In Formula 1 racing, baseball and other sports the time just before the new season starts is sometimes referred to as silly season.Â This is the time that deals are made, rumors are started, outright fabrications are floated to cause disinformation and people are hired or fired.
In the sport of US politics, the silly season is upon us.Â The deals are being cut, territory bought and sold, wannabes are pushing shoving elbowing, trying to get in or trying to get out or being ground into hash as the pre-election cycle of silliness wobbles on. Rumors, fabrications, hatchet jobs and disinformation campaigns abound.Â Personnel alignments, political favors and back-room alliances are the work of the day as primary candidates scrabble for votes to keep themselves in the race for the gold ring, the US Presidency.
Out of all this finagling, the American people learn who the candidates are, what they claim to stand for (as opposed to what they will really do if elected) and whether they can stand the grueling pace and hardball antics of silly season without blowing their tops.
This yearâ€™s event seems about over at this point.Â The parade will go on until the real season opener, the Republican and Democrat conventions, convene but the die appears to be cast at this point.Â The only question to be asked is whether Obama and Clinton, or Clinton and Obama will face McCain in the November national election.Â After the dust settles and the last bamboo shoot has been driven under the electoratesâ€™ fingernail we will discover what those two have realized since day one.Â Whichever one comes out on top, they have no chance against McCain in November unless they team up with each other and go for the special interest/special population vote as partners.
By harnessing the available minority vote and the sex-based vote the Clinbama/Obamton duad has a chance to add that to the regular vote total of voters buying in to the Democrat rhetoric.Â The result is an almost certain mathematical win.Â Not all minority voters or sex based voters will cast a ballot for the O/C duo but enough will vote that way to push a fairly tight race over into their favor.Â McCain and those buying into the Republican rhetoric will be numerically outgunned and will likely go down to ignominious defeat if the C/O partnership forms.
So donâ€™t be fooled by the cat fighting, name calling and arm twisting you see now.Â Obama and Clinton will be fast friends and will almost surely team up as kissinâ€™ cousins, lifelong pals and natural allies as they try to get their mitts on 4 (or for them, hopefully 8) years of wielding the ultimate power and granting the ultimate favors.Â No amount is too much to spend; no effort is too great to get to that penultimate goal of the political animal, the White House.Â The Democrat convention is when you will see these two bitter â€˜rivalsâ€™ kiss and make up.Â Sidebar: If they win will they agree to â€œflipâ€ positions four years from now?