Sullivan on Obama

Sullivan has written more substantive pieces in terms of evidence, than March 18th's "The Testing of Obama," but he sums up the question eloquently and personally. His posts on the Obama/Wright dust-up include the full text of Wright's 1990 "Audacity To Hope" sermon and links to pieces pro and con Obama in the National Review and elsewhere. Why use the hypothetical comparison to Robertson? Perhaps Sullivan couldn't make MCain's real embrace of Hagee work, given it’s recent. Obama’s speech the next day fulfills Sullivan's description: someone "who offers all of us a chance to see sometimes authentic identity requires an element of contradiction, a bridging of the resentful, angry past and a more complex integrated future," but missteps include saying he would have quit the church, but Wright had resigned (). I also question Obama’s denied significance of his operatives’ pamphlet for organized labor regarding Edwards (). Sullivan’s bridge imagery works with Obama, but is ironic used against Clinton, whose husband used the same metaphor. Like Kaizar, I question Sullivan's description of Clinton "who believes in her heart that America is not ready and … assumes the need to disguise it and play cynical defense." Bill’s action regarding race in her campaign make wonder if he, on every level, wants her to succeed and recall how, despite Bob Dole's connections, Liddy dropped out for lack of funds. This points to two gaps: race AND gender. Clinton doesn’t talk as eloquently about the latter. Her character or her conundrum?