Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Personal Asides: Hillarys Win in New Hampshire Leads to Seven Conclusions.
Hillarys come-from-behind win in New Hampshire tells me seven things. First, no matter what Billy Kristol thinks, female tears adroitly held back and captivatingly displayed helps. So watch the tear ducts well up at strategic points in the future. I was right about that, guys.
Second, Im not willing to say Barack Obama wont get the final nod, because I think he willbut theres a dump truck load of stuff coming down the road with his name on it, special delivery from Hillary. Youre going to see an end to the nauseatingly saccharine media honeymoon very shortly now since the Big Feet on TV realize they have been made suckers of by buying into that goofy Rorschach inkblot test where they see hope-hope-hope and change-change-change in every mundane sentence and gesture he employs.
Continuing with No. 2: And its good he gets the same critical examination as everyone else must get. Earlier I watched Bill Clinton explain something that I had never been aware of. That oft-used claim that Barack uses that he never voted for the Iraq War while Hillary did is spuriously misstatedand it isnt Baracks fault but the adulated media that he wasnt called on it. None other than veteran anti-Iraq senator Chuck Hagel voted for the resolution because he and all other senators were told by Coni Rice that there would be other submissions to Congress before war would be engaged. Dear Barack the wunderkind never specified that and the media were only to glad not to research it. Well I for one didnt know it. Youll see a lot more healthy examinations coming of Barack Obama from now on.
Three: The little lady gave me a glimmer tonight just a glimmer of what the old Democratic party of patriotism used to have. She said that she would end the war the right waymeaning, I took it, with honor. I never had the view that Obama who is a direct descendent of the McCarthy-McGovern hybrid cared a whit about honorable end. To me he is and was always a very weak candidate, a weed blowing in the wind, reacting to the cross-currents of breeze. I feel she has a mettle that is a distinct improvement.
Four: The win of John McCain doesnt change my view that he will get the nominationand that given everything either the nomination of Obama or Hillary he would be, with all his imperfectionsand there are /manythe strongest candidate basis his experience. I think it would be paramount, however, that he be matched with Romney for vice president. I worry night and day that the guy who will get the veep nomination will be dear old slug-a-bed, drawling Bob-Dole-with- a-twang who calls it quits at 5 p.m. much like Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. did in 1960 Fred Thompson: a man of low energy and voltage who is content to amble around and take it easy..
Five: Barack has to put on the steam to get John Edwards out of the race because hes sucking up a lot of anti-Hillary votes that would ordinarily go to Barack.
Six: I suppose we will be continually beset with the cranky doctor who wants to repeal the FDA and institute private-paid highways but he missed his chance. Ron Paul had the opportunity to appeal to the anti-war left and get them to cross over to help him to at least place second. He couldnt or wouldnt do it. My guess is hell retreat back to the Libertarian party and run on a non-fluoridation water ticket and a strict anti-pasteurization plank which will nail down the Amish vote.
Seven: Rudy Giuliani has been so out of the news that we forget to even think of him. If and that was a big if he could have held his baggage at bay with what had transgressed earlierthree wives and some emotional flare-upshe could possibly have redeemed the promise that some had for him to be the fall-back candidate in case of terrorism crisis. The late entry of the Bernard Kerik indictment and the thoroughly outrageous purported use of the NYPD to guard Judi Nathan when she was the mayoral girlfriend, obviated his being picked. Thats okay by me now that McCain has surged and occupies the central national security berth. It also is delicious to see that the Republican establishment of Illinois has booked passage on the same Titanic that went down in 1980 when all of themBig Jimbo Thompson, Little Jim Edgar, bulbous-nosed George Ryan and otherswent down with that sure-fire potential president John Connally.