Thursday, February 07, 2008

In the end....there can be only one.

"I’m just going to let the party take me where it takes me. But it sure wont be with Ron Hucking Paul."
-Marie's Two Cents



Message to the Paul bearers, from your Constitutional Pied Piper:

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) listens to a question during the MTV/MySpace "Closing Arguments" presidential forum at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York City on Saturday.
Scott Gries - Getty Images

"I Can't Win!...Constitutionally, speaking, of course."

Game over.

message to the Huckabites:


Your preacher-in-chief needs to do the math...like Romney, it's a matter of arithmetic:

Can Mitt still win?

Frankly, no – the arithmetic makes it all but impossible

The Republicans have already chosen most of their delegates, and Romney has won only 256 of the 1,417 chosen so far—some 18%.

To get the delegates he needs to lock up the nomination, Romney would not only have to improve his performance, he’d have to become virtually perfect – winning 934 of the 963 delegates who haven’t yet been chosen. Unless all other candidates dropped out of the race, there’s no way anyone will scoop up more than 97% of the delegates remaining. Even if Mitt gives the greatest speech of his life at tomorrow’s conference of CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Committee) he can’t win enough delegates to become this year’s nominee.


Huckabee can only win if hell freezes over. But that's not going to happen; instead, it's his campaign that's frozen over.

A car's bumper sticker supporting Mike Huckabee is covered in ice in downtown Des Moines, December 11, 2007.
REUTERS/Jason Reed

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10 Comments:

Blogger Dan Trabue said...

Do you suspect the Republican Party may have a near-total meltdown over this McCain nomination?

That may be an exaggeration, of course. Apparently, some large percentage of Republicans appear to be fine with McCain. But there is a vocal minority that appears prepared to sink him.

What can save the day? Only the Dems nominating Clinton.

Perhaps.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 2:14:00 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

I think his speech this morning to those of us that disagreed with him on a whole host of issues, and how he is willing to work with us and cunsult the Republicans and Conservatives he surrounds himself with on policies we disagreed with did the trick Dan.

If the man is willing to work with me I'm willing to work with him.

Yes, I can learn to live with a McCain Presidency!

As a matter of fact Mccain/Thompson doesnt sound to bad?

Thursday, February 07, 2008 4:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Ken Hoop said...

The Iraq War cannot be won,"Constitutionally of course,"or any other way. And before its over, significant numbers of Americans will be wishing Paul had won.

NPR reporter says Iraq remains `in shambles'
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
BY SARA WAISANEN

KALAMAZOO -- Prospects are dim for the U.S. military to get out of Iraq anytime soon, National Public Radio foreign correspondent Deborah Amos told an audience Tuesday at Western Michigan University.

Amos, who covers Iraq for NPR, also said our focus has largely strayed from the conflict there. ``The discussion of Iraq isn't as clear as it should be,'' Amos said during a talk at WMU's Shaw Theatre.

``The economy has seized us,'' she said. ``We've forgotten about Iraq.''

Amos, who spends most of her time in the Middle East, said she was surprised to see that Iraq was ranked fifth among top issues identified by people in Florida during the presidential primary.

``Nine hundred seventy-three fatalities later ... and the war is no longer the most pressing issue in the presidential campaign,'' she said.


Iraqis are no closer to reconciliation than the first day we were there.''

Amos said that many Iraqis capable of transforming the country have left. ``Two million people have fled Iraq,'' which she described as ``still in shambles.''

The NPR correspondent described witnessing Iraqis watching helplessly as neighbors get taken away by armed men. ``You could get blown up by a car bomb or just disappear,'' she said of dangers people there face.

Iraqis don't anticipate the war ending for at least a decade, Amos said.

``The picture she paints is really hopeless,'' Kalamazoo College Interim Provost Jan Tobochnik said Tuesday after listening to Amos. ``We're going to be in there for a long, long time.''

Max Clark, a WMU senior majoring in political science and creative writing, said he thinks it will take a catastrophe to generate more concern among Americans. ``We would need either a backslide in violence or a collapse in the military,'' Clark said.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 4:31:00 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Loopy,

Get a life, really!

It's the same old tired argument with you over and over again.

We have won the war, just get over it.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Yes, a large percentage of Republicans are fine with McCain.

We're to listen to a NPR reporter to tell us about the condition of Iraq? What a joke. Same old, same old.

I wish that Huck had the class that Mitt exhibited today in his speech. He did a fine job. I was happy I got to see him give it on TV. Party loyalty over ego.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 7:18:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Do you suspect the Republican Party may have a near-total meltdown over this McCain nomination?

They already are. I wish conservatives would just pull themselves together and get a grip; I think much of the legitimate anger and grievance toward McCain hyperbolized some of the "betrayals", and imagined some of the other slights, that aren't there.

McCain is a conservative. Maybe not one hard-liners like, but he is one and no amount of spin changes it.

That may be an exaggeration, of course. Apparently, some large percentage of Republicans appear to be fine with McCain. But there is a vocal minority that appears prepared to sink him.

What can save the day? Only the Dems nominating Clinton.

Perhaps.


Maybe. I think Obama might be beatable, still. Certainly not now. It'd be a disaster for the GOP should the general election be held next Tuesday. But come November, if Obama's lack of experience contrasted to McCain's long-time experience can be shown as a positive, it may begin to wash away some of the shine and aura surrounding Obama.

Obama's had great treatment in the media, so far. He's got name recognition among young people and those who don't follow politics at all. Anything can happen between now and November.

But yes, at the moment, I don't see '08 as a good year for the GOP.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 8:45:00 PM  
Blogger Indigo Red said...

"I don't see '08 as a good year for the GOP."

I tend to agree with this. There is, however, something much bigger than the election of one person to the Oval Office.

Many Republican Congressfolk are retiring or quitting this year and next. It's far more important to retain control of at least one house of Congress.

The Founders set up the Executive as the weaker branch, with Congress being dominant. Oh, yeah, there's a Judicial branch too. Congress is still a very strong bully pulpit. If not that, then it's a good block.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 9:53:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Many Republican Congressfolk are retiring or quitting this year and next. It's far more important to retain control of at least one house of Congress.

Yes, and that outcome looks to be pretty abyssmally grim as well.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 10:08:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I'm with you, Wordsmith. I wish conservatives would get a grip too! It's either McCain, Hillary or Obama, like it or not. Conservatives who hate McCain need to dust themselves off and understand that hatred takes too much energy to waste. If they must hate, then they need to use their energy for hating the idea of a Democrat getting into the White House!

Friday, February 08, 2008 8:51:00 AM  
Blogger SkyePuppy said...

I shudder to think of the debates if Obama gets the Democratic nomination. It'll be Kennedy-Nixon all over again, with the good-looking young guy against the old coot. Here's hoping our debates are the harpy against the old coot...

Friday, February 08, 2008 6:31:00 PM  

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