Crocodile Tears

Because she’s a Clinton, I ain’t buying this act, nor her explanation for it, which naturally includes an attack on Obama.

Tears don’t play well in New Hampshire — just ask Edmund Muskie.

*Nice observation from Andisheh:

I think it’s funny that when she loses her composure, the emotion that sneaks past her robotic exoskeleton is self-pity.

The Most Ridiculous Thing Bill Clinton Has Ever Said

The meltdown continues, with a bit of hyperbole that even Hugh Hewitt would envy:

“I go to Nelson Mandela’s birthday party every year and we’re still very close. I believe if Yitzhak Rabin had not been murdered in 1995 we would have peace in the Middle East. I loved him as much as anyone I’ve ever known.

“But if you said to me today, ‘I’m gonna give you one last job for your country  — go and do this — but it’s hazardous and you may not get out with life and limb intact and you have to do it alone except I’ll let you take one other person,’ and I had to pick one person whom I knew who would never blink, who would never turn back, who would make great decisions under pressure and would never forget what the purpose of being there was, I would pick Hillary of the people I’ve known and I would never even think about it. It would be an easy choice.”

It’s so gratifying to see voters reject Clintonism. Not only is Hillbot losing, but her vastly overrated, corrupt husband’s vaunted legacy is also taking a hit.

Wonder how ol’ Lonesome Rhodes is dealing with the onset of irrelevance.

Because a Black Man Doesn’t Represent Change At All

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Desperate times call for a desperate strategy:

And with the nomination on the line, Clinton explicitly mentioned gender as part of her appeal. “I think I am an agent of change. I embody change,” she said. “I think having the first woman president is a huge change, with consequences across the country and the world.”

Has Obama ever said a vote for a black man is a vote for change? Nope. It’s the message, stupid. I sense a blowout Tuesday — Obama winning by double digits. Meanwhile, the establishment weeps:

Mary Louise Hancock, the 87-year-old grande dame of the state’s Democrats, said she “resented” that independent voters were poised to influence the outcome of the Democratic primary, saying it turned the vote into a “personal-liking affair” dominated by “students and the trendies.”

Because only partisan hags, er, hacks, should decide elections.

A Rare Moment of Insight

I’m usually wrong, but this post from April should qualify me for an award from the local association of amateur pundits. In predicting an Obama victory, I offered the following rationales:

*The Hillary factor. Fifty percent of Americans don’t like Hillary. I suspect that number will grow the more they’re exposed to her programmed campaign. Being Bill Clinton’s wife is not enough. I think you’ll see Obama trounce her in New Hampshire, a la McCain over Bush in 2000. But whereas McCain lacked the resources — and any establishment support — to maintain his momentum, Obama should have no such troubles;

*He’s new. Hillary certainly can’t say that. Nor can Edwards. Obama represents a sea change — in philosophy, appeal and approach — from Bush and the dreaded “politics as usual.” Young people will flock to his campaign in numbers that will make his opponents drool;

*He’s black. That’s no longer a drawback. The people who would not support an African-American candidate aren’t going to vote for a Democrat regardless. And they’ll be vastly outnumbered by an increased black turnout that’ll go overwhelmingly to Obama. Moderate whites will be intrigued by his inclusiveness; he’s more Colin Powell than Al Sharpton;

*But isn’t he too liberal? He’d certainly be the most liberal White House occupant ever, but I don’t think he’ll run that way. And I doubt he’d govern that way. Look for him to follow (Bill) Clinton’s lead, running as a centrist and governing center-left. His voting record may speak differently, but ideology isn’t going to matter as much this go around.

Impressive, eh? My Iowa predictions were pretty spot on as well — I had Huckabee besting Romney (albeit narrowly) and Obama and Edwards finishing ahead of Hillbot.

I’ll call New Hampshire tomorrow, though I’m guessing hubris overwhelms my recent prescience.