Skip to comments.GOP struggles to banish ghost of Jeremiah Wright (Actual headline)
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:
And thats good. The problem, though, is that it turns out that Romney himself attacked Obama over Wright on Sean Hannitys show on February 7th of this year, during the GOP primary.
The point here, as evidenced by Romneys repudiation today of the GOP plan to revive Wright, is that leading Republicans know its not acceptable to play the race card as overtly as this. As Adam Serwer notes today, its 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 Wrights 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 doesnt really wish the country well. Or by suggesting that hes overly sympatheic towards Americas enemies. Or by failing to forcefully condemn birtherism.
The quote above from Romney to Hannity captures this well. The problem isnt just the invocation of Wright; its 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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Wright isn’t a ghost. He is a septic pustule that deserves to be exterminated, burnt, irradiated, and launched into the sun.
That’s a laugher! Wright should be arrested, charged with treason, and if found guilty (ahem) should be hanged until dead.
"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.
It doesn't matter what they or Romney says. Voters will respond to information regarding Obama's noxious personal beliefs & associations.
Making the same mistake McCain made. Establishment RINOs never learn.
“Republicans know its 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.
The GOPe wants to play nice. Thats why they are such losers.
GBTV played a tape this past hour of Wright describing the bribe he was offered by Baby-Doc’s team to STFU.
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."
Hilarious. What they mean to say its 'its our card, republicans know better than to try to play it'.
The Establishment is right; we shouldn't hint that Obama doesn't wish the country well.
Say it flat-out. Speak truth to power.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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