FactCheck smacks down false DNC ad accusations against McCain

Two ads – several big distortions. FactCheck has the ads, the context, and the correct facts and figures here.

I guess asking for a teensie weensie bit of honesty out of the Democratic party campaign season is asking too much.

In related Dem party news, Marc Ambinder blogged earlier today about the latest proposal by Michigan Dems to try and resolve their delegate dilemma. I don’t think it’s going to fly, primarily because it appears to benefit Obama way more than it does Clinton. She would only net about 10 delegates out of the deal, whereas if the results stood as is she’d net 18. Ambinder reports that the Obama camp is saying they’ll review the proposal.

No word yet from the Clinton campaign.

DNC Chair Howie Dean thinks he’s going to be able to resolve the FL and MI mess by June. I don’t see it happening.

Obama goes off on Rev. Wright

Now this is more like it.

I’m busy this afternoon, but will have more commentary on this later.

Update – 7:17 PM: I just got done watching both his opening statement and the answers he gave earlier today to the press about Rev. Wright’s speech to the NPC yesterday. I don’t want to overanalyze it, as most of what I’d write I’ve already said before, but it’s clear that Barack Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright has changed – and what has caused it has been the national outcry over not just the sermon clips the news media repeatedly aired a few weeks ago, but the renewed interest in the story thanks to Rev. Wright’s “Look at Me 2008″ tour, where clearly Wright’s concern has not been about Barack Obama, but instead about how much free publicity he can get from the press.

In Obama’s statement and Q&A session, his biggest issue was the fact that the Rev. was hurting his campaign. That’s understandable, considering Wright has for all intents thrown Obama under the bus by continuing to stir the pot. Reading between the lines of what Obama said today, I got the impression that his deepest regret was that he couldn’t convince the Rev. to keep a low profile from now until the election. He even went so far as to assert that the man we heard yesterday at the NPC is not the man he met 20 years ago.

Horsecrap. This is about as believable as him stating when the sermon clips started getting widespread attention that he wasn’t in church on the days the controversial sermons were made. Obama also told the press today that one thing Wright was correct about was that he was never Obama’s spiritual mentor. WTH? Obama has highly praised Wright on more than one occasion (primarily before he became the front runner), and wrote a book and a popular speech which he pointed out more than once were inspired by his pastor. For him to try and claim now that Wright’s and his relationship wasn’t particularly close after all that is an insult to the intelligence of anyone who has paid attention to Obama in this race and who cares about a candidate’s trustworthiness and honesty.

It also sounds similar to the stunt he tried to pull at the much-discussed ABC News debate, where he tried to boil down his association with Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers as insignificant, asserting that Ayers was just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood.” And someone correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t what he said today about the black church and how it’s not being represented by radicals like Rev. Wright a direct contradiction to what he said in his Philly speech? I’ll have to go back and read the transcript.

I could go on and on, but someday someone out there is going to compile a list – in book form – of all the contradictory statements Obama has made about his relationship with Rev. Wright.

The bottom line is that Obama thought his big speech on race in Philadelphia over a month ago was going to be the end of him having to answer for Rev. Wright, and he figured that the mediots – who had shielded him as much as they credibly could prior to that, would move on. They gladly would have, had it not been for the self-centered Rev. Wright’s latest round of “fiery” speeches and interviews, where he paints Obama as a politican who speaks out of both sides of his mouth, and continues to portray this great nation as full of nothing but white oppressors. Naturally, that is going make headlines.

Obama sounded upset today in his presser. He should have been, but more so with himself than Wright. Had he as forcefully denounced Rev Wright when this story first broke weeks ago as he did today, then maybe he wouldn’t be in the position he’s found himself in again as it relates to his “former” pastor. He couldn’t find a way to put a positive spin on Rev. Wright’s latest hateful remarks like he did the last time, couldn’t convince the Rev. to keep it on the down low at least until the election was over, so he was left with no choice but to come out swinging the second time around.

Obama made his own bed over Rev. Wright, and now he has to lay in it – or, as Steve Sailor pointedly notes, lie in it.

Related: Gotta give Obama credit where it’s due on his response to the calls for violence in NYC after the Sean Bell ruling.

Is Rev. Wright deliberately trying to hurt Obama’s campaign?

Newt Gingrich thinks so:

ABC News’ Nitya Venkataraman Reports: In a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., suggested that controversial pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright is angry with parishioner Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and may be deliberately trying to hurt his presidential bid.

Saying that Wright “went out of his way to weaken Obama” during Monday’s address at the National Press Club, Gingrich told Barbara Walters “I think Reverend Wright has a greater interest in his self-importance.”

Gingrich described Obama former pastor as “hard-line anti-American”, and said “if Rev. Wright continues to talk that the burden that Sen. Obama carries becomes bigger and bigger. ”

Gingrich described Obama’s challenges as “two-fold”, citing “left-wing relationships” calling the Illinois senator “disingenuous” about them.

The full interview can be viewed here.

I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that Wright may be making a conscious attempt at stalling Obama’s campaign, for the reasons Newt mentioned, plus one I don’t know if he did or not since I haven’t watched the interview: I think in Wright’s mind, an Obama loss in the general would “prove” him right about America’s supposed “racist” attitudes towards black people – in spite of the fact that he is winning over rich white liberals in states all across the country. The Rev. is a narcissistic type who doesn’t think he’s wrong about anything and it would be a feather in his cap to be “proven” right about a black man’s chances at getting elected president in America. Ironically, if Obama doesn’t get elected president, part of the reason why will be because of the lack of good judgment he exercised while sitting in the pews of TUCC for 20 years listening to his racist spiritual mentor’s rantings and ravings about how awful this country is, and not speaking up about it.

In other words, those same “racist” voters Wright believes would never elect a black man as president may be the same voters who reject Wright’s very real racism by casting a vote for Obama’s opponent, seeing Obama’s silence in the face of the Rev’s rants for 20 years as essentially condoning them.

It could be a self-fulfilling prophecy for Wright … sort of.

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