Leave it to Democrats to find a way to blow their chances to recapture the White House in this year’s pivotal Presidential election.
While Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama chew up each other in an increasingly bitter primary battle, new polls show Republican presumptive nominee John McCain leading both in head-to-head match ups and voters saying they are more and more disenchanted with both of the Democratic pretenders to the throne.
A new Gallup Poll shows McCain leading Barack Obama 47-44 percent if the election were held today and McCain tied with Clinton with 46 percent each. Just four days ago, both Obama and Clinton held leads over Obama with the same pollster.
Zogby is even more pessimistic for Democrats, showing McCain leading Obama 44-39 and topping Clinton 45-39.
Even worse news for the Democrats comes from swing states like Ohio and Florida where McCain is now leading both Clinton and Obama.
Clearly, the race card is hurting both Democrats. Clinton’s campaign took a hit from the inane comments of former vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro and Obama’s stock is falling because of the incendiary views of his former pastor.
McCain has the upper hand because he can concentrate on campaigning against the Democrats while the two standard bearers of the party of the donkey are stuck slinging mud at each other.
If the trend continues, McCain could build a substantial lead by the time the Democrats get around to picking a nominee in Denver in August.
Conventional political wisdom says McCain doesn’t have a chance of winning the Presidency. He’s too old, he supports an unpopular war and he is playing too much footsie with the rabid right wing of the GOP.
But this is the year when conventional political wisdom took a vacation and anything is possible. McCain proved that by rising from the ashes of a failed and broke campaign last fall to capture the nomination with surprising ease. Rudy Giuliani tried a wait and see strategy that failed, Mitt Romney tried to buy the nomination and failed and Mike Huckabee provided little more than comic relief.
Now McCain is cruising and the Democrats are bruising. In an election year where anything can happen, anything just might be four more years of the failed policies of George W. Bush and the Republican sycophants who helped drive this nation to the brink of ruin.
Of course, in an election year where anything is possible, it is still possible that the Democrats can rebound and seize the message. November is still eight months away and that is more than enough time for the Democrats to get their act together and reclaim the momentum that they lost.
But they better do it soon. Waiting until August may be too late.
If it’s not too late already.