I imagine I should say that I am sorry for being away for so long but the rigors of a major trial, better yet the reality of being tugged back to the profession for which I was educated, has taken up far more of my time than I expected. But now the purpose of the Digital Press Club to be a forum of many diverse beings from both sides of the corporeal divide can be better realized. In five days time the United States of America will have a first of its kind national primary that in my opinion will select the candidates from the two major parties. I feel that the Democrats will select Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Republicans will select John McCain. There will be bitterness on both sides at the conventions in Denver and Minneapolis but the animosity will be far greater in the Twin Cities as the wedge issues among moderates in the GOP and their far right brethren become decidedly sharp.

In the mean time as we wait for summer to bring around both disputes and coronations, the Digital Press Club will keep its eye out for Third Party candidates, Fourth and even Fifth Party candidates that might make a difference in the national race in November. Ralph Nader and his Greens have made no announcement at this time, no rumblings have been heard from Jeb Bush in Florida or any of the thousands of evangelicals who find in him a touchstone nor has there been any official word from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Pat Buchanan's America First Party, which treads along a thin boundary between overt white supremacy and unapologetic xenophobic patriotism has aspirations of running its own national candidate in the fall. In an age where political polarization literally offends some voters so much they become apathetic the Centrist Party offers a healing of the rifts based upon bringing the majority of the moderates to power.

The Libertarian Party with its listing on 26 state ballots for the 2008 Presidential election is by far the largest of the second tier political parties in the United States. Some buzz about Ron Paul leaving the GOP for the Libertarians is being generated on the blogosphere and could make for an interesting election night were he to be the only name recognized conservative third party candidate. The Libertarians are one of the few political p[arties that actively debate the issue of abortion with a nearly 50 50 split between pro choice and pro life Libertarians.

As pointed out to me some time ago by Ser Daryl Cobranchi, the theocrats in America already have a political party most of the fundies just don't know it exists. It is the Constitution Party which has as its stated aim, "The mission of the Constitution Party is to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity through the election, at all levels of government, of Constitution Party candidates who will uphold the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. It is our goal to limit the federal government to its delegated, enumerated, Constitutional functions and to restore American jurisprudence to its original Biblical common-law foundations."

Later, a bit on how harsh the campaigning could become this weekend with an analysis of the advertisments being employed on both sides.

Welcome back.

Qu'ul cuda praedex nihil!

Cavalor Epþiþ, Esquire, D.S.V.J.
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
216 1 Leviathan 2 AS
24 Sh'vat 5768
21 Rajab 1431 AH
31 January 2008 C.E.


Well, here we sit on the eve of "Super Tuesday".

Here we are practically on top of "Super Tuesday" when it will be likely that John McCain will be the Republican nominee for President but the Democratic nominee will be Barak Obama or Hillary Clinton. In short, if you are a Democrat, these campaigns will roll on and on into the conventions this summer and therein lies the problem. As the delegate counts get closer and closer for these two candidates, they are likely to "bloody" each other to the point that John McCain become the next president of the United States with Mick Huckabee on his ticket as the "veep".

Clinton and Obama have already proved that they can have their campaign "minions" sling the dirtiest of "mud" in the most negative of campaigns. This makes things quite easy for McCain because every piece of negative campaigning by the Democrats makes John McCain look that much more professional and better. We need only look at how Mitt Romney (with all of his organization and money) got slammed in Florida earlier this week. He's likely to go by the wayside quickly because the Republicans have a "winner take all" type of delegate apportionment in many of the states on Super Tuesday and the Democrats do not.

My advice to both Obama and Clinton is to focus their campaigns strongly on John McCain and the Republican agenda as opposed to wounding each other to the death. After the convention, there won't be enough left for either of them to win against a unified party behind John McCain.

While negative campaigning might get you a few votes in the last minute, in a long and drawn-out race, it can zap you in the long run. The electorate get turned off and believe me with this whole process starting as early as it did, the "turn-off meter" is in high gear right now. It is vitally important that someone take the "high ground" and be willing to stay there.

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