Obama must be hoping that his ex-Reverend gets a vicious case of laryngitis that will last through November at least, from the looks of Wright’s performance today at the National Press Club.
Michelle Malkin asks:
Is [Wright] working for the Hillary campaign? Is he angry at Barack Obama? Because he has got to know this is killing his spiritual protege’s campaign.
I watched a few minutes of the Wright appearance and read about the rest. My stab at an answer to Malkin’s queries is that although Wright does seem a bit angry at Obama, his greater motivation appears to be the further swelling of his own already oversized ego, and the defense of his outraged honor against what he perceives as grievous insults.
It’s clear from Wright’s remarks that his defensive dander is up; he feels his church has been dissed, and he’s not going to let that happen. Here’s a sample:
If you think i’m gonna let you talk about my momma and her religious tradition and my daddy and his religious tradition … you’ve got another think coming.
But it also seems there’s more a little anger at Obama mixed in there as well. Otherwise, it’s hard to see why Wright would clarify his earlier remarks about Obama being a politician by destroying any lingering ambiguity about what he may have meant by the term. He meant “a person with no ethics who says whatever needs to be said to win elections.” To wit:
We both know that if Senator Obama did not say what he said he would not get elected…Politicians say what they say and do what they do based on electability … based on polls.
So Obama’s spiritual mentor finds him just a poll-driven hypocrite like all the others, destroying the entire basis for Obama’s campaign and its claim of exceptionalism.
I’m not sure whether this address will give any of Obama’s supporters “another think.” From the looks of the comments on the Huffington Post, many of them liked what Wright had to say, although it’s hard to tell what proportion of the whole this represents.
But Obama can’t be too happy about this appearance by the preacher he couldn’t quite bring himself to disown. He just might be having “another think” right now about his loyalty to his pastor.