Apparently the Republican Party has been waiting in the wings and watching the turmoil Obama has been through this week with the race issue and Jeremiah Wright.
The report coming from The Politico:
For months, Republican party officials have watched with increasing trepidation as Barack Obama has shattered fundraising records, packed arena after arena with shrieking fans and pulled in significant Republican and independent votes.
Now, with the emergence of the notorious video showing the Rev. Jeremiah Wright damning the country, criticizing Israel, faulting U.S. policy for the Sept. 11 attacks and generally lashing out against white America, GOP strategists believe theyâ€™ve finally found an antidote to Obamamania.
In their view, the inflammatory sermons by Obamaâ€™s pastor offer the party a pathway to victory if Obama emerges as the Democratic nominee. Not only will the video clips enable some elements of the party to define him as unpatriotic, they will also serve as a powerful motivating force for the conservative base.
In fact, the video trove has convinced some that, after months of praying for Hillary Clinton and the automatic enmity which she arouses, that they may actually have easier prey.
â€œFor the first time, some Republicans are rethinking Hillary as their first choice,â€ said Alex Castellanos, a veteran media consultant who recently worked for Mitt Romneyâ€™s campaign.
I’m not so sure this is the best strategy. Reason being that the Democrats will come back and lump in people like Pat Robertson with McCain and the Republicans. Eventually people will look at it to a point and say that you can’t hold someone accountable for what someone else says. Plus, the media may end up playing it as the Republicans playing the race card which falls into the liberal stereotype.
Here’s a video report from CBS on Obama’s electability and whether it’s been affected by this controversy:
I can’t see McCain actually going down this road either.