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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Video Highlights from DNC Delegates Meeting

Senator Obama's Representative offers to seat half the Florida delegates:



Donna Brazile: My momma taught me to play by the rules.



Ickes threatens to take the fight to the Credentials Committee during debate over Michigan delegates:



Response to Ickes threat by Obama supporter:



The reading of the Michigan delegate motion and its passage, seating the delegates at 1/2 strength:

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Video: Obama Resigns from Church



Obama explains why he and Michelle decided to resign from their church.

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Happy DNC Delegate Decision Day

Well, it sounds like it's going very well. Hillary has clearly decided to be the bigger woman and allow a compromise on the delegates from Florida and Michigan. "After all," she surmised, "they weren't really fair elections since my opponent didn't campaign in either state and he didn't even have his name on the ballot in one." She went on to state that all her talk about Zimbabwe and the similarities between their violent blood bath and the DNC decision not to seat the delegates (not to mention the similarities between the decision and slavery, the civil rights movement, the fight for women to vote, the Civil War, World War II, World War I, Korea, Vietnam, the War of 1812, the Spanish American War, and that fight she and Bill had after it came out about Monica) was really just hyperbole and she had decided to favor the democratic process and the rules by which she had agreed to abide. Oh, and she added, "Yeah, right! I'm fighting this thing to the convention!"

From CNN:

Bleary-eyed Democrats failed to reach consensus early Saturday on how
to seat the Michigan and Florida delegations, setting up a potentially explosive
hearing later in the morning.


Members of the Democratic National Committee's rules and bylaws panel
convened for more than five hours behind closed doors Friday evening. The
meeting ended at 1:30 a.m. ET Saturday -- eight hours before the committee is
scheduled to hold a public hearing on the matter.


"It was a full discussion," said Harold Ickes, a DNC rules committee
member from the District of Columbia who supports Clinton. "I think there was
some agreement on some issues and still some disagreements on
others."


Well, that sounds about like where they started. Here's hoping smart people prevail.

Update:

The meeting is underway and Howard Dean is pissed at the media. (Yeah, they're the ones causing the problems). From CNN:

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean had tough words for
the media on Saturday, saying that the presidential race had been plagued by
"blatantly sexist comments, particularly by some members of the media — and
blatantly racist remarks."
"The media will…look for conflict," he told members of the DNC's Rules and Bylaws Committee gathered to resolve the impasse over seating the Florida and Michigan delegations. "They will not talk about your energy and your passion for your candidate, and your enthusiasm."

Oh, Howard. If you had control of this party to begin with it never would've degenerated into a sexist, racist free-for-all.

Update 2:

Video of Ickes threatening to take this fight all the way to the Credentials Committee.



Update 3:

Video highlights from today's meeting here.

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Friday, May 30, 2008

More Empty Promises to Move from Hollywood Stars

Remember when Alec Baldwin promised, er, threatened to move to Canada if President Bush was elected in 2000? (Nice of him to commute every week to film 30 Rock. What, he didn't move? Shocking.) Well, Susan Sarandon is resurrecting the lame idea for this year's Presidential race.

Louise is now saying she's going to move to Italy or Canada if John McCain gets elected. She says, "It's a critical time, but I have faith in the American people." In other words, I'm not packing up my things.

Why don't they ever threaten to move somewhere like North Korea or China? Oh, the pain of having to live on the Italian Riviera! What a sacrifice she'd be making.

You may think Susan is a Hillary supporter, but it turns out Hillary's not her Thelma. Obama is. She says, "I thought the whole point of feminism is that you're not supposed to be defined by gender. I don't understand the reasoning behind that, because I wouldn't vote for Condoleezza Rice, and I hated Margaret Thatcher."

I think that's the only time in my life I've ever agreed with Susan Sarandon. However, she does almost makes me not like Obama just by her endorsement alone. Does anyone really believe she'll move? Not likely.

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Daily Show Video: Would We Like Bush if He Hadn't F'd Things Up?



Stewart takes on President Bush and John McCain for not supporting the new GI Bill.

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Daily Show Video: Obama's Health "Record"



Stewart on Obama's release of a one page letter from his doctor saying he's in prefect health: What is he Achilles for God's sake?

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

O Brother! Clinton and the Celebrated Jumping Frog

From the ABC News blog Political Radar:

Facing an increasingly improbable candidacy for the White House, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., showed no signs of stopping on the trail in South Dakota and cited an old Arkansas, saying in an off-handed reference to her campaign: "you can't tell how far a frog will jump until you
punch him."
That girls dummer than a toad sittn on a bulfrog. This, according to the Hillbilly Dictionary, means Hillary's dumb.

I can't tell if that was an invitation to punch her or not. After her assassination references it's hard to tell sometimes...

Hillary's comments deserve a rebuttal. Here now, is Mark Twain, with a quote from "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavares County":

The feller took the box again, and took another long, particular look [at the frog - i.e. Hillary], and give it back to Smiley, and says, very deliberate, "Well, I don't see no p'ints about that frog that's any better'n any other frog."
There you have it. The frog was punched and found lacking. Where's Big Dan from "O' Brother Where Art Thou" when you need him? (You know, the guy that squashes and kills the toad that the characters think is Pete?) That reminds me, this is my favorite scene:

"We thought you was a toad!"



Somebody should tell Hillary, "Do not seek the treasure!"

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McCain Heckled by Worst Protesters Ever



A group of anti-war protesters heckled McCain yesterday in Denver.

This is the worst attempt at heckling, protest I've seen. First, they don't even shout anything you can hear, the second group can't even get their sign straight, and then they just give up when the security guys show up. They don't even make it to the moment where a heckler would yell, "Don't tase me, bro!" The third group doesn't even get their sign unfurled, let alone upside down.

As far as I can tell, they're against the War in Iraq. I guess they made their point even if it was a sad effort. The weirdest part was McCain saying, "Now, if I could get back to Jack Kennedy." What on earth was he talking about? Was the next line, "No one liked the bastard, and that's why you shouldn't vote for Obama?"

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UFO Explodes Over Vietnam

No, this is not a fake story. From Reuters:

HANOI (Reuters) - An unidentified flying object exploded in mid-air over a southern Vietnamese island, state media said Wednesday, a day after Cambodia's air force retracted a report of a mysterious plane crash.

The Vietnam News Agency said residents of Phu Quoc island, 10 km (6 miles) off the coast of the Cambodian province of Kampot, found shards of grey metal, including one 1.5 meters (1.5 yards) long.

"The explosion happened at about 8 km (5 miles) above the ground, and perhaps it was a plane, but authorities could not identify whether it was a civil or military aircraft," VNA said in a report headlined "UFO explodes over Phu Quoc Island."

Photo Courtesy Reuters.

This has about as much of a chance of being an object from another world as Hillary does winning the nomination.

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Obama Winning General Election


Remember Bill Clinton's claim that the Democrats were trying to rush Hillary out of the election because she was winning the "hypothetical" general election and Obama was not? Well, hold on there Bubba! Gallup now has Obama winning the general election as well.

