But I can't resist taking my own shot at Sully's lead:
Today will be a crucial day. It will be a day when we will discover if America’s racial environment - and the emotions and feelings and anger and fears that it entails - can allow for a black man - with all that entails - to become president.
Stop, I'm begging you. If Colin Powell were running on his national security credentials, would we be having this conversation about his hate-filled minister? Of course not - we'd be talking (OK, groaning) about his UN presentation on Saddam's WMDs.
But since Obama is virtually unknown to most of us, and since he is running as an emblem of racial reconciliation, his long and close association with Wright is a legitimate issue.
What do I hope to hear in this speech? Answers to a couple of questions:
1. When Obama attempted to quell this on Saturday he warned us that "over the last several weeks that the forces of division have started to raise their ugly heads again."
Does Obama consider his own minister to be one of those "forces of division"? How can he rationalize his twenty year association with this man, and how does he explain his minister's sermons to his daughters?
2. Again, last Saturday Obama told us that "[Our country has] got a lot of pent-up anger and bitterness and misunderstanding. But what I continue to believe in is that this country wants to move beyond these kinds of divisions."
Does Obama really believe that Wright wants to move past these divisions? Has Obama had much success moving Wright past his anger? Or if not, is it only white people that are supposed to give up their anger and end their divisiveness?
ON MSNBC: Brutal - MSNBC is presenting black ministers who insist that Wright is way out of the mainstream, and that most black churches preach a more traditional Christian message of love. Ooops.
SWIFTBOAT WILLIE: Bill Kristol is telling me that some Obama supporters are realizing this is a problem for Obama. A problem? It's Willie Horton driving a Swiftboat!