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April 30th, 2008
01:36 PM ET

Has Rev. Wright swayed the superdelegates?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Ever since Super Tuesday, Barack Obama has been outscoring Hillary Clinton big time when it comes to picking up support from the superdelegates. The Wall Street Journal suggests he's close to taking the lead, and that if he doesn't stumble badly in Indiana or North Carolina next week enough of them will break his way after June third to give him the nomination.

Seems simple enough. He leads in pledged delegates and she can't catch him there. He's won more states, has more popular votes, is a much better fund-raiser - very important consideration - and has shown he can appeal to Independents and Republicans. Piece of cake. Just run out the clock and get ready for McCain.

Yesterday on this program former President Carter, who is a superdelegate, was asked if he would support the candidate he voted for in the Georgia primary. His answer was, "Yes, unless I change my mind."

And therein lies the problem for Barack Obama. Superdelegates are free to change their minds. And thanks to the angry tirades of a bitter old man who seems less like a pastor and more like a racist with each passing day, Obama could have a serious problem.

Here’s my question to you: Will Rev. Jeremiah Wright cause Democratic superdelegates to rethink their support of Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Larry from Ohio writes:
Jack, I don't think Rev. Wright alone will sway the superdelegates, but this body of baggage he now has such as Rev. Wright, Bill Ayers, the flag pin, not covering his heart during the pledge of allegiance, Michelle's comments, and bitter- gate. None of these things alone mean very much, but when you start listing to them, it almost makes him unelectable. What a catch-22! Hillary can't get the nomination and Obama can't win the election! John McCain thanks them very much!

Larry from Georgetown, Texas writes:
If the superdelegates give the nomination to Clinton because of this sick man, then we better get ready for a bloodbath in America. The title of your book will not even come close to what will happen in every major city.

Jenny writes:
I hope not. Hopefully, the superdelegates are able to see through this "Reverend" Wright character and look at the candidate who has the best chance of beating McCain and making the necessary changes in this country. It does not take a lot of effort to realize that Wright is an angry, bitter old man who is on a mission from someone to destroy Obama.

Jake writes:
The problem with the Obama/Wright story is it changes too quickly to gauge impact. By Thursday evening, we should have a better view. Yesterday, Obama picked up five superdelegates and Hillary 4. By the end of the day, who knows? And tomorrow...? Many of the superdelegates still hold elected positions. If they go against pledged delegates, you can assume they'll get tossed out.

Patricia from Boise, Idaho writes:
No way Jose. Now that Obama is free of Wright, he has paved the way for a flood–sorry–a trickle of superdelegates. I expect to see that as soon as today. Now that Michelle is talking again, her spunky, snarky personality will flesh out the person and we're ready to sail.

Jonathan writes:
Why hell no Jack. I'm a southern redneck white guy and if I could care less about Rev. “Dumb-ass,” then why should they?


Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (188 Responses)
  1. Michele

    Jack - Any superdelegate who allows themselves to fall prey to the antics of an attention seeking egoist should be ashamed. The last time I checked, I was voting for Obama not Reverend Wright. Aren't there more severe issues, besides Wright's need for attention that the media and the superdelegates can focus on?

    April 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  2. Anita from TN

    I think that it will not as Obama has put the situation to rest, now if everyone else would. If the superdelagates let Wright influence them, they need to think about all of the lies and deceptions that Hillary continues, not to mention Bill's continuing comments. Hillary has a 37% trustworthy rating–if the superdelagates let the Wright controversy influence them, they need to take Hillary's trustworthy (or lack thereof) rating in to account. Also, if they take the nomination away from Barack, they will be telling the American people that they really don't matter. If they take the nomination away from Barack, they just as well hand it to McCain on a silver platter–Hillary may think that she is heir apparant to the nomination, but the Democrats will be the losers–not just this year, but for many elections to come!

    April 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  3. Marie

    Jack, if the worst things you can say about Obama are that he has a controversial pastor, I think you have a great candidate.

    April 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  4. Jim from British Columbia

    I honestly believe that the delegates, whether super or just ordinary humans, are intelligent enough to distinguish between Wright and wrong.

    April 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  5. Herman LA, CA

    Jack, Rev Wright is a jerk who is only out for him self. No the superdelegates are now making choices to bring this to an end and Barack has picked up 4 today.

    April 30, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  6. Ana (MI)

    Not if they choose based on the issues and the other factors that you pointed out. If they choose based on who the candidates know, then they must treat Hillary the same.

    April 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  7. Todd, VT

    Oh – you bet it will. And it should. Obama has thrown everyone from Chicago who has helped him get where his is under his bus. Rezko his million dollar yellow brick road political bankroller. Rev Wright, his community networker. If your usefulness is passed and it's no longer beneficial to be associated with you – it doesn't matter WHO you are or what you have given him. Bye bye – under the bus. Those DC White Haired Trolls who are running his campaign for him better watch out. When he's done with you he owes you NOTHING. Look out Democrats. Look out America. Obama has shown his colors – and they aren't red white and blue.

    Obama asked Rev Wright to pray with him in the basement of the building where he launched his campaign. Wouldn't invite him upstairs. Kind of like servants quarters. Oh – Obama is an interesting guy. And his wife is kind of strange, too.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  8. trudy carter

    Obama continues to show that he is a thoughtful, intelligent, honest man. The media seems to think that we need leaders who are agressive and pugnacious and shove their weight around. Hillary said she would be "totally obliterate" Iran on Good Morning America. Her style is more like that of most news commentators today, who enjoy tearing people down, like in the last ABC debate and most news interviews and commentary. Refusal to participate in this rhetoric is interpreted as evidence of weak leadership. Think again! Bullies are not good leaders!
    Trudy Carter

    April 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  9. Dave in Astoria

    Jack...I would only hope that the so-called super delegates, like most Americans would "see things as they can be and ask why not?" . Obama is more than capable and worthy of the nomination if we can get away from the other distractions. I feel we are at a crossroad in history for all Americans and NOW is the time take the high road.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  10. DAD in Hollis, NH

    Maybe some, after all the superdelegates are no better than the general public even though they are called 'super'. The general public eats this stuff up. Does it sway you Jack? I have to be honest it has me thinking a little bit more positive about Obama after first hand seeing what a bonehead Mr. Wright is.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  11. Robert Lauer

    It won't be "re" thinking if a super delegate punishes Obama for this lunatic Rev. Wright. It will be a dreadful "lack" of thinking. If any super delegate punishes Obama for his unfortunate association with Wright, that super delegate has abused his/her power. The democratic party has an opportunity to demonstrate the "change" in politics that both of their candidates are preaching. If the party allows Rev. Wright to influence the choice of our next president...we all take a step way way way back...and we will find our refuge in McCain.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  12. Richard Heriot Bay, B.C. Canada

    Jeremiah Wright was speaking for himself. He was getting media attention because of his link to Barack Obama. Senator Obama seeks to represent all the American people while Rev. Wright preaches to the African American community.

    Anyone qualified to be a superdelegate should have enough common sense to not confuse a preacher with a politician.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  13. Ryan (Hollywood, Florida)

    Superdelegates are a smart bunch. As long as Barack Obama makes it clear that Rev. Wright neither speaks for nor is associaed with the campaign, then they have nothing to worry about. Obama has made it clear that he is a man who thinks for himself, and is not likely to succumb to pressure for sensationalist "pastor". Wright is a textbook narcissist, only working for his own gain and does not think twice about who he offends to get onto televison. Drop him, let it go, and stop covering his speeches. You are only giving him a larger podium for his idiocy.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  14. Joni

    No I don't think so. I think the superdelegates realize the Rev. Wright stuff is just out to try ruin Barack. And was it not someone from the Clinton campaign that invited Rev. Right to the press conferance??? Think about that for a moment. Maybe her husband??? After all-isn't it the Clinton's who are trying to ruin it for Barack and his chances of ever being able to run for President? I think if people have their eyes open they would actually see the real Barack. I haven't heard one lie yet come out of his mouth unlike Hillary Clinton. Yes-they (the Clinton's) will do whatever it takes to try and win. Dirty people! East Grand Forks, MN

    April 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  15. Polo from Long island, NY

    Jack, I doubt the super delegates will be swayed by Rev. Wright. Any one with half a neuron can see that this man has his own agenda of hatred, and had his brief moment under the sun. Now for a minute lets believe that they might take it under consideration, even then I don’t think Obama’s baggage gets any heavier then Clinton’s. I just wish the media would stop talking about Wright and let this old hack fade away.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  16. Razia

    Jack , You are an honest person and I respect your comments. I hope you will show the Clip from Utube , ED RENDELL , a super delegate and great supporter of Hillary praising Nation of Islam and honouring Farrakhan on stage. I have a question why CNN didn' show it ? It was included in comments on Political ticker. CNN didn'y stop showing clips of Wright to destroy Obama. Razia, Canada

    April 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  17. Willie C Fields jr

    No. I feel that the Democratic superdelegates will support Sen. Obama because they are smart enough to see Jeremiah Wright for who he is, a anti-american hiding behind the pulpit . Rev. Wright (and i use the term loosely) should follow the lead of Michael Jackson, and leave the country and move to the arab states. I am a firm believer in the message of the Black Church in preparing us for the teaching of the BIBLE, (Being Inform
    Before Life Ends). Willie Fields Jr/
    Columbus, Ohio

    April 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  18. Mary in Alabama

    I hope the great Jimmy Carter doesn't change his mind. After all this is the first president to ever effect a lasting peace in the Middle East between Israel and Egypt. As for the rest, if they let someone's preacher get in the way of reason, this country is worse off than I even imagined.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  19. Harold

    Bracebridge,Ontario

    I expect most superdelegates would never transfer Wright's Wrongs to Senator Obama, and would vote their conscience on more important issues. Yes Wright's ramblings are those of a very "bitter" man, and highlight many of the points Obama brought out in his historic speach on race relations. Who better to continue the healing that the civil rights movement started than Barack Obama, a man of mixed race, with his unchanging message of healing and working across racial and party lines?

