16 January 2008

Michigan

Yes! Romney wins! The emergence of a clear Republican front-runner is once again prevented, allowing their demolition derby to continue. Now let's hope for Thompson to win South Carolina and Giuliani to win Florida, so that each of the Republican big five will have a victory to keep him in the race and keep the squabbling and confusion going. Update: read this too.

The Democratic process in Michigan was a peculiar one which paradoxically clarifies the front-runner situation rather than muddling it. Because the state had moved its primary earlier in the year than traditional rules allow, the national party had stripped the state of all of its Democratic delegates, rendering its primary officially moot. Both Obama and Edwards, bowing to the national party's wishes, withdrew their names from the Michigan ballot. Clinton, however, did not, and thus won an easy but apparently-meaningless victory (the "uncommitted" votes are Obama and Edwards supporters). Her gamble, however, is that the national Democratic party will eventually relent and give Michigan its delegates back, increasing her lead still further.

The best news is that Clinton and Obama have both called for a "ceasefire" in their recently-escalating feud over race and gender. We need to keep in mind that one or the other of them is going to be the nominee and we will all need to get together behind that person to beat the Republicans. We can't afford to risk a situation where so much hostility is created that Obama supporters find it impossible to vote for Clinton or vice versa. Let's leave the self-destructive infighting to the other side.

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Blogger handmaiden said...

I agree with your analysis & your strategy.

I think Romney does have the best chance to win to Republican nomination. The Republicans are fractured by their ideology, but in the end even they might realize what their best bet is.

As this goes on I see people already getting burned out & turned off from the hype. Hopefully the Republican candidates WIll keep up their self-destructive infighting & maybe even ratchet it up a notch or two.

16 January, 2008 06:58  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I'm already looking forward to the next wave of mudslinging now that they have a new front-runner for all the other factions to attack.

Demolition derby is fun -- provided we're spectators and not participants!

16 January, 2008 10:28  

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