By Debra J. Saunders
The Washington Times
April 3, 2008
I won’t be crying a river for Barack Obama, who is getting a taste of what it is like to be clobbered because of a sound bite. Since the [Reverend] Wright story erupted, Mr. Obama argued on the TV show “The View” that the “endless loop” of visual “snippets” from Mr. Wright’s sermons do not tell who Mr. Wright is.
Of course, they don’t. But when radio talk-show host Don Imus dissed young black female athletes, Mr. Obama said, “There is nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made any comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group.”
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If there is a Wright backlash, it will exist, in part, as a rejection of the cycle of gaffe-and-pile-on that serves as a proxy for political debate in Washington. Is that small-minded? Sure. Live by the sound bite, die by the sound bite.