Wright's Reappearance Is Good News for Obama

Controversial pastor distancing himself from beleaguered candidate
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 7:27 PM CDT
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Jeremiah Wright’s return to the limelight looks bad for Barack Obama at first blush, but in fact it may be helping the hopeful:

  • Wright is distancing himself from Obama (and mocking his role as a “spiritual advisor”) as he redirects attention to the black church, Christopher Beam writes on Slate.

  • Wright is calling any white-on-black attack essentially racist, writes Henry Payne in the National Review. "It’s a black thing—you can’t possibly understand," Payne writes.
  • Obama supporters may worry about Wright, but they're glad he is "publicly breaking up" with the hopeful, Marc Ambinder writes in the Atlantic. Wright is also reminding the media to police campaign racism.
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