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Is this Hillary's moment?

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29 April 2008 09:31

The best explanation I have read of why Hillary Clinton refuses to recognise the inevitable and just drop out of the race for the Democratic nomination (and I can't recall where I read it) is that she is convinced Obama is a weak candidate. She thinks (or hopes) this will become plain to Democrats as the primary process continues, and she wants to have her political organisation in place when he falls. Dropping out now would just open things up for Al Gore if Obama implodes.

'Implosion', though, suggests something sudden and dramatic. Maybe we're seeing a slower but equally deadly phenomenon in the person of Obama's former pastor,  Rev. Jeremiah Wright. The latest installment of that drama has just played out with Wright's remarks to the National Press Club. Some highlights:

His claim that the September 11 attacks mean "America's chickens are coming home to roost"?

Wright defended it: "Jesus said, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' You cannot do terrorism on other people and expect it never to come back on you. Those are biblical principles, not Jeremiah Wright bombastic divisive principles."

His views on Farrakhan and Israel? "Louis said 20 years ago that Zionism, not Judaism, was a gutter religion. He was talking about the same thing United Nations resolutions say, the same thing now that President Carter's being vilified for and Bishop Tutu's being vilified for. And everybody wants to paint me as if I'm anti-Semitic because of what Louis Farrakhan said 20 years ago. He is one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century; that's what I think about him. . . . Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy. He did not put me in chains, he did not put me in slavery, and he didn't make me this color."

He denounced those who "can worship God on Sunday morning, wearing a black clergy robe, and kill others on Sunday evening, wearing a white Klan robe." He praised the communist Sandinista regime of Nicaragua. He renewed his belief that the government created AIDS as a means of genocide against people of color ("I believe our government is capable of doing anything").

Veteran Time magazine political journalist Joe Klein says:

Wright's purpose now seems quite clear: to aggrandize himself--the guy is going to be a go-to mainstream media source for racial extremist spew, the next iteration of Al Sharpton--and destroy Barack Obama.

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