Thursday, July 31, 2008

Revisiting Reverend Wright

Just asking:

If Obama really did shop for a church to help him raise money and his community profile for an eventual run for elected office as Ryan Lizza recently wrote...
Obama seems to have been meticulous about constructing a political identity for himself. He visited churches on the South Side, considered the politics and reputations of each one, and received advice from older pastors. Before deciding on Trinity United Church of Christ, he asked the Reverend Wright about critics who complained that the church was too “upwardly mobile,” a place for buppies.
On issue after issue, Preckwinkle presented Obama as someone who thrived in the world of Chicago politics. She suggested that Obama joined Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ for political reasons. “It’s a church that would provide you with lots of social connections and prominent parishioners,” she said. “It’s a good place for a politician to be a member.”
...then isn't Obama responsible for the repercussions of his purchase?

The same way that a politician who joins an exclusive country club to have access to the club members should be responsible for racist/anti-Semitic jokes told at club functions that the politician regularly attended?

So wouldn't a political ad that was nothing more than 30 seconds of Reverend Wright video be absolutely fair game to put on the air?

We certainly think so.

And now we think we know why Team Obama threw Lizza off the plane.