Historically, the majority party in the U.S. House loses seats following off-year gains. So Democratic leaders began this election season believing that with an unpopular Republican lame duck president, a stalemated war and a faltering economy, they could beat those historic odds dramatically.
They still do. But now that optimism has an asterisk next to it.
Hillary Clinton, buoyed by her win in the Pennsylvania primary, piled pressure on top Democratic Party officials who hold the key to her gripping White House feud with Barack Obama.
If you haven’t viewed the “attack” ad that is generating so much anger against Hillary Rodham Clinton, at least in the Ivory Tower offices of The New York Times and among many Barack Obama supporters, you owe it to yourself to watch it.
War is a form of mass psychosis, during which horrifying acts are transformed into heroic deeds, through the magical moral disinfectant of state sanction.
A nice example of this is provided by an urban legend, which for the last couple of years has circulated on the Internet as a purportedly true story. Here’s the most popular version of it:
The Pennsylvania primary has come and gone. The people have spoken or inadvertently burped, as the case may be. Anyway, what a relief that everybody around here can shut up for a while.
But it is not clear what we have learned in the process, except that the next time George Stephanopoulos appears with his grubby questions in a TV debate, someone should bring a fly swatter.
Now the Democratic presidential race comes to North Carolina — sort of.
While this was once seen as a possible make-it-or-break-it state in the Democratic presidential nomination fight, it seems increasingly likely that the candidates will be paying more attention to Indiana, which also holds its primary May 6.