Has Obama taken a torpedo below his water line? His numbers have dropped significantly through the weekend, relative to Hillary!, no doubt due to the (not so) Wright Stuff.
So what do those who wish no good for the Democrat Party, at least in its current form, do now? Many thought that the reason that Rush Limbaugh was urging people to vote for Hillary in crossover primaries was because he really wanted to see her in office in preference to McCain, which (despite all of his fulminating against him over the past months, and years) is of course silly. Others thought that if was because he thought that she would be a weaker candidate against McCain in the general election. There may have been something to that, but it’s not at all obvious who will do better in an election that is still eight months out.
No, the primary reason that he wanted to do so was the same reason that the Reagan administration provided some support to Saddam Hussein during the Iran/Iraq war. They wanted to bleed both sides, and hope that they both lost. Iraq seemed like the underdog, so they propped it up to keep it going and prevent Iran from winning, and capturing the Iraqi oil fields. As in that case, the goal is not to choose one side or the other, because Republicans (and other non-Democrats, such as myself) have no dog in the fight. The goal is to ensure that the race remains in chaos, and to keep the Dems divided right up to the election.
Unfortunately, the timing on the Wright revelations wasn’t optimal. It would have been better if it came out after the last of the voting, or (if Obama left the convention as the nominee) in the fall.
Someone over at Free Republic used an apt (albeit disgusting) metaphor. When you’re roasting a rat, you have to turn it over occasionally. Now that Obama is slipping, and potentially losing his grip on the nomination, for those who want to cause maximum mischief, it’s time to throw support to him, to prevent Hillary from somehow wrapping it up before August, as both voters in the upcoming primaries, and the super delegates panic over the Wright imbroglio and start taking a second look at electability. Thus, don’t be surprised if Rush switches to Obama this week.
[Update in the evening]
Here are some thoughts from Amy Holmes that might be of interest to my clueless commenter.
…the first black president will more likely be a conservative — someone who has already grappled with, and rejected, victim based politics. Can you picture Michael Steele, Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowell, John McWhorter, Condoleezza Rice or any number of thoughtful black conservatives listening to Pastor Wright’s sermoninzing for one afternoon let alone years on end? Maybe for research purposes.
Barack Obama is not being tied in knots by black middle-class alienation. He’s being tied in knots by left-wing grievance politics with which he chose to align himself. Moreover, plenty of black voters have been willing to vote for Obama in primary after primary on the message of unity and racial reconciliation without any particular knowledge of Obama’s association with Pastor Wright and his extreme views.
While it may be true that Obama will be more likely to heal the divide than any of the other candidates, he’s not more likely to heal the divide than a true post-racial black candidate, such as Rice, or Jindal, or Steele. That’s where my clueless commenter goes off the rails. And of course, as I point out, the country has much bigger problems right now than healing the “racial divide.” The only people being damaged by the “racial divide” are the people who continue to indulge themselves in the politics of victimhood and grievance, such as Senator Obama’s pastor.
Just as an aside, one of the reasons that I’m so hard on him (or her) is that I find the use of oh-so “clever” screen names annoying in the extreme. If you’re too cowardly to use your real name here, then just be anonymous. If you want to get any respect from me, or my other readers, don’t try to make some kind of point with a fake (and usually stupid) “handle.”