The Rev. Wright connection still haunts Obama (Michael Barone)
As Barack Obama makes his slow but steady way toward the Democratic nomination, the assumption in the admiring precincts of the press corps is that voters have dismissed as irrelevant his longtime association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. But that may prove as mistaken as the assumption, back in 1988, that voters would not be impressed by Michael Dukakis's 11-year support of a law granting weekend furloughs to convicts sentenced to life without parole, an issue brought up in the primaries by Al Gore but largely ignored in press coverage at the time.
Evidence for this comes in the exit polls from the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries on May 13 and 20. In both, about half the voters -- and these are voters in the Democratic primary -- said that they believe Obama shares Wright's views either somewhat or a lot. And slightly under 50 percent of these voters said that Obama is honest and trustworthy.
"One of the great mistakes is to judge policies by their intentions rather than their results." - Milton Friedman
"Senator Obama's foreign policy seems to be somewhere between Rodney King's 'Can't we just get along?' and Alfred E. Neuman's 'What, me worry?'" - Thomas Sowell
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