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What goes around, comes around

So, Obama is having another Terrible, Horrble, No-Good, Very Bad Week. It seems that his pastor has been “caught on tape” making some statements that indicate poor judgment. And this pastor has been associated with Barack Obama for 20 years. The firestorm seems to be getting pretty hot. I confess that I have only critiqued one video of Rev. Wright. Apparently, it was the more mild of the bunch and the others are really quite offensive to many white Americans (although Wright’s “God Damn America” and Michelle Obama’s statement that for the first time in her adult life, she was proud of America *do* sound like they come from the same place.).

Personally, I don’t care for these types of media scourges. Many of the offensive statements are taken out of context and blown out of proportion. If the media feels that it was successful over some innocuous statement that was deliberately misconstrued as racism, it just gets emboldened to try it out on someone else. And if a candidate benefits and *encourages* the said deliberate misinterpretation of innocuous remarks as racism and piles on gratuitously, then it should come as no surprise that the media monster will bite even harder the next time.

So, Obama has been forced to renounce the pastor’s words in the strongest possible terms. But Rev. Wright will remain on the Obama campaign’s board of spiritual advisors. Meanwhile Fox and other media outlets keep fanning the flames, giving us all a little taste of what it has in store for Obama in the future. It is very difficult for me to find sympathy for Obama over this matter. His campaign never fails to capitalize on a screw up on Clinton’s part. In some ways, it is regrettable that this media firestorm may be the thing that causes Obama to lose the nomination. I would have much preferred that he lost on something more substantive, like lack of experience, inadequate policy development or being cool with disenfranchising Florida voters and all of the rest of us who voted for Clinton. But losing his lustre and the nomination may be the unfortunate results unless he can pull his own ass out of the fire. I hope he doesn’t expect the stupid, non-creative, working stiff, prematurely aged women to come to his defense.

As they say, “What does not kill you makes you stronger” or “People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity”

Or, “Turn about is fair play”

Update: Ohhh, so now that the shoe is on the other foot, Obama wants everyone to be friends. Let’s just pretend nothing ever happened. No more accusations of racism and being a monster and you tell your surrogates to stop adding fuel to the Wright problem. Hmmm, and what will happen just before the NC primary? Will Lucy pull the football away? If Clinton is smart (and I know she is), she will “Trust but verify”. See? Reagan was good for something.

Update II: Ruh-roh, it looks like Rezko is going to pour gasoline on this fire.  The GOP is wasting no time in bringing Obama down.  Maybe they figure that they’ve split the party sufficiently that Clinton can’t put it back together before November.