We were treated several years ago to the whimsical argument that Barack Obama - a seemingly intelligent guy - sat in the pews of Trinity United Church of Christ every Sunday for twenty years and never listened to Jeremiah Wright spew his hatred toward white people and toward the United States of America.
Every Sunday. Twenty years. Not a single word.
Maybe he was checking out the chicks. Or maybe he was there to score some of that cocaine that he has admitted that he was slamming up his nose back when.
But that's the story and he - and his defenders - are sticking to it. He never heard a word, somehow, that Jeremiah Wright was vomiting from the pulpit.
So along comes a video from an even earlier era of the same dude - Obama - giving a warm hug to (and an impassioned endorsement of) another black racist. This one a Harvard professor.
And how do his apologists explain that one?
Same deal. Nothing there. Move along.
Hatemonger Jeremiah Wright was a mentor to Barack Obama.
Hatemonger Derrick Bell was a mentor to Barack Obama.
Yet neither exerted any influence on the man.
Oh, and William Ayres was just some guy who hung out at cocktail parties.
That's what they want you to believe.
You're welcome to be a tad disbelieving if you choose, however.