"A Con Man's Job"
Thomas Sowell's piece today for National Review Online does a perfect job of summing up what Obama's speech was all about yesterday.
The point is made that, though the right questions may be asked... Though the proper scrutiny may be applied to Obama's words that have been spoken in the last several days on the issue... All of this, ultimately, may not matter to a good many who have sipped the Obama Kool-Aid.
No one had to be in church the day Wright made his inflammatory and obscene remarks to know about them.
The cable-news journalists who are playing the tapes of those sermons were not there. The tapes were on sale in the church itself. Obama knew that because he had bought one or more of those tapes.
But even if there were no tapes, and even if Obama never heard from other members of the church what their pastor was saying, he spent 20 years in that church, not just as an ordinary member but also as someone who once donated $20,000 to the church.
There was no way that he didn't know about Jeremiah Wright's anti-American and racist diatribes from the pulpit.
Someone once said that a con man's job is not to convince skeptics but to enable people to continue to believe what they already want to believe.
Sadly, Sowell is really onto something here. There are still going to be many unwilling to accept the gospel truth.
Perhaps, the best outcome we can hope to emerge from all of this controversy would be that just enough of Obama's Kool-Aid Drinkers remain committed to him, allow him to win the nomination. But, enough right-minded people, who were giving him an open ear up until last week, were lost over this shameful episode.