Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Stop playing Rev. Wright video, Obama urges

Enveloped between some towering prose, Barack Obama today made a plea to the news media: Stop playing the damaging Rev. Jeremiah Wright video because it is hurting my candidacy.

For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism. We can tackle race only as spectacle – as we did in the OJ trial – or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina - or as fodder for the nightly news. We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.

He wants to be the blank slate that America loves, not be exposed as a left-wing Democrat.

Don't be deceived by the pleasant demeanor or the words that few could disagree with. If Obama is truly identified, he loses.

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