March 25, 2008

THE BEAUTY OF THE PROTRACTED CONTEST:

Clinton: Wright 'would not have been my pastor' (Mike Wereschagin and David M. Brown, 3/25/08, Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW)

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a wide-ranging interview today with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters and editors, said she would have left her church if her pastor made the sort of inflammatory remarks Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor made.

"He would not have been my pastor," Clinton said. "You don't choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend."

Obama's lead in national polls has slipped since clips of the retired Rev. Jeremiah Wright began being played on national news programs. The uproar prompted Obama to give a wide-ranging speech on race in America a week ago. The Clinton campaign has refrained from getting involved in the controversy, but Clinton herself, responding to a question, denounced what she said was "hate speech."

"You know, I spoke out against Don Imus (who was fired from his radio and television shows after making racially insensitive remarks), saying that hate speech was unacceptable in any setting, and I believe that," Clinton said. "I just think you have to speak out against that. You certainly have to do that, if not explicitly, then implicitly by getting up and moving."


You can see how nicely this sets up for Maverick. When he gets asked the Reverend Wright question at the debates he ducks his head, scrapes his feet, and resignedly says: "Well, you know my friend Senator Clinton said that she'd have left a church where the pastor said such things and I'd like to think that I would have too."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2008 12:54 PM
Comments

And as it happens (surely, Clinton knows?), Obama was also among those calling for Imus' head with no reservations - it's for the children, don't you know.

Posted by: Mike Earl at March 25, 2008 1:14 PM

Recall that there was no cost to Obama of a Farrakhan endorsement. It was only when his mentor turned out to have the same views that he ended up having to run from black nationalism.

Posted by: oj at March 25, 2008 2:27 PM

How nice is it to see the Imus tempest in a teapot have some collateral damage!

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Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 25, 2008 2:37 PM
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