Rev. Jeremiah Wright has been back in the news over the past couple of days making headlines and stirring up more controversy:
After addressing the NAACP yesterday in Detroit, Jeremiah Wright travels to the heart of the media beast — the National Press Club in DC — where he has been speaking this morning.
You can watch Wright’s NAACP speech HERE. In his NAACP speech, Wright “jokingly” mocked the “Boston accents of former Presidents John F. and Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.,” saying, “nobody says to a Kennedy, ‘You speak bad English,’ only to a black child was that said.” I’ll respectfully disagree with that assertion, because I’ve heard and seen the Kennedy’s Bostonian accents mocked my many including here in the comments recently. So too, was John Kerry’s accent mocked during the ’04 election.
Moving on… To some in the media and the blogosphere, he’s not helping Obama… he’s hurting him as First Read notes:
At this point, no matter one’s political inexperience, Wright has to know he’s not helping his friend; his decision to go public and defend his reputation at this point in the campaign is doing nothing to help Obama, if anything, it’s leading some to believe he’s actually trying to sabotage him. He’s hurting him and hurting him very badly. Frankly, it’s as selfish of a move as we’ve seen in some time. Imagine, for example, if Norman Hsu or Vicki Iseman were doing publicity tours right now. Maybe, if there’s a silver lining for Obama, he’s giving Obama a very easy chance to simply walk away. Remember, Obama didn’t toss Wright under the bus, but Wright appears to be doing that to Obama’s candidacy. Still, if Wright Vol. 1, “bitter,” and Pennsylvania didn’t move superdelegates, what will? Nevertheless, Obama seems to be starting off this week in about as bad of shape as we’ve seen in him in some time.
And as Taylor Marsh notes, Obama set himself up for criticism over Rev. Wright:
Obama gave permission to McCain to dig into all things Wright if he’s the nominee should make every Democrat immediately queasy.
… .. In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Obama said that while he believes Wright and his church have been treated unfairly in the controversy, he expects the minister to be a part of the political debate.
“I think that people were legitimately offended by some of the comments that he had made in the past,” Obama said. “The fact that he is my former pastor I think makes it a legitimate political issue. So I understand that.”
McCain, who has said little about the Wright controversy and has asked the North Carolina Republican Party not to air an ad critical of Wright and Obama set to run today, seized on Obama’s comments during a news conference in Florida.
“Senator Obama himself says it’s a legitimate political issue, so I would imagine that many other people will share that view and it will be in the arena,” McCain said, according to Reuters wire service. …
Wright has grabbed the spotlight and he’s using it…
Wright seems intent on not going away. How this will play out for Obama remains to be seen…