Pennsylvania was the beginning of the end for Barak Obama.
His startlingly bad results among key groups — Catholics, white women, Jews and elderly voters — has shaken the Democratic world to its core. And now the re-emergence of the infamous Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be the coup de grace for the already-hurting Obama.
Just when Obama has been trounced in the Keystone State the last thing he needs is Wright popping off on Bill Moyers on PBS, followed by a speech in D.C. at the National Press Club.
Clearly Bill Moyers, the dean of the left wing media, is trying to rehabilitate Wright in order to rescue Obama’s faltering candidacy.
What a mistake by these bone-headed liberals! Wright is way beyond political rehabilitation! He is radioactive. State GOP organizations in North Carolina and Washington State are now airing TV ads using the explosive Wright excerpts against Democratic gubernatorial candidates there.
John McCain, in a typical McCain move, decries the use of the Wright sermons and asked these state organizations not to air the commercials. To their credit they have defied McCain, perhaps a sign of how little anyone inside the Republican Party believes in or cares about McCain; they are more interested in their home state prospects.
But the real story today is the almost sudden realization among the political cognicenti that Obama is un-electable in November and that Hillary is actually a stronger general election candidate.
The Pennsylvania results are what has brought this sea-change. For example, Obama lost Catholic voters 72 percent to 28 percent. This is a devastating result politically. The oft-mentioned Reagan Democrats — who are in fact swing voters — are predominantly white Catholics (Irish, Itialian, Polish, and other Eastern European heritage).
When Obama gets blown out by Hillary, of all people, 72-28, that sent a shock wave through the political world.
The result? Obama rooters in the media like Joe Klein of Time magazine, Howard Fineman of Newsweek and MSNBC’s Chris Mathews all did a 180 degree reversal on Thursday; they now realize that Obama is a mortally wounded candidate.
You can bet that the Democratic superdelegates, the very people who will determine the Democratic ticket in Denver, are also re-assessing Obama’s deteriorating candidacy.
They, too, must now see that Obama is not their strongest general election candidate. In fact, he is their weakest.
He is now being called “another George McGovern” in the liberal New Republic, of all places. (McGovern lost 49 states to Richard Nixon in 1972.)
Bit by bit this realization is spreading through a stubborn and conflicted Democratic leadership.
As they swallow the fact that Obama cannot win in November, and that McCain would thus win and continue the war in Iraq, which all Democrats want to stop, they look at Hillary. And they don’t trust her, don’t want her to be their nominee, don’t want any more scandals. But they also now know she is tougher than Obama and more of a fighter and would actually run a better race in the fall against the GOP nominee.
Believe this: the Al Gore scenario, mentioned here earlier, will gain traction in the next weeks. It is a way out of this mess without alienating the Democratic base and a way to win in November.
In the meantime Wright’s re-emergence will remind everyone of Obama’s weaknesses in a potential general election. The reverend’s appearances will again stoke the fires. Cable TV will have a field day replaying new excerpts of this angry, disturbed man. Television loves a freak show!
It couldn’t come at a worse time for Obama.
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