Barack Obama officially jettisoned Jeremiah Wright today calling Wright's remarks – in recent days, at least – "divisive and destructive."
"The person that I saw yesterday was not the person that I met 20 years ago," he said. "His comments were not only divisive and destructive, but I believe that they end up giving comfort to those who prey on hate, and I believe that they do not portray accurately the perspective of the black church."
"They certainly don’t portray accurately my values and beliefs," he said.
"If Reverend Wright thinks that’s political posturing, as he put it, then he doesn’t know me very well and based on his remarks yesterday, I may not know him as well as I thought either."
How badly did Wright poll for Obama to reverse himself from his support – just a month ago or so – of Wright's venom? I would guess it was very badly indeed. James Joyner thinks Obama has stopped the bleeding with this. Possibly. But I'd point out that a lot of damage has already been done and that there is blood in the water now. This latest Wright explosion happened just as many voters were beginning to pay attention. Personally, I suspect Obama barred the barn door about a week after the horse moved out.