Friday, October 31, 2008
I am talking about finger-pointing. Yes, the blame game. In case you have not noticed, it is in full tilt.
You may think the blame game is played in smoky back rooms and dark alleys. Be under no illusions. The blame game is not merely a sideshow of the drama of the world’s most influential democracy, which elects the world’s most influential leader. In the coming weeks, watching the Republican party implode will be the main event.
The opening salvo was fired in the op-ed pages of the US newspaper of record, The New York Times. On October 13, William Kristol drew his guns in what he believed to be the start of the Republican civil war by beginning his weekly column: “It’s time for John McCain to fire his campaign.” He continued: “Its combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has become toxic.”
Such an esteemed conservative intellectual would, of course, place blame on the “McCain campaign”. What a convenient target. This is the same Mr Kristol who advised the party in two of its greatest disasters – the Iraq war and the selection of Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential nominee. His idea is to point the finger at political professionals.
My colleague, Paul Begala, and I counselled Republicans on October 20 that the blame game could not begin soon enough and could not leave out any faction of the fractured Republican infrastructure. With so much blame to go around, I am sure everyone will get their own shots in but the people who work on the fringes of our democracy should not bear the brunt of an entire American political party going awry.
Allow me to rise in defence of my fellow political operatives.
The truth is that there was little Mr McCain, or his campaign, could do with a party falling apart at the seams. When Mr McCain announced his second run for the presidency on April 25 2007 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the Republican brand was already tarnished, perhaps beyond repair. At that time, a poll for Democracy Corps, a non-profit polling organisation I co-founded, found that his party was viewed more negatively than positively by far, with 47 per cent of likely voters giving it poor marks and just 34 per cent viewing it positively. At that point 66 per cent of likely voters thought the country was on the wrong track. Of course, it only got worse as the campaign and George W. Bush’s horrendous presidency trudged on. Our latest poll finds that 79 per cent say the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Remember, it was not Mr McCain’s campaign that started the idiotic Iraq war or masterminded the poorly thought out strategies there and on the economic front at home.
It was not his campaign staffers that reignited ridiculously divisive and unnecessary culture wars in 2004 just to win an election, in the process alienating a generation of young Americans.
It was not a campaign staffer that simply flew over a major American city as it was being inundated with water after the failure of federal levees created one of the worst disasters in our nation’s history.
It was not a McCain staffer who made the brilliant choice to appoint Alberto “Fredo” Gonzales as attorney-general, a man who will surely go down as one of the most buffoonish and incompetent individuals to serve in the US government.
It was not just a few McCain staffers who sold their soul and their political party to corporate America and Wall Street while the national debt soared.
It was not McCain campaign staffers who sat idly by as America plunged into its greatest crisis since the Great Depression. (Although one might pause here to note that Mr McCain and his economic advisers played an active role in creating the crisis over the past few decades.)
Blame the idiotic neocons, absurd culture warriors or the talk-radio crowd. Certainly do not forget the silly free-marketers who are now lining up before congressional committees to apologise to the nation for failed economic policy. Believe me, they all deserve every bit of of the blame.
But it was the pillars and icons of the party who did this: from Karl Rove, its self-proclaimed resident genius, to Dick Cheney, an overreaching vice-president, to Mr Bush. Of course, lest any of this read as an absolution of Mr McCain, the senator from Arizona was in lock-step with his colleagues on most or all of their failed policies.
Ultimately, the truth is that Mr McCain’s campaign was dealt an awful hand, albeit one he had a role in creating. You can second guess how they played it (and you should) but campaigns take chances (like they did in doubling-down on Ms Palin) when they are behind. So with only a few days to go before the party is handed its second mammoth loss in as many cycles, following the 2006 mid-term elections, my counsel to Republican friends would be to keep pointing fingers but lay off the political professionals as much as possible. They were not the ones responsible for the disastrous Bush-Cheney-Rove policies that Americans so desperately want to reverse.
The writer is an international political consultant, founder of Democracy Corps, and a CNN political contributor. He was chief strategist for Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign
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``This election is cooked and done, it's in the warming tray,'' said Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.In the final days of this election, the major media outlets will try desperately and breathlessly to convince us that this election is 'still close', or 'tightening'.
