“Anyone wondering when Sen. Barack Obama was going to throw Rev. Jeremiah Wright under the bus doesn’t have to wait any longer,” reports Susan Davis. “In a press conference today, Obama condemned his former pastor in the harshest terms yet.” This wouldn’t have come as a surprise to Rev. Wright:
“If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,” Mr. Wright said with a shrug. “I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen.”
UPDATE. Not a good day for the Senator:
Have you seen this pig? It’s huge, inflatable, features the word “Obama” and it has lost its way in the California desert.
UPDATE II. Also losing her way is the Age’s Anne Davies:
Just when Democrat frontrunner Barack Obama needs voters and the Democratic Party to think about something other than whether the US is too racially divided to vote for him, his controversial pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, has reignited debate about how far America is from true reconciliation.
Killer intro, Anne.
Just when [Obama] might have hoped that the divisions lurking beneath the surface of polite American society — and which appeared to have cost him the primary in Pennsylvania — had again been papered over, they are back in the public domain.
Obama loses = racism.
They will feed a frenzy of attacks from the right-wing media, which will ask again: how is it that Obama could countenance a preacher with such views?
The “right-wing media”? Name names, Anne.
That could again drive a wave of uncertain blue-collar white voters back into Hillary Clinton’s camp before the crucial Indiana primary next week.
Because only whites could be offended by Rev. Wright. Who’s the racist here?
The comments that will cause most problems for the Obama campaign are likely to be Wright’s defence of Louis Farrakhan, the head of the Nation of Islam.
They will unsettle some in the Jewish community — a pillar of the Democratic Party — who rightly or wrongly will ask why Obama would listen to such a man.
Incredible. (Via Cuckoo)
UPDATE III. Maureen Dowd on Obama’s dilemma:
He’s back on the tricky path he faced as a child, navigating between two racial cultures.
Actually, he’s navigating between political cultures.