The Corner

McCain’s Stalking Horse?

If Hillary can’t win the nomination — and it’s clearly very, very hard for her — she’s basically a stalking horse for McCain. She’s preparing the demographic ground for McCain, by getting white working-class Democrats used to (if you will) not voting for Obama. And she’s softening Obama up for McCain, prodding at and exposing her fellow Democrats’ weaknesses.  The only way she can stop the super-delegates’ drift to Obama is conclusively making the case that she’s more electable. Given the fall-out from Bosnia, on top of her negatives to begin with, she’s probably never going to be strong enough to do that. And as long as Obama just seems sort of weak — but not catastrophically so — I think super-delegates will perversely be more inclined to declare for him quickly. They’ll want to protect him and stop the nomination race before even more of his vulnerabilities become evident. That’s clearly part of the sentiment behind The Low Road to Victory” New York Times editorial.