The Cult vs. the Machine

Hillary Clinton is still in this thing, having won Texas and Ohio. Meanwhile, John McCain won the Republican primaries, racking enough delegates to win the nomination. Mike Huckabee graciously conceded. For details, go here.

The press, shamed by a Saturday Night Live skit, started asking Barack Obama hard questions. Mrs. Clinton held nothing back, took advantage of the Hispanic vote, and fought her way back into contention. The delegate count is nearly even. Will Mrs. Clinton reclaim her superdelegates, who had started to leave what they thought was a sinking ship? Now we will see who is more powerful, the Obama cult or the Clinton machine.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Bruce

    The Clinton machine AND the Obama cult together could be plenty powerful, and for the first time that I’ve been aware of it, one of the two parties suggested that that may be where this is headed.

    I can’t think of anyone McCain could nominate as his veep who could strengthen the Republican ticket sufficiently to stand “toe to toe” (Mrs. Clinton’s pugnacious reference) with that particular Dem ticket.

    If, however, the two opponents are unable to bond, then the twin wins for Clinton yesterday look very good to the other side.

  • Bruce

    The Clinton machine AND the Obama cult together could be plenty powerful, and for the first time that I’ve been aware of it, one of the two parties suggested that that may be where this is headed.

    I can’t think of anyone McCain could nominate as his veep who could strengthen the Republican ticket sufficiently to stand “toe to toe” (Mrs. Clinton’s pugnacious reference) with that particular Dem ticket.

    If, however, the two opponents are unable to bond, then the twin wins for Clinton yesterday look very good to the other side.

  • Gigi

    I have a serious problem with the primary’s going anywhere else but the bible belt.
    My Idea is, the reason for this, is because Huckabee is a former Baptist Preacher, and if the primary would have went to more of the southern states, Huckabee would have beat McCain.
    I also think Money was an issue.
    LIke some sporting events, this primary is the same.
    I think its bought off.
    Money talks.

  • Gigi

    I have a serious problem with the primary’s going anywhere else but the bible belt.
    My Idea is, the reason for this, is because Huckabee is a former Baptist Preacher, and if the primary would have went to more of the southern states, Huckabee would have beat McCain.
    I also think Money was an issue.
    LIke some sporting events, this primary is the same.
    I think its bought off.
    Money talks.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    ??? Gigi, don’t Southerners get to vote, too?

    Whatever. What’s fascinating to me, for what it’s worth, is that while the “superdelegates” are supposed to bring continuity and moderate the choice for the Democrats (classic Hamiltonian idea–Jefferson might be appalled), they’re appearing to be every bit as fickle as their voting base.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    ??? Gigi, don’t Southerners get to vote, too?

    Whatever. What’s fascinating to me, for what it’s worth, is that while the “superdelegates” are supposed to bring continuity and moderate the choice for the Democrats (classic Hamiltonian idea–Jefferson might be appalled), they’re appearing to be every bit as fickle as their voting base.

  • http://blog.gpiper.org ghp

    There’s a pretty good article over at Newsweek.com (http://www.newsweek.com/id/119010), wherein it’s laid out pretty plainly that there is *no* way that Clinton can even catch Obama by the convention. It also lays bare the fallacy of the “popular vote” gambit.

    Finally, there’s really started to be some backlash from her own party, with some pretty strong & nasty stuff getting posted at huffingtonpost.com http://tinyurl.com/2j3frl — where Gary Hart calls her out as being interested in raw power only & not party politics), as well as at dailykos.com

    In a great many ways, it’s tremendously interesting & entertaining theater to watch!

  • http://blog.gpiper.org ghp

    There’s a pretty good article over at Newsweek.com (http://www.newsweek.com/id/119010), wherein it’s laid out pretty plainly that there is *no* way that Clinton can even catch Obama by the convention. It also lays bare the fallacy of the “popular vote” gambit.

    Finally, there’s really started to be some backlash from her own party, with some pretty strong & nasty stuff getting posted at huffingtonpost.com http://tinyurl.com/2j3frl — where Gary Hart calls her out as being interested in raw power only & not party politics), as well as at dailykos.com

    In a great many ways, it’s tremendously interesting & entertaining theater to watch!


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