Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Right on Wright

While Barack Obama may have done his best to distance himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, I’m pretty sure that we have not heard the last about him and that his words and visage will remain a fixture in the campaign, especially if Sen. Obama is the Democratic nominee.

This will be assured by the Republicans and the McCain campaign for one simple reason: what would they rather talk about? How the Bush administration turned a budget surplus into a huge deficit? How they lost over 4,000 American soldiers fighting a war that was based on lies and cooked intelligence? How they turned our constitutional protections into an ironic mockery? How they approved torture and turned us into a rogue nation? How they coerced telecom companies into spying on American citizens and tried to buy them off with promises of immunity from criminal liability? Or would you rather keep running clips of a crazy ranting preacher? The choice is clear.

The righties will do everything they possibly can to make Jeremiah Wright the issue, all the while giving a pass to an equally odious man of the cloth, John Hagee. The difference, of course, is that Rev. Hagee was not Mr. McCain’s preacher for twenty years. In fact, Sen. McCain probably never heard of the guy until his campaign actively sought him out and asked for his endorsement in order to suck up to the Religious Reich. And besides, John Hagee is white. White evangelical preachers can get away with calling Hurricane Katrina and AIDS instruments of God’s wrath against gays, or label the Roman Catholic church the great whore and barely raise an eyebrow, but let a black preacher suggest some equally crazy ideas about 9/11 and AIDS and blame it on the white establishment and all hell breaks loose. Just another day in IOKIYAR-land.

So the righties are going to spend the next six months talking about petty bullshit like Rev. Wright and flag pins and arugula and Hillary’s pantsuits so they don’t have to talk about the war, health care, education, gasoline prices, the recession, the deficit, food shortages, gay rights, global warming, and the many other things that really matter. They know that if they actually have to talk about those issues, they lose.