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  • Obama: Everyone But Jeremiah Wright Racist

    03/18/2008 6:22:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeMajority · 93 replies · 3,048+ views
    Sen. Barack Obama delivered a speech on race in America Tuesday before a friendly crowd in Philadelphia. Obama had hoped to stop his freefall in opinion polls caused by a reaction to the publicity surrounding the inflammatory sermons of his mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The Illinois senator scored high on Chris Matthews' "tingle meter" evoking a comparison to Abraham Lincoln. Other gushing Old Media talking heads suggested oratory on par with Dr. Martin Luther King. I'm going to go all Simon Cowell here and say that Obama's speech was rather average as oratory. It was simply not moving and inspirational....
  • Obama and His 'White Grandmother'

    03/18/2008 1:15:35 PM PDT · by CA Conservative · 95 replies · 3,021+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 3/18/08 | James Taranto
    Barack Obama took the stage this morning to give what was billed as a "major speech on race." It was, of course, an attempt to rescue his campaign from the revelation that his so-called spiritual mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, espouses a virulently anti-American and antiwhite worldview called "black liberation theology." <--snip--> What Obama is evading is that this "profoundly distorted view" is not just some passing emotion. It is what Wright himself, in the "talking points" page of his congregation's Web site, describes as "systematized black liberation theology." As we noted yesterday, Wright credits James Cone of New York's...
  • Obama goes along to get along in politics

    03/23/2008 11:12:37 AM PDT · by CrosscutSaw · 6 replies · 429+ views
    SouthTown Star ^ | March 22, 2008 | Dan Proft
    Obama's speech was thoughtful, history-rich, deftly composed and, in parts, refreshingly candid about racial divides in America and the sources of those divides. However, he spoke as if he was an innocent bystander to the history he recounted. Obama discussed our nation's failings as though he was powerless to act previously or presently. Obama lamented, "Segregated schools were, and are, inferior schools; we still haven't fixed them, fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, and the inferior education they provided, then and now, helps explain the pervasive achievement gap between today's black and white students." That is true. Although...
  • Obama responds, but is it enough?

    03/15/2008 6:24:44 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 12 replies · 1,065+ views
    Barack Obama, Victor Davis Hanson, and a few others on his response.
  • A race conversation? What are you talking about?

    03/25/2008 1:01:36 PM PDT · by Nony · 39 replies · 1,126+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 25, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    Thank God for Barack Obama. For until his "More Perfect Union" speech last Tuesday, it seems it never occurred to anyone that America needed to talk about race. "Maybe this'll be the beginning of a conversation," Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan proclaimed on "Meet the Press." According to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, just the fact of Obama's address proves that a "national dialogue on race" is "essential." The Chicago Tribune reported that "many voters, black and white, say they were moved by Obama's speech ... which they see as a long-awaited invitation to begin an honest, calm...
  • God Bless America - The speech Obama could have given.

    03/27/2008 10:50:09 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 543+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 27, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    March 27, 2008, 0:00 a.m. God Bless AmericaThe speech Obama could have given. By Victor Davis Hanson Had Sen. Barack Obama (D., Ill.) said the following words in his speech last week on race in America, his problems with his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, would probably now be over: “You have all heard the racist and anti-American outbursts of my pastor Rev. Wright. They are all inexcusable. His speeches have forced me to reexamine my long association with Trinity United Church of Christ. And so it is with regret that I must now leave that church. “I had...
  • Ed Koch: Why Obama's Speech Was Unconvincing

    03/27/2008 4:59:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 995+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | March 25, 2008 | Ed Koch
    Barack Obama's speech last week addressing his 20-year relationship with his radical pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was very well done, yet unconvincing. Obama sought to explain that relationship and why he could not end this close association, despite the minister's hate-filled rhetoric. He said, "There will no doubt be those for whom my statements of condemnation are not enough. Why associate myself with Rev. Wright in the first place, they may ask? Why not join another church?" Yes, those are the questions that people are asking. Many of Rev. Wright's incendiary statements are on videos sold by his church. Minister...
  • Shut Up About Race Already

