And the NY Times and other Obama supporters are not happy, so the Times reveals the scoop that a large Republican SuperPAC donor is considering — yes, considering — an ad campaign in the fall focusing on Wright:
A group of high-profile Republican strategists is working with a conservative billionaire on a proposal to mount one of the most provocative campaigns of the “super PAC” era and attack President Obama in ways that Republicans have so far shied away from.
Timed to upend the Democratic National Convention in September, the plan would “do exactly what John McCain would not let us do,” the strategists wrote.
The plan, which is awaiting approval, calls for running commercials linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., whose race-related sermons made him a highly charged figure in the 2008 campaign….
The $10 million plan, one of several being studied by Mr. Ricketts, includes preparations for how to respond to the charges of race-baiting it envisions if it highlights Mr. Obama’s former ties to Mr. Wright, who espouses what is known as “black liberation theology.”
The charges of race-baiting already have started as a pre-emptive move to prevent Wright coming into play. as in this post by Beth Reinhard at The Low Road Rises Up to Meet the GOP:
But the high-ish ground under the GOP collapsed abruptly with a New York Times story that details a race-baiting television campaign under consideration by a super PAC and some GOP strategists. The apparent goal: to stoop even lower than the race-baiting attacks that failed to torpedo Obama in 2008. The proposed ad, titled “The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama,” would seek to remind voters of Obama’s incendiary former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. That relationship was litigated in the last campaign, though the president’s harshest critics may not have been satisfied.
The proposed ad is a black eye for the GOP even if it never hits the airwaves….
With unemployment hovering above 8 percent, a continuing foreclosure crisis and a trillion-dollar deficit, the Republican party doesn’t need to go fishing for ad fodder in dark places.
Sorry, he’s on the table and in the room, and all the false accusations of race-baiting which infect the media and left-blogosphere today — even if they work in preemptively squelching the ad campaign — will not stop people from thinking of the elephant in the room.
Not thinking is so 2008.
Update: Ads won’t run.