    April 30, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  20. Mary

    No. Superdelegates want a candidate that is good for the party – Rev. Wright is not on any Democratic ticket as I remember. The only people that have an interest in Rev. Wright is the 24/7 cable entertainment channels. Get over it! Let's talk about Clinton's revelation that she would OBLITERATE Iran – now that's news that should have been covered!

    April 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  21. Paul from Houma, Louisiana

    No because McCain has his own pastor like problems. Obama has denounced Wright as clear as is possible. There is nothing else that can fix the Wright problem short of him having a stroke. The guy is free to say what he wants, we do still have free speech in this country I hope. It's the media's job to stop giving him prime time to rant and stop trying to put Wright's words in Obama's mouth.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  22. mr. hargrove

    Absolutely NOT!
    Any democrate especially a superdelegate should be intelligent enough to know that Rev. Wrong speaks from his own experience and does not speak for senator Obama or his campain. Obama was a member of congregation of thousands and should not be judged on the comments of a man who purely is in love with the sound of his own voice and only motive is to publicity and the sale of his book. If any democrate who is a superdelegate allows this to sway them. I dont think their so super at all.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  23. barbara

    Yes, Jack, I do think Rev. Wright will make the superdelegates think twice about voteing for OBAMA and I think OBAMA spoke yesterday to put an end to all of this, The best CHANGE this Country could Hope for is in OBAMA for Pres. now if the Media leaves it all to rest in peace, it would be great but that is not going to happen,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,as this is NEWS! The smart superdelegates have already made up their minds and will not change them, it is the dumb ones sitting on the fence!

    Barbara from Florida

    April 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  24. Ranger Jack in Reno

    I certainly hope so. Many of us have had our doubts about Obama's judgement for quite some time. His decision to listen to that preacher for many, many years speaks to his lack of it.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  25. Marie Stevens in NC.

    If I were a Super-Delagate, today, I would not be confused any longer, as to my decision, where my vote would go! - Obama will never redeem himself, and will bring the Democratic party to a devastating loss in Nov., if he gets the nomination. The Republicans are rejoicing, like those people in Rev. Wrong's church!

    April 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  26. Bradley

    In a word, Yes. But it's more than just the Rev. Wright issue. There are much larger issues at play here. Does anyone really know Sen. Obama? And what does this say about Obama as a judge of character? He's known Wright for many years and has just now decided he doesn't completely agree with Wright's views. If it takes Obama twenty years to get to know someone, then what kind of people will he choose for his cabinet and how will he pick supreme court justices?
    Thanks,
    Bradley
    Saint Joseph, Missouri

    April 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  27. Harry Costill Vineland, NJ

    It is not what Rev. Wright says, but the way that Barak handles it that will determine the outcome. Barak claims to be a healer who will negotiate with the enimies of the United States. Barak has to make a decision. ..............is he going to be a healer with Rev. Wright or a denouuncer which appears to be his choic e at this time.?

    April 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  28. Kelway from Boston, mass

    I dont think so.. I think most of them are for Obama. They were just waiting on him to speak up and denounce Rev. Wright. And i think now that he's shown strength by rejecting this self absorbing, ego maniac, now they can start to move towards him in massive numbers w/ out any fear.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  29. Albert

    Absolutely. Just weeks after Obama defended his pastor, saying all of those hate-filled comments were taken out of context, Wright has showed that those comments are in fact what he believes, making Obama look like a colossal fool for supporting this bigot for most of his adult life.

    The superdelegates have to know that, despite the media's love affair for Obama, the momentum and ONLY chance of a victory come November is with Hillary Clinton.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  30. Albert in Atlanta, GA

    Absolutely. Just weeks after Obama defended his pastor, saying all of those hate-filled comments were taken out of context, Wright has showed that those comments are in fact what he believes, making Obama look like a colossal fool for supporting this bigot for most of his adult life.

    The superdelegates have to know that, despite the media’s love affair for Obama, the momentum and ONLY chance of a victory come November is with Hillary Clinton.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  31. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Some might, and that would just show how thin the veneer is on most politicians. The idea of superdelegates is absurd to begin with because it is a blatant expression of elitism. It's telling the average Joe or Jane out there that their personal vote is not going to be respected.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  32. Donna

    I would need a crystal ball to answer this question. However, as far as I can see – only God knows.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  33. Indiana jones

    doesnt like that way barack got 4 new superdelegates in the last three days...
    besides we are voting for barack obama for president not his former pastor.
    i am sick and tired of hilary saying to us that barack is not electible.
    hell, her sick pundant, jim carville could beat mcsame.!!!!!!!!!!

    April 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  34. john ......................... marlton, nj

    No, not for those that already saw through Obama's facade. However, those that were hasty now will have an excuse to flip flop away from their poor judgement and withdraw their support for Obama. ... I hate to say it, but, ....I Told You So

    April 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  35. JF, Los Angeles

    It should be greatly on their minds if winning in the general election is the true goal.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  36. Karl in CA

    If their premise for overriding the will of the people is the rantings of an egotistical racist hawking his book, they need to resign their position and go back to the used car lot in Podunk, Nowhere, that they cam from. It will mean Reverend Wright has succeeded in brining the Democratic party to it's knees and putting John McCain in the White House.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  37. Wendy. San Rafael, CA

    If he hadn't handled it as well as he did at his news conference, it may have been a problem but I doubt that after this, any minds were changed.

    Also, he has had to fight not only the Wright issue that has been magnified by the tabloid media (that includes CNN), he has also had to battle McCain and Hillary and has shown remarkable strength. He is looking better each day!

    Wendy, San Rafael, CA

    April 30, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  38. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack I honestly do not believe that the superdelegates will be influenced by this Wright mess. They are smarter than that and will look at who they believe represents Americans as a whole. The one that can bring us all together in their eyes will be their choice. Lets not forget superdelegates are free to change their mind no matter who they choose, be it Hillary or Obama. I honestly believe that these next few weeks will tell the story for many superdeletages, as I doubt they will over ride the delegate count let alone the will of popular vote.
    No matter who wins, I am certain they will beable to close the deal on McCain and the RNC.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  39. carole in Indiana

    It defenitely should have. Obamas early bash on Clinton was making poor choices. It seems Obama has made several. Sitting in a pew for 20 years listening to garbage spewing Wright, friends with a known terrorist and the whole Rezko issue has not even hit your radar yet, or at least you are keeping it off. That will haunt Obama later for sure.
    Clinton has a better chance of beating John McCain according to the latest polls. It is the super delegate responsibility to ensure the candidate with a better chance of winning be the nominee NOT WHO IS WINNING IN PLEDGED DELEGATES. PERIOD

    April 30, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  40. Melissa Pugh

    Hey Jack,

    First of all I have lots of fun reading your blogs. I think superdelegates are smart enough to figure out who is really poplar with all races, independents and even republicans whom just switched to Democrats. Hillary will come up with any excuse to win example, "I can win all working class white males. She doesn't get it, Its more people voting than working class white males. Maybe that's why Barrack Obama is winning with 600,000 or more in the poplar vote.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  41. Pat in MIchigan

    Reverend Wright should be a non-issue.....Obama is the best candidate and demonstrated his good judgement again recently when he dismissed this farce of a gas tax holiday which economists agree would do nothing more than drive the cost up and do nothing for the consumer in the long term or even the short term. If the superdelegates want to endorse the best mud slinger then Hillary is a lock...if they want to endorse the best candidate for the country and the country's major issues then Obama is a no brainer and Rev. Wright has nothing to do with this election..........by the way why aren't we hearing about Paul v Clinton?

    April 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  42. ADH, San Antonio, Texas

    I do not think Rev. Wright's comments will sway the super delegate votes away from Sen. Obama because super delegates understand politics and are very learned in politics and civil matters. Rev. Wright is extremely Afro-centric, and made some outlandish remarks, but Sen. Obama is steadfast, resilient and exuberant. I think Sen. Obama’s remarks yesterday distanced himself and his campaign from Rev. Wright to a point where he should not hurt him, after all, we (bloggers and the media) are the ones continuing to bring it up. Sen. Obama is smart enough to handle the reflux of the Wright controversy when it enters the general election and I am sure the super delegates know that and will vote for him based on his ability to change this nation and this world and not his past affiliation with Rev. Wright. Sen. Obama is not one to play with. He showed Rev. Wright respect when the sound bites initially played, but has now made it clear that he will no longer dabble with rhetoric that will hinder his opportunity to become president. Super delegate votes will sway his way because; Sen. Obama shows that he can be compassionate and tough at the appropriate times.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  43. Billy G in Las Vegas

    I am sure some will IF he can't overcome his association with "The Reverend Wrong". it's sure doesn't help him that all the political news media lately is "ALL Wright, ALL the TIME"

    April 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  44. Ray, Florida

    Rev. Wright who?!!!