    03/30/2008 5:33:30 AM PDT · by moneyrunner · 14 replies · 593+ views
    The Virginian/National Review ^ | 3/30/2008 | Moneyrunner
    Jonah Goldberg puts his tongue firmly in his cheek:Thank God for Barack Obama. Until his More Perfect Union speech last Tuesday, it seems it never occurred to anyone that America needed to talk about race. Maybe thisll be the beginning of a conversation, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan proclaimed on Meet the Press. The Chicago Tribune reported that many voters, black and white, say they were moved by Obamas speech ... which they see as a long-awaited invitation to begin an honest, calm national dialogue about race. Newspaper editorial boards agree. In the words of the San Diego Union-Tribune:...
  • Pastor preached what Obamas believe (a black man takes boy Obama to the woodshed)

    03/24/2008 10:33:01 PM PDT · by pissant · 22 replies · 1,266+ views
    WND ^ | 3/25/08 | Mychal Massie
    Barack Obama's "More Perfect Union" speech of March 18 was a transpicuous opprobrium intended to obfuscate, shift blame and cast all churchdom in the same light as his mentor and pastor. In reality, his speech provided us with a closer look into Obama the man, and suffice it to say, he came up woefully lacking. In his speech, Obama called slavery America's original sin. I beg to differ on strict theological grounds (of which he and/or his mentor/pastor are welcome to debate me). America's original sin is the same as original sin has been from the beginning it was...
  • Obama, Less Than Audacious - The real discussion on race is still to come.

    03/24/2008 6:11:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 748+ views
    City Journal ^ | 19 March 2008 | Harry Stein
    Even as Barack Obamas speech on race Tuesday morning was being widely hailed for its candor on a subject about which Americansand, it must be said, especially liberal Americansare notoriously less than candid, it strived to set, and limit, the terms of this long overdue conversation. Yes, Obama acknowledged, there is vast miscommunication between the races, a constant misreading of signals and intent. Things get said on both sides that, while regrettable, arent meant precisely as they may sound to ears of a different color. Obama readily admitted that his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, as a man who came of age...
  • The Case for an Obama-Clinton Ticket

    03/24/2008 4:47:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,027+ views
    The New York Observer ^ | March 24, 2008 | Steve Kornacki
    Maybe, just maybe, its now worth at least asking whether Hillary Clinton might wind up as the Democratic candidate for vice president. When the chatter about a Democratic dream ticket began last year, it was easy to dismiss. Either Clinton or Obama would win a clear victory in the primaries and, after what inevitably would be a contentious campaign, each would want as little to do with the other as possible. Clinton, if she emerged victorious, would instead choose some kind of national security graybeard to her political right, a retired general perhaps, or maybe even a Republican. Likewise, Obama...
  • Obama's brilliant bad speech (The LA Times!)

    03/24/2008 1:46:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies · 1,703+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 24, 2008 | Gregory Rodriguez
    In some ways, Barack Obama's speech on race last week was as brilliant as it was nuanced. But for all its rhetorical beauty, it was also an enormous step backward and, in the end, a rather self-serving call for more discussion about racial grievance in a country that has already done way too much talking. Until last week, so much of Obama's appeal lay in the fact that he was not asking us to talk about the racial divide. Instead, he offered himself as a living and breathing symbol of racial reconciliation; his very origins pointed to the goal of...
  • Slouching Toward Denver: The Democratic death march

    03/24/2008 12:03:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies · 2,476+ views
    The New Republic ^ | April 09, 2008 Issue | Noam Scheiber
    When Democrats contemplate the apocalypse these days, they have visions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton slugging it out la Ted Kennedy and Jimmy Carter at the 1980 convention. The campaign's current trajectory is, in fact, alarmingly similar to the one that produced that disastrous affair. Back then, Carter had built up a delegate lead with early wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, and several Southern states. But, as the primary season dragged on, Kennedy began pocketing big states and gaining momentum. Once all the voting ended and Kennedy came up short, he eyed the New York convention as a...
  • Deepening Democratic Dilemma [Robert Novak]

