Friday, May 2, 2008

Conservative Pundit Roundup: Jeremiah Wright and Obama

G. Will, Ann Coulter, P. Buchanan, Mark Steyn, et. al. On Jeremiah Wright

Random roundup of Wright (Jeremiah) and Wrong (Wright's sermons) on the web.

If it takes Obama 20 years to notice that his pastor is a traitorous, racist nut-job, it will probably take him his full term of office to realize that the U.S. has been invaded and subdued by al-Qaida. Let's just hope President Obama pays closer attention during national security briefings than he did during 20 years of the Rev. Wright's church services.

The only good news for the Obama campaign this week is that Obama admitted that his relationship with Rev. Wright is "a legitimate political issue," which at least makes him smarter than John McCain, who just last week denounced the North Carolina Republicans for an ad mentioning Obama's raving lunatic pastor.
--Ann Coulter: Obama Campaign Gives Up On Finding 'Mr. Wright'

For 20 years, Barack has attended Wright's church, listened to his weekly sermons, entertained him in his home. Yet, says Barack, he never heard any racist rants at church, nor was he aware that Wright held so poisoned a view of his country.

Sorry, that is not credible. Wright is a famous preacher in black America, and Barack's denial he was aware of his views marks him down either as a dissembler or a man so obtuse he ought not be a security guard at Wal-Mart, let alone president of the United States.

It is easy now to understand why Michelle Obama, before Barack began to win, had never once been proud of her country. Who could be proud of the America that lives in the malignant imagination of the Rev. Wright?
--Pat Buchanan: Jeremiah Wright—Pastor to the President?

Is Jeremiah Wright a “typical black person”? One would hope not. A century and a half after the Civil War, two generations after the Civil Rights Act, the Reverend Wright promotes victimization theses more insane than anything promulgated at the height of slavery or the Jim Crow era. You can understand why Obama is so anxious to meet with President Ahmadinejad, a man who denies the last Holocaust even as he plans the next one. Such a summit would be easy listening after the more robust sermons of Jeremiah Wright.
--Mark Steyn: Post ‘Post-Racial Candidate’

Obama was dealt a blow by this week’s media tour by his former “mentor” the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama’s response Tuesday showed him off-balance.

1. Wright appeared to be deliberately trying to hurt Obama’s candidacy, accusing him of posturing and misleading voters and the media regarding his views on race. This accusation threatens the crux of Obama’s campaign: the notion that, unlike Hillary, he is a principled man and not just an ambitious politician.

2. While repeating many of his more outrageous statements (that the federal government caused AIDS, for example), this time Wright didn’t just attack whites or the United States, but he repeatedly and sarcastically attacked the media. This earned him very bad press and made an Obama response that much more urgent.
--Robert Novak: McCain Not Taking Advantage of Obama Stumbles

For reasons known only to the Reverend Wright, he chose this week to drag me into the mess he has made of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. During a surreal appearance on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the Reverend Wright said that his congregation, of which Senator Obama is a member, had “stood in solidarity with the peasants in El Salvador and Nicaragua while our government, through Ollie North and the Iran-Contra scandal, was supporting the Contras, who were killing the peasants and the Miskito Indians in these two countries.”

When Reverend Wright made this stunningly inaccurate comment, I was blissfully unaware that he even knew my name -- until my cellphone started buzzing. In short order, the interviews we had so carefully arranged to talk about “American Heroes” became interrogations about events that took place more than two decades ago.
--Oliver North: Focus on Today's Heroes

Wright has seized the media spotlight to the detriment of Obama’s campaign. By yesterday’s press conference, Obama was hoping to put the issue behind him, and be able to press on with his North Carolina and Indiana campaigns before next Tuesday’s primaries. Was Tuesday’s presser enough to accomplish that?

Probably not. As long as Wright is grabbing air time, the media will let him. And he will remain a millstone tied around Obama’s neck.
--Erika Anderson: Obama and Wright, Breaking Up is Hard to Do

When North Carolina Republicans recently ran an ad featuring Wright in full cry, McCain mounted his high horse, from which he rarely dismounts, and demanded that the ad be withdrawn. The North Carolinians properly refused. Wright is relevant.

He is a demagogue with whom Obama has had a voluntary 20-year relationship that implies, if not moral approval, certainly no serious disapproval. Wright also is an ongoing fountain of anti-American and, properly understood, anti-black rubbish. His Monday speech demonstrated that he wants to be a central figure in this presidential campaign. He should be.
--George Will: Jeremiah Wright should be key figure in presidential race

In his speech to the National Press Club on Monday, for example, Wright described America as a country of "segregation, Jim Crow, lynching and the separate-but-equal fantasy." Then he ran outside to feed more quarters into the meter where his time machine was parked.
--Ann Coulter: Obama Campaign Gives Up On Finding 'Mr. Wright'

A representative sampling of conservative pundits on the "Wright stuff".

compiled by Mondoreb

Source: Conservative Pundit Roundup: Thoughts on Jeremiah Wright

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