Thursday, March 20, 2008

Clinton's silence explained?

In all the fury over Barack Obama and the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. this week, have you noticed that Hillary Clinton has basically been missing in action? Sure, she's shown up a couple of times to insist -- INSIST, I tell you! -- that the primaries in Michigan and Florida be counted, but there's been nothing from her in response to the Wright flap.

Perhaps now, we know why.

The New York Times will report tomorrow that Wright was a guest at a prayer breakfast at the White House in September 1998 -- just days ahead of the release of the infamous Starr Report, which detailed President Clinton's trysts with that intern who shall remain nameless.

There is no indication, according to the Times, of the relationship Wright had with either President or Mrs. Clinton, but the president did write Wright a note of appreciation thanking Wright for his "kind message."

Hillary Clinton's communications director, Howard Wolfson, handled the Times' request for comment with maturity and professionalism: "Urgent indeed -- a picture -- oooooooo!"

Wolfson's juvenile dismissal aside, this may explain why Clinton has been so quiet on Wright. Perhaps Wright might put it this way:

"How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?"
--Matt. 7:4