    03/24/2008 2:33:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies · 1,684+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 24, 2008 | Robert Novak
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Barack Obama's speech last week, hastily prepared to extinguish the firestorm over the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, won critical praise for style and substance but failed politically. By elevating the question of race in America, the front-running Democratic presidential candidate has deepened the dilemma created by his campaign's success against the party establishment's anointed choice, Hillary Clinton. In rejecting the racist views of his longtime spiritual mentor but not disowning him, Obama has unwittingly enhanced his image as the African-American candidate -- not just a remarkable candidate who happens to be black. That poses a racial dilemma for...
  • Haunting Obama's dreams

    03/23/2008 11:58:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1,017+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | March 23, 2008 | Maureen Dowd
    It is a tribute to Hillary Clinton that even though, rationally, political soothsayers think she can no longer win, irrationally, they wonder how she will pull it off. It's impossible to imagine The Terminator, as a former aide calls her, giving up. Unless every circuit is out, she'll regenerate enough to claw her way out of the grave, crawl through the Rezko Memorial Lawn and up Obama's wall, hurl her torso into the house and brutally haunt his dreams. "It's like one of those movies where you think you know the end, but then you watch with your fingers over...
  • Hillarys Economic Hail Mary (Barf Alert)

    03/23/2008 1:57:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 879+ views
    Newsweek ^ | March 20, 2008 | Michael Hirsh
    Hello, Hillary? Hate to wake you, but it's 3 o'clock in the morning, and we have a real crisis. It's your campaign, senator. It's Hail Mary time. You've lost the bid for a revote in Florida and, it seems, in Michigan, which means your prospects for prevailing over Barack Obama in the primary popular vote by June are vanishing fast. The Illinois senator, meanwhile, has just delivered a JFK-like speech on race in America--a savvy move that may well have stanched the hemorrhaging of his campaign over the controversial remarks made by his pastor, Jeremiah Wright. The mood could be...
  • No Dr. Wright, God Bless America

    03/23/2008 1:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 1,170+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 23, 2008 | Kevin McCullough
    Even though Barack Obama has "moved on" from the messy association that he has recently been forced to explain to man who had been his pastor for 20 years, it is clear - the voters haven't. There are legitimate questions being raised about a relationship that spans a generation and the beliefs of a man who has on multiple dozens of occasions issued some of the most vitriolic, bigoted, racism imaginable in America today. No doubt one of the most infamous video moments recently unearthed was Jeremiah Wright's use of what he cleverly believed to be a cute play on...
  • Obama seems inept at patriot games: Clinton wisely mum as troubles engulf rival

    03/22/2008 9:14:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies · 2,444+ views
    The National Post ^ | March 22, 2008 | Sheldon Alberts
    WASHINGTON -It is already easy to imagine the Republican attack ads against Barack Obama. They open with video of his wife, Michelle, saying she was proud of America "for the first time in my adult lifetime" because of her husband's presidential candidacy. Cut to the Illinois Senator explaining that he doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin because it is a "substitute for true patriotism." Then flash a clip of Obama explaining that his Caucasian grandmother was a "typical white person" because she uttered racial epithets and was afraid of black people. Finally, the coup de grace, pictures of Obama's...
  • Moral relativism comes home to roost:speech translation

    03/22/2008 7:36:38 PM PDT · by BigTime · 5 replies · 541+ views
    Click on link to read WaPo arab writer suggesting Obama's speech can be applied to terrorists too.
  • IRS probes appearance by Obama at UCC convention (Barry Lynn, UCC member!, says NO PROBLEM)

