The racist, ultra-left wing, anti-American rantings of Dr. Jeremiah Wright , who's been Obama's pastor since 1992, is becoming a real problem for him.
He may still be able to win the Democratic presidential nomination, and it seems likely he will. But his association with this Rev. Wright might still cost him this election season. McCain might not want to play hardball on this issue, but the blogosphere, talk radio, conservative 527 groups and others will get the word out. Obama will try to distance himself from the man -- actually he's been doing it already. But I'm not sure how much it will help, though.
The Wall Street Journal has a good article on this issue, called "Obama and The Minister". An interesting tidbit from the article:
Mr. Wright thundered on: "America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. . . . We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns, and the training of professional killers . . . We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against Castro and Ghadhafi . . . We put [Nelson] Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God."
His voice rising, Mr. Wright said, "We supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians and branding anybody who spoke out against it as being anti-Semitic. . . . We care nothing about human life if the end justifies the means. . . ."
Concluding, Mr. Wright said: "We started the AIDS virus . . . We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . . ."
Considering this view of America, it's not surprising that in December Mr. Wright's church gave an award to Louis Farrakhan for lifetime achievement. In the church magazine, Trumpet, Mr. Wright spoke glowingly of the Nation of Islam leader. "His depth on analysis [sic] when it comes to the racial ills of this nation is astounding and eye-opening," Mr. Wright said of Mr. Farrakhan. "He brings a perspective that is helpful and honest."