Why in God's name would you sit there on Chris Matthews' show politely answering the same idiotic, condescending, pre-chewed questions that were asked in the last debate? Would you please stop dignifying this crap? You're turning into John Kerry before our eyes, dude. You're confusing dignity and moral acquiescence (see also: Swiftboat). The only way you're going to stem the tide of this Reverend Wright mess is to say the following, the next time a reporter asks you about Wright:
"How many times do you people expect me to say that I condemn Reverend Wright's comments and that I love America? A thousand? A million? And yet you reporters continue to cover this as if there's some new revelation for voters. There isn't. And you know there isn't.
So let's just call a spade a spade, okay? You, the media, are now the ones playing the race card in this campaign. Because every time you devote space to this non-story - rather than the Iraq occupation or the economy or climate change or any of the hundred other legitimate policy issues - you're sending the same message to voters: Obama can't be trusted.
And Americans know - because they're not as dumb as you treat them - they know that you're not devoting the same coverage to Senator McCain's association with religious bigots like John Hagee or Rod Parsley or the folks at Bob Jones University. Or Senator Clinton's association with a host of unsavory characters. And they know the reason: because those stories don't have the invigorating scent of racial division.
The Republican Hate Machine invoked precisely this sort of insidious fear-mongering with the Willie Horton ad in 1988, and again in 2000, racial innuendo was used to torpedo Senator McCain's campaign in South Carolina. How's it feel to be in that sort of company?
A month ago, I gave a long speech about race. I did so in the hope we could move past false distractions and make this campaign about the common crises of state we face. If that's not the case - if the campaign for the presidency of the United States is going to be reduced to a series of smears and idiotic loyalty oaths - we will wind up with another disastrous administration that sinks the country further into cynicism and malaise.
How do you people sleep at night?"
Wake up and smell the urgency,