Because, obviously, it is in their best interests for this to be a close election: more people will be glued to their television sets, buying newspapers, etc.
The stark fact is that this is the least competitive American general election in at least 25 years, and the overwhelming odds are that Barack Obama will not only win, but win in an epic landslide.
If this is a 'horse race', then it's between two horses: one's a champion thoroughbred, and the other has down's syndrome and is missing a leg.
My advice? Tune out all the bullshit and focus on this, the world's major political marketplace, where real people wager real money on the outcome. It nearly precisely picked the margin of the 2004 Bush/Kerry battle.
You know what they say. Money talks, whereas bullshit, on the other hand...
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It's time to start sifting through the ashes of a soon to be devastated national Republican party.
And what better way to do that than to fast forward through Tuesday's annihilation, which will bring the party perilously close to extinction, and to the Republican party's 2012 presidential campaign.
Here's my take on who, in order, the top 5 prospects to win the Republican nomination in four years time are:
- Mitt Romney: Somewhat akin to the 1976 Republican nomination fight where an aging, tired Gerald Ford narrowly fended off what turned out to be the future of the party in California governor Ronald Reagan--who became the Godfather of the modern conservative movement--many Republicans today have McCain buyer's remorse and realize they should have nominated Romney. Ford went on to lose to Carter in 1976, just as McCain will lose to Obama in a few days. Romney has the benefit of being filthy rich, handsome, and young. Moreover, he's competent, and he is far and away the Republican front runner as it stands today for 2012. Romney's so smart that he probably smelled a loser from a mile away in McCain and should be thankful he didn't wind up on the present ticket. Did he make it clear to McCain that he didn't want the slot?? Maybe.
- Jeb Bush: Yes, as astonishing and surreal as it might seem, America stands a decent chance of electing another Bush as its president, either in 2012 or 2016. He's widely known as having a vastly higher IQ than his elder brother (but then again so does your average zoo animal), but the ex-two time governor of Florida will no doubt suffer major consequences of 'Bush fatigue' among the populace--I mean if Americans elect another Bush, the country truly is a glutton for punishment. Stranger things have happened, though, and the guy is loved by the right...
- Mike Huckabee: Huckabee provided a rare burst of fresh air when he appeared on the scene in this cycle's Republican nomination fight. Telegenic, compassionate, possessing a great sense of humour and having executive experience, Huckabee no doubt harbors additional presidential ambitions. Like James Carville once said, "Running for president is like having sex, most men can't do it only once...."
- Charlie Crist/Tim Pawlenty/Mark Sanford: These are the current governors respectively of the states of Florida, Minnesota, and South Carolina and what they have in common is that John McCain should have picked any of these guys as his running mate instead of the laughably inept Sarah Palin (see below). Crist, in particular, represents a new breed type of Republican (like Arnold Schwarzenegger who can't run for president because he wasn't born in America): pro-environment, moderate both fiscally and socially, pro-immigrant and non-ideological. The future of the party lies in that type of profile--not the Sean Hannity/Tom Delay/Rush Limbaugh know-nothing, hard right, divisive types who drove the party into the present ditch that it finds itself in...
- Sarah Palin: Yes, that's right, that's not a typo, Sarah Palin. She's made it clear that she harbors higher ambitions, and amazingly she has a base of support. All I can say is that she makes George W. Bush seem well read and almost Albert Einstein like in comparison. And that says something....
Now, on the cusp of a smashing Obama victory and the dawn of a new progressive era in American government I can only wonder in astonishment at how vastly things can change in four short years.
Indeed the future is a glimmer of light that Republicans should hold on to in what promises to be a very bleak next several months.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
And John McCain is unfortunately losing more and more of what he had remaining of his dignity on a daily basis.
As with the Palin choice, he is being manipulated by the dying portion of the Republican party--the harsh, divisive, simplistic, anti-immigrant forces that have led the party to their present position....
Standing on the precipice of extinction.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Every single credible poll has him ahead in both the general election, as well as in most of if not all of the battleground states.
