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Althouse parsing the Obama transcript.--

Ann Althouse has an excellent post parsing what Barack Obama was — and was not — saying yesterday. As I indicated yesterday, Wright's betrayal of Obama is a big part of it.

Mahan Atma (mail):
What this blog really needs is more posts on Wright and Obama.
4.30.2008 12:08pm
huskerfan:
Yes please. Especially since he is the only politician that isn't honest.
4.30.2008 12:15pm
Houston Lawyer:
A very amusing link. What appears to upset Obama is that Wright is raining on his parade and relishing the attention. Wright has always wanted to play on a national stage and now he has his chance. Expect to hear a lot more from him.
4.30.2008 12:20pm
SP:
What this blog needs more of is snivelling, whining posts dictating that the owners of this blog write about certain subjects only.
4.30.2008 12:27pm
James Lindgren (mail):
Let's face it. The Obama-Wright link is the big story of the week (so far), and the mainstream press has not analyzed some angles of it. Ann's post is an interesting addition to the debate.

When there are several posts on the same public issue over a day or two, people turn to the blogs who are covering that issue.
4.30.2008 12:34pm
PLR:
Jim Lindgren has been pretty well parsed himself here.

I'm sure there will be topics about McCain if he ever says anything that isn't gibberish or rote.
4.30.2008 12:36pm
SIG357:
I'm sure there will be topics about McCain if he ever says anything that isn't gibberish or rote.


Then there will be no topics about McCain.
4.30.2008 12:39pm
wuzzagrunt (mail):
McCain's campaign has definitely benefited from the nation's attention being focused on the Democrat race, and everyone having forgotten that he exists. It won't last.
4.30.2008 12:49pm
Anon!:
I doubt any politician really gains when people forget he exists.
4.30.2008 1:07pm
wuzzagrunt (mail):
I doubt any politician really gains when people forget he exists.

Maybe not. For my part, I was never going to vote for any of the Democrats who sought the nomination. All McCain has to do, to earn my vote, is avoid invading my consciousness until November. Can he do that one little thing for me? I'll bet not.
4.30.2008 1:10pm
DiverDan (mail):
There are far too many substantive policy reasons (like his desire to neuter the Second Amendment, and his apparent economic illiteracy, just to name 2) not to like what Barack Obama believes for the Country to spend so much time on Jeremiah Wright. OK, Wright is really amusing, for the same reasons that watching Don Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are amusing. But I get this disturbing feeling of schadenfreude watching any of them -- Yes, I understand that they have been damaged by the historical realities of racism, oppression, segregation, but the operative fact today is just that they are damaged individuals, guiltily amusing in the same way that a child will chuckle under his breath at a child with Downs Syndrome.

Can we just accept that Barack Obama has shown very bad judgment in listening to Wright's rants for so very long, and in giving credence to Wright so as to give him a stage, and then move on?
4.30.2008 1:14pm
EKGlen (mail):
This subject just gets more and more fascinating the more you delve into it, doesn't it.

To paraphrase Glenn Greenwald, I sure am glad that our ship of state is in such tip-top order that we can all feel free to focus on the views of Mr. Obama's pastor.
4.30.2008 1:15pm
Smokey:
As Thomas Sowell said, John McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary Clinton or Barry Obama could convince me to vote for McCain.
4.30.2008 1:17pm
SIG357:
Not even Clinton or Obama can convice me to vote for McCain. I held my nose and voted for Bush last time. I'm through voting for people I know are terrible just because "the other" candidate in our screwy two party setup also sucks. We end up with the appearence of democracy without the substance.



To paraphrase Glenn Greenwald, I sure am glad that our ship of state is in such tip-top order that we can all feel free to focus on the views of Mr. Obama's pastor.


Your sentiment would be a lot more compelling if you were not inviting us to focus on the views of Glenn Greenwald.
4.30.2008 1:37pm
Thorley Winston (mail) (www):

What this blog needs more of is snivelling, whining posts dictating that the owners of this blog write about certain subjects only.



Actually I would much rather talk about McCain's health care proposal but I'm not a proprietor of this blog so I don't really have a say in what topics they choose to write about. Then again, I'm not paying to keep the lights on here, so I don't have much cause to complain about a service I get for free.
4.30.2008 2:12pm
Anon!:
Will Lindgren renounce his friendship with Volokh over Volokh's offensive views on child-adult sex?
4.30.2008 2:21pm
The Unbeliever:
Can we just accept that Barack Obama has shown very bad judgment in listening to Wright's rants for so very long, and in giving credence to Wright so as to give him a stage, and then move on?

Sure, if Obama supporters concede the point that he shows a pattern of very bad judgement in the "little" things. That way we can have a common starting point when we start talking about the big issues a President must consider.

And of course we may wish to reserve the right to bring up Wright and liberation theology if Obama strays into identity politics again.
4.30.2008 2:25pm
James Lindgren (mail):

Will Lindgren renounce his friendship with Volokh over Volokh's offensive views on child-adult sex?

I know that Volokh is a sometimes "controversial" pastor, but I don't think I was in church on the day that he preached that sermon. I didn't even read about it in a Rolling Stone article.

I remember reading a post of Volokh's on whether Justice Ginsburg advocated the legality of child-adult sex. That seemed pretty sane (as I recall).

Enlighten me on what views I need to "denounce" or "disown."

Jim Lindgren
4.30.2008 2:36pm
Anon!:
[parody]
4.30.2008 2:40pm
EIDE_Interface (mail):

SP:
What this blog needs more of is snivelling, whining posts dictating that the owners of this blog write about certain subjects only.


Exactly. Volokh Conspiracy writers should indulge their childish whims. After all, shouldn't every blog be like Daily Kos?
4.30.2008 2:53pm
Duffy Pratt (mail):
What this blog needs is more Dancing Bears
4.30.2008 5:28pm
Kevin!:
Wow, more boring posts on Obama just like on every single other right/center-right blog.

And a Kudlow-esque blockquote of financial news already on the front of CNN.

Even the pro-Obama post was just blockquoting somebody.

You're boring. If you can't say something interesting, don't bother. And blockquoting someone else doesn't count.
4.30.2008 6:00pm
Gordo:
I've never read Ann Althouse before (heard of her though). After reading her pathetic and, dare I say it "bitter" fisking of Obama, I don't think I'll be reading her again.
4.30.2008 8:08pm