In a new poll released today, Gallup finds Obama ahead (by one point!) over John McCain, 46% to 45%. Hillary is ahead by (gasp!) two points over McCain, 47% to 45%. The really fun poll though is Obama over Hillary, 52% to 42%.

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Daily Show Video: Obama's Running Mate

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Breaking: Scott McClellan to Appear on Daily Show

Scott McClellan is scheduled to appear on the Daily Show on Monday, June 2nd. He is the former Bush Press Secretary who is now promoting a book detailing everything he says the President did wrong.

Richard Clark, another former, angry Bush Aide will appear on the Daily Show Thursday night.

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Video: Former Bush Aide: CIA Leak Turning Point



From the Today Show:

The former Bush administration pitchman making explosive election-year charges about how the White House handled the Valerie Plame case and built the case for invading Iraq said Thursday that he went to Washington to change it and became "disillusioned" when he realized he was just a pawn in the never-ending political game.

“The larger message has been sort of lost in the mix... The White House would prefer I not speak out openly and honestly about my experiences, but I believe there is a larger purpose," Scott McClellan, the chief spokesman for the White House from 2003-2006, told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira exclusively during his first interview since snippets from his new memoir hit the Internet on Tuesday.

"I had all this great hope that we were going to come to Washington and change it... Then we got to Washington, and I think we got caught up in playing the Washington game the way it is being played today," said McClellan, who made only passing references to Bush himself.

McClellan’s candid comments about how administration officials made the case to invade Iraq in March 2003 reverberated throughout the Beltway and immediately became fodder for the two remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls after snippets from his memoir began appearing on the Internet on Tuesday night. McClellan said, however, that it wasn't until he realized that he may have been led to deliver false information to the media about two senior administration officials’ roles in outing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative that he would someday have to tell his story.

“My hope is that by writing this book and sharing openly and honestly what I learned is that in some small way it might help us move beyond the partisan warfare of the past 15 years. There’s a larger purpose to this book. It’s about looking at the permanent campaign culture in Washington D.C. and how we can move beyond it,” he said.


I'm certainly not one to defend Bush, but this seems a bit naive on McClellan's part. Everyone wants to go to Washington and change it. They all end up doing the same thing as everyone else before them. We saw this with Obama's campaign. He started out "above it all" but was soon right down there in the mud with Hillary doing politics as usual. I think he's caught himself, but I don't think it will last long, especially not against McCain and Rove.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

McCain's Female Running Mate

Update
DONE DEAL: McCain chooses Palin

It's been pointed out that the one Republican sitting out there who could really boost McCain to a victory as his Vice President is Sarah Palin. Who? That's right. Sarah Palin. While everyone has been focusing on the Men in Trees version of McCain's VP selection (Crist, Romney, etc.), the popular wisdom is now turning to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

She is pro-life, pro-death penalty, pro-gun rights, anti-gay marriage, and wants to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. She's only been governor since 2006, but she's about ready to shoot to national stardom. The blog authority on her can be found here.

A quick search reveals this about her:

  • She's 44.
  • She's a former television news journalist, beauty queen, and basketball player (apparently winning the state championship).
  • And oh, yeah, she's due to give birth this month.
I don't know about the other women out there, but I don't think taking on a national campaign would be the best idea right after giving birth. Palin, however, sounds like the type of "rough frontier woman" who just might do it. From FOX News:
The Republican governor, now in her second year as Alaska's chief executive, said she does not believe the pregnancy will affect her ability to run the state. Palin has been mentioned as a potential running mate on the Republican presidential ticket.

She said her work as Wasilla mayor had only a brief interruption when she had her youngest daughter, Piper, six years ago.

"I had Piper on a Monday and I was back to work on a Tuesday," Palin said. "I even brought her to work with me."

I don't think running Wasilla (a small Alaska city) is as hard as running for the Vice Presidency, but maybe she's the woman to do it.

h/t: blog reader Ted.

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Dems and GOP Compete for Letterman's Job

The GOP and the Obama campaign are listing all the gaffes each opposing candidate has made. Unfortunately for the GOP, they couldn't quite come up with 10.

The Dem's version of the McCain Top Ten Gaffe List:

1. McCain doesn't even know who is in charge in Iran.
2. Iraq/Iran, Sunni/Shia: McCain doesn't know the difference.
3. McCain still thinks Czechoslovakia (which split into two countries in 1993) exists.
4. McCain wrongly claimed that Baghdad was mostly normal.
5. McCain called Baghdad market safe.
6. McCain can't even remember how little he knows about the economy
7. McCain falsely claimed he never requested pork.
8. McCain falsely claimed that tax cuts increased government revenues.
9. McCain's claim to be untainted by special interest money is false.
10. McCain wrongly claimed he never supported amnesty.

The GOP Top, er, Six Gaffe List:

1. Obama said his uncle liberated Auschwitz when his uncle really liberated Buchenwald.
2. Obama said his parents got together because of the 1965 Selma civil rights march, but Obama was born four years earlier in 1961.
3. Obama said he was fluent in Indonesian when his teachers say he struggled with it.
4. Obama takes all the glory for the fight over asbestos at Altgeld Gardens when really others helped.
5. Nuclear bill Obama claimed to have gotten passed really died in the Senate.
6. Obama Said At Some Point In Fall 2005 He Got A Stockholder Letter. He Said He Believes It Was From AVI Or Skyterra, But He Couldn't Remember Which Company. Apparently, a letter was never sent.

I think, if I were Letterman, and he's not really looking for new writers, mind you, I'd go with the Obama campaign. Their list makes sense. It's short, sweet, and to the point. The GOP is long, rambling and just not funny.

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Hey, Hillary! Ever Heard of Teddy Roosevelt?

I wanted to follow up on a notion I suggested in a post about Hillary's comments on Zimbabwe and how they relate to this election and the decision of the DNC not to seat the delegates. Of course, we all know by now know that there are many flaws in her argument, mostly that she agreed to it and her campaign chair was the mastermind behind the stripping of the delegates.

However, my point is this: if she truly believes she should be the nominee, and the DNC is going to reject it anyway, why doesn't she run in the general election? I think the answer is obvious: the political fallout from such a move as well as the lack of money that would be made available to her would surely prevent such a candidacy. However, it's not like it's never been done before.

In 1912 Teddy Roosevelt lost the Republican nomination to Taft. Teddy pulled all his delegates from the convention, started the Bull Moose party and ran for President. Of course, this just split the Republican vote and allowed Woodrow Wilson to win the Presidency. I guess fans of McCain would say, "Go for it!"

The point is this: if you feel voters would prefer you, don't allege a conspiracy, don't compare the race to the outrageous situation in Zimbabwe, simply run for President.

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Court Throws out FL Delegate Lawsuit - Fight Could Go To Supreme Court

Didn't I just watch this on HBO Sunday night? Something called "Recount"?

The second attempt by a Florida man to get all the DNC delegates in Florida seated based on the election results has been thrown out by a federal district court.

