February 09, 2008
Over and Done With So Soon?
I haven't trolled many of the political sites (traditional media or blogs) since Romney stepped aside on Thursday, but I haven't seen anyone express surprise at the fact that it's already over. The Republican convention is almost seven months away.
When was the last time a non-incumbent was coronated so quickly? You don't have to be a conspiracist to imagine that they all got together after Tuesday and said, "How do we win in November?"
So you have to admire them. I'm grateful that so much material will now be unavailable for media noise. And I suppose that this was the point of having a single day with so many primaries, so it worked from a structural standpoint. McCain also at least had to fight back. It wasn't like our recent fake mayoral election here in SF, with Gavin Newsom running against your Aunt Evelyn.
But what is the press going to write about? Ahh, the Democrats. Pity them. Clinton and Obama may battle it out with mutual respect, but their followers and the media will stir up all the animosities cooked into our electoral stew. Blacks and whites. Men and women. Blacks and other non-whites.
Meantime McCain gets to calm the conservatives, and even if he only does a mealy job, it's easy to envision that the Democratic voting blocs who lose out in the primary fight will be so alienated they'll stay home in November.
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