In any case, what's struck me the oddest about this whole affair has been the timing. Why now? Wright and the Trinity United Church of Christ have been on the radar screen for months, discussed on blogs, listservs, talk radio, and Fox News. So why did it suddenly become a national media storm now? It probably isn't the result of campaign oppo stuff, since that would have been a lot more effective and helpful a couple of months ago. And the sermons themselves date back years, so it's not as if the material just recently became available. So what triggered it?
And why didn't Obama have a more vigorous defense ready when it did hit? It's not as if he didn't know Wright was an issue just waiting to explode in his face. After all, he disinvited Wright from his campaign launch last year, and you don't do that unless you know the guy is going to raise questions that you'd just as soon not answer that day. But you know you're going to have to answer them eventually, so every sign suggests that he should have been ready for this.
Unfortunately, neither of those questions is likely to ever get answered, but it does look as if Obama is finally going to address this controversy in a serious way. In a reprise of John Kennedy's big speech in 1960 declaring his independence from the pope, Obama plans a major speech on Tuesday about "not just Reverend Wright, but the larger issue of race in this campaign." Should be worth a listen.