As much as I try to read articles and posts from the Right and pick up on trends only Glenn Greenwald has taken that mind numbing task and produced a narrative that looks a lot like the Right digging its own grave, Worthless chatter – where Dean Barnett of The Weekly Standard, right-wing gadabout Hugh Hewitt, Glenn “circle jerk” Reynolds and the ever wacky Michelle Malkin all pile on the guy that the majority of Iowa Republicans think should be their next president, Mike Huckabee. Right-wing Conservatives have been out of step with the majority of Americans since just about forever. They won way too many national elections by a hair. In order for their derisive, divide and conquer strategy to work they had to have a base that followed their marching orders. Now that time appears to have come to an end. Even if Huckabee doesn’t go all the way they’re going to have to deal with that segment of their party that is fed up with the status quo, i.e. Guiliani, McCain and Romney. That Reynolds and Malkin both shake their tiny fists at Huckabee for daring to defy their drug addict draft dodging deity of right-wing radio Rush Limbaugh is political high comedy at its best.
Very moving last word from soldier/blogger Andy Olmsted who was killed in Iraq.
Congratulations to Barack Obama on his win. And to John Edwards for making the tea leaf reading mainstream press look like the fools they seem determined to be. Its amazing and a source of great hope for the country that young voters are making such a big contribution to this race.
Another reason for the Huckabee bashers to to rethink their position is how fired up the Democratic base seems to be, Iowa Implications
1) In terms of participation, the Iowa results were vastly more positive for Democrats than for Republicans. Check out Chris Bowers’ summary of combined Repubican and Democratic data from the Iowa entrance polls. Dems not only attracted about double the number of participants as Republicans in what had been a narrowly divided state. They attracted 75% of independents; 88% of self-identified “moderates”; and roughly three-fourths of voters under 45.
2) For all the talk about the Iowa winners, Obama and Huckabee, as “outsiders” or “upstarts,” they are polar opposites in terms of broader appeal. Obama won Democrats as well as independents, and liberals as well as moderates, and clearly helped produce a vast uptick in first-time Caucus participation in both categories. Huckabee won with disproportionate support from a narrow and controversial category of conservative GOP voters, conservative evangelicals. Even if elbows get sharp in the next couple of weeks, Democrats remain highly unified on most policy issues, and there’s nothing about Obama in particular (who attracts the most liberal voters while constantly reaching out to indies and even Republicans) that is likely to make him a divisive nominee. Republicans appear headed for a very divisive nominating contest that could produce a controversial nominee and resentment among his rivals.
One last thought. The Righties are declaring Iraq violence down. Bush was thus correct and a hero. Which is exactly like saying that the guy that burned down your house is making progress on cleaning up the mess. Its all a make believe bubble world where the reality of Bush’s betrayal of the country and the military is being swept under the blanket of happy talk.
“Either you repeat the same conventional doctrines everybody is saying, or else you say something true, and it will sound like it’s from Neptune.” ~ Noam Chomsky