    April 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  45. Nigel Buffini

    How can we get beyond Rev Wright if all you people do is bring in one pundit after another to discredit Obama further? I watched one trembling black preacher after another screech with delight every time Wright made noise. Your commentators say that this will die if it leaves the news, but then they plan their entire day around Wright's latest comments.

    Don't you people in the news business want to separate yourselves from Fox News? Let's get to the real issues, not Fox issues.

    Nigel Buffini
    Grass Valley, Ca.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  46. Bob, Santiago, Chile

    Rev. Wright is no worse than Bill Clinton. If the superdelegates think Wright is too much of a distraction then Bill was and is a B-rated movie actor. The media need to leave Wright alone and let Obama focus on the issues, not the sideshows.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  47. Ken Deminick

    Why does the media continue to flog this story to death and ignore the real issues? Someone associated with Obama says some stupid things and the media tries its best to smear Obama as if he had said them. In the meantime Bill Clinton can say something one day and contradict himself the next but that story gets almost no coverage. What about Hillary's "Screw em" comment? What happened to fair & balanced coverage?
    It reminds me of the endless coverage of the Anna Nichole Smith story. THE SUPER DELEGATES ARE SMARTER THAN THAT.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  48. Patricia

    No way Jose. Now that Obama is free of Wright, he has paved the way for a flood–sorry–a trickle of super-delegates. I expect to see that as soon as today. Now that Michelle is talking again, her spunky, snarky personality will flesh out the person and we're ready to sail.

    Boise

    April 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  49. Carol in Durham Maine

    A n Indiana super delegate that was on stage introducing Hillary just last Friday has today endorsed Obama, along with 4 others in the last 24 hours. Does't seem like they are hiding out anymore.
    Once people seperate the words of a FORMER pastor from the real messages of Obama, they realise that it was patently ridiculous to evaluate a President on the words of others. Certainly they don't apply the same 'standard' to Hillary.
    So let's hear it for Super Delegates with real courage.
    P.S. I'm sort of glad now that Edwards didn't make it. ( I was an Edwards supporter) Apparantely Edwards staff have more common sense and courage than he does as they are working hard for Obama. Too bad he turned out to not have any spine.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  50. janice

    Super-delegates are all very intelligent people. They understand that everyone has associations with people that doesn't always speak to their values and beliefs. Obama's heart is in the right place and super delegates will be able to see the big picture and that is the hope and promise that Obama offers for this country. in his intent to do things in a new way for the people of this country and for the world at large. Clinton is at this point promising the moon to anyone who will listen. Her motives aren't pure, just egocentric. Come on super- delegates step up to the plate and vote your conscience. Experience didn't count for anything when it came to Bush. He governed a State, and that supposedly qualified him to put this country into bankruptcy.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  51. Matt Callaway in Omaha, NE

    Superdelegates are in the know – they're much more likely to know Senator Obama personally, and much less likely to be swayed by a few soundbites than your average American is. It could be political suicide to abandon him at this point. Nearly 1 in every 200 Americans has DONATED to Obama's campagin and they could easily be mobilized to pressure individual superdelegates. They won't jump ship – in fact Obama picked up three more superdelegates today.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  52. Connie

    Jack,
    I voted early and I voted for Senator Obama . I do not regret my vote, if they would let me vote again I would vote the same way. I feel very sorry for those who would hold Pastor Wright against him. I can not believe that the superdelegates want all of us to vote , but they want to hold out . Why to make a big name for themselves or make sure they are on the winning team?I guess that is what Obama means about that's Washington. I am also with Obama about the gas tax holiday, if it would cost one person a job to save me fifty dollars for three months or cost one life because of poor road repair , I can not believe anyone would believe it is a good idea.
    When is Hillary or McCain going to Washington to vote on all of this?
    OBAMA 08,President 09
    Connie, Logansport,Indiana

    April 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  53. Peter-TX

    sway the super delegates? to where? if Hillary is the only other option, (which she is) the answer will be a capital NO; this is like saying you are between the devil (Hillary) and the deep blue sea(Obama with the Wright baggage), the deep blue sea seems more appealing, moreover, there might be dolphins to rescue you there. bottom line, you got a chance with the sea but definitely not with the devil.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  54. Pamela-NC (40ywf)

    Jack,
    the only reason I'm responding is to plead with you and your counterparts in the media to begin to cover the differences in plans between the 3 people running for President of the USA with the furvor and constancy that you cover more Juicy topics. I know that sounds novel and all, but I can get my juicy 'news' from the tabloids if I am so inclined. Just think how much good the media could do if it spent Mondays on how the candidates differ on Iraq, Tuesdays on how they differ on gas crisis, Wednesdays on how they differ on healthcare, etc etc.? You in the media FORCE us to obsess on what YOU decide we will obsess on, by showing us only that over and over and over and....
    Didn't Obama receive 2 more supers today? So to answer what is hopefully the last question you will ask regarding Wright....NO!
    Pamela
    Clayton NC

    April 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  55. Peter-TX

    sway the super delegates? to where? if Hillary is the only other option, (which she is) the answer will be a capital NO; this is like saying you are between the devil (Hillary) and the deep blue sea(Obama with the Wright baggage), the deep blue sea seems more appealing, moreover, there might be dolphins to rescue you there. bottom line, you got a chance with the sea but definitely not with the devil.

    Dallas, TX

    April 30, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  56. DeniseGA

    I don't believe the Superdelegates, will let the ignorants rant of Wright, influence thier judgement, when it comes to the Country!
    They have a very important role in this election, and are wise enough to not judge Obama, by another person actions!
    As I have read all the candidates have had issues with their pastors, and why is Obama the only one scrutinized!
    Obama is still receiving more Supers than Clinton, despite her recently picking up a few!

    It is time to end this primary season, and allow time for the Democrats to rally behind their candidate!
    This in fighting will on ensure a loss in November!
    Hillary Clinton should care more about her party, than her selfish goals!

    April 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  57. Susie (British Columbia)

    I think the democratic superdelegates are very intelligent people and they will make the right decision that Senator Obama is nothing like Wrigth(idiot). Since the beginning of this primary campaign for the democratic nomination, Senator Obama is being the most real,honest, humble and has the most integrity of all the candidates. He is the peoples' person. He can bring all people regardless of their color to unity. His message of hope is not only hearing in USA but also here in Canada, Japan, China and all over the world. He will be a good leader for your country and change the course of your trouble goverment. So all I can say to all the American people is to give him a chance to prove it. Jeremiah Wright has probably get a little excited of the lime ligth that he is getting so let the boy play and for goodness sake just leave Jesus Christ name out of your foolishness.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  58. Mary Bartel, Canada

    Jack,

    If they are affected by Wright's story, then they are not Super. If they can accept lying and disrespect to the House People, then Americans will disappoint the whole world for another 8 years.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  59. Laura Schneider, Theodore, AL

    Yes. But not because of this one independent incident, but rather because it speaks to Obama's judgment and the claim of his campaign that he is not a typical politician. It is clear that Obama knew Rev. Wright was a controversy waiting to happen when he cancelled Wright's appearance at his presidential campaign announcement (Wright was supposed to deliver the invocation). When the media discovered the sound bites and began playing them, he gave a 35,000-foot speech about racism rather than making a clean break with the guy at that time. It took three televised appearances (Bill Moyers, Detroit NAACP, National Press Club) before Obama finally came out and "divorced" himself from this man. But it was not Wright's controversial statements that did it, it was the statement that Wright did what he had to do as a pastor and Obama did what he had to do as a politician to get elected.

    His performance in the PA debates when he finally encountered a press that would not coddle him, the Wright controversy, the Ayers relationship, the "bitter" comment, etc., have all been like a drip, drip, ddrip eroding his credibility and the basis of his campaign - Jjdgment and his "new kind of politics."

    We now see that he has neither.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  60. Peter Pan Fairview, Texas

    I don't think intelligent people will be swayed by the opinions of a fool like Mr. Wright. You can look at all of Hillary Clinton and John McCains associates and find several if not even more morons associated at some time with them also. Any reasonable and prudent super delegate (which I don't know how many actually exist with that criteria), will do what is best for the party as a whole and not for what political favors they owe the Clintons. If they do not then the American people will not vote for the ones that are going to run for public office again and as far as the old and retired ones that will never hold another political office, who gives a damn what they say? They had their chance to make something good of this country and if they were doing that they would probable still be in political office instead of sitting on the side lines now arm chair quarterbacking. Those that can, do. Those that can't need to shut up and sit down. That goes double for the meddling Mr. Carter.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  61. JT from TN

    Jack,
    Every superdelafate has made up thier mind in their mind but they are holding off on saying who till possibly the convention, that way if it is too close and superdelagates get to decide this thing then there's the superdelagates getting what they want publicity and air time on CNN typical polititian. If you watch Larry King, you saw Al Sharpton who said he was still undecided which is fine but come on, you really think Al sharton will vote for Hillary rather than O'bama, get real. One more thing Howard has asked the superdelagates to come forward and choose NOW, at a job if you don't do what your told or don't show nup you get "FIRED"

    April 30, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  62. William Burrell Sr, FL

    If, Jeremiah Wright is the factor they use to measure Barack Obama, then they,ve been listening to much Hannity, Limbaug and the talking heads, and not what he is saying! We have had seven and half years, of nothing more than incompetence from this administration. The issues that face American's today are problems faceing all American's, even those white working class American's. Whether these people regonize it or not, they need to ask themselves a question, Is either Clinton or McCaingoing to offer the help and hope that America, and American's need right now?

