I'm not sure I really like the idea of holding Barack Obama's pastor up as a symbol of what he believes and thinks, but given the fact Obama has a short history as a public figure there is still alot to find out about him. We don't know him as well as we do Hillary Clinton or John McCain, both of which had some of the most tumultuous times in their lives occur in the public light. I don't think we live in stable enough times to take a risk on Obama.
Obama's paster, Jeremiah Wright, who reportedly preceded over the Obama marriage, subscribes to the most insane far left positions. You can not take seriously a man who believes that the U.S. government created AIDS. I'm not sure that this really spells doom for the Obama candidacy, but I do believe that voters are beginning to realize that in Obama they are being offered a far-left candidate. Obama already had a few embarrassments when his wife said things like that she had never been proud of her country in her adult life (which is a not too shocking comment where I come from). Is he going to have to quiet his family and watch each of his words in order to convince voters that he is politically mainstream?