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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Democrats Doing Republicans A Huge Favor With Liberals' Obsession With Jeremiah Wright

By Susan Duclos

The other day the New York Times did Republicans a huge favor by highlighting a story breathlessly reporting that a proposal was made, (rejected for the record) to spotlight Barack Obama's 20 year relationship with the his former controversial pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

(Wright is infamous for his "god damn America sermon, preaching racism and saying that the 9/11 terror attack against America was the "chickens coming home to roost", among other things)

Liberals had a freakfest over it, despite the fact that in 2008, Obama himself said Wright being his pastor was a "legitimate political issue", slapping out headline after headline pushing Wright back into the forefront of voters minds.

I said at that time:

On behalf of conservatives, Thank you NYT and thank you Balloon Juice and thank you Alan Colmes and every other liberal that wrote about it.
 Being the helpful oafs that they are, liberal Democrats have decided to continue to spotlight Jeremiah Wright's relationship with Barack Obama, starting with David Axelrod sending out a fundraising pitch to Obama supporters citing that rejected proposal, which made headlines again, (CNN)  followed up by Nancy Pelosi defending that fundraising appeal, again, a headline. (ABC News)

Other Jeremiah Wright related news is the publishing of of portions of a three hour interview of Wright by Edward Klein, the writer of the recently published unauthorized biography of Barack Obama titled "The Amateur." (Audio clips can be heard at The Blaze.)

Wright revealed that in 2010, he was asked by University of Chicago emeritus professor Martin Marty, not to publish his notes that he keeps in a box, of the firestorm that hit in 2008, until after the 2012 election. Marty confirmed Wrights recollection.

When Klein asked more about the box, Wright revealed that in 2008 Eric Whitaker, a close friend of President Obama's, offered him a substantial sum of money to stay quiet about his relationship with Obama until after the '08 election.

"What's in the box?" asked Klein.

"An email offering me money not to preach at all between the explosion of the media the first week in March [2008] and the November election," answered Wright.

"An email from whom?" Klein asked.

"One of his friends."

"Whitaker?" asked Klein.




According to Klein, Whitaker's offer, which was made through an intermediary at Wright's Trinity United Church of Christ, was $150,000.  Wright declined. Wright also said that some time after he received Whitaker's email, he spoke one-on-one with Obama, who did not offer him any money.

"Was [Obama] aware that Eric Whitaker had offered you money?" asked Klein.

"I don't know," said Wright.  "I didn't mention that."

"But he asked you not to appear at the NAACP or the -- "

"National Press Club," added Wright.

"Those two things?"

"No -- and don't do any more public speaking."

"What did you say to him?"

"I said, how am I supposed to support my family?" Wright said.  "I have a daughter and a granddaughter in college whose tuitions I pay.  I've got to earn money.  He said, 'Well, I really wish you wouldn't.  The press is gonna eat you alive.'"

"And that's all he said?  Just that?"

"Yes, that's all he said about my not speaking," Wright answered.  "I really wish you wouldn't.  It's gonna hurt the campaign if you do that."

Looks like conservatives owe thanks to more people. Davix Axelrod, Nancy Pelosi and Jeremiah Wright.

By jumping the gun on the proposal, liberals, in what some consider desperation, ended up doing what the GOP establishment was leery of doing and that is bringing Wright back into the front page news.

At this point conservatives are going to have to start sending liberals, Pelosi, NYT, Wright, and Axelrod, gift baskets in bulk!!