Darn you, John McCain! The insults to Democrats we expect to hear spewing from you instead keep coming... from fellow Democrats! And for that you can thank the cockamamie way Democrats divvy up delegates.
It's not John McCain but Clinton Democrats who claim Barack Obama is "lucky" to be a black man, because if he were white or a woman he wouldn't be in the lead; that Obama will be asked not just about former drug use but whether he dealt cocaine; that he should have left his racist church; and that while Clinton and McCain boast experience, Obama offers only a pretty speech.
It's not John McCain but Obama Democrats who say Hillary Clinton long supported NAFTA and the Iraq war; that she vastly exaggerates her experience as first lady, from making peace in Northern Ireland to dodging snipers in Bosnia; that her actual experience managing health care reform was disastrous; and that - far from being a genuine feminist -- she's traded for decades on her husband's fame.
This infighting by Democrats is growing ever more destructive because there's no end in sight for their nomination. And the reason for that is that Democrats are not Social Darwinists.
Republicans wrapped up their fight weeks ago, since most of their state battles were winner take all. Republicans embrace an All-American right to win or lose. This extends to policy: John McCain recently blamed the housing bubble on imprudent "bets" and said "it is not the duty of government to bail out and reward those who act irresponsibly, whether they are big banks or small borrowers." While he remains open to aid in exceptional circumstances, McCain believes free markets will self-correct.
Democrats insist they're both more compassionate and more democratic. They believe most everyone who runs for their nomination ought to win some delegates in each state. So, thanks to proportional distribution, their primaries and caucuses resemble the endless caucus race from Alice in Wonderland. No one this year will wind up winning the needed number of pledged delegates. Instead, the Democratic nomination will be decided by unelected super-delegates, a device unknown to those anti-democratic Republicans.
Republicans say the Democrats' nomination rules reflect their world-view that elites are smarter than voters and ought to run their lives.
What do Democrats say? Well, we can hardly repeat what they'll soon be saying about each other - at least until a candidate's finally picked to run against John McCain.
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