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Obama says, “the man I saw yesterday was not the man I knew for 20 years.” You buy that?

Barack Obama’s criticism of Jeremiah Wright that we heard moments ago was more or less what I had hoped to hear in the Philadelphia speech. I’m glad that Obama no longer feels that Americans are unfairly misjudging Wright on “snippets”, and that the scales have fallen from his eyes. It’s frustrating that Wright had to become a catastrophe for Obama’s presidential ambitions before he could see him for what he is — a charlatan who lies, who spreads conspiracy theories, who compares this country to al-Qaeda, and who says to his flock that white Americans will never give them a fair shake — and to offer the full-throated, no ifs, ands or buts, disavowal that he explicitly rejected in his earlier speech.

Obama emphasizes “the man I saw yesterday was not the man I knew for 20 years.” I guess the question is, will the voters buy that?
Glenn Reynolds is on the same page: “I don’t see that Wright has changed. People are just noticing. But is Obama just now noticing?”
UPDATE: Here’s the problem for Barack Obama… how long until Wright responds? And how and when? And what will he say about the man he married, the man whose children he baptized? 

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