Today’s news that a contingent of Republican strategists, in concert with right-wing billionaire Joe Ricketts, founder of the giant brokerage firm TD Ameritrade, was preparing to launch a “brutally nasty” $10 million ad campaign “linking Mr. Obama to incendiary comments by his former spiritual adviser, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr.,” provoked a quick firestorm of criticism.
The Ricketts family, which owns the Chicago Cubs baseball team, quickly distanced itself from the race-based attacks, and even former Republican Party presidential nominee John McCain repudiated the idea. So did Massachusetts ex-governor Willard Mitt Romney, this year’s presumptive RP contender for the White House. However, Romney’s previous rhetoric on the subject of Wright might still cause him problems.
READ MORE: “More Rev. Wright Hate Porn!,” by Joan Walsh (Salon); “‘The Ricketts Plan’ Goes Back to the Drawing Board,” by Steve Benen (The Maddow Blog); “PAC Floats, Sinks Rev. Wright Ad,” by Justin Sink (The Hill).