But this Obama guy -- he could be the real deal -- and besides, he is a bona fide liberal, not just another opportunistic, power-hungry pol. Or so they thought, until the other shoe dropped.
The Rev. Wright shoe didn't just drop, it kicked Obama in the gut. Granted, the MSM is already starting to say the Wright story has no legs because Hillary hasn't appeared to surge much since it surfaced. But gauging the damage to Obama based only on whether Hillary has gained ground is misleading. We won't know the extent of the injury until the general election occurs.
Also, we're experiencing a very fluid political climate. While Pastor Wright was kicking Obama, Hillary was shooting herself in the foot -- again, this time with gratuitous lies about Bosnian sniper fire.
But Wright or no Wright, sniper tale or no sniper tale, Obama's magic had to wear off eventually because Obama, like the rest of us, is human. Apart from Wright, he had simmering embers of vulnerability -- his unrealistic promises to unify and heal America -- waiting to be sparked into full-blown electoral disabilities.
No one as politically extreme and with such a pathetic record of matching his bipartisan rhetoric with bipartisan action can credibly make the case that he's a healer. The Wright revelations just accelerated the public's awareness that Obama is not who he says he is.
Not only that, but the whole idea that America's greatest need is an end to bipartisan competition and a cease-fire in the healthy, robust war of ideas is on par with the fantasy that a human messiah is waiting in the wings to solve all our problems. Most of these problems are policy and culture oriented and require policy and cultural solutions, not hocus-pocus.
So what at one point was a contest between two larger-than-life figures has reduced itself to a competition between two typically flawed mortals.
By the time the general election campaign is in full swing, we'll see efforts by the MSM and Democrats to resurrect the Obama magic -- and Obama will be quite anxious to don his magic wand again.
John McCain had better wake up from his own illusions that he can fight this election with kid gloves and no money, otherwise Obama, via political prestidigitation, will beam himself right into the White House.