Have you ever seen a rock drop through water? If you haven't, look no farther than Barack Obama's last 6 weeks of running for the Democratic presidential nomination- that's what it looks like.
Obama's once messiah-like presence is really starting to crumble. Virtually all polls show Hillary making significant gains. The Jeremiah Wright debacle, which is still ongoing, has damaged Obama no matter how many empty statements of renunciation he makes regarding his pastor of 20 years. The Republican's have to adore Jeremiah Wright and yearn for him to speak publicly more. In addition to Obama's wrong association with Wright, his view on human life as it relates to abortion is becoming more known(calling a baby "punishment" and an Illinois voting record that makes Hillary look pro-life), his derogatory remarks about small town America paint him as a big city, uppity, elitist, and a highly questionable relationship with terrorist bomber William Ayers has completed a complex of problems for the media-anointed savior of America.
Though not the lock it appeared to be 6 weeks ago, I still think Obama will get his party's nomination for president. The nomination process will have been like an NHL Conference finals play-off that goes 7 games and renders the winning team seriously wounded going in to the Stanley Cup championship series. Obama will be damaged for a showdown against McCain in the general election. McCain is old for a candidate and a bit of a loose cannon, but I'm betting a battle with Obama for the Presidency looks pretty soft compared to his time as a prisoner of the Viet Cong.
If Obama thinks Hillary and co. have been tough on him, he ain't seen nothing, he is in for a total smack down. The chosen one who promised to bring "common sense and team work to solve our nations problems" is now looking more and more like an old school politician, but worse yet- an old school politician who has no real executive experience, a building pile of baggage, and a wily old war hero resting up for the final duel.