Primaries End – It’s Downhill From Here

| June 4, 2008


Last night marked the blessed end to what has been a grating an annoying primary season for the US Presidential election. What was amusing to me was how little the cable news rooms were actually covering the two states having primaries, and how much of the coverage was focused on starting to handicap the “Obama vs McCain” race.

Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post puts it brilliantly:

Barack Obama’s victory may be historic, but even some black commentators have tired of the endless denouement. Callie Crossley, for example, is a Harvard media analyst, but “as a normal person, I think, ‘Oh my God, I’m so sick of it I can hardly stand it.’ And then I chastise myself.” She says she clicks off any television story about delegate numbers.

“We’re not even limping,” Crossley says, “we’re just dragging across the finish line, and everyone says, ‘Oh, okay, whatever.’ It feels redundant.”

In spite of all the breathless predictions over the past week, Senator Clinton did not in fact call it quits last night. What does the Clinton camp have still left to throw into the mix that they think can make a difference? As the aces of gotcha politics, are they holding some dirt that will so poison Senator Obama’s campaign that they feel they need to stay on “warm backup”?

Meanwhile, the press indulges itself in the continuation of their Obama boot licking while it tries to ignore the fact that he has been limping badly for the last 2 months. In his long winded victory lap last night, Senator Obama pulled out a few eye-openers, including this at the closing:

America, this is our moment. This is our time. Our time to turn the page on the policies of the past. Our time to bring new energy and new ideas to the challenges we face. Our time to offer a new direction for the country we love.

The journey will be difficult. The road will be long. I face this challenge with profound humility, and knowledge of my own limitations. But I also face it with limitless faith in the capacity of the American people. Because if we are willing to work for it, and fight for it, and believe in it, then I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals. Thank you, God Bless you, and may God Bless the United States of America.

Does he actually believe this stuff, or is he just doing a great job of delivering a speech? It seems like he is just hitting the left’s hot buttons all in a row with no real concern for reality. Does he really want to walk away from Iraq without fixing the problem we caused? Does he want to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Does he really think the oceans have risen? Does he think that he can completely gut and re-build our massive health-care industry? Do we really want to make your doctor’s office the same os the post office? Does he think that will help?

The Democrats have him as their candidate, but is he any less a bumbler than George Bush is? When he is talking extemporaneously, he tends to bump and stumble about verbally like our current President, with gaffes like “57 states” flying out.

I maintain my opinion that we have 2 terrible candidates (used to be 3 terrible candidates) for President, and no matter who wins, their Presidency will be a mess given the prevailing conditions.

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Category: 2008 Election, Main, US Politics

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Bruce Henderson is a former Marine who focuses custom data mining and visualization technologies on the economy and other disasters.

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