No sooner did Barack Obama’s campaign enter a downward spiral over Jeremiah Wright’s incendiary sermons than the State Department steps in to save him. The current news is that the State Department fired two contractors and reprimanded another worker for three violations of Obama’s passport information.
Without question this is an outrageous breach of law and protocol. In addition to any information about Obama’s trips and personal history, the goons may have found, I’d also be concerned that they obtained his social security number, from which they could obtain the candidate’s credit history.
With that said, the State Department, far more than Obama’s speech this week, will permit Obama’s campaign to turn the page on the worst fourteen days in his campaign. The news of the breach and the possible legal and congressional inquiries to follow will keep the story going day after day. Nothing can be better for a candidate who has waned somewhat in popularity.
It will also be delicious to watch the Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, attempt to dance away from this story later this week. If it’s as bad as it looks — senior managers being unaware of the breaches for several weeks — don’t expect to see her on a ticket with John McCain.