The Japes of Wrath

TOC has made these exact points, here and here, respectively. These Powerline posts are nice reinforcement.

The Wright context

In the just-published issue of National Review, Stanley Kurtz provides a detailed look at Rev. Wright’s black liberation theolgy. [sic] He concludes that “the only thing worse than quoting Jeremiah Wright out of context is quoting him in context.”

Michelle Obama’s gospel of bitterness

This past Friday Michelle Obama gave essentially the same stump speech in Charlotte, North Carolina that she had given the week earlier in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Based on the stump speech, Yuval Levin calls Mrs. Obama “The unhappiest millionaire.” Levin’s NRO column carries a link to the C-SPAN video of Mrs. Obama’s North Carolina speech. It is well worth watching.

Levin characterizes the pervasive themes of Mrs. Obama’s stump speech as the “gospel of bitterness.” Levin finds Barack Obama to be preaching a similar gospel, albeit one that benefits from “a peppier and more upbeat stump speech[.]” Senator Obama’s enormous political skills make it much more difficult to discern the somewhat repulsive views and attitudes that are nakedly on display in Mrs. Obama’s stump speech.

Michelle Obama seethes with bitterness. While she preaches the gospel according to Barack, she wears resentment and bitterness on her sleeve. It is therefore painful to listen to her. She’s apparently even still angry about her SAT scores. She didn’t test well in school, she explains. Somehow, she has overcome.

If people start paying attention, she’s a bigger problem than Jeremiah Wright. How do you explain sleeping with someone for 20 years, but not knowing what she thought?