by Drew J Jones
Thu Mar 1st, 2007 at 05:28:18 PM EST
Something very strange is going on in American politics at the moment.
A few weeks ago, Hillary Clinton was riding high on a twenty-point lead over Barack Obama and John Edwards. Edwards has stagnated, as I feared he would. But Obama has jumped by about ten points in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. He attracted 20,000 supporters at a rally in Austin, Texas, a week or two ago -- 20,000, nearly two years before the election. I've been hunting around Wikipedia and many sites trying to find the last example of a candidate accomplishing this. Not even Dean was playing to crowds that big.
(Source: The Polling Report)
The Republican side is looking even more bizarre. Many people, myself among them, thought Rudy Mussolini's candidacy to be something of a joke. In the same poll, he has gone from running roughly equal to St. McCain to now besting The Last Honest ManTM by over twenty points. Rudy, the pro-choice, pro-gay rights candidate, with enough marital baggage to sink at least half of Lower Manhattan, looks like he may well be on his way to not only competing, but winning the nomination of the Republican Party.
Did I wake up on another planet?