Lie down with dogs...
... get up with fleas. Conservative operative Andrew "Bareback Andy" Sullivan, early Obama endorser, explains to Obama what he's got to do to win. It's an old, old, game with these guys, isn't it?
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. That is not what this election needs to be about; and Wright's massive, racially divisive and, yes, bitter provocation requires a proportionate response.
We need a speech or statement from Obama in which he utterly repudiates this poison...
That's going to be hard, given how Obama's already smeared the Clintons as racists.
.... however personally difficult that may be, however damaging the impact will be. The statement today will not do it. This is no longer about cynics trying to associate one man's politics with another. It is now about Wright attempting to
associate himself and some of his noxious, stupid, rancid views with the likely Democratic nominee. Wright has given Obama no choice - and he has also given him another opportunity. He needs to seize it.
I always love it when Republicans explain to Democrats how to win; it's cute, as long as you don't pay any attention to it. Sullivan's already thrown the generational apple of discord into the race, so he must be looking for more damage to do.
And I remember--can't, no, won't go find the link -- how excited the bright young things over at The Obama 527 The Used To Be Daily Kos were when Andrew Sullivan--"Andrew Sullivan!"--endorsed Obama. Back in the days before the Unity Pony heaved unde the bus and then sold off to the glue factory.