My first thoughts on Super Tuesday, which are very similar to the fine article that Joel Wendland posted on PA's online editon:
Obama, always very much the underdog, had a remarkable day. He won throughout the Middle West and also won decisively in many Western right to work states, Republican states where the Democratic voters are overwhelmingly white and people suffer at the state level with the practical effects of Republican rule, lower quality of social services and often more repressive local laws.
Clinton also won a number of impressive victories, but that was really to be expected, regardless of mass media sports metaphors about Obama's "momentum" (building him up for a fall, maybe). I confess that that got to me also here in New Jersey. Initially, with the powerful state and county Democratic organizations overwhelmingly for Clinton, I thought that Obama would be much more solidly defeated than he was. Then as I saw the mass movement development and the Meadowlands rally on Monday (Robert DeNiro's powerful introductory speech for Obama) I hoped he would pull it out. He didn't off course, but the big story in New Jersey and everywhere else was turnout. The huge turnout is evidence that that, as Governor Jon Corzine, a Clinton supporter said yesterday in New Jersey, the people want to get rid of the Bush administration and get the Republican Party out of power in Washington.
A few final words on our not so friendly friends in the media. When I got up this morning, MSNBC was going on and on about John McCain and Romney and especially Huckabee. McCain still wasn't "perceived" as conservative enough. Last night on CNN, Gloria Borger, an analyst for CNN, mentioned in the midst of the pundit chatter that she had asked her friend, Bill Bennett, (now a regular establishment guest "conservative" in mass media) about a McCain-Huckabee ticket only to be told Huckabee wasn't conservative enough for many Republican conservatives.
Borger and Bennett should remember that the Axis lost World War II. The colonial empires collapsed after the war. Bennett particularly might remember that the free school movement of the 19th century with a dangerous radical liberal named Horace Mann as its most influential leader established public education in the U.S. however he and the administrations he has worked for have sought to undermine public education with confidence tricks like vouchers for private schools.
Who would be conservative enough for Bennett's friends? If they could would they resurrect a guy who would keep all foreigners out of the country, fight the culture war (Kultur Kampf he would call it) to total victory by establishing a department of popular enlightenment to keep all non "conservative' themes out of the media, annex Canada (he would call it Anchluss) on the grounds that it had always been part of the U.S., and triple the military budget from what it is today. That Vice Presidential candidate would of course be Dolph Schickelgruber aka Adolf Hitler, the ultimate "conservative" candidate for the rightwing Republicans. He might even ban all foreign cars along with immigrants, use prison labor (the U.S. prison population, already the biggest per capita in the developed world would of course increase by millions) for the highways, and develop a new mass car, the Ronnie.
But lets forget about that Munich aka Manchurian Republican candidate and continue the process of defeating the Republican Right, which took a step forward yesterday.