Saturday, February 02, 2008

A Super Exciting Super Tuesday

David Sparks, assistant to the dean of the McCormack School of Policy Studies at UMass-Boston, held senior positions in the 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns for George H. W. Bush. he has an op-ed piece in today's Boston Globe putatively aimed at Mitt Romney but really applicable to any of the contenders still standing: Super Tuesday will likely not mark the end of the primary season unless one candidate manages to sweep.

It's looking increasingly likely that this will be the longest primary season in memory (certainly in my memory). I wonder if the internecine party struggles will have the effect of ameliorating the inevitable partisan ugliness to come, or if it will merely raise the stakes for everyone involved. If February becomes March and either party still is split, it will put Texas in play in a way that none of us envisioned. Will endorsements make a difference? If president Bush weighs in, will that tilt the GOP table one way or the other? Wat about Edwards' endorsement? Gore's? If Gore withholds his support for Clinton or Obama does that mean he might see himself as a compromise candidate for a brokered convention? For political junkies, this is ambrosia.

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