February 13, 2008
Good News from the Dark Side

I subscribe to the Evans-Novak Political Report and you don’t so here’s what the Prince of Darkness has to say this week:

Amid the exciting windup of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and the mop-up of the Republican contest, the reality is that 2008 shapes up as a very bad year for the GOP. The fact that the Democratic turnout in yesterday’s Virginia primary was double the Republican reflects the larger, more boisterous Democratic rallies from Iowa to the Potomac primaries. The pessimism and gloom in the business community is particularly pronounced.

Adding to the dark mood among Republicans is the increasing prospect that they will not be able to bolster their morale by running against the detested Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.). Her unification of Republicans has been one of the few GOP assets going into the campaign. It will take time and effort to work up a passion against the likable Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) no matter how leftist he really is.

While the Democratic delegate race looks like a dead heat, all the momentum is with Obama. He showed increasing ability to win white votes yesterday. The Clinton campaign is in disarray with the sacking of the campaign manager and the resignation of the deputy campaign manager, plus the migration of campaign contributors to Obama. Clinton’s reliance on the March 4 Ohio and Texas primaries, where her nominal lead is based on out-of-date polls, is risky in the extreme.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 13, 2008 06:12 PM
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I'm always a bit wary when people like Novak tell me what Republicans really want - they lie so often it's safer to assume they are always lying.

Is Obama a stronger candidate against McCain than Clinton? I'm not convinced. They will do everything in their power to instill fear in the electorate and make "national security" and the "war on terrah" the main issues (witness sudden coincidence of kangaroo court for the alleged 9/11 perpetrators). Can Obama hold his ground on that issue? Come to think of it, exactly where IS his ground on that issue?

Posted by: Charles on February 13, 2008 7:29 PM

Check out the link at this National Review Online site:


What a weird video from Iran But I really wonder how much we've got to worry about a Bloomberg candidacy. I've never the seen the right wing attacking their own like they've been doing with McCain.

Posted by: Buck on February 13, 2008 8:23 PM

Trust Evans and Novak to insinuate that "the business community" is Republican. As if they weren't half (capital-D) Democrats.

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on February 13, 2008 10:14 PM

From The Washington Note:

In 1988, voter turnout in the primary season hit a then-record of 35 million — 23 million of these were Democratic and 12 million Republican.

And we're not saying "President Dukakis".

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on February 13, 2008 11:20 PM
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