As I have argued below, the accusations against Obama for a few statements by his pastor are troubling in their implications. Obama himself, in an historic speech, addressed these accusations and explained their context in a subtle and insightful way. He turned a moment of political necessity into an opportunity to bring difficult questions about race into a sane and tolerant dialogue. Of course, we know that some people would refuse to join this dialogue and instead continue to exploit a bad interpretation of the situation for demagogic ends. Bill O'Reilly, yes, Pat Buchanan, yes, but also:
"He would not have been my pastor," Clinton said. "You don't choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend."
The Clinton campaign has refrained from getting involved in the controversy, but Clinton herself, responding to a question, denounced what she said was "hate speech."
UPDATE: Apparently several people from the Clinton campaign are making similar comments, even going as far as comparing Wright to David Duke. This is foul. In my opinion, it's much worse than the Geraldine Ferraro comments.