The last thing we need now is a heated national conversation about race.
What we need instead are sober, results-oriented debates about economics, social mobility, education, family policy and the like — focused especially on how to help those who are struggling. Such policy debates can lead to real change — even “change we can believe in.” "National conversations” tend to be pointless and result-less.
Once again, this is total bullshit. The day after Obama addressed the issue of race in America, he delivered a major speech on the economy, followed by another speech on the state of the Iraq War.
It was conservative commentators like Sean Hannity and Bill Kristol who chose to focus solely on Rev. Wright's comments, prolong this discussion of race in order to browbeat Obama with a string of ad hominem attacks (many of them based in blatant lies).