is it november yet?

[Joe Trippi, campaign manager for former Democratic candidate John Edwards] said Republicans can be expected to run the same attacks whoever the nominee.
“Whatever their rap is going to be, it’s going to be,” Trippi said. The Democratic trump card, he said, is “a guy named John McCain who says we could be in Iraq for 100 years. And who also says the economy is not his strong suit at exactly the time the U.S. economy is going into a recession. If either of these two candidates can’t beat McCain just on those two things, then the Democratic Party has got much bigger problems than people think.”

Amen to that.

To be perfectly frank, this race is getting old. According to the rules the DNC made, Clinton lacks the number of delegates (super or otherwise) to lock up the nomination. And there aren’t enough primaries left for her to catch up. The only way she can win at this point would be either (a) Obama back outs or (b) a majority of super delegates (especially the ones who have already publicly supported Obama) support her. And neither of those things seem particularly likely. Which makes her look bad.

And Trippi up there is right. Obama might not be “tested” or “though enough” to stand up to the Republican Electoral War Machine — but like I’ve said before, people really don’t like Clinton. And no matter how hard the RNC comes down on Obama, they’ll come down twice as hard on Clinton if for no other reason than the fact that we’ve had her in the public eye for twice as long. (Let alone the very real issues of sexism and misogyny.)

But forget all that! It doesn’t matter anymore who wins. The guy they’re running against is going to pull a fast one over on the American people by sounding like everyone’s favorite, if slightly belligerent, crazy-old-cook of an uncle. People will say, “Sure, Uncle John’s a little messed up in the head (hell, he was a POW), but he’s a good guy. He wouldn’t do anything to hurt us. Let’s look the other way and vote for him.”

But looking the other way means overlooking, as Trippi says, the fact that he is no better than Bush, just dressed up in a different costume, the actual uniform of a bona-fide war hero. (No need for a trumped up “Mission Accomplished” banner.) And right now, the most important thing the Democrats can do is stop pounding each other over the heads and start pounding him over the head. Please. Enough already.

Is it November yet?

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