Vincent DiMaio had asked a federal court to rule that it was a violation of due process for the DNC to deny Florida its delegates.

In a hearing today on a summary judgment motion, the court granted the motion for the DNC, tossing the suit.

From CNN:

Political consultant Victor DiMaio and his lawyer Michael Steinberg had compared the party's decision to earlier prohibitions against allowing African-Americans to vote and invoked the trauma of the Florida recount in the 2000 contest between Al Gore and George W. Bush, both arguments also used by Hillary Clinton to support the seating of the state’s delegates.

"This is nuts. This is not right. How can they remove Florida after all the things that Florida has suffered through– hanging chads, through Bush v Gore, and they're sticking it to us again," DiMaio said before the hearing.
The judge sided with the DNC, upholding case law that's previously held the DNC is a private organization, one that's able to set its own rules.

That is important to remember, especially when you hear Hillary asserting that this situation is as terrible as what happened this year in Zimbabwe. The federal government is not the one making the rules about what to do with delegates, nor is it based on the Constitution. These are rules that the DNC required its candidates to follow in order for them to compete in the election.

There is absolutely nothing that would prevent Hillary Clinton from running in November as either an Independent or a member of whatever party she wants to start. Unlike in Zimbabwe, she can still run for office and allow all those voters voices she thinks are being suppressed to be heard.

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Daily Show Video: President Bush's New Word: Awesome



Stewart on President Bush saying the word Awesome is apparently a Presidential word (due to his overuse of it): "It didn't use to be. Previously it was used primarily to describe, you know, skateboarding, or pizza, or dog on a skateboard eating a pizza."

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Daily Show Video: The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy!



"The Clintons. Simple people who want but one thing: to live peacefully in a country they themselves run."

"Now it appears the Clinton effort to return to their ancestral home [the White House] has galvanized a new enemy. No, not the American voter who has rejected them by almost all measurable standards and metrics, but - (cut to Bill Clinton saying there's a frantic effort to get her out because she's winning the general election and he's not - and people want to cover it up) - oh, the media and the democratic party are covering up Senator Clinton's victory! It is a vast left-wing conspiracy! Oh, my God, they're being attacked by both wings! This conspiracy is bi-wing-wal."

"The real news here is Bill Clinton believes his wife is winning the general election. Which, as you may know, has not occurred yet. It's their final appeal to the coveted time-machine demographic."

"By the way, Bill Clinton was referring to the conspiracy of silence over recent polls showing Hillary fairing better than Barack Obama in a head to head match up against John McCain. The silence amplified by the sound of the conspirators mentioning it, frequently, out-loud, on the television."

"To go with, as we have been doing, actual voting over hypothetical voting, it is so elitist!"

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Lieberman to YouTube: Take Down the Terrorist Videos



Now Homeland Security and Lieberman are taking on You Tube.

Lieberman: "The number one means by which people can become radicalized is the Internet."

I would think that common sense and decency would tell you that you don't want to show video of a U.S. Soldier getting shot and killed by a sniper. It just always makes me nervous when the government starts getting into the business of fishing through the Internet to remove "subversive" material.

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The Clintons' Decades Long Stranglehold on America


A startling reminder from the AP of just how long this country has been in the grip of the Clintons (and the Bushes!):

One quarter of Americans have never known life without a Clinton trying for or having the presidency. Millions have gone from diapers to diplomas in the time of the Clintons.
That means, if you were born in 1988:
  • In your lifetime, nobody other than a person named Bush or Clinton has been President.
  • In your lifetime, a Clinton or a Bush has always been running for the Presidency.
  • In your lifetime, Ted Kennedy is a guy who used to back the Clintons, but now backs Obama.
  • In your lifetime, Hillary Clinton has gone from First Lady to become a U.S. Senator to the First Woman Wanna-Be President whose husband would be the First Sitting President to turn into a First Husband.
  • In your lifetime, Bill Clinton has never had a moment where he, or a member of his family, wasn't running for office.
And oh, yeah!
  • In your lifetime, KU has won the National Championship twice. (Assuming you were born before April of 88).
  • In your lifetime, Missouri has never won the National Championship in anything (if you don't count the Golden Girls winning the National Championship at the United Spirit Association Collegiate Nationals - you know, the dance off yell squad thing on ESPN?).

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Protest Planned Before FL Delegate Lawsuit Hearing

As End Politics As Usual first told you last week, a crucial hearing is scheduled this week that could determine what the DNC will do with Florida's delegates. A Summary Judgment Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in the federal case a Florida man filed against the DNC. He wants the delegates seated based on the results of the primary. A federal judge could make a ruling on the case that day, three days before the DNC is scheduled to meet to decide what to do about the delegate situation.

Now, from CNN, comes word that the guy behind this lawsuit plans a protest the night before the hearing in Tampa:
Victor DiMaio, the plaintiff in a refiled lawsuit aimed at forcing the DNC to seat Florida’s delegates to the Democratic convention, has announced that a protest will be held in Tampa, Florida on the eve of the hearing in his case.

The “lawsuit was filed long before the first vote was ever cast or counted,” DiMaio said in a statement released Monday. “How do you ignore the fourth largest state in the nation and millions of Florida voters who exercised their right to vote?,” he added.

DiMaio is described as a Democratic Activist, but it's never been revealed which candidate he supports. He obviously voted in the election as he's arguing his vote should be counted.

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McCain: Obama Should Go To Iraq

Is this the same as Hillary Clinton saying she should keep running because Bobby Kennedy was shot in June? Oh, he wants Obama to go with him to Iraq. Much safer. From an AP Interview:

Republican John McCain on Monday sharply criticized Democratic rival Barack Obama for not having been to Iraq since 2006, and said they should visit the war zone together. "Look at what happened in the last two years since Senator Obama visited and declared the war lost," the GOP presidential nominee-in-waiting told The Associated Press in an interview, noting that the Illinois senator's last trip to Iraq came before the military buildup that is credited with curbing violence.

"He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time," the Arizona senator added. "If there was any other issue before the American people, and you hadn't had anything to do with it in a couple of years, I think the American people would judge that very harshly."

Not that McCain wants to ratchet up the rhetoric in any way or use the War in Iraq to his advantage. Maybe they should have one of those Lincoln-Douglas style debates on a street corner in Baghdad.

Obama's campaign had a sharp rebuke:
Obama spokesman Bill Burton declined to respond directly to McCain, saying only: "Senator Obama thinks Memorial Day is a day to honor our nation's veterans, not a day for political posturing."

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Please Pick Brownback!

John McCain spent the weekend hosting "friends" at his ranch in Sedona, Arizona. He denies it was a VP Sweepstakes, but the guest list is made up entirely of people who are on his short list to be his running mate:

  • Charlie Crist, Florida Governor
  • Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor
  • Mitt Romney
  • Sam Brownback, Kansas Senator
  • Rob Portman, White House Budget Director

I would love it if McCain picked Brownback, a totally unappealing, uncharismatic, goofy-haired, dud of a Senator. I've suffered through Brownback and his johnny-come-lately conversion to Catholicism for the sake of political expediency as a resident of Kansas. It would be the perfect payoff to get to see him exposed on the national stage. Here are some of the highlights we could expect to see:

  • "No raise money, no get bonus." Senator Brownback to an Asian witness testifying about Democratic fundraising at a hearing in front of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee.
  • Brownback stated Social Security was in trouble in part because too many abortions meant too few workers.
  • Brownback calls Peyton Manning greatest quarterback in NFL History, in front of the WISCONSIN Republican Party Convention, crowd boos him.

