March 28, 2008


Obama Defends Wright on ABC's 'The View': Democratic Candidate Speaks Out on Controversial Pastor's Remarks (SUNLEN MILLER, March 27, 2008, ABC News)

"View" co-host Elisabeth Hasslebeck expressed concern that Obama's choice of pastor may show a lack of judgment.

The candidate explained, "Part of what my role in my politics is to get people who don't normally listen to each other to talk to each other, who [say] crazy things, who are offended by each other, for me to understand them and to maybe help them understand each other."

Keep digging...

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 28, 2008 4:59 PM

Obama seems to like to talk...alot, which is really doing him in on this topic!

Posted by: KRS at March 28, 2008 5:44 PM

There is an insight hidden shallowly in this flippancy. The men of the West are indeed "crazy" from the point of view of the savage. It is a very different way of looking at reality which we practice. Our ways of seeing things like time, causality, being, thought and individuality are so universal, so dominant, that we imagine that they are the only ways of comprehending existence: they are not.

Posted by: Lou Gots at March 29, 2008 4:28 AM

Anyone else think that Obama is looking more and more like a ventriloquist's dummy?

Posted by: erp at March 29, 2008 8:26 AM

Lou is on to something, and we ignore it at our peril.

The Voting Age Population of the US is around 170 mil. Bush/Kerry wasn't a 51/49 election, it was a 34/33/33 election.

Obama isn't targeting the insipid middle, or even turning out the base in "Rovian" fashion. He's going for that portion of that 33% that doesn't vote.

It's an untapped motherlode of votes, and the consultant class is too stupid to try for it. (too busy raking in cash producing ads for the dumbest 5% of Americans - the "undecided" voter)

You are all patting yourselves on the back with the mutual denigration society. You ignore the threat Obama poses.

First, there are powerful people greasing the skids for this guy. (The Trib whacked 2 potential competitors) 2nd, he's smart enough to know all the "conventional wisdom" that we know about the American electorate.

He knows he can't win a conventional campaign, so he will run an unconventional one. Note that unlike the idiotic Bush decision to allow Gore to play the DUI card, the Obama Campaign/media released the Wright story at the time it did the LEAST damage.

By October, anyone who brings up Wright will be ridculed, as it will be "old news." In the meantime, if Obama gets every one in the nation who agrees with Wright (there are more than you think lurking in that 33%) to vote while we are all stupidly touting 'Bush's 3rd term,' then Obama can win.

Republicans with a brain ought to work for and pray for a Hillary nomination. Ignore your opponents at your peril.

Posted by: Bruno at March 29, 2008 9:27 AM

Bruno, you make some good points, but I think you're wrong about Wright. True, it will be proclaimed "old news" by his partisans, but most people still don't really know where Obama stands on many issues, or what his general philosophy is beyond "hope" and "change." I think he's very left but in disguise, so all it will take is a reporter asking him detailed questions about James Cone, black liberation theology, etc., to force him to either 1) support it and alienate 80% of the voters, or 2) disavow it and alienate his core leftist support.

Posted by: PapayaSF at March 29, 2008 12:37 PM


As I often state in my occasional debates with OJ, I hope I'm wrong about many of these prognostications.

I think too many people miss the level of sophistication on which this campaign is being waged.

I've not watched many Obama debates, but I've seen enough to note his ability to sound "moderate" while promoting very liberal policies.

It costs him nothing to say owning a gun is an "individual" right (as he has). Too few people know what we do, that he will do all he can to curtail those rights, no matter what he says.

His core leftist support will not be alienated, and his rhetoric will get him past a good chunk of that 80%.

It will be up to all of us to effectively and intelligently tell our friend and acquaintences what a wolf in sheep's clothing he is. The media will not do it for us, and the McCain campaign will likely listen to the likes of incompetents like Dowd, Mehlman and Rove - all of whom will fight the "last war" - oblivious of the changes in the new one.

Posted by: Bruno at March 29, 2008 4:23 PM

Sweet! Targeting non-voters is idiocy.

Posted by: oj at March 29, 2008 5:39 PM

Bruno, the campaign ads write themselves. They will be upoaded and hit the screen just as Bill and Joe and Stan are sitting in their pub watching the playoffs.

One resounding 'God Damn America!' hitting across the speakers, and that is that.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 29, 2008 7:57 PM

It shouldn't be a surprise Obama has bi-partisan support among the government class and those otherwise politically connected either directly or indirectly. After all, money is money whether you are a Dem or Repub.

He represents a chance at more trillions to be looted from the American public like that which occured with the New Deal and Great Society heists.

Obama represents old product with new marketing that makes the purchase palpable. With little actual difference between Dems and Repubs, a new wrapper may be all thats needed.

Posted by: Perry at March 30, 2008 9:25 AM