Obama and Wright

Some Republicans are considering an ad campaign “linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.,” reports the New York Times. On Twitter, David Axelrod challenged the Romney campaign to repudiate this “slime.” Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades then issued a statement that reads in relevant part: “It’s clear President Obama’s team is running a campaign of character assassination. We repudiate any efforts on our side to do so.”

I doubt a Wright attack would actually be effective this year, but I can’t see why it’s “slime” or “character assassination” that deserves to be repudiated.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg View, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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