Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Not-so-Super Tuesday

"Super Tuesday" has come and gone now and all the Republican candidates are declaring victory. Although Rick Santorum's anti-contraception, anti-education, and anti-JFK message cost him votes from women, smart people, and Catholics in Ohio where he blew a 7 % lead in Ohio in as many days, he won in Oklahoma and Tennessee. Newt Gingrich, "I'm a tortoise," won his home state of Georgia. Mitt Romney's billionaire SuperPac managed wins in Ohio, Virginia, Vermont, Idaho, and Massachusetts. Ron Paul came in last again, but always declares victory whenever he gets any votes at all. These primaries have become an endless Rock, Paper, Scissors game where anyone can beat anyone. Except Ron Paul, of course, who the big guys won't let play.

One thing to note from Gingrich's victory speech in Georgia: if he says, "I'm not making this up," he's making it up.

Barbara Bush declared, "This is the worst primary ever." And as an exclamation point on the end of that sentence, Joe the Plumber, aka Samuel Wurzelbacher, won a Republican primary for US House of Representatives in an Ohio district.

The Republican Primaries will continue to alienate a majority of the country as the candidates pander to the right wing theocrats of their party in the weeks ahead as they celebrate The March Against Women Month. Having now lost the Hispanic vote, the black vote, the mainline Protestant vote, the women's vote, the Muslim vote, the college educated vote, the moderate vote, the Independent vote, the college student vote, the let's not get into another Middle East war vote, and faced with the terrible prospect of a recovering economy, things look bad for Mitt, Rick, Newt, and Ron.

Their last best hope is that gasoline prices continue to rise.

Good news for the week was that Rush Limbaugh has lost, at last count, 34 sponsors of his radio show, and at least two radio stations have now dropped his show entirely. When given an opportunity to weigh in on Limbaugh's attacks on Ms. Fluke, first lamely declared he wouldn't have used those words, "slut" and "prostitute," leaving observers to wonder what words he would have used. Mitt Romney later ducked the question entirely.

Stay tuned for more.


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