12/04/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Would The Wright Card Have Worked?

It was the dog that didn't bark -- or at least did little more than whimper.

Even as the Pennsylvania GOP went on TV this weekend with a last-ditch ad reminding Keystone state voters of Barack Obama's former pastor and a third-party Republican group aired a similar pastiche of his fiery sermons, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright wound up playing a far less central role in this campaign than originally anticipated.

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