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Rev. Wright's Comments: The "Unintended" Benefits To Obama

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Six weeks ago the Rev. Wright videos caused a media storm that led to Obama's speech in Philadelphia about civil rights. It was a powerful speech which should have settled the matter completely. Because Obama decided not to reject his pastor, he made a compelling argument for his loyalty to his pastor by rejecting the out of context words that Wright mentioned in a few sermons that sounded anti-American.

The media generally did not attempt to nuance and distinguish between a sermon from a black pastor and a political statement from a politician. Instead, Obama endured continued guilt by association references to Rev. Wright and his ostensibly anti-American sermons. George Stephanopolis and Charles Gibson continued this political smearing in their infamous Philadelphia debate which also included Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers, a former member of a militant black group in 1968.

It is my personal opinion that the retired Rev Wright had seen this going on for 6 weeks while he had remained silent hoping that the issue would go away. Unfortunately it did not and was going to remain an issue for Obama all the way to November. Given that Rev. Wright is a capable, intelligent, and wise person I am sure that he knew the consequences of him going public about his previous sermons.

I think that Rev. Wright's going public with his defense of the black church and his previous sermons was meant to give cover to Obama to reject the good pastor once and for all. I am not suggesting that Obama planned this. I am convinced that Obama was just as surprised as many of his supporters about Rev. Wright defending his so-called radical views about America. However, giving Obama the opportunity to reject Rev. Wright as well as his remarks should put this issue away for the rest of the campaign.

Most clergymen who are rational have a certain wisdom about these things. While this recent episode may not completely eliminate this as an issue in the fall, it certainly will shut it down for the remaining primaries and make it more difficult to raise by McCain. And that is why I think Rev. Wright was willing to fall on his sword.
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Sheldon Drobny was the co-founder of Nova M radio and Air America Radio. He has supported many philanthropic causes. Mr. Drobny specializes in business and tax matters and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court as a non-attorney. Less (more...)

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I think you're overthinking this one, Shel.I t... by Richard Volaar on Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008 at 5:11:52 PM
It is understandably indeed reasonable that people... by kwalsh on Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008 at 6:35:42 PM
Your analysis is dead on point.  Obama needed... by WML on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 2:26:32 PM
"benefit" Obama in the slightest. I'... by Richard Mynick on Wednesday, Apr 30, 2008 at 9:28:06 PM
"...Bill Ayers was a member of the Weathermen... by Tom Murphy on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 8:26:53 AM
"The far more important issue is the militant... by Richard Mynick on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 11:38:41 AM
To me, this entire 'flap' is about our col... by Roger on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 10:04:03 AM
Roger, that's it in a nutshell.... by douglas kay on Friday, May 2, 2008 at 7:07:05 AM