While all of the pundits are clamoring over whose little quips were the cutest in this last debate, one thing went largely unnoticed. Hillary's name came up twelve times, Obama's came up none.
Hillary is now in the driver's seat and looks to be getting stronger, because the others have showed too much affinity for the Kossack Brigades. By distancing herself somewhat from the Netroots groups, she has been successful in painting herself as more moderate.
Dems may not like Bush or other Republicans, but they also see the folly of adopting a hard Left-Wing platform that many in the MoveOn ranks would have. By contrast, Edwards and Obama have embraced them more, with Edwards getting much of his talking points right off the web pages of these fringe operatives.
But not to worry PYY fans, this doesn't mean that I am buying into Hillary's sales pitches. Let's not forget, she still embraces socialist ideology, as a foundation of her philosophical view of what government's objectives should be. Therefore, many of her proposals are still based on this premise, no matter how she packages and markets them.
But, the GOP really isn't showing much right now. They have talked about reducing the role of government, but in reality they have fallen prey to the will of the dependent masses that want handouts, for one thing or another. Handouts are not limited to welfare, they can be anything that earmarked spending generates. In many ways, the GOP has become Democrat Lite. They fight some things, but relent when they fear they will not win re-election. One only needs to look at the stunts that many politicians like Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) pull, just prior to an election.