Monday, March 17, 2008

Watch Your Mouth!

Trouble may be in store for the Junior Senator from Illinois as he is set to give a speech on race tomorrow, reports the New York Times. According to several reports on blogs and as confirmed by the Times, in hopes of doing a bit of damage control with relation to the recent (ok, technically on-going) inflammatory remarks made by his pastor Jeremiah Wright and to address an issue he's attempted to keep at bay, Barack Obama will finally and formally discuss race and its role in the campaign. Yet in light of Hillary Clinton support Geraldine Ferraro's most recent thoughts aloud on "black privilege," it doesn't seem like Obama will be the only one in the hot seat. In fact, as many Clinton supporters and her campaign advisers have given Obama hell for the gadfly that is his liaison to faith, reporters, bloggers, and even Hillary Clinton herself have expressed disappointment in Ferraro's statement, leaving the camp to distance itself from the woman who ran for vice president in the early era of the power suit.

With both candidates facing considerable noise over comments they neither made nor endorsed, it leaves the voting audience to make educated guesses about the prospect of guilt by association. While the candidates are not responsible for those who support them, should they be held responsible for associating with those who may (or may not, for some) bring down their campaign unintentionally?

to read more on Obama's addressing the aformentioned issues, click here.

- Wendi Muse

1 comment:

Tremaya Reynolds said...

I personally don't think he can be held accountable for something he didn't say, especially at a time when the minister wasn't even on his campaign. This is yet another situation that takes the attention away from the issue at hand: the election. As off-handed and politically incorrect as the statements were, at the end of the day, they were not Obama's.