Wednesday, February 20, 2008

On Tuesday's Primaries

McCain increases his lead, gradually shooting for the 1000+ mark and the needed delegates for the certain GOP nomination. Huckabee did nothing but maintain his far second position.

Though hardly a landslide victory, its pretty obvious after yesterday that Barak Hussein Obama is the Democrat front runner and will likely increase his commanding position in the months ahead.

Hillary's crying incident a few months back obviously didn't give help her "find her voice", but only staved off an embarrassing early drop-out as happened to former GOP front runner Rudy Giuliani.

Where did Hillary go wrong? Much like Centrist candidate John Kerry reacted to Howard Dean's far left run in 2004, Hillary was distracted from her well known Moderate views and attempted to "out liberal" a die-hard liberal, Obama. The Hard Left wasn't buying the facade, however, and she needn't have bothered. When she might have scored points with independents and Reagan Democrats, her accusation that General Petraeus was lying in his report to Congress last year, and adamant refusal to view success in the Iraq Surge precluded any hope of support from moderates.

Interestingly, as conservatives consider Hillary more of a Lefty troll than ever, the Left perceive her as "too conservative" in that she didn't condemn the Iraq War hard enough.

Could Democrats benefit from the Iraq Surge? Feeling less threatened now from Islamic radicalism, it is conceivable that the country might elect an antiwar candidate to the oval office in a time of peace. The public often have short memories on how they obtained that peace. It's happened before, to the Winston Churchill near the end of WW 2, and to George Bush Senior in 1992.

McCain shouldn't be too hard on Obama's Hope Message, since it was hope against the odds that saw the Surge successful in Iraq, and turned around his own faltering candidacy. Faith means grabbing hold of nothing until it turns into something, and the former Vietnam Vet should know his more than any other of the Presidential aspirants.