    April 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  63. Docb

    Jack,
    Some will be swayed against him. Many will move toward him because of the strenght of his distancing and the sadness apparent in the untenable position he was put in. It was like looking into a circus mirror and seeing an image you have believed you whole adult life to be gone., mocking you. I can not imagine what it must be like to have not had a father from age two- then finding a male that I looked up to betray me in such a public way.
    Many of SD's will see it as sign of strenght and I do too.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  64. Travis, Los Angeles CA

    Obama has said and done enough to cater to the liberal elite that their support is assured.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  65. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,I don't think Rev Wright alone will sway the super delegates,but the body of baggage he now has ,such as Rev Wright,Bill Ayers,the flag pin,not covering his heart during the pledge of allegiance,Michelle's comments,and bitter gate.None of these things alone mean very much,but when you start listing them ,it almost makes him unelectable.What catch 22,Hillary can't get the nomination,and Obama can't win the election!John McCain thanks them very much!

    April 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  66. Erin in Kalamazoo

    Until Wright went wacko Monday, these would-be Clinton super-delegates, though deferring to the wait-and-see strategy, were begging for a reason to jump-in. Christmas came early!

    April 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  67. Elease/ Minnesota

    Jack,
    I think the super delegates are smarter than that. We all want to get back to the issues and solutions for them. The super delegates should be concerned with the way the candidates are running their campaigns. To me that speak more to how they will run the government than anything else.

    I'm sure the super delegates will weigh heavily the will of the people. Barack Obama exhibits what loyalty means in the face of adversity. He also demonstrates how hard decisions are made and his ability to act on his decisions it in a timely manor.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  68. Jan - OH

    Good Afternoon, Jack!

    Here's MY opinion:

    IF Former Pres. Carter (or any other Super-delegate) changes his (her) mind, it is MORE than likely because of the treasonous details being suppressed by the Clinton campaign & the media concerning HER pastor, the Paul v Clinton case, her being in the top ten of earmark "hoarders" for the last few years, her "misspeaking" again, her & Billy's connection to the Weather-underground, and the list goes on incessantly! Millions of us Obama supporters (delegates included) won't allow Mr. Wright (& the "spinners) to sway our votes – we're a little SMARTER than that :) !!! Primarily because it defeats The Campaign's message & purpose: This Country NEEDS a change!!!

    April 30, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  69. Alex/MI

    Jack,
    If the supperdelegates are truly super, they should know that guilt by association is nothing supper and by holding the guiltless responsible for a sin he never committed they will clearly be burring the Democratic Party at stake and given victory to MaCain on platter of gold. If Obama is cheated out of his deserved place in history especially because of a sin he never committed, then they will know where power truly belong. If they truly have conscience they will not go after the same old same old and hurt the party they claim the love. Obama has nothing to do with Rev. Wright’s statements and he has publicly stated that, period.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  70. Dee, GA

    Obama's support will remain strong. I agree with Obama the American people are decent people. The decent Supers know what's going on. Obama is decent and that's hard to find in a political figure. If he was just a politician this thing would be over. The decent people of NC and IN will bring an end to this mockery nomination caused by the nasties, who by the way, are losing.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  71. paul W.Dc

    Jack,
    I'm a Hillary Clinton fan but if Barack wins I could get behind him. This Rev Wright thing is making me think twice though. Its making me think twice not because of Wright's comments but because I'm not seeing the anger that Barack says he has about the comments. He says the words of disownment and I believe him but I just dont hear the passion in the words. He could have been ordering a Pizza with the same tone of voice I head him speak with yesterday, (the words would have been different). It just seems that he doesnt want the job as much as Hillary does..........is he trying to run out the clock?

    April 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  72. C.B. Chamberlin

    One of your CNN commentators said yesterday that Hillary Clinton had asked Rev Wright to the White House to support her spiritually during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. Wright was in fact a frequent visitor to the WhiteHouse at that time. Why has no one asked Hillary about her relationship to the Reverend.? She obviously valued his reputation and his advice to invite him to counsel and pray with her. And Wright was not her Pastor. Why does she act like she doesn't know the man–and had no history with him? Would that be too much like fair and honest ? Would that be like giving Obama a break? Isn't a lie of omission still a lie? Win at any cost???

    April 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  73. Paul Columbia, SC

    Well Jack. This is just another case of the lesser of evils choices. Is it a "Super" choice to pick a known liar, or to select a suspected elitist. What wonderous offerings the democrats have foisted on the citezenry again. Frankly, I'm sick of them all. How many days until Christmas? I need something good to look forward to.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  74. Sue of Minnesota

    I hope not. Rev. Wright will not be running from President. If they give the nomination to Hillary, the republican can use Rev. Wright against her also. All they have to pull up the picture of Rev. Wright at the White House with Bill Clinton. I'm sure there are other picture with the Clinton's that we do not now of. Hillary has more baggage than Obama.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  75. richard hill

    No, the Super Delegates will continue to strongly support Senator Obama. The precedent action taken by the competing candidates, political analyst, and some Media hosts to politically exploit another
    candidates Church, ReligIous Leader, et.al., has recorded a deplorable page in our recordings of our Country's political history.

    Where do we go from here? In an effort of fairness, ...'exploit the relationships and/or associations of the remaining two Candidates? Further, what about the questionable associations with known persons of interest to our legal system, or contributors to their personal coffers ?

    Richard.
    Weeki Wachee, FL

    April 30, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  76. richard hill

    No, the Super Delegates will continue to strongly support Senator Obama. The precedent action taken by the competing candidates, political analyst, and some Media hosts to politically exploit another
    candidates Church, ReligIous Leader, et.al., has recorded a deplorable page in our Country's political history.

    Where do we go from here? In an effort of fairness, ...'exploit the relationships and/or associations of the remaining two Candidates? Further, what about the questionable associations with known persons of interest to our legal system, or contributors to their personal coffers ?

    Richard.
    Weeki Wachee, FL

    April 30, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  77. Terry in Hanover Co., VA

    If superdelegates change or decide their vote for Obama based on Reverend Wright's words and actions, then they are superstupid.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  78. CB

    Apparently there are some delegates who still support Obama with the new endorsements and I'm not clear on why that is unless they had already committed to him prior to this mess. I question Obama's loyalty to his 'friends' and therefore to his supporters. It doesn't appear to be good position for any 'friend' since he clearly steps over or around (Rezco now Wright) anyone who gets in his way. Obama did not denounce his pastor but only his words. My concern is that clearly Obama rose to prominency in politics on the backs of Rev Wright and his church members and now he has basically told this guy to step to the back of the bus. This is worse than throwing him under the bus and this guy has every right to be mad at his old "friend".

    April 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  79. Diane in TN

    The superdelegates should put Rev. Wright out of their minds. He is not attached to Obama in any way. Why would they have supported Obama before Rev. Wright? Obama is the same candidate with the same values and integrity as he had from the beginning of his campaigning. Considering all the kicks, hits and hammering he has received, that speaks loudly for the person we need as our president.

    April 30, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  80. sarah, indiana

    i think rev. wright is nothing more than a publicity seeking wacko. that said i also think the super delegates should seriously consider the damage the republicans can inflict on an obama campaign. they will not hesitate to drag this issue on and on. they will dig up more dirt on sen. obama and suddenly the pristine outsider will be to dirty to elect. at least with sen. clinton the bad news is already out there and she knows how to defend against the attacks. sen. obama's "hope and change" platform will crumble like a house of cards when it really gets ugly out there.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  81. mitchell martin ark.

    no.core democrats should know ,that people are more in tune,in this election ,than they have been in years.they are smart ,and they know that the rev. wright 'debacle',has nothing to do with the obama movement.we are determined to make our government work for us ,again,instead of getting paid top dollar to accomplish nothing.obama's supporters are on a mission.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  82. C.B. Chamberlin

    Has anyone wondered who arranged for Rev. Wright to address the National Press Club? This would be an odd forum for the minister; but a venue where his remarks would make immediate front page news...Is there a closet Clintonite in the house?

    April 30, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  83. Dave Griffin

    Why should anyone change their mind on Obama – just because he went to Rev. Wright's church? Maybe some voters don't understand the significance of past tense, but I would hope that the superdelegates would be more intelligent than that. Family churches aren't often chosen by the individual, and Rev. Wright, in his doddering years, may be misrepresenting his congregants, or even his past self, but anyway he does not represent Obama.

    What may sway the superdelegates is the degree and duration of Wright's distraction. Obama has so far handled the degree well, but the duration is up to the press – specifically, CNN. Since you didn't air every candidate's otherwise obscure preacher, there's no need to air Rev. Wright.

    Dave Griffin
    Albany, NY

    April 30, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  84. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    I don't think so. I think that the superdelegates realize that Rev. Wright is a nut job, and that Obama has finalized the divorce.

