Andrew Sullivan launches a preemptive attack on Obama’s critics [Karl]
Excitable Andy is just so excitable that he could not wait for Barack Obama to give his speech on race issues before suggesting that anyone who does not buy it is a racist:
Today will be a crucial day. It will be a day when we will discover if America’s racial environment – and the emotions and feelings and anger and fears that it entails – can allow for a black man – with all that entails – to become president.
And Obama’s 20-year relationship with the noxious and hateful Rev. Wright?Ã‚Â It’s a black thing; you wouldn’t understand:
And so there is a difference, pace Jonah, between a white charlatan like Robertson who chooses to demonize minorities in the name of Jesus and a pastor like Wright who vents rage against a majority that has, in the not-so-distant past, given African-Americans every reason to be angry. And there is a difference between a white politician (like Bush) who seeks to enjoy the support of a Robertson without ever challenging his ugly dimensions and a black politician who, while remaining in a congregation like Wright’s, nonetheless has written and spoken as movingly as anyone in my lifetime about the need for racial reconciliation and understanding.
But whoÃ‚Â never challenged Rev. Wright andÃ‚Â remains a member of the church.Ã‚Â I have much more on that, but — unlike Sully — I prefer to actually listen to what Obama has to say before pronouncing judgment on it.
Bonus: That is the second post in as many days in which Sully has checked the “much of Wright’s worldview I find repugnant” box.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â But in yesterday’s post, Sullivan admitted that his “knowledge of the tradition from which he springs is limited.”Ã‚Â Ã‚Â It may be that byÃ‚Â day’s end, he will lack that excuse.