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At a rally in a Des Moines high school on Sunday night, he poked fun at these slash and burn political tactics, and had the crowd of over 1,000 eating out of his hands.
“I do not choose to run because of long-held ambitions,” he said, and joked, “I know that people have been going through my Kindergarten papers.” He continued, twisting the knife, “I did not choose to run because it was somehow owed to me, because it was my turn.”
On Thursday night, Clinton appeared before a crowd of Iowans who chanted “New Hamp-shire” and “Hill-a-ry” as she tried to convince the world that she had always intended to run a national campaign.
But the external show of enthusiasm could not hide the blow the defeat represented to her campaign. “This is really sad,” I heard one supporter remark to her friend as she made her way out of Clinton’s speech.
After Clinton addressed her supporters in a hotel ballroom downtown, Obama electrified a crowd of several thousand at the Hy-Vee Hall. “You said, the time has come to move beyond the bitterness, and pettiness, and anger that’s consuming Washington,” Obama beamed.
The biggest obstacle Obama had to overcome in this campaign was the perception that he was a lightweight and that the movement he was building wouldn’t translate into actual votes. Now that he has shed this perception, he will ride the wave of change to the Democratic nomination.
Though some would hesitate to be so bold, as far as this observer is concerned, the era of the Clintons is over.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?