Earlier today I pointed out the troubles Barack Obama is having with skeptics on the political Left who even after his “courageous speech” say he’s still in trouble. Well, if early signs like a large-scale Internet poll mean anything, these critics have a strong point.
John Hinderaker at Power Line notes an AOL Hot Seat poll that shows an overwhelming percentage of Americans don’t think Obama solved “his Jeremiah Wright problem with his speech yesterday.” By a margin of 68 to 26 percent. This might be (wait, just might be) the lead weight around Obama’s campaign.
If this is true, it’s because more people are seeing what Jonah Goldberg saw:
For all the wonderful rhetoric and tantalizing promise of Obama and his speech, thereâ€™s not much that is actually new here. This was largely a restatement of Jeremiah Wrightâ€™s indictment of America, delivered in University of Chicago parlance instead of South Side Chicago diatribe.
The old baggage has been replaced with shinier suitcases, but the contents are the same as ever. Black Americaâ€™s problems can be solved by spending more money on the same old Great Society programs. Any talk about black Americaâ€™s problems that takes the eyes off that prize is a â€œdistraction.â€ And, yet again, white Americans can prove their commitment to racial justice by going along with more big government. My hope for something better proved too audacious in the end.
Hillary is way ahead in Pennsylvania, and has made up a deficit in North Carolina. Are Democrats changing their mind? If Hillary wins both of these major states, she’s still in all likelihood behind in the delegate count. But what does it mean for the Democratic National Convention in August?
A fascinating political season, indeed.