Rev. Wright should be to Obama as the Swiftboaters were to Kerry *UPDATED*

Rev. Wright has surfaced in 2012, just as he did in 2008.  In 2008, though, John McCain not only refused to mention Wright, but told his minions they couldn’t either.  This time around, Romney’s minions want to raise the Reverend again, especially as more and more information is emerging about his role in Obama’s life and about Obama’s 2008 efforts to suppress the good reverend.  Romney said he won’t touch it, but the debate is on as to whether his minions should.

I think his minions should be free to raise Wright.  Fortunately for me, I don’t have to make the good argument, because Bruce Kesler, who knows a thing or three about using swift boat truths against swiftboating John Kerry, has made the argument for me:

In 2004, defenders of Kerry insinuated that Karl Rove was involved in the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth campaign to show that Kerry’s narrative of Vietnam heroism was false. Their only “proof” was that some of the same people supported President Bush and the Swiftees or that anti-Kerry Swiftees lacked enough documented evidence in Navy records.

That would be a problem for a Wright-Obama campaign in 2012, except that Kerry’s critics were the witnesses to his overblown attempted image whereas Obama’s own words and actions are the witness to his radical past. Further, Obama’s radical past is directly in line with his radical presidential policies and actions.

Were it only Rev. Wright that might be downplayed as but one indiscretion, albeit a twenty-year one. But, throughout Obama’s life his self-proclaimed formative mentors were cut of the same radical cloth, and in his administration he has appointed others of this ilk.

Read the rest here.

UPDATE:  The Watcher’s Council has also weighed in on this subject.  My response?

Jeremiah Wright is totally fair game in these elections — but Mitt is wise to stay above that fray and let his minions run after Wright. Let Mitt focus on strength and optimism, while others do the dirty work of exposing Obama’s questionable past (both in office and before).

Please read the other responses too.  They’re interesting, and quite nuanced.

UPDATE II:  And frankly, if the NYTs can go to Romney’s church to learn the “biographical influence of faith on Mitt Romney’s life,” as reporter Jodi Kantor cheerfully explained, why in the world is Obama’s relationship with Wright, his pastor for 20 years, off limits?

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  • Mike Devx

    Obama should be hoisted by his own petard.  In Obama’s own words:
    “Bill Ayers is just a guy in my neighborhood.”

    Oh… really?  You LIAR.
    Hoist him.  By his own petard.

  • weathtd

    Damn right Rev. Wright is a legitimate issue.  Just as Obama-rama-ding-dongs continuous lies, his association with terrorist Ayers, his sealed non-existent past, and his cabinet full of felons.  Why are Republicans afraid to fight with tools available?  Even when the Republicans controlled Congress they were so afraid “someone” would not like them they let the left bully them into folding under.  Go after him with everything available.

  • weathtd

    Now the headlines are “Obama attacking Romney’s business past”.  Romney needs to attack full-on Obama’s lack of a verifiable past that goes all the way to whether he is even a citizen.  

  • BrianE

    I don’t think it will have much effect on the election, and if the Democrats make good on their promise to delve into some of the more bizzarre Mormon historical doctrines, the net effect might even be more negative for Romney.

    Obama seems to be the true teflon president. In spite of this personal shortcomings, dangerous affiliations and damaging political agenda, folks like him. The path to defeating him is focusing on his lack of experience– the nice guy over his head approach, evidenced by the fact that 4 years later we are still mired in a dangerous economic environment with little prospects that the road Obama has taken us on is leading us toward any semblence of economic prosperity.

    Of course, the Democrats are going to delve into past Mormon teachings anyway, but Romney or his supporters should not initiate this battle.


  • Libby

    The media has already started it, with Jodi Kantor’s visit to Romney’s church and the Wash Post’s recent article exploring Romney’s faith & the 1857 Mountain Meadow Massacre ( Rev. Wright, and his influence on Obama as his mentor and pastor for 20 years, is fair game. As with the recent dog stories, though, Romney should stay focused on the issues (economy, etc.) while the various groups of supporters & media hash it out.

  • Ymarsakar

    The problem with waiting for the enemy to attack is that the defender must protect all areas, whereas the attacker can rest and prepare for one focused strike. Sheer fatigue and communications lag will destroy the defender then, even if the attack fails.

    People always think they can just sit around and let evil have the initiative, but that’s not how wars or battles are won. This passive idea that one is going to sit on the defensive is probably the worst case scenario of them all, when it comes to the other timings of pre emptive attack or sen no sen. 

  • Ymarsakar

    Breitbart didn’t wait for ACORN to start some attack on Breitbart’s children before exposing ACORN’s sexual sales of children for prostitution, after all.

  • Ymarsakar

    I also think the media should be targeted. So far they have remained immune by warrant of some unspoken rule. Sort of like how Cambodia could’t be bombed because the Vietnamese kept going over there and using it as their logistics base.