By Jeremy Barr
In addition to independent voters, swing states, a slam-dunk in the general election, and relationships between political operatives, one of the biggest casualties of the Democratic primary contest has been substance.
Although Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton differ only narrowly on policy, there was a time when nuances in health care and the economy were the focus of the campaign. Now, with a few months and many miles left to go before we might finally have our nominee, the contest has turned into just that, a contest.
By Jeremy Barr
With students now back from spring break, we can re-focus our attention back onto the campaign for the presidency. But first off, what was accomplished last week besides the consumption of large amounts of mixed drinks? Short of a few small scandals and one big one involving a certain governor from a certain Northeastern state, not too much.
By Benjamin van der Horst
On Tuesday, John McCain clinched the Republican nomination for the White House. After losing in 2000 and being considered politically dead last summer, it was probably a great feeling for him to finally seal the deal. On Wednesday, he received the endorsement President Bush, the very man who beat him eight years ago. While both of these things are great, McCain got even better news on Tuesday:
Hillary Clinton beat Obama in Ohio and Texas. Continue reading
By Kelse Moen
With the hot, passionate nights of the Republican primaries over, conservatives all across America are waking up the next morning and asking, “Oh God, what did I do?” First it was Ann Coulter who proclaimed on Hannity & Colmes that she would rather campaign for Hillary than vote for McCain. Libertarian-leaning Republican Andrew Sullivan has leant his unequivocal support to Obama and the anti-war conservative Justin Raimondo stopped just short of endorsing him in his own blog. Just the other day, a conservative Ohio radio host declared that he has “had it up to here” with John McCain and will never support him. And of course, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity have been less than favorable. Continue reading
By Ben Clark
Over the past few months, Mike Huckabee has been on an emotional rollercoaster. Once written off as dead for a lack of funds and poor showing in most polls, he made a comeback that eventually resulted in a victory in Iowa. Some went so far as to predict a Huckabee win propelled by decent poll showings in Michigan and South Carolina. Now, however, strapped for cash and plagued by the inability to bring in voters outside of his narrow Evangelical base of support, the Arkansas Governor can merely stand by and watch Republican figures coalesce around the presumed nominee.
By Ben Clark
Last Thursday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stunned an enthusiastic crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference when he announced that he was suspending his race for the Presidency. The news came in light of several remarkable victories for his two chief rivals, Mike Huckabee of Arkansas and Senator John McCain of Arizona, just two days earlier. Romney cited his support for the Iraq War, claiming that his presence in the race would serve only as a distraction and might threaten to tear the Republican base apart when needed most. Continue reading
By Jeremy Barr
Although the race for the Democratic nomination has not been the friendliest contest, one thing is fairly certain: the Democratic Party will be able to unite behind its nominee. When it comes down to it, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama differ more on style than on policy, making it fairly easy for supporters of each candidate to come together once the nominee has been decided.
On the other side of the aisle, the Republican Party can look forward to months of infighting about its presumptive nominee, Senator John McCain. In the past weeks, many prominent conservative commentators have come out hard against the senator from Arizona, with one blond-haired, fire-breathing commentator even going so far to say that she would support Hillary Clinton in the general election if McCain is the Republican nominee.