Team Clinton Hits Obama on Wright

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 20, 2008 9:11am

Writing on the Huffington Post website, high-profile Hillary Clinton surrogate Lanny Davis calls Barack Obama’s speech on race "brilliant" and then pushes the Rev, Wright story.

"I personally regarded many of Rev. Wright’s sermons as filled with hate words and bigoted generalizations base on race (in this case, all Whites)," Davis writes. "One could even call them racist. His remarks post-9/11 were nothing short of reckless and unforgiveable." (sic)

Then the push:

"But many people, including Obama supporters, may still have two questions that Senator Obama’s speech did not sufficiently answer, at least in my opinion. And, for any Democrat whose priority is to win back the White House in 2008, they need to be answered now — because, if Senator Obama ends up the party’s nominee (I am a supporter of Senator Clinton’s) — for sure Senator McCain will insist they be answered in the fall."

Davis says the questions are the following:

"1. If a white minister preached sermons to his congregation and had used the ‘N’ word and used rhetoric and words similar to members of the KKK, would you support a Democratic presidential candidate who decided to continue to be a member of that congregation?

"2. Would you support that candidate if, after knowing of or hearing those sermons, he or she still appointed that minister to serve on his or her ‘Religious Advisory Committee’ of his or her presidential campaign?"

Davis then pushes reporters to press Obama on these questions.

Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson told The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder that Davis’s op-ed was not officially sanctioned by the campaign.

I agree that the race speech didn’t settle some of these questions, but I don’t know that Rev. Wright using the N word is equivalent to a member of the Ku Klux Klan using it.

What do you think?

- jpt

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