It was fun while it didn't last. I'm referring to the proposed ad campaign by a pro-Mitt Romney "super PAC" that would have resurrected the Rev. Jeremiah A. "God damn America" Wright Jr. The plan, first reported by the New York Times, was for a group headed by Joe Ricketts of TD Ameritrade to air ads showing how "the influence of that misguided mentor and our president’s formative years among left-wing intellectuals has brought our country to its knees.”
On Thursday, Romney repudiated the campaign, and the Mad Men behind it are going back to the drawing board. That means Conan O'Brien fans won't be treated to a return appearance by a TV-screen image of Wright mouthing "Good evening, Conan, and God damn you."
It also means that Romney temporarily has gained the moral high ground, dissociating himself from a personal attack on Obama even as the president's campaign tries to capitalize on Bain Capital's alleged vampirism.
“I hope that isn't the course of this campaign,” Romney said piously, adding: "It's interesting that we're talking about some Republican PAC that wants to go after the president [on Wright]. I hope people also are looking at what [Obama] is doing, and saying, 'Why is he running an attack campaign? Why isn't he talking about his record?' "