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The marathon goes on.

From day one, the media wanted a dramatic Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton showdown, and now they've got one -- with Hillary more than halfway to the delegate total she needs for the Democratic nomination, and Barack right on her heels. He won 13 states to her 9, but she won California. They can both boast of victories.

In the afterglow of Super Tuesday, Obama seems to have the advantage, since he is expected to do well in the upcoming primaries in Louisiana, Maryland and Virginia. Also, Clinton is said to have dipped into her personal money to lend her campaign $5 million (she raised less than half of what Obama raised in January), and some of her staff -- including her campaign manager -- are skipping February paychecks. Clinton has been hitting up donors for funds ever since early '06 when she was running for re-election to the Senate, and now some of these donors are tapped out or tired out. States on her wish list are Texas and Ohio.

Those two, money permitting, will be duking it out for a while. This is the first time I've thought there might still be a race to decide when the vote comes to Pennsylvania on April 22nd, which gives me two and a half months to make up my mind (though either candidate is preferable to the Republicans in this race)! I'm far from alone, though; I've been hearing about quite a few Edwards supporters who have had a tough time deciding on a new candidate. Some have waited till the last minute to make that call, like my folks in Massachusetts, who finally filled in their ballots for Hillary. My mother said she preferred Hillary's health-care plan to Obama's, and decided she wanted to see, at long last, what a woman could do as President.

(Edwards fans will find it interesting that the New York Times says more than 411,000 people voted for Edwards on Super Tuesday! I don't agree with voting for someone who's out of the race, but I do understand and sympathize with the voters' wish to stand behind their candidate's ideals.)

Meanwhile, John McCain rolls on, way ahead of his GOP competition and almost 60 percent of the way to his nomination, which he'd like to sew up quickly (who wouldn't?). But Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee are still in the race for now, with Huckabee snagging victories in Southern states that could make him a desirable partner for a McCain ticket.

This scares the shit out of me.

We're talking a man who wants to trash the Constitution to make it more God-friendly. What part of "preserve, protect and defend" doesn't he understand? Just because some McCain delegates in West Virginia supported Huckabee to keep Romney from winning doesn't mean this lunatic has any business being anywhere near the Oval Office. Nor, for that matter, does McCain; I don't relish the thought of being in the disaster that is Iraq for, as he said, "a hundred" years, and I suspect America's sons and daughters in uniform don't either.

I was fascinated at the new technology we can use to track this election, with comments from people all over the world popping up on the Google/Twitter map on Tuesday night. I hadn't realized how much the world's attention was focused on Super Tuesday, although I should have with so much at stake.

As President Bartlet used to say on The West Wing, "What's next?"

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Feb. 8th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
the thought of having the most conservative, religious fanatics as President scares the living sh*& out of me. I feel like we would revert back to the stone age or at least the age before the Civil War.

Feb. 8th, 2008 08:02 am (UTC)
Another bump in the life
We have a president that has shown no respectfor any law or the constitution.
We have a secretary of state who has not shown me one ounce of common sense.
We have over 100,000 mercenaries in Iraq.
I have no idea who is technically in charge of the mercenaries, but I believe that it is the State Dept.
The new budget calls for 1,100 new state department positions.
These will all come from Liberty U and the other right wing neo con schools.

Add these all together.
Check how many Bolsheviks drop kicked the Czar into nowhere.
Read how the follow the leader democrats in the Reichstag voted Hitler into power.

Then you can sweat along with me. But, of course, I AM a diagnosed paranoid.
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