many superdelegates are going to remove their backing for the Wright Presidential campaign now?

Robert Cook said...

I see this whole "controversy" as fake...ginned up by the rightwing lunatic fringe and its lapdogs in the mainstream media, (the "fringe" has metastisized and now constitutes the corpus, it seems, of the Republican Party), simply in order to smear a candidate they fear will defeat McCain.

Frankly, I haven't heard anything said by Wright that is not true, and, in any event, he is far more palatable and on firmer intellectual ground than the extremist preachers who support the right wing, such paragons of virtue as the now deceased Jerry Falwall, Pat Robertson, and John Hagee, who has endorsed McCain. Where is the mainstream discussion fretting about McCain's "problem" with Hagee?

Clyde said...

Bender -

Baloney. First, here's why the Wright issue matters: Because he is one of the people who has been highly influential on Obama's world view, as he wrote in his book. If you want to know what kind of a person someone is, look at his friends, the people he chooses to surround himself with. I realize that almost all polticians have shady characters around them. Hillary has more than a few. The difference between hers and Obama's is that several of the latter seem to deeply dislike this country. Wright is not the only one.

And in no way was I "belittling" the Marine Corps, I was simply stating a fact: Being a veteran does not give a free pass for future bad behavior. I stand by that statement.

downtownlad said...

And when is Obama going to condemn the rappers????

I've heard quite a few rappers using the word ho and n*igger. And guess what - those rappers were black.

It's disgusting that Obama has not disowned them. Since Obama is black and the rappers are black, Obama is responsible for everything that those black rappers have ever said.

William said...

Some blacks advance the lobster pot theory of upward social mobility. The lobster pot theory holds that if one lobster starts to climb out of the pot, the other lobsters grab him and pull him back into the pot. Al Sharpton is now criticizing Obama for not taking a more militant stance on the Sean Bell case.

Original Mike said...

Where is the mainstream discussion fretting about McCain's "problem" with Hagee?

Damn straight! I want to know why McCain sat in those pews for 20 years listening to Hagee's sermons.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

The message Obama needs to convey is: Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades. If we are disgusted by Wright, we shouldn't reject Obama. We should embrace him as the best hope we're ever going to have.

Translated: Take me now.....or else.

That type of threat: "Give me a cookie or I'll throw a temper tantrum" didn't work when my daughter was 3 years old. It really really shouldn't work for a collective group of grown ups. If you give in to the 3 year old's temper tantrums, you will have created an unruly delinquent teenager who has no respect for rules or the feelings of others. Chaos instead of a household living in peace and harmony.

Elect Obama or else we will be threatened with more racial hatred from Wright and his like? Elect Obama or else we will burn down your cities with racial rioting? Right.... Elect Obama out of fear and not because he is really qualified to be President. Elect Obaman, because he presents a pleasing calm exterior and don't even question what is really on the inside. Elect Obama......you God Damned racist white honkeys .....or else.

downtownlad said...

How do you know what McCain's preacher said? McCain is a baptist so you can be damn well sure that his preacher is a bigot.

But thats ok. Even if his preacher said hateful disgusting things, it doesn't matter. Because McCain is white. And white people think for themselves.

Black people on the other hand are all part of a collective. They think and act alike and responsible for what their friends and family say.

Unless you're a black Republican - then you get a pass.

I know - it's tricky. But you'll learn the rules soon enough.

JohnAnnArbor said...

McCain is not a baptist. Try again.

Martin Gale said...

Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades.

Isn't this just the logic of the protection racket? "Nice post-racial future you got there, be a shame if anything derailed it."

garage mahal said...

Problem is it appears he was duped by a person he trusted. Badly. Hardly a trait people are looking for in a Presidential candidate. And if he jettisons Wright now the question is whether he can be trusted to spot divisive characters.

Me, personally: I want to see more of the Redd Foxx World Tour.

downtownlad said...

I said it a year ago that America would never elect a black man. Who knew the election would be over in April though.

Would have been so funny to have had Romney against Obama.

Romney having to explain why he went to a church that banned black people for so many years.

Oh sorry - THAT kind of relationship with your Mormon preacher is ok. Romney takes no responsibility for that - and it's an attack on his freedom of religion to go there.

Like I said - the rules can get REALLY tricky.

Fen said...

Bender: Rev. Wright (which is only part of a larger piece of who-can-be-most-offended-by-someone's remarks-today). All totally irrelevent to the issues or to the qualifications for the office.

Obama worships at a church that believes "Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy". Most Americans find that relevent.


And now you have folks who try to puff up their own self-proclaimed "patriotism" by smearing and belittling the Marine Corps, etc. by pointing out that occasionally some unsavory persons were members of the military

Oh bullshit. If anyone here smeared the Corps, I would have been all over their ass. What people were pointing out is that military service does not shield Wright from criticism of his racist hate-mongering.

Can we please have an Obama apologist with some game?

mtrobertsattorney said...

This Wright matter could turn into a plus for Obama. All he has to do is call a press conference and denounce Wright as racist who is poisoning the black community with his venomous lies.

The question is whether he will take this opportunity or continue to prattle on about free speech.

coenito said...

Wouldn't Obama have to reject Wright first in order to rationally support Obama as the rejection of Wright. He has not by word done this. And Obama can no more do this than to reject his white grandmother and blacks in total, this according to Obama's Philadelphia speech. And he cannot in deed do this, for his deeds, twenty years in the church, substantial contributions, collecting Wright's videos and using them for rhetoric practice, naming his book after a Wright sermon, baptizing his children under Wright's hands, etc... are cast. Obama went to Hyde Park and become a Hyde Park/South Side politician. I like Obama, so I believe he did all this half-heartedly. I don't believe he believes like Wright believes that Farakkan is one of the great men of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. But he chose to live in Farakkan's backyard and chose a church which in word and deed does believe these kinds of things. Obama used Wright, quietly but audaciously. Why is anyone surprised Wright is using Obama? The two are tied at the hip, in words and deeds. Taking one, either one, can't get rid of the other. Obama should've set up shop away from the Civil War and the Great Migration, say Denver. And if it had to be Chicago, at the very least, the North Side.

downtownlad said...

"mccain is not a baptist. Try Again" - johnannarbor

"Johnannarbor likes to talk out of his ass". - Downtownlad

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_McCain

JohnAnnArbor said...

This Wright matter could turn into a plus for Obama. All he has to do is call a press conference and denounce Wright as racist who is poisoning the black community with his venomous lies.

That would be good not just for Obama, but for the nation. We need to, once and for all, reject this poisonous garbage.

Original Mike said...

That would be good not just for Obama, but for the nation. We need to, once and for all, reject this poisonous garbage.

Yep.

Fen said...

BlueMoon: We aren't all in a victim trap ya know?

Yah, that gets lost Blue. Even sadder is that some black congregations now feel the need to step up and say "hey, we don't play that crap in our church".

Wright has set racial relations back a decade.

JohnAnnArbor said...

I'm sure the large number of black Baptist congregations will be happy that you called them bigoted, dtl. 'cause nothing says anti-bigotry like taking whole religious groups and labeling them with your own hateful projections!

(Obama's church is not Baptist, by the way.)

downtownlad said...

This is a classic Rovian gambit.

Take John Kerry's greatest strength - his war record - and turn it against him. Making people think he was anti-military and anti-American.

Now take Obama's greatest strength - his ability to overcome racial divide - and turn Obama into a racist.

