Stack up Calvin's many experiences against the whine from white voters that they couldn't get away with saying what Pastor Wright said. Life is not fair: One group has been treated horribly. Members of another group cannot say every stupid thought that passes through his or her brains. Whose life is better?
All that said, 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 Wright story erupted, Obama argued on the TV show "The View" that the "endless loop" of visual "snippets" from Wright's sermons do not tell the story of who Wright is.
Of course, they don't. But when radio talk-show host Don Imus dissed young black female athletes, Obama announced, "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."
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.
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