Here are some quick thoughts and questions about the presidential and congressional races as of today.
Once again, as we were on the Monday before the New Hampshire Primary, the death watch is out for Hillary’s campaign. And this time, even Obama’s campaign is getting cocky, proclaiming, “She can’t catch us!” Be careful: The Clintons are desperate to win this race. There is no telling what they will do.
It is indeed wonderful to smell the stench of death around Hillary’s campaign: the infighting, the leaks, the firings, the resignations, the money troubles, the media speculation.
Obama has gotten a total free ride from the media. No vetting; no probing; no asking, Where’s the beef?
The present upward surge for him will not last. He has yet to have his inevitable down days. They are coming. The only question is, Do these down and tough days come after he has already sewn up the Democratic nomination?
I am not yet ready to gloat over my prediction of a year ago: Hillary won’t make it because an anti-war party is going to nominate an anti-war candidate (Obama) — not the most pro-war candidate (Hillary). No gloating over the demise of the Clintons until and unless she has withdrawn from the race. A long way from now. But that day may be coming.
On the other side: McCain? He hasn’t been vetted either. Have we heard a word about the Keating Five lately?
The GOP is in a state of total confusion: Half the party detests and distrusts McCain. A goodly percentage, maybe 15 percent, will sit it out in November.
Despite what some tell us, many conservatives hate McCain much more than they hate the Democrats, even Hillary. These conservatives detest McCain, not on any particular issue. It is his personality, his cockiness, arrogance.
Still, do not rule out this scenario: McCain is not the GOP nominee when the Republicans leave St. Paul in September.
Just a feeling: Revelations and events may conspire to show the Real McCain, and the GOP may realize that they cannot march into battle this fall with a damaged, divisive figure at the head of the Republican Party. No matter what happens on the presidential level, we are going to get creamed in the House and Senate. We are going to lose a ton of seats. That is why so many senior GOP congressmen are choosing to retire.
G.W. Bush has presided over and caused the destruction of the Republican Party. HIS seven years have been a total political disaster. And we are only just beginning to pay the price for Bush’s political malpractice.
He will be a huge issue in the fall. In fact, it has already begun: Obama says now, “If you want a third term of George Bush, then vote for John McCain.” A very, very effective line.
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