obama33.gifThe headline from today’s Wall Street Journal, Obama May Not Have Fully Contained Damage From Ex-Pastor, is mostly undercut by the article that appears beneath it, which cites polls, voters, and super-delegates who say the Jeremiah Wright flap has not dampened their enthusiasm for Obama.
But the lead anecdote offers more evidence that some super-delegates are worried that the GOP will exploit Wright heading into November, making them more receptive to Hillary Clinton’s argument that she’s more electable:

Sen. Barack Obama’s Philadelphia speech on race relations last month seemed to put the controversial remarks of his former pastor behind him. But three weeks later, there is evidence of lingering damage.
“It has not been defused,” says David Parker, a North Carolina Democratic Party official and unpledged superdelegate. He says his worries about Republicans questioning Sen. Obama’s patriotism prompted him to raise the issue of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.’s remarks in conversations with both the Obama and Clinton campaigns.
“I’m concerned about seeing Willie Horton ads during the general election,” Mr. Parker says, referring to campaign ads that Republicans widely credited for helping defeat Michael Dukakis in 1988. Mr. Parker said the Wright controversy didn’t hurt his opinion of Mr. Obama.


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