Winning Today’s “Debbie Downer” Award…

…are NBC’s Chuck Todd and Mark Murray, who unceremoniously inform us today that “it’s been a bad week for everyone.”

But if you’d thought you’d actually had a, you know, pretty okay week: fear not. The “everyone” the political gurus are referring to is, tellingly, only McCain, Clinton, and Obama. So why are their glasses half-empty?

For McCain, it was his Shiite-Sunni gaffe, which allowed Democrats to have a field day criticizing his understanding of Iraq, as well as his commander-in-chief credentials. For Clinton, it was the failure to have re-votes in Florida and Michigan, which makes her path toward winning the Democratic much, much more difficult. But hands down, no one had a tougher week than Obama. Just look at the post-Rev. Wright/pre-race speech poll numbers that are still circulating; it’s what makes the Clinton and McCain folks think their week went better than Obama’s did.

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.