[freedomtowernight_edited.jpg] 26th Parallel: About Time

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

About Time

So Barack Obama rightfully ripped into his pastor yesterday. It's about time.

Of course, one thing immediately came to mind:

Why didn't he do this earlier, like years ago?

We can only suspect, but it's a fairly safe bet that it was the following two things that set the official Obama/Wright separation in motion: 1) this time it was personal for Obama, and 2) His sweeping race speech in Philly (which understandably didn't do squat to answer any questions re Rev. Wright) didn't shut up the good reverend.

OK, I forgot there's a third. It was politically necessary. Obama's ship, if not sinking, is taking on water big time. The first two really don't matter. This one does.

As I've stated before, I believe Obama when he says he doesn't espouse the twisted views of Rev. Wright. But what does it say about Obama's character and guts when he waits until the 11th hour, until Rev. Wright makes it personal, until he sees his support slipping, to totally and completely denounce his anti-American and racist pastor and spiritual advisor?

Almost 20 years in his church and Obama didn't catch at least a whiff of the pastor's views? If you believe that...well there's not much I can say.

Obama's repudiation of Rev. Wright yesterday proved us lunatic conservatives correct on many different levels. Obama acknowledged that we were/are correct to care about his relationship with the pastor. Obama also made it painfully obvious to everyone that his relationship with Wright was a huge mistake, one that will not be totally forgotten come November.



Blogger ShaneBertou said...

I can't help but wonder what Obama's campaign would have looked like had this been his reaction the first time around.

On one hand, he wouldn't have had to give that fantastic speech on race. But on the other, he wouldn't have had that "typical white woman" comment stink up his campaign for a few weeks.

Severing ties with Wright will likely do little to change the minds of his critics, but it will be interesting to see if it satisfies independents who were on the fence over this issue.


9:42 AM, April 30, 2008  

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