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Sully comes around.

April 28th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics

It sure took fawning Obamaniac Andrew Sullivan long enough:

I guess I am late to the party, am I not? I didn’t watch Jeremiah Wright’s National Press Club performance live this morning, as every other blogger seemed to. Wright is not on the ticket of any major party, he is not Barack Obama, and I’m not going to be baited into making this campaign about him, or the boomer cultural racial obsessions that so many want this vital election to be about.

But then I actually read what he said.

I knew he was an exhibitionist; many of his sermons at Trinity, read in their entirety, do fall within the tradition of some prophetic teaching; I can forgive occasional outbursts from fiery preachers; he has done much good in his own neighborhood and his interview with Bill Moyers struck me as defensible; parts of his address at the Press Club were completely uncontroversial and even contained some important truths.

But what he said today, the way in which he said it, the unrepentant manner in which he reiterated some of his most absurd and offensive views, his attempt to equate everything he believes with the black church as a whole, and his open public embrace of Farrakhan and hostility to the existence of Israel Zionism, make any further defense of him impossible.

Which is why, weeks ago, the right answer from Obama was not distracting (if elegant) speeches on race, followed by a slow creep of ever-greater distancing of his campaign from Wright, but an open and total severing of his connections to Wright. For his patience and loyalty, Obama has been rewarded by Wright turning the guns on him as well:

If you [Obama] get elected, November the 5th I’m coming after you, because you’ll be representing a government whose policies grind under people.

With mentors like that, he scarcely needs Clinton to derail his campaign.

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