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GOP struggles to banish ghost of Jeremiah Wright (Actual headline)
Washington Post ^ | 5/17/2012 | Greg Sargent

Posted on 05/17/2012 2:46:35 PM PDT by Qbert

In a statement, Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades repudiates the plan being hatched by GOP operatives for an ad campaign tying Obama to Reverend Wright:

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And that’s good. The problem, though, is that it turns out that Romney himself attacked Obama over Wright on Sean Hannity’s show on February 7th of this year, during the GOP primary.

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The point here, as evidenced by Romney’s repudiation today of the GOP plan to revive Wright, is that leading Republicans know it’s not acceptable to play the race card as overtly as this. As Adam Serwer notes today, it’s basically as crass an exercise in race-baiting as portraying Obama as the “type of black man they cross the street to avoid,” and Republican leaders know this is a nonstarter, morally and politically.

At the same time, large swaths of the GOP base, and even of the conservative commentariat, are heavily invested in a deeply paranoid view of Obama that goes far beyond whether Obama sat in the pews and nodded along with Wright’s anti-American venom.

GOP leaders are very careful to declare Wright off limits, but leading Republican officials and opinionmakers have fed this broader and deeper strain of anti-Obama paranoia for literally years now, in all sorts of ways. By hinting that Obama doesn’t really wish the country well. Or by suggesting that he’s overly sympatheic towards America’s enemies. Or by failing to forcefully condemn birtherism.

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The quote above from Romney to Hannity captures this well. The problem isn’t just the invocation of Wright; it’s the broader message on display — that Obama harbors a secret desire to secularize the country. The invocation of Wright is just a symptom of the larger problem here.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: jeremiahwright; obama
Leftist trying to distract you from the fact that Obama willingly listened to anti-Semitic hate speech for twenty years...
1 posted on 05/17/2012 2:46:36 PM PDT by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Wright isn’t a ghost. He is a septic pustule that deserves to be exterminated, burnt, irradiated, and launched into the sun.


2 posted on 05/17/2012 2:49:55 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Qbert

That’s a laugher! Wright should be arrested, charged with treason, and if found guilty (ahem) should be hanged until dead.


3 posted on 05/17/2012 2:50:02 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Qbert
So the same leftist rag which dredged up a 50 year old story of one of Romney's escapades in high school which fell apart the following day and ran it on page one now wants to be the arbitrator on whether it is fair to bring up the very recent history of Obama's ties to Rev. Wright?
4 posted on 05/17/2012 2:50:34 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

"So the same leftist rag which dredged up a 50 year old story of one of Romney's escapades in high school which fell apart the following day and ran it on page one now wants to be the arbitrator on whether it is fair to bring up the very recent history of Obama's ties to Rev. Wright?"

Yep- great point.

5 posted on 05/17/2012 2:56:31 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert
DO IT. Never mind the 'you'd better not' the MSM is pumping out today.

It doesn't matter what they or Romney says. Voters will respond to information regarding Obama's noxious personal beliefs & associations.

6 posted on 05/17/2012 2:57:14 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Qbert

Making the same mistake McCain made. Establishment RINOs never learn.


7 posted on 05/17/2012 2:57:16 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Qbert

“Republicans know it’s not acceptable to play the race card as overtly as this”

You could look at it the other way, namely in that race is protecting Obama. If Wright didn’t run a black church and Obama weren’t black, then this would be a perfectly legitimate attack point. Imagine if Romney had attended a fundamentalist white christian church with a pastor who believed in whatever is white people’s version of liberation theology and constantly said things like “ God damn America!” Ya think the MSM would run with it?

By the way, they kinda sorta already did, with Bush the Younger and Bob Jones University, remember? And that was just somewhere he was going to speak, or something. Not his church of choice for years, which was active in his political circles with all his buddies.

This race card charge is bogus. I’d bet if it was something as clear cut as Obama having been a member of something called the Black Communist Party of the U.S.A. they couldn’t call him a communist because that’d be using the race card.


8 posted on 05/17/2012 2:59:48 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Qbert

The GOPe wants to play nice. Thats why they are such losers.


9 posted on 05/17/2012 3:00:01 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Qbert

GBTV played a tape this past hour of Wright describing the bribe he was offered by Baby-Doc’s team to STFU.


