Lakenheath Old Boys

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008


It's another big Presidential campaign night, with several wrinkles that should make for interesting blog chatter. The big stakes in Michigan are on the GOP side where Mitt Romney is attempting to win his first big prize of the season largely through his family connections in a state that his dad used to run. John McCain is running a hard neck-and-neck race with him. The Democrats are largely ignoring the state as the DNC chair Howard Dean stripped it of its delegates over a spat around the primary schedule (we in the Sunshine State face a similar situation). So they'll be convening in Vegas for another big fight night with a debate that will be televised on MSNBC at 9 pm. If you're following any of this, give us a holler on the blog tonight.


Blogger gatorbob said...

I'm just back from my class and the Dems are debating in Vegas. The NBC hacks are bringing up this turgid issue of race and gender that both Clinton and Obama campaigns have been winking at since NH. Both are now claiming that race and gender should not be a part of this campaign, which is a bloody joke. Of course, it's front and center.

9:19 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

With 20% of the votes in Michigan counted, Romney is leading with 40% of the vote to McCain's 29%.

9:20 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Interesting. The debate was just interrupted by an audience member complaining about the "race-based questions" coming from Russert and Williams. Presumably he was tackled by security and escorted out of the hall.

9:23 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

And while I'm speaking of dissident voices, it should be noted that Dennis Kucinich wasn't allowed to debate tonight. Disgusting.

9:23 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

The wags over on Daily Kos are claiming responsibility for Romney's victory in Michigan. They've been running a promotion on the site all week trying to get Dems to vote Romney in order to cause even more chaos in the GOP race. I think it's a really, really risky tactic. I don't like it.

9:31 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

MSNBC has called Michigan for Romney. He's nine points up with 32% counted. On to South Carolina now for the GOP.

9:43 PM  
Blogger Trevor Brooking Musing said...

Sorry to no show . . . American Idol auditions are in full swing . . .all three Dems seem to be playing nicey-nice . . . Romney is going to poll poorly in SC . . .What's Rudy's strategy again? . . . Huckabee is the one, mark my words . . .

10:04 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

Hey John, I know what you mean about Idol auditions. It's a guilty pleasure of mine too. I love the train wrecks.

Yes, it's all very pleasant tonight...and boring. The GOP on the other hand is in disarray. Huck should win SC. Rudy's strategy? Hope that the chaos continues until he gets a bit on the 29th here in Florida and then propel himself into Tsunami Tuesday on the 5th. I don't think his money's going to hold out that long.

10:15 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

The Dems are again demonstrating that there's less than a dime's worth of difference between them on issues of war and that they're not very good on them.

When will pols stop talking about "military service?" Who are they serving? I don't blame those poor kids who are trapped in military jobs and led by chickenhawks but they're not serving anybody. Continuing to speak that kind of language confuses the issue and perpetuates the idea that there is some kind of positive mission going on in Iraq. If the war is wrong than it's not "service."

10:21 PM  
Blogger gatorbob said...

John Edwards has apologized for four separate votes tonight: on Iraq, on the Patriot Act, on the Bankruptcy Bill and now on nukes. At a certain point you have to say, "Why can't you vote the right way the first time, John?"

10:25 PM  

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