I can't believe Ann fell for both.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

"Frankly, I haven't heard anything said by Wright that is not true"

Really?

You believe that Black brains are genetically different than White brains? (Never mind that the world is not divided into black and white and that there is a sliding scale of superficial racial characteristics.) The last time someone advanced this theory the feces hit the oscillating mechanism because the proposer were melanin challenged otherwise it is OK to be racist??? Maybe you believe that black people can't swim and white guys can't jump?

You believe that the US government invented AIDS for the purpose of genocide on poor Blacks? Hmmm what about all those upper income white guys in SF that have AIDS?

You believe that drug use in "black" neighborhoods is a plot by the US Government? (Nevermind that the largest growing usage of drugs in the form of Meth is in white rural areas)

You believe that 9-11 where thousands of completely innocent people of all races were killed and thousands more left maimed and losing their loved ones, and that God Damn America and thereby all the people who live in it, is in the Bible?

You beleive that every "white" person is a racist secretly or openly longing for the suppression of black people. (Nevermind that the world is comprised of not just black and white but also Asians, Hispanics, Indians and many many other groups that have been oppressed including people from "white" Europe)

Really?

downtownlad said...

Johnannarbor - I will LOUDLY say that all baptist congregations are bigoted. Including black ones. Do you think I really give a rat's ass who I'm offending by saying that. Sometimes the truth hurts - deal with it.

JohnAnnArbor said...

Making people think he was anti-military and anti-American.

I think Kerry's demonstrably false 1970s testimony before Congress did that for him. You know, all levels of command, rape, cut off ears, etc. Smearing all vets--his "Band of Brothers!"--of Vietnam as psychopathic war criminals.

All that needed to be done was quote it, play the audio. And it was done, and Kerry was trapped by his own words.

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Fen said...

Making people think [Kerry] was anti-military and anti-American.

Yah, falsely accusing his fellow vets of war crimes had nothing to do with it...

Now take Obama's greatest strength - his ability to overcome racial divide - and turn Obama into a racist.

Again, for 20 years your "post-racial" candidate worshipped at a church that craves " a God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy".

But he's not racist...

JohnAnnArbor said...

Doesn't matter if you're loud if you're just talking to yourself, dtl.

George said...

downtown--

Sen. Obama sat in Rev. Wright's church for 17 years, and listened.

He is a United States Senator whose former minister believes that Franklin Roosevelt knew the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor.

He is a United States Senator whose minister denounced the Secretary of State as a whore.

He is a United States Senator who would allow his children to hear a minister use the words "G*ddamn" and "sh*t" in the pulpit.

There's something wrong with that.

And, downtown, every congregation contains bigots. Churches are hospitals for sinners. We should hope, though, that ministers don't spread the sins of anger and hatred.

Dan Karipides said...

You are reaching Ann. Obama has spoken and written about what an influence Wright was in his career and life. It doesn't matter--to me, and I'm guessing many others--if he suddenly disavows everything Wrights says and has said. He would have to explain why he only did so when he reached the national stage and when it started to affect him negatively. I say "would have to" but lets be honest--there's nothing he can say.

Which is why he is in such a pickle. Which is why Clinton, who should have been long gone, still has hopes and chances at winning the nomination. Which is why people are bending themselves into pretzels, like you did with this post, to come up with ways that having long-term relationship with an anti-American racist will help his political standing.

Henry said...

I think Ann is right, that "if Obama loses, Wright and his ilk will be magnified," but that is a negative proposition. It points to a politics of extortion that Obama can't leverage; if he even makes a step in that direction, he degrades himself. Only true believers would still believe in his good faith.

I would think it's sadly clear, by this point, that Obama cannot be a transformative figure. Wright and his ilk will be with us for decades no matter what Obama does.

If Obama goes to Washington as president, it's not like he turns immediately to marble and gets stuck on a plinth. He will actually have to govern, and the press will use the ilk as the sounding board for every social issue he touches.

downtownlad said...

Dust Bunny is horrified that someone would say that black brains and white brains are different.

Unless it's written by a Republican, as in "The Bell Curve" then its ok.

Johnannarbor - Kerry was not attacked for his address to congress. That would have been legitimate. He was attacked for lying about his war record, even though those attacks were proven to be false.

Obama is not being attacked for racist things he has said. That would be legitimate. Instead, he's being attacked for things his preacher has said - which is totally illegitimate. His preacher is not running for President. Obama is.

Regardless - Democrats would be fools to nominate a black man. America is racist, and they need to deal with it and nominate a white person,.

Blue Moon said...

Fen: I hear you. I'm cranky because I'm so tired of being put in a box.

The media is so lazy. If I hear someone say "Obama has a problem with blue collar voters" one more time... What do you call a man who works as a garbage truck driver who is black? Is he not "blue collar?" Oh wait, only white people can be blue collar. What do you call Blue Moon, who believes in a resurrected Jesus? Oh wait, only white people can be evangelical. Just like it is a crying shame that rural white people vote GOP ("What's the Mattter with Kansas?"), but when Madonna votes for democrats, she's a genius for "transcending petty self-interest." The media loves nuance, unless the situation actually calls for nuanced thinking. Then it's time to go to shorthand stereotypes.

Rant over.

downtownlad said...

Johnannarbor makes an statement that is demonstrably false. He says that McCain is not a baptist.

Downtown proves the moron johnannarbor wrong.

Johnannarbor refuses to acknowledge the truth and desperately tries to update wikipedia by turning Mccain into a non-baptist.

Keep trying. You're still wrong.

downtownlad said...

Well George is right.

If Obama's preacher thinks that Roosevelt knew about the Pearl Harbor attacks before they happened, that that DEFINITELY disqualifies Obama from being President.

Recession, war, - whatever. BUT OBAMA'S PREACHER THINKS THAT ROOSEVELT HAD ADVANCE WARNING ABOUT PEARL HARBOR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fen said...

Obama is not being attacked for racist things he has said.

Sure he is. Your "post-racial" candidate is so ignorant that he buys into the bigoted stereotype of "bitter xenophobic rednecks in flyover country, clinging to guns and God".

As do you.

But lets not forget that you're a conservative in drag, self-loathing, likely in the closest, pretending to be gay so you can make homosexuals look ridiculous.

Dan Karipides said...

Frankly, I haven't heard anything said by Wright that is not true, and, in any event, he is far more palatable and on firmer intellectual ground than the extremist preachers who support the right wing, such paragons of virtue as the now deceased Jerry Falwall, Pat Robertson, and John Hagee, who has endorsed McCain. Where is the mainstream discussion fretting about McCain's "problem" with Hagee?

Two things here.

One: Wright didn't randomly endorse Obama. If he had, Obama could have simply said, "I don't agree with his views," and this would have been a non-issue. Obama went to Wright's church for how many years? He quoted and praised him in writings. There are pictures of him hugging Wright at book signings. Obama doesn't have to explain Wright's comments because they are both black or some other nonsense. He has to explain them because he they've had a spiritual, mentor relationship for many years.

Two: Nothing Wright has said is wrong? Someone above made a good list of just how absurd that statement is, but I'll just take the 9/11 comment. If you really think New York had it coming because of US international policy (which is sad) do you really think it is a wise political strategy to say that? Please, please, please, run a campaign against me with the slogan, "9/11: Those bastards in New York had it coming." Outside of Berkeley, where is that going to play well?

Fen said...

