It’s fascinating how unhinged a lot of the reactions to Obama’s speech are over at the Corner. Here’s Charlotte Hays just flat-out denying that it makes sense to try to understand things in context:
Obama says that we shouldn’t “condemn without understanding the roots” of remarks like those Wright made. Whatever the roots, these remarks are to be condemned. Within what context is it correct for the Rev. Wright to say “God damn America?”
There’s some kind of reading comprehension problem here if Hays can’t see that Obama’s not saying it was correct of Wright to say that. Roger Clegg sees the speech as “politics as usual” which makes me think he must have been watching a very different usual politics from me up until now. K-Lo says “Any hopes anyone had that Barack Obama would be a gift to civil rights in America — that he would shake hands with Ward Connerly and really be a change died today, I think.” In the speech John Derbyshire heard, “blame whitey, and raise high the red flag of socialism” was the essence of Obama’s message.