If Senator Obama's entire life goal hasn't been completely derailed by Reverend Wright. It is certainly possible that it has. When I see his numbers slipping and Hillary's climbing when I felt he had a stranglehold on the nomination, I can't help but wonder. If he is derailed now, I don't think you can attribute it to any other factor. He literally was stomping a mudhole in her and walking it dry, all while looking to be untouchable. My how quickly things change. How ironic that the perception of him is not for something he said, nor possibly for his own beliefs, but because a friend of his whom he will not "disown" is an idiot. I wonder how Reverend Wright will feel if this happens? Is he honest enough to point the finger of blame where it belongs? At himself. Will his hate sermons still be something to defend? I don't see how when they are the cause of exactly what he was railing against. He may try to blame the rich, White proletariat, but can he really do that? The support that Obama is losing is from the Independents and Moderates. The very group who were most turned on by the ideals of Obama's unifying message. I have openly discussed how much I like Mr. Obama a couple of times. I really do. I've said to family and friends that if he were to beat out McCain for the Presidency I could support him. I'm an Independent, and am also honest enough to admit McCain already has my vote and it is a regional thing. If McCain had not won the GOP nomination I very well might have been behind Obama. Until I saw that footage. I'll be honest, if I had intended to vote for him the chances are about 90% to 10% that he would have lost my vote. I say that and I was impressed by his speech. Very impressed in fact. I find the whole fiasco about him using a teleprompter to be hollow. I care about what he said and that he wrote the words himself. Okay, so it wasn't as stirring as Kennedy's "we choose to go to the moon" or Martin Luther King's "I have a dream." I still enjoyed his words very much. I want to believe in unity even if I doubt either side will ever be mature enough to accept the other as different. Maybe I'd feel differently if he had "disowned" Wright. I don't know honestly. I'm troubled by the 20 years thing. I'm troubled by the hate in the messages. I'm wondering if his friend, who probably views him as the answer to all his prayers and hopes, can reconcile himself to the fact that he is probably the reason why those dreams may not happen? Talk about a burden squarely on your shoulders and a bullseye right on your chest. Was the hate worth it? From where I sit, it never is. The last question is, how can we all learn from this? It is quite possibly the living embodiment of an American tragedy.