With Hillary out, what now?

The AP is reporting something a lot of people weren’t sure would come to pass:

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton will concede Tuesday night that Barack Obama has the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, campaign officials said, effectively ending her bid to be the nation’s first female president.

I find it amazing that both parties managed to pick the one candidate who could actually make a race of it. That’s good news for the GOP and bad news for the Democrats.

The economy is in the tank, we’re in a war no one (any longer) wants to be in and the current president is about as popular as a nudist at an Amish church dinner. Obama should be 20 points up right now.


There’s the melanin issue, there’s the youth issue, there’s the class issues, there’s the war hero issue, there’s the bitterness issue. Thus John McCain — who I think rode with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in Cuba — has an arguable chance to be the oldest president since Ronald Reagan’s brain.

Let me be clear about one thing: I have voted in every election since Reagan/Carter and I think this is the best choice I’ve ever been offered. I have issues with both Obama and McCain and I like both of them as well. I have never been able to say that before in a presidential election. One of the two men I agree with less than the other but even the one I don’t agree with I wouldn’t be totally miserable to have in office. I think it is an excellent sign that both candidates have not only been guests on Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me but both have been really, really funny. Huzzah for humor!

Bumper sticker courtesy of the most excellent Agatha & Louise in Portland, ME.

Bush gave up golf for families of Iraq war dead

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the Commander-in-Chief playing golf,” Bush said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be as — to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

My head hurts from this quote.

Dear George, you want to show solidarity with these families? How about you visit each and every one of them. Maybe explain why neither you nor your children have served in this or any other war. How about adequate funding and administration for the Veterans Administration? How about not being an idiot? How about not starting wars on fictitious grounds?

Good Lord.

McCain? Hillary? Obama?

I’ll take any of them over this fool.

Not Huckabee, though. I can’t live through another administration that views facts as malleable.

Me & John McCain — proof of my bipartisanship

Some people reading this blog could come to the conclusion that I am a left-wing crybaby. Herewith I offer ironclad proof that I am a bipartisan crybaby.

Eleven years ago — long before his first run for national office — I wrote Sen. McCain a letter suggesting he run for president. For some reason that year I read quite a bit about McCain. There was a profile in the New Yorker and several other pieces in the erstwhile Liberal Media. I found that while I disagreed with him on some points and agreed with him on others, I was impressed by his ability to forgive others and to listen and learn. So I wrote him a note saying, look I may or may not vote for you but I really think it would be good for the country if you ran. Had I known what would happen to him in South Carolina in 2000, I would have told him to stay home.

His response:

Taking a break…

I am fleeing the cold weather and the blogosphere for a week, so you’ll have to get your snarky commentary elsewhere for a while.

MauiA few thoughts for the road:

  1. Is Hillary copying the Giuliani playbook? Hil’s attitude of we’ll win one of these days seems very reminiscent of Rudy’s.
  2. Greenspan says we’re on the edge of a recession. Sorry Alan but we passed that a while ago. An attitude only a rich man could have.
  3. Condi & Zinni for Veeps? Collateral Damage Sr. says McCain will opt for the best piano player on either side while Obama picks the General to strengthen his flank. Both picks make sense which is why I doubt they will come to pass.
  4. Anybody can have a bad century: Pitchers and catchers reported to spring training meaning this is officially the centennial season of Cub ineptitude. (CD Sr. also said the Cubs have a chance this year. Whaddya expect from a Senators fan?)

Image via TheRevC.com

Presidential Idol in New Hampshire: An explanation

Here’s my take on what happened.

  1. Most of the press dislikes Hillary so much that they were overjoyed to jump on the Obama-mania bandwagon. This isn’t some sort of vast-MSM conspiracy, it’s just that Hillary and the media have always taken each other’s actions personally. My sympathies lie with the MSM and not Hillary in that particular debate. However, that doesn’t change the fact that pretty much everyone called it wrong.
  2. Mitt Romney has now lost in a state where no one knew him and in one where everybody knew him. He now hopes to win in a state where everyone over the age of 45 once knew his father. Somewhere the lone Romney fanatic not on Mitt’s payroll is sad. The rest of us can rejoice. I wonder how much the dislike of Mitt got independents to vote against him in the GOP primary and not vote for someone on the Democratic side?
  3. Weirdest moment of the zeitgeist: Listening to interview after interview with people saying that they were trying to decide between Obama and McCain. Now, I like both of those guys. I’d be happy with either one in the White House. That said — they have nothing in common policy wise. The differences between them are about as subtle as the difference between pasta and LSD.