Wednesday, February 04, 2004
Super Tuesday 1.0: Well, the results are in and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is the big winner. Kerry wrapped up wins in Arizona, Delaware, Missouri, New Mexico and North Dakota. Gen. Wesley Clark snookered a bare plurality of the voters in Oklahoma, and Sen. John Edwards handily won his native South Carolina.
Has Kerry got it all wrapped up? Probably, but I wouldn't start printing up the attack ads until delegate-rich California and New York vote.
For Sen. Joe Lieberman, Tuesday was the last stop on his journey to footnote status. Lieberman, the most sane of the Democrat hopefuls when it came to national security, will be missed.
Edwards needed to win South Carolina to justify his continued campaigning. He's still a long-shot, and is more likely as a possible vice presidential candidate to John Kerry, who has serious problems appealing to southern voters.
Clark's narrow win in Oklahoma means the general will still be in the race, at least for a couple more weeks.
The next debate, whenever it takes place, should include only Kerry, Edwards, Clark and maybe Dean. The remaining candidates have no serious chance at winning the nomination, and it's time to quit the farce.
Speaking of Dean, his campaign's self-destruction has been impressive and swift. I can't recall the last time someone fell so far, so fast -- skydivers excepted.