This isn't enough, obviously, for millions of worried Democrats, especially those in non-battleground states like New York and California, who are convinced that McCain might come back and win. Their fears are grounded in recent bitter Democratic presidential defeats and the sense that the Democrats always lose these things.
Well, here's a suggestion to the above mentioned demographic, and you know who you are....
The Obama website makes it incredibly easy for you to pick up the phone, from anywhere, and call voters in battleground states to persuade them to vote for Obama.
As they have the entire election, campaign Obama is leveraging the latest telecommunications and Internet technologies to empower their supporters to lend a helping hand. Don't be complacent. Don't let this opportunity to change American and change the world slip through your hands.
It's 2008. No excuses. The future is ours. Show the world that America is back. From the comfort of your home or office.
Monday, October 27, 2008
FOR COMPLETE SARAH PALIN COVERAGE, CLICK HERE
MCCAIN'S BROTHER TELLS 911 OPERATOR TO FUCK OFF
Romney's no idiot, and he can spot a loser from a mile away. He's positioning himself very smartly for a 2012 run. Indeed, the smart money for 2012 is a Romney/Obama general election matchup. 2012....doesn't that seem so far away?
FOR COMPLETE SARAH PALIN COVERAGE, CLICK HERE
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
As they say, like brother like brother. I mean, what an idiot, calling 911 because of traffic on the highway? More like a spoiled, angry, rich brat. Click on the link and check out the dude's picture: I mean the guy looks angry, just like his brother.
Friday, October 24, 2008
- An Act of God: Perhaps the most obvious, it needs to be mentioned. What if Obama is assasinated? What if his plane crashes? What if his motorcade gets hit by a roadside bomb? The secret service appears to have its shit together in a big way these days, but hey, the guy is human and VERY high profile. Plus God knows there are enough racist hillbillies who are armed to the teeth in this country...
- A Shocking YouTube Video Emerges: I'm talking about a video showing cocaine going up his nose via a $20 bill, or a needle going into the dude's arm. Or maybe a sex video. Seems HIGHLY unlikely that it wouldn't have emerged by now--especially in the Democratic primary--but these days you never know. Remember, W's DUI bust came to light the weekend before the election.
- We Learn of an Extra-Marital Affair: Christ, the dude's a man flesh and blood, and I'm sure some crazy tail has been throwing itself at him left, right and center on the campaign trail. John Edwards, anyone? Bill Clinton? Again, seems exceedingly unlikely.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Put simply, choosing Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential candidate was the most catastrophically awful political blunder in American political history. And John McCain is suffering the consequences. Daily. Badly.
It's not that Sarah Palin's necessarily a bad person: she's just patently, painfully, obviously, disastrously, in way way over her head.
She's as qualified to be President as the cashier at the Wendy's in Cape Canaveral, Florida is to drive across town to NASA, hop in the latest Space Shuttle, and take off to captain the next shuttle launch.
It's gotten bad folks, really bad. Twighlight Zone bad. International laughingstock bad. Theatre of The Absurd bad. Macabre. Ugly.... And it getting worse, not better.
Keen political supporters caught this clusterfuck early on, like a minute after the announcement was made, and strenuously argued for McCain to realize his fatal error and dump her overboard, quickly.
Alas, McCain stuck with her just like he's stuck with the failed Bush presidency for the past eight long years. Which just shows he's incredibly stubborn, and he deserves the landslide he's about to be administered in 12 short days.
Then he can go off to the ranch in Sedona and ruminate over what went wrong. Maybe watching a few clips of recent Saturday Night Live's will brighten his somber mood. Although somehow I doubt it. At least his nightmare will at last be over.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
GOP Lunatic Update: North Carolina Congressman: “liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God.”
Folks, come November 4, there will be electoral carnage....
It took a black man to become president for the Republican party to finally show its true colors...
They almost certainly believe Sarah Palin would make a good president.
And finally, you can bet everything you own that they don't buy the theory of global warming.
Monday, October 20, 2008
COMPLETE MINOR-RIPPER RUSH LIMBAUGH COVERAGE HERE
Way to go George W. Bush and your foreign policy team! Such a good idea to invade Iraq!!
