Bad news for Barack Obama in today's USA Today/Gallup poll:
The poll showed Hillary Clinton leading Obama 51 percent to 44 percent nationally among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independent voters, in contrast to a CBS News/New York Times survey released on Sunday that had Obama leading Clinton by 12 points. ...
The USA Today/Gallup results were a sharp reversal from two weeks ago, before the latest controversy over the Rev.
Jeremiah Wright, when Obama led Clinton by 10 percentage points. The Thursday-through-Saturday survey had a 5 percentage-point margin of error.
USA Today said the results showed the Wright controversy had raised questions for some voters about Obama's values, credibility and electability.
Obama's strange response:
"We've probably taken as many hits as anybody has in this presidential campaign. Senator Clinton has not."
I guess calls for Senator Clinton to drop out especially after primary victories are nothing.
From Media Matters:
History continues to unfold on many levels as the protracted Democratic Party primary race marches on, featuring the first woman and the first African-American with a real shot at winning the White House.
Here's another first: the press's unique push to get a competitive White House hopeful to drop out of the race. It's unprecedented.
Looking back through modern U.S. campaigns, there's simply no media model for so many members of the press to try to drive a competitive candidate from the field while the primary season is still unfolding.
Until this election cycle, journalists simply did not consider it to be their job to tell a contender when he or she should stop campaigning. That was always dictated by how much money the campaign still had in the bank, how many votes the candidate was still getting, and what very senior members of the candidate's own party were advising.