    03/22/2008 11:45:58 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 36 replies · 1,510+ views
    The Christian Century Magazine News March 25, 2008 IRS probes appearance by Obama at UCC convention The Internal Revenue Service has notified the United Church of Christ that it has opened an investigation into possible "political activities" connected with Senator Barack Obama's speech at the denomination's national convention last year. UCC president John H. Thomas termed the investigation "disturbing," but said that church officials took great care to see that Obama's appearance at the UCC General Synod meeting last June in Hartford, Connecticut, "met appropriate legal and moral standards." Engaging in partisan political acts can endanger a church body's tax-exempt...
  • McCain benefits most from Obama's slide-- Larry Kudlow Show on air now

    03/22/2008 7:43:17 AM PDT · by syriacus · 56 replies · 917+ views
    Some Topics thus far on Kudlow's show today which has the theme of resurrection McCain is benefitting most from Obama's slide. Current guests John Tamny and Jimmy P Is bailout a first step to bank nationalization?
  • Getting Poverty Wrong - On the presidential campaign trail, its almost as if the 1960s never...

    03/22/2008 12:49:27 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 616+ views
    City Journal ^ | 21 March 2008 | Steven Malanga
    On the presidential campaign trail, its almost as if the 1960s never happened.Barack Obamas much-discussed speech in Philadelphia earlier this week was not only about race. It was also about economics and, specifically, about poverty. Measures of group wealth, or the lack of it, are often used to support claims that our society is racist. Obamas speech revealed that though he may be, to many people, a refreshingly new kind of post-racial politician and a healer, when it comes to notions of poverty and economic advancement, his ideas are right out of the 1960s and 1970s. At one point in...
  • Michael Barone: Will Wright Damage Obama's Millennial Support?

    03/22/2008 1:20:06 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 12 replies · 886+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 3/22/08 | Michael Barone
    It's a generational thing. That was the theme of Barack Obama's speech last Tuesday, in which he both failed to renounce and at the same time separated himself from the man he has described as his spiritual mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama said that Wright's bellowing, "God damn America," was just a response to the evil treatment of America's blacks all those years ago by an old man (66) who does not realize, as Obama does and as the success of Obama's candidacy shows, that America is not static but has been perfecting itself. Obama's even tone and his...
  • Between Barack and a Hard Place

    03/22/2008 6:52:05 AM PDT · by milwguy · 50 replies · 830+ views
    rcp ^ | 3/22/2008 | thomas lipson
    Barack Obama's speech on racial issues showed him at his best. Serious and inspiring, it was the finest speech on this crucial issue in many years. It was effective politically, too, since it staunched the bleeding. Unfortunately for Obama's candidacy, he has already suffered deep political wounds from his close association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and the damage cannot be undone. As effective as Obama's speech was, it still evaded the hardest questions, which will linger and rise again in the general election. It soared above the most divisive issue affecting racial politics today, affirmative action. Obama has spoken about...
  • The blame game works both ways (Obama: I didn't inhale the 'Hate Whitey' sermons)

    03/22/2008 1:21:08 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 16 replies · 992+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | 3/22/08 | Pat Boone
    OK, so race is an issue in the current presidential campaign. It was, from the beginning, along with gender. When both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton proclaimed that neither should be considerations, I scoffed in a recent column. Continues...================================================================ Obama: I didn't inhale the 'Hate Whitey' sermons By "JohnHuang2" Monday, March 17, 2008 There isn't a smidgen of evidence that he had denounced the nut preacher's words before the firestorm broke out last week. And it is a fact that the pastor's unpastoral bent for spewing madrassa-like hateful inventive and his penchant for toxic racist rants from the pulpit were...
  • Mark Steyn: So much for the 'post-racial' candidate

    03/22/2008 4:22:37 AM PDT · by Laverne · 158 replies · 3,542+ views
    OC Register ^ | 22 March 08 | MARK STEYN
    "I'm sure," said Barack Obama in that sonorous baritone that makes his drive-thru order for a Big Mac, fries and strawberry shake sound profound, "many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed." Well, yes. But not many of us have heard remarks from our pastors, priests or rabbis that are stark, staring, out-of-his-tree, flown-the-coop nuts. ...snip... It is Barack Obama's choice to entrust his daughters to the spiritual care of such a man for their entire lives, but in Philadelphia the senator attempted to universalize his peculiar judgment to claim...
  • My Whiteness Versus My Wrightness

