(And I use the word “controversy” loosely.) Here is how it actually helps Obama. First, it should convince anyone out there who still thinks Barack Obama is a Muslim that he is not. (I am offended that it should even matter, but that is for another discussion.) I bet there were still a lot of ignorant people up until yesterday who still thought Obama is a Muslim. They would have to be a moron (and hopefully not a voter) to still believe that today.
Second, it has given Barack Obama an opportunity to repudiate Rev. Wright more forcefully than he did before. Obama’s previous response to the original Wright feeding frenzy may not have been enough to convince the voters he needs to win over in order to win the Presidency, particular Reagan Democrats. I realize this is a stretch, but it sure is going to be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next week.