    Besides, it's clear that the superdelegates are still trickling in.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  85. Allen L Wenger

    I don't think so, not yet anyway. The super delegates will not run to Hillary Clinton unless the voters go first.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  86. Raymond

    No, because they understand from the beginning who is Obama. He is the most capable person to beat McCain and not Hillary Clinton. And we

    April 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  87. Rosalynd Florida

    It appears the Superdelegates response is to keep moving to Obama's side. 3 today and 9 since Pennsylvania (only 5 for Clinton). I don't think the Supers are swayed by the media obsession with Rev Wright. As for who asked Rev Wright to speak to the National Press Club, it was Clinton supporter Dr. Barbara Reynolds. Not surprising the Clinton campaign is complicit.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  88. Karen Ginsel

    It seems as though something comes up against Obama right before crucial primaries. One would wonder in this case if someone from the Clinton campaign met with Wright.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  89. Mel Bullhead City AZ

    Jack
    No, I don't think so. This whole affair has been unfortunate but much applauded and prayed for by the Clintons and McClones!!!! This was her only hope to overturn the American people and their votes. She still thinks "Mother Knows Best" and feels she needs to set the American people straight about who they should have voted for.
    Well, they didn't vote for her and no matter what happens now she can never get enough votes to overturn the American people.
    ONWARD AND UPWARD MR. OBAMA – WE LOVE YOU.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  90. Shirley-Ohio

    He shouldn't if they are educated enough to know that Rev. Wright does not define who Obama is. Everybody's mind should be made up by now. They need to say who they are for and this this thing over with already. No matter which way you flip it, turn it or spin it Hillary is not going to when.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  91. georgia jones

    I don't think so. The media has been doing their best to make this an issue but why don't they talk about the issues or better still Hillary and John's pastor, whomever they are. I would rather vote for someone who didn't read all of his church bulletins than someone who didn't read the security report before they voted in favour a war that should have never been waged. The media has been making it an issue with the help of the Clinton/GOP coalition.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  92. Will K. San Jose, CA

    Will we really still be talking about Rev. Wright in November?

    With a recession, failing dollar, $4 gas, medical care crisis, unchecked illegal immigration, and an active war in two countries, one would hope that at least one issue actually effecting the public might make it into the forefront of the news cycle sometime during the next 7 months.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  93. Jerri from Spokane, WA

    Superdelegates have been around long enough to smell a rat for what it is. If they change their mind over something blown up by the media into more than it should be, a blip, shame on them.

    I appreciate your fair coverage of this issue.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  94. Frank Ontario

    The short answer is no Jack. The only people who will use another person's thoughts or statements to go against any particular candidate are just looking for a reason to go against them.

    We all know if you look hard and long enough for something to justify your reasoning you will eventually find it regardless of how ridiculous or lame the reason may be!

    April 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  95. Kat from TN

    If these same folks could deal with all of Bill's extracurricular activities, impeachment, the travel office scandal, the Clinton's shadowy libary donor list, etc, etc, etc, they should be able to deal with Obama's politicially incorrect former pastor.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  96. Debbie

    I don't know what he did, however it is looking good. I think this is all planned. For every one Hillary get, Obama get two. They are coming out slowly so that it doesn't hurt anyone. That's good!

    April 30, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  97. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    If the Superdelegates are swayed by the idiotic comments of Rev. Wright who selfishly is trying to extend his ten minutes of of fame, then there is only one solution for the Democratic Party – abolish the Superdelegate system entirely! Of course, that can't happen until after this election. So the maligned Barak Obama just might have to change his strategy of running a civil campaign and go on the attack himself. Certainly there is plenty of ammunition to "smear" Hillary Clinton if he (or his proxies) so choose!

    April 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  98. Moses, Ca.

    Jack,
    Not now or in the general. Everyone knows about him already. Now only if the media stops it will not keep hurting Obama. " BREAKING NEWS " People don't care about the Rev. anymore.

    Moses, Ca

    April 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  99. georgia jones

    Super delegtes been flocking to Obama, he got another three today. So put that in you pipe and smoke it MSM

    April 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  100. Cynthia

    No Rev. Wright will not sway the superdelegates. One example, Rep. Hill introduced Senator Clinton at a rally on Friday but endorsed Senator Obama today – that speaks volumes.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  101. Chris Swansea, MA

    I saw Reverend Wright on with Bill Moyers and I agree with him

    April 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  102. John E

    Jack

    The only reason any of the superdelegates will even know about what Reverend Wright says is because of the tabloid news agencies even like your own network giving him endless news cycles because it sells.

    I am not saying it is 100% the "news" fault. I think Obama needs to make sure people know he does not think that way but sadly a lot of the democratic base won't listen because they need to hang on to something tangible so they can justify to their neighbors not to vote for him instead of telling the truth that they will never ever vote for a black man for President. Sadly there are many places in this country where we are no better than we were 30 years ago, they just hide it better.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  103. Marie, Charleston, SC

    Any superdelegate who decides one way or the other based on Rev Wright is just being delusional. Regardless of which candidate gets the nomination, the Republicans will use whatever is available (or make things up) to attack the nominee. Is Rev. Wright any better or worse than Whitewater? Superdelegates should vote based on what is good for the party and for the country.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  104. Bob, West Palm Beach

    Jack, . . . . .Rev. Wright sure as hell won't be standing there at the gas pump when the superdelegates are filling up their tanks at $7.00 a gallon.

    Obama 08.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  105. Brian in Long Beach, NY

    Yes, its time for the super delegates to get off the fence and endorse Obama, he's going to be the nominee anyway, so now is a good time to end this farce.

    I still don't get the reason why Clinton is wooing her former enemies, but somehow, someone has to let her know the show is over.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  106. Rob in CA

    No, they have intelligence and experience in politics and aren't obsessed with superficialities that the media plays on to create emotional responses.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  107. Agnes Nova Scotia Canada

    Jack I think the Super D's are smarter then you think. If they are not they must ask themselves this question. Do we go with Barack who the peolpe of the USA want or do we go with Clinton who may be impeached due to the pending Fraud Charges. I think the answer is pretty clear here unless of course you are a Hillary Supporter who remains to wear their blinders.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  108. Lisa - Pgh.PA

    No. I believe Obama picked up 4 delegates today. Wright will not go away entirely but I think honorable people will back an honorable man –Obama. The real question is will Hillary lose delegates because they are rethinking having Bill in the W.H. again. Do we really want to relive those awful stories of Bill's women??

    April 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  109. Rob, Arvada, CO

    Are presidential candidates tied to their pastors? Careful before you say yes, because then we will have to give McCain's pastor John Hagee and Clinton's pastor William Procanick their analysis by the media as well. Is that what you want, because you won't like what you find. I am glad Obama took a stand yesterday and put the smack-down on Wright. Super-delegates keep coming in for Obama despite all that Barack has had to deal with these last 4 months. Obama can take on anybody, and he has shown this over and over. Sounds like a true president to me.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  110. Paul from Michigan

    Some of the superdelegates will be swayed one way and some will be swayed the other. Some view Wright as a probem and some view Wright as a unfair distraction from the real issues elevated by the media. So far Obama is leading 8-6 in superdelegates since Pennsylvania, even after she won that primary by 9 points and Wright was covered from head to toe by the media in this latest spectacle. So the answer to your question is Yes, No, Maybe, and Maybe not. It deepends on which superdelegate you are talking to.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  111. Roxane from MN

    I don't know why it would. Everyone has a realavie who embarrasses them once in awhile, or in this case a pastor. Just because that relative or pastor is an idiot doesn't reflect on who that person is or what they stand for.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  112. Aaron

    Who will jump to a sinking ship?

    April 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  113. Allegra

    I find it hard to fathom why Obama's judgment is suddenly supposed to be inferior to Senator Clinton's because of the rantings of someone he knew. Riddle me this Jack: If Obama is to be judged by the company he keeps than why does Hillary Clinton get a free pass when she is married to a man who was impeached by the House of Representatives for perjury and obstruction of justice and who is, for all intent and purposes, a felon? After the Lewinski scandal, Reverend Wright was seated at Hillary's side as an honored guest at the White House. How can we blame Obama for error in judgment, when Senator Clinton and her husband made the same call?

    April 30, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  114. Deborah Hunt

    No, it will not. The superdelegates are smarter than that. Let's not forget that Hillary has her own problems. The majority of Americans do not think that she is trustworthy. So, as a superdelegate, you have to ask yourself, which is easier to overcome? Defending an association with your pastor or defending an inability to tell the truth. Frankly, I'm done with having a president that I don't trust and I don't think I'm the only one.

