Two Martins

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Marty.jpg Peretz.jpgIn the public intellectual department, gray eminences are pretty few and far between these days, but two of them, Martin Marty and Martin Peretz have weighed in on the Obama/Wright affair, both in the cause of the defense. In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Marty paints a sympathetic portrait of Wright, his former student at the University of Chicago Divinity School. Peretz, from his New Republic home, brings his own shul-going experience to bear on the Obama-Wright relationship. Amidst all the hollering, I haven’t seen any brief for the prosecution of similar thoughtfulness and gravitas. Does such exist?