Random thoughts on the campaign
Clinton is apparently using Captain Kangaroo's suit designer.
Obama is left handed and clutches his pen/pencil between his thumb and forefinger.
In a typical Midwestern manner, Obama pronounces the word "to as "ta". As in "We need ta bring lower costs ta health care."
The press is determined to denigrate and dismiss Clinton at every opportunity and ascribe calculating or negative motives to literally everything she does, says, or even appears to be doing or saying.
Pundits nauseatingly leaped on her for the touching moment at the end of the most recent debate in which she sincerely professed how honored she was to be running along side Obama, immediately suggesting that it must mean that she had given up entirely and was resigned that she'd lost the race, or saying that it was all just an act, a calculated move to generate "pity" votes.
And these were the same pundits who have whined long and loud demanding that Clinton be "more human" and show her "real" side, connect to audiences and stop being so scripted.
And this is what happens when she does.
It's truly gross in it's cynicism and unfairness. There seems to be a rule that you must NOT give Clinton a break.
In the foggy distant past (11 days ago) the day after the Potomac primaries and when Clinton still held a slight lead over Obama, I flatly stated that Obama would win both the nomination and the presidency. I still believe what will be the case, but a part of me enjoys the thought of Clinton actually becoming the nominee.
Not because I think she will be, but because it would prove literally ALL the pundits and people in Democratic politics dead wrong.
Almost across the board, they share a secret fear that Clinton, with her high negatives, would galvanize the right and rally the Republicans into a massive effort to defeat her, with a good chance that they would.
But this is utterly wrong-headed, as has been previously proven.
The idea I secretly relish is that Hillary and Bill would be right out there in their faces as the Democratic nominee.
This would most certainly inspire a near rabid reaction from the right, to be sure. On this they're right.
But what they fail to realize is that the Clinton's literally drive the right OUT OF THEIR MINDS.
Through decades of hate campaigns and the circulation of stories and myths matched in their utter fiction only by the level of hateful gullibility with which they've been adopted as fact by the mouth-breathing right, these people would literally come unglued if Hillary were poised to take the White House.
We all know what this would mean.
It would mean that they'd go way, way, WAYYYY overboard, be unable to resist putting out things that were SO ugly, SO unbelievable, SO preposterous and hateful, that it would blow up in their faces.
Hillary, of course, would sail along above it all, and with every salvo of increasingly insane attacks they'd launch, the more she'd serenely and confidently brush it aside and continue to focus on winning.
And every time she'd escape their rabid unhinged attacks, they'd only spend MORE millions and get MORE extreme and literally insane in their rage and hatred.
And in the end, the public would reject these efforts by rich, radical nut-cases, and soundly and clearly reject their negative and hateful "politics of the past" which treats them like idiots, and the American voters would elect Clinton president of the United States, partly as a clear rejection of the cynical and demeaning Republican style of division, distortion, and lies.
Yeah, that would have a certain deliciousness.
Too bad it won't happen.
Ralph Nader announced that he's running for president for the third time around this morning on Meet the Press.
I'm not sure how I feel about it at the moment, but I will say something radical, which is that Ralph Nader is most definitely NOT a radical. He's perfectly rational, his issues are perfectly important and relevant, and he has every right to put them forward if none of the two party candidates wants to do so.
I share his sense of outrage at the clear efforts of the two parties to raise artificially high bars to allowing third party candidates to either get on the ballot, or if they achieve that, to participate in debates.
The transcript of a portion of Nader's own words from today's Meet the Press appear below.
In the meantime, you can find out everything you ever wanted to know about Nader and what he's fighting for at www.votenader.org.