Monday, July 23, 2007

Debate woes for the jackass

From The Washington Post:

The Democratic presidential candidates will line a stage in Charleston, S.C., tonight for their first official debate.

And already, debate fatigue is setting in.

The Democratic contenders have taken part in three "unofficial" debates this year, on top of numerous other "forums" sponsored by various political constituencies. The schedule is only going to get more demanding: After tonight's debate, sponsored by CNN and YouTube and the first of six sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, there will be a crush of events, culminating in one week in early August when unofficial debates are planned in Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles.

At the end of a recent gathering in Detroit sponsored by the NAACP, former senator John Edwards (N.C.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) were overheard discussing their desire to limit the number of participants in the process, as well as the number of debates themselves.

The conversation, which the two candidates appeared to think was private but was caught on an open microphone, captured what strategists, particularly in the top campaigns, have been saying privately all year. Other candidates outside the top tier, particularly Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio), blasted the discussion as a slight.

"Everyone is afraid to say no," said Democratic strategist Steve Elmendorf, who is backing Clinton but not working for the campaign.

Hillary is going to be the Democrat nominee. Unless someone comes forward with a video tape of her actually ordering the murder of one of those dead bodies which have followed the Clintons through their political career she is going to be on the top of the Democrat ticket in November.

What is going on now is that the Breck Girl and B. Hussein Obama are competing against each other to be her choice for vice president so neither of them will do anything to really damage Hillary. However the third tier candidates Smeagol and Biden (who is such a nonentity that he doesn't even rate a degrading nickname) are just up there for the attention. And this is what makes them dangerous to Hillary. If they can score some points against her that puts them on the front page for a day or two, maybe even gets them talked about on the Sunday shows.