Apparently he isn’t yet, since nobody has thought fit to say so here. So perhaps a rephrasing will help:
When will the forking of McCain happen? What else can McCain do to make sure he loses this election? Does Obama, who clinched the nomination months ago, even have to do anything at all to make sure he wins in November? Or is it enough to simply assume McCain will blow it somehow (and how?), or that the electoral vote will take care of itself ?
Since the nomination is settled and we have been in general-election mode for some months now, certainly some thoughts should have percolated to the surface about what happens next. Can we begin to share some of them, perhaps?
Here it is, then: No, he’s not forked, nor will he be until Election Day. He’s been in the game too long, and made too many friends in the Beltway Bubble media, to have to pay the price for any major gaffes (just look at the way he’s skated on Hagee). He’ll have the support of the large number of voters who think the Iraq war was not a bad idea, just badly executed, and can still be salvaged. He’ll have the “Dems will raise your taxes” vote. He’ll be able to let the doubts about Obama’s substance continue to percolate into Conventional Wisdom. He won’t have to deal with being reflexively hated by any sizeable chunk of people. He’ll have the advantage of facing yet another Dem candidate whose supporters think the nomination is the prize, and lack a focus and strategy for November. He may not be able to win by much, but win he can. He’ll have the advantage of his supporters feeling unified by a leader, while smugly watching the self-proclaimed morally-superior Dems engage in the fun of tearing down one of their own strongest leaders.
Who else wants to focus on the *real * prize now?