When John McCain decided to embrace the rabid right wing of the Republican party, he also left the door open for the racists, bigots, homophobes and hate-mongers who dominate the so-called conservative movement.
That decision rose up and bit him in the ass Tuesday.
In an obvious lapse of judgment, taste and common sense, someone in the McCain campaign allowed hate-filled Cincinnati radio host Bill Cunningham to precede the presumptive GOP nominee on stage during a campaign stop in that city.
With 10 straight losses and the latest trouncing in Wisconsin and Hawaii, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nose diving campaign is spiraling downward towards political oblivion.
At Clinton’s national campaign headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, senior aides screamed and shouted into the early morning hours with one side urging the New York Senator and former First Lady to attack frontrunner Barack Obama without mercy and the other pushing her to be calm, collected and Presidential.
Hillary Rodham Clinton claims she has “solutions” while Barack Obama only has “speeches.” Obama, she says borrowing an old Texas cliché, is “all hat and no cattle.”
From this vantage point, we’ll take Obama’s words over Clinton’s solutions. Given her performance in the last eight Democratic Presidential primaries, we’d also say Hillary is all hat and no delegates.
Hillary Rodham Clinton walked on stage in Texas Tuesday night and delivered yet another overlong, overwrought stump speech, ignoring the butt-kicking she received yet again in primaries back East.
This time she couldn’t claim these were meaningless caucuses which her husband lost in 1992. These were the Potomac primaries: Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia – the National Capital Region where she and her husband lived as squatters for eight years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Republican Presidential nominee apparent John McCain walked into the cesspool of rowdy, frat-boy, rabid right-wing rudeness – otherwise known as the annual Conservative Political Action Conference – and told the sometimes booing crowd that he’s their boy whether they like it or not.
Now that Mitt Romney’s welcome withdrawal from the GOP Presidential sweepstakes has left McCain the heir apparent to the nomination, McCain is going to do what all Republican Presidential wannabes do – try to make peace with conservatives and seek their support for a victory in November.
Conventional political wisdom hit the canvas Tuesday night, knocked senseless by the new order of voter thinking, attitudes and actions.
When the bell rung, the old way of thinking stayed down for the count, unable to rise again, possibly brain dead.
Conventional wisdom once said endorsements matter in political contests, particularly nods of approval by high-powered celebrities, political heavy weights and media giants. Yet the powerful Kennedy name, support by the state’s two Senators and a spate of media approvals could not tip the scales in Massachusetts to favor Barack Obama.
Democratic and Republican wannabes for President will most likely emerge from Super Tuesday with no clear consensus on who will be their party’s nominee for the next temporary resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
That’s not the way any of them wanted it to work. Each pretender to the throne wanted to lock up the nomination on Feb. 5. Mathematically, none of them will.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is in trouble. Her husband is out of control, Obama is gaining momentum and her once-inevitable run for the White House is stuck in a sea of political mud.
So Hillary wants to do what the Clintons have always done in times of crisis: Cheat.
After agreeing with the Democratic National Committee's decision to punish Michigan and Florida for moving the dates of their primaries up ahead of Super Tuesday, Clinton now wants the rules changed so she can claim delegates from both states.
Listen to Democratic Presidential wannabe Hillary Rodham Clinton speak and you notice one word dominates most of what she says.
No, the word is not “change.” The word is “I.”
The same word comes out of her husband’s mouth like so much verbal diarrhea.
Now listen to the speeches of challenger Barack Obama, the man who threatens to ruin their plan of another four-to-eight years of free rent at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
His most often-used word is “we,” not “I.”
The saddest commentary on the deteriorating state of politics in this country may stem from the hilarious fact that some so-called political experts actually thought Fred Dalton Thompson had a chance to be President.
Or it may have lurked in the miniscule – but fanatical – following who believed the fantasy that Dennis “the Menace” Kucinich could win the Democratic nomination.