Back to the subject at hand... The primaries.
On the Republican side, no one knows anything. Actually, that goes for the Democrat side too. But first the GOP.
Romney wins Michigan, rather convincingly. Significant because McCain was expected to be closer. All we really know in the GOP is that it's too soon to say anything with any certainty. There's no predictable trend. The next stop is South Carolina (for the GOP), where McCain and Huckabee are expecting to place in 1-2 some way. Romney could do well.
Giulani continues to be a disappointment, but he does have his money set for Super Tuesday (Feb 5). He may have been smart about where and when to spend his money, but we shall see.
The real point of interest to me is in the Democrat side. If you haven't been paying close attention, then you've missed the Clinton under-handed attack machine do some pretty nice work this week. They've brought up the specter of anti-Semitism in the Jewish community using a proxy 'journalist' to simply ask "What is Obama's position on Louis Farakhan and the nation of Islam." Farakhan's anti-Semitism is well known, and simply saying "Obama" and "Farakhan" in the same sentence makes it possible for voters to think the two are connected, even though Obama has never done anything in any way with Farakhan. Now he's required to speak out against him (which, IIRC, he did recently).
Further, one of Hillary's advocates raised the ghost of Obama's admitted cocaine use in public (which occurred in Obama's teens, and which he spoke openly about, as a mistake in his life, in his 1995 book). Hillary, who promised to fire anyone on her staff who took such underhanded blows, last night said the speaker was "misunderstood" and didn't mean his comment "that way" and refused to fire him, but did say his remarks were inappropriate.
Finally, and perhaps worst off, Clinton has had proxies (including former President Bill) basically say that it's Obama bringing up the race card, not his campaign. Which isn't true. And it's a way of bringing up Obama's race without bringing up Obama's race. It's a carefully triangulated approach to speaking a negative message without appearing to. And then you have Chuck Rangle (a black politician whom I formerly respected) saying Obama is no MLK.
The sad thing is it appears to be working, at least with white voters of low education (and it appears those are the folks least likely to vote for a black man at this point in our society's development). Old, boomer women, and poorly educated whites of all stripes are currently leaning toward Hillary in a large block.
And what's also sad about the recent turn in the last week is that young voters are getting the message that this is another cynical election cycle, no one is any different. It plays decidedly, at this moment in time, to Clinton's hand.
Clinton still represents the divide and conquer mentality. It's all about getting the 51 percent, and screw the 49. It's all about power first.
And it saddens me deeply.
I watched the entire Democrat debate last night. There was virtually no substance there. A commitment to bring almost everyone home from Iraq by the end of 2009 or sooner. That was good.
Everything else was vague.
Oh, and everybody is against "illegal guns". Great. I'm sure the crips and the bloods are voting GOP, anyway...
I'm not optimistic the way I was after Iowa. But I still have hope. Nevada could go Obama (though Clinton is playing Hispanics against blacks there) and South Carolina should go Obama, but if it doesn't... it could be the end of Obama's momentum.
"self-aggrandizing jackass" - it says it right on the label