I'm sure there are more, but it's Memorial Day and who wants to sit around thinking about Brownback?

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Hillary Dancin', Drinkin', and Groovin'



Let the Post-Primary Party begin! From ABC News:

Eager to put her controversial remarks about Robert Kennedy's assassination behind her, Sen. Hillary Clinton took off to Puerto Rico this weekend, where she shimmied to Enrique Iglesias, swigged from a bottle of Presidente beer and once again proclaimed her determination to continue her longshot campaign.

But Clinton also acknowledged, for the first time, that the odds of her becoming her party's presidential nominee are stacked against her.

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Maureen Dowd: Hillary's Inner Eve

Maybe it was the proximity of Mount Rushmore and Deadwood, but something caused Hillary’s inner Eve Harrington to leap out in South Dakota.

Venturing into Daschle-Obama territory, she inadvertently and inelegantly illuminated her thinking on why she wants to keep running as long as she can: stuff happens.

In politics, there are many unpredictable and unsavory twists and turns. That’s why she’s hanging around, and that’s why she and Bill want to force Barack Obama to take her as his vice president, even if he doesn’t want her, even if Michelle can’t stand her, even if she has to stir the sexist pot, and even if she tarnishes his silvery change message.

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Video: Obama Pinch-Hits for Kennedy



Barack Obama subbed for Ted Kennedy at the Wesleyan University commencement speech today.

From Politico:

The Class of 2008 did not need to “do something crazy like run for president,” Obama said, but the graduates should look beyond “the big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should buy.”

“It’s because you have an obligation to yourself,” Obama said. “Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Because thinking only about yourself, fulfilling your immediate wants and needs, betrays a poverty of ambition. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential and discover the role you’ll play in writing the next great chapter in America’s story.”

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Hillary: Now Joining Us From the Department of the Deluded

Hillary Clinton's campaign, on Sunday, incredibly, insisted that the Obama campaign took her comments about RFK's assassination out of context and purposefully inflamed the situation. Yes, they really said that. If you feel like throwing up, here's Terry McAuliffe with the comments:



In the meantime, Hillary was making her case for staying in the race in an editorial to the New York Daily News:

I want to set the record straight: I was making the simple point that given our history, the length of this year's primary contest is nothing unusual. Both the executive editor of the newspaper where I made the remarks, and Sen. Kennedy's son, Bobby Kennedy Jr., put out statements confirming that this was the clear meaning of my remarks. Bobby stated, "I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense."

I realize that any reference to that traumatic moment for our nation can be deeply painful - particularly for members of the Kennedy family, who have been in my heart and prayers over this past week. And I expressed regret right away for any pain I caused.

But I was deeply dismayed and disturbed that my comment would be construed in a way that flies in the face of everything I stand for - and everything I am fighting for in this election.

And today, I would like to more fully answer the question I was asked: Why do I continue to run, even in the face of calls from pundits and politicians for me to leave this race?

I am running because I still believe I can win on the merits. Because, with our economy in crisis, our nation at war, the stakes have never been higher - and the need for real leadership has never been greater - and I believe I can provide that leadership.

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Carter: After June 3rd Hillary Should Quit

From CNN:

Former President Jimmy Carter said Sunday that in a little more than a week, when the last Democratic primary voters weigh in, it will be time for Hillary Clinton to “give it up.”

Carter told Britain’s Sky News that Clinton “had a perfect right” to keep running – but that “a lot of the superdelegates will make a decision quite, announced quite rapidly, after the final primary on June 3," he told Sky News Sunday.

"I have not yet announced publicly, but I think at that point it will be time for her to give it up," he added.

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FOX News Analyst: Assassinate Obama



She's trying to say that some are suggesting people assassinate Obama, but instead she says Osama. She catches herself, corrects herself, and then says something worse then even Hillary could: "Well, [assassinate both Osama and Obama] if we could."

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Sex and the Sissy

Great article by Peggy Noonan:Great women, all different, but great in terms of size, of impact on the world and of struggles overcome. Struggle was not something they read about in a book. They did not use guilt to win election -- it comes up zero if you Google "Thatcher" and "You're just picking on me because I'm a woman."

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Hillary Worst Bridezilla Ever

The WE Television show has inspired me. The following are tips provided to brides by WE on how NOT to turn into a Bridezilla. I've slightly adjusted them to fit Hillary's situation.

1. Self Awareness is Key

Planning a Presidential Bid is stressful, from finding the right endorsement to the right campaign slogan, you can get lost in the midst of all the pressures. Try keeping a daily journal or logbook of how you feel and react to situations and people while under stress. Do you get angry? Sad? Annoyed? Once you are aware of how you act, you can change how you react.

Hillary's Daily Journal:
5/21/08: Won Kentucky last night!! Go Girl! Go Girl!! White people really do love me!! (Except those stupid Birkenstock geeks in Oregon. Morons.)
5/20/08: Nervous, tonight's the big night. I'll give a victory speech even if I lose. Like to see people try and stop me.

2. Pamper Yourself

The occasional massage or pedicure never hurts when preparing for your nomination. Taking care of yourself through the primary will help you maintain that healthy radiant glow right through the general election!

Hillary Daily Journal:
5/18/08: Scheduled a massage for late October. I'd like to see someone tell me I won't need it because I won't be in the general election. If I make the appointment, I'll be the nominee! Positive thinking, that's my new motto.

3. Learn that Perfection is a Myth

Nothing is perfect and as a nominee-to-be you are going to have to learn you're going to hit some bumps along your way down the stretch. Learn to be more flexible, both mentally and physically. Try taking a yoga class or practice gentle stretching with your campaign staff.

Hillary Daily Journal:
5/17/08: Some 18-year-old jackass from the campaign suggested yoga today. Like I need that. I'm not stressed!

4. Delegate and Designate

There is no guarantee that if you have control over all aspects of the planning everything will stay true to its course. Pick those closest to you to handle specific aspects of the campaign, i.e. the campaign manager, spokesperson, etc. That way if something goes wrong, the problem doesn't have to fall on your head alone.

Hillary Daily Journal:
5/16/08: I've picked Bill to shoulder all the blame for this one. At least at the end I can point the finger at him. "Jesse Jackson won South Carolina, you know." What an idiot.

5. Master the Art of Compromise

Yes, we did not forget that it was YOUR day, but what about the other candidate? Invite him to participate in the planning process. Allow him to share his opinions and ask him if he has any ideas on what he wants as well. Although this may be the biggest event of your life, your campaign is a rite of passage and its going to take the both of you to make it work.

