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February 4, 2008

On the Right Side: Today is big, but not the end

As you are reading this column, we are in the middle of Super Tuesday primaries, and although important, the races will still be competitive after the day has concluded and the results are known.

I will, sadly, miss voting in the New York primary as I am stuck (?) out in sunny California.

The Los Angeles Times has publicly backed Barack Obama (no surprise there) and John McCain on the Republican side (no surprise there, either).

Considering all the other liberal Republican supporters he now has backing him, I don't see how he can possibly call himself a conservative. The media are also giving him a free ride and will jump for joy if he beats out the two other principal candidates for the party's nomination.

If we're lucky, the three candidates will split the delegate count. This will hopefully mean that McCain won't be able to go into the Republican convention with a majority of delegates, and we can have a brokered convention. Anything can happen then.

Fortunately, we might have history on our side. In the past 120 years, only two candidates went directly from the Senate to president: Warren Harding and John F. Kennedy.

During that same period, we have had seven governors elected. The only two past governors still in the race are Republicans.

So who do we have left standing going into Super Tuesday? On the Democrats' side we have Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama's experience includes an unsuccessful run for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000 and a mere three years as a U.S. senator. The only thing he has to offer voters is being a great orator with no real vision of substance.

I'm getting tired of his promising hope, hope, hope and nothing else. Maybe that's all he has to offer.

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