For months, Republicans have been searching for a smoking gun that would firmly tie Barack Obama to a radical to illustrate how out of step he is with most of America.
Guess what? That radical is the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Unlike Obama’s association with admitted terrorist William Ayers, no one can say Obama’s relationship with Wright was tangential. By his own account, over a period of 20 years, Obama considered Wright not only his minister but his mentor, sounding board, friend, and adviser. When the mainstream media last March finally began running stories on Wright after Newsmax had done so for two and a half months, Obama said Wright was like an uncle.
“I can no more disown him than I can disown the black community,” Obama said.
On the Sunday following 9/11, Wright characterized the terrorist attacks as a consequence of violent American policies. Four years later, Wright suggested that the attacks were retribution for America’s racism.
Wright has said America created the AIDS virus to kill off blacks. He gave an award for lifetime achievement to Louis Farrakhan. He has equated Zionism with racism and has compared Israel with South Africa under its previous policy of apartheid.
“We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty,” Wright has said. “God d— America!” Wright has shouted.
To those who say Obama did not really believe in Wright’s views, I say: Would you listen to such hatred without walking out? Even among the most liberal Democrats who are my friends or family members, the answer is always the same: No.
Dick Morris has said John McCain needs to run ads reminding voters of Wright's connection to Obama. Sarah Palin told Bill Kristol that the fact Obama didn't get up and walk out says something about his character.
“I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country...” she said.
But last summer, McCain ruled out bringing up Wright in his campaign, which he said would be “respectful.” McCain at other times has said he considers Wright a religious issue. But there is nothing religious about Wright’s racist hate speech.
More recently, McCain held a conference call with Jewish leaders. During the call, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the founder of the Lincoln Square Synagogue in New York and now the city rabbi of Efrat in Israel, said Obama is “obviously comfortable” with the views of Wright, whom Riskin described as anti-American, anti-Israel, and anti-Jewish. He noted that until Obama finally severed his relationship with him, he and his wife Michelle had been contributing over $20,000 a year to Wright’s church.
The rabbi asked McCain why he was not raising Wright as an issue and running ads featuring him. According to one participant, McCain said it would be a waste of time, since “everyone knows about Wright.”
I beg to differ. The National Republican Trust PAC has started running ads tying Obama to Wright. The clips of Wright denouncing America are devastating.
Wright holds the key to what Obama is all about, demonstrating his attraction to a left wing, anti-American agenda. At this point, given the economic downturn, Wright could also be the key to McCain winning the election.
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via
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