Hillary Daily Journal:
5/15/08: That dumb Obama wants to compromise on Florida and Michigan. I want to take it all. Me, me, me.

6. Diva Don't

Try and avoid any hissy fits. If you, or anybody else, thinks it's time for you to get an attitude adjustment, try this: go to a mirror and make an angry face. Then try looking annoyed, sad, scared. Do you like what you see? Is this how you want others to see you? Again, it's your choice. Remember your campaign is to be a joyful occasion, and although you are the belle of the ball, you want to look the part.

Hillary Daily Journal:
5/14/08: I had to point out again that sexism is rampant in this campaign. Then I had to try and make my own coffee and that was stupid and then I had to try and act like I like Dumb Obama because that stupid George W. Bush called him out in Israel. Why can't people just do what I want??

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RFK, Jr and Obama React to Hillary Assassination Comment

From CNN:

During an interview with Radio Isla Puerto Rico on Saturday, Obama reacted to the Clinton comment.

According to a quote released by the campaign, he said, "I have learned that when you are campaigning for as many months as Sen. Clinton and I have been campaigning, sometimes you get careless in terms of the statements that you make, and I think that is what happened here. Sen. Clinton says that she did not intend any offense by it, and I will take her at her word on that."

Friday night, Kennedy's son, Robert Kennedy, Jr., released a statement that said he understands the point Clinton was making and said it would be a mistake to be offended.

"I have heard her make this refereBlogger: End Politics As Usual - Create Postnce before, also citing her husband's 1992 race, both of which were hard-fought through June," he said. "I understand how highly charged the atmosphere is, but I think it is a mistake for people to take offense."

Bobby Kennedy, Jr. has endorsed Hillary for President.



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Ruskies Boycott Indy, Accuse Spielberg of Starting New Cold War

In a move designed to show the world that they really are enlightened, the Russian Communist party is urging all Russians to boycott the new Indiana Jones movie. On the party website, the commies state:

The Soviet Union in 1957 "did not send terrorists to the States," but launched a satellite, "which evoked the admiration of the whole world."

Moscow Communist lawmaker Andrei Andreyev said Saturday "it is very disturbing if talented directors want to provoke a new Cold War."

The Nazi Party did not return our calls to see if they had a similar boycott in mind for the DVD release of the Raiders of the Lost Ark Trilogy. However, the ghost of Hitler stated, "The Ark will be mine!"

Update: It gets better:

LEADERS of Russia's Communist party have condemned Australia's Cate Blanchett as a "second-rate actor" and a "running dog of the CIA", for her role in the new Indiana Jones film.

They say the movie is crude anti-Soviet propaganda that distorts history and have called for it to be banned from Russian screens.

"What galls is how together with America we defeated Hitler, and how we sympathised when Bin Laden hit them. But they go ahead and scare kids with Communists. These people have no shame," said Viktor Perov, a Communist Party member in Russia's second city of St Petersburg.

Other communists said the generation born after the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union were being fed revisionist, Hollywood history. They advocated banning the Indiana Jones outright to prevent "ideological sabotage."

"Our movie-goers are teenagers who are completely unaware of what happened in 1957," St Peterburg Communist Party chief Sergei Malinkovich told Reuters.

"They will go to the cinema and will be sure that in 1957 we made trouble for the United States and almost started a nuclear war."

"It's rubbish ... In 1957 the communists did not run with crystal skulls throughout the US. Why should we agree to that sort of lie and let the West trick our youth?"

It sounds like they need to see the movie first as I didn't exactly get the impression they got- oh, wait, they're irrational communists. Never mind.

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Obama: Rush Limbaugh, Lou Dobbs Responsible For Rise In Hate

There's a reason why hate crimes against Hispanic people doubled last year," Obama said. "If you have people like Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh ginning things up, it's not surprising that would happen."

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Op-Ed Reactions to Hillary's RFK Assassination Comment

Let's just say that nobody is giving this comment a glowing review. As a reminder, she said:

"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it."
Reactions to the comment:
  • Washington Post: Smart candidates don't invoke the possibility of their opponents being killed. This seems so obvious it shouldn't need to be said, but apparently, it needs to be said.
  • Globe and Mail: Hillary Clinton has given many reasons for remaining in the presidential primaries even as Barack Obama's victory appears inevitable, but when she mentioned political assassination as a rationale for staying in the race, she undermined what is already a shaky bid for the Democratic nomination.
  • New York Times: We have no idea what, exactly, Hillary Clinton was thinking when she referred to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy in explaining her decision to keep on campaigning when it looks like there is virtually no hope of her winning the Democratic nomination. (We’ve supported her decision to do so. This is a democracy, after all.) But she could, at least, have apologized. Instead, she issued one of those tedious non-apology apologies in which it sounds like the person who is being offended is somehow at fault: “I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, and particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive.” If? Is it even possible that Mrs. Clinton thinks someone out there was not offended by her remark, Kennedy relative, Obama relative, or just plain folks?

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Obama Receives Standing Ovation for Cuban Speech

Barack Obama went straight to the Cuban American community in Miami, the community that everyone has written off as unavailable to him because of his comments about meeting with Castro. It looks like he has a lot of Cuban support to me:



From Politico.com:

Democrat Barack Obama pledged Friday to renew the country’s alliance with Latin America after what he called eight years of neglect under President Bush.

“It’s time to turn the page on the arrogance in Washington and the anti-Americanism across the region that stands in the way of progress,” Obama said in a speech before the Cuban American National Foundation, which favors easing aspects of the embargo. “It’s time to listen to one another and to learn from one another.”

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Hillary Invokes RFK Assassination

I'm not sure exactly what was going through her mind, but here is what she said:



"My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don't understand it."
As she said it, it sounded like she started to stumble thinking, "Oh, my, God, I'm about to suggest that you never know what can happen to a candidate and that's why I should stay in the race..."

In other words, she should stay in just in case someone assassinates Obama. Well, that's one reason. Another reason is: what the hell else is she going to say? Every day that passes she says something even more outrageous than the last one.

An Obama spokesman said:

"Senator Clinton's statement before the Argus Leader editorial board was unfortunate and has no place in this campaign."
Clinton tried to correct her mistake later:
"I regret that if my referencing that moment of trauma for our entire nation, particularly for the Kennedy family was in any way offensive. I certainly had no intention of that whatsoever. My view is that we have to look to the past and to our leaders who have inspired us and give us a lot to live up to and I'm honored to hold sen. Kennedy's seat in the United States Senate in the state of New York, and have the highest regard for the entire Kennedy family."
Keith Olbermann lays waste to her, saying it is an unforgivable comment, getting so angry in his special comment that he slams the table. If you've got ten minutes, you have to watch it, especially the last three minutes. Unbelievable.



Olbermann:
Those words, Senator?

You actually invoked the nightmare of political assassination.

You actually invoked the specter of an inspirational leader, at the seeming moment of triumph, for himself and a battered nation yearning to breathe free, silenced forever.

You actually used the word "assassination" in the middle of a campaign with a loud undertone of racial hatred - and gender hatred - and political hatred.

