Lorie Byrd

Obama’s fall continued with extensive media coverage of the outrageous statements made by his pastor of 20 years, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Obama was asked why he didn’t distance himself from Wright and his comments. Obama’s “answer” -- a speech he gave this week on race, came no where close to being enough to put the matter to rest. In light of the divisive comments Rev.Wright has made at the pulpit over the years, Obama’s self identification as a uniter will face some tough scrutiny.

Hillary is now catching up in the polls and Republicans’ wish that the Democratic primary goes on for many weeks to come appears almost certain. I no longer see Obama as the unstoppable force of nature he had convinced so many people he was. Even if Hillary Clinton is not ultimately successful in keeping him from securing the Democratic nomination, she will have done enough damage to him to merit a thank you card and bouquet of flowers from John McCain.

Anything can happen in a campaign and November is still the equivalent of years away in political time, but with Jeremiah Wright’s sermons getting hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube, the liberal blogosphere splintering with Clinton supporters’ boycott of the DailyKos blog, and no sign that Hillary is going to give up anytime soon, things are looking pretty good for the Republican candidate for President right now. But eight months is an eternity in politics and there are likely to be multiple death watches and resurrections to come.

I am no longer convinced that Hillary is necessarily the weaker of the two Democratic candidates. Whatever she lacks in charisma, she makes up for in tenacity and persistence. They both have their strengths, and now, thanks in large part to Hillary, we know they both have some pretty significant weaknesses as candidates as well.

I really, really hate to admit it, but I still find watching the Clinton machine operate more entertaining than most television sitcoms. At least I do when it is operating on the Democrat side of the aisle. If Hillary beats the odds and captures the nomination, it might not be quite as entertaining as I am finding it right now. But for today, the sun is brightly shining in GOP Presidential campaign world.

Lorie Byrd

Lorie Byrd is a Townhall.com columnist and blogs at Wizbang and at LorieByrd.com.

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