Unconvincing Quote of the Week
"Some call you swing voters. I call you Americans." Hillary Clinton, speaking to white people.
The Week in Brief
– The Democratic primaries effectively ground to a half as Barack Obama won a landslide in North Carolina and narrowly lost Indiana.
– Hillary Clinton refused to quit the race, praying for expected (Kentucky, West Virginia) and surprise (Oregon) wins in the remaining primaries to rattle the superdelegates.
– Bob Barr geared up for an official entry into the presidential race.
– Ron Paul's book rocketed to the top of the New York Times bestseller list.
– Rep. Walter Jones, the last anti-war Republican on the ballot in 2008, handily won re-nomination.
Below the Fold
– Libertarian Party co-founder David Nolan crafts a nomination strategy for the top 6 LP candidates. (One striking thing about this race is that the anti-Barr, anti-Root forces don't deny that Barr could get more votes than a candidate in the Badnarik mold. It brings to mind the war against McCain in the GOP primary: Conservatives were willing to trade the more electable McCain for the more doctrinaire, for the moment, Romney.)
– Brian Friel talks to Democrats about their coming, 1932 or 1964-sized landslide.
– John Judis wrings his hands about Obama's electability.
– Most of the Libertarian presidential candidates (except for Barr, Root and Phillies*) demand a new 9/11 inquiry.
– Matt Labash goes to the prom.