March 20, 2008

PATTERNS MATTER:

Obama's Speech Applauded -- By Republican Foes (JAKE TAPPER, March 19, 2008, ABC News)

"He didn't explain why he continued to attend a church whose minister has a long history of divisive and hate-filled rhetoric, when the fundamental message of Obama's campaign is unity and bring us together," said Republican pollster Whit Ayres.

Republicans say they will combine Wright's anti-American rhetoric with other moments such as Obama's removal of his American flag pin because he felt it had become a substitute for true patriotism, or his not covering his heart during the national anthem last summer.

Other incidents, such as Obama's accepting money from a member of the Weathermen Underground or Michelle Obama's statement about feeling proud of the United States "for the first time in her adult life" because of her husband's campaign, may also be revisited.


His attempt to delegitimize thirty years of conservatism makes his beliefs about race more of an issue, not less.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2008 8:12 AM
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