• Yes,maryann opinions vary ,but 81% think this country is going in the wrong direction.  So the important issues.  I'm talking about, reflect this number. Economics,Iraq, Social Security ,and health care are pretty high up on this list.
    Like I said, unless a potential voter thinks that Barack Obama is going to adopt a racist agenda, his pastor's views should not be that important. IMO..... again take the totality of both persons , if that issue is really important to you. You do yourself a favor,but I agree on the lack of judgment angle.
    Likely scenario Maryann..... Michelle Obama, probably chose this church and is probably more in tune with its teachings...I think the wife has the most influence.,when it comes time to pick a church and religion.... No stats or data to back this up,but he may just be a passive member in that church.. Not an excuse but just a thought.

    April 28, 2008 at 4:56 p.m.

  • I agree with a lot of your points John,but I don't really worry about the GOP ,because their numbers are dropping  and the new Democratic voters  are away up. I think Barack Obama will be able to sway more independent voters that John McCain or Hillary Clinton.
    This country is long overdue a discussion on race. Why? Because no one wants to hear the struggles of the 1950s, instead, they want to start in the1990s..... I can understand the anger over reverse discrimination policies that we have in place today, but legislators are scared to reverse them. Perhaps it's time to do away with affirmative action, but first we must make it known that that program was a necessity at one time ,in order to level the playing field. I just had a person tell me today (38 years old) he didn't  know things of the nature that Jeremiah Wright was talking about, actually took place.  When we have the discussion., It must be civil without using in-your-face tactics.

    April 28, 2008 at 4:41 p.m.

  • Mike, I think the key word is "important" issue. What's important is an opinion, and people's opinions vary
    John thinks that the pastor should keep talking.  I do to, but for different reasons, as I am not a Hillary supporter. Maybe this thing will run its course, but J. Wright has a way with words, and that "way" doesn't always help Obama.
    As a voter, I think it is important to look into those who help form our potential president's worldview. If this man brought Obama to Christianity, he was an influence on him to one degree or another.

    April 28, 2008 at 4:32 p.m.