BlueMoon: I'm cranky because I'm so tired of being put in a box

No apology needed. I would be fricken livid. Thanks for whatever efforts you've been making to remain civil.

In the past, you've made excellent points that reached me and gave me pause. I hope that continues.

Blue Moon said...

DTL:

But you win the prize with your comment that ALL Baptist congregations are bigoted. I'm sure you have visited at least half of the more than 50,000 of them.

Hogarth said...

folks will do anything to avoid discussing real matters of substance.

Fine, bring it on. Let's work our way through Obama's years and years of legislative and leadership experience. Shouldn't take long.

Let's see what we have on the legislative side:

From my point of view, on every issue for which he ever actually deigned to make a decision on, he decided wrongly.

Cool, discussion over.

Ok, executive leadership:

[crickets]

Oh, yeah. He has none. How about moral leadership. How about taking a stand and sticking with it:

[crickets]

Oh yeah, he was against the war before he was for it before he was against it. Rinse, repeat on guns, etc.

I think you're better off going with the fake issues, Bender, which is probably why they're being discussed instead of Obama's non-stance on what you call the "real matters of substance."

The problem is, you see, that there is no substance.

downtownlad said...

Never met a Baptist organization that didn't hate gay people. But I'm happy to be proven wrong.

Know any? I'm really curious which baptist church accepts gay preachers. Because if they don't - then they are bigoted by definition.

downtownlad said...

Stop lying Dan. Show me the quote where Wright said New York had it coming. He never said it.

He did say violence begets violence and that violence had to stop.

But I guess if you only think in soundbytes - like Dan does - you can't comprehend that kind of subtlety.

downtownlad said...

Although McCain's favorite preacher, Hagee, did say that New Orleans had it coming because New Orleans tolerated gays.

And Fallwell said that New York had it coming because New York tolerated gays.

But those statements are a-ok.

Robert Cook said...

Dust Bunny Queen,

I haven't heard Wright say all those things. I've heard only the things that the media is headlining. Aside from snippets of a sermon he gave on America's purveyance of terrorism that I saw on Moyers the other night--the whole of which snippet I found sensible and accurate--I actually am only familiar with the media's characterization of Wright's words, as is the case, I'm sure, are most citizens. There's no way the media might mischaracterize Wright's remarks, is there?

I will look into the documentation of what Wright has actually said; if he has said the things you assert, I will obviously have to disagree with him. But, until I see the evidence, I don't know he has said those things.

This aside, the question remains: why isn't there so-called national concern--that is, a fabricated controversy--over some of the remarks made over time by the preachers I've mentioned?

downtownlad said...

Robert,

As every white person knows, including myself, we are only responsible for our own actions and our own words. Not those of others.
And as every white person knows, blacks think collectively. They are all part of the same groupthink. All blacks are racist. And they are dangerous criminals too. Blacks are scary. But sometimes we get a nice, "articulate" black man. They are the exception. They're ok. Until we find out that they hang out with scary black men too,. Then we realize that we were right all along. All black people are crazy nutcases. We know this because they shout in church.

downtownlad said...

Time to go.

Democrats need to nominate Hilary. She is going up in the intrade market.

I want to see a President Hillary. It will be amusing to see the wingnut reaction to that.

And I want to see the black community in America angry at white Americans for another 50 years.

rhhardin said...

Fen: I hear you. I'm cranky because I'm so tired of being put in a box.

The media is so lazy. If I hear someone say "Obama has a problem with blue collar voters" one more time... What do you call a man who works as a garbage truck driver who is black? Is he not "blue collar?" Oh wait, only white people can...


Another black people oppression!

The way out of the box is to proclaim often and loudly that Obama, Wright and their ilk are are despicable charlatans.

Presto, you're out of the box.

But wait! Maybe Obama can get something for you, some perceived advantage or other. Never mind.

Robert Cook said...

Dan,

I will echo downtownlad: Wright never said "New York had it coming." (I'll point out I stood watching mere blocks from the WTC as the second tower was hit. I'm hardly speaking from any safe remove from potential terrorist attacks.)

He pointed out, very sensibly, that a nation that commits terrorism around the world--as we do and have done--will bring upon itself the wrath of that world, and some will try and will succeed in attacking us. As he said, "Hatred begets hatred, violence begets violence." None of the violence is justified, but it is to be expected.

America has simply always felt itself invulnerable to such retaliation--and most citizens are ignorant of the violence we do in the world--and we can't get over that anyone might want to hurt us.

coenito said...

"McCain's favorite preacher"... Not very intelligent but bold, i.e. not subtle. Creating a soundbyte, thus thinking in soundbytes, as one argues against soundbytes and the idiots taken in by soundbytes. Chutzpah par excellence.

Blue Moon said...

Rhhardin:

And it's my job to do this because... Oh wait, I'm black, so I have to account for all 37 million.

former law student said...

The difference between hers and Obama's is that several of the latter seem to deeply dislike this country. Wright is not the only one.

Obama's questionable associates deeply dislike (1) white racism and (2) military intervention in foreign countries. I would humbly submit that these are not fundamental parts of the United States of America; that although our country was founded by slavemasters we got over it, and that we pretty much limited military intervention to our own hemisphere for most of our history.

He is a United States Senator whose former minister believes that Franklin Roosevelt knew the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbor.

I read this in the staunchly Republican Chicago Tribune many times as a kid. Are you arguing Colonel McCormick was some kind of nut?

Where is the mainstream discussion fretting about McCain's "problem" with Hagee?

Damn straight! I want to know why McCain sat in those pews for 20 years listening to Hagee's sermons.


The parallel situation to McCain's would be if Obama had never met Wright, but rushed to kiss his ring to get an endorsement to attract the black vote. Instead, Obama had a twenty year relationship where the preacher's good far, far outweighed the bad.

But he chose to live in Farakkan's backyard

Obama chose to live in Justice Stevens' back yard as well. Senator Douglas, Congressman/DCCOA Judge/Presidential Counsel Mikva -- all those Lakefront Liberals live within strolling distance of the University of Chicago, Jimmy's Woodlawn Tap, Powell's Bookstore, etc. In fact, Barack lives across the street from a beautiful synagogue.

johnannarbor's argument applies with equal force to Obama:

jaa: McCain is not a baptist
(anybody): But he's gone to a baptist church for years.
jaa: That doesn't mean he embraces baptist doctrine.

Anybody: Obama is colorblind
Obama-hater: But he's gone to a racist church for years.
Anybody: That doesn't mean he embraces racist doctrine.

Blue Moon said...

Whoops, forgot about all those black people in africa. Obama is only half black - do I have to account for him too? On odd numbered days or even?

Dan said...

Stop lying Dan. Show me the quote where Wright said New York had it coming. He never said it.

"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost," he told his congregation.

Sources: ABC News

CNN.com

I think that statement is pretty clear. The US had (in his opinion) bad policies overseas and now, not surprisingly to him, we get hit in our own backyard. America's chickens are coming home to roost--we had it coming.

And I know this is the internet, but personal insults do not form the basis for a valid argument. I'm not lying. If you doubted Wright ever said what I attributed to him, ask me for a source. I'm sure Ann appreciates intelligent comments over "Liar, liar, pants on fire!"

rhhardin said...

And it's my job to do this because... Oh wait, I'm black, so I have to account for all 37 million.

Oppression really runs deep, doesn't it.

No other idea makes any progress.

Amazing.

JohnAnnArbor said...

