In every election cycle there is generally one "major" earth-moving event that occurs and forever shapes the outcome of said election. The recent tell-all book, released by former White House Press Secretary, Scott McClellan, just may be that event for the Presidential 2008 election.
McClellan, whose powerful mother was a significant donor to W's campaigns; and his brother, Mark, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services appointee; and of course he himself, have been widely touted as being an integral part of President Bush's inner circle dating way back to Texas. As a result of those relationships, it won't be very hard for the regular Joe Blows in bread basket America to believe McClellan's revelations about W's run up to war, Rove and Scooter Libby's less than honest claims regarding the Valerie Plame outing incident, and his verbal indictments against Cheney, Rice and Rumsfeld. And all the bad mouthing by White House (and former White House) surrogates will fall on deaf ears.
What McClellan's book does is pour icy cold water on Senator John McCain's strongest political argument for the duration of the campaign: the Iraq war was and is neccessary for America to continue engagement. His book gives those independent voters who may have voted for McCain in the Fall, a reason to pause and re-examine Senator Barack Obama (whose political mantra continues to be his judgment to oppose the Iraq war from the beginning).
Not only does McClellan's memoir throw McCain's presidential chances into a downward spin... but GOP incumbents running for offices across the country (who had a steep uphill climb ahead anyway) will have to answer the question that will now be on the minds of Mr. and Mrs. John Doe: "Why Mr./Mrs elected official did you vote for this war without pressing the President for more information?" In addition, Fox News/Karl Rove's attempt at rebranding himself as a legitimate, credible voice on issues of the day has now been seriously compromised, wiped-out... dissed to the 3rd power.
What a difference a day makes in politics. One man, one book has possibly altered the landscape "big-time" for the upcoming general election.
As the world stands today, it should be much easier now for Senator Obama to pull a win out of this McClellan god-send. Heck, anytime any question on the Iraq war is pitched toward Senator Obama from now through November, all he needs to say is: "go read McClellan's book. End of conversation". How do you say "President Obama" boys and girls?