Apr 30 2008
Major Update Below – bumped to the top
I posted yesterday on the strange coincidences surrounding Jeremiah Wright’s gleeful torpedoing of Obama in a series of public forums which culminated in Obama having to schedule a news conference in order to stem the damage being done to his campaign. I noted the fact that the National Press Club (NPC) event was coordinated by a Clinton supporter, that the Obama campaign was totally caught off guard and the Wright seemed to be as happy as someone who had just won the lottery. All signs that maybe he was getting a hefty quid pro quo for his actions.
What I expected to see was a swift denunciation from the Clinton campaign regarding any arrangements in relation to the public back stabbing Wright performed on his old friend (Barack’s term for Wright not too long ago, not mine). What we have seen instead is dead silence from the Clinton campaign and Barbara Reynolds, the person who orchestrated the big media event at NPC with Wright:
Daily News columnist Errol Louis wrote that Reynolds â€” a journalist and minister who teaches at the Howard University School of Divinity â€” claimed in a blog on her Reynolds News Service Web site that she voted for Clinton in the Maryland primary as â€œmy way of saying thank youâ€ to Clinton and her husband for the Bill Clinton presidency.
â€œI donâ€™t know if Reynoldsâ€™ eagerness to help Wright stage a disastrous news conference with the national media was a way of trying to help Clinton,â€ he wrote. â€œBut itâ€™s safe to say she didnâ€™t see any conflict between promoting Wright and supporting Clinton.â€
The column was swiftly picked up by bloggers who repeated the assertion that Reynolds was somehow in cahoots with Clinton.
Clintonâ€™s campaign has not responded to a request for comment.
The personal blog where Reynolds expressed her Clinton support could not be found online as of Tuesday afternoon, and Smith said she doesnâ€™t know whom Reynolds supports.
â€œIt doesnâ€™t matter (which candidate she supports),â€ Smith said. â€œI do not believe Barbara Reynolds has a political agenda â€¦ Even if she did, heâ€™s a newsmaker that weâ€™d want at our podium. Itâ€™s irrelevant.â€
The “Smith” referred to in the linked article is a spokesperson from NPC, who is attempting to deflect the story brewing that Wright turned on Obama with influence, help or coercion from the Clinton camp. All NPC says is that they don’t know if Reynolds was trying to help Clinton out – not that she did not or would not or could not. It is the classic non-denial denial. Neither Reynolds or the Clinton camp are talking, which in itself is bizarre since this should be an easy story to squelch. Unless of course there is actually something to it.
The time that is passing right now has two positive effects for Reynolds and Clinton and Wright if this was an orchestrated PR hit on Obama. It allows the public’s attention to start wandering off, it gives the folks who may have been behind this time to gauge whether the story will blow over, and it gives time to make sure there is nothing out there that can tie the players together in the act. That is the beauty of the delaying tactic.
The other damning activity that shows that a cover up is being attempted is the deletion of a lot of Barbara Reynolds’ recent musings on her blog. In January she was happy to see two fine democrat candidates. But in recent weeks she was angry at how her friend Wright was treated. She has always leaned towards Hillary and admitted voting for her in the MD primary – clearly indicating she had made her choice.
Now someone has been able to find some of Barbara’s recent postings that have disappeared from the internet since the whiff of a coordinated hit on Obama surfaced (I had much of this as well in the previous post and links):
With most of my Maryland and DC friends beating the drum for Sen. Obama, I tried to join the parade. Usually I am a drum major, leading momentum, but not this time.
Like many African American women, I have struggled with the dilemma of selecting a black man or a white woman to go against warmonger Sen. John McCain. My problem was that both Senators Obama and Clinton are darn good.
Finally I voted for Senator Clinton. My first reason was that as seductive as Obamaâ€™s mantra of hope, the Clintons legacy of help is more substantive and stronger.
Hope by definition is not based on facts. It is an emotional expectation. Things hoped for may or may not come. But help based on experience trumps hope every time.
Traditionally, I have sympathized or cast my lot with the “underperson,” the one needlessly being picked on or ridiculed. Media treatment of Senator Clinton has been degrading.
Much of the news media have gone bonkers over Senator Obama, pandering and refusing to ask tough questions, while intensely and sometimes nastily grilling Senator Clinton. Pundits continue to stress that Clinton is “polarizing,” and that 41 percent of voters say they wonâ€™t vote for her as if to cement a self-defeating prophecy.
I also find it troublesome that so many influential Republican conservatives are confessing their love for Senator Obama. When people who are my enemies become friends of my friends, I am just naturally suspicious.
In any event, Sen. Obama, tall, brilliant, handsome, with a wonderful wife and a message of hope would make a good president, but I embrace Clinton because at the highest levels they have helped make life better for African-Americans. My vote for Hillary in the Maryland Primary was my way of saying Thank You.
