Magazine article The American Conservative

GOP Peaceniks

Magazine article The American Conservative

GOP Peaceniks

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Buzzards circle Hillary Clinton as we go to press. Her exiguous 51-49 percent win over Barack Obama in the May 6 Indiana primary--and blowout 42-56 loss in North Carolina--had the commentariat preparing her obituaries. "This nomination fight is over," said George Stephanopoulos. "We now know who the Democratic nominee is going to be," Tim Russert agreed, "and no one is going to dispute it." Except perhaps Senator Clinton, though she found the day after the primaries that she had become a virtual nonperson to the Democratic superdelegates who can decide the race.

Not all the action took place in the Democratic primaries, however. The GOP contests rendered a more certain verdict: John McCain is unacceptable to roughly a quarter of Republicans. In Indiana, the presumptive nominee took just 77 percent of his party's vote. In North Carolina, he fared worse: Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, and "no preference" held him down to 74 percent. The Democrats will not be the only party with unity problems heading into November. …

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