Nevada votes, South Carolina Republicans pick war over Jesus
South Carolina Republicans apparently like war more than the prospect of a theocracy and gave John McCain another important win in the state where the Bush minions had previously sunk to truly disgusting depths to smear and defame him.
The right wing skunks came out again this time, trying to suggest that McCain was a traitor and coward during his captivity in North Vietnam, and Rush Limbaugh, Tom Delay, and other right wing loons had been busily trying to smear him, but McCain won despite them.
McCain chalked up what was an important victory for him (well, they all are in his case) and Preacher Mike had to settle for second, not following the script that had all the fundy's in the state giving him a win.
The Nevada primary is done and gone, and it left the pundits spinning their wheels for something to talk about.
About all Chris Matthews could dredge up was his theory that the Clinton's masterfully downplayed their chances before the vote and then appeared victorious. Duh.
Aside from the interesting situation where both Clinton and Obama are claiming victory, due to the fact that the former won the popular vote and (as of this moment) it appears that Obama actually picked up one more delegate than Clinton.
But perhaps the only unexpected result was the extent that Edwards simply tanked in Nevada, barely registering on the radar screen with a stunning 4%.
Fred "Deputy Dawg" Thompson's campaign pulled a fast one on the media by alerting them that Fred would be giving an important announcement momentarily, causing the pundits to leap to the conclusion that he was either going to announce his withdrawal from the race (I was imploring the heavens for that myself) or throwing his endorsement to McCain, thus leaving said pundits panting at the prospect that there'd actually be some news to come out of the day.
So they breathlessly cut into their broadcast to carry Thompson's big speech live. And all it was was some rambling, half-assed campaign speech, poorly delivered, in which he tried to rally his troops and make some sort of inspirational appeal to voters.
It was so bad, that Thompson got to the end of his speech and the audience had no idea it was over. As Thompson grabbed his notes and tried to escape, he noticed the dead silence and repeated his last line, then bellowed, "Stay strong" a couple times and raised his arms as his stunned followers gradually figured out they were supposed to clap now.
It was pathetic.
But the best part was when they cut back to Matthews and Olbermann at MSNBC, there was audible laughter from off camera, and both Olbermann and Matthews had stunned looks on their faces. Someone off camera said loudly, "What the.....?" and Olbermann simply asked, "What was THAT?". It was pretty funny, trust me.
Oh yeah, and Wink Martindale won in Nevada too. He's won a few now, but there's something doomed about old Willard. Just not sure he's got deep enough support for the long haul. But with the Republicans in utter disarray, anything could happen.
All that's left is to wait a week for the Democratic South Carolina primary, and listen to everyone try their mightiest to spin all this as proving that their candidate is on a roll.
About the only think you can count on is that there's no front runner in either party, and it might stay that way for a long time.