On the same day the cable news shows report the McCain campaign is caught pushing photos and video of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama's poll numbers are dropping across the board, and, a certain presidential candidate is live on Philadelphia radio and describes his grandmother as "a typical white person", the Obama campaign provides The New York Times ... with a photo of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright shaking hands with President Bill Clinton at a 1998 Prayer Breakfast at the White House?
Kate Phillips calls it for what it is:
In providing the photograph to The New York Times, the Obama campaign appeared to be trying to divert some attention to the Clintons after a week in which Mr. Obama’s relationship with Mr. Wright has left him facing one of the biggest challenges of his campaign. There is nothing in the picture or the note that addresses whether Mr. Clinton had met Mr. Wright prior to the White House meeting or whether he or Mrs. Clinton knew anything about Mr. Wright’s views.
Not sure what his was supposed to mean, but, this mirrors the Obama campaign's decision to circulate photos of the Clintons with Obama's indicted fundraiser Tony Rezko. (That case is not reported on Rod 2.0, there is not much "there there.") Al Gore is also in the photo, so, maybe they're implying the Nobel Prize-winner also has credibility problems.
The juvenile reaction to "blame" the Clintons for any and everything that happens to the Obama campaign has become irrational and epidemic. The Jeremiah Wright controversy was created by Obama, ignored by his campaign, and, has absolutely nothing to do with the Clintons. It's a quantum leap to take one ancient "grip and greet" photo opp and attempt to equate that with a 20-year, close "spiritual" and "mentor" relationship. It is also a quantum leap to take snippets from several sermons and demonize one pastor, which we said on these pages and on the Signorile show when we defended Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
via Talk Left
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