"Mr. Obama, of course, is in the midst of a chiefly political crisis. No one honestly believes he shares his minister's rage, or his political and racial beliefs, which have been seen all over cable news and reveal a deep disgust with America. Mr. Obama's fault, rather, was to maintain a two-decade entanglement with Mr. Wright without ever seeming to harbor qualms about the causes espoused by his mentor and spiritual guide."
"And the cause of all this human misery? Why, 'a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many.'
Mr. Obama's villains, in other words, are the standard-issue populist straw men of Wall Street and the GOP, and his candidacy is a vessel for liberal policy orthodoxy -- raise taxes, 'invest' more in social programs, restrict trade, retreat from Iraq.
Needless to say, this is not an agenda rooted in bipartisanship or even one that has captured a national Presidential majority in more than 40 years. It would be unfortunate if Mr. Obama's candidacy were toppled by racial neuroses, and his speech yesterday may have prevented that. But it also revealed the extent to which his ideas are neither new nor transcendent."
Despite what the "progressives" (especially at Cone's) would like you to believe, "The Speech" was an elementary effort toward political damage control. It probably backfired, and has damaged him among moderate Dems and independents, whether the "progressives" want to admit it, or not.
More, from IBD:
"Rather than break ties with his demagogic, anti-American pastor, Barack Obama used a speech on race to excuse his behavior and sweep the controversy under the rug. Passing the buck is not very presidential."
"The rest of Obama's speech was spent explaining and rationalizing hate such as Wright's rather than denouncing it. Wright's words 'reflect the complexities of race in this country that we've never really worked through,' the result of which has been 'a cycle of violence, blight and neglect' still haunting America."
"The Speech" was not about race. It was clearly about politics.
It's just a sign that Obama's poor judgment will continue to haunt him, and may well have destroyed his chance of becoming President, despite what the "progressives", once again, would like you to believe.