    03/21/2008 10:53:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies · 1,692+ views
    Townhall ^ | March 21, 2008 | Lee Culpepper
    Watching the Reverend Jeremiah Wright gesticulate like a horny peacock and spew out ignorance, hatred, and bitterness towards America truly inspired my religious faith. Once Wright pointed out that he was still in Bible country, I began to love the hell out of rich, white people just as much as Wright does. How could so many people not understand that white people have caused all the worlds problems? As Wright pointed out to his congregation, the Bible says its so. Im not sure what verse actually says that, but Im now betting that rich, white people are responsible for my...
  • Obama's Explanation Won't Fly in Long Run by Rich Lowry

    03/21/2008 8:57:19 PM PDT · by Clairity · 36 replies · 1,043+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 21, 2008 | Rich Lowry
    In his hour of political need, Barack Obama went to his base -- the media. He delivered a speech about the nation's racial divisions that couldn't possibly get anything but lavish praise from the press, burying for now the controversy over his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama made two arguments for why he couldn't reject the Rev. Wright. One was that the Rev. Wright lived through the era of segregation. So did many others. Surely, there are plenty of black pastors in the country who have suffered more than Wright without letting a left-wing racialist ideology taint their...
  • Obama as Cinderella in What Could Have Been a Rough Week.

    03/21/2008 8:13:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies · 621+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 21, 2008 | Rick Klein and Mike Elmore
    Sometimes, like a Cinderella team marching through March, Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign seems nothing short of charmed. It helps that while Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has 10 weeks to make Obama totally and entirely unelectable, Obama just has to wait out the clock. But the outside help Obama is getting (some that he asked for, some that he didn't) is the X-factor -- and it means that, even as Obama grapples with perhaps the biggest challenge to his candidacy, he will be the nominee short of something else dramatic happening in the race that's already seen everything. To survey...
  • Obama's Speech Applauded - By Republican Foes (Conservatives - Speech Didn't End Wright Controversy)

    03/21/2008 4:58:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies · 784+ views
    ABC News ^ | 3/19/08 | JAKE TAPPER
    Obama's Speech Applauded -- By Republican FoesGOPers and Conservatives Say Candidate's Speech Didn't End Wright Controversy By JAKE TAPPER March 19, 2008 Campaigning in North Carolina today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., enjoyed overwhelmingly warm reviews from the media and the crowd in Charlotte for his speech about race and his controversial former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But for far different reasons, Republican political consultants were delighted with the speech, as well. Looking ahead to November, GOP strategists say Obama did not remove Wright as a campaign issue. "He didn't explain why he continued to attend a church whose minister...
  • Is He American Enough? Obama battles a dangerous campaign storyline (Eleanor Clift)

    03/21/2008 1:20:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies · 2,044+ views
    Newsweek ^ | March 21, 2008 | Eleanor Clift
    Some 50 delegates were reportedly poised to unite behind Barack Obama if he had won by even 1 point in Texas. He lost the popular vote by 100,000 ballots, and now we learn that 100,000 Republicans voted for Hillary Clinton, probably not because of some change in party allegiance but because they thought she would be the easier candidate to beat. This kind of strategic voting often backfires (think Ralph Nader). The Texas crossovers are winners. By helping to prolong the Democratic race, they can claim credit for weakening the eventual nominee, whoever it turns out to be. Obama has...
  • The masterpiece of a disaster

