In Today's Observer: Iraq Looms, Wright Persists, Park Developers Bleed

Jason Horowitz looks at the Iraq issues facing the eventual Democratic nominee, who “will be able to talk about bringing the troops home, but will also have to explain why Iraqi political progress will be facilitated by less security; [and] why the prospect of a greater number of Iraqi civilian deaths is acceptable.” Bob Shrum calls the war “the inescapable issue.”

Steve Kornacki writes that Barack Obama didn’t have many good options in dealing with the Jeremiah Wright controversy, but notes that there is one recent precedent that might give the Obama campaign reason to be hopeful about weathering it.

Joe Conason wonders about the enablers of Obama’s “toxic mentor.”

Felix Gillette, John Koblin, and Choire Sicha cover the hell out of the White House Correspondents Association dinner and hear things like, “People at Newsweek are so frightfully bored of each other that they don’t want to have to talk to one another at the table, so now they’ll invite anyone.”

Eliot Brown looks at the blood sport that is park development.

The Economist may be moving offices.

And Simon Doonan explains why he doesn’t want to talk about fashion and politics.

In Today's Observer: Iraq Looms, Wright Persists, Park Developers Bleed