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

Posted by: ST on April 29, 2008 at 10:42 am

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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8 Responses to “Is Rev. Wright deliberately trying to hurt Obama’s campaign?”


  1. Lorica says:

    seeing Obama’s silence in the face of the Rev’s rants for 20 years as essentially condoning them.

    Amen Sister!!! Silence is acceptance. The Rev. is very much loving the limelight, and he is doing this for his own self interest. He has little to no concern for his friend Barry Obama. Otherwise he would end this foolishness. – Lorica

  2. Tom TB says:

    I’m sure the good Pastor has another book deal, and how can he go wrong? If Obama’s campaign succeeds, he takes the credit. If it crashes, back to blaming white racism!

  3. Richard says:

    When you play with fire sometimes you get burned. It’s time for Senator Obama whose been sliding through to get burned.

  4. Don L says:

    I really couldn’t care about Newt Gingrich’s comments. He has sold his soul for his own reasons but they’re not to help America. Everybody in washington seems to be available at the right purchase price.

  5. Norman says:

    I think Wright did what Judas did. Judas turned in Jesus to the Romans but in the act of doing so allowed Jesus to fulfill the crucifiction and resurrection.

    Wright deliberately caused a scene to make it easier for Obama to distance himself Wright. In other words, he sacrificed himself to help Obama get past it. Just a thought that came to me.:-?

  6. sanity says:

    I believe there may have been a parting of the ways now between BO and Wright, and it may be this distancing issue that did it.

    Remember when BO could no longer disown Wright than he could disown the black communtiy?

    That seems to have changed now….

    And perhaps Wright is getting help to be put more and more in the spotlight by supporters of Hillary….

    The Rev. Jeremiah Wright couldn’t have done more damage to Barack Obama’s campaign if he had tried. And you have to wonder if that’s just what one friend of Wright wanted.

    Shortly before he rose to deliver his rambling, angry, sarcastic remarks at the National Press Club Monday, Wright sat next to, and chatted with, Barbara Reynolds.


    It also turns out that Reynolds – introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club “who organized” the event – is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter.


    I don’t know if Reynolds’ eagerness to help Wright stage a disastrous news conference with the national media was a way of trying to help Clinton – my queries to Reynolds by phone and e-mail weren’t returned yesterday – but it’s safe to say she didn’t see any conflict between promoting Wright and supporting Clinton.

    It’s hard to exaggerate how bad the actual news conference was. Wright, steeped in an honorable, fiery tradition of Bible-based social criticism, cheapened his arguments and his movement by mugging for the cameras, rolling his eyes, heaping scorn on his critics and acting as if nobody in the room was learned enough to ask him a question.


    Could this have been set up by just an over eager Clinton supporter, or could this be a direct hand of Clinton?

    I am not sure, but I can tell you this, Clinton will definately not leave any ‘fingerprints’.

  7. SLM says:

    Could Wright be doing this to give Obama the chance to cut ties completely? It appears to be self serving, but if he ticks Obama off enough, which he has…then Obama can finally denounce him and maybe win back some votes. Just trying to make some sense and look at this from a different angle.