In today's episode of "what immensely stupid thing can I get paid handsomely to write", William Kristol quotes Governor Sarah Palin's suggestion for where the McCain campaign ought to go next.
I pointed out that Obama surely had a closer connection to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright than to Ayers — and so, I asked, if Ayers is a legitimate issue, what about Reverend Wright?I think that of all people, Sarah Palin would be wary about bringing in pastors. In all those clips of Rev. Wright that the right wing likes to point to, there's never a situation where Barack Obama is down on the pulpit with him, taking part in the service. (I'm not going to get into whether or not Wright actually had a good point at the moment.)
She didn’t hesitate: “To tell you the truth, Bill, I don’t know why that association isn’t discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that — with, I don’t know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn’t get up and leave — to me, that does say something about character. But, you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up.”
But Governor Palin? This clip has been around for a few weeks now, but it's still worth a look.
I said it way back when the Wright story first popped up during the primaries. If the Republicans want to start stacking up crazy pastors on either side and see whose pile gets higher, we can do that. But they're not likely to enjoy the outcome.