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McCain Now Gets Wright

Today’s New York Sun reports, for those of us who missed the Sunday politics shows, that John McCain has reversed course on whether Obama’s increasingly infamous Reverend Wright is fair game. It would be interesting to know who convinced him that this is a significant battleground, and not off limits on grounds of excessive racial sensitivity. But it bodes well for the fall that the campaign understands that restraining itself from full political combat toward a black or female opponent is a relic of a time when blacks and women were not major party candidates. It was one thing to keep the gloves off when talking about preposterous “candidates” like Al Sharpton. We should adopt a new etiquette now which states that failure to respond fully is condescending.

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