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10:32 AM, Apr 29, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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David Axelrod says of Rev. Wright's performance yesterday:

"Obviously, it's not ideal," said David Axelrod, Mr. Obama's senior strategist. "It's pretty clear that Reverend Wright is not out there to help Obama - he's out there to help himself. It's a sideshow, and the media is consumed by it."

And the "analysis" from Alessandra Stanley in today's New York Times:

Now it turns out that Mr. Wright doesn't hate America, he loves the sound of his own voice. He is not out of touch with the American culture, he is the avatar of the American celebrity principle: he grabbed his 30-second spots of infamy and turned them into 15 minutes of fame.

It would be easier if they just gave Axelrod a column.