The national Republican party is on the verge of taking massive, crippling losses in November's elections, and John McCain has officially become a drag on an already pathetic situation.
It makes sense for the GOP to adopt an 'everyman for themselves' attitude and try to change the conversation from 'elect John McCain' to 'prevent the Democrats from controlling Washington' like they did in 1996 when it became clear Bob Dole had no chance.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
If the party was trying on purpose to make itself look like the party of ignorant, xenophobic, uneducated fools, they are doing a masterful job.
Adolf Hitler would be proud.
COMPLETE MINOR-RIPPER.COM RACISM COVERAGE HERE
– “Social Security’s a joke. I have parents. I don’t need another set of parents called the government. Let me take my money and invest it how I please. Social Security, I’ve never believed in, don’t like it, hate that it’s forced on me.”
– “I’m not sorry that we’re in Iraq. … We’ve liberated another country. I mean, you know, freedom. … I don’t know if you guys are Christians or not, but it’s like someone coming to Jesus and becoming saved. These guys have freedom. … Has it kept us safe? Absolutely. I believe in that 100 percent.”
apparently, Joe really doesn't like taxes, too. No new taxes, and no old ones either...
Oh...and one other thing: Joe's not a licensed plumber, either.
I happen to believe his 18-minute address to the American people a week before the election swung the election to Bush's favor. Soccer moms and swing voters concerned about switching presidents in the middle of a war voted for W.
As this article points out, the very same thing could happen again this time around. Could it again swing the election though?
Probably not, but maybe. The major difference is that McCain is a much weaker candidate than W was in 2004--mainly because Bush's campaign was managed by Karl Rove back then and McCain's being managed by the political equivalent of the Keystone Cops.
An exhausted, crumpled, pathetic pasty-white, wrinkled half in the grave looking McCain--looking like a psycho, angry, old beaver, against a super-smooth, savoir-faire, Teflon, Bond-like Obama who was in complete command of the situation.
Can we vote yet and get this over with? This thing will be a rout.
Moving along, this is interesting news. Advertising on video games is a niche, growth area. John McCain probably has never played a video game, and would be fascinated and dazzled by Ms. Pac-Man.
Awareness of the times, technological savviness: yet another reason to vote Obama on November 4.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
FOR RIPPER'S COMPLETE, BEST ON THE INTERNET COVERAGE OF SARAH PALIN, CLICK HERE!!!@@@!!
Powell has lost quite a bit of his credibility after the debacle of him giving false evidence at the United Nations during the run up to the Iraq war. However, as the above article points out, his support will be valuable to Obama to many voters.
That's him giving bogus evidence to the UN in the picture, by the way, undoubtedly a low point in the history of the United States of America.
By the way, I have no fucking idea what Bob Schieffer is doing on a Segway in this picture...
"Nobody wants to see McCain slug him," Bloomberg said.Words of wisdom coming from Gotham's mayor--who I might add is more qualified to be President than either McCain or Obama.
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the conversation above, which took place in New York earlier this year...
See rest of the story here.
Full Ripper Bloomberg Coverage HERE
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
2008 Senate Ratings
Here are our latest Senate ratings. Our latest estimate is a Democratic gain of 6-9 seats.
# = Moved benefiting Democrats
* = Moved benefiting Republicans
Likely Takeover (2 R, 0 D)
* NM Open (Domenici, R)
* VA Open (Warner, R)
Lean Takeover (5 R, 0 D)
* Dole (R-NC) #
* Smith (R-OR)
* Stevens (R-AK)
* Sununu (R-NH)
* CO Open (Allard, R)
Toss-Up (1 R, 0 D)
* Coleman (R-MN)
Narrow Advantage for Incumbent Party (3 R, 1 D)
* Chambliss (R-GA) #
* Landrieu (D-LA)
* McConnell (R-KY)
* Wicker (R-MS)
Clear Advantage for Incumbent Party (1 R, 0 D)
* Collins (R-ME)
Currently Safe (11 R, 11 D)
* ID Open (Craig, R)
* NE Open (Hagel, R)
* Alexander (R-TN)
* Barrasso (R-WY)
* Cochran (R-MS)
* Cornyn (R-TX)
* Enzi (R-WY)
* Graham (R-SC)
* Inhofe (R-OK)
* Roberts (R-KS)
* Sessions (R-AL)
* Baucus (D-MT)
* Biden (D-DE)
* Durbin (D-IL)
* Harkin (D-IA)
* Johnson (D-SD)
* Kerry (D-MA)
* Lautenberg (D-NJ)
* Levin (D-MI)
* Pryor (D-AR)
* Reed (D-RI)
* Rockefeller (D-WV)
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
That's a picture of the McCain campaign brain trust at the right. Campaign manager Steve Schmidt is the guy driving.
