Wednesday, February 20, 2008

False Bravado

Lawrence Kudlow gloats about Hillary Clinton’s loss in Wisconsin.

Please allow me a dose of hardened market realism concerning Obama’s landslide victory in Wisconsin. The race is over. Hillary is finished. The Clinton Restoration is over. President Bill Clinton’s political invincibility is over. Hillary’s electability is over.

Obama got to the far Left faster than she did. He out organized her in the precincts. He out fundraised her. He out speechified her. He out-hustled her. He out-dressed her. He out-presidentialed her. He outdid her and he outbid her for votes, one promised government check at a time.

A 15-point margin in Wisconsin is incredible. Wisconsin is a lot like Ohio except for the wacko ultra-Left Madison college population, which is even worse that Columbus’s Ohio State. But there are so many campuses in Ohio that will go for Obama that it is no matter. Think faculty voters, grimly determined for a left-wing takeover of America ” from the bottom up” to use the former Saul Alinsky community organizer’s phrase. As goes Wisconsin, so goes Ohio.

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As of tonight, the market has officially pulled the plug, terminating her campaign. The only thing left for her is to muster some grace, humility and character to begin the process of pulling out. To do otherwise will destroy the Democratic party and what’s left of the Clintons’ badly tarred and tattered reputation.

The real winner tonight? That chap from Arizona. Captain John McCain.

This reminds me of the old cartoon of the Battle of the Little Big Horn: a corporal rushes up to General Custer: “They’ve got us surrounded!” he cries. General Custer replies, “Ha! Everything is going according to my plan! We’ve got them right where we want them!”

I have the feeling the same sentiment is going through the GOP inner circles right about now. They have been banking on running against Hillary Clinton since the day she announced she was running for the Senate in New York, knowing full well that she would run for president at the first real opportunity. They had never heard of Barack Obama, and when he emerged from obscurity to become a viable candidate, they checked with all of their friends out at the country club and decided that no one would ever vote for a black man from Chicago with a funny name. They could nominate anyone they wanted, even a guy they didn’t trust all that much, who had a temper, and who voted against the tax cuts. So what if he pissed off the fundies and mouth-breathing loons like Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter? They’re just useful idiots who can be counted on to bully the liberals, but you wouldn’t want them to rent the cottage next door at Harbor Springs.

What’s really going on here is that Mr. Kudlow is making the best of a bad situation for the Republicans. They didn’t know who they were going to nominate going into this whole thing — Giuliani? Romney? — but they certainly weren’t counting on John McCain being the one. They all breathed a sigh of relief last summer when it looked like he was toast and Fred Thompson was creating all the buzz. (Only later did they figure out that the “buzz” was Fred snoring in his La-Z-Boy.) And they were certain that they could bring out all the oldies-but-goodies from the 1990’s to run against the Clinton machine; they wouldn’t even have to do any new research. Well, now all of that has changed, and suddenly the Republicans are stuck with a candidate that has to convince his own party’s base not to hate him so much in public, and it looks like they’re going to end up running against a Democrat that even some Republicans won’t demonize. If Sen. Obama can survive and win against the Clintons, he can certainly handle anything the GOP throws at him, including lunatic-fringe accusations of commie-Jewish baby-making conspiracy theories. (HT to Jeff.)

Larry Kudlow may be saluting Captain John McCain, but he’d better not forget General Custer.