The Obama campaign’s decision to distribute a photo of Rev. Wright with Bill Clinton is one of the lowpoints of his campaign, IMHO. First of all, it’s a Hillary-esque move, trying to spin an insignificant fact (i.e., Bill Clinton met some guy and had his picture taken) into a major talking point (i.e., the Clintons are clearly hypocrites for criticizing Obama’s Wright connection, because they like Rev. Wright too! Just look at the photo! And they even wrote him a thank-you note! A THANK-YOU NOTE!!). In that sense, it’s reminiscent of the kindergarten essay nonsense from a few months ago. Like I said: Hillary-esque. And, as Jay Carson says, "pathetic."
Secondly, and for much the same reason, it invites ridicule. Whatever point Obama is trying to make here, it’s implausible on the facts presented. Nobody can possibly believe that Bill Clinton shaking hands with Rev. Wright, and having a picture taken (one of "tens of thousands" of such pictures taken over the course of eight years, the Clinton campaign plausibly asserts), somehow establishes that Hillary has anything approaching the level of connection that Obama has with the man. The notion is frankly just laughable. And when you’re the front-runner for the presidential nomination, you don’t want people laughing at you. As Howard Wolfson e-mailed when asked for comment about the photo, "Urgent indeed Ã¢â‚¬â€ a picture Ã¢â‚¬â€ oooooooo!"
Thirdly, it’s strategically idiotic. As NBC’s First Read says, "Doesn’t [the photo] just give cable networks another excuse to run the video of Wright? How does that turn the page? It was an odd decision to say the least." Whatever infinitesimal gains the photo might reap for Obama by pointing out the Clintons’, uh, hypocrisy, or whatever, they’re wiped out ten times over by the fact that the photo gives the Wright story fresh legs.
All in all, a terrible move by Obama.
P.S. This "typical white person" thing isn’t so hot, either.
On the bright side, Obama has just picked up the coveted Richardson endorsement. And it’s nice to see a hard-hitting memo on Hillary’s history of deception. Though, with March Madness going on, I’m not sure your average voter will notice any of this weekend’s developments.