You actually used the word "assassination" in a time when there is a fear, unspoken but vivid and terrible, that our again-troubled land and fractured political landscape might target a black man running for president.

Or a white man.

Or a white woman!

You actually used those words, in this America, Senator, while running against an African-American against whom the death threats started the moment he declared his campaign?

You actually used those words, in this America, Senator, while running to break your "greatest glass ceiling" and claiming there are people who would do anything to stop you?

You!

Senator - never mind the implications of using the word "assassination" in any connection to Senator Obama...

What about you?

You cannot say this!

The references, said her spokesperson, were not, in any way, weighted.

And certainly to invoke it, three days after the awful diagnosis, and heart-breaking prognosis, for Senator Ted Kennedy, is just as insensitive, and just as heartless. And both actions, open a door wide into the soul of somebody who seeks the highest office in this country, and through that door shows something not merely troubling, but frightening. And politically inexplicable.

God knows, Senator, in this campaign, this nation has had to forgive you, early and often...

And despite your now traditional position of the offended victim, the nation has forgiven you.

We have forgiven you your insistence that there have been widespread calls for you to end your campaign, when such calls had been few. We have forgiven you your misspeaking about Martin Luther King's relative importance to the Civil Rights movement.

We have forgiven you your misspeaking about your under-fire landing in Bosnia.

We have forgiven you insisting Michigan's vote wouldn't count and then claiming those who would not count it were Un-Democratic.

We have forgiven you pledging to not campaign in Florida and thus disenfranchise voters there, and then claim those who stuck to those rules were as wrong as those who defended slavery or denied women the vote.

We have forgiven you the photos of Osama Bin Laden in an anti-Obama ad...

We have forgiven you fawning over the fairness of Fox News while they were still calling you a murderer.

We have forgiven you accepting Richard Mellon Scaife's endorsement and then laughing as you described his "deathbed conversion."

We have forgiven you quoting the electoral predictions of Boss Karl Rove.

We have forgiven you the 3 a.m. Phone Call commercial.

We have forgiven you President Clinton's disparaging comparison of the Obama candidacy to Jesse Jackson's.

We have forgiven you Geraldine Ferraro's national radio interview suggesting Obama would not still be in the race had he been a white man.

We have forgiven you the dozen changing metrics and the endless self-contradictions of your insistence that your nomination is mathematically probable rather than a statistical impossibility.

We have forgiven you your declaration of some primary states as counting and some as not.

We have forgiven you exploiting Jeremiah Wright in front of the editorial board of the lunatic-fringe Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

We have forgiven you exploiting William Ayers in front of the debate on ABC.

We have forgiven you for boasting of your "support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans"...

We have even forgiven you repeatedly praising Senator McCain at Senator Obama's expense, and your own expense, and the Democratic ticket's expense.

But Senator, we cannot forgive you this.

"You know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California."

We cannot forgive you this -- not because it is crass and low and unfeeling and brutal.

This is unforgivable, because this nation's deepest shame, its most enduring horror, its most terrifying legacy, is political assassination.

Lincoln.

Garfield.

McKinley.

Kennedy.

Martin Luther King.

Robert Kennedy.

And, but for the grace of the universe or the luck of the draw, Reagan, Ford, Truman, Nixon, Andrew Jackson, both Roosevelts, even George Wallace.

The politics of this nation is steeped enough in blood, Senator Clinton, you cannot and must not invoke that imagery! Anywhere! At any time!

And to not appreciate, immediately - to still not appreciate tonight - just what you have done... is to reveal an incomprehension of the America you seek to lead.

This, Senator, is too much.

Because a senator - a politician - a person - who can let hang in mid-air the prospect that she might just be sticking around in part, just in case the other guy gets shot - has no business being, and no capacity to be, the President of the United States.

Good night and good luck.

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McCain Admits He'd Be Too Old to Run in 2008

In a 2000 interview by Jim Lehrer on News Hour McCain admits he’d be too old to run in 2008. McCain: "Well, in 2004, I expect to be campaigning for the reelection of President George W. Bush, and by 2008, I think I might be ready to go down to the old soldiers home and await the cavalry charge there." Video after the jump.

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John McCain Belittles Obama on Campaign Trail



The observation is made that this kind of thing could backfire on McCain if Obama ends up looking better than him in a debate.

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McCain's Medical Records Released

Some highlights from MSNBC:

  • Three-time melanoma survivor John McCain appears cancer-free, has a strong heart and is in otherwise general good health
  • The Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting remains at risk for developing new skin cancers, and gets a thorough check by a Mayo Clinic dermatologist every few months.
  • McCain takes medicine to keep his cholesterol in check.
  • McCain's long-time physician says: “I think physiologically he is considerably younger than his chronologic age based on his cardiovascular fitness,” Eckstein said in an interview Thursday. “I got a call from the cardiologist who said that he had not seen anyone that age exercise for that long in a long time.”

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

100 Weapons Seized at Obama Rally

From WFTS "Action" News:

Tampa police say they seized more than 100 weapons from people attending Wednesday's Barack Obama rally at the St. Pete Times Forum. Among the weapons seized were 24 cans of mace and pepper spray, and 80 knives. One of the knives was secreted in a small bronze colored duck.

Tampa Police Major John Bennett, who ran the security, says there was no threat to the Obama and the weapons appeared to be for personal protection. However, their job is to provide a safe, sterile environment for Presidential candidates, which means confiscating all potential weapons.

Who was the person with the small duck with a knife in it? What do you carry that in? Your purse?

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Ellen to McCain: "So You'll Walk Me Down the Aisle?"


From MSNBC:

Republican John McCain says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in "the unique status of marriage between and man and a woman."

"And I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue," the likely Republican presidential nominee said in an interview to air Thursday on "The Ellen DeGeneres show."

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Court Case Could Render DNC FL Delegate Decision Moot

Everyone is looking ahead to May 31st, the day the DNC will meet and decide what to do with the delegates from Florida and Michigan. However, a lawsuit in federal court could render this meeting moot, at least as far as Florida is concerned.

You may recall a Tampa man named Vincent DiMaio filed a lawsuit against the DNC seeking to have the delegates seated based on the results of the election. A Federal Appeals Court rejected the lawsuit back in March, but left it open for DiMaio to amend his suit and refile it. He has. Now a ruling on the case could be made just days before the DNC's scheduled meeting.

DiMaio has now filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in his case. Overly simplified, this means he's asking the Court to agree with his assertion that the DNC should seat the delegates without any further pleadings or trial. There hasn't been a ruling by the district court. However, (update) according to the Court's docket, a hearing on the motion is set for May 28th in federal court in Tampa. A ruling will likely be made at the hearing as the DNC is scheduled to meet on May 31st to decide what to do with the delegates. A motion to expedite the process has been filed by DiMaio and the DNC has already filed its response to the Summary Judgment Motion.

If the Court grants the Motion, it could order the DNC to seat the delegates as they were elected under state party rule. The DNC can of course appeal this decision, but in the meantime, it may have to go ahead and seat the delegates as they are, without any compromise, until an Appeals Court can make a ruling on the decision.

