It doesn't take much to connect the dots in this conspiracy theory.
Dot one is the person responsible for bringing Jeremiah Wright to the National Press Club - an ordained minister and head of the Reynolds News Service Dr. Barbara Reynolds - member in good standing at the NPC.
Dot two is the good Reverend Wright himself - a walking talking disaster for Barack Obama.
Dot three? How about the fact that Dr. Reynolds supports Hillary Clinton for president?
This is pretty sneaky - even for a Clinton. There is universal agreement that Wright's appearance yesterday severely damaged Obama. And here we have a Clinton supporter organizing a shindig at the NPC for the architect of Obama's troubles.
A former editorial board member at USA Today, she runs something called Reynolds News Services and teaches ministry at the Howard University School of Divinity. (She is an ordained minister).
It also turns out that Reynolds - introduced Monday as a member of the National Press Club "who organized" the event - is an enthusiastic Hillary Clinton supporter.
On a blog linked to her Web site- www.reynoldsnews.com- Reynolds said in a February post: "My vote for Hillary in the Maryland primary was my way of saying thank you" to Clinton and her husband for the successes of Bill Clinton's presidency.
The same post criticized Obama's "Audacity of Hope" theme: "Hope by definition is not based on facts," wrote Reynolds. It is an emotional expectation. Things hoped for may or may not come. But help based on experience trumps hope every time."
In another blog entry, Reynolds gives an ever-sharper critique of Obama: "It is a sad testimony that to protect his credentials as a unifier above the fray, the senator is fueling the media characterization that Rev. Dr. Wright is some retiring old uncle in the church basement."
I don't know if Reynolds' eagerness to help Wright stage a disastrous news conference with the national media was a way of trying to help Clinton - my queries to Reynolds by phone and e-mail weren't returned yesterday - but it's safe to say she didn't see any conflict between promoting Wright and supporting Clinton.
John McCain should take note. These kinds of tactics may become commonplace in the general election if he faces off with Hillary Clinton.