Election ’08: Time for Obama to Take Another Mulligan?

Whoda thunk this crazy political season?

— The campaign of John McCain, one of the early Republican frontrunners, crashes and burns before rising from the ashes.

— The crowning of the “inevitable” Hillary Clinton as the first female president collapses when a new “historic” figure, Barack Obama, steps into the race, prompting a dogfight that lasts for months, ultimately disappointing feminists for Hillary and bruising the “legacy” of Bill Clinton.

— Then Obama, his campaign flush with cash and eager footsoldiers, reverses course and announces he will not take public financing.

— Snubbing Hillary Clinton, the “change” agent chooses an establishment liberal, Joe Biden, as his running mate. Party faithful are underwhelmed.

— McCain, seeking to close the “enthusiasm gap,” chooses an unknown pro-life, pro-gun, young, Christian woman governor, Sarah Palin, igniting the party’s conservative base and stealing Obama’s thunder.

— Early media attacks against Palin fall flat, her convention speech is a revelation, and the polls reveal a stunning switch of white women voters to the Alaska “hockey mom.”

— Obama’s campaign suddenly faces a cash crunch, while donations flood in for McCain/Palin.

Obama is clearly flailing, overtaken by McCain/Palin in the polls. With Obama’s growing track record of changing his mind, I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see the Illinois senator try something desperate to seize back the political momentum. Call me crazy, but I think he might take a mulligan on Biden and select … a woman. Is Hillary still available?

Stranger things have happened … and in fact already have.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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