    Deborah
    Seattle, WA

    April 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  115. ed anderson

    obama has been following the reverand and his beliefs for twenty years. for him to change all of a sudden on april 29th 2008 is just another politician cop out to try and get a vote.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  116. Gord from Boston

    Jack
    Super Delegates are savy and know enough to jump off a sinking ship. I'm sure they are waiting to see if carnage ensues if Rev. Wright and his supporters decide to fight back against Obama for throwing their church under the bus. Super Delegates who support Obama must be terrified that some video is going to surface of Obama clapping while the the Rev. Wright rants.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  117. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo MD

    Unless the Superdelegates have all vetted their pastors before they ran for office, they ought not to give it Rev. Self-WRIGHTeous a second thought. After all, "they" may have "rummaged" all through Sen. Clinton's closets, but we don't know what they found hidden under the floor boards. And the baggage we know about is hardly fit to be laid upon the altar or blessed by any pastor. Now that's worth the Superdelegates need to be considering.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  118. John in San Diego

    The super delegates are just like the rest of the Democratic electorate – they will continue to support Obama as long as he demonstrates defining presidential leadership in dealing with the Rev. Wright "crisis," and clearly establishes himself as a person of principles that rise above the unfortunate statements of some of his supporters.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  119. Patty

    Obama stated that he had never heard Rev Wright say those things when in fact the things he said were a repeat of things he has said and it is hard to believe that Obama had not heard or heard of these comments before the other night. It has been all over the media. He is being a politician and that was a lie. He is denouncing Wright because to not do so would definitly hurt his chances.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  120. Eugene in Northern California

    Without a doubt, some super delegates will be swayed, by Rev. Wright's ludicrous and irresponsible rants. Senator Obama cannot simply explain away his close 20 year relationship, with such an anti- American extremist.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  121. Nora. South Texas

    If they truly believed in Obama why would the rantings of an old (dying to be in the spotlight) man change their minds. The other candidates also have issues and if we continued to show those issues every ten minutes on 10 different news stations they would also be having a hard time making them go away. Jack, you know if CNN or anyone else would still be showing Hillary telling her Bosnia story, it would have blown up in her face.She was spared that, I am not sure why. The woman keeps lying and it just gets keeps getting set aside. The superdelegates know what a terrible situation they will have on their hands if they steal this nomination away from Obama. We have a big support group for Obama and if that happens we will sit this one out. They may wrong him, but we won't. Him being forced to tell us to vote for Hillary has a terrible ring to it and we will not do it.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  122. kristy4Barack

    Jack the entire America knows this situation of Rev. Wright is pretty much over. Probalbly over half of the superdelegates have been in African American churches and know the ego's that lie in the pulpit. This issue will be in the past, and superdelegates will join his campaign sooner than later. Actually, I think most superdelegates are supporting him more now because of this issue. Trying to pull him up.
    Kristy, Alabama

    April 30, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  123. M. Brown

    Jack, I really hope, before they make Obama the nominee, that they come to their senses
    If he is elected, you and all the other media will be wishing for the good 'ole days when George Bush was President.
    I really think we are in for disaster if he is elected. It has nothing to do with his color only his inexperience.
    M. Brown, Dallas, Tx.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  124. Amy

    Wright is a manufactured issue. He is not Obama so who cares what he thinks. Obama is just as much white as he is black, so it is not a surprise that Rev. Wright would not show the extent of his racism to Obama. Like, Wright said, you don’t talk about my Momma and think you’re gonna get away with it. I think Obama feels the same way, and hence is why he denounced Wright. Americans are smarter than the media makes us out to be and so are the superdelegates. Obama IS the nominee and this movement for change will fight on until we change the corruption and dirty politics in Washington!

    April 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  125. marie2007

    Were I a superdelegate, I would see in Obama a man who tried to use kindness to distance himself from his former pastor, condemning his words but not the man who brought Obama to god. He was betrayed by his former pastor so Obama made the tough decision to divorce himself from Wright. I see Obama as a man who is thoughtful, compassionate and not reactionary. I see a man who searches his soul for direction before acting in haste. Wright and the Republicans will have their heyday with this, but I would see in Obama the man I want in the White House.
    Marie
    Bartlett, IL

    April 30, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  126. Ronnie in South TX

    I am sure the superdelegates are always thinking, as I do, to make sure I am being fair in my choice of Obama over Clinton. I am sure the Clintons will do their darned best to be sure they make as strong a case as possible regarding her election chance in November. I can only hope the superdelegates do not change their minds if they are currently leaning towards Obama just because of one jealous old man who is also a preacher. Obama knew it would be a hard road ahead and he has done admirably and will continue to do so ..... so I think superdelegates, if they don't underestimate the public's intelligence, would be wise to stay with Obama if they are leaning that way now.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  127. Tom, Ft Lauderdale

    YES

    April 30, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  128. Lynn

    I am sure the superdelegates will look at the associations the Clintons have that the media has decided not to report in its endless desire to sensationalize this story. Hopefully they will look at the issues Americans and the media should be concerned about!!.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  129. DaN H Panama

    Jack you said yesterday you wasn t going to talk about Rev Wright anymore. Guess you cant believe anybody these days.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  130. chryssa

    Our Super Delegates are way too smart to be swayed by a media circus.

    Boise, Idaho

    April 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  131. Vi

    The superdelegates who have supported Obama will continue to do so. Why should the remarks of the lunatic Rev. Wright have on the superdelegates. I saw a man yesterday, very sadden by the hurt that Rev. Wright placed on him, but I also saw a man of strength. I admire Obama for his consideration to give another human the benefit of doubt, however when needed he shows the spine of steel. We need a man like Obama who thinks before he makes his judgment. Unlike Hillary who will oblivate Iran and surrounding countries without question., regardless of loss of lives and money. The manner in which Obama acts in a 'troubled moment' gives me a sense of security and that he will look after the country. When I see how Bill Clinton acts with his red-faced anger swinging his finger to the media – I thank God for Obama.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  132. Deborah from Florida

    I think if the Super-delegates keep hearing comments from voters and the news media that he now admits that he heard some unacceptable comments when attending his church for 20 years, I do believe that the majority of the public will not believe anything Mr. Obama states. Besides I am still upset with his comments about me that he made behind closed doors that blue collar worker who attends church are bitter. I do not like being lied to!

    April 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  133. Tom in Texas

    The super delegates only care about winning. I don't think Reverend Wright can beat John McCain in a presidential contest. However, Barack Obama can beat McCain handily.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  134. Anne Knoxville TN

    I wonder how many have been in a church with over 8,000 members. I wonder if those not of the Catholic tradition understand that the "Pastor" is not in control of belief and individual members have freedom to take what they like and leave the rest.

    Yes, Dr. Wight married Michelle and Barack and baptized their children. That is what ministers do for their members. It does not mean endorsement of every thought and statement of one or the other.

    The citizens of the USA elected George W. Bush to be President. He does not reflect my views and I am sure I do not reflect his.

    Hopefully the Super Delegates will see what an opportunity we have to select a Leader who is a breath of fresh air in these challenging times and join with him in effecting changes we all can live with.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  135. RD

    Those that are still in public office and up for reelection had better put their carrers over friendship. The democratic party will be a thing of the past.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  136. Kellie, Philadelphia

    If undecided Superdelegates allow the media's spin on this big mouth pastor to sway their decision, then they're too jellybacked to get my vote in a general election. The Dems were muscled (or perhaps hoodwinked) out of the presidency in 2000 and 2004 and now the media is determining who's electable in 2008! The Obama campaign has been instrumental in record numbers of Americans registering as Dems to vote for him, in a phenonmenal grass roots effort. If the Democratic party blows this one after 8 years of Bush, then I might be a bit too fiesty to associate myself with them Jack.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  137. God Bless American

    Jack – Mr. Obama message hasn't changed, his dedication of service, support to the people hasn't changed, he's the same then, as he is now.

    Rev. Wright is not Obama, just like I'm not my brother, my sister, my neighbor, my teacher, my co-worker...I am Me! People need to stop trying to identify Sen. Obama through Rev. Wright.

    "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    April 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  138. John in San Diego

    Jack, the real problem with the Rev. Wright fiasco is that, for many working class voters, it has transformed Obama from being "too white" to now appearing to be "too black."

    April 30, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  139. Robert

    Don't know about the Superdelegates, but he sure makes me wish I could take back my vote for him. I got suckered into the Obama-fest. He is just a politician trying to hide the ball from us afterall.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  140. Eric

    Jack, that answer is just a big no you guys the media are blowing this whole thing out of proportion. Mr wright is not runing for office, and does not speak for Mr Obama or his campain. That is the end of it.

    Eric
    Ohio

    April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  141. Stephanie Billings

    Jack:
    I just don't trust him and respect him. He is one of these candidates that talk out of both sides of his mouth. When he is on camera he can say and do anything that will make him look good? I would like to know if he meets Rev. Wright in private after all he said he was like an uncle. I just don't believe that he means what he says. He's my senator I'm ashamed to say.

    Stephanie

    April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  142. Pam, New Haven, CT

    If Rev. Wright has swayed the superdelegates, we have much of the mainstream news media to thank. The level of obsession ad nauseum with this and other freakshows when there are real life issues (the economy, war, those things) that are so much more important. I'm sure Billary are making the case regarding Rev. Wright to the superdelegates. Do you think that the Paul vs. Clinton case will affect the superdelegates' choice? I wonder why we don't hear about this from the media? (Don't know about Paul vs. Clinton? Google it.) It seems to me this story is much more indicative and revealing about things like character, judgment, honesty, "electability", if anyone cares. There is a deafening silence on this from the media. Don't worry Jack – I won't be disappointed if this is not read. The silence on this matter is deafening, as it is on other matters that don't involve Obama. Though brief mention is made about the perceived "weaknesses" of the other candidate(s), the obsession and laser focus has been reserved for Obama.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  143. John

    The problem is that Obama stood proud of the fact he was the "only" one to forsee the future and not vote to support the war in Iraq.

    Now he shows that he can stare and listen to a man talk on a weekly basis and not see the true character of the man. He was married by Wright, his kids brought into the church by the man, yet Obama continues to say he has the wisdom and foresight to lead the country.

