This from today’s Frank Rich column in the N.Y. Times:
The conservative legal scholar Douglas Kmiec has endorsed Mr. Obama, as have both the economic adviser to Newt Gingrich’s “Contract With America,” Lawrence Hunter, and the neocon historian Francis Fukuyama. Rupert Murdoch is publicly flirting with the Democrat as well.
Rich also adds the following:
Last week The Hill reported that at least 14 Republican members of Congress have refused to endorse or publicly support Mr. McCain. Congressional Quarterly found that of the 62,800 donors who maxed out to Mr. Bush’s campaign in 2004, only about 5,000 (some 8 percent) have contributed to his putative successor.
Given how many right-wing evangelical types there are in the Congressional Republican delegation the first item above may not be surprising. But the second item about fundraising sounds pretty alarming for McCain.
Ah, but here’s the money quote…
“Bay Buchanan, the party activist who endorsed Mitt Romney, wrote this month that Mr. McCain is ‘incapable of energizing his party, brings no new people to the polls,’ and ‘has a personality that is best kept under wraps.'”
I find it interesting that you find singificance in these basically anecdotal stories, but you don’t mention the fact that Obama lost 9 out of 16 primaries held AFTER it was clear he had the nomination sewed up. Usually, when it is clear that a candidate has the nomination at hand, the voters in the party rally around him. With Obama, the opposite happened. In a New York Times article covering the West Virginia primary which Hillary won by a 2 to 1 landslide, 50% of the Hillary voters said they doubted they would vote for Obama in November. Many were troubled by the Jeremiah Wright connection.
As I see it, Obama has ZERO chance to be elected President. Don’t forget that unlike Al Gore when he ran for President, McCain is NOT a member of the Administration and he can afford to distance himself from Bush’s unpopular policies. Thus, I feel that McCain will win, but at the same time, the Democrats will increase their majorities in Congress. This way the voters can feel that they are getting the best man for President, but showing their displeasure with the policies that have been followed for the last 8 years. The Democrats and “progressives” are a minority in the United States and Obama isn’t going to change that.
Richard Silverstein says
So let’s see. You’re an Israeli citizen, live in Israel & when was the last time you spent any considerable amt. of time in the U.S.? And you’re an expert on who’s going to win the election because…??? Yr certainty couldn’t possibly be because of yr conservative politics now could it???
You neglected to mention that most opinion polls show Obama beating McCain (47-41% was the one I saw). Care to explain that? I wasn’t aware that W. VA. or any of those 9 states whose primaries he lost are the sole determinant of who becomes president.
Every poll shows that Democrats are a majority both in Congress & among registered voters nationwide. Would you care to make a wager about who will become president-elect in Nov. If I win will you make a contribution to Peace Now?