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Vice President Mugabe?

May 22, 2008

So if you’ve been following the election news, you know that after the KY and OR primaries made it all but official that Obama would be the Democratic nominee, Sen. Clinton toned down her scorched-earth rhetoric. She also, according to reports, started privately assuring big donors and party officials that she would work to unite the party behind the nominee.

You’ll also know that something changed in the last couple of days. Suddenly, Sen. Clinton is scorching the earth again. Yesterday, I think, in Florida, she compared the disqualification of that state’s delegates to the election rigging and election ignoring of Pres. Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, a well known criminal regime.

One might reasonably be led to ask: wha’ happ’n’d?

Is it possibly this? Certainly seems plausible. On the other hand, maybe it’s just this, which seems equally plausible. On yet a third hand, maybe she really believes Obama can’t win the general because America is still that racist.

Or maybe it just doesn’t matter. Maybe all that really matters is that she’s damaging her own party and her party’s nominee in the pursuit of no meaningful goal, it being the case that she simply doesn’t have the votes to be the nominee and isn’t going to get the votes to be the nominee. That’s where I am, anyway. I simply do not care what’s in her head any more. She’s a political Katrina: powerful, unpredictable, and highly damaging, and all we can do until she blows herself out is watch the spectacle.

The main difference, of course, is that she’s doing this willfully, whereas Katrina was just a dumb, unguided, random storm.

Unless you ask John Hagee.

Edited to add:

“The race for the Democratic nomination—”race” is hardly the right word, is it?—now feels like a quantum physics problem: How long can a body exist in a state approximating motionlessness without actually stopping?” – John Dickerson, Slate (via Sullivan).

Which, unless I’m mistaken, would make Sen. Clinton a Bose-Einstein Condensate, which opens up a whole new set of possibilities: superfluid super-delegates who can escape Obama even when he thinks he has them bottled up, slowing the speed of light so that we can’t see who the nominee is until some point in the far distant future, etc.