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Election '08

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In This Corner...

Ann Coulter:

With her comment on Friday before a conservative Republican audience "I was going to have a few comments about the other Democratic nominee, John Edwards, but it turns out that you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot.'" Ann Coulter has gone from conservative darling to a member of the lunatic fringe almost instantaneously. With Democrats demanding an appology and Republicans falling over themselves to put distance between her and them, Ann has managed to once again step over that line that most pundits have the sense not to cross. By Monday morning, in addition to Democratic leaders such as Howard Dean and Dianne Feinstein, prominent Republicans John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney had all publicly condemned her comments about John Edwards as being "offensive" or "inappropriate".

Ms. Coulter who is well traveled on the talk show circuit as a conservative pundit is known for her brash nature and outrageous comments but it appears that she has once again gone beyond the point that is acceptable to even her usual allies within the conservative ranks of Republican Party. After her comments critisizing 9/11 widows for speaking out by saying that "I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths" as much as did these women, one would think that she might temper her opinions with some sense when speaking in public but apparently the venomous vixen will have none of that. There can be no question that if the Republicans are not successful in distancing themselves from Coulter, it will cost them more than a few moderate voters in 2008.

The comments were further compounded when she attempted to do damage control saying that she "would never insult gays by suggesting that they are like John Edwards. That would be mean." This comment made to the New York Times has only served to fuel the criticism of her previous highly charged comments. It remains to be seen how much damage she has done but there is no doubt that the conservatives will have one less effective weapon in the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans at least for the time being. For now conservatives will have to focus on damage control and making sure that Ms. Coulter is not too closely associated with them.

...And In This Corner

John Edwards:

There is an old expression that there is no such thing as bad press. In politics, that is not so much true. Miscues have cost people elections on more than one occasion and occasionally have resurected opponents campaigns. Howard Dean can attest to the fact that having a recorder coming directly off your board mixer is not always a good idea. His "YEAH!" probably cost him the Democratic nomination in 2004. One excited scream and he was toast. The question becomes now, can John Edwards ride the Coulter controversy back into contention for the Democratc presidential nomination?

Ann Coulter's comparison of Edwards to a homosexual was crass and rude but will it get him any more support than before? From the amount of news coverage the issue is getting and the fact that it has pushed Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama off the front page won't likely hurt the Edwards campaign's chances of success.

Currently, Edwards is trying to parlay it into "Coulter Cash" donations via his website which may be a smart strategy but could be seen as opportunistic as well. It will likely bring some supporters over to the Edwards camp and will possibly also shift the debate for a time onto homophobia and discrimination but ultimately the impact will probably not be known for some time to come. For now we will have to wait and see how the story plays out. It does make for exciting politics though..."Let's get ready to rumble!"

Does Hillary Represent a Third Term For Bill Clinton?

The question that was inevitable has been raised and it seems that Hillary Clinton's answer is to add some distance between her and her husband. In a statement on Radio Iowa the Democratic presidential candidate said that we should not expect to see too much of her husband on the campaign trail. She did add that he would be present at some events as their schedules permit but she does not anticipate him being a regular fixture at her campaign appearances.

Some feel that Al Gore's distancing of himself from former President Clinton during the 2000 campaign cost him valuable votes that may have been part of the reason for the closeness of the election. While Gore did win the popular vote, it was determined by the Supreme Court that Florida's election results should be closed sealing the election for George W. Bush. Some posit that Bill Clinton might have been able to sway Florida to the Gore side if he had been involved in the campaign. Mrs. Clinton's decision to lessen her husband's role in the campaign may or may not impact the outcome of the election but the lack of Bill Clinton's presence on the campaign trail will undoubtedly raise tough questions for the former First Lady in her bid to become President.

Libby Found Guilty

In a Washington courtroom on Tuesday a federal jury found that Lewis "Scooter" Libby was guilty of obstruction of justice, making false statements and perjury in the investigation into how Valerie Plame Wilson's identity as a CIA operative was exposed.

This conviction represents a victory for Democrats and some vindication for the Wilsons who have claimed that the outing of Plame-Wilson was politically motivated. While Karl Rove and Vice President Dick Cheney have not been charged in the matter, there have been indicators of their involvement as well.

Despite statements made early in the investigation that he would take decisive action against any in his administration involved in the outing of a CIA agent in the press, President Bush has as of yet not made any staffing changes related to this case. The White House response to the conviction will likely be somewhat indicative of their plans for future action regarding this case. While it is possible that there may be some impact on the 2008 presidential election, it is unlikely to be significant.

California Comes One Step Closer to Being a Serious Player in Presidential Primaries

In Sacramento on Tuesday California lawmakers took the next step in making California one of the top battleground states in the 2008 primary elections. Lawmakers passed a bill that if signed as expected by Governor Schwarzenegger will move the primary election from June to February. Moving the primary up will put California in the company of New Hampshire and Iowa as an early primary state, which will force candidates to come to California early and often if they want to win the nomination for the nation's highest elected office.

This will likely impact the tone of the campaign as well given the more liberal leanings of Californians overall. To win the voters in California, candidates on both sides of the aisle will have to open themselves up to criticism from conservatives by being more positive about ideas that lean to the left. The possibility of an overall shift to the center by both major parties as a result of the California decision to move up their primary is very real.

For people in Middle America this move may lessen their impact on the primaries, which will undoubtedly sit poorly with some. Conversely, Californians who have complained for years about the relatively low impact that their state has on the nomination process despite being one of the most populous states in the counrty will finally get to see their state having a real impact on who is nominated to be the next president.

Is There Any Room for Independent Candidates in the Debate?

Utah Independent Dave Koch represents a more moderate leaning approach to the campaign trail. Both Dave and his chosen running mate Ken Goldstein support leaving medical marijuana decisions in the hands of the individual states as well as a structured pullout from Iraq as opposed to an immediate withdrawal or indefinite U.S. troop presence in the country. Both candidates are pro-choice and favor expanded health care services so that all Americans have adequate health care. Their platform includes pursuit of energy independence and campaign finance reform.

With the ideals of the majority of Americans in mind they present an appealing alternative to politics as usual and deserve a look. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, these Americans have something to offer to you and your family. Even if they don't seem to have much of a chance against the slick media driven campaigns of the major party campaigns, they do offer a message that many Americans would surely get behind.


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