Last night after watching the video of Olbermann’s special comment directed at Hillary Clinton, I watched the video below (released by Fox News) of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who is “a member of Obama’s African American Religious Leadership Committee.” This does not serve the Obama camp well in my opinion.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAYe7MT5BxM
Some one needs to stop the madness. Instead of railing against “racist” and “sexist” comments from campaign surrogates, we should be talking about how we can heal the divisions in America that run along race and gender lines. We have indeed plunged “into the abyss.”
Talk about the need to disavow and denounce — After watching Olbermann’s special comment last night calling on her to denounce Ferraro, I think it’s time for Olbermann to call on Obama to denounce Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The WSJ has an editorial today that runs along the lines of what Sean Wilentz has been saying in TNR (see here and here). They as, “Is it just us, or does Barack Obama seem a mite too quick to play the race card when facing criticism from political opponents?”
But for all of Mr. Obama’s soaring rhetoric about the nation’s need for a post-racial politics that “brings the American people together,” his campaign at times has seemed overly sensitive about race. It also seems to want it both ways. Mr. Obama claims that his brand of politics transcends race, but at the same time he’s using race as a shield to shut down important and legitimate arguments. […]
Democrats have repeatedly touted the diversity of their party’s White House hopefuls. And it is true that a Clinton or Obama Presidency would make gender or racial history. Americans of all backgrounds can take satisfaction in watching the country field its first black Presidential candidate with a chance to win. But voters also want their would-be Presidents properly vetted, by the media and by each other. To that end Mr. Obama would do better to focus more on answering his political critics with specifics and less on questioning their motives by crying wolf on race.
PLEASE: Stop the Madness. Egalia nailed it on Tennessee Guerilla Women: “I don’t know how much more any of us can take of the ongoing national nervous breakdown.”
Hillary Clinton took a step in the right direction last night. In the wake of the video above, Barack Obama needs to step up to the plate and the DNC needs to step in and let both candidates know: Enough is enough.