Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Quotes From Around Yon Primarysphere

I haven't liked [Hillary Clinton], but I pictured myself voting for her anyway — back when she was inevitable. But Obama's growing power allowed me to cast off my resignation. And along with his growing power . . . came her phony emotional ploys, the garish emergence of Bill Clinton, and the racial insinuations from the Clinton campaign. That drove a wedge into my neutrality, and my opinion broke for Obama.
Apparently, if you only count votes up to Super Tuesday, discount every state that had a caucus, only go by the exit polling, and eliminate any voters who weren’t registered Democrats, then Hillary Clinton actually has the popular vote lead.

Obama says he is practicing a new kind of politics, but why has his PAC sloshed $698,000 to the campaigns of the superdelegates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics? Is giving Robert Byrd’s campaign $10,000 the kind of change we can believe in?


Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign intends to go after delegates whom Barack Obama has already won in the caucuses and primaries if she needs them to win the nomination.


I sincerely wish it where otherwise, but you are the wrong woman at the right time.


With the nomination in hand, the instinct in Camp McCain has been to "rein in" their candidate and rebrand him as safe and unthreatening. This is the wrong instinct.


[T]he Democratic presidential race (barring a miracle breakthrough by either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama) is careening toward a potential train wreck.

John McCain must decide how best to use President Bush to win over conservatives without driving away independents and moderate Democrats.


No politician or comedian (the two professions being closely related) ever stops to credit his writers or other originators of a good line in mid-flow.


Ron Paul missed many opportunities to attract Republican votes.


Superdelegates are not second-class delegates. The real second-class delegates are the delegates that are picked in red-state caucuses that are never going to vote Democratic.


I completely understand why local, state, and the federal governments bear the cost of conducting elections. That makes all the sense in the world. Why do governments bear the cost of partisan primaries?

The blogosphere is a lovely luxury for political junkies. We can now talk about politics in polite company, when it used to be against the rules.

Cartoon by Pat Oliphant/Universal Press Syndicate

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