Far from fading out, the controversial pastor of Senator Obama’s church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is back with a vengeance.
Friday night he gave a reflective, informed interview with Bill Moyers on PBS (Did anybody see it?) Sunday night he delivered a fiery speech to the NAACP in Detroit. He appeared to have the 10,000 crowd in the palm of his hand. This morning he spoke again, this time to the National Press Club in Washington.
Many commentators (harking back to the “God damn America” sermon) claim that these public appearances are hurting Wright’s old parishoner, Barack Obama. They remind the voters of Obama’s close association with Wright over a period of 20 years. It’s true that Obama has condemned some of Wright’s more inflammatory statements but he refuses to disown him personally. So every time Obama meets the press he is asked about Wright and this detracts from his central message.
Should Wright go silent for awhile and leave the stage to Obama?
Are Wright’s views tarring Obama with guilt by association?
Speaking personally, I have studied Rev. Wright’s views in context and I can’t see thayt much to be upset about?