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If he's the nominee, he'll most likely win.

Ya' think? I don't think he has a chance at the head of the ticket. But here's hoping I'm wrong.

Yah, I do. Not because racism has suddenly disappeared but because Bush is so goddamn bad nobody wants another one. McCain, as Bush Clone #1, will get no traction to speak of (and isn't outside the mainstream corporate media that loooooves him) and the GOP itself has made the whole party anathema - the comfortable home of bigots, torture supporters, corrupt corporatists, fundy Xtian whackos, gay-baiters, and intolerant assholes, not to mention Nazis and the Aryan Brotherhood. None of that is sitting well with your average voter.

I've been in the South for several months, including a very conservative South Carolina, and except for the die-hard rednecks and Hitler devotees, NOBODY likes Bush or the Pubs. I heard over and over again some version of "Well, I've never voted Democratic in my life, never thought I would, but I'm going Democratic this time." That Bush and the GOP are hated that much even here is a sure sign of just how deeply people are feeling offed and swindled.

It's ironic, isn't it, that we may get our first black president not because anybody really wants him but because the alternative is so unacceptable. Bush the Republican Savior managed to become Bush the GOP Destroyer.

And it doesn't bode well. It means the Democratic party is about to get a whole new influx of conservative members who will bolster the DLC/BD Alliance, giving the PubLite Dems a shot in the arm and a lot more power. Right now the Donkey party is moderate Republican leadership w/ a progressive base. After Obama is elected by the conservative Bush-haters, half the base will be as right wing as the leadership is now - more so, maybe - and that will push the Dems even further to the right than they are now.

Depressing, isn't it?

And I'm not the only one who thinks McCain can't win no matter what. The estimable Emma (Jeff Alworth) makes a pretty convincing argument for his inevitable failure at Low on the Hog.

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