Does Jeremiah Wright Matter in This Election?

Jeremiah WrightJeremiah Wright is back in the news again.

The former pastor of President Obama made headlines back in 2008, when inflammatory remarks he'd made in his sermons about racism and September 11th were uncovered by the media. Mr. Obama already had distanced himself from Rev. Wright at that point, but some worried that the pastor's topics had influenced the future president's outlook.

Despite those concerns, Barack Obama won the presidency and Jeremiah Wright faded back into the woodwork.

Until now.

The New York Times has revealed a $10 million Republican proposal to launch a series of attack ads reminding voters of the Obama-Wright connection.

And so this week, we're asking our political bloggers this question: Does Jeremiah Wright matter in the upcoming election?

They'll be giving us their answers all week long. In the meantime, though, what do you think?



From a purely objective perspective, an ad campaign about Jeremiah Wright seems like a tremendous waste of cash. President Obama has had nothing to do with Wright for years, the dirt on Wright is already out there, and despite this, Obama already was elected to office once with no problem.

Republicans seem aware of this -- After the New York Times published its story, Mitt Romney publicly spoke out against the proposal, as did billionaire Joe Ricketts, the man said to be considering funding the attack ad campaign.

If anything, the resurrection of the Jeremiah Wright story would seem to illustrate the problem Republicans are having when it comes to uncovering any problems with Mr. Obama's past. Morally, he seems as unblemished as Mitt Romney, and if Jeremiah Wright is the best anyone can dig up on him, then good for the President. (Remember, for example, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush's pasts? Phew!)

Hopefully, the candidates' rather boring backgrounds mean that both parties will end up addressing the real issue when it comes to this election:  the economy.

Here's what our political bloggers have to say on the topic:

Hushing Talk of Jeremiah Wright Is Racist & Shows Media Bias

Nothing Right About Jeremiah Wright

The Story About the Jeremiah Wright Story

Jeremiah Wright's 'God Damn America' Preaching Is Kind of a Big Deal

Jeremiah Wright: Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures


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