Reverend Jeremiah Wright was used to discredit Barack Obama during the last presidential campaign. The interesting thing is, it was started by Democrats themselves when they were fighting for the nomination. The negative side to this was it couldn't be turned off once the nomination was in place.
The hammering was continued by Republicans, slamming then-candidate Obama for attending a church where the fiery Wright was accused of preaching anti-American and incendiary sermons. One such line by Wright loomed incessantly in anti-Obama ads was, "Not God bless America, God damn America!"
The hammering became so loud and damning, (no pun intended) that Obama eventually left Wright's church where he had been a member for several years, even baptizing his children there.
His supporters said going after the reverend was a cheap shot, and now his opponents are reportedly planning on using this angle yet again. A Conservative Super-PAC reportedly wants to put Wright front and center again on the campaign trail, planning on blanketing the airwaves with ads to remind voters of President Obama and Wright's past affiliations. Romney has since condemned the use of Wright as a campaign weapon.
Speaking to the conservative website TownHall.com, Romney had this to say: "I repudiate the effort by that PAC to promote an ad strategy of the nature they've described. I would like to see this campaign focus on the economy, on getting people back to work, on see rising incomes and growing prosperity--particularly for those in the Middle Class of America..." (Read more here:Romney repudiates proposed Rev. Wright attack on Obama)
Democrats say if Republicans insist on going down that road, then Mitt Romney's Mormonism will be up for grabs too. Many have accused Mormonism of having a racist past along with practicing polygamy, which is a stark contrast to Christian ideology. A popular Republican Pentecostal preacher, Robert Jeffress, who was a staunch supporter of Rick Perry, even referred to Mormonism as a cult during the early days of the Republican presidential race for a candidate.
Interestingly, he too has thrown his support behind Romney, apparently putting the "cult" accusation on the "back-burner" for the common good of the party. When asked about his statement and now proposed support for Romney, Jeffress said defeating President Obama was more important than anything else. I guess the Obama administration is worse than any perceived "cult."
Nonetheless, Romney had an extremely difficult time garnering support from the ultra-religious Right and begrudgingly took the lead towards the end as if from lack of another viable candidate rather than being the best for the job.
Many of his endorsements from fellow Republicans sounded painfully forced--like they were lending their support because they didn't have a choice. Sort of like an enema--good for you but quite distasteful to administer.
What do you think: should campaign ads go after each other's religious affiliations, past or present or is that too much of a distasteful low to go?
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