He pointed out, very sensibly, that a nation that commits terrorism around the world--as we do and have done--

Feel free to try that one in middle America and see how it goes. Ivy league professors might buy that crap, but not normal people.

Skyler said...

Ann, your effort to see a silver lining is laudable, but your argument is pretty much no more than a wish.

Robert Cook, Wright believes that the US government created the AIDS virus to destroy black people. Among other crack pot ideas. He's a loon, and he's not realy that bright. He just talks dramatically, that's all.

Clyde, as a Marine I agree whole heartedly with your comment. Being a Marine does not make one right, it does not make one good. It's important to distinguish military achievements with philosophical stances. They don't go together.

Zachary Paul Sire said...

Well said, Ann.

People need to get over Wright. He doesn't speak for Obama, he speaks for himself. They aren't Obama's words, they're Wright's. I've hung out with plenty of unsavory idiots and that doesn't mean I share their beliefs!

I have to wonder what everyone would be talking about if it weren't for Wright. Everyone who is so disgusted with Wright wasn't going to vote for Obama anyways, so why should we care what they're screaming about today, tomorrow, or 6 months from now? Because believe me, in 6 months, they'll find something else to scream about.

JohnAnnArbor said...

Obama is only half black - do I have to account for him too? On odd numbered days or even?

Depends if it's in the first or last half of the month and the phase of the moon.

(Kidding. The Wrights of the world treat whole groups--"the black church," "white America," as monolithic entities, which is both nonsensical and destructive.)

Skyler said...

Dan, it's a bit of a looney stretch (albeit a popular one) to say that we support terrorism against Palestinians and to conflate that with a justification or expectation that our skyscrapers should be melted. This is moral equivalence at its worst.

former law student said...

He is a United States Senator whose minister denounced the Secretary of State as a whore.

Is that what Condoskeeza means? Where can I look that up?

He is a United States Senator who would allow his children to hear a minister use the words "G*ddamn" and "sh*t" in the pulpit.

You have no proof of this. The Trinity United Church of Christ has two youth services each Sunday.

Hogarth said...

Because believe me, in 6 months, they'll find something else to scream about.

Tony Rezko? Sweetheart land deals? I'm wondering, has he ever dabbled in cattle futures? I hope so - I ever so like symmetry.

Balfegor said...

Is that what Condoskeeza means? Where can I look that up?

Well, it's a play on words. But the Urban Dictionary gives one a sense of the meaning being conveyed.

former law student said...

Dan, it's a bit of a looney stretch (albeit a popular one) to say that we support terrorism against Palestinians and to conflate that with a justification or expectation that our skyscrapers should be melted. This is moral equivalence at its worst.

Saying that we deserved to be attacked for our support of Israel would be looney unjustified moral equivalence. Saying that our support of Israel would mean that our ally's enemies would become our enemies is simple common sense. Common sense would have put us on our guard after the first time the WTC was attacked, when a rental van filled with explosives was parked underneath.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Dust Bunny is horrified that someone would say that black brains and white brains are different.

Unless it's written by a Republican, as in "The Bell Curve" then its ok


I'm not horrified in the least. Everyone's brains are different and it isn't necissarily a racial thing. For instance, I have some level of Aspergers as does my brother who has a condition very similar to that of the son of Thomas Sowell

It is also a scientific fact that most women are not as good in math as women. Using the "bell curve" the numbers of women on the far right side of the math genius curve are very small. Despite the vapors that that caused in some academic feminists... it is still a scientific fact.

What I am horrified about is that race baiters like Rev Wright are given a pass by making unscientific racist stereotypes while others are raked over the coals with their publications of studies some of which the validity is questionable. As long as you're a black person, racism is OK and you can speak the unspeakable.

The double standard is staggering and frankly, I'm sick to death with it and all the political correctness baggage that we are supposed to be dragging around with us.

For Robert Cook. All you have to do is to Google the NAACP and Press Club speeches that Wright just did a few days ago.

JohnAnnArbor said...

That would be logical, former law student. See Gorelick, Jaime, for why that was made very, very difficult.

TMink said...

"If we are disgusted by Wright, we shouldn't reject Obama. We should embrace him as the best hope we're ever going to have."

The best hope we're ever going to have? Not by a long shot. I am disgusted by Wright, I am not disgusted by Obama. His policies are too liberal and will create problems for America.

I disagree, I think there are more experienced and less socialist leaning minotrity candidates. Someone get Thomas Sowell to run, Condi could do a good job, Bobby Jindal has promise. Heck even Colin Powell would be better and he is not a Conservative.

I am not buying it.

Trey

John Stodder said...

Obama is in a box, since he has already stated that he can no more disown Wright than his grandmother. There will be no Sista Soljah moment with Wright.

For those who hope Obama can talk his way out of his association with Wright, the comment above is the truth that can't be evaded. He had one chance to distance himself from Wright and he screwed it up. The media was so swayed by the beauty of his words, they didn't pick up on the mush at his "race" speech's core.

Instead, Obama is going to have to do some serious ju-jitsu. For me, the most enjoyable moments in ju-jitsu come when your opponent is attacking you and you literally use his energy against him to send him flying.

But I don't see Obama's demise playing out via a series of frontal assaults on his association with Wright. I predict the coming primaries will show that really not much more needs to be said, by anyone, if they're opposed to Wright. What's happened this week will cause a lot of voters who were Obama voters to become non-voters or Hillary voters. If Obama still gets the nomination, the same process will play out to McCain's benefit.

Obama's the one who has to make the next move. If he says nothing, there's nothing Hillary or McCain need to say about it directly.

Instead, they'll raise questions about Obama's strength and readiness for the office, which will resonate persuasively. That's where Wright has damaged him the most. He's made Obama look really, really weak. And he doesn't have some past "profile in courage" to present in his own defense.

Althouse, this is a nice try, nice 'out of the box' thinking, but it doesn't work.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Where is the mainstream discussion fretting about McCain's "problem" with Hagee?

As far as I know, Hagee hates the Catholic Church which by my estimation, would put him in good company with liberals and atheists. Catholics hardly comprise the mainstream in America anyway.

Then again, calling the Catholic Church the 'Whore of Babylon' really doesn't have the same impact on the mainstream as the US of KKKA. Or that using the A-Bomb to end WW2 and Imperial Japan, who last time I checked STARTED the war with the US somehow justified 9/11 (chickens coming home to roost).

Hagee may be anti-Catholic but to my knowledge he isn't a racist. Unless of course Catholicism has been bestowed 'racehood' like Muslims.

Wright is a racist pig who evidently has bullshitted enough of his flock to believe in white oppression while he lives in a multi-million dollar gated home.

Yeah, lifes a real bitch under the white man.

franglosaxon said...

John McCain will heal the racial divide in this country. John McCain is a true humanitarian. The Republican party is the party of compassion and real Christianity. John McCain has shown real courage in addressing the problems of ALL Americans. John McCain shows the forward-thinking vision that will build a foundation for America's continuing prosperity for years to come.

John McCain has never listened to any controversial words. He has never associated with unsavory characters. He shows incredible intellectual prowess and courage.

John McCain is white. He is "normal" and does not disrespect imaginary rednecks. John McCain can make rich right-wing journalists feel comfortable that no imaginary rednecks anywhere are being condescended to. John McCain believes America is a shining city on a hill whose immaculate history is free of human error and indecency. Through the pride and devotion of shining warrior John McCain, McCamerica will stand astride the world for a million generations to come, unchallenged. The White House will be secure and remain un-blown-up by the Democrat racist terrorist marxist.

