Rev. Wright: How Super PAC attacks may define the election

A Super PAC's plan to tarnish the president by linking him to Rev. Wright shows how Super Pacs could “steer the narrative of the election.”

Unemployment lingers above 8 percent, and “Americans are still unsure what the future holds economically,” said Roland Martin in Yet some deranged right-wingers think the best way to win the 2012 election is to again dredge up 20-year-old sermons from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama’s controversial former pastor. The details are contained in a document titled “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama,” commissioned by billionaire Joe Ricketts—the founder of TD Ameritrade, owner of the Chicago Cubs, and primary bankroller of a conservative Super PAC. In the proposal, leaked last week to The New York Times, several former McCain advisers recommend that Ricketts fund a $10 million ad campaign to remind voters that Wright once thundered “God damn America!” from his Chicago pulpit, and blamed 9/11 on U.S. meddling in the Mideast. The proposal was scrapped when it became public, said William Saletan in, and Mitt Romney disavowed it, but it nonetheless offers “an instructive psychiatric portrait of the rage in Romney’s party.” The plan’s conservative authors express amazement that most voters “still aren’t ready to hate this president.” But they promise that if Ricketts pays them “to do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,” they’ll convince swing voters that Obama is a Wright acolyte who secretly hates white people and America itself.

Wright is an entirely legitimate issue, said Henry D’Andrea in The Washington Times. We’ve already seen the media manufacture a mini-scandal out of Romney’s high school hijinks back in 1965. So even if Romney won’t do it, why shouldn’t Republicans make an issue of the man who officiated at Obama’s wedding, baptized his daughters, and preached to the future president for some 20 years?

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