A lot of what Wright said is right. White people do have most of the power in this country. White people are not called "nigger' (something Martin Luther King talked about). U.S. foreign policy is part of why terrorists hate the country.
And the God damn America part, the worst of the comments imho, is not different from Falwell, Robertson et al and is at stark variance with what Obama has said over his career.
Furthermore, we should never judge a presidential candidate by what his pastor said. That is not an American value.
It may turn out that "Obama is toast," but it is way too early to say. And he very well may survive because he has been out there right away. He went on three tv shows yesterday and released a youtube response which will be heavily circulated.
Bill Clinton had the same things said about his candidacy when the Gennifer Flowers story and the draft letter story broke. Yet he won the nomination and the presidency.
I remember all the times people wrote off Bill Clinton, from the 1992 Gennifer Flowers story to the 1997 Lewinsky stories. When news of the affair w/Monica broke, pundits said he would have to resign within weeks.
Truth be told, we don't know yet how this will unfold. Obama will take a short term hit, but he's actually better off having this come out now. PA is a long ways away and in the fall, this will be old news.
And Democrats are better off for having this break at this point, so we can see if he does in fact recover from the polling hit he will take.
Your view of MLK is the one set out every MLK day and it leaves out the very real critiques he made of the power structure in American.
King did not say people should love segregationists. His remarkable "Letter from Birmingham Jail" laid out the damage done by segregation and included a line about how black men suffered by being called "nigger,' and it then argued for resistance.