Lanny David, “a supporter of Senator Clinton” asks a couple of questions of Barack Obama regarding his speech yesterday. David says, “if Senator Obama ends up the party’s nominee — for sure Senator McCain will insist they be answered in the fall.”
1. If a white minister preached sermons to his congregation and had used the “N” word and used rhetoric and words similar to members of the KKK, would you support a Democratic presidential candidate who decided to continue to be a member of that congregation?
2. Would you support that candidate if, after knowing of or hearing those sermons, he or she still appointed that minister to serve on his or her “Religious Advisory Committee” of his or her presidential campaign?
I hope my message gets to someone in the Obama campaign — or to a reporter traveling with the Senator — who can persuade Senator Obama to answer them directly. As I just wrote, he will have to do so — either now or perhaps in the fall.
Word has it that Clinton surrogates are staying mum on the Wright issue and for good reason, I think. However, I also think these are viable questions that will come up in the fall if not answered now. One speech isn’t going to make this issue go away.
Obama told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in an exclusive one-on-one interview today, “In some ways this, this controversy has actually shaken me up a little bit and gotten me back into remembering that the odds of me getting elected have always been lower than than some of the other conventional candidates.” There is more on the Anderson Cooper interview here.