John McCain is not a racist and has a dark-skinned daughter that he protects from the brutal Democrat press vultures at all times. If she is seen by the cameras John McCain will eat the eyeballs of all who see the picture. That's a promise to you, America.

gophermomeh said...

I had the thought, yesterday, with all the Wright news - that this thing could go full circle. The more he talks, the more Wright marginalizes himself and his message and this could actually work to Obama's advantage.

JohnAnnArbor said...

John McCain believes America is a shining city on a hill whose immaculate history is free of human error and indecency.

I'll repeat what I said yesterday: There's nothing wrong with pointing out problems in America, large or small, past or present. McCain does, too. The problem with Wright is that he acts like nothing's RIGHT in America. Nothing at all.

Joe said...

Obama is where he for three simple reasons and no more:

He's charismatic
He's black
He's not Hillary

franglosaxon said...

Yeah Joe, it has nothing to do with the fact that

he is a talented politician

he harnessed the power of new technology to build the most effective political fundraising operation of all time

he earned the respect of colleagues and few enemies due to his open and collegial working style

coenito said...
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David said...

The message Obama needs to convey is: Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades.

"Saddled" with a man to whom Obama has clung for two decades? A man whom Obama himself says he could no more disown than he could disown his grandmother?

How credible would that warning be? Try again, Ann.

gophermomeh said...

The problem with Wright is that he acts like nothing's RIGHT in America. Nothing at all....

That isn't Wright's problem - it's your problem. It's not a problem unless you (or whomever) reacts to it. The problem is, is that he's pushing your buttons...

Joe said...

Actually, franglosaxon, I don't think Obama is that great of a politician. He had a good money raising machine that capitalizes on the three things I mentioned--I'd even suggest that most his money making is entirely due to simply being the person perceived to be able to beat Hillary.

When you watch his behavior, it becomes really obvious that he's political rank amateur. Without a corrupt Chicago political machine, he'd still be a nobody.

Moreover, he doesn't have very much respect from other politicians--quite to the contrary, many democrats in the Senate are quite pissed at how he jumps into issues at the last minute and makes claims of being involved from the beginning. He claims to work across the aisle, yet does nothing of the sort. His voting record betrays him as an utter hypocrite.

Paddy O. said...

That isn't Wright's problem - it's your problem.

No, it's Obama's problem. Because a lot of people react to that kind of stuff. A good portion of the people in this country. It's okay, I suppose, to write off all those people but not if you want to win an election as the president of such a people. Obama cannot straddle disdain and esteem for too much longer. He has to choose one side for himself, and that will mean alienating a portion of those who have supported him.

Hoosier Daddy said...

It is also a scientific fact that most women are not as good in math as women..

Nice job DBQ. You just blew your chance at ever becoming President of Harvard.

:-)

Skyler said...

Actually, Obama is a creation of the Kennedy machine, who supported him for the purpose of taking on the Clinton machine.

garage mahal said...

I'm getting a distinct feeling that Andy Sullivan is seeing that dream of carrying Obama's baby being snuffed out. And that's sad.

AJ Lynch said...

Franglosaxon said:

"he (Obama) harnessed the power of new technology to build the most effective political fundraising operation of all time"

I thought this bouquet belonged to Howard Dan / Joe Trippi?

Can we expect the MSM to proclaim this about every Dem candidate for the next ten prez elections?

coenito said...

Former Law Student,
I know the area well. Especially the inside of Jimmy's. Your point is well taken. And the folks you mention are much worth mentioning. Though I doubt their rise through Chicago politics meant kissing the ring of Wright, and lets not beat around the bush, Wright's church is in part what it is because it is in Farakkan's backyard. You can get elected Senator of Illinois from Hyde Park and the South Side as a member of such civic entanglements, but not President of the United States. Which is why I think it is a shame that Obama boxed himself in in this way. I like the guy. Might even vote for him still. Can't see him winning though.

John Stodder said...

he harnessed the power of new technology to build the most effective political fundraising operation of all time

Obama did this? Or did he happen to be running for president in the next cycle after Howard Dean did this?

I don't think Obama is so much an internet innnovator as he is the lucky lab rat who benefited from getting the medicine instead of the placebo, and the medicine worked.

His success on the internet is just one more a manifestation of the over-the-moon hopes that millions of voters invested in him. That phase is basically over. Wright has killed the buzz. Well, Wright and a few other things, like the NAFTA flap, the fishiness about whether he is really committed to withdrawing from Iraq on a "timetable," Bill Ayers, and a growing awareness that he is promising big things he has no record of ever having accomplished himself.

rhhardin said...

``It is also a scientific fact that most women are not as good in math as women..''

Nice job DBQ. You just blew your chance at ever becoming President of Harvard.


It's not true (...as men), actually. Women have all the talent you'd want for math but drop out at some level because it's not interesting enough to them.

Vicki Hearne

franglosaxon said...

John-- Yes, Obama did this. Among the reasons he has overwhelming support among youth is that he understands technology and the internet. Otherwise, why hasn't John McCain done the same? Why hasn't Hillary? (she caught on, but is far from matching).

While the bloviators bloviate, the haters hate, the hypocrites spew their poison, the Obama campaign, under the leadership of Barack Obama himself, has seized the future of the Democratic party, and due to demographic trends, of the country. Win or lose this cycle. Sorry hater.

Rob said...

Ann, if you think this is good for Obama (except in the minds of the kool-aid drinkers) or if you think we ought to embrace Obama over this, you're mad as the proverbial hatter!

1. Given the comments Wright made on Obama 'doing what politicians do', one cannot honestly regard even the most thorough-going repudiation of Wright as anything other than political calculation -- smooth the ruffled feathers of the nice white folks....

2. Obama had a chance to throughly repudiate Wright in Philadelphia last month. He didn't.

3. Obama spent TWENTY YEARS with Wright -- there is no way he was not at least not adverse to what Wright was preaching.

Hoosier Daddy said...

Women have all the talent you'd want for math but drop out at some level because it's not interesting enough to them.

Well can you blame them when DSW has a perpetual sales on such cute shoes?

I'm sorry, I couldn't help it. It just came out. I'm sure if you read it in the full context, it'll be clear.

JDAXC said...

Rev. Wright this and Obama that!
Were are the frenzied separation of church and state crowd??

Terry said...

I don't see how the Althouse strategy would work. Wright in and of himself is not really the issue. Obama's judgment is the issue.

Wright has clearly shown himself for what he is. Wright's theology and his church's tenants predate Obama's joining the church. Obama was even warned by other ministers before he joined the church that Wright and his church was radical.

Knowing all this Obama then made the choice and ongoing choices to spend over 20 years at that church.

So it is not that Obama is personally responsible for Wright's views and beliefs. But, Obama most certainly is responsible for his own beliefs and decisions pertaining to Wright and his ongoing choice of church.

Certainly, if Wright and his church had instead been shown to be good instead of bad (in the view of the electorate), Obama's judgment would be rightfully lauded for having chosen to align his beliefs with those of Wright and his church.

It is not wrong then to question Obama's political judgment for his choices in aligning himself so closely for so long to a person and a church that a large number of voters view with disdain.

AlphaLiberal said...

It's one thing for Wright to do a couple interviews and try to get his point of view out there.

It's another entirely for him to mock Obama, preen on the public stage and act like a destructive, narcissistic clown. He's a smart (if vain) fellow and knows he's doing damage.

