February 9, 2008

Curiouser and couriouser

Obama wins Louisiana, Washington state, Nebraska, and one of my favorite spots, the Virgin Islands.

Hillary wins zip, but is predicted to win Maine tomorrow.

Even more interesting was Huckabee's surprising showing, winning Kansas, and the race too close to call at the moment in Louisiana and Washington state, indicating that the hard-core conservatives are flocking his way now that McCain has been all but named the Republican nominee.

It seems impossible for Huckabee to actually pull it off and catch up with McCain, but the clear swing towards him is pretty clear evidence that arch-conservatives are making it clear they're not willing to go along with the idea of McCain as their standard bearer.

The perpetually angry conservatives are apparently making their feelings known at the ballot box.

Counts by news organizations still have Clinton with a slight edge in delegates after tonight, so the mini-landslide for Obama still doesn't break the deadlock between the two candidates.

One of the pundit army made an observation that I found interesting tonight as well. They noted that in the past, Republicans have had plenty of opportunity to choose McCain as their candidate, seeing as he's been trying to be president for decades, but conspicuously passed every time. There's a good reason for this, they implied, and that is that he's simply not that popular among the ideological far right that has so effectively hi-jacked the party.

Could McCain represent a push-back by the less fanatical wing of the Republican party and a return to at least semi-sanity? In that resepect, McCain may be the Republican party's last chance to save itself.

Of course, I couldn't be more happy if the zealots are successful in carrying out their ideological death wish by undermining anyone who they view as not sufficiently submissive to their radical ideology The right wing loves to stop thinking and follow authority almost as much as they love viciously attacking anyone they see as not doing so.

Thoughts? Observations? Predictions?


At 2/11/2008 9:39 PM, Blogger Benton Harbor said...

Dope, my prediction is that Obama will win Maine. Hah... clairvoyant, aren't I? Anyone can be the day after.

However, now the pundits are saying that Clinton must win Texas and Ohio and that she's reassuring the superdelegates that she has the stuff to win those states. That brings up the superdelegate thing again. I certainly hope the "career politicians" don't try to wrangle this thing from Obama - in essence, the people.

Earlier I commented about the numbers of young people, indies, and those who probably never took the time to vote that have been turned on by Obama's campaign. While I still don't know whom I'd vote for, and do have some reservations about Obama, his voting record, and his liberalness, the idea of superdelegates "giving" the nomination to Clinton really bothers me. It would be like a mini-version of Bush/Gore/Florida all over again.

I don't like the idea of "career politicians" deciding who will be the nominee, when millions of John Q. Publics place their hopes with someone else.

Should this happen, I think another chance at taking over the presidency will implode on the Dems.

At 2/12/2008 7:30 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Well said BH,

It will certainly be a giant fur-ball if it comes down to horse-trading among a relative handful of establishment Dems.

I don't even want to think about it.

After all this enthusiasm, all the momentum and hoards of new voters swept up at last by the idea that they can actually change the way poltics are practiced and usher in a fresh era, all of that stopped in its tracks.

It would be like throwing a giant bucket of ice water on the wildfire that has largely been the product of Obama's inspirational message of hope and change.

I think I should have asked readers what their thoughts would be, how they'd feel and react, if indeed it comes down to a tie and the super-delegates make the choice.

I mean, imagine if Obama wins the popular vote, wins more states, and wins more regular pledged delegates, and then due soley to her advantage of having spent decades developing relationships with party big-wigs, they end up giving the nomination to Clinton?

Not good. Not good at all.


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