This is becoming a common theme coming from deep within the confines of the Clinton campaign. They are touting the opinion that, should Obama win the nomination, he will be a pushover for Republicans in the fall.
Here’s the report on it from The Politico:
Why, ask many Democrats and media commentators, wonâ€™t Hillary Rodham Clinton see the long odds against her, put her own ambitions aside, and gracefully embrace Barack Obama as the inevitable Democratic nominee?
Here is why: She and Bill Clinton both devoutly believe that Obamaâ€™s likely victory is a disaster-in-waiting. Naive Democrats just donâ€™t see it. And a timid, pro-Obama press corps, in their view, wonâ€™t tell the story.
But Hillary Clinton wonâ€™t tell it, either.
A lot of coverage of the Clinton campaign supposes them to be in kitchen-sink mode â€” hurling every pot and pan, no matter the damage this might do to Obama as the likely Democratic nominee in the fall.
In fact, the Democratic race has not been especially rough by historical standards. Whatâ€™s more, our conversations with Democrats who speak to the Clintons make plain that their public comments are only the palest version of what they really believe: that if Obama is the nominee, a likely Democratic victory would turn to a near-certain defeat.
Far from a no-holds-barred affair, the Democratic contest has been an exercise in self-censorship.
Rip off the duct tape and here is what they would say: Obama has serious problems with Jewish voters (goodbye Florida), working-class whites (goodbye Ohio) and Hispanics (goodbye, New Mexico).
Republicans will also ruthlessly exploit openings that Clinton â€” in the genteel confines of an intraparty contest â€” never could. Top targets: Obamaâ€™s radioactive personal associations, his liberal ideology, his exotic life story, his coolly academic and elitist style.
In many ways, what more can they argue at this point. The only problem in this situation is that, by the math, Obama has already won the nomination. If the Pennsylvania primary ends being a tight race, Hillary will not take many more delegates than Obama which means he’ll still have a sizable lead.
However, just taking the Clinton’s arguments at face value, that Obama would be Republican fodder in November, probably isn’t that far-fetched. No doubt operatives like Karl Rove, who is working for McCain now, has been keeping an archive of the negative Obama press such as Jeremiah Wright, Michelle Obama’s statements, and his latest gaffe about bitterness in relation to guns and God. Those topics will be strung together in numerous political commercials and will terribly hurt Obama when it comes to independent and moderate voters as they appear to be very divisive.
That is, regardless of what Obama meant or whether the remarks of his Pastor should reflect on him, they will be painted as such by the Republican Party come November. As of now, Hillary Clinton is able to paint herself as the pro-America candidate and paint Obama as the, well, not pro-America candidate.
As a result of Obama’s situation and the benefits to the Clinton campaign, Hillary has been celebrating by throwing back some shots: