In an election year which was shaping up to be a downer for Republicans, it seems Rev. Wright coupled with Obama winning the Democratic nomination could spell sweet victory for McCain in November. At least, that is what the Republican Party is now placing it’s bets on.
Story from Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON – Republicans can hardly contain their glee as they watch Barack Obama battle through a rocky period. And why should they?
Nothing else is breaking the GOP’s way this year. But, at least now, the Democrats’ political phenom is tarnished, and, if he defeats Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination, he will enter the general election campaign not only bruised and battered â€” but also carrying baggage as he faces Republican John McCain.
“We’ve had a rough couple of weeks. I won’t deny that,” Obama said Friday.
The Illinois senator has repeatedly had to address â€” and repudiate â€” the ranting of his bombastic former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama has continued facing questions about his relationship with indicted Chicago businessman Antoin “Tony” Rezko. The candidate’s patriotism has been questioned. So has his readiness.
On the eve of a critical Pennsylvania primary, Obama caught flak for claiming that small-town folks are bitter and thus cling to guns and religion. Then he turned in a lackluster debate performance. He ended up losing that primary to Clinton in part because he didn’t attract enough white, working-class voters.
Now he finds himself in the midst of competitive contests in two more states. Losses Tuesday in Indiana and North Carolina would further weaken him. Even if he manages to hold off Clinton in those and the final primary contests, Obama would essentially limp to the nomination.
“The bark is stripped off him a little bit,” said Reed Galen, a Republican who worked on President Bush’s campaigns. “Are the folks on the Republican side of the aisle happy to let Hillary do that? Absolutely.”
File this under the “best thing that could have ever happened for McCain” section. John McCain could quite possibly be the luckiest politician alive if Obama becomes the weakened Democratic nominee. Even if Clinton somehow takes the nomination, she’ll take a backlash from Democratic activists who may vote for McCain out of spite if she wins using superdelegates.
In a year when Republican outlooks were bleak, McCain may be in the right place at the right time, despite the fact that he can’t court the conservative vote. He may not have to since the Rev. Wright controversy seems to be turning off moderates and independents to Obama.
Still, McCain will have to overcome the “Bush’s third term” syndrome which will immediately begin plaguing his campaign once the Democratic Party is focused on him after their nomination process.