Susan Estrich is Concerned. She ought to be.

Susan Estrich’s latest op-ed gives a bunch of reasons — some more valid than others — why this ought to be a Democrat Year and the Democrat Presidential candidate ought to win in a landslide. But she’s concerned. Very concerned.

So how can Newsweek have the race at a dead heat? How come, even in the polls where Obama is leading, his lead is in single digits? Is it that people still don’t know enough about him? No candidate in my lifetime has ever gotten better press coverage, more adoration from the media. Being attacked by Jesse Jackson is a gift of major proportions. Maybe it just hasn’t showed up yet in the numbers. Maybe race is a bigger factor than people want to admit. Maybe people just need to be convinced on the experience front. But whatever it is, Democrats should take note. It should be a Democratic year, but that is no guarantee that it will be one.

Susie is worried. I believe she well ought to be. Her party chose a terrible Presidential candidate and now they’re trying to put no-smear lipstick on that pig.*

*This is not intended to smear Mr. Obama, whom we know is not a Muslim, but if he were, it would still not be intended as a smear or religious insult.