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Monday, April 12, 2021

DOA for conventional political wisdom

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.

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Facing a hi-def future

The very first video aired on MTV was the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” I recently entered the wonderful world of high-definition-television ownership, and after a few months I’m beginning to wonder how many careers will be killed by HDTV.

In particular, there’s a real chance that John McCain, who appears to be on the verge of wrapping up the GOP nomination, will see his presidential hopes crushed by a technology he helped make commercially viable.

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McCain, Clinton hold delegate leads

Sen. John McCain jumped to a commanding lead in the Republican delegate race over Mitt Romney on Super Tuesday. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton edged ahead of Sen. Barack Obama in the race for Democratic delegates.

McCain won 420 delegates to 130 for Romney and 99 for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee in incomplete results. A total of 1,023 delegates were up for grabs in 21 states.

Overall, McCain led with 522 delegates, to 223 for Romney and 142 for Huckabee. It takes 1,191 to win the nomination at this summer’s convention in St. Paul, Minn.

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Can anyone stop McCain?

John McCain’s string of cross-country victories made him all but unstoppable — and proved his appeal across a broad swath of the Republican Party.

The Arizona senator was racking up enough convention delegates in Super Tuesday’s coast-to-coast voting to put him within reach of the coveted GOP presidential nomination that eluded him eight years ago. Mitt Romney faced a decision of whether to stretch out the bruising race for another few weeks while Mike Huckabee competed for — and in some ways found — relevancy.

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Democrats in race to the finish

Hillary Rodham Clinton captured needed states Tuesday night — including the brass ring of California — even as Barack Obama ate into her traditional base of support on a topsy-turvy night where ballot victories were not the only measure of success.

The grand spectacle of Super Tuesday’s coast-to-coast nominating contests marked a turning point in the Democratic presidential contest from euphoric election night victories to painstaking delegate counting. Consider it the beginning of a long hard slog.

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McCain takes command of GOP race; Romney on the ropes; Clinton, Obama divide up Super Tuesday

John McCain earned himself a super Wednesday, a day to savor coast-to-coast primary victories that ratified him as the Republican front-runner, while Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama dug in after a night of divided spoils in a Democratic presidential contest that could stretch to the spring.

McCain, whose campaign once verged on collapse, piled up more delegates than his two rivals combined, pushing over the halfway mark on what’s needed to clinch the nomination. His victories stretched from New York to California, the biggest prize. Still, Mitt Romney in the West and Mike Huckabee in the South proved to be go-to candidates for conservatives, and they vowed to press forward.

Clarity of any sort eluded the Democrats as campaigns turned to the next rounds — contests in Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington state Saturday and primaries in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia on Tuesday.

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An old game of Liar’s Poker

While America’s super-sized attention was diverted and divided among the superlatives of Super Bowl Sunday and Super Tuesday, Official Washington began playing its favorite old parlor game: Liar’s Poker — also known as the old budget game.

On Monday, with all the non-fanfare of an errant husband tiptoeing home after a bad boys’ night out, President Bush lamely gave Congress his lame-duck, legacy-lap budget. It was the first to break the $3 trillion mark. But the most crucial parts of Bush’s budget were written in two types of ink: red and disappearing.

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