"By ratcheting up the rhetoric, some will only inflame these situations to dangerous levels," said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia. "Enough is enough. It has to stop."
That takes some nerve.
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Obama is scheduled to deliver his acceptance speech on Thursday, Aug. 28, the fourth and final night of the convention. It coincides with the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
--from an AP story about the convention.
Obama is coming off a big win in Indiana's primary the same day, but Obama did better than many expected.'s Democratic primary Tuesday. Clinton narrowly won
Now, maybe, this damn thing will finally start to wind down soon and we can begin focusing on the general election in November.
Obama has added 21 superdelegates since and Clinton has had a net increase of two.
He then talks about how the 2008 election seemed poised to be as big as the 1968 and 1980 elections until the whole Wright nonsense seeped in and turned it into an election about manufactured issues. Later, he says this:
The 2000 campaign was an excellent example of what happens when an election seems inconsequential. Shrewdly, George W. Bush knew that the country was, on the whole, satisfied with the results of Bill Clinton's presidency. Bush presented himself as being far more moderate than he actually was and even occasionally posed as the centrist inheritor of the positive aspects of Clinton's legacy.This moved attention toward Al Gore's sighs in the first presidential debate and his alleged tendency to exaggerate.
The smaller this election looks, the easier it will be for the Republicans to run campaigns such as those they orchestrated in 2000 and 1988, in which the particular flaws of candidates take on an exaggerated importance. The significance of the choice that the voters are making for the country's future recedes. Were Hillary Clinton to win the nomination, she, no less than Obama, would need this to be a big election. This is something Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton understood about the contests in which they prevailed.
"There is no such thing as a pledged delegate. . . . [Pledged delegates are a] misnomer. The whole point is for delegates, however they are chosen, to really ask themselves who would be the best president and who would be our best nominee againstSo why did we vote in a primary or a caucus, anyway. Just for the hell of it? My god, the Clintons just make me want to throw up. ," Clinton said. "And I think that process goes all the way to the convention."