The New York Times
is reporting that Sen. John McCain is finally speaking out about Sen.
Obama’s pastor Jeremiah Wright’s controversial comments. And that his
scrutiny of the comments criticizes their content.

McCain had held back on commenting about Rev. Wright before now.

But Mr. McCain took a different approach at a news
conference here when he criticized Mr. Wright for, as the senator
paraphrased him, “comparing the United States Marine Corps with Roman
legionnaires who were responsible for the death of our Savior, I mean
being involved in that” and for “saying that Al Qaeda and the American
flag were the same flags.”

“So I can understand, I can understand why people are upset about
this,” said Mr. McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee for
president. “I can understand why Americans, when viewing these kinds of
comments, are angry and upset.”

Mr. McCain said that he did not believe that Mr. Obama, Democrat of
Illinois, shared those views and that he was still against the
advertisement in North Carolina. But he suggested that Mr. Obama had
made the subject fair play by declaring in an interview shown over the
weekend on “Fox News Sunday” that questions about Mr. Wright were “a
legitimate political issue.”

“If he believes that,” Mr. McCain said, “then it will probably be a political issue.”

Fair play? You’d think. Seems logical to draw that conclusion, and
engage the subject on a plane of reason. But politics are politics…

The Obama campaign accused Mr. McCain of breaking his promise to run a respectful campaign.

And all of this was on Sunday, before Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s televised speech before the NAACP.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....