David Kirkpatrick

May 21, 2008

Veepstakes McCain

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:41 pm

McCain has begun the public process of vetting potential vice president options. First up to bat: Florida governor, Charlie Crist; Lousiana governor, Bobby Jindal; and former nomination advesary, Mitt Romney. 

 

March 8, 2008

Obama wins Wisconsin

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:31 pm

With 96% reporting according to CNN.com, Obama wins the Wisconsin caucus 59% to 40%.

Not unexpected since Obama has been 12-3 over Clinton in caucuses before today’s vote. I do expect some blowback against Clinton’s negativity from the electorate going forward. All that said, this primary season is an odd animal. Clinton only does well from behind. She falters after any gain.

After this bit of news, I may sit out the general election if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination. Now that McCain is associating with the Bush 43 regime, including Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman, he’s damaged goods in my eye.

It’s no longer a slogan — a vote for Obama is truly a vote for a wholesale change in US politics. A necessary change.

Update — final tally: Obama 61%, Clinton 38%

February 22, 2008

McCain scandal update — brokered GOP convention scenario

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:02 pm

Here’s a Daily Dish post on David Brook’s coverage  of John McCain’s little, er, issue:

Brooks Covers the McCain Beat

22 Feb 2008 03:29 pm

by Reihan

Little-known fact: David Brooks began his career in journalism at Chicago’s City News Bureau, where he pounded the pavement on the crime beat. In today’s column, he unravels the rivalries and wounded egos that threaten to bring down the McCain campaign shoe-leather-style. And he also notes McCain’s Hart-like vulnerability.

At his press conference Thursday, McCain went all-in. He didn’t just say he didn’t remember a meeting about Iseman. He said there was no meeting. If it turns out that there is evidence of an affair and a meeting, then his presidential hopes will be over.If no evidence surfaces, his campaign will go on and it will be clear that there were members of his old inner circle consumed by viciousness and mendaciousness.

Remember when Gary Hart dared the press to find evidence of his, ahem, “Monkey Business”? Well, they did. The bluster and bravado that I like and admire in McCain, and that my lefty friends can’t stand, might indeed be the end of him.

Brooks’s column reminded me, oddly enough, of Sam Anderson’s brilliant investigative feature on The Splasher. It’s awesome.

So if there is fire behind an admittedly pretty feeble smoke trail, would the derailing of the Straight Talk Express lead to a brokered GOP convention? Seems that would allow Saint Fred or Saint Mitt — hell, maybe even Saint Newt — step to the podium and “save” conservatism as is remains today.

February 14, 2008

Romney endorses McCain

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:11 pm

Romney released his delegates and officially endorsed McCain today.

From the link:

Happy Valentine’s Day, John McCain.

The GOP front-runner got a big political hug Thursday from former rival Mitt Romney, who in urging his own delegates to back the Arizona senator, put him in striking distance of sealing the nomination for good.

Romney and McCain were engaged in a bitter fight before the former Massachusetts governor suspended his race last week during an address to conservatives in Washington — but at the announcement Thursday in Boston the two were like old friends.

February 7, 2008

Romney drops out

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:27 pm

The GOP nomination is going to McCain. Romney announced he is dropping out of the race.

From the linked AP story:

“I must now stand aside, for our party and our country,” Romney told conservatives.

“If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or Obama would win. And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

February 4, 2008

GOP nomination wrapped up?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:10 pm

Does Romney have any chance for the GOP nomination? Ross Douthat makes a case here. He doesn’t think a Romney comeback is likely, but it’s not as impossible as it’s been made to seem.

January 29, 2008

GOP Florida roundup

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 9:51 pm

McCain wins the Sunshine State and all 57 awarded delegates. He is in the GOP driver seat heading into Tsunami Tuesday. Giuliani avoided a fourth place finish, but his vote combined with Huckabee’s didn’t match Romney’s second place total.

The final figures (taken from CNN.com — 99% reporting):

  • McCain            36%     693,323
  • Romney           31%     598,083
  • Giuliani            15%     281,744
  • Huckabee        14%     259,651

Ron Paul managed a very distant fifth with three percent of the vote. It looks like a two man race for the Republican nomination from here on out considering the margin between second and third place coupled with Rudy and Huckabee’s money problems.

Update: It looks like the right leaning blogosphere is already giving the nomination to McCain. Mostly grudgingly.

Update pt. 2: Make that very grudgingly, particularly at the Corner, Ace of Spades, Power Line and Hugh Hewitt’s Town Hall. Captain’s Quarters is a bit more circumspect. And rumors of Rudy leaving the race look like they will come true as soon as tomorrow followed by a McCain endorsement from the ex-NYC mayor.