NOBEL LAUREATE TONI MORRISON once created a sensation when she called Bill Clinton "the first black President of the United States," saying,
"Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas."Asked what he thought of this question during the South Carolina Democratic Primary debates with Hillary Clinton, Senator Barack Obama, seemed to agree saying that Bill Clinton certainly has some of the physical characteristics of a black brother...uhmm...he can dance! (As for the rest of his attributes being checked on and verified by her worthy opponent, a game Hillary Clinton suggested that this "could be arranged.") Haha! The gloves have come off and it's become a bare-knuckle fight in South Carolina. Barack Obama again leads Hillary Clinton by double digit margins in media polls among likely South Carolina Democrats. But then again, that's what happened too in New Hampshire, a contest taken by Hillary Clinton, coming from behind. However, the leading Democratic contender has apparently given up on South Carolina and is campaigning in California ahead of the big Super Tuesday race.
Andrew Sullivan, who is solidly in Barack Obama's camp now, complains that Bill Clinton is actually running for a third term, in violation of the 22th amendment, that he is fighting for his share of a conjugal power sharing arrangement that he also had with Hillary in 1996! He agonizes over the idea that Bill and Hillary Clinton will have four terms in power between them.
An interesting question bouncing around the GOP has to be who among the remaining Republican contenders has the best chance against either Obama or Clinton. Head to head simulation surveys indicate that candidate to be JOHN McCAIN. Unfortunately the GOP's core is "suspicious" of him, though Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani have their own imperfections. Mike Huckabee is said to be running out of money and of course Fred Thompson has dropped out.
Maybe it's like 1912: if Barack and Hillary don't run together (in either order), the GOP stands a better than even chance of keeping the White House with McCain, Romney OR Giuliani. But if they do run, say with Hillary for President and Obama for Vice President, Bill could have his third term.
In anticipation of such a Second Clinton Era, The Cunning Linguists at Boing Boing (actually Mark Frauenfelder) supply a charming vocabulary list:
Faunoiphilia (FAW-nay-FIL-ee-uh) - An abnormal desire to watch animals copulate.OKE-DOKE!
Brassirothesauriast (bruh-zeer-oh-thuh-SAW-ree-ast) - A person who collects brassieres or pictures of women wearing them.
Eunoterpsia (YOO-noh-TURP-see-uh) - The doctrine that pursuing sexual pleasure is the goal of life.
Typhlobasia (TIF-luh-BAY-zee-uh) - Kissing with the eyes closed.
Amychesis (AM-i-KEE-sis) - The involuntary act of scratching or clawing your partner in the heat of passion.
Mammaquatia (MAM-uh-KWAY-shee-uh) - The bobbing or jiggling of a woman's breasts when she walks, dances, or exercises.
Ozoamblyrosis (OH-zoh-AM-bli-ROH-sis) - Loss of sexual apetite because your partner has wicked B.O.
Amomaxia (AM-uh-MAX-see-uh) - Love-making in a parked car.
Colpocoquette (KAHL-puh-koh-KET) - A woman who knows she has an attractive bosom, and who makes good use of its allure.
Melolagnia (MEL-uh-LAG-nee-uh) - Amorous feelings inspired by music.
Barack Obama at Martin Luther King's Church, the Ebenezer Sermon.
Here's a fascinating review of Jonah Goldberg's new bestseller, Liberal Fascism, (via Instapundit).