June 3, 2008


A Gift to the G.O.P. (BOB HERBERT, 6/03/08, NY Times)

The cry of “McCain in ’08!” at the Democratic rules committee meeting in Washington over the weekend came from a supporter of Senator Hillary Clinton.

It reminded me of Bill Clinton’s comment that “it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country.”

He was talking about Hillary Clinton and John McCain. [...]

Senator Obama’s effort to counter that line of attack has been all-but-completely undermined by the incredible shrieking pastors from the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, a place that might be good for the soul but is potentially ruinous for a presidential aspirant.

First came the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. with his videotaped, over-the-top sermons. He didn’t just criticize the United States, but damned it. The Wright controversy was a body blow to the Obama campaign, and it hasn’t fully recovered yet.

I made a crack in a column last week that Senator Clinton, who had no discernible route to her party’s nomination, was waiting for a Rev. Wright on steroids to burst into view.

Within days, we had the astounding video of the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a Catholic priest who put on a grotesque performance in the church that could hardly have been more racially offensive toward white people or more personally offensive toward Senator Clinton.

His rant, cheered by the audience, was one of the worst I’ve seen in many years. Senator Obama announced on Saturday that he had quit the church.

This was supposed to have been the Democrats’ year. But instead of marching to victory, the party has been at war with itself in some of the ugliest ways imaginable. There was a time, not that long ago, when Democratic voters were crowing about how happy they were with all (or almost all) of the potential nominees.

But the Clinton and Obama partisans spent months fighting bitterly on the toxic terrain of misogyny, racism and religion. It can only make you wonder about the vaunted Democratic claims of moral superiority when it comes to tolerance.

...only Democrats live there.
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Posted by Orrin Judd at June 3, 2008 11:51 AM

What happened? Bob Herbert was actually making sense!

Posted by: Mikey at June 3, 2008 2:16 PM