April 26, 2008
Democrats Obama Dilemma

Before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright brouhaha, Barack Obama was not a black man. He was the new JFK. Unlike Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, he transcended race. He won an upset victory in mostly white Iowa. His mother was white but his father was born and raised in Kenya. Yet because he was not the product of over 200 years of African-American slavery, those who could trace their ancestry to the plantation did not embrace him.

Then came the exposé of Rev. Wright and Obama's 20-year relationship with him and the Trinity church in Chicago. Snippets of Rev. Wright's sermons denigrating America swamped talk radio and TV news and like a spicy meal, kept coming back. Wright's Afro-centric theology became a campaign issue. The man who had been almost above criticism was put on the defensive. The man who had transcended race became the black candidate. He became an instant "brother" which gained him 80 to 90 percent African-American support but cost him his unifier image. It cost him significant white support. It opened the door to even the Clintons playing the race card. It took Barack off message and allowed Hillary to hit him with Bittergate, his relationship with former Weatherman terrorist William Ayers and challenge his experience and lofty rhetoric ("Where's the beef?"). All these combined in Pennsylvania to shatter Obama's messianic aura and raise questions about electability.

Democrats are now faced with a Hobson's choice. Choose Hillary who has won the Electoral College vote rich states or Barack who leads in the popular vote. Pick Hillary, especially in a back room deal, and they lose the critical African-American vote and set back black/white race relations 50 years. Nominate Barack and the women's vote could be lost. Either way, Democrats, with the best chance of capturing the White House since they ran a sitting Vice President, are poised to snatch defeat from a sure victory.

Democrats may just have to take the bitter pill option and accept a McCain win. This would give them four years to fix their nominating process. For Obama, he could use the time to gain experience, moderate his leftist views and build a powerhouse organization for 2012 when President McCain would be 76 years old.

It will be interesting. God bless America.

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Posted by warrenpeterson at April 26, 2008 01:28 PM | Email This
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1. He became an instant "brother" which gained him 80 to 90 percent African-American support but cost him his unifier image. It cost him significant white support.

Do have the polling data to back this up, or do you always just confuse your imagination for evidence?

Posted by: thehim on April 26, 2008 09:42 PM
2. I did a quick Google search and found a couple of sites which validate my statement such as the one below that states: "The exit poll numbers reported by a variety of media outlets suggest that the political demographics in Pennsylvania are similar to those seen in many previous large-state Democratic contests. Obama, who is seeking to make history as the nation's first black president, had support from 92 percent of African-American exit poll respondents, while 55 percent of white respondents favored Clinton, according to the Associated Press."

http://www.cqpolitics.com/wmspage.cfm?parm1=5&docID=news-000002708837

Posted by: warren peterson on April 26, 2008 11:11 PM
3. Well if that is your only problem with the post thehim it sure does speak volumes for your party. There are many other connections that Obama has that are popping up. Rev. Wright is not the only Ameirca-bashing spiritual leader that Obama has ties to nor is William Ayers the only terrorist that supports him. Obama also has ties to James Meeks. Michael Pfleger and Eric Lee(link to information on all http://michellemalkin.com/2008/04/09/another-wacky-obama-preacher-another-hate-filled-rant/) and besides Ayers, the following terrorists have come out in favor of Obama: Hatem El-Hady, who is connected to a Hammas fundraising site (see link http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/29729_Michelle_Obamas_Name_Removed_from_Terrorist_Fundraisers_Web_Page_-_Update-_Terror_Fundraisers_Page_Disappears!) and of course Hamas is hoping for an Obama victory (see this link http://newsbusters.org/blogs/warner-todd-huston/2008/04/19/hamas-says-theyre-obama-cnn-says-mccain-says-hamas-wants-obama).

Of course the Dems have plenty of problems with Sen Clinton also, Her Bosnia sniper fire is just the tip of the iceberg. And there is "Jihad" Jimmy Carter and the fact that some Liberal groups are calling for riots, like in '68, at the Dem's national convention (see link http://michellemalkin.com/2008/03/21/recreate-68-threatens-democrat-convention-in-denver/).

Just a note: I would have used other websites, but as usual the MSM has not seen it fit to cover any of these stories even though they are out ther. Just look at the link I listed to the Hamas cheerleading for Obama story to see what I mean.

Posted by: TrueSoldier on April 26, 2008 11:52 PM
4. Neither of you answered my question. Where are the polls that show a drop in Obama's popularity as a result of Jeremiah Wright?

Warren, that's been the trend in a lot of states and it was true before the Wright brouhaha.

TrueSoldier, if you think a bunch of stuff posted at Michelle Malkin's site is going to be a factor in this election, you're beyond delusional.

Posted by: thehim on April 28, 2008 09:02 AM
5.
Try US News & World Report article by Michael Barone:
http://www.usnews.com/blogs/barone/2008/03/25/polls-show-obama-damaged-by-reverend-wright.html

Posted by: Warren Peterson on April 28, 2008 10:40 AM
6. Actually thehim is right. The Rev Wright thing hasn't cost Barry any poll #s. Which is scary for America.

Posted by: FreedomLover on April 29, 2008 03:57 PM
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