I now agree with Todd Gitlin. Throw Jeremiah out of the bus. Better yet, under the bus.

Hasta la vista, baby.

Hogarth said...

he harnessed the power of new technology to build the most effective political fundraising operation of all time

Good! Let him harness it further to fund all of his lofty re-distribution schemes and keep his wife's greedy mitts off of my pie!

Trooper York said...

If loving him is wrong I wanna be like Rev Wright
If being Wright means being without you
I'd rather live a wrong doing life
Your mama and daddy say it's a shame
It's a downright disgrace
Long as I got him by my side
I don't care what you people say

Your friends tell you there's no future
In following a racist man
If I can't scorn you when I want to
I'll see you when I win
If loving him is wrong I wanna be like Rev. Wright
If loving him is wrong I wanna be like Rev. Wright

madawaskan said...

I'm not going to say the word that Ann wants us to say...

But you don't win the Presidency that way-

If you don't do "x", "y" happens-well hell maybe that is how you do it.

Anyways-

Remember all that talk about transcending race? Really? Why can't the discussion be transcending Chicago politics?

Maybe if you're talking about transcending race all of the time-you're not doing it.

Now Wright is no longer bothering me-yet Wright seems to be getting to everybody else.

Wright is now the bad guy, the egomaniac-CNN had a graphic up during Larry King stating-

Wright:Dividing the Democrat Party?

Holy crap-he's to blame for that? That's Wright's fault?

And! I can NOT believe the spin around 180 on Wright's church!

Remember when Obama said soemthing to the effect that the Wright church was typical? A typical African American church?

I was aghast at that-how could anyone know what all African American churches are like?

And I got refuted here for that by the *experts*-

And sure enough that was the talking point all over the airwaves.

Now it isn't.

Obama dragged every pastor and every African American church down to that level and everyone was hunky dorey with that.

Some transcendance!

Now they are honky dorey with denouncing Wright and saying the exact OPPOSITE.

Wow-where is your compass because if Obama was got it you are truly lost.

I'm not bothered by Wright- he's being honest-I am bothered by his beliefs but he's small potatoes-but I am starting to be bothered by Obama's disrespect for the intelligience of the voter.

He's got really no right way to go here other than past it-he should NOT take the advice of the talking heads on TV.

Just the way I don't like his answers about Ayers.

He seems to go-what are YOU stupid-when it was him...

This guy is not ready for the big leagues he went too soon and it's possibly over for him because of that.

madawaskan said...

Ooops!


Wow-where is your compass because if Obama *has* got it you are truly lost.

madawaskan said...

Damn it!

I had to go and spell intelligence wrong too so crap maybe I'm wrong about that.

Hell Obama could just keep doing it-that it that he does.

JDAXC said...

There is no way that Obama is going to distance/divorce himself from the Rev. as it would lead to a complete loss of face and a total sell-out in the eyes of the Black community.
It won't happen!!

bearbee said...

Never met a Baptist organization that didn't hate gay people. But I'm happy to be proven wrong.

Know any? I'm really curious which baptist church accepts gay preachers. Because if they don't - then they are bigoted by definition


With open arms

Nonetheless, there are at least seven houses of worship in Washington with predominantly African-American congregations that attract gay and lesbian congregants. They are: Covenant Baptist Church, Faith Temple, Freedom Fellowship Christian Church, Greater Hope Christian Church International, Inner Light Ministries, Unity Fellowship Church of Washington, D.C., and Unity of Washington, D.C.

Rev. Dennis Wiley and Rev. Dr. Christine Wiley, a married African-American couple, preside at the 600-member Covenant Baptist Church in Southwest D.C. In addition to offering gay congregants a supportive place to worship, the church also operates an HIV/AIDS ministry.

Terry said...

AL: "Throw Jeremiah out of the bus. Better yet, under the bus."

Throwing Wright under the bus does not fix Obama's judgment for having been so close to Wright for so long.

Hell, even Oprah left Wright and his church years ago - Obama should have done likewise. It is a clear sign of poor judgment that he did not. Nothing I can think of will change that now.

franglosaxon said...

re: above comment.

LOL. He just did. Your response?

This country is so f'd if all all these people can talk about is Wright forever. Fox has it wall to wall.

Priorities, people?

This country deserves what it gets.

Nichevo said...

1) Dane-geld.

2) [Part about the righteousness of killing blackmailers deleted because it seems to be the only sort of thing Ann will censor other than the N-word] Bad for black people. IMHO.

3) To all you tu-quoque'ing, trolling, lying or genuinely stupid people dominating this discussion:

Is it more important to you that Obama win, or that Wright and the apparent Wrightian tenets should be upheld?

Are there any of you who prefer Hillary but defend Wright and Obama's reaction out of some principle?

Whether Obama wins or loses, will anything refute your presumption that America is a racist country, racist in a way that every other country in the world isn't racist?

Will the answer to the above be different if Obama wins or loses to HRC or to McCain?

4) It is really not a good use of time to refute the blather here. Certainly not necessary to clear out the echo chamber. Just know that these stances will make him lose. That's why I asked if you'd rather Obama "be Wright" than President.

But since lalalala-you-are-not-listening, I guess we'll see in November, or earlier at the Democratic convention. You've been warned.

bearbee said...

Just checking out one of the sites:

Covenant Baptist Church

The Pastoral Vision

TEN POINTS
Co-Pastoral leadership by Drs. Dennis and Christine Wiley.
An inclusive congregation where all are welcome, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, or sexual orientation.
A congregation where our African heritage is unapologetically affirmed and celebrated.
A congregation committed to the liberation of oppressed peoples everywhere.
A congregation dedicated to helping every child of God realize his/her full, God-given potential.
A congregation devoted to serving and developing the community through the "hands-on" ministry of every member.
A congregation committed to social-political action and advocacy on a local, national, and international level.
A congregation dedicated to the economic empowerment of Black people in our own community and beyond.
A congregation where creativity and openness to new and innovative ways of worship and ministry are encouraged.
A "warm and loving" congregation where every member is a minister who is committed to implementing the vision through our five major ministries of Christian Education, Evangelism and Outreach, Nurture, Stewardship, and Worship and Intercession

Nichevo said...

alpha, I now have a strange new respect for your grasp on reality. Don't worry, it will soon pass, but may I ask what removed the scales from your eyes?

Roger J. said...

It appears that Obama has made an attempt to Soljah the good rev. I am outraged (nudge nudge wink wind) so says Obama. I suspect it is too little, too late--He comes across as undecisive and blowing in the political winds. Bye Bye Obama. He is making the superdelegates job easier by the hour.

gophermomeh said...

I don’t believe that there are many out there that believe, as Wright does – or says –– that there’s nothing right in America. There are definitely things that could be better and I think that when Obama speaks to this issue, that’s how he’ll address it. I don’t think he needs to take a side – while alienating another. There’s a lot of gray in between and I think a lot of people can shown that. Yes, the reality is that it’s now Obama’s problem – but I guess my point is - is that the ‘problem’ is really in the reaction. Our reaction created the problem – not Wright.

Terry said...

The key graf of Obama's latest statement on Wright:

"The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive but I believe they ended up giving comfort to those who prey on hate".

I agree with his second sentence, but doubt the first. It is straining credulity to accept the truth of his first statement.

Rob said...

So Obama repudiates Wright now.

Where's he been for the past TWENTY YEARS?

