Hillary will be on Bill O's show tonight. It's surprising the space-time continuum is still intact, but of course Hillary doesn't do anything without a good reason so it's likely she sensed a last opportunity to pounce on a staggering opponent by talking to the the bitter, clinging crowd suspicious of hope and change. Here's a teaser from HuffPo:
O'Reilly: "You're an American citizen, I'm an American citizen, He's an American citizen, Rev. Wright. What do you think when you hear a fellow American citizen say that kind of stuff about America."So, she's offended, eh? Where was that just two days ago when she was scolding McCain:
Hillary: "Well, I take offense. I think it's offensive and outrageous. I'm going to express my opinion, others can express theirs. It is part of just, you know, an atmosphere we're in today."
"But, I regret the efforts by the Republicans to politicize this matter and I believe that if Senator McCain were serious he would do more than just send a letter..This of course in reference to the letter McCain sent to the NC Republican Party over a negative ad they aired about Wright, which oddly has now been confirmed and reinforced by none other than Barack himself. "An atmosphere we're in today", no shiite!
Perhaps Obama can now chastise McCain for not being as courageous in taking on Wright. Hey, maybe the NC GOP can remix the ad and use Obama's own words, asking voters how somebody running for president could possibly possess such poor judgment or rank naiveté, depending on which version one believes.
As to Barack's epiphany press conference blasting his former pastor who was not a mentor but who inspired his first book because he wasn't the same man 20 years ago even though he says he was, the most interesting reaction may come from the black community--especially the ones who were clapping and cheering Wright's truthiness to power tour a few days ago. So far a quick check shows some sadness, some satisfaction, some denial, and some nodding and winking. But very little outrage.
Everybody is going around in circles trying to figure out exactly what's happening with this Wright stuff (sorry), with several popular theories circulating, two of which Allahpundit has summarized here.
I'd add a couple more. How about the "Obama has already secured the black vote so now's the time to purge the Wright problem once and for all". Part of that could involve a complicit national media, who knew about Wright all along but let Barack roll on to victory after victory before springing the jeremiah-in-the-box on the public. This could also include a complicit pastor/black leaders, who knew they needed to remove the issue from the general. Thing is, the superdelegates are still uncertain (unless they waited to get their permission before opening the can).
Another theory is that Wright's working under the table for the Hillary campaign to scuttle the Obama express to preserve the civil rights industry. That would tie into Huckabee's notion that a Barack presidency would itself prove that great strides have been made in racial equality, rendering the race hustling industry redundant.
Not real sure what's going on, but it would seem Obama only comes out fine under the race-hustler conspiracy theory since it suggests he was probably sold out by his ex-pastor due to fears he might actually win. It's certainly possible they filled his ideological and rather naive head with sweet nothings to encourage him to run, never dreaming he might win. That would make their long silence more of an "oh shiite" reaction to his success, and the Wright outburst the cure. Still, it's hard to believe men of the cloth could be that cynical and selfish. Then again, have you seen Wright's new house?
So let's take it even a step further. They might be trying to derail the candidacy not to preserve themselves, but the cause itself. For example, if Obama becomes president and proceeds to screw up (think of the scrutiny on Bush) some may believe it would set back race relations for decades.
Occam's Razor would probably say Obama was just doing the politickin' he had to do in response to Wright's truth talkin', with no undue influence from anyone, even Howard Dean. And here we are.