Friday, August 8, 2008

Gotta Give Credit Where It's Due

Jake Tapper at ABC News has distinguished himself with his tough, fair and even-handed reporting on both the Obama and McCain campaigns. In being as tough on Obama as he has been on McCain, Tapper has been the exception that proves the rule about the MSM being in the tank for Obama.

So I have to follow Tapper's excellent lead and give credit to Obama for denouncing race-baiting and borderline anti-Semitism by an African-American Democrat in a primary in Tennessee. Obama said, "These incendiary and personal attacks have no place in our politics, and will do nothing to help the good people of Tennessee."

Obama has done the right thing here, at the risk of alienating some of his core supporters, so it's well worth noting.

It raises all the more keenly the question of what this extraordinarily intelligent, educated man was thinking in keeping company with the radical, arguably racist and anti-Semitic Reverend Wright of Trinity United Church for twenty years. Ignorance simply cannot plausibly be Obama's excuse, and the remaining explanation of cynical political calculation lasting two decades disgusts me.

Would that Obama had shown the sort of moral courage with Reverend Wright he has shown today!

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