This sure is shaping up to be an interesting next couple of months for the Democrats…
Bob Novak on their dilemma:
The consensus among knowledgeable Democrats is that Obama will win over enough superdelegates to clinch the nomination before the national convention in August, partly because of fear for the consequences if they don’t. But one longtime associate said this of the Clintons in private conversation last week: “They will do anything – anything – to get nominated.” That reminder deepens the Democratic dilemma.
The Politico has a running tab on where the superdelegates stand.
The Wright controversy has hurt Obama in the polls. Victor Davis Hanson asked some random working class Americans in southern California what they thought of Obama’s speech last week:
The answers, without exception, were essentially: “Forget the speech. I would never vote for Obama after listening to Wright.” In some cases, the reaction was not mild disappointment, but unprintable outrage.
The blame, such as it is, for all this goes to the Obama campaign “pros,” who, in their apparent arrogance over Obamania (a phenomenon due to the candidate’s charisma, not their own savvy), simply went to sleep and let the senator and his wife resort to their natural self-indulgence — itself the offspring of the Obamas’ privilege and insularity. Any amateur handler could have scanned that speech and taken out just 8-10 phrases, called for a tougher stance on Wright, a genuine apology, and put the issue behind them.
Meanwhile, The Clintons have their own Jeremiah Wright problem, which may explain why she’s been so tight lipped about this controversy.
The Washington Prowler:
According to former Clinton White House aides, Wright had been identified as a potential “influencer” for the African-American community by the Administration back in 1993.
“Reverend Wright was someone we very much wanted to cultivate and develop,” says one aide familiar with the outreach attempts. “We had him on short lists for various commissions and working groups.
Why am I not surprised?
A few weeks ago, liberal pundits couldn’t contain their glee over conservative discomfort with McCain. But look what’s happening now in the reality based community:
Polls now show words from both camps are causing serious damage. An increasing number of Clinton supporters say they would not vote for Obama in November and vice versa.
According to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters, only 53 percent of Clinton backers say they’ll vote for Obama should he become the nominee. Nineteen percent say they’ll vote for McCain and 13 percent say they won’t vote, the poll found.
The poll said that 60 percent of Obama backers said they would go for Clinton should she win the nomination, with 20 percent opting for McCain, and 3 percent saying they wouldn’t vote at all.
Have those Obama backers heard Bill Clinton’s latest utterances?:
“I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country,” he said in Charlotte, N.C. “And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics.”The remark comes amid criticism that Mr. Obama did not adequately disassociate himself from comments by his pastor that some see as unpatriotic.
Nyuck nyuck! Two people who love their country??? There are currently three people in the race…who could he possibly be leaving out? And what other stuff? Racial stuff??? Oh my! This is getting good.
I thought this was supposed to be the year of the conservative crack-up. But what we’re witnessing is in fact a liberal trainwreck.
The stupid party may win the White House in spite of itself.