Sunday, March 16, 2008

Obama Pastorizes Campaign

It's been a rough couple of weeks for him in terms of neutralizing potentially campaign-killing trouble makers. His own supporters can be his campaign's worst enemies. It was wife Michelle two weeks back that said she has never been proud of America till now, then the NAFTA message mix-up, the association with slum lord Tony Rezko rekindled in the news, and lately Obama's spiritual advisor was dismissed from the campaign because he mouthed off. Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., told a church congregation, him a Pastor, "No, not God bless America, God damn America."

In his tirade denouncing Hillary Clinton, Pastor Wright also said America had brought the September 11 attacks upon itself.

So Obama had to distance himself from his pastor and friend's comments. But the association with a person who gave a racially charged sermon leaves more questions and doubts about the candidate's background. What other questionable relationships did he or does he have with "racy" people? What are his real attitudes and values?

This week Hillary also had to put a big supporter out to pasture. Geraldine Ferraro made controversial remarks asserting that the only reason Obama is so popular is because he is black. Hillary appeared a few days later to douse that fire as well. They both have had glitches with their supporters. The difference though is that Hillary is much more familiar to the public than he, so each new negative tie he has is a liability which when compounded in a short time span can mortally infect his presidential pursuit.

There's plenty more to learn about him. Obama just might have to continue pasteurizing this campaign because who knows what else lies beneath the surface.

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