One surprising fact about the Super Tuesday primaries that may have escaped notice: Nobody lost.
"This is my night because other candidates are talking about my issues all over this country," said David Duke, jubilant after barely registering a trace of votes. "I'm ecstatic that Mr. Buchanan and even Mr. Bush have started to talk more like me."Patrick Buchanan, who managed to get more than 30 percent of the vote in only two states, found his victory in "the hearts of the American people."
He was proud that he "finished interring the political career of David Duke" and boasted "we have taken back our cause and our party in the South."
And President Bush, who actually got the votes in eight Republican primaries, said it was due to "support for my proposals on behalf of jobs, family and peace." He didn't address himself to the other two Republican "winners."
On the Democratic side, Bill Clinton, who did win most of the Democratic contests Tuesday, found absolution in the vote for the nasty allegations made against him.
"I never claimed to be a perfect person," he confessed. "The people in the South heard the worst about me but they saw the best."
He coined a slogan to be cherished: "The true measure of politicians is not perfection."
Winner Paul Tsongas, who outpolled Clinton only in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Delaware, said that triumph proved he was not a regional candidate.
"We're on our way to the White House, folks; we're on our way," he crowed. "Tuesday was meant to eliminate someone like me, but I'm still here."
That left winner Jerry Brown, mired in third place.
"I have a better chance than my two opponents," he said proudly. "Both are fatally flawed."