The Note: Wright's Stuff

Who believes in coincidences? The New York Daily News' Errol Louis points out that Monday's National Press Club event was organized by Barbara Reynolds, an ordained minister and former USA Today editorial board member.

"It also turns out that Reynolds -- introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club 'who organized' the event -- is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter," Louis writes. "I don't know if Reynolds' eagerness to help Wright stage a disastrous news conference with the national media was a way of trying to help Clinton -- my queries to Reynolds by phone and e-mail weren't returned yesterday -- but it's safe to say she didn't see any conflict between promoting Wright and supporting Clinton."

The silence from Clinton and Sen. John McCain tells you what you need to know about the political fallout. "Hillary Clinton and John McCain unwrapped the gift of Barack Obama's former pastor in private Monday, letting the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's words do the work for them," Michael McAuliff writes in the New York Daily News.

The right likes Wright: "The Rev. Jeremiah Wright has taken Barack Obama's critically acclaimed race speech in Philadelphia, ripped it into bits, and tossed it in the air to serve as confetti for his parade through the media," National Review's Rich Lowry writes.

"If Rev. Wright continues to talk, the burden that Sen. Obama carries gets bigger and bigger," former House speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., told ABC's Barbara Walters on "Good Morning America" Tuesday.

Sabotage? "Rev. Wright's actually a very angry person," Gingrich said. "He's angry at Sen. Obama for trying to be disingenuous."

"The Rev. Jeremiah Wright went to Washington on Monday not to praise Barack Obama, but to bury him," New York Times columnist Bob Herbert writes.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson offers Obama advice: "Politically, by surfacing now, he was throwing Barack Obama under the bus," he writes. "Sadly, it's time for Obama to return the favor."

Ditto The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan: "Obama needs not just to distance himself from Wright's views; he needs to disown him at this point. Wright himself, it seems to me, has become part of what Obama is fighting against: the boomer, Vietnam era's obsession with its red-blue, white-black, pro and anti-America fixations."

Wright stays publicly silent on Tuesday, but the North Carolina GOP fills the void by finally airing its new ad -- in a masterstroke of slow-rollout marketing, since the ad still appears to lack that quaint proposition known colloquially as a real budget.

Yet anti-Obama money is flowing: "Republicans now are ready to place a $500,000 bet that Obama will be a heavy burden on down-ballot Democrats," Politico's Josh Kraushaar reports. "That's the approximate amount of advertising purchased so far by the National Republican Congressional Committee and GOP allies to link Democratic congressional hopefuls in Mississippi and Louisiana to their party's potential presidential nominee."

But it's worth remembering that, since Wright's more inflammatory snippets became public six weeks ago, Obama has added 45 superdelegate endorsements, compared to Clinton's 11, per ABC's political unit. Since Super Tuesday, the tally is 84-14.

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