    03/21/2008 7:25:15 AM PDT · by indcons · 35 replies · 1,570+ views
    Wa. Times ^ | Wes Pruden
    What a difference a day makes. Twenty-four hours after Barack Obama's teaching moment on race, the landscape was littered with eminent pundits, lying agog in the weeds, overcome by euphoria and flummoxed by failing eupepsia. Their squeals of praise were universally breathtaking: "It was an extraordinary moment of truth-telling." "A masterpiece!" "A profile in courage!" "Brilliant, inspiring, intellectually supple!" "Searing, nuanced, gut-wrenching and loyal." "A speech we have all been waiting for for a generation." The punditocracy, having overdosed on nuance, seared by supple and sore from all those wrenched guts, is fresh out of exclamation points, now on back...
  • Obama: Rehashing Self-Serving Racial Myths

    03/21/2008 7:36:08 AM PDT · by ParsifalCA · 4 replies · 577+ views
    ExileStreet ^ | 3/21/08 | Bruce Thornton
    Barack Obamas attempt to defuse the crisis in his presidential campaign caused by videos of his spiritual mentors bigoted sermons has been spun as the most significant public discussion of race in decades, as The New York Times gushed. In fact, Obama merely recycled the tired received wisdom about race in America, the same clichs and nostrums peddled by television, government programs, movies, and just about every classroom in America. That this old racial script is being touted as some sort of fresh and honest discussion of race in America proves just the opposite. Liberal Americans, both black and white,...
  • Obama's Speech Leaves a Few Question Marks(Charles Krauthammer)

    03/20/2008 11:27:51 PM PDT · by kellynla · 76 replies · 1,898+ views
    townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    WASHINGTON -- The beauty of a speech is that you don't just give the answers, you provide your own questions. "Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes." So said Barack Obama, in his Philadelphia speech about his pastor, friend, mentor and spiritual adviser of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright. An interesting, if belated, admission. But the more important question is: which "controversial" remarks? Wright's assertion from the pulpit that the U.S. government invented the HIV virus "as a means of genocide against people of color"? Wright's claim that America was...
  • John McCain and Barack Obama: Two Inspiring Stories, One Clear Winner

    03/21/2008 4:52:41 AM PDT · by Invisigoth · 19 replies · 837+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | March 21, 2008 | Jamie Weinstein
    Even those who are ardent opponents of Barack Obama's candidacy must admit his March 18 speech on race in America was, at least in parts, exceptional. You can agree or disagree with aspects of the speech, even dismiss segments of it as his standard stump speech, but it is hard to deny the speech as a whole was well thought out and well executed. The most inspiring part of his speech for me came when he discussed his background. "I am the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas," Obama told the assembled crowd...
  • The Speech: A Brilliant Fraud (Barack's Speech)

    03/21/2008 5:21:45 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 61 replies · 1,870+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 21 March 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    But that is not the question. The question is why didn't he leave that church? Why didn't he leave...Obama's 5,000-word speech, fawned over as a great meditation on race, is little more than an elegantly crafted, brilliantly sophistic justification of that scandalous dereliction. His defense rests on two central propositions: (a) moral equivalence and (b) white guilt. (a) Moral equivalence. Sure, says Obama, there's Wright, but at the other "end of the spectrum" there's Geraldine Ferraro, opponents of affirmative action and his own white grandmother... "I can no more disown [Wright] than I can my white grandmother." What exactly was...
  • Why Obama failed in Philadelphia (Must Read)

    03/21/2008 4:16:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 522+ views
    Mr. Obamas Philadelphia speech, in spite of its eloquent passages expressing his hope for better racial relations in America, is a mastery example of literary subterfuge, the broadening of the scenery whereby an object of inquiry becomes blurred and lost in the background, or more bluntly, the escaping of a slippery fish from a pond into a lake to hide in a wider expanse of water. His speech is essentially a sophisticated lawyerly defense of Rev Wrights sin on the basis of self-defense. While Mr. Obamas understanding on the root causes of Americas racial problems is quite apt, he attempts...
  • New InsiderAdvantage Poll Obamas speech meets unsympathetic ears with Americans

