Axelrod Testy Over Wright Comments
As MSNBC was waiting to broadcast Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s remarks at the National Press Club in Washington this morning, things got a bit testy between the show’s co-host Mika Brzezinski and Obama chief strategist David Axelrod. Axelrod repeatedly emphasized that Wright does not speak for Obama and refused to respond to Wright’s recent media tour Wright spoke at an NAACP dinner last night and was the subject of an hour-long segment on PBS’ "Bill Moyers Journal" Friday.
"I’m not going to comment Rev. Wright’s motivations or the political implications of what he is doing, he doesn’t speak for us," Axelrod added. "The question is back to you guys. Obviously you’ve given him a huge media platform. I was sort of surprised to see three hours of coverage last night on one of the cable networks." CNN was the network to which he referred.
Exasperated near the end of the segement, Axelrod asked, "How many times can you say I don’t agree with him, some of the things he says are outrageous and he doesn’t speak for me? How many times can you say that?"
Axelrod is right: The Obama camp has repeatedly said Wright doesn’t speak for their candidate. But Axelrod, who is typically very good in these television phone-ins, was clearly peeved by the coverage of Wright’s recent remarks. His testiness indicates that the campaign wasn’t expecting the Wright problem to linger as long as it has. They may finally be realizing that Obama’s problem with Wright isn’t going away and they need to have better answers to these questions about Obama and Wright’s relationship. At the time this was posted, the Obama campaign hasn’t responded to Wright’s remarks this morning.