10 posted on 05/17/2012 3:01:05 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Qbert
And it's not just Wright (who is a Marxist, as his successor in the Trinity pulpit.) It's Valerie Jarrett, an RDDB (as Savage would call it); his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying Communist; his comsymp parents; Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn; Rashid Khalidi (four years later, the Los Angeles Times still hasn't released that tape); and others.

As Morton Blackwell would remind us, "personnel is policy." And as my father-in-law would say, "Show me who your friends are, and I'll show you who you are."

11 posted on 05/17/2012 3:01:18 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: Tublecane
“Republicans know it’s not acceptable to play the race card as overtly as this”

Hilarious. What they mean to say its 'its our card, republicans know better than to try to play it'.

12 posted on 05/17/2012 3:02:11 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Qbert
By hinting that Obama doesn’t really wish the country well.

The Establishment is right; we shouldn't hint that Obama doesn't wish the country well.

Say it flat-out. Speak truth to power.

13 posted on 05/17/2012 3:03:04 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: skeeter

"DO IT. Never mind the 'you'd better not' the MSM is pumping out today. It doesn't matter what they or Romney says. Voters will respond to information regarding Obama's noxious personal beliefs & associations."

Yep. I personally don't have a problem with Romney "staying above the fray" on certain things (like Obama always does while his allies throw all the dirt)- but that shouldn't mean that everybody else can't raise these issues, and give Obama the vetting he never had in '08.

14 posted on 05/17/2012 3:09:12 PM PDT by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

Let me be one of the first to re-attack Obama over Wright.

However, it’s probably not worth it for Romney to take this bait. Stick with the economy and the embarrassing failure that is Barack Obama.


15 posted on 05/17/2012 3:28:00 PM PDT by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way)
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Whilke I wouldn’t focus on it, I can’t imagine a single good reason why Wright should be “off limits” to anyone.

Who the F is Barack Obama to have any issue in his life off limits???

When we are reading front page stories on Romney’s high school days, we read about Christie’s weight, Mormonism, Ann Romney’s work history, the list is endless.


16 posted on 05/17/2012 3:35:57 PM PDT by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way)
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To: Qbert
...deeply paranoid view of Obama...

No bias here, just move along, evil crackers, just move along.

ObamaCare kills Whitey! (in my best Charlton Heston voice).

I'm just paranoid until I'm right.

17 posted on 05/17/2012 3:48:11 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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However, it’s probably not worth it for Romney to take this bait.

He didn't mind ripping his republican opponents in the worst way during the primaries.

Why hold back now?

THIS is what I HATE about the establishment GOP.

18 posted on 05/17/2012 3:48:14 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Ha...love the Soylent Green reference. I give you high marks....a B+. You could have got an “A” if you had gotten an Omega Man reference in there somewhere.


19 posted on 05/17/2012 4:17:51 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: Qbert

Sean Hannity played mitt romney today disavowing any attacks on obama using wright... he attacked the interview where wright destroys the obama myth and he refuses to campaign on anything but his flowery promises of a better tomorrow. mitt is a spineless mangina.

LLS


20 posted on 05/17/2012 4:23:04 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: TBP

Establishment rinos are dims... it explains everything.

LS


21 posted on 05/17/2012 4:25:20 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Tublecane

I’d bet if it was something as clear cut as Obama having been a member of something called the Black Communist Party of the U.S.A. they couldn’t call him a communist because that’d be using the race card.

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Precisely why Soros chose a person who is 1/8 — or whatever — black to be POTUS.


22 posted on 05/17/2012 5:04:50 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Bigg Red

Both Obama and his wife where/are members of the “new party”. The new party was formed by those who did not want to be readily identified as communists. The list of its members might astound you. On that list is nearly everyone whose name has been mentioned as a Chicago friend of the Obamas.


23 posted on 05/17/2012 7:30:37 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH (Maybe the horse will learn to sing)
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To: W. W. SMITH

The list of its members might astound you.

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Sicken me, perhaps, but not astound me. The ObaMaos are just a cog in the wheel of the Soros-funded nation destroying apparatus.


24 posted on 05/18/2012 7:08:23 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: W. W. SMITH

The list of its members might astound you.

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Sicken me, perhaps, but not astound me. The ObaMaos are just a cog in the wheel of the Soros-funded nation destroying apparatus.


25 posted on 05/18/2012 7:08:40 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: TBP

The Rinos and GOP knows exactly what they’re doing. Either they want obama to win because they know a crash so big is coming they don’t want to be in charge when it hits

or

They’re simply doing what they’re told.


26 posted on 05/18/2012 7:18:10 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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