    I don't think so.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  144. A. Doyle

    All politicians should understand about the troubles that oppositions stress when one is running for an office. Most are not of their doing. No one should pay a price of this magnitude when someone else is the problem, not the candidate. It is my prayer that the superdelegates understand what has happened and that Sen. Obama did what he had to do before and now. His good character is still evident. If those who support him would declare now, it would help the party unite and go against the republicans from whom we are trying to regain our country. As for Michigan and Florida, it is another example of Sen. Clinton's lack of trustworthiness. She disobeyed the rules of the party, agreed at first then did what she wanted to do. Now, she wants to cry foul if she doesn't get a payoff she doesn't deserve. Fairness does not seem to be one of her strong points. Splitting the delegates is the only fair way to settle. The people who voted and especially those that didn't deserve to be represented.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  145. Kathy

    I would hope that the Superdelegates who have come out for Obama will continue to support his nomination for the reasons we general voters supported him; he is the best hope we have for uniting our country and repairing the crumbling image of the U.S. in the world view. Let's hope the shallow comments from the last several responders doesn't carry the day!

    April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  146. Bev Rossi

    Sorry I didn't put my address.. Phoenix, Arizona

    April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  147. George

    As shameful as it would be, the answer is yes. Any negative event where a candidate has to explain his way out of it is going to go against him. It would have been better for Obama to have just let it alone, and the stroy about Reverend Wright would have vanished in time. Also if he felt like he should denounce his reverend, he should have done it when it was made known to him that he had cursed the United States, and that a few weeks ago.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  148. MMN-Milwaukee WI

    Am I swayed by the WRIGHT stuff? NO!! I am swayed by the RIGHT stuff? Yes!

    A gas “tax holiday" for the months of summer is a feel good election ploy that Hillary is borrowing from McSame and is a financial support (welfare) to the oil companies who are already raking in earth shaking profits. Obama is showing courage by telling people the truth and not wh`at they want to hear. What Hillary and McSame are saying about “tax holiday” is like trying to fix a crack on Hoover Dam with an ABC-Gum (Already Been Chewed gum).

    April 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  149. Ex Democrat in Des Moines, IA

    Jack,

    Unfortunately no. Superdeletes are too afraid of the backlash they would receive from the psychotic Obama supporters (just read their posts).

    I only wish we had seen the 'real deal' before many of the states cast their vote. I guarantee Hillary would already have the nomination.

    The democratic party has handed McCain the White House in November.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  150. Jimmie

    Dear Jack, As a Black man growing up in America the Rev. Wright has some legitimate arguments that you nor the media will never have to face. With that said he failed to realize that we have made great strides in this country for example Obama's extraordinary run in this campain. Yes we are different but we all have the same goals and that is to have a strong and prosperous nation that at peace in the world. I think that Obama is the best man for job and if there was any doubt about this man's character it should put to rest now. P.S. God Bless America not God Damn America!

    April 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  151. James3

    You see it is all a matter of perspective. I think Hillary ought to distance herself from a certain former President. Afterall, this former President was disbarred for lying and obstruction of justice.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  152. carl Indep.Mo.

    Jack ...I believe the answer to your question is "yes" and "no" the super delegates that have their minds on Obama will support him ..The Democratic Party and the so-called Super Delegates have to decide who they think who could win the White House in November..I say Hillary has a better shot than Obama. May 6th will tell us a lot ...If Hillary can cut Obama lead to single digits in North Carolina and she carries Indiana ..well the super delegates would be better off supporting her..I for one , being a Democrat will not support Obama... I think the guy is a anti-American-racist and I believe he is still lying to the American Citizens about his beliefs..I believe we've haven't heard the last of Rev.Wright, I think he will come out and tell the American citizens all about Mr. Obama's believes rather now or later. The Democrats have to be very careful or they won't have a chance against McCain..JMO.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  153. Maria from Houston

    Jack-

    It should. The role of the superdelegates is to select the nominee that will win. Anyone who thinks that the politics of perception is a thing of the past seems to have forgotten the Gore and Kerry races. McCain is playing nice but that doesn't mean his surrogates will. This should be more than just a red flag. This should be a slap in the face of hope and a vote in the face of Republican swift-vote tactics...

    April 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  154. rose patton,pa.

    In one word .........YES!

    It isn't just that it was his pastor and you know it. He was his mentor and was in that church for twenty years and still meeting with him after he said he separated from him. If this was another candidate you would and HAVE gone back twenty years for the most minor attack on their judgement. Jack you are exactly the kind of old man that you described rev. wright.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  155. chuck

    Chuck – Saint Paul – Minnesota

    Of course Wright has an impact. Obama's electabilty remains in question. In delegates ELECTED in Primary election states Obama only leads 1162 to Clinton's 1156. Obama's entire "big" lead rests in the political elites that go to caucuses and are super delegates.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  156. Bee

    I don't think Rev Wright will make a difference in their decision making process. Hillary Clinton's baggage is more than Rev. Wright and the last time i checked the media has not really found anything damaging about Obama. Obama is the most honest politicians I have seen in a long time.

    I am pretty sure there is more damaging story from the Clintons than one lunatic Rev. Wright The guy doesn’t speak for Obama. Obama should be judge by his deed and what he says.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  157. Kathy from NJ

    I believe that the super delegates are supporting the candidate they think will best serve our country. Barack Obama has had several super-delegate endorsements in the last 2 days.

    IF the events of the last few days regarding Rev Wright have swayed their decision, it is only because Obama's actions in the past few days (distancing himself from Wright) have shown them that Obama has the strength and wisdom to make tough choices and this is a character trait needed to be President.

    For the most part though, I believe that the super-delegates know that Obama and Rev Wright are not the same man and that it is Obama's strengths, character, leadership, and ability to unite the country that make him the best choice for the Democratic Party nominee and President of the USA.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  158. Kemic - Houston, Texas

    Jack, In a nutshell, the Democrats need to grow up, stop being afraid of Republicans using Rev. Wright, and stand together and fight vigorously to take the White House for the Party of the People.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  159. O'Connor, Chicago IL

    Rev. Wright is not the man who is running for the presidential election. I am surprised that Hillary said that if she was in that situation she should have left the church. What surprise me is that, Rev. Wright never showed this type of behavior even during the time he went to counsel the Clintons. If the Clintons knew the other side of Rev. Wright, I am sure they were not going to ask him to visit them at the White House.
    How come now Hillary want to judge Obama for staying in that church? I am member of the catholic churchbut I do not attend service every sunday and I cannot be blamed of what the priests have been doing sleeping with young boys. I have a question for Hillary why did she stay with Bill when she knew he was cheating on her with so many women? Another question why did she not address the question of his infidelity to the public when she joined the elections? How come she is now putting Obama down for something he denounced after he saw the video which showed Rev. Wright performing in Washington? Shame on you Hillary, I had some respect for you but, you will not get my vote.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  160. Catherine Lao

    Jack, and anyone who bothers to read all these comments, kudos. However, let me point something out, most people and Supers know who they are going to vote for. Obama is NOT Bill Clinton! And most people including the media should be thankful that your personal life isn't thrown under a microscope and magnified 10,000 times. I think the honesty is refreshing. I certainly do not want to be pandered in the way much like Hillary and McCain are doing. Just goes to show that for some, ignorance is bliss, along with continual misery.

    Cathy
    PR

    April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  161. John Metz

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright , Jr. demonstrated his buffonery in a most embarassing way at the news conference on Monday. Anyone with any sense of reality should realize that Rev. Wright has taken the spotlight to stroke his bombastic and overblown ego. Rev. Wright's antics and tirades only give an excuse to those who were not planning to vote for Senator Obama anyway. For many others, he has most certainly scared them away and hurt Sen. Obama's chances to win the nomination.

    As as African American who votes (every election), I will not be swayed away from Senator Obama, a man whom I perceive can actually "lead" this country; which is more than I can say for Senator Hillary Clinton. In the event that the Clintons (Hillary and Bil) "steal" the nomination, I do not intend to "stay home". I will most assuredly vote for Senator McCain!

    John Metz
    Bridgewater, NJ

    April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  162. Jimmy in Chicago

    Jack,

    Obama's relationship with Rev. Wright should impact the superdelegates. It is a question of jufgement. But now I understand why Obama was against the Iraqi war. He didn't have enough time determine what kind of a man Saddam was. The war started in 2004, so using Obama's Rev. Wright timetable of 20 years, in 2024 Obama would have a press conference and announce that Saddam was not the Saddam that he knew 20 years ago.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  163. Eric

    I think the superdelegates know distractions when they see them. Obama will beat Senator Clinton in N. Carolina, pretty much tie with her in Indiana and then the superdelegates will mostly go to Senator Obama to end this joke of a presidential primary and send Senator Clinton back to New York with her Whisky, beer, Bowling Ball, Rifle and cheating husband in the back of a pick up truck.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  164. Brian, Buffalo, NY

    I doubt it, Jack. Nobody could have done more than Obama to put this red herring to rest. His first reaction, when he denounced the words but refused to disown the man, was a magnificent speech dealing with the issue of racial harmony out of recognized differences. The latest onslaught by Wright has so obviously disappointed Obama. His reaction was personal, fair and fully understanding. Throughout this whole brouhaha Obama has displayed nothing less than great statesmanship, courage and resilience. I believe that the super delegates of any worth will have seen this too.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  165. David B., Phoenix

    If the dems think Hillary's dirty laundry isn't going to be aired if she is the nominee, they are kidding themselves. The RNC had been preparing themselves for her for a long time. Her dirty laundry stinks a lot worse than a crazy Reverend. Obama's success just threw them off a bit.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  166. April Smith

    Jack, You're Obamas campaigne manager. You shouldn't even need to ask these questions.

