There’s a premature argument out there that Obama took a serious hit in the polls from the Wright stuff, though it’s too soon to say if it will last. It’s a long time still until the next primary vote in PA.
In any case, I think his speech will be remembered, at least in history books, far longer than his pastor’s weird comments about AIDS and sheer anger toward the government. I suppose Wright’s harangues would shock someone with a combination of absolute patriotism and a social studies version of U.S. history. Wright went to Vietnam for six years; he can say whatever he wants as far as I’m concerned, though as with McCain, I wouldn’t elect him President.
As for Obama, I would; I can’t think of another politican that could have delivered the “we’re in this leaky boat together” message of his speech so well. FOX & co, who apparently now run Clinton’s campaign, ran for the hot irons – how dare he speak of national unity! What a disgusting concept! – but I think he’ll survive their tender ministrations. I figured the moment would come when the entire nation realized that he was black; it’s been surprisingly mild so far.
Among those licking their chops over the prospect of attacking Obama through Wright during a general election are such stellar ethical examples of communicators as Chris LaCivita, “… the Republican strategist who helped craft the Swift Boat commercials against Kerry…” and Rick Wilson, “… who crafted the 2002 ad tying then-Sen. Max Cleland to Osama bin Laden.” In other words, men who make their living smearing veterans to get Republicans elected, so yet another pointless war can continue to infinity.