Barack Obama, in a statement posted this afternoon at the Huffington Post, tries to thread the needle. He “strongly condemn[s]” the “inflammatory and appalling remarks” uttered by his longtime pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright... while defending the man as a community leader, a scholar and an ex-Marine (?).
This won’t end the controversy. Indeed, the Clinton campaign now has a license to confront Obama – legitimately – on his close ties to a man rooted in the resentful rhetoric of black nationalism and the radical-left doctrines of “liberation theology.”
And even if Hillary doesn’t go the “Sister Souljah” route, the Republicans surely will bang this gong from now till the end of time.
See what that played-out Mau Mau shit’ll get you? You can’t expect white folks in Sheboygan to comprehend the nuances of the black-nationalist critique of America.
For all the commenters who’ve complained that Obama hasn’t yet been “tested” in this campaign... well, he now has a No. 2 pencil in hand. The test has begun.