Today is Super Tuesday!
If you're eligible, please get out and vote. And, as they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often.
In honor of today's festivities, here is the greatest political commercial in American history, Nixon Now!, '72.
And here's Jake's take on the Republican race.
Rick Santorum is an extreme lunatic. No way around it. The guy's positions stem from the Stone Age, he isn't ready for prime time, he's as much a Washington insider as Newt Gingrich AND he suffered the greatest Republican senatoral electoral defeat in history in his 2006 bid for re-election, which he lost by 18 points. If Santorum wins the nomination, Mr. Obama's re-election victory will be larger than LBJ's '64 slaughter of Barry Goldwater.
Newt Gingrich is yesterday's news. The guy is smart, I like some of his ideas, I'd love to see him debate Obama, but he's got more baggage than Phyllis Diller. He would come into a general election with at least a 50 percent unfavorability rating. Newt's star shown brightly in 1994. Now it's time for him to set up his colony on the moon.
Ron Paul is great on most domestic issues, but terrible on foreign policy. Mr. Paul would've let the Nazis take over Europe and declare it not in America's interest to intervene. The reality of the situation is we live in a global economy. That's reality. I admire his respect for the Constitution and his no-nonsense straight talk. But I think a vote for Paul is tilting at windmills. Cue "The Impossible Dream."
OK, so Mitt Romney's a flip-flopper. Who isn't? I sure as hell don't think the same way I did when I was 18 and I want a president with the same flexibility. It shows a keen mind. The art of politics, after all, is compromise. Even Nixon, the ol' Communist hunter, made his greatest marks by reaching out to China and Russia. Reading "The Real Romney" sealed the deal for me. Like him or not, Mitt can win independent voters. He can win some of those 10 swing states on which elections hinge. He's super smart and has a proven track record on the most important issue of the day -- economic recovery. And if you think moderate is a bad word, please look up its definition.
Whatever your politics, go vote. Participate in the process. The privilege to do so was won with a lot of spilled blood.