Wednesday, January 09, 2008


The voting is over in New Hampshire, and I must say I'm of two minds on the results.

The generational warrior in me who believes the baby boomers are ruining the country isn't happy to see any member of The Lamest Generation win anything. And in that respect, Hillary's razor-thin win in New Hampshire is kind of a disappointment. But the political nerd in me wants this race to go on as long as possible, so perhaps this isn't so bad after all.

Last night I read wire reports of Hillary's teary breakdown at a campaign appearance and thought, "this woman's campaign is falling apart." 24 hours later I hunted down the footage on YouTube and this is what I saw.

That's it? That's the big breakdown? It looks like nothing more than a few moments of studied vulnerability from a person who received the instruction to be "more human." Forget it and move on.

If there's anything to be taken from the primary process so far is that no one is unstoppable. A month or so ago, Hillary was the unstoppable force. On Monday Obama was a lock. Today, well, who knows.

The other lesson is that McCain isn't dead yet. Most major media organizations were writing his political obituary last summer. Now he's the golden boy again after winning the Republican primary in New Hampshire.

Meanwhile, a few questions remain. Will Rudi Giuliani's large state strategy work when everyone has been essentially ignoring him? Will anyone tell Fred Thompson that he's running for president? Will anyone unlock the patio door and let Mike Gravel in? He's getting cold out there.

Next week Michigan holds a stupid and boring primary that will feature only Hilliary on the ballot for the Democrats (the reasons for this are just too lame to be explained). Then Nevada holds a caucus that was supposed to be important, but everyone is ignoring it.

Then you've got South Carolina. With the Democratic and Republican races up in the air, South Carolina will be in important state for all he candidates (including Thompson if he wakes up). That's right, the people who brought you the Civil War are being trusted to pick the next president. I wonder how that will go.

Enough rambling for now. Some time this week I'll talk more about lonely, neglected Oregon, and why nobody cares who we vote for.



At 7:19 am, Blogger imitate said...

Ok, I'll admit it. I am not a political power horse. I rarely follow politics - it's all just too hard. But I have two - no THREE comments about Hillary. 1. If she gets all goobery during this little interview, imagine her reaction if something serious happened to our country (and she were president). 2. Seriously?? She wants to whine about only getting to eat pizza? I hear enough women whine about what they eat and how much they weigh and whether they went to the gym from coworkers and friends. I REALLY, REALLY don't want to hear it from "my president". 3. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, I'll show you a teary breakdown. It will be me. I might have to follow Barbara Streisand to France.

At 1:56 am, Blogger Birchsprite said...

Non- related...

But Happy New Year anyway!

Hope you had a great christmas.

At 10:38 pm, Anonymous patatomic said...

I dunno...it seemed pretty genuine to me. I really didn't hear a whole lot of whining, rather someone who was probably really tired (or had knocked down a drink or two backstage).

Not sure if she'll make a good president or not, but I couldn't agree more with how we have to reverse the direction we're heading.


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