In contrast, the Obama campaign has been a smooth running, well-oiled machine. Battle tested under enormously difficult conditions in the primary against Hillary, team Obama is loaded for bear and going in for the kill.
Current market projections have Obama winning in a landslide, and only an earth-shattering event seemingly is between him and the Oval Office.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Millions of Americans are opening their quarterly 401k savings plan statements and instantaneously vomiting.
If you want to know the most important reason why McCain/Palin doesn't have a prayer, look no further at that approval rating for Bush.
The Democrats could have nominated a refrigerator and won this time around.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
MORE RIPPER RACISM COVERAGE HERE
Friday, October 10, 2008
- The race is all but over, and McCain seems to realize this. He's begun trying to tame some of the unhinged anti-Obama nuts at his campaign events.
- For how negative and controversial a campaign he's run, McCain is a true blue American hero. The dude was shot down over 'Nam and was a POW for nearly six years. The guy's got balls like shot puts. That's irrefutable.
- He's a very old 72 years old: Even the most passive American political follower has noticed the stark, almost unbelievable difference in the John McCain of 2000 and the one in 2008, and quite a bit of that is not his fault. Part of it is genetics, and part of it is the very hard life that he has lived.
- Sympathy. He's been in kind of a no win situation from the get go: he needed to support a deeply unpopular president in order to secure the base of his party to win the Republican primary, and he's struggled since then with the balance of keeping their support while trying to distance himself from W.
- He's been let down by terrible counsel. I mean I know it's his fault and his responsibility, but his campaign advisers have been dreadfully abominable and should all resign together en masse. It's been the most pathetic, undisciplined, inept presidential campaign I've ever witnessed. These people have proven to be unqualified to shine Karl Rove's shoes. The guy who sold McCain on Sarah Palin, for example, should never work in politics again. McCain's top advisers could be sued for political malpractice.
Just now we learn that an Alaska legislative panel has found that Palin abused her power in helping get her ex brother in law fired as an Alaska State Trooper.
It's as if a team of deaf, dumb, and blind people were in charge of the VP vetting process for McCain.
In actuality, it looks like it was campaign manager Steve Schmidt was most responsible for selling Palin to McCain.
Based on this one data point, I can confidently say that Steve Schmitt is an idiot and should never work on another political campaign in his life.
But ultimately, the buck stops with John McCain, it was his decision. I firmly believe that if he had picked a VP who could walk and chew gum at the same time, this race would be much more competitive.
I know the economy's in crisis and all, but you want to see the shit really hit the fan in this country? See what happens if some riled up maniac shoots at him. From Andrew Sullivan:
But they are also very very dangerous. This is a moment of maximal physical danger for the young Democratic nominee. And McCain is playing with fire. If he really wants to put country first, he will attack Obama on his policies - not on these inflammatory, personal, creepy grounds. This is getting close to the atmosphere stoked by the Israeli far right before the assassination of Rabin.Be safe Barack, please. A nation needs you.
With American's waking up to find that their life savings have shrunk by 50% over the past few months, I'm not sure how many people are going to be in a laughing mood.
Thursday, October 09, 2008
I encourage anyone with even the faintest interest in politics and what will happen in November to read his latest article.
As I've said countless times before, the Republican party is facing near complete and utter annihilation come November.
It's a good thing, too, because the simmering cluster fuck of an economic situation the country is facing will require that Obama have a mandate for change from the American people.
