Wednesday, April 23, 2008

No Change

As I noted last night, the results from Pennsylvania haven’t changed the Democratic race all that much. You’re going to see a lot of spin and fluffing (in all the meanings of the word) as the campaigns try to raise money to go on to Indiana and North Carolina and the pundits try to justify their existence. (If you want some good analysis, check out Jeff Fecke’s rankings at Shakesville.) But as Josh Marshall notes, the race is basically status quo ante — right back where we were before.

The New York Times is tut-tutting that the campaign is getting nasty.

The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.

Voters are getting tired of it; it is demeaning the political process; and it does not work. It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

Oh, dear; bring me the fainting couch. If the Times thinks the last six weeks was nasty, wait until they see the fall campaign; the Pennsylvania primary was like a Quaker meeting compared to what will be pulled out once the conventions are over and things get serious. It will be a donnybrook, especially when the Republicans realize that they are in the fight of their lives and the Democrats know that if they can’t pull this one off, they should give up and go home.

The only thing that last night’s results really guaranteed is that a lot more people will be watching cable this summer… to catch up on re-runs of Top Chef, Real Wives of Orange County, Dr. Who, Torchwood, and anything else to avoid yet another endless night of Tim Russert, Chris Matthews, Pat Buchanan, and anybody else with “insight.”