Thursday, April 10, 2008

Barak Obama and William Ayers, Fasten Your Seat Belts

If you got the best and brightest movie writers together I don't think they could write a more tantalizing and entertaining story about politics than what we're about to witness.

Here's the background story: The Democrats picked up a bunch of seats in the mid-term Congressional elections. The Republican president has a low approval rating. The economy is stumbling. The Iraq war has a high disapproval rating. Statistically speaking, this should be a slam-dunk year for Democrats.

But, a funny thing happened on the way to the polls....

A popular upstart upsets the perceived heir to the throne. Barak Obama is on a clear path to the nomination. Clinton can't overtake him in delegates and probably wont in popular vote either. Even though Obama may not have the requisite number of delegates to officially secure the nomination before the convention, the party can't give it to Hillary. He's in.

You might not feel that the recent revelations about Barak's former pastor and now his relationship with home-grown terrorist Bill Ayers, is important, but here's the deal. You have a politician who, at the height of his career, was still associating with high profile radical leftists. If he has been that careless or oblivious even this late in the game, you know there's a whole bunch of other skeletons in that closet.

None of this will amount to enough to hurt Obama in Pennsylvania. The nomination is still his. This puts the party in the awkward position of having to put up a nominee who's embroiled in scandal during the convention. The situation already has pundits like Bill Bennet pulling their hair out while they watch in disbelief as their party blows what should have been a banner year.

The morale of the story: Maybe one should pay more attention to how well a leader can carry your message or advance your agenda than how many votes he or she had in the polls this week.

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