Home | Newest Editions | Most Popular Issues | Free Newsletters | Forums

Custom Search
Publication: Conservative Review
Democratic Stalemate

Subscribe FREE to Conservative Review by clicking here.

                  February 5, 2008

Democratic Stalemate
By Robert D. Novak

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Terrence McAuliffe, the multimillionaire 
wheeler-dealer imposed by the Clintons on the Democratic 
National Committee as its chairman after the 2000 election, 
quickly paid back his benefactors. He designed a front-
loaded primary system intended to confirm Sen. Hillary 
Clinton as presidential nominee by Feb. 5. Contrary to 
expectations, however, no choice will be made for months 
and perhaps not until the national convention at Denver in 
late August. 

There is no mathematical possibility of Mega Tuesday ballot-
ing in 22 states tomorrow for 1,681 delegates -- labeled 
the first "national" primary -- giving either Clinton or 
Sen. Barack Obama close to the 2,025 delegates necessary 
for nomination. That unexpected reality is produced by 
Obama's appeal, Clinton fatigue and extreme proportional 
representation adopted by the Democratic Party. 


Retail & TV Price: $9.99
OUR PRICE: $6.99

This one-touch digital recorder is your own personal 
reminder. What's best is, it's so easy-to-use. Simply press 
"record" and speak into the microphone. Later, press the 
"play" button to listen to the message. Perfect for shopp-
ing lists, to do lists, names, addresses, phone numbers - 
even where you left your car in the parking lot! 

Smaller then a credit card, it fits easily into a pocket, 
purse, briefcase, or even on a keychain. This personal 
reminder records and plays back messages up to 20 seconds 

- Record your next brilliant idea, shopping list or location
- Easy 1-touch recording
- Built-in LED flashlight
- Built-in Key Ring for use anywhere
- Includes 2 recorders 
- Batteries Included

You're going to love this so much, you'll wonder how you 
ever did with out. Makes a great gift too. To see a picture 
or order, visit: DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER 2-pk...

The nation's two political parties have reverted to form 
after appearing to have exchanged identities. Democrats 
a year ago seemed to be emulating Republican practice in 
settling for an early anointed candidate, Sen. Clinton, 
while the divided GOP field resembled historic Democratic 
practice in the absence of an incumbent president. 
Republicans, who traditionally abhor competition, are 
ready tomorrow to crown Sen. John McCain as their nominee. 
Democrats will still be battling. 

The full consequences of adopting proportional represent-
ation three decades ago finally will be realized by the 
Democratic Party. In 1972, supporters of Hubert Humphrey 
protested George McGovern's winner-take-all capture of the 
huge California delegation that clinched the presidential 
nomination. Appalled at being called majoritarians, 
McGovernite liberals adopted proportional representation. 
For the next seven presidential elections, Democrats have 
avoided its impact creating a stalemate, in the absence of 
a prolonged two-candidate contest. 

Enjoy fresher, cleaner and healthier air...

Store Price: $39.99
DEAL PRICE: $19.99 

The EPA estimates that indoor air at home may be up to 10 
times more polluted than the air outside. The Ionic Air 
purifier works silently and effectively to reduce airborne 
irritants, allergens and pollutants - dust, pollen, 
cigarette smoke, pet dander, unpleasant odors and more 
that can irritate eyes, nose, throat and cause headaches, 
dizziness and increased asthma attacks. 

Plus this model is energy efficient and cleans the air 24 
hours a day using very little electricity. It features a 
permanent filter which is easy to clean and never has to 
be replaced so there are no expensive filters to buy. 
Only 12"H x 4"W, it fits easily in any room. 

- Energy efficient             
- No need to replace filters 
- Low, medium, high settings   
- Easy to use-one touch operation 
- Only 12"H x 4"W,             
- Small but powerful

See a picture or order this MUST HAVE item for your home. 

Under proportional representation, a candidate collects 
delegates by achieving the 15 percent viability level 
either statewide or in a congressional district. In a 
four-delegate district, Clinton could win 59 percent of 
the vote and still split the delegates with Obama, two 
to two. The impact of California consequently is dissipated 
in view of polls showing Clinton's former double-digit 
lead cut in half. Although she can win handily in New York 
and New Jersey, Obama will be first in Illinois and smaller 
states, and is strong in barometric Missouri. So, the 
supposed national primary will settle nothing. 

Nor, because of delegate division, is it guaranteed that a 
nominee would be selected by March 4, in the Texas and Ohio 
primaries, or even by April 22, when Pennsylvania votes. 
Many of the 796 "super delegates" (unelected prominent 
Democrats) can remain undecided. Finally, Clinton will try 
to restore Florida and Michigan delegates purged from 
convention rolls for scheduling their primaries too early 
-- primaries that she won virtually uncontested. That 
raises the specter of rival delegations from those two 
states arriving in Denver, prompting an old-fashioned 
credentials fight. 

Before that happens, the issue may be settled by either 
Clinton or Obama emerging as the clear popular vote winner 
in the primaries and clinching the nomination while short 
of a majority of delegates. But that begs the question of 
why the issue is still in doubt. McAuliffe, now the Clinton 
campaign's national chairman, calculated that front-loading 
would make his candidate the de facto nominee by now so 
that full time could be devoted to attacking the 
Republicans and raising funds against them. 

The Fresh Glow of A Facial At Your Fingertips...

Retail Price: $11.99
Deal Price: $2.99

24 dual-sided cleansing cushions: one side for cleansing, 
the other for moisturizing.

Gentle cleansing formula with rich lather helps to remove 
impurities deep down to pores.

Conditioning side replenishes and softens the complexion. 
Each side has a unique texture: textured side contains 
micro-fine exfoliators; velvety soft side gently massages 

Fresh scent contains notes of bright citrus, juicy pear 
and spring rose. You're going to love how this makes your 
skin feel and look. To get one or two of these, head on 

The answer can be found in the surprising list of senators 
who endorsed Obama after Clinton won the New Hampshire 
primary: Edward M. Kennedy and John Kerry of Massachusetts, 
Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Tim Johnson of South Dakota, Ben 
Nelson of Nebraska and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. 
McCaskill is the least prominent of the group as a fresh-
man, but she has attracted favorable attention during her 
first year in the Senate as a principled independent. She 
was campaigning hard last week for Obama in Missouri 
against her sister senator. 

Senatorial support of Obama helps explain why the McAuliffe 
plan failed. In addition to habitual Democratic resistance 
to being controlled, many colleagues simply do not trust 
Clinton. They complain that in Thursday's debate from Los 
Angeles she repeated that she opposed the Levin amendment 
to the 2003 Iraq war resolution because it would "sub-
ordinate" U.S. decision-making to the United Nations. It 
did not, and Clinton made no such claim until her 
presidential campaign. That kind of performance has helped 
build the stalemate. 

Questions? Comments? email: Email your comments   

Check out Political Videos on the Net at evtv1.com 
Political Videos

Archive Link: Conservative Review Archives

Here's the link to the CONSERVATIVE REVIEW Forum: 

Copyright 2008 by NextEra Media. All rights reserved.

E-Mail this issue
Subscribe FREE to Conservative Review by clicking here.

The Conservative Review Forum
AL vs. Hillary or Al + Hillary?
Welcome to Conservative Review !
View this Forum | Post a topic to this forum

Home | Newest Editions | Most Popular Issues | Free Newsletters