Monday, May 5, 2008

Obama damaged by his mishandling of Rev. Wright

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.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm curious after reading your posts of the last few weeks. Will you be supporting the Democratic nominee this November?

cali said...

I will happily cast a vote in Nov for Senator Hillary Clinton if she is the democratic party nominee.

Anonymous said...

So you aren't really going to support the Democratic Party if she isn't the nominee. Sorry to hear that. Thanks for a truthful answer. Lets me know what blogs to check once the primary is over on June 3rd. I will be supporting the Democratic Nominee this November period. staying home or voting against the Democratic nominee would be a grave mistake for me, my children and my grandchildren for many many reasons. Good luck to you.

cali said...

I'm sorry you have chosen to be a blind loyalist to the two party system and the Democratic Party in particular. In my view, there are some things that are more important than party loyalty.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you have chosen to be a blind loyalist to the two party system and the Democratic Party in particular. In my view, there are some things that are more important than party loyalty.

Your response is noted. Disregarded but noted.

Out of Curiosity, what other candidate holds your values and needs dear besides Clinton?

Actually never mind. Doesn't really matter. Hopefully you don't have any children or grandchildren if Clinton isn't the nominee because THEY will be the ones to suffer most if McSame wins in November.

I won't be back. Enjoy your life ;)

cali said...

I think if this primary has demonstrated anything, it is that we have a mess of a primary system in place. It is past time to fix it.

If Obama is the nominee, going along and pretending that the system has succeeded in producing the best i.e., strongest candidate is folly.

Playing the fear card, kids/grandkids and guilt card is pathetically ineffective with me. I will not bare any blame if John McCain wins this thing in the fall.

Please do enjoy your life with your kids & grandkids. ;)