    03/20/2008 4:56:52 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 31 replies · 979+ views
    Southern Political Report ^ | March 20, 2008 | Gary Reese
    <p>Thats according to a new poll by InsiderAdvantage/Majority Opinion.</p> <p>First, we screened poll respondents to find those who were aware that Obamas pastor was in the news. A startling 82% knew about Obamas speech, and about the controversy surrounding the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.</p>
  • Key Questions Still Left After Obama Speech

    03/20/2008 5:07:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies · 1,172+ views
    IBD ^ | March 20, 2008 | Charles Krauthammer
    The beauty of a speech is that you don't just give the answers, you provide your own questions. "Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes." So said Barack Obama, in his Philadelphia speech about his pastor, friend, mentor and spiritual adviser of 20 years, Jeremiah Wright. An interesting, if belated, admission. But the more important question is: which "controversial" remarks? Wright's assertion from the pulpit that the U.S. government invented the HIV virus "as a means of genocide against people of color"? Wright's claim that America was morally responsible...
  • Obama Not Yet Out of the Woods

    03/20/2008 5:16:02 PM PDT · by lancer256 · 30 replies · 871+ views
    davidlimbaugh.com ^ | 03/20/08 | david limbaugh
    Barack Obama is nothing if not smooth. He seamlessly turned a would-be apology over his pastor's racism into an indictment against society's racism. It wasn't, "Jeremiah Wright was wrong, and I was wrong for going to his church for 20 years despite his apparently unforgiving spirit, his racist and anti-American utterances, and his vulgarity, including taking the Lord's name in vain from his very pulpit -- the one venue above all on God's sacred planet that such irreverence is inalterably forbidden. No matter what racial injustices have been perpetrated over the years by mankind toward mankind, they are never an...
  • Obama Speech Causes Mass Weeping Epidemic in Leftwing Blogosphere

    03/20/2008 7:24:43 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 78 replies · 1,681+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | 03/20/08 | P.J. Gladnick
    As has been noted by NewsBusters correspondents Brent Baker, Kyle Drennen, and Clay Waters, the Mainstream Media has mostly assumed an attitude of respectful awe towards Barack Obama's March 18 speech on race. That emotional awe towards Obama's speech has reached the level of mass weeping in the Leftwing blogosphere. The leftists profess to be so awestruck by that speech that it seems mass crying will soon replace the fainting attacks at future Obama appearances. Confessions of drama queen tearful reactions to Obama's speech has reached comedic proportions on both the Democratic Underground and the Daily Kos. Although one suspects...
  • Wright or wrong? Take the 'Audacity of a Dope' Quiz

    03/20/2008 7:48:23 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 16 replies · 971+ views
    Philadephia Daily News ^ | 03/20/2008 | Stu Bykofsky
    ONCE AGAIN, R-A-C-E has emerged as the thorniest rose in American life and politics. Barack Obama's powerful speech on Tuesday may have laid it to rest (for now). Before we wave bye-bye to the trapped-in-the-'50s (1950s? 1850s? 1750s?), attic-crazy Rev. Jeremiah Wright, let's salute him with a multiple-choice quiz:
  • Obama blew it..What the candidate should have said about race.

    03/20/2008 12:48:01 PM PDT · by milwguy · 9 replies · 639+ views
    layimes ^ | 1/20/2008 | michael meyers
    Tim Rutten's column, "Obama's Lincoln moment" and The Times editorial, "Obama on race" both miss the mark. In my considered judgment as a race and civil rights specialist, I would say that Barack Obama's "momentous" speech on race settled on merely "explaining" so-called racial differences between blacks and whites -- and in so doing amplified deep-seated racial tensions and divisions. Instead of giving us a polarizing treatise on the "black experience," Obama should have reiterated the theme that has brought so many to his campaign: That race ain't what it used to be in America. I waited in vain for...
  • The Cowardly Obama

    03/20/2008 7:13:55 AM PDT · by tomnbeverly · 3 replies · 191+ views
    3/20/08 | Tomnbeverly
    From Obama's Wright speech: I can no more disown [Rev. Dr. Wright] than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe. Obama described the incident...
  • Obama blew it

