Video of Barack Obama’s news conference

Obama is clearly angry, frustrated and disappointed by Wright’s performance before the National Press Club.

Obama goes after Reverend Wright

Barack Obama didn’t mince any words today, going after Wright’s recent “ridiculous” remarks, and also taking questions.

The person I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago. His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate, and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church.

They certainly don’t portray accurately my values and beliefs. And if Reverend Wright thinks that that’s political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well. And based on his remarks yesterday, well, I might not know him as well as I thought, either.

As Richard Wolffe just said on MSNBC, this is now personal. Obama was visibly angry that Wright would try to take over the campaign narrative.

He was even more offended that Wright would repeat statements that contradicted everything Obama stands for.

This fight is not over. But the fight might be exactly what Obama needs.

McCain’s really dumb idea

In a recent foreign policy speach, John McCain advocated kicking Russia out of the G8. He also stated that India and Brazil should be included, but not China.

Now, I understand that Russia is moving away from democracy and that is a problem, but expelling them from the G8 is ridiculous.

Fareed Zakaria rips apart McCain’s position in a very thoughtful column.

McCain will quickly destroy his own candidacy as time goes on.

McCain and abortion

The 2008 general election will be about issues, and abortion will resurface as an issue this fall.

Right now, McCain’s “maverick” reputation is causing many to think he’s a moderate on many issues. That is not the case, and the misperceptions are significant when it comes to abortion.

What John McCain really stands for came up most recently in light of his position on abortion. Planned Parenthood commissioned a survey showing that more than half of those women polled don’t know much about McCain’s stance, and a quarter of those who are in favor of keeping abortion legal mistakenly think the senator agrees.

These misperceptions will be corrected by November. Writers like Anna Quindlen are talking about it, and it will certainly come up in the campaign. McCain has been a favorite of many independents, but that was when he was running against Bush. Now that he faces a general election in a tough year for Republicans, his abortion stances are likely to hurt him with independents and some moderate Republicans.

New voter registration

Obama’s secret weapon in the fall, and the key to big Democratic gains in the House and Senate.

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