At long last it's over. Or maybe almost over, depending on the Clinton woman's willingness to recognize defeat when it's staring her in the face.
Once again the national Democratic Party has displayed its tendency to go bonkers just when the gods of politics appeared to be smiling on them. And this time they've outdone themselves, putting on display a seemingly endless primary contest which had them groveling in the mud and slime, with the two top contestants savaging each other in a way their GOP opponents could never match in ferocity.
With America in a crisis at home and abroad, with gas prices going through a series of roofs as day-by-day they soar higher and higher, home prices plummeting, and the once mighty dollar beginning in the eyes of the world to look like Monopoly game currency, the Democratic primary became a contest where the main issues revolved around one candidate's sex (I refuse to say gender — solely a grammatical term) and the other's skin color.
Their supporters made abundantly clear that they regarded attacks on Mrs. Clinton as assaults on all womanhood, while Mr. Obama's backers discovered racism in any criticism of their candidate.
One reason why the campaign reached these depths was the undeniable fact that both of the contestants agree on the need to implement Marxist solutions to the nation's problems, with the only real differences on the issues thereby revolving around which socialist nostrum to apply to the nation's ills, his or hers.
The only real difference between them was her sex and his skin color, and it was in that tawdry arena in which they choose to fight.
Looking back on the whole endless and sorry debacle, it seems to me that it should have been clear to all that the scenario followed precisely a script written by R. Emmett Tyrrell in his book, "The Clinton Crackup" which predicted that the Clintons, she and he, are, as teenagers put it "sooo yesterday" and that they would soon be shown the exit into the realm where one is both gone and all but forgotten.
The once slavishly obeisant media deserted the Clintons in droves, smitten with their newest idol, the aforesaid Mr. Obama at whose feet they grovel as they ignore the fact that seen close up his doggies are made of clay.
Bill Clinton also proved Bob Tyrrell correct by revealing the side of himself where he seethes with resentment over his unwelcome status as an ex-president no longer entitled to the delicious perks of the presidency upon which he feasted while in the White House. That frustration revealed itself frequently during the campaign.
There's a larger issue here which if the Republicans — those of the stupid party — had any sense of reality and strategy and tactics could turn the coming presidential and congressional elections on their ears. As we have just seen, the other party appears to be a comedy team devoted to slapstick routines.
Just look at what the Democrats have done since regaining control of both Houses of Congress. Their leadership may seem to be Mrs. Pelosi in the House and Harry Reid in the Senate, but there's no question that it's the Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges who have running things up on Capitol Hill.
They came roaring into town after the 2006 elections when the voters in a fit of frustration with the stupid party which had become the venal party sent hordes of them packing. They made all sorts of promises, hardly any of them were kept. They pledged to bring the troops home from Iraq, post haste. They barely tried. Harry Reid gleefully proclaimed that the war was "lost'" shortly before the surge began to succeed.
In the face of the stunning success of the surge, the sudden but welcome emergence of an efficient Iraqi government determined to restore order in their land and their humiliation of Sadr and his thugs in Basra and Sadr City, Mrs. Pelosi put on her clown's hat and insisted we must walk away when we're finally winning in Iraq.
Since taking over in January, 2007 Pelosi, Reid and their loony left cohorts in both chambers have proven to be not only incompetent but demonstrably crackers as well.
If the stupid party has any sense they will concentrate on exposing the Democrat's loony tunes Marx Brothers-Three Stooges style of governing so obvious over the past two years, hammering it in day and night until Election Day and the voters realize they voted to turn Washington into a certified nut house and start laughing at the clowns they sent there.
Betcha they won't.
Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist and World War II Marine who writes for Newsmax.Com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist (Cato) for National Review magazine in the 1960s.
He also served as a staff aide for the House Republican Policy Committee and helped handle the Washington public relations operation for the Alaska Statehood Committee which won statehood for Alaska. He is also a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers.
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