Did Clinton backer maneuver Obama albatross Wright to the National Press Club?

New York Daily News political columnist Errol Louis speculates today about the relationship of Barbara Reynolds, a Clinton supporter, and Jeremiah Wright the one-time ‘spiritual advisor’, now rotting albatross, to presidential hopeful Barack Obama.  Reynolds introduced Wright at the Press Club function on Monday.

A former editorial board member at USA Today, she runs something called Reynolds News Services and teaches ministry at the Howard University School of Divinity. (She is an ordained minister).

It also turns out that Reynolds – introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club “who organized” the event – is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter.

On a blog linked to her Web site- http://www.reynoldsnews.com- Reynolds said in a February post: “My vote for Hillary in the Maryland primary was my way of saying thank you” to Clinton and her husband for the successes of Bill Clinton‘s presidency.

The same post criticized Obama’s “Audacity of Hope” theme: “Hope by definition is not based on facts,” wrote Reynolds. It is an emotional expectation. Things hoped for may or may not come. But help based on experience trumps hope every time.”

In another blog entry, Reynolds gives an ever-sharper critique of Obama: “It is a sad testimony that to protect his credentials as a unifier above the fray, the senator is fueling the media characterization that Rev. Dr. Wright is some retiring old uncle in the church basement.”

I don’t know if Reynolds’ eagerness to help Wright stage a disastrous news conference with the national media was a way of trying to help Clinton – my queries to Reynolds by phone and e-mail weren’t returned yesterday – but it’s safe to say she didn’t see any conflict between promoting Wright and supporting Clinton.

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One thought on “Did Clinton backer maneuver Obama albatross Wright to the National Press Club?

  1. Press Club organizers dismiss this talk. They say they’d invited him to speak two years previous and brought him in now because he’s been in the news so much lately.

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