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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

George Will on March Madness

Courtesy of RealClearPolitics.com, George Will weighs in with his fervent hope for the political madness of March to be left behind. Will has some interesting thoughts on the failed Dubai ports deal and its possible effect on the US economy. However his more interesting analysis is reserved for the Democratic Party's efforts to move several state caucuses between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary in 2008. The natural result of this, says Will, is to benefit the front runner, in this case Hillary Clinton. Will concludes with teh following observation:
By 2008, America will have gone 11 elections without choosing a president from the Northeast. Ten since choosing an avowed liberal (Lyndon Johnson). Only two sitting senators have been elected president—Warren Harding and John Kennedy. And in the 46 years since it elected Massachusetts' Senator Kennedy, the Northeast's percentage of the nation's electoral votes has declined from 24.8 percent to 18.8 percent. But in March 2006 the Democratic Party has increased the probability that in March 2008 its nomination will be secured by a liberal Northeastern senator. Madness? Maybe.
Good stuff.

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