When I was in grade school, a man from Egypt visited our church in Minneapolis. He got on stage in the parish hall and showed slides and talked about his country. He had skin of that nut brown shade common to the Mideast.
“That’s the color Jesus probably was,” my mother said to me. Such innocence. Such common sense.
In his March 17 column on National Review Online, John Derbyshire wrote that the recently publicized sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the pastor of the church Barack Obama has attended with his family for some 20 years “will kill Barack Obama’s prospects of becoming our 44th President stone dead.”
Among many other things, Wright says that “the Romans were Italians, so they were white, they were Europeans…and they ruled over Jesus’s country. Jesus was black.” And, “This just came to me in the last couple of weeks, y’all.”
The Rev.’s sermons, put out as an advertisement for the Trinity United Church of Christ, a kind of “greatest hits” album, as it were, have suddenly appeared in all kinds of news media.
Just the other morning, I saw the “No, no, not God bless America, God damn America” clip on New England Cable News in the waiting room of a dentist’s office. You can’t get any more down market than NECN. If the Rev. Wright is there, he’s everywhere. .
Importantly, Derbyshire did not say Obama would now lose a general election. In fact, the Rev. Wright’s inflammatory anti-American, anti-white sermons will persuade a marginal number of important voters not to support Obama, and that will be enough.
Who are these voters?
A COUPLE OF weeks back, when the whole superdelegate issue was first being jousted about, we visited my favorite Republican, Wendy Wakeman, and her husband Brad. Wendy served as our town’s chair of its board of selectmen, and has worked as a Republican consultant on campaigns.
We started talking almost right away about the Obama-Clinton race. I said I thought it likely that Sen. Clinton would find a way to manipulate the superdelegate vote in her favor, no matter what the outcome of the primaries.
“See, what nobody says is, that’s what superdelegates are for,” Wendy said.
American politics and government are chock-a-block with such mechanisms, various slow-downs, take-a-second-looks. In Wendy’s view, the superdelegates are supposed to vote for the party’s mainstream, for its establishment. That prevents a party from being run away with by a candidate of some momentary enthusiasm.
Like it or not, the Democratic Party has been under Clinton control since 1992. And they have not shied away from using that control.
ALL THIS PUTS Barack Obama sharply on the spot. Shelby Steele described Obama as “a bargainer” — a black man who makes an implicit bargain not to challenge white people.
Now, as a 20-year parishioner of Rev. Wright’s, Obama doesn’t look like a bargainer any more. He looks like a dissembler.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online