This is from February 14th, 2008. Between her admiration for Clinton and her anger at Obama for his treatment of Wright we can see why Reynolds may have felt it was time to kneecap Obama:
And it is a sad testimony that to protect his credentials as a unifier above the fray the Senator is fueling the media characterization that Rev. Dr. Wright is some retiring old uncle in the church basement instead of respecting Wright for the towering astute father of progressive social and global causes that he is.
Whether you disagree or agree with Wrightâ€™s controversial statements it is a terrible disservice to ignore his contributions as a theologian, pastor, and educator. It is ludicrous that a pastor who has preached more than 207,000 minutes for the past 36 years at Trinity on Sunday, not to mention his weekday worship services, revivals and global preaching, should be judged by a couple of 15 or 30 second sound bytes.
While Sen. Obama may have to distance himself from his pastor to play the game of politics, it is unwise for any of us to burn the bridges that brought us across.
That post is from March 17th. So the progression was to Hillary supporter, then anger at how Obama treated Wright, to coordinating a killer PR event where Wright went wild on Obama’s character. So – why the silence? Why no comment from people who have been unafraid to speak their minds? Why no simple and immediate denunciation of the rumor?
Why? Maybe it is because to be caught covering up the facts surrounding this PR hit job would bring the scandal to full boil in the news media. Heck, the NPC can’t even get their own story straight! First they said Reynolds proposed Wright in 2006 but he only recently became newsworthy enough to host, but Reynolds notes she introduced him at NPC before this round and there is evidence that was in 2007. The excuses are crumbling under minimal scrutiny. They always say the cover up is worse than the crime itself. So Wright turned on his friend Obama to help Clinton and probably get something for his own causes? That’s politics folks – the kind Obama has campaigned to end if he was elected. And maybe that is the real problem for Hillary. If her camp did turn Wright and coordinate this event then she has shown herself to be everything Obama has campaigned against – and that will cost her.
Major Update: This is really sad to see. The ugly comments on Dr. Reynolds blog showing up in the last couple of days are sickening. I appreciate Dr. Reynolds was simply trying to do what she thought best in helping resolve the Democrat primary debacle. She was angry at how Rev Wright was treated by Obama and took action. She did nothing more than expose the truth behind the spin and PR charades. Here is a sad sample of the vitriol:
Wanda L. said…
I think your behavior, Ms, Reynolds, is suspect and will come back to haunt you. My mother always said, when you lie down with dogs, you’ll get up with fleas.
April 29, 2008 12:16 PM
Zennie Abraham said…
You really should be supporting Senator Obama. To some people it looks like you set up this Press Club event to harm Obama and help Clinton. That’s going o hurt your reputation as you will be roundly trashed in blogs around the country. That has an impact.
April 29, 2008 12:21 PM
I THINK IT IS DISGUSTING THE WAY YOU AS A FELLOW BLACK WOMAN HAVE SOLD US ALL OUT TO HELP HILLARY CLINTON.
HOW COULD YOU PARADE REV. WRIGHT OUT THERE TO MAKE A FOOL OF HIMSELF AND DERAIL SEN. OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN??
I FIND YOUR ACTIONS DISGUSTING.
April 29, 2008 12:23 PM
God doesn’t like ugly, lady, and you will surely get yours for the sneaky, underhanded thing you did. Since you support a pathological racist liar, an uncle tom like yourself can’t see that what you did was wrong. What did Hillary offer you? Money? A position in her imaginary administration? You’re an affront to the AA community and a sell out. You pleased your massa Mrs Clinton real good. Everybody knows you were behind inviting Wright and that you knew it would cause a stir with the media. You are shameless and I hope you get what you deserve.
April 29, 2008 12:24 PM
You are about to become one of the most despised women in the country. The AA community will spit on you once word gets around about what you did. Enjoy your master’s appreciation while you have it because you’re finished.
I do not find Reynolds to be driven by power like the Clintons – she made a decision and helped Wright do damage to her choice of candidate. Welcome to politics. And I don’t think she is on the right side of the issue by aligning with Wright. But I did say that the black community would splinter if Obama was taken down by the Clinton machine. This is why the democrat primary pitting two victim-groups (women and blacks) was a disaster.
The fact is to win in politics always requires some not-so-professional actions to survive the battle. Obama was stabbed in the back by his Pastor, and Clinton supporters (and the campaign most likely) agreed to the media events (you don’t do anything like this without getting a green light from the person you support and know closely). Politics is not bean-bag. What happened here is Clinton saw an opportunity to champion the radical black left and cripple Obama’s support – which she clearly did with Wright and Reynolds and many others I suspect. She had to syphon off some of the African American support from Obama, and by championing Wright she was able to move to the far left of Obama – who is to green to see it coming. The minute he rejected Wright he opened the door for Clinton to exploit his actions – which is why you don’t carry this kind of baggage into a presidential election campaign.
But this behavior is unforgivable. Fight the battle of ideas – don’t attack those who are in the fight.