The time has come for Barack Obama to throw Reverend Jeremiah Wright under the bus and walk away and wash his hands. Wright is an arrogant egotist and — I’m sorry but it’s true — a major asshole who doesn’t give a damn about Obama’s presidential candidacy. If he did he would never have succumbed to the ego stroke of a Bill Moyers Journal interview and said what he said, which is that — in Wright’s own words! — Obama is a politician who feels or believes one thing and says another.

“He’s a politician, I am a pastor,” Wright tells Moyers. “We speak to two different audiences. He said what he had to say as a politician, I say what I have to say as a pastor. [We’re speaking to] two different worlds. I do what I do, he does what politicians do. What happened in Philadelphia [referring to Obama’s great speech], he had to respond to the soundbites, and he responded as a politician.”
This it. The man is incorrigible. A menace. Obama has to slap him down and cut him off cold and say so. If he doesn’t do this within 24 to 48 hours, he’s in real trouble. He can’t pussyfoot around. Do this or die. Cut all ties. Renounce. This is a personal betrayal. A friend who supports Obama told me an hour ago, “If he doesn’t do this, he doesn’t deserve to win.” I wouldn’t go that far, but sometimes being hard and strong is the only thing that will do.