Sen. Barack Obama’s pastor has been all over the place these past few days, literally and figuratively. He’s a loose cannon on another deck (it’s his own boat at this point) but unfortunately for Obama it’s one that’s tethered to his own campaign ship.
The New York Times states the obvious in calling Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s televised speeches ‘lluminating displays.’
And he went deep into context — a rich, stem-winding brew of black history, Scripture, hallelujahs and hermeneutics. Mr. Wright, Senator Barack Obama’s former pastor, was cocky, defiant, declamatory, inflammatory and mischievous…
And enjoying the spotlight. But he has been dividing the country, which poses a significant problem for the ‘post-racial candidate’ who runs on unifying the country. His own party is ruptured.
The New York Times is reporting that Sen. John McCain is finally speaking out about Sen. Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright’s controversial comments. And that his scrutiny of the comments criticizes their content.
McCain had held back on commenting about Rev. Wright before now.
But Mr. McCain took a different approach at a news conference here when he criticized Mr. Wright for, as the senator paraphrased him, “comparing the United States Marine Corps with Roman legionnaires who were responsible for the death of our Savior, I mean being involved in that” and for “saying that Al Qaeda and the American flag were the same flags.”
“So I can understand, I can understand why people are upset about this,” said Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for president. “I can understand why Americans, when viewing these kinds of comments, are angry and upset.”
Senator Hillary Clinton is challenging her Democratic Party presidential rival, Senator Barack Obama, to a debate. The call is part of the escalating rhetoric between the two as they campaign in the central state of Indiana.
Escalating rhetoric is one thing, one regrettable thing. But what the heck else can these two debate? Will they ever get around to the issues of the day?
On Saturday, Clinton called for a 90-minute debate without a moderator…Obama’s campaign aides say they are studying the debate request. Obama has complained that in the last debate, on April 16th, the moderators focused too much on political trivia and too little on real issues.
Fred Thompson is still hopeful, but in a different way than when he entered the presidential race. He gave an insightful interview to Fox News’ Sean Hannity, and it had some of the most refreshingly honest answers we’ve heard in politics in a while. But then, Thompson is out of politics…
THOMPSON: It might be — a lot of people seem to think, and it might very well be true, that a person has got to be extremely personally ambitious and desire the office more than anything else in the world, and willing to do what’s necessary, and anything that’s necessary, to achieve it.
And I just never was there. And — but I was what I was. And I come out the other end of it the same way I went into it, and that’s much more important to me than a particular election.
“Too much politics dries the soul of the idealist.”
Recently, Barack Obama made controversial comments about bitter and angry people in the working middle-class. Looks like there are plenty of them in his own party, in both campaigns.
To use the current terminology, Hillary people are bitter people, even more bitter than the white working-class voters Barack has talked about. Because they circle the wagons so tightly, they don’t recognize how identical, self-reinforcing and out-of-touch they are.
And yet, Obama supporters are certainly circling the wagons tightly, and have been since the Pastor Wright eruption. Hayden’s piece here sounds passionate about his candidate, but…bitter and angry.
John McCain and his aides wouldn’t say Tuesday whether they wanted Hillary Rodham Clinton to win the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, though some clearly relished the prospect of an ongoing stand-off between her and Barack Obama. “We’re for anything that keeps it going,” said McCain senior adviser Mark McKinnon.
Senior McCain adviser Mark Salter smiled while saying, “we don’t want to intrude on their process. We want them to carefully deliberate their choices.”
McCain rejected the notion that a Clinton victory Tuesday would benefit his candidacy, saying he is “absolutely neutral” about who his Democratic opponent should be this fall.
McCain has been honing his diplomatic skills lately.
For John McCain, it’s delineating the differences between himself and whoever opposes him in the general election. Starting with the tenor of the campaign. Look at McCain’s own message to campaign workers planning to run a ‘compare/contrast’ (negative) ad in North Carolina:
From the beginning of this election, I have been committed to running a respectful campaign based upon an honest debate about the great issues confronting America today. I expect all state parties to do so as well. The television advertisement you are planning to air degrades our civics and distracts us from the very real differences we have with the Democrats.
Look at the state and see what the terms of the presidential campaign are right now. Like the term “bitter“, for instance.
As warmup acts for Hillary Clinton go, Pennsylvania State Rep. Peter Daley is just the ticket…Daley, born and raised in the Mon Valley, is still a bit angry about Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments — “absolutely appalling,” he tells me after he leaves the stage. But Daley doesn’t deny that there are people in the economically-challenged Mon Valley who are bitter. He just doesn’t think Obama gets what it’s all about.
That line about clinging to guns and religion lingers.
This is Clinton country. A new poll from Suffolk University, out today, shows Clinton leading Barack Obama statewide, 52 percent to 42 percent. But in the southwestern part of the state, here in the Mon Valley, Clinton has a huge lead, 74 percent to 17 percent.
Here’s a snapshot of where the Democratic race for president is right now, in the final few days before what could be a decisive primary election on Tuesday.
“Now it is our turn, Pennsylvania,” said Mr. Obama, speaking at his first stop in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood. “This is a defining moment in our history. All of you are here because you can feel it.”
If Mr. Obama’s final Saturday before the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania appeared bucolic, as he rumbled from Philadelphia through the lush green Amish farming country, Mrs. Clinton, by contrast, lived up to her workhorse reputation with a day that required driving and flying long distances to her five events. Mr. Obama drew sharp distinctions with Mrs. Clinton, hoping to narrow her advantage, while she barely referred to him in her remarks to voters.
This race has grown decidedly meaner and uglier in the past week.
Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama haven’t crossed paths
yet during their weekend barnstorming across Pennsylvania, but they
have invoked each other’s names at virtually every whistle-stop during
the final blitz before Tuesday’s primary.
Each candidate says the other is unfit to lead the country.
Clinton has attacked Obama for his recent comments about some
small-town Americans, his heath care plan and his relative Washington
inexperience. Obama has countered by taking aim at Clinton over her
acceptance of money from political action committees, her health care
plan and her Washington experience.
But the most oft-repeated charge — the one mentioned at virtually every stop — is negative campaigning.
That that is all they have in their arsenal right now, says a lot.
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