Things Just Got Interesting

Had you asked six months ago (and some of you did), I would have said that the Republican party didn’t have a prayer of winning the 2008 Presidential election. That was six months ago.

Three months ago, I would have told you that their only prayer was Hilary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination. That was three months ago.

That was then; this is now, and as the title says, Things Just Got Interesting. Somewhere in the last 3 months both Clinton and Obama seem to have forgotten they still have to run in the general election. They’re not just not pulling punches, they’re all but sabotaging one another and making themselves look like…er…politicians in the process.

Let’s face it, when this whole thing began everyone knew the Democrats had a clear path to the White House. Bush’s approval rating is the lowest in the history of Gallop, and for some totally unknown reason the RNC still has him campaigning for their candidates. There’s a war with no end in site and an economy that the Chicken Little media says is collapsing around our ears. Realistically, the Dems could have run Daffy Duck and beat whomever the Republicans nominated.

But they didn’t run Daffy Duck…they stepped it up with a jab to Republican kidneys by offering a female and a black candidate. With the independent/undecided voters locked into the novelty of voting for the “First Woman/African American President,” Democrats should have been able to coast onto Pennsylvania Avenue.

So what happened? Well, evidently, John Edwards was the playground monitor that kept the two popular kids from pulling each other’s hair and calling each other names. Without him to temper things, they’ve chosen to battle each other rather than fight over issues. Until lately, neither of them could argue that the other couldn’t win the general election – the little (D) next to the candidate’s name would assure victory. Instead, they’ve battled that the other “shouldn’t” be president, and that has resulted in calling experience, character, and credibility into question. Universal health care has deteriorated into drivel over flag pins. Long gone are the optimistic “Yes, We Can” speeches and commercials orchestrated by Will.i.am; welcome to attack adds and campaigning using the face of Osama Bin Laden.

They’ve shot so many holes in one another that John McCain doesn’t really have to fire a shot when it comes time to run in the general election. He’ll get to stand on the side and say “look, a hole” as the Democratic nominee sinks into the pit he/she has dug for him/herself.

The longer primary season continues, the more independents and undecideds move back to the middle or the right. TIME polled Clinton voters after the Pennsylvania primary and 43% said they’d vote for McCain if Clinton didn’t get their party’s nomination. The percentage of Obama voters that said the equivalent was only marginally less.

At this point, the best thing that could happen for the Democratic party would be for the nominating process to go to a second vote in Denver. At a second vote, delegates are released from their original loyalties and can vote for whomever their whims decide…even an additional candidate. Is Al Gore planning to be in Denver? Things just got interesting…

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3 thoughts on “Things Just Got Interesting

  1. I do think that there’s been way too much back and forth but I think Obama looks better than Clinton. He’s been more reactive than proactive with regards to attack. Hillary has been the agressor for numerous reasons 1) wanting in the boy’s club, 2) she hasn’t won as many primaries as Barack and 3) she’s losing the black voters her husband once had in his pocket. I don’t think the dems coerced either to run because of each one’s “dream ticket” status. It was time for them to run years ago. However, I really don’t think McCain has gained any noteworthy ground because of the in-fighting. I definitely think, no I know there will be a democrat in office and it’s going to be Barack Obama and hopefully, his vice president will be John Edwards.

  2. bfancher says:

    Enjoyed your take here, Robert, even though I must disagree on a few points. First and foremost, Edwards brings absolutely nothing to the table that Obama doesn’t already have. He’s a name, but that’s about it. Obama needs someone that can help him win the big states….you know, the ones Hillary one in the primaries. Edwards can’t do that. Secondly, for Hillary, it is all about power. She doesn’t want in the boys club, she wants the boys to want to get into her club. The fact that she is trailing in delegates with very little time left makes her have to be more aggressive. What has she got to lose? My third point is this. HIllary is not worried about losing the black vote. She is worried about NOT getting the nomination. The black vote will follow the Democratic nominee, whoever he or she might be. That’s the least of her worries right now.

  3. Ashlee says:

    I like to say, McCain is fighting like a girl. He’s standing back and letting the boys duke it out until he’s the only one standing. Everything one needs to know in life they learn from Grey’s Anatomy.

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