I remain all over the lot about the Democratic nominee, torn between Hillary’s competence and Barack’s charisma. One of my favorite bloggers, James Wolcott, who voted for the former in yesterday’s New York Primary, sums up my primary concern about the latter in this comment:
I can picture President Hillary in the White House dealing with a recalcitrant Republican faction; I can’t picture President Obama in the same role because his summons to history and call to hope seems to transcend legislative maneuvers and horse-trading; his charisma is on a more ethereal plane, and I don’t look to politics for transcendence and self-certification.
And yet, and yet…
I don’t want to become one of those people who rejects hope and promise and youth out of inchoate fear, but I have seen enough of the right wing horror show over the past 16 years to know that idealism, charm and vision aren’t about to change it or the people who thrive on hate. Indeed, idealism, charm and vision are almost anathema to them.
Super Tuesday seems to have cemented the inevitability of McCain. Chances are he will take Huckabee as his running mate. And therein lies the secret story of the coming presidential race. McCain’s greatest appeal is in the Blue states, states he almost surely cannot win in November, underlining the fact that hardcore Republicans, for the most part, hate his ass. Huckabee helps only in the south and not even universally there and his backwoods religious beliefs scare the bejeezus out of most of the rest of the nation.
In a year when it would seem the GOP can’t win under any circumstances given the burden of the Bush/Cheney legacy, the party’s strongest candidates now appear to exemplify that assumption.
The real fun of the coming weeks will watching Limbaugh, Ingram, Hannity and that crowd walk themselves back from their anti-McCain stances while trying to maintain that they are still the voice of the conservative movement, tattered though it might be. I predict the best laugh will come when the despicable Ann Coulter tries to explain away her “I’ll work for Hillary before I’ll vote for McCain” comment with something charming like “all Democrats are faggots” or the like.
The way all this is playing out for the Democrats, by the way, it is entirely possible that the Pennsylvania Primary on April 22 could be pivotal.
Yikes. My vote could actually count.