What this entire incident shows is that Obama has consistently surrounded himself with extremists and radicals and is perfectly comfortable in their company.

He's an updated version of the line from the '80s Official Lawyer's Handbook: instead of dress British and think Yiddish, Obama's speak IVY and think jivvy or dress Hart, Schaffner Marx and think Karl Marx.

Original Mike said...

Obama said: "His comments were not only divisive and destructive but I believe they ended up giving comfort to those who prey on hate"

Gee, when I said at the begining of all this that that's what Obama needed to say, Mort called me a "racist dirtbag".

madawaskan said...

Nichevo-

Don't worry it won't last...

Hopefully will be quoting-

Youv'e lost that lovin' feeling I mean it's alpha for cryin' outloud-that can't be right.

Dane-geld, brilliant!

Hell I'll do anything almost for a good Danish.

Geld...gelded... that'll work for just about everyone else...

and with that I'm off.

John Stodder said...

Among the reasons he has overwhelming support among youth is that he understands technology and the internet. Otherwise, why hasn't John McCain done the same? Why hasn't Hillary? (she caught on, but is far from matching).

It's the other way around. The college kids overwhelmingly favor him, and they live on the internet. The kids, on their own, have built impressive content about Obama, but Obama himself had little to do with it other than being their most-admired politician. He's the object of desire.

There's nothing particularly special about Obama's website. It's nice, but in terms of how people read the internet, it fails to be authentic, transparent or truly interactive, the signal virtues of the internet. His blog doesn't allow comments, for example. You see a lot of position papers, but you don't see discussions on the issues. He doesn't dare have a wiki or an unmoderated bulletin board. It's all spin. Sure, you can go on his site and find out when the next rally is, but that's no different from going on Wal-Mart's site to find out when the next store opening is.

I've read a lot about McCain's online sessions with bloggers -- does Obama do this? I haven't read a single word about it if he does, but I'm sure you can enlighten me.

To me, Obama is the classic lockdown candidate whose every utterance is controlled by his campaign's spin doctors. He doesn't talk to the press -- he issues statements, carefully drafted by the campaign. He gives a great speech, but is boring or worse in debates, and plays not to lose instead of to win. The internet is not his friend. A lot of bloggers on the left are highly suspicious of him, or ambivalent at best. He has benefited from the fact that some bloggers truly despise Hillary, but for most of them, Obama was their second choice after Edwards.

Obama's appeal to youth has to do with the idealism of his initial message, the "yes we can" stuff. There is a hunger in this country to transcend the racial divide that some see as holding us back. There is a hunger among liberals for a leader they don't have to apologize for. There is a hunger among all voters for a president we can respect and believe after eight years of Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld and eight years of Billary before that. Obama's campaign, like Carter's in '76, was carefully crafted to capture the political moment, using (like Carter) a candidate about whom nothing was known. It worked beautifully until the very internet you credit with his rise did the homework the mainstream press wouldn't do and checked out the candidate's claims vs. reality.

The internet has not been Obama's friend, except for fundraising.

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bearbee said...

Baptist Church Embraces Lesbian Minister

Glendale Baptist Church of Nashvill, TN

Broadway Baptist votes to keep pastor

paul a'barge said...

The message Obama needs to convey is: Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades

Obama is a person like Wright. He's just better at hiding it.

Your son supports this guy. How can you sleep at night?

FobwGal said...

Terry - you've never been deeply disappointed by anyone?

Hoosier Daddy said...

Obama said: "His comments were not only divisive and destructive but I believe they ended up giving comfort to those who prey on hate"

Gee, when I said at the begining of all this that that's what Obama needed to say, Mort called me a "racist dirtbag".


Well that's a shame Original Mike that Mort has yet to elevate you to a 'sheet-wearing crossburner' like me, Fen, Rev and Cedar were.

Looks like you just need to work on your game dude.

Original Mike said...

There's a lot of hard work ahead of me, Hoosier, but I know it will all pay off in the end.

joe said...

"Vote for me or I will shoot this dog."
Ummm, no.

Terry said...

"Terry - you've never been deeply disappointed by anyone?"

Yes I have, but I'm not running for President. If I were and my mentor and spiritual guide were shown to be a bigoted idiot, I would have to seriously question my own judgment. Or I'd have to try to distance myself from my former very recent former mentor (even though I earlier said I wouldn't in a very good speech) because I knew all along what he was.

vbspurs said...

The message Obama needs to convey is: Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades. If we are disgusted by Wright, we shouldn't reject Obama. We should embrace him as the best hope we're ever going to have.

With respect, I think this is wrong. Not your conclusion, which is intriguing, but the actuality of what you are saying.

1- Black Americans of Wright's generation are aging. This is their last chance to have even the smallest influence in a national government, with a black President. This desperation is in part the problem with Reverend Wright. He's seizing his moment and how.

2- You are arguing for the politics of the cult of personality. What puts off many people is this notion, common in history, that there are "saviour" leaders who will be the panacea to our ills.

In fact, I see Senator Obama much more in the vein of a continental European-style politician, than even Kerry. He's De Gaulle in 1958 for some. The guy who can "save" his country from its self-destructive path.

You can see it in their personal campaign approaches.

Where Kerry floundered to have a message, Obama is almost too sure of his.

The problem is that like so many, I am pragmatic. I don't care for visions and destinies. Tell me what you will do, and I'll start to listen.

Let your associates melt down, your wife bray, your supporters preach, and I'll start to lump you in with them.

Obama doesn't know how to control the past that made him. Successful aspirants to 1600 always do.

Cheers,
Victoria

Rob said...

Ann Althouse wrote:Take me now, whatever my flaws, or you will be saddled with people like Wright for decades. If we are disgusted by Wright, we shouldn't reject Obama. We should embrace him as the best hope we're ever going to have.

What kind of nonsense is this? A man who can't see a racist America-hating demagogue under his nose for twenty years as the best hope we're every going to have?

Obama has demonstrated absolutely terrible judgment in his choice of mentors, advisors and friends.

What you're advocating -- a man who will solve our problems -- makes America seem like France at the collapse of the Second Empire and the early years of the Third Republic -- a Boulanger, the Man on a Horse.

And to hear Obama, it's all still Obama! The reason he's so made at Wright and throwing Wright under the bus -- if you listen to him carefully --- is because of the damage to the Obama campaign ("what we're trying to do here").

I'm shocked, shocked....

vbspurs said...

What you're advocating -- a man who will solve our problems -- makes America seem like France at the collapse of the Second Empire

Rob, wow! You and I came to the exact same conclusion. You were composing it, as I hit enter.

Cheers,
Victoria

Trooper York said...

Of course everyone in America wants a Barcalounger. Jeeez.

I got three of them. With cupholders.

Pogo said...

If Rev. Wright had cupholders, maybe he would seem more inviting to us white devils.

Trooper York said...

Rev Wright only has cup bearers not cup holders.

But it's still the old Jim Jones Kool-aid in the cups.

Just sayn'

Rob said...

Obama said: "I don't think he showed much concern for me ... and what we are trying to do in this campaign."

It's still all about Obama. It's not just that they guy is a racist lunatic (which Obama didn't notice for 20 years), it's about the effect on Obama and the campaign.

This guy is going to free us from racial demagogery? Going to innoculate us from the Sharpton's and Jesse Jackson's? Transcend racial politics, etc. What are you smoking?

Ann, I find it impossible to believe you could actually support this bozo.

Bissage said...