Update: 3 Florida delegates have now filed another lawsuit in federal court against the DNC.

Update 2: The Court has dismissed the lawsuit, and now DiMaio is vowing to take this to the Supreme Court.

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Chelsea for President in 2016

And here we all thought Hillary was staying in the race so she could torpedo Obama's chances so McCain would win and Hillary could run in 2012. Turns out, Chelsea's only 7 years away from being 35, the requisite age to run for President. That makes a possible candidacy for Presidency possible in 2016. Hillary could be her running mate in the VP slot as the "seasoned" voice of experience to help the new kid (ala Dick Cheney). Bill is already laying the groundwork. From CNN:

In an interview with People Magazine, the former president said he thinks his daughter is a natural campaigner who may one day follow her parents into the family business.

"If you asked me [whether Chelsea would go into politics] before Iowa, I would have said, 'No way. She is too allergic to anything we do.' But she is really good at it," the former president said in the latest edition of the magazine Clinton also said Chelsea was deeply upset by her mother's disappointing third-place finish in Iowa in January.

"It all changed after Iowa," he said. "She realized her mother lost Iowa 100 percent because of younger voters. She was upset, bawled, went to her employer and said, 'Look, you got to let me go or give me an indefinite leave of absence. I'm not letting my mother go down like this.' "

See? She's already got the crying on cue part down pat to get the sympathy vote! Plus, Bill's already out there saying things he's probably not supposed to about her on the campaign trail. (Just imagine, during the campaign he could recount tales of Chelsea's potty training, thus reminding everyone of her inexperience!) Looks like the Clintons are doing a practice run for 2016!
Update: The London Times is reporting: The souvenir vendors outside Hillary Clinton's campaign appearances have added a new badge to their wares that reads "Chelsea in 2016" with a picture of the former first daughter.

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8/25/07: Clinton DNC operatives strip FL of all 210 delegate

How the Clinton campaign disenfranchised Florida voters in the Democratic primary for the presidential nomination.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Obama to Clinch Nomination, Spellcheck Updaters Scramble

With Barack Obama on the verge of the Democratic nomination a problem larger than the Y2K bug has emerged: his name. From Microsoft Word to Wordperfect to Blogger to Digg.com there isn't a site, program, or spell check that recognizes his name, either first or last. He will be the first President in the history of the United States, should he win the election, where every beat writer covering his victory will have to say "Ignore" or "Add" when writing a story about him.

Technological wizards are already hard at work trying to fix the problem. Said the geek guy from my office, "Yeah, that's a problem."

Never in the history of the World has there been a problem like this: the next-leader of the free world has a name so unusual a computer dictionary has never heard of it before. There hasn't been a single President that's come before him whose had to deal with this kind of problem.

George H. Bush said, "I thought grocery scanners were neat. What do I know about spellchecking? They can't figure out the guys name then they can't figure it out. What are you going to do?"

Hillary Clinton had this to say, "It's just one more reason why I should be the Democratic nominee. My name is ready to be spellchecked on day one."

John McCain said, "I've never had this problem. I've always been cleared by spellchecker. Even in 2000 the spellcheckers preferred my name to potential candidate Ross Perot."

Update

If you liked this post check out these:

McCain's New Country: Iraqghanistan
Ben Stein's Impressive Knowledge of Evildoers
McCain to Try Another Visit to Oil Rig, God Plans Wildfire

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Clinton: Sexism in Campaign Worse than Racism

Hillary Clinton, in a New York Times article, says there are many reasons she should stay in the race. I know what you're thinking. The reasons she said she should stay in the race are:

1. Me (Hillary)
2. Me
3. More Me
4. Uh, Me
5. Oh, yeah, and Me
6. Did I mention Me?
7. Me Again
8. Me Too
9. Me and Me
10. Me

No, that's what we think, that she's just in it for herself, that she's power hungry and wants to win the White House in 2012. No, that's not the reason she says she's staying in. It's because, according to her, she's had the courage to be the first viable female candidate in the history of the United States and because of that she's had to endure far more sexism in this campaign than Barack Obama has had to endure racism. From the New York Times:

[I]n private conversations and in interviews, Mrs. Clinton has begun asserting that she believes sexism, rather than racism, has cast a shadow over the primary fight, a point some of her supporters have made for months. Advisers say that continuing her candidacy is partly a means to show her supporters — especially young women — that she is not a quitter and will not be pushed around.

Campaigning in New Hampshire and Indiana this year, Mrs. Clinton endured taunts from passers-by who questioned her abilities because she is a woman and mocked her husband’s affair with a White House intern. Yet Mrs. Clinton has also benefited from the strong support of white voters in many states, including some who have said that race was a factor in their support.
Hillary has no doubt heard the "b" word shouted at her, the "c" word, and any other numerous disparaging things said to her. She's no doubt heard men shout, "Is it that time of the month? Keep her away from the red button!" And countless other crass, despicable, disgusting comments that are always directed from men towards women, especially a woman of power.

HOWEVER! To go so far as to say that the sexism is worse than the racism in this campaign and that somehow Obama has not endured racist attacks, is beyond the pale, especially when her campaign has been the chief instigator of some of the attacks:
  • Hillary stated she "assumed" Obama wasn't a Muslim, and didn't have any reason to think he wasn't all the while her campaign was distributing pictures of him in tribal garb.

  • Hillary's surrogate Geraldine Ferraro said Obama was only where he was because he was black.

  • Bill Clinton dismissed Obama's win in South Carolina by saying even Jesse Jackson had won South Carolina.

  • Hillary's surrogate Bob Johnson, the founder of BET, pushed the storyline that Obama had used drugs as a teen.

  • Hillary herself pushed the Jeremiah Wright story in debates (even bringing up Farrakhan!), especially in Pennsylvania where she knew it would play to the fears of working class whites.
To go even further and deny that racism on the campaign trail is being directed at Obama is to ignore this entire country's history. One example from a blog:

If we get a N***** President all you N*****’s [sic] will think you’ve won and that the WHITE people will have to bow to you[.] F*** THAT."

If Hillary wants to assert that she's experienced sexism on the campaign, go ahead. I'm sure she has. Why does she have to act like its worse than the racism Obama has endured? They're both equally insidious and despicable. Let's see her rally around him instead of trying to appear more like the victim. It brings us back to the one inherent truth about Hillary: she will do and say anything to get elected.

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American Airlines New Goal: Drive Away Customers

In an effort to make sure that customers are as pissed off as they can be before they get on an airplane, American Airlines has decided to charge passengers $15 for their first checked bag. The rational obviously being, if you can irritate people before they even get to the security check-point, you've won! From the AP:

American, the nation's largest carrier, said Wednesday the fee for the first checked bag starts June 15 and that it would raise other fees for services ranging from reservation help to oversized bags. The other fees will mostly range from $5 to $50 per service, the airline said.

