Remember less than a month ago when we were declaring the primaries all wrapped up? We couldn’t have been more wrong!
The last three primaries have all yielded conflicting results, with Mitt, Rick and Newt each taking one for themselves. It wasn’t supposed to be like that at all. Normally, one candidate wins Iowa, another takes New Hampshire, and one of the two gets South Carolina, and eventually, the nomination. Instead of giving us a clearer picture of who’s up against Obama, the last three contests have muddied the waters even further, to the glee of Democratic strategists and dismay of their Republican counterparts.
What’s worse, the infighting created by the closeness and uncertainty of the contest has left some wondering if the eventual nominee will be too “bloodied” to take on the president in November. Senator John McCain (yeah, the guy who ran last time) has even called for an end to GOP debates, for fear things might get out of control.
But wait… doesn’t this storyline sound familiar? Swap “Republican” with “Democrat” and you’ve got almost the same story as the 2008 nomination battle between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. While the GOP wrapped things up early in choosing the aforementioned McCain, the Democrats didn’t have their pick totally solidified until the convention. Nevertheless, the Democrats managed to take the White House with votes to spare – maybe a long primary isn’t such a bad thing after all.