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Obama wins Vermont?

It’s only 6:48 Eastern time as I write this, but online sources are already claiming that Barack Obama has won the state of Vermont, the first of four states to be decided tonight in mini-Tuesday, or as some are calling it, Super Tuesday II. That would extend to 13 the number of consecutive states won by Sen. Obama since Super Tuesday with Sen. Rodham’s campaign showing no signs of life heading into tonight.

Meanwhile, polls are scrambling to call the race a dead heat at the last minute, in the hope that Obama doesn’t carry all four states, take Hillary out of the running, and ensure that the news media’s heyday with the horserace for the Democratic nomination is over.

Others are also hoping to extend the Obama-Rodham feud. Radio host Rush Limbaugh has been actively urging Republicans in Texas to cross over to the Dem side for a day and keep Hillary’s campaign alive, with the goal of weakening the Dems by continuing the in-fighting.

Sound campaign strategy, and for now all that remains is to see if it works, or if Sen. Obama can start having his measurements taken for all those original movie posters that are going to be made, when the films are released about his underdog campaign victory over the Clinton machine.

Of course, if Obama loses to McCain in November, those Hollywood liberals will abandon him in nothing flat.

Obama surges ahead

Hold off on those party invitations, Hillary; Barack Obama’s looking more and more like the real thing. The freshman Senator from Illinois won four states, a clean sweep, this past weekend and now holds a slight edge in the delegate count for the Democratic nomination. Obama swept to victory in Maine, Louisiana, Nebraska and Washington state this past weekend.

Even with uncommitted super-delegates accounted for, Obama leads the delegate race 1,134 to 1,131. It’s a slim lead, but may show states that have yet to chime in that Obama’s campaign is viable and Hillary’s is not inevitable. If he keeps on like this, Obama may banish Hillary Rodham from the race before the GOP has a chance to. And putting a young, vibrant, charismatic candidate with low negative like Barack Obama up against an old, unfriendly and ill-tempered candidate like John McCain, who now is the inevitable GOP nominee, could make for a perfect storm that allows the Dems to take back the White House in November.

The best the GOP can hope for now is that Hillary can tread water, leading to an ugly nomination brawl at the Dem convention this summer, which could disrupt party unity enough to let McCain slip in. But that seems unlikely, at this point.

McCain rushes toward Dole finish

It’s 1996 all over again, minus the cheap pens the Dole campaign was so fond of.

After brokering a backroom deal with Mike Huckabee to rob Mitt Romney of a win in West Virginia, and perhaps some other key southern states, Arizona RINO and “the most qualified Democrat in the race,” John McCain, appears to be favored in California which could very well push him to a hard-to-overcome delegate lead following Super Duper Tuesday results. In West Virginia, Romney was in the clear lead on the first ballot, but failed to gain the necessary 50 percent, so on the second ballot McCain pledged his supporters to Hucka-BUST to keep the heat away from the former Massachusetts governor and the only remotely conservative candidate with a chance of winning left in the GOP race, Mitt Romney.

Much as I’d love to see Romney win, it’s now going to be extremely hard for ol’ Mitt, and the GOP seems bent on hurtling headlong into a repeat of 1996. Back then, a decrepit Bob Dole took his turn at bat against Bill Clinton, largely because of his pull with the Beltway establishment and party bigwigs. As we all remember, Dole went down to defeat and ended up as a national joke, doing Viagra commercials while lusting after Britney Spears.

McCain’s ascension due to the same sort of forces – the perception that it’s his turn after paying his dues, ties to Beltway types and party leadership, etc., – sets up a whirlwind of forces that almost guarantee the Democrats a White House win in November. The parallels are frightening.

When he ran in ’96, Dole was older than Reagan was when he was first elected. Likewise, McCain is 71 and would be the oldest candidate ever to win, if he did win. However, Dole faced a considerably younger and more energetic candidate in Bill Clinton, who was running for a second term. The potential Democratic nominee, Barack Obama, is a much younger, far more charismatic personality than McCain, and Obama will wipe the floor with McCain, just as Clinton did against Dole. In fact, it may not even be that close. McCain’s best hope is to go up against Hillary, whose high negatives are showing following Super Duper Tuesday results, and hope more liberals vote for him than for Hillary… which isn’t likely.

Thanks to back room deals and shady politics, McCain is making 2008 a replay of 1996. And if he’s going to be the GOP nominee, maybe a dose of a far-lefty candidate like Barack Obama is just what this country needs to get the GOP – and the nation – to re-embrace conservatism once again.