Of course, if you don't want to check your bag because you want to avoid the $15 fee, the alternative is to lug your bag through security and through the airport and through the gate, onto the plane where you get to stand in line behind a bunch of angry, stressed out people who are all trying to stuff their bags into the overhead bins, despite the little bitty crate outside the Jetway that says "your bag must be this size to be carried on" (a mantra which flight attendants, gate checkers, and generally everyone never enforces). American is hoping that the weary traveller who decided to forgo the $15 will be so pissed off by the aforementioned stuffing of the bag into the overhead bin (and the unstuffing while you hold up 15 people who are waiting behind you to get off the plane, all of whom inexplicably are on the same flight to New Mexico that leaves in 15 minutes which they'll no doubt miss) that they'll just stay home and skip the damn flight.

Now, if they could just throw in a couple of 30 minute delays sitting on the tarmac, both when you leave and when you arrive, they'll have it made!

Way to go American! With policies like this, the "something special in the air" will be your empty airplanes, bagless and passengerless.

Photo courtesy: AP

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"I'm Winning the Popular Vote" New "Iraq has WMD"

I wish I could take credit for that headline. This is a great post from America Blog.

It's a reminder that despite what Hillary claims, she's not winning the popular vote unless you do some serious rule bending, delegate squeezing, and/or time travel:

[T]he Clinton campaign spinmeisters just can't help themselves. The latest whopper is her oft-repeated claim that she's won the most popular votes. It's not true -- and it wouldn't matter if it were true. Hillary told us tonight that she's been told that she's received more votes than any other Democrat who has run for the nomination. Not true, unless the votes are counted her exact way and some states aren't counted at all. Will this never end? Just because they keep repeating this new lie over and over and over, doesn't make it true.

Markos explains how the Clinton campaign fudges the numbers to give her the popular vote lead. Team Clinton has to do some contortions that no one else takes seriously:
A reminder -- the Clinton campaign keeps claiming that they lead in the popular vote. Just a reminder that the only reason they can do that, is to claim that Obama got zero votes in Michigan, and that voters in Iowa, Nevada, Maine and Washington don't count.

I don't understand how they and Hillary herself can make that claim with a straight face.
Josh Marshall deconstructs Terry McAuliffe's talking point along the same lines:
Even if you change the rules and fully seat Michaigan [sic] and Florida and count them for the popular vote totals and don't count any portion of the Michigan "uncommitted" (which were understood a the to be for Obama) vote for Obama, Hillary is still behind in the popular vote total. The only way she moves ahead in popular vote is if you do all that and don't count four of the caucus states.

Some stuff is just too ridiculous to let pass. You just have to assume this is just Terry's nonsense.
It is ridiculous. And, it is nonsense.

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Hillary Meets Little Boy Who Sold His Bike For Her

Hillary again mentioned the little boy who sold his video games and bike to raise money for her. This time she talked about meeting him during her Kentucky victory speech:

And I’m thinking, again, about Dalton Hatfield, the 11-year-old from Kentucky who sold his bike and his video games to raise money to support my campaign.

(APPLAUSE)

And then he asked others to give, too, and he was able to really give me a boost. And this week, I finally had the chance to meet him in Crestenberg (ph) and to say…

(APPLAUSE)

… Dalton, thank you so much. The $422 you raised helped carry the day in Kentucky.

(APPLAUSE)
She didn't add: and I gave him a new bike, video games, etc. Too bad, Dalton. Next time, don't pick a Clinton to back. They cling to money like nobody's business.

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Clinton Speaks in Kentucky

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Obama Speaks In Iowa

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Kentucky and Oregon: Tale of Two Voters - Exit Polls

So the white working class voter in Kentucky hates Obama, the white working class voter in Oregon loves him. It's turning out to be the Appalachian People (not to be confused with Sand People) that are more of a problem than any other group of whites for Obama. Before we go to the polls, check out this map from Daily Kos:


The map above shows the counties in America where Clinton has won at least 70% of the vote. The map below shows the counties where the Appalachian Mountains are located:
Apparently, Appalachian People don't like people named Barack Obama. (map courtesy of the Appalachian Regional Commission)

CNN Exit Polls - KENTUCKY:

Highlights:

  • 54% of Kentucky voters thought Hillary attacked Obama unfairly, but that didn't stop them from voting for her.
  • Only 43% of Kentucky voters thought Obama shared their values, 73% thought Hillary Clinton did (which either means they value unfairly attacking people or they chose to look the other way on that one).
  • Only 18% of the "blue collar" voters went to Obama (but see Oregon blue collar voters) while Clinton won 75% of them.
  • Clinton won 71% of the white vote while Obama only got 22%
  • 82% of voters said gender of the candidate was not important (I guess the white anti-Obama voters aren't sexist)

Full Results HERE.

CNN Exit Polls - OREGON:

Highlights:
  • Oregon voters thought the gas tax holiday was a lame duck (No offense U of O) with 63% of the voters saying it was a bad idea.
  • In Oregon, Obama grabbed 47% of the blue collar workers to Hillary's 50%.
  • 80% of the voters in Oregon said Obama would be the nominee for the party.
  • 83% of voters said gender was not important to them in picking their candidate. (I guess that's sexist, right Hillary? If they don't pick you they have a problem with women? I digress.)
  • Obama won those making less than $100,000, 57% to 42%, and those making more than $100,000, 65% to 34%.
Full Results HERE.

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No Internet!

What a night for the internets to go down. We're going to take the spirit of Hillary's never-say-die-even-when-I-look-like-an-idiot-can-do attitude and play catch-up!

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KY Exit Polls: Voters Concerned About Economy

From CNN:

Two different states, possibly two different outcomes, definitely two different economic worlds.

It appears voters in Kentucky are much more concerned about the economy than those in Oregon, according to just released exit polls.

Forty-five percent of Democratic voters in Kentucky said they have been affected by the recession a great deal, compared to 28 percent of Oregon voters who said that.

Meanwhile, 42 percent of Kentucky voters said they were somewhat affected by the recession, while 10 percent said they weren’t affected by it that much and 12 said they were “not at all affected.”

In Oregon, 43 percent said they were somewhat affected by the poor economic conditions, while 17 percent said they weren’t that much affected and 12 percent said not at all.

The different views of the economy could have a big effect on how Democrats in these states are voting.

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KY Exit Polls: Angry Clinton Voters Won't Back Obama

From CNN:

The vast majority of Hillary Clinton supporters in Kentucky are not willing to support Barack Obama should he win the party’s nomination, a sign of the continuing division in the Democratic Party as the primary race comes to a close.

According to the just released exit polls, only 33 percent of Clinton backers said they would vote for Obama should he be the party’s nominee. That compares to 71 percent of Obama supporters who say they are willing to support Clinton if she wins the nomination.

Those numbers are even worse for Obama than in West Virginia one week ago, where 36 percent of Clinton voters said they would back Barack Obama in fall.

As for the Clinton backers in Kentucky, 41 percent of them say they will back McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee, 23 percent said they won’t vote at all, and 3 percent said they would vote for other candidates.

Among Obama supporters in Kentucky, