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Saturday, May 3, 2008

The Democrats Own Willie Horton Event; Rev. Jeremiah Wright

OK, I don't always agree with Colbert I. King at The Washington Post. But I must say, I agree with most of his recent post when he writes, " Some events in a presidential campaign turn out to be so pivotal that they can end up influencing the outcome." He points out examples like:

· The televised debates between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon in 1960.

· George McGovern's decision to drop Tom Eagleton from the Democratic ticket in 1972.

· Gerald Ford's famous declaration in a presidential debate on Oct. 6, 1976, that "there is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford administration."

· Jimmy Carter's Iranian hostage crisis in 1980.

· The 2004 book "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak out Against John Kerry."

And let's not forget the use in 1988 of political advertising featuring the black felon Willie Horton.

Comes now the latest presidential campaign development of possible historical significance: the arrival on the scene of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor.

The Chicago pastor's incendiary remarks about America, which have played endlessly in video loops, and then with his mocking, flippant, and frankly jaw-dropping performance at the National Press Club this week, have earned him a permanent place in presidential campaign folklore.

"Here stands Jeremiah Wright," reads the entry, "the preacher who single-handedly altered the course of Sen. Barack Obama's run for the White House."

AAPP: As colbert King points out, "That takes some doing." Read more of his post HERE

You can also read more of on how the Rev. Jeremiah Wright issue is playing out below:

National Press Club Articles
on the Web H/T The Washington Post - for the Link.

Rev. Wright Launches Own 24-Hr. Channel; All Wright, All the Time, Preacher Promises(Yahoo! News) 5/3/2008
The Wright stuff (Seattle Times) 5/3/2008
National Press Club to Host 'NEWSMAKER' Media Briefing on Iraq's Economic Surge (Examiner) 5/2/2008
Readers' Wright arrogant, combative (Deseret News) 5/2/2008
National Press Club to Host 'NEWSMAKER' Media Briefing on Iraq's Economic Surge(Yahoo! News) 5/2/2008
Guinness Draft Creates Washington Buzz: (StreetInsider) 5/2/2008
National Press Club to Host 'NEWSMAKER' Media Briefing on Media Freedom in Afghanistan With Saad Mohseni, Chairman, Moby Media Group (StreetInsider)
Daybook (Washington Times) 5/1/2008
National Press Club Statement on Errol Louis Story in NY Daily News (FindLaw)4/30/2008
Rev. Wright Revs Up Press Club Crowd (Roll Call) 4/29/2008
National Press Club Blogs
on the Web
Perspective, Please (MoJo Blog) 5/2/2008
Federalist Society Conference on Consumer Credit Regulation: (The Volokh Conspiracy)5/2/2008
New American Arsenal (Outside the Beltway) 5/1/2008
Wright from the Left (NRO: The Corner) 5/1/2008
"Vicious Truths" (The Daily Dish) 5/1/2008
National Press Club Video
on the Web
Roiled Obama Rips Rev. Wright (CBS News Video) 5/2/2008
Reverend Wright: White People Got No Rhythm (EVTV1 Video- News) 4/30/2008
Obama Reacts To Wright's Comments (NBC 10 Video - Local News) 4/29/2008
Washington Sketch: How to Sabotage a Presidential Campaign (Washingtonpost.com Video) 4/29/2008
Rev. Wright 'Lowered Himself' (CNN Video) 4/29/2008
National Press Club Audio
on the Web
Louisiana leader looks to the future (Minnesota Public Radio) 5/2/2008
Analysis: Rev. Wright's Comments on 'Black Church' (NPR Politics & Society) 4/29/2008 8:49:25 AM
Wright Decries 'Out of Context' Criticisms of Sermon (NPR US News) 4/28/2008
Rev. Jeremiah Wright speaks out at the National Press Club (Minnesota Public Radio)4/28/2008
Is Rev. Wright Helping or Hurting Obama? (NPR Politics & Society)

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