I try, I really try, not to get sucked into the horse-race element of the electoral process. But I can't help it. The Nevada results had been in for hours, and the South Carolina Republican results were still pending, and there I was, clicking "refresh" on the CNN page like a rat with an electrode implanted in its nucleus accumbens. It's just too exciting; I can't help myself.
And I'm not even a freaking Republican!
My humble observations:
- The Press is all over itself anointing St McCain after his Big Win, yet it is little mentioned that prior to today, Romney had more delegates than McCain, and after today, his lead has grown even larger.
- Oddly, though Hillary beat Obama in Nevada, Obama apparently won more delegates.
- Has any front-runner in the national polls ever crashed and burned as spectacularly as Giuliani? Just a month ago, he led in the national polls by a significant margin. After five states, he has received barely half the popular votes of fringe candidate Ron Paul.
- The degree to which the press loves McCain is matched only by the passion with which major elements of the GOP establishment hate McCain. Rush said that if McCain gets the nomination, it will "destroy the Republican party." Tom DeLay had a similar sentiment and added that McCain is unprincipled and refused to endorse McCain should he be the eventual nominee. I don't get it. McCain seems plenty conservative -- way too much for my tastes. Why the animus? (Bonus points for irony: DeLay called someone else unprincipled!)
- Strangely, this makes me more open to McCain, maybe on the theory of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend..."
- Rush has been openly supporting Romney, which is strange, given Romney's not-exactly-spotless conservative credentials. Julia at FireDogLake has an insightful and amusing explanation of why this might be the case.
- Duncan Hunter drops out of the race, and Grandpa Fred does not, surprising the 99% of the electorate who were unaware they were still running.
- So if I understand the current dynamic correctly: neo-cons hate Huckabee, evangelicals and movement conservatives hate McCain, corporate conservatives support Romney, tolerate McCain, and fear Huckabee. There's an old saw in politics, "When your opponent is drowning, you throw the sumbitch an anchor." In that spirit, I offer the timeless words of the philosopher Nelson: