Josh Marshall wonders whether the video clips of Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, contain much “that doesn’t come out of the sermon tradition of African-American Christianity with a 60s twist.” He also questions his ability “to distinguish between what I actually find offensive myself and what it is ingrained in me to believe others will find offensive.”
No one said it would be easy being a liberal deep-thinker.
My sense (“ingrained in me” or not) is that a great many people whose votes Obama needs will react to video of Wright in action along this line: “Oh my God, Obama’s long-time spiritual adviser is a raving, racist, anti-American lunatic.” I guess that “60s twist” makes all the difference.
UPDATE: As a former debater and debate judge, I couldn’t help noticing that Pastor Wright appeared to be reading his diatribe. His hateful drivel wasn’t some spur of the moment revelation; he actually committed it to paper.
I didn’t realize big-time preachers could get away with reading their impassioned sermons. I guess his “content” made up for it.
Via Abe Greenwald at Contentions.
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