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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/18/AR2008031802918.html

Invited to Wrestle in a Racial Mud Pit, Obama Soars Above It

By Courtland Milloy

Wednesday, March 19, 2008; Page B01

Before Barack Obama took to the podium yesterday, I was pretty angry at how slimy the presidential campaign had become. And my plan was to write a screed about those whites who want Obama to "transcend race" while they get to hold on to their racist ways.

In the latest episode, inflammatory snippets of sermons by Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, had been fashioned into a political bombshell by Obama's opponents. Right-wing TV commentators then detonated it with ignorant vitriol, including an insinuation by Pat Buchanan that Wright was a black David Duke, the former leader of the white terrorist organization known as the Ku Klux Klan, and that Obama was the disciple of a hateful man.

Then Obama spoke, and I had a mind-altering experience. After hearing him deliver what was essentially a treatise on faith, hope and charity, I no longer wanted to risk getting stuck in a racial tar pit with Buchanan or any of the others. I just wanted to hop on that Obama bandwagon and head for new America.

The desire to rise up out of the racial muck was intensified with every conversation I had about the speech.

"Even for those blacks who did make it, questions of race and racism continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways," he said. "The memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away, nor has the anger and the bitterness. . . . That anger is not always productive. Indeed, all too often it distracts attention from solving real problems. . . . But the anger is real, it is powerful, and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm."

Then Obama went on to say something that almost made me audaciously hopeful. He had the courage to connect slavery to black suffering today.

He noted that legalized discrimination had prevented blacks from owning property or getting jobs or loans to purchase homes. The result has been the inability of countless blacks to accumulate wealth and pass on the benefits to their children. Obama linked a lack of economic opportunity to crime and poverty.

Of course, some still could not handle the truth. Brit Hume of Fox News, for instance, thought Obama was "blaming whites" -- even though Obama specifically called on African Americans to take responsibility for their lives.

That was enough to make me want to wallow in the muck again. But Obama had made a point that was bigger than Hume or Buchanan or even himself. To get where you need to go, you've got to know where you came from. And even if Obama doesn't make it all the way to the White House, I sure like where he's taken me so far.

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I've been wondering if Pastor Wright has made any comments about this?

Public comments.

steph

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My suspicion is that because Obama was the front runner, the one who would likely beat the Republican candidate, THAT is why he is under attack now. His affiliation with Wrights church has been known for a long time and is being used as ammo against him NOW,because he is a REAL THREAT to win the presidency. Some will sink to using racial politics to attack a succesful frontrunner.If it wouldve been Clinton that was the front runner, somebody wouldve come up with something to bring her down in a like fashion. Its politcs, its dirty, its disgusting.Too bad we as a nation have not moved beyond using whatever dispicable tool we can come up with to destroy a fellow American.

Rush Limbaugh is bragging now about his Operation Chaos, what a slug of a human being."We have to bloody up Obama". Some will sink to whatever depths they can to enhance their agenda. If we want to use guilt by association, it the folks who embrace this slime, that I wonder about.

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Obama supporters are coming back around after his "brilliant and moving" (my friends words) speech.

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I think his speech was brilliant and moving, I never felt the need to withdraw my support, but it is comforting to hear that others are coming back around.

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Rush Limbaugh is bragging now about his Operation Chaos, what a slug of a human being."We have to bloody up Obama". Some will sink to whatever depths they can to enhance their agenda. If we want to use guilt by association, it the folks who embrace this slime, that I wonder about.

This disturbing video clip about Jeremiah Wright was created and aired by ABC news - I would daresay Rush has NO influence with this mainstream media. However, the Clintons are a much more formidable foe (never to be underestimated), and their influence is much farther reaching. I definitely smell a rat.

Unfortunately, Obama's longterm close association with this Farrakhanesque religious figure (even calling him his spiritual advisor) may be the kiss of death for his presidential bid. Time will only tell if this has left him virtually unelectable, his brilliant speech notwithstanding. The speech conveniently skirted this issue and what he DIDN'T say has damaged his credibility among many voters.

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This disturbing video clip about Jeremiah Wright was created and aired by ABC news - I would daresay Rush has NO influence with this mainstream media. However, the Clintons are a much more formidable foe (never to be underestimated), and their influence is much farther reaching. I definitely smell a rat.

Unfortunately, Obama's longterm close association with this Farrakhanesque religious figure (even calling him his spiritual advisor) may be the kiss of death for his presidential bid. Time will only tell if this has left him virtually unelectable, his brilliant speech notwithstanding. The speech conveniently skirted this issue and what he DIDN'T say has damaged his credibility among many voters.

I believe he addressed the issue forthrightly and honestly, each person seems to have come to their own conclusions about the meaning and content of his speech.

As for Limbaugh, I am not saying he was responsible for the publication of Wrights speech, but he openly has said to "bloody up" Obama many times on his program, he and others of his ilk have taken this episode and dragged it even further into the sewer.Not surprising.

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http://www.time-blog.com/swampland/2008/03/mccain_aide_suspended_over_twi.html

March 20, 2008 3:11

McCain Aide Suspended Over Twitter

Posted by Michael Scherer

The ongoing saga of the McCain Campaign’s effort to keep the political discourse respectful added another chapter today. As reported by Jon Martin, the campaign has suspended a junior staffer, Soren Dayton, a conservative blogger/consultant who worked in McCain’s political department.

His crime: Distributing, via Twitter, a smarmy Youtube video that mashes together the words of Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, a photograph of the 1968 Olympics black power salute and a Public Enemy song, among other things. The video suggests, in a rather crude fashion, what conservative commentators have long held: That Wright’s inflammatory rhetoric is a key clue into the secret radical agenda of Obama.

But the McCain campaign still ain’t gonna playing that game. As Communications Director Jill Hazelbaker told Martin, "We have been very clear on the type of campaign we intend to run and this staffer acted in violation of our policy." Dayton’s suspension comes just a week after the McCain campaign sent reporters a opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal suggesting that Obama’s relationship with Wright showed his radical agenda.

The McCain campaign later said that the article was sent out in error, and McCain told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that he does not hold Wright’s inflammatory statements against Obama. “I do know Senator Obama,” McCain said. “He does not share those views.”

And for those who are counting, the

on Obama has yet to get many viewers. As of this posting, it has only been watched 53,694 times.
Good for McCain. I think that if we end up with McCain, we can be thankful "he is no conservative", as Rush Limbaugh says.

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These comments that were made by Mr. Wright are years old.

The only reason I can fathom a big deal being made out of them now is that *someone* is afraid Obama will actually win and is trying to do anything to keep it from happening.

I didn't find anything wrong with Obama's response. I actually found myself nodding several times.

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