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January 03, 2008

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So what happens if Obama winds up a distant third, say 12 to 15 points back of whoever the winner is? Does the media stick a fork in him a la Howard Dean?

Maybe the media should not read the entrails until they have actually been pulled from the corpse.

On the other hand, "Obama Doesn't Win NH" would stop that information cascade, and turn it into what the media loves even more -- a horserace.

On the other hand, "Obama Doesn't Win NH" would stop that information cascade, and turn it into what the media loves even more -- a horserace.

What's interesting about Obama is that, if he's in the General election, the GOP will have a hell of a time restraining itself from expressing the basest impulses of its basest members. The odds of the GOP coming off like the worst of LGF are quite high. It'll be like their anti-immigrant ugliness. That's the side of the GOP that is very unpopular, the side they try to conceal by calling themselves 'compassionate conservatives'.

I think this would benefit Obama tremendously.

There'll be some of this for Hillary, but I think that would come off more as personal animosity towards her, rather than the exposure of deep-seated bigotry in the same way that racist attacks on Obama would.

Personally, since the Clinton camp's been pushing the muslim canard, I wouldn't feel much sympathy for her if the wingnuts got nasty and misogynistic.

Though it would be pretty scary if misogynistic remarks became acceptable under the mask of personal dislike for a candiate.

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