The Right’s Problem With Wright

I received an email this morning from my stepdad linking me to yet another blog post regarding the ongoing Obama/Wright fiasco.  It’s a conservative blog, as one might expect given my stepdad’s a Republican, but it’s not exactly what one might expect from a conservative weighing in on Wright’s recent stature in the Democratic primary.

John Schroeder, writing for the Article VI blog, actually defends Obama in the midst of this maelstrom.  Now there are certain things I disagree with, namely that this is all a result of the Clinton smear machine.  I’m not discounting the possibility of it, just that at this point I don’t find it particularly likely.  Wright’s comments are months old, and I think letting this drop as heavily as it has would have been more useful to Clinton earlier on in the race.

What we do know is that FNC is who bought the footage so for the time being this looks to me at least like yet another example of Fox’s “fair and balanced” coverage being balanced solidly against Democrats.

But Schroeder makes other very salient points, such as the fact that plenty of people have pastors that they don’t agree with fully, he himself admitting that most of the time he disagrees with his own spiritual advisor.  This is the point that many people attempting to defend Obama make; that Wright’s the wacky uncle that Obama disagrees with a lot but still loves and respects as family.  Hell, I got a family member or two like that.

But what seems more important in this post is how cautious Schroeder and Lowell Brown who provides commentary further down seem to be.  What they hint at is the possible problem that faces the right should they go after Wright too much; namely that we Democrats are not the only ones with some kooky pastors sermonizing our ranks.

In truth, the right takes a big risk pursuing Wright beyond a certain point.  Was what he said inappropriate?  Yup, but if the right ties Obama too closely to Wright, even after the denunciations, even after removing the man from his campaign, even after doing just about everything Obama could do, then the right risks having that same treatment being visited again up it.

And let’s face it, they got plenty of whackjob holy men that we can beat them about the head neck and shoulders with.  If Obama is not allowed to gracefully distance himself from Wright, then McCain is not allowed to distance himself from the disturbing anti-Catholic rhetoric of Hagee, and the anti-Islamic rhetoric of Rod Parsley.  Think about the many times Pat Robertson has put his foot in his mouth, or the more disgusting assertions made by the late Jerry Falwell.

In other words, the rights pitbull like latching onto the Wright story opens the door for a revalidation of every criticism of the religious right and its influence within the Republican Party.  By sheer numbers, Republicans would lose that battle.

This is not to excuse Wright for what he’s said, but it is a point to say that Obama has done just about everything he can regarding Wright, on top of deliering what many believe to be an incredibly important speech tonight in Philadelphia, and it’s about time for people to let this whole thing drop.

One Response to “The Right’s Problem With Wright”

  1. Marlowecan says:

    Obvious problem with this argument is that the Democrats and the media invariably link Republican candidates to wacko pastors/groups…no matter how remote the connection. George Bush gave one speech at Bob Jones U. and was never able to live it down.

    Given that Obama is far, far closer to Wright than McCain to Hagee…there is no downside to nailing the one with the other for the GOP.

    Of course you want the “whole thing to drop”…but it is too valuable to the GOP to let go.

    I would point out that it was apparently McCain operatives who were shopping the Wright video about last week…not HRC’s.

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