    03/20/2008 7:23:26 AM PDT · by coffee260 · 4 replies · 231+ views
    LA Times ^ | 03/20/08 | Michael Meyers
    What the candidate should have said about race. By Michael Meyers March 20, 2008 Tim Rutten's column, "Obama's Lincoln moment" and The Times editorial, "Obama on race" both miss the mark. In my considered judgment as a race and civil rights specialist, I would say that Barack Obama's "momentous" speech on race settled on merely "explaining" so-called racial differences between blacks and whites -- and in so doing amplified deep-seated racial tensions and divisions. Instead of giving us a polarizing treatise on the "black experience," Obama should have reiterated the theme that has brought so many to his campaign:...
  • The Mainstream Media and Middle America: Divergent Views on Obamas Speech

    03/20/2008 9:57:46 AM PDT · by beacon street bandit · 16 replies · 882+ views
    Beacon Street Journal ^ | 3/20/08 | John Kinsellagh
    I am struck, though not entirely surprised, by the widening gulf between some Cable TV commentators and pundits reaction to Obama's speech and that of most of middle america. So disparate is the treatment, that It leads me to ask: did we watch the same speech? By and large, the acclamation given his speech by most liberal pundits has been unrestrained and effusive: On MSNBC, Sally Quinn gushed that it was the greatest in all of human history; tune in to any cable news channel and you will hear similar accolades. We have seen this all before, most notably in...
  • RACE AND POLITICS (Reinhard)

    03/20/2008 9:47:04 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 338+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | March 20, 2008 | David Reinhard
    Barack Obama gave a speech about Jeremiah Wright Jr. on Tuesday. Of course, the Illinois senator couldn't say the speech was about his pastor's nutty and hate-filled rants. He had to pretend it was about more than controlling the damage from ties to his fire-breathing Chicago friend. So he gave an address about "race in America." It was, as such, a high-sounding affair with some noble phrases ("I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together") that were orated in signature Obama style. But his bid to give a major speech and...
  • Reaction to Obama

    03/20/2008 9:11:04 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 11 replies · 607+ views
    End-of-Day Report | 3-19-08 | Gary Bauer
    Reaction By Gary Bauer The reaction to Senator Barack Obamas race speech in Philadelphia is mixed. The speech had many liberal commentators swooning once again, and there were even comparisons to the famous I have a dream address of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These commentators are not only defending Obama, but they are also, as I predicted, doing their best to suggest that the controversy is over, and that its time to move on. Other commentators, including some notable moderates, were disappointed. Many felt that in order to maintain his credibility Obama had to disavow Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and...
  • Obama's Refusal to Denounce Rev. Wright Hurts His Electability

    03/20/2008 7:14:26 AM PDT · by jdm · 26 replies · 716+ views
    Red State ^ | March 20, 2008 | Staff
    No big surprise that Sen. Obama's refusal to explain why he put his family in front of such vile rhetoric and linked himself to such a divisive church has hurt him in the polls. Even Kos is acknowledging that the revelation that Sen. Obama has spent two decades associating himself with a "spiritual mentor" who hates America and white people is not the best way to win friends and influence people. Specifically, the RCP Average now shows Clinton as more competitive against McCain than Obama (although McCain leads both within the MoE). As Kos notes, SurveyUSA has new polls from...
  • Obama blew it; What the candidate should have said about race

    03/20/2008 7:21:30 AM PDT · by MaestroLC · 13 replies · 952+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 20, 2008 | Michael Meyers
    In my considered judgment as a race and civil rights specialist, I would say that Barack Obama's "momentous" speech on race settled on merely "explaining" so-called racial differences between blacks and whites -- and in so doing amplified deep-seated racial tensions and divisions. Instead of giving us a polarizing treatise on the "black experience," Obama should have reiterated the theme that has brought so many to his campaign: That race ain't what it used to be in America. [snip] In fact, I'd say that considering the nation's undivided attention to this all-important speech, which gave him an unrivaled opportunity to...