George W. Bush, go back to Crawford and go away. Forever. You might want to fix yourself a stiff drink, too. For fucks sake it's been apparent for 8 long years that you desperately need one.
George W. Bush is an argument for consistent alcohol consumption. Recovering alcoholics, AA members and teetotalers are supposed to have it all together, right? Good prudent judgement, discipline, etc.
Well one could argue that the country would have been much better off if Dubya had started every day with a stiff Whiskey and stayed comatose drunk all day, every day.
Republican in Action: Louisiana Man Arrested After Voter Registration Tirade, Needs to Vote to "Keep The Nigger Out of Office"
As I've said countless times: racists, homophobes, xenophobics, ignoraumuses and hate mongers of all shapes and sizes find a comfortable home in today's Republican party--and it's been that was for decades.
With a black man running for office and on the verge of winning in a total wipe out/landslide, the filter has come off of many of these freaks. This guy, thankfully, is 75 years old and on his way out. Hopefully the majority of his racist ilk fit that demographic.
The Republican party, represented fittingly by a shriveled up, pasty white relic in John McCain, is all about the past--including America's ugly racist past.
Obama's about the future and moving beyond this hateful vitriol. His election will help drive a stake into the heart of disgusting creatures like the one pictured to the right.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Somebody should compile an authoritative list of the foolish statements, Wall Street parochialisms and bungled bailouts racked up by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and his faithful Federal Reserve Board sidekick, Ben Bernanke, since the Great Credit Crash began in August 2007. Small wonder the global markets can't sustain any belief in the two men's tandem policies. Neither understands the cancer cells spreading in the corpus of the U.S. (and now world) economy.Read entire Kevin Phillips article here.
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It was destruction, plain and simple. Think last year's New England Patriots against the local Pee Wee football team. If last night's debate were a boxing match, the referee would have stopped it after the first five minutes. Barack Obama bloodied and punished John McCain, leaving him huddled in his corner of the ring in the fetal position, teeth missing and both eyes blackened.
It started early, with McCain rambling on about a $3 million allocation for an overhead projector in Illinois that Obama supported...How completely out of touch is this asshole? The fabric of our very existence and way of life is under assault with an unprecedented economic crisis, our Congress just passed a $900 BILLION bailout bill, the stock market is plummeting 300 points a day and this senile Grandpa Simpson bozo talks about a $3 million line item in a budget? We all could have turned off our TV sets and voted for Obama after hearing that drivel.
It continued for 90 more long minutes, however, with McCain continually spouting out nearly meaningless generalities and platitudes over and over again, almost always with terrible delivery and diction. His sentences were halting and often incomplete, and his performance in general was a bastardization of the English language.
Obama, conversely, seems like he's made from Teflon. He's the most unflappable, smooth politician I've ever seen--calmly and politely swatting away McCain's taunts and hollow verbiage without batting an eyelash. You can see how he did the impossible a few months ago: derail the Hillary Clinton coronation. Last night Barack Obama was James Bond and John McCain was Roseanne Barr.
Anyone who votes for John McCain and Sarah Palin after watching the debate last night is one of three things:
- A helplessly right-wing ideologue
- A racist, or
- A rank moron.
Folks, it's not even close.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
ALL MINOR-RIPPER RACISM POSTS
Monday, October 06, 2008
Barack Obama is no John Kerry. That should be eminently, crystally clear to even the most passive politcal watcher at this point.
While Team Kerry dithered for days, even weeks, before responding when Rove and Bush unleashed "The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" on their ass back in 2004, the Obama campaign was ready, willing, and able this time around with a howitzer, nuclear bomb type response to team McCain's inevitable dive into the gutter by bringing up McCain's involvement in the Keating Five scandal years back.
The Obama campaign is preemting an increasingly desperate McCain campaign's recent decision to go deeply negative on Obama with regards to his involvement with Reverand Wright, Tony Rezko, and William Ayers. In doing so, his campaign will succeed in muddying to the public for the Monday morning news cycle any ethical advantage that may have been derived.
Love him or hate him, credit needs to be given to Obama for the campaign he's run, first in the primary and now in the general election. His singular aim has been victory. Both Machiavelli and Karl Rove would be proud.