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The general election this year is going to be exceedingly strange.

The primary has had its own surprises, but I predict that things are going to get much more shocking.

The reason is that Karl Rove desperately needs to keep himself and his creation, George W. Bush, out of prison.  Only the most die-hard true believers still deny that Bush and other members of his administration have broken laws, and probably many of them.  There’s only one way to be sure they won’t be held to account, and that’s to install a Republican as the next president.


Yes, George Bush will probably try to pardon himself and his whole administration on his last day in office, but those pardons could be challenged, because the one exception to the president’s ability to pardon is "in cases of impeachment."  Democrats can’t be fully trusted not to challenge any such pardons on that basis.

So how did John McCain come from way behind in the polls and having almost no money to being the almost certain Republican nominee?  And why was he so certain, in those dark early days of the campaign, that he would later pull ahead?  Could he have made a promise that put the entire Bush family and all its connections, including Machiavellian mastermind Karl Rove, behind his candidacy?

And how did a freshman senator with a very thin record come from far behind in the polls, although fairly well funded from early on, to being the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination?  Great campaigning, I know, I know.  But we also know there’s been Republican crossover to vote for Barack Obama in some of the Democratic primaries that gave him much of his forward momentum.  Are those voters who can be counted on in the general election?  If not, why did they cross over?  Were they recruited by Rove and his helpers to make sure Obama is the Democratic nominee because Rove thinks he’s the weaker candidate?

The right wing has leveled every vicious charge possible against the Clintons, including drug smuggling, rape, and murder, but Obama supporters seem to think that those same shameless liars cannot attack their candidate, or will not be successful in hurting him with their slings and arrows. Yet Obama has given them ammunition with some very questionable associations, as listed recently by Gene Lyons, author of Fools for Scandal and co-author of The Hunting of the President.

I personally believe that Hillary Clinton would be less vulnerable to the smear attacks, having been through so much already.  If anyone tried to bring up Whitewater, for example, people would either yawn or run screaming from the room, to escape hearing any more about it.  Obama, on the other hand, is fresh meat for the hatemongers, and they’ve already started to have a good time with him, with false allegations of lack of patriotism and false claims that he is a Muslim rather than a Christian.  The fact that he’s a Chicago politician is already being brought up, and right wingers will push the notion that in Chicago, elections are always stolen.  It’s a charge that stung Bill Daley into backing down from a tougher fight in the aftermath of the 2000 election, rendering him a less effective member of the Gore team than he might have been.

But attacks on the Democratic candidate aren’t the only thing to worry about between now and November.  The entire treasury, the whole governmental apparatus, Republicans in Congress, much of the federal judiciary and the Supreme Court, and the right-wing media with their willing collaborators in the so-called main stream, will be put to work to aid the Republican candidate.  Already, the Secretary of Defense has announced troop withdrawals from Iraq and congressional Republicans are trying to revive the Iraq Study Group.  Expect much more to come.

Democrats had better be ready.

Carolyn Kay

Originally posted to cmkay on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 02:59 PM PST.

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  •  Thanks.. (2+ / 0-)
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    leftbird, PamelaD

    I agree with everything you said 100%.  These people aren't going to give up the White House that easily.  They have worked hard to get everything lined up in their favor and the thought that they will walk away without leveling everything and anything they can at the Dem nominee is just a fairy tale.  

  •  Nice Diary.... (1+ / 0-)
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    Here's another thing to wory about, another terrorist attack or fear of one. Fear mongering works quite well with many Americans.

    "The only people I fear are those who never have doubts" - Billy Joel

    by leftbird on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 03:04:47 PM PST

    •  Another attack (2+ / 0-)
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      leftbird, luckylizard

      has been my greatest (but unspoken) fear.  These people will resort to anything.  ANYTHING.  Never underestimate the willingness of those in power to stay there.  Look at all the injustices and inhumane acts that have been committed in the name of power.  And people are expecting Bush and Co. to ride off into the Texas sunset without a safety net in place to save their sorry asses (like a Republican in the White House)?  Fat chance.

      •  IMO, Keith Olbermann.... (1+ / 0-)
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        shares those same concerns and Dan Abrams seems to have woken up from his deep sleep; he is questioning the Administration's actions more now than ever before. The media may not give a free pass this time can only hope.

        "The only people I fear are those who never have doubts" - Billy Joel

        by leftbird on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 03:15:09 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  This is not fear mongering. It is a realistic (1+ / 0-)
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      assessment of an anomaly.

  •  The Shadow knows (1+ / 0-)
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    Grant Caesar Peters

    Though I was always more partial to The Spider and Operator 5.

    First Dead show: Felt Forum 12/7/71

    by jhecht on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 03:06:25 PM PST

    •  And I liked Mr. Keen a lot. (1+ / 0-)
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      And Stella Dallas.

      But I'm revealing my age.

      Carolyn Kay

      •  I first got into the pulps (0+ / 0-)

        after reading Jim Starenko's History of Comics Volume 1 (oh how I wish I still had that). I became familiar with them through the paperback reprints, which kind of had a renaissance in the early 70's, though Doc Savage reprints were already pretty popular. I started going to conventions and buying the originals, and amassed a pretty impressive collection. I always liked The Spider because he was so over-the-top. Pickpockets and murderers were treated with equal, and final, justice.
        If only life was so simple these days.

        First Dead show: Felt Forum 12/7/71

        by jhecht on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 04:04:42 PM PST

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  •  I have had the same fears re the republicans (0+ / 0-)

    "fascination" with Barack Obama.  I think the "scariest" moment for me was when I heard and watched Frank Luntz say that Obama was an amazing candidate and "we don't know how to beat him".  If that is true, why would he say it on national t.v.  Why let your "enemies" see your weakness?  It just never made sense to me.  And this is not because I have anything against Obama ~ which many here will immediately assume as soon as they read your diary and this comment.  But I believe it is a valid concern.

  •  i finally get what a "concern troll" is. (0+ / 0-)

    Cynicism is a sorry form of wisdom. -Barack Obama

    by jj24 on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 03:18:18 PM PST

  •  At first I thought you were nuts (0+ / 0-)

    and I don't think Bush can do a preemptive pardon on himself.

    I'm glad I finished reading this because it brought up a couple of good points.

    My gut feeling is that indeed, the republicans have been rooting for Obama because Hillary would flat out crush McCain in the general. I'm not sure the same is true for Obama.

    Obama better get a more compelling platform going than change. As best as I can tell, his healthcare package is DOA, his foreign policy came from Pollyanna, and his Iraq plan will essentially hand Iraq over to Iran.

    I was happiest as a heathen.

    by MouseOfSuburbia on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 03:23:58 PM PST

  •  Well you see (0+ / 0-)

    If we nominate Hillary, we will have already lost.

    I throw my lot in with Obama.

    Yes we can.

    "How high flies the solitary bird."

    by terryhutchinson on Tue Feb 26, 2008 at 03:26:21 PM PST

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