Jeremiah Wright

Where's Oprah?
April 29, 2008

You can't help thinking she'd be helpful to Obama right now. Not only is Oprah exceedingly popular among working-class white women--a killer demographic for Obama--she's also the second-most famous person in the world who can claim Jeremiah Wright as her "ex-pastor." (Or is Oprah more famous than Obama? Not sure.) How much of a coup would it be for Obama if she outed herself as a one-time Trinity congregant who's completely mystified by Wright's publicity tour? An Obama appearance on her show would be even better...

The Wrong Stuff
April 28, 2008

Dana Milbank used to cover the Clinton White House for The New Republic. For several years thereafter he was the Washington Post's person at the Bush White House, and for quite some time now he has written a column, "Washington Sketch," for the WP about the theater of politics.This morning it was the theater of the absurd or, rather, the theater of the absurd with serious consequences that he was covering.  Yes, it was Jeremiah Wright's appearance at the National Press Club with security provided by bow-tied and facially immobile goons from the Nation of Islam.

April 28, 2008

I hate to go 'I told you so' about Jeremiah Wright, but a casual stop by Trinity United on the day after the South Carolina primary has turned into a fairly dead-on portrayal of the egoism that has swollen Obama's "Wrightmare" to an unprecedented degree of tumescence. I asked then and do again: "Why wouldn't Wright take the hint that Obama seemed to be offering and quietly slink into the background, at least until November 2008?" A refresher from "Far Wright": That Sunday, I was struck by how much of the sermon was about--well, him.

Postcard From Latteland
April 28, 2008

Mike listens to right-wing talk radio on his long-haul overnight truck routes. I listen to NPR during the 10-minute morning drive to my son's day care. This morning one of the hosts on the Boston NPR affiliate was gushing about Jeremiah Wright. Over the weekend she'd caught his interview with Bill Moyers and his speech to the Detroit NAACP. The host was particularly impressed by the pictures of Wright in his Marine uniform and of Wright as a doctor in the operating room with LBJ that ran during Moyers's program. She had a whole new respect and appreciation for him.

With Friends Like These...
April 28, 2008

"First Read" on Jeremiah Wright's speaking tour: Wright has to know he's not helping his friend; his decision to go public and defend his reputation at this point in the campaign is doing nothing to help Obama, if anything, it's leading some to believe he's actually trying to sabotage him. He's hurting him and hurting him very badly. Frankly, it’s as selfish of a move as we've seen in some time. Imagine, for example, if Norman Hsu or Vicki Iseman were doing publicity tours right now. Maybe, if there's a silver lining for Obama, he's giving Obama a very easy chance to simply walk away.

Is That Nc Gop Ad Really That Hard To Figure Out?
April 24, 2008

This morning on NPR, I heard Renee Montagne and Juan Williams spend about 5 minutes talking about this anti-Obama ad--featuring Jeremiah Wright--from the North Carolina Republican Party. First Montagne and Williams discussed whether the ad would help or hurt John McCain (who's publicly denounced it). Then they discussed how Republicans have recently started to think that Obama is the weaker candidate and would prefer to face him rather than Hillary in November. What they didn't mention at all is that the North Carolina GOP ad is intended to help Hillary in the May 6 primary.

Pastor Act Ii: Back In The Habit
April 14, 2008

ABC News reports that Jeremiah Wright has broken his silence regarding his now-ubiquitous criticisms of America that landed Barack Obama in hot water about a month ago. The happening bears out the thesis of a psych-profile I wrote a few issues back, about why Wright can't bring himself to zip it. Relevant portions: Having lived for so long at the center of a world he built, Wright may simply not be used to restraining himself.

The Transitive Property*
March 26, 2008

So, yesterday Hillary said of Jeremiah Wright, "He would not have been my pastor. You don't choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend." A week ago, Clinton's pastor, Dean Snyder, the Senior Minister of United Methodist Foundry Church, had this to say: "The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is an outstanding church leader whom I have heard speak a number of times. He has served for decades as a profound voice for justice and inclusion in our society. He has been a vocal critic of the racism, sexism and homophobia which still tarnish the American dream.

Thoughts On Wright
March 24, 2008

I've just read Dayo Olopade's fascinating piece, "Far Wright," on Barack Obama's far-left preacher, Jeremiah Wright. It's an insightful piece, and it evoked memories of the two black churches I sometimes attended when I lived in Georgetown. But I'm no expert and Dayo is.A good friend of mine, Morton Klein, who is president of the Zionist Organization of America, a post once held by none other than Louis Dembitz Brandeis, sent me his own impressions of Jeremiah Wright, impressions that contrast with what one might think after having heard Obama characterize his pastor.

Thoughts On A Speech
March 21, 2008

Charles Krauthammer has written, what I believe, the best distillation of Barack Obama's speech on race. Yes, it was a wonderful, even historic, address. But at the end of the day, I'm lost as to what it had to do with the crisis that prompted its delivery: Jeremiah Wright. Obama pulled off a masteful dodge-and-weave.