I cannot help but recommend John Cole’s take on the whole Wright-Obama brouhaha.
As to Wright himself, well, I have my own thoughts. First and foremost, I guess I am no longer the delicate fainting flower that most other bloggers and media commenters are these days. I spent several years in the early days of this blog being all sorts of outraged about petty bullshit. I spent days calling Ted Rall an asshole (he still is, I think), days opining about what an asshole Michael Moore is, and so on. I got my panties all in a bunch about Ward Churchhill (also a dick), and stupid things Bill Maher may or may not have said, and so on.
And you know what? They may be assholes, or jerks, or whatever term you want to use, but they sure as hell didn’t run this economy into the ground. They aren’t responsible for for turning a huge surplus into a several hundred billion dollar deficit. I have yet to read any memos from Barbra Streisand detailing how we should spy on American citizens.
Or maybe I just refuse to spend any more time and energy getting worked up over and denouncing, distancing, and rejecting the wrong people- people who really don’t matter in the big scheme of things. If you have a memo from Jeremiah Wright to John Yoo showing how we should become a rogue nation, let me know. If you have pictures of Jeremiah Wright voting against the GI Bill, send it to me. If you have evidence of Jeremiah Wright training junior soldiers on the finer aspects of stacking and torturing naked Iraqi captives, pass them on.
Until then, I just can’t seem to get all worked up about the crazy scary black preacher that Obama has to “throw under the bus.”
Whether you agree with John Cole on those particular political issues or not (I do, for the record), there’s no question that among all of the issues one should consider when selecting a President, the crazy opinions of their friends, family and associates shouldn’t exactly be at the top of the pile, should it? Maybe it should be discussed to some degree, but to this extent? Really?
And yet, here we are. Doing just that. Frankly, I’m much more worried about Obama’s trade policies than I am about his church. I have more concerns about Hillary Clinton’s health care proposals than I have about her husband pardoning members of the Weather Underground. I am more anxious about John McCain’s militaristic foreign policy than I am about his wife’s drug problems.
But that’s not what makes headlines, is it?