    April 30, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  167. Brian in Puyallup, WA

    No, they do not view the "Rev. Wright scandal" as much an issue all the media, especially CNN, plays it off as. Actually, why doesn't the media just leave it alone and act like objective journalist as opposed to hounds for ratings. Rather ask question like, "How do you believe this ecomoic plan of [BLANK] will help? or "How can [BLANKS] tax-cuts be feasible?" Seriously, you KILLING me with all this junk! Where the news!? If I wanted to watch a General Hospital, I wouldn't be writing this comment Mr. Cafferty.

    P.S. Hey Jack, have you ever seen Wolfy Ol'boy without his baird?

    April 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  168. Mike Martinez, CA

    Hi Jack
    I hope not. The Reverend is just running his mouth because of the 15 minuites of fame the press is giving him.
    Mike

    April 30, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  169. Keith

    Forget Rev Wrong

    Go for a Winning team : Obama/Huckabee...They may think they are from different partys but I believe they could be very compatible and exciting as a team.

    "Change we can believe in "an "Put the IRS out of business" i WISH IT TO BE!

    April 30, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  170. Bob

    Its doesn't matter. The RNC is going to win by a landslide no question. The Democrats have backed themselves into a hole. Hillary sucks as a person, but is far more electable than Obama. However, Obama is a better person, despite the Wright nonsense, but has no chance of getting elected.

    Getting ready for another 4 years down the drain. Its sad too. This should be an easy one for the Democrats to win. Recession, War(s), Inflation, Job-loses, Energy Costs, defecits,....and they still won't win.

    The only hope is the Supers will see the light and flock to Hillary even though she is not the best choice for president. The bottom line is it doesn't matter how much "Hope" a person can sell people on if he can't get into office.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  171. Nickey, Little Rock, AR

    Jack,

    Rev. Wright is an opportunist and the media is giving him center stage. I would hope the superdelegates can see through this distraction. I actually believe that there is a bright side to all of this. Since this issue has already been beat to death, then to me it's one less thing that Obama will have to face if he gets the nomination. After discussing it over and over it will have lost it's impact. So I think the RNC will not be able to use it and it be very effective, by November it will be old news.

    FYI: Rev. Wright has a book coming out later this year. Why hasn't anyone mention that. This is getting him free PR. He's doing all of this because he needs to pay for his multi-million dollar home and what better way than to get attention in order to sell more books. Trust me people will buy it.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  172. Carolyn

    Y'know, every time Hillary comes out and says I wouldn't have stayed in that church...well Hil, most American women would NOT have stayed in your marriage. We all cross the river where we can. Why can't you rid yourself of Bill? Why is Wright fair game and Monica isn't?

    April 30, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  173. Marta K-Florida

    Yes, in an odd way; He has swayed them toward OBAMA who picked up another three super delegates today. Obviously, they don't have the irrational hang ups about Wright that the media apparently does. Apparently, they don't see Wright as the candidacy killer that ignorant racists do. Guess he's more electable than the GOP, the media, and the Clintons thought he was!

    April 30, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  174. Michelle, Oklahoma

    If the Superdelegates, like the rest of us, are not receiving the weeks of commentary, rantings, debates over any similar issues regarding Sen. Clinton, then they will be swayed away from Obama. No one has covered the relationship or speech given at an event for Louis Farrakhan in 1997 by then Mayor Rendell nor has it been investigated thoroughly since he as a Superdelegate Governor backing Sen. Clinton rubbed off on her (lack of air time) nor has there been any investigation of Hillary's Yale years as an activist especially association with the Black Panthers and close association with their lawyer Charles Gerry when she was given chance to moniter the trial of the New Haven Nine. These are not newsworthy???

    April 30, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  175. judgement

    he show poor judgement. if he gets it, dem's will lose to mccain. but if hillary gets it, she will win......... just that simple..

    April 30, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  176. Greg

    I think the superdelegates will see that Obama has handled the Wright situation with integrity, humility, and honesty. It was a difficult situation, and it shows how Obama will handle difficult situations in the future. I think he was forthright and spoke to the press and the american people directly about the issue. I think most superdelegates know that Obama can not be held responsible for the words of Rev. Wright, and they know that (in light of McCain's seeking the endorsement of an overly racist and anti-Catholic preacher) it will not be an issue in the November election.
    Yes, the Wright fiasco is distracting, but Obama's appeal and campaign hasn't changed. If anything, it has showed us that he is a strong leader even in times of difficulty.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  177. Mary Charlotte,NC

    The fact that the only "attacks" on Obama are about his pastor, and not his policies or ideas says that the right wing is scared to death to face Obama–they've said they would rather face Hillary. This is their way to get their wish. Superdelegates who can't see through this facade shouldn't call themselves "super" in any sense–except may "super" stupid.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  178. Dorothy

    Superdelegates should be smarter to let someone than Obama persuade them from voting for him. Listen to this...What do the Clintons, and Obama have in common? They both know Rev. Wright in a personal way. Just as Rev. Wright counselled Obama he counseled Clinton also during his time with Monica Lewinski. The Clintons have had Rev. Wright at the White House many times. I think that Rev. Wright knew that his actions were going to hurt Obama so he is just another dirty tactic that the Clintons used to distract Obama from his message of change.
    Wright is still using the same rhetoric that was used forty years ago that Billary put out there to stir up division in the African American community and "most of all" to stir up strife and hate in the world. They will do anything to win, even getting low down and dirty like this stunt with Rev. Wright. C'mon people!!! Think! How does Rev. Wright represent the Black Church when his congregation is what? 90% White. Again, the Clintons are scary people and do not need to be in charge of anything. Yes, politics are dirty but does it need to be this low down and dirty.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  179. Sandra NYC

    I think that the fact that Senator Obama gained 5 more Deligates today, shows that Rev. Wright did not do the damage that some people have hoped it would.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  180. charles NJ

    It should. I hope so.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  181. Preacher in MD

    I am a minister and Obama supporter who does not agree with many of the offensive statements made by Rev. Wright. His most recent press conference lacked the clergical humility and demeanor required of a man being led by the Spirit of God. However, my statement to Clinton supporters who believe that Obama should have heard some of these statements before now is this: Why have we only heard sound bites from two of Rev. Wrights sermons, when there are at least 50 audio sermons available online. Could it be that none of them contain the negativity that so many believe has been prevalent in his church the past 20 years? People can change...that includes Rev. Wright and Hillary! I believe that they both have unfortunately been led astray due to selfish ambitions.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  182. dummy jack

    he can"t do anything else.. jack is all ways asking dumb stuff.. he in with obama..........any you jack?

    April 30, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  183. Charissa from MI

    No one else put Obama where he is at but Obama. He should have never thrown his pastor under the bus to begin with. You don't necessarily agree with everything that your pastor says but its seems fishy that someone would sit in a pew for 20 years in a man's church that he thinks is now destuctive person. So now just became destructive when it was hurting his campaign. Don't you think he should have been destructive 20 years ago? I think Obama has lost his ground and will have a hard to time recovering. The American people along with the superdelegates need to stop thinking in the present and really think about who will carry in the long run. He hasn't won one battle ground state which will be as in past elections crucial to winning the election. This along with the Rev. Wright issue should an alarm for concern.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  184. Jennifer in Minneapolis, MN

    Why is it that Obama is getting beaten up over Rev. Wright – a man who he has publicly repudiated – while John McCain gets a free pass on the endorsement of equally, if not more, controversial John Hagee?

    If this election is going to be decided on associations, voters also need to consider Hillary's time on the WalMart board and McCain's association with the Keating Five.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  185. dummy jack

    How can obama recapture his momentum? He can"t, cause he lost it to hillary clinton..............

    April 30, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  186. Eugene

    All the vultures can fly from the Reverend's carcass for now and find other foolish bones to pick at. Don't you fellows have a clue about what is going on in the world and what people really care about? I believe Sen. Obama does.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  187. Carole W.Palm Beach, FL

    I think many people are "rethinking Obama." His looks, charisma and speeches cannot erase another huge error in his judgement regarding Rev Wright. He has no notable record in the Senate, no understanding of U.S. diplomacy and hasn't offered any real solutions. He's running on "Change." The Super Delegates are probably wondering now what that "change"means. I know everyone else is.

    April 30, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  188. Reid NC

    Hi Jack!As a man I must say Sen. Obamas character is what I like the most as well as his judgement. I wanted him to throw his Pastor under the bus along time ago and I was expecting him to do so at that speech in Philadelphia, but he did the exact opposite....he could have done what normal politicians do is lie(Hillary..sniper fire) and say he's nothing to me, he's not my friend!! He mis-spoke,I reject and denouce him!!...Sen Obama did not he left it up to us the American people to judge him on his merits and to not let this sort of thing distract us.Rev. Wright is just an old preacher man that has allot of baggage, the media gives him way too much credit!This won't hurt Sen. Obama in that way, but if the media keeps trying to run this story on Wright they are just fueling the flames for the crazies out there to make more death threats on Sen Obama and Rev. Wright...whicn no one seems to be reporting on that!!

    April 30, 2008 at 5:59 pm |