McCain Campaign Puts Wright Back on the Table

The McCain campaign has officially run out of ideas.

One week ago []:

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and several top campaign officials see a sharp attack on Wright as the best — and perhaps last — chance to rattle Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill. ) and force voters to rethink their support of him. But McCain continues to overrule them, fearing a Wright attack would smack of desperation and racism, the officials said.
“Wright is off the table,” said one top campaign official. “It’s all McCain. He won’t go there. His advisers would have gone there.”

Uh-huh. 3…….2……1……

Take it away McCain campaign manager Rick Davis! []

”Look, John McCain has told us a long time ago before this campaign ever got started, back in May, I think, that from his perspective, he was not going to have his campaign actively involved in using Jeremiah Wright as a wedge in this campaign. Now since then, I must say, when Congressman Lewis calls John McCain and Sarah Palin and his entire group of supporters, fifty million people strong around this country, that we’re all racists and we should be compared to George Wallace and the kind of horrible segregation and evil and horrible politics that was played at that time, you know, that you’ve got to rethink all these things.”

Because no one could have predicted……

Oh, who is Davis kidding? It may well be true that McCain had thus far resisted using Rev. Wright against Obama for the very reasons he mentioned. But if anyone thought that the well-worn clips of Wright weren’t going to be trotted out, say, two weeks before the election, I’ve got a bridge to nowhere to sell you. Has McCain changed his mind? Possibly. What’s more likely is that Rick Davis, Steve Schmidt and Sarah Palin told McCain to change his mind, otherwise he was going to be a big, fat loser. LO-SER. Big letter “L” on the forehead. And so McCain, looking at the last tattered remnants of his honor, sighs wistfully and hands it over to his cackling imps, telling himself that the chair in the Oval Office will make it all feel better.

After months of emptying the RNC toolbox of every standard attack on Democrats, they’re now recycling attacks that didn’t work the first time. They’ve tried tying Obama to terrorists, shady Chicago land deals, Louis Farrakhan and voter fraud. Obama was a socialist, communist, baby-killer, Jew-hater and a presumptuous celebrity. He’s inexperienced and simultaneously responsible for years of Democratic legislation. All of it has fallen ineffectively to the floor, or worse, driven moderate and independent voters to Obama. Rick Davis had already admitted their campaign wasn’t going to be about issues important to the American people, but about character attacks, so they’ve painted themselves into a bit of a corner. With two weeks to go, what’s a losing campaign to do?

Go with Rev. Wright, of course. As was always the plan from the beginning.

Sadly, McCain’s initial instincts were correct. Dragging out the “scary negro Rev. Wright” card does smack of racism, particularly given the mood of the Republican base after months of stoking their fires with assertions of Obama’s “otherness.” Davis is essentially conceding that if they’re going to be accused of racist campaigning, they might as well go all in.

Dragging out an attack that already failed for Hillary Clinton is the epitome of desperation. If Rev. Wright were going to be politically damaging to Obama, it would have happened seven months ago, when all the networks, FOX, CNN and MSNBC were covering Rev. Wright 24/7 for weeks on end. And what happened? Obama gave one of the most stirring speeches of his career, addressing the issue of race in America in a way not heard since Martin Luther King, Jr., and came out looking stronger.

Which is why I suspect the Obama campaign is unconcerned about McCain bringing up Rev. Wright again, even anticipating it. As soon as Wright’s sermon pops up in a McCain ad, don’t be surprised to see Obama shoot back with footage of McCain telling Sean Hannity, “I do know Sen. Obama. He does not share those views.” []

Obama knows it. A majority of the American people know it. More importantly, McCain knows it, but it’s all he’s got left.

– Michael Turner