Speaking of cup holders.

“Jessica never tries to be sexy. … She just is sexy. If you put her in a T-shirt or you put her in a bustier, she’s sexy in both. She’s got double D’s! You can’t cover those suckers up!

-- Joe Simpson (Jessica’s dad)

Wait a minute . . . am I commenting on the Miley Cyrus thread?

Oh, fiddlesticks!

George said...

"...his becoming President would quell the power of the Wrights of this world and we might overcome what will otherwise be a long impasse on race."

That's akin to submitting to blackmail. Elect him or else.

The best thing anyone can do to overcome the "long impasse on race" (if it is an impasse at all) is to be friendly to people.

Buying a round of beers for everybody in the bar wouldn't hurt either.

amba said...

Blackmail -- exactly. (If a black reporter can say "Let's call a spade a spade," wince, and then accept the idiom as an idiom and soldier on, I can say "blackmail" without overtones. It's part of getting past all this crap.)

My point is that we are being distracted into choosing a president in order to quell a race problem that didn't exactly exist in such aggravated form before he ran. And that we should be choosing the best person to be president -- which could be Obama -- not the person whose election is going to prevent race riots that would break out if we don't.

Can you believe Al Sharpton virtually called Obama an Uncle Tom for speaking out against violence as a response to the Sean Bell verdict?!

I have to admit that finally discrediting and disempowering the Wrights and the Sharptons is an attractive prospect. But to be making this whole presidential election about that seems to me a huge red herring.

amba said...

I do not understand why it is not enough for Obama to unequivocally denounce Wright's views, why he must denounce the man himself, and the distinction is considered "lawyerly." Christian teaching is "hate the sin, love the sinner," also "let him who is without sin cast the first stone."

blake said...

Obama did it all by himself? Isn't he really just a(n exceptionally charismatic) Chicago machine politician?

I seem to recall a Bloom County cartoon where Bingley's dad is beating himself up because he can't bring himself to vote for Jesse Jackson. It's only after his black neighbor absolves him that he can feel free to admit that Jackson is loopy.

But what the neighbor says is that the first black President will be a conservative. While I'd always taken that to mean something akin to "only Nixon can go to China", maybe there's a little more to it.

Anyone think that Rice or Steele have connections with an America-hatin', racist church? Like, 20 year "spiritual mentor"-type connections?

It's the right-leaning minorities who are the real post-racial candidates. The left basically concedes this whenever they refer to such people as non-authentic, Uncle Toms, brown rice, oreos or whatever.

I think a lot of this is just blown out of proportion. I imagine Obama would be pretty middle of the road, if elected. More like a Clinton than a Carter. The press would fawn over him, so that no matter how bad things got, they would report it as things going well, and be forced to cast blame away.

Frankly, that would be refreshing after eight years of EVERYTHING IS BUSH'S FAULT.

There's some blackmail for you: Vote for Obama or endure more years of journalistic rage and ennui.

George said...

amba--

Sen. Obama is caught in a trap.

Either he alienates the black vote or the white undecideds.

For the next six months, people are going ask him, "What about Rev. Wright's belief in werewolves? Do you agree with that, Sen. Obama?

"No, I denounce it."

"What about space monkeys?"

"No, I denounce the space monkeys."

His ex-minister is the gift that will never stop giving.

All McCain has to do is shut up, keep his doctor nearby, and not pick Huckabee as his VP.

Revenant said...

I do not understand why it is not enough for Obama to unequivocally denounce Wright's views, why he must denounce the man himself."

I don't understand why it is enough to denounce, period. Twenty years of being mentored by a nutty racist and NOW he says "oh, I disapprove of that"? It will take deeds, not just words, to establish himself as the race-neutral, open-minded individual he keeps claiming to be.

former law student said...

If a pastor's sermons really have that much influence over a Presidential candidate, I suppose Bill Clinton's Southern Baptist ministers taught "Thou shalt commit adultery.

Mortimer Brezny said...

I do not understand why it is not enough for Obama to unequivocally denounce Wright's views, why he must denounce the man himself, and the distinction is considered "lawyerly." Christian teaching is "hate the sin, love the sinner," also "let him who is without sin cast the first stone."

Because a good number of Obama's critics are white racists who pretend to be Christians.

Mortimer Brezny said...

Mort called me a "racist dirtbag".

You are a racist dirtbag.

Fen said...

Mort: a good number of Obama's critics are white racists who pretend to be Christians... You are a racist dirtbag.

Ah yes, another disciple of the "unity" candidate in action. We don't need to look at Wright or Rezko or Auchi to take Obama's measure. We have Mort.

Mortimer Brezny said...

Ah yes, another disciple of the "unity" candidate in action. We don't need to look at Wright or Rezko or Auchi to take Obama's measure. We have Mort.

By your own admission, Fen, you have lost friends becaue of your racist comments towards Arabs, and you have threatened multiple times to falsely accuse me of molesting children. You have no moral credibility and no integrity.

amba said...

Either he alienates the black vote or the white undecideds.

Not necessarily. A lot of black commentators, including pastors of other churches, have backed him up in repudiating Wright.

Sharpton did an interesting maneuver on Larry King last night. He said, approximately, "I have to respect him for having the balls to risking losing the support of the black community." That's tricky, huh?

AllenS said...

Mortimer--

You're a coward.

Fen said...

Mort: By your own admission, Fen, you have lost friends becaue of your racist comments towards Arabs

No Mort, my admission was that I lost friends for the sin of linking to report of hate crimes against conservatives on LittleGreenFootballs.

you have threatened multiple times to falsely accuse me of molesting children.

But you ARE a pedophile. And I have rights to play that card every time you play the race card. As does everyone else here that you've maligned.

Original Mike said...

You are a racist dirtbag.

Well, then by your measure, so is Obama. Ann too, BTW.

Fen said...

Sharpton: "I have to respect him for having the balls to risk losing the support of the black community."

That's tricky, huh?

Yup. That was a threat meant for Obama's ears.

Fen said...

/edit, that should be

my admission was that I lost "friends"...

Mortimer Brezny said...

Well, then by your measure, so is Obama. Ann too, BTW.

No, just you.

Mortimer Brezny said...

But you ARE a pedophile.

Only more proof of your lack of integrity.

Mortimer Brezny said...

You're a coward.

You're a catamite.

Fen said...

Mort the Molester: Only more proof of your lack of integrity.

Its amazing that you can't see I'm only reflecting your own tactics.

You falsely accuse people here of being racist, but wet your pants when I accuse you of being a boylover.

Oh yeah, I registered a new "____ for Obama" in your name on his website.

And keep an eye on your local gov sites. I have the resources to make it happen, and am willing to abuse them to nail a filthy race-mongerer like you.

Laika's Last Woof said...

"There are black people like Condoleeza Rice or Colin Powell, too."
Indeed. If we do need to be cleansed of our sins etc. why not let the transubstantiator ALSO be an excellent candidate with wisdom, experience, and a history of getting results rather than wallowing in grievance?

Some of you feel we need a confessor because we hold ourselves to high standards, fair enough, but there's no reason we shouldn't likewise set high standards for our confessor if that person is also going to be our President. The two can coexist in the same person if we but choose such a person.

Personally I think allowing race as a factor in choosing a President is irrational, but if you must tip the scale use a little common sense. We're talking about the President here, not a symbol or figurehead, not a narrative of transcendence, but the actual working Leader of the Free World. You have to give that at least a little bit of weight.