Barack Obama just may be fading like a sick flower. He’s more and more looking like a guy caught in an immense violent wave, trying to hang on for dear life.
But that is becoming more difficult than opening a contrary bottle of wine for our rubber-legged president.
Here are two more factors that may provide more push for Obama’s long fall.
Democrats had wakeup call this morning. They now live in a political reality in which the Jewish vote can’t be taken for granted anymore.
In the wake of a New York City special election where a Republican won in the heart of urban Jewish Democratic power, the shocking result has triggered fire alarms that Obama’s frosty relationship with Israel could torch the party’s hammerlock on a key constituency.
Then there is our own dear state of Pennsylvania, which just may wind up making Obama fold like a carpenter’s rule in the 2012 election.
Pennsylvania Republican state legislators have a diabolical scheme that, if GOPers in other states follow their lead, could KO Obama — not because of the vote count, but because of new rules.
The PA Republicans want to play with the electoral college in a way that no previous legislature in America has dared to do since the Civil War.
Each state gets to determine how its electoral votes are allocated. Currently 48 states and Washington D.C. employ a winner-take-all system in which the candidate who wins the popular vote in the state gets all of its electoral votes.
Under the PA Republican plan — which has been endorsed by top Republicans in both houses of our state legislature as well as Gov. Tom Corbett — our state would change from this system to one where each congressional district gets its own electoral vote. Two electoral votes — one for each of the state’s two senators — would go to the statewide winner.
This could cost Obama dearly. The GOP controls both houses of the state legislature and the governor’s mansion and is redrawing congressional district maps so the 2012 elections likely will have 12 safe GOP seats compared to just 6 safe Democratic seats.
Under the Republican plan, if the GOP presidential nominee carries the GOP-leaning districts but Obama carries the state, the GOP nominee would get 12 electoral votes out of Pennsylvania, but Obama would only get eight.
A change in fortune for Obama that would be more uncivil than life without cigarettes and a winter vacation in Hawaii.