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Romney gets Wright Wrong

18 May. 2012 Posted by Mr. Curmudgeon in Mr. Curmudgeon

As you’ve probably noticed, President Obama has wrapped himself and his ideology in the cloak of religion.

“I hear politicians talking about values in an election year,” said the president in a Vermont campaign stop last May. “Let me tell you about values. Hard work, personal responsibility — those are values. But looking out for one another, that’s a value. The idea that we’re all in this together. I am my brother’s keeper. I am my sister’s keeper. That’s a value.”

Actually, the reference Obama makes is a Biblical reminder that a family is responsible for one another. As I recall the Old Testament story, Cain was angry that God favored his brother Abel, finding his sacrifices more pleasing, and rewarding him with abundant crops and prosperity. In a fit of jealousy and rage, Cain killed his brother. When God later asked Cain the whereabouts of Abel, Cain flippantly answered with a question: “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

The Biblical reference Obama misused was intended to shame Cain for perpetrating history’s first class-warfare inspired murder.

That begs the question: “Where did President Obama learn his twisted version of theology?” The answer, of course, is that he took to heart the religio-politics of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, whose Trinity United Church of Christ Obama attended for twenty years.

“A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the ‘super PAC’ era and attack President Obama in ways the Republicans have so far shied away from,” said the New York Times.

What was it, you ask, that had the media all in a knot? It was a plan submitted to billionaire Joe Ricketts (founder of TD Ameritrade) to finance political ads that show the Rev. Wright as instrumental in helping Obama formulate his worldview:

“Our plan is to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do.

“Show the world how Barack Obama’s opinions of America and the world were formed. And, why the influence of that misguided mentor and our president’s formative years among left wing intellectuals has brought our country to its knees.

“The world is about to see Jeremiah Wright and understand his influence on Barack Obama for the first time in a big, attention-arresting way. He will draw the attention.”

After the Times story appeared, “… a political firefight erupted between the Obama and Mitt Romney campaigns over the [Times] report,” said the Wall Street Journal, “The Obama campaign attacked Mr. Romney Thursday morning for not quickly disavowing the proposed campaign. Mr. Romney later did, saying: ‘I repudiate that effort. I think it’s the wrong course for a PAC or a campaign. I hope that our campaigns can respectively be about the future and about issues and about a vision for America.’”

Seeing how damaging such a political ad was to the president’s re-election bid, the media – as it did in 2008 – intervened to prevent Republicans from linking Obama to his radical, race-baiting past. Romney’s quick denunciation of the Rev. Wright ad showed the GOP presidential hopeful to be as noble as was John McCain in 2008. That is to say – dumber than a brick.

The press denunciations even scared-off billionaire Ricketts. “Not only was this plan merely a proposal,” said a Ricketts spokesman in a written statement, “it reflects an approach to politics that Mr. Ricketts rejects.”

I still think America’s worsening economic depression will lose Obama the White House, but establishment Republicans are flirting with disaster by waging yet another soft, Nerf political campaign.

But I guess it’s unreasonable to expect establishment Republicans to wage a battle of ideas … when there is so little room in their very thick skulls.