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Time to Think

According to this poll, 35% of all voters (and roughly 25% of Democrats) are having second thoughts about Barack Obama because of the Reverend Wright revelations. (Obama’s calling his grandmother a “typical white person” won’t help with the grandmother or white votes.) In some sense, despite our protestations about an endless primary schedule, we are all fortunate to have time to have second and even third thoughts. This luxury of time gave John McCain the ability to make his case and for the American people to see the impact of the surge, from which he benefited enormously. It will give Democrats time to fall in and out of love with Obama–and then assess the candidates with a better understanding of who they really are, how they operate under pressure, and whether they have the moxie to win a general election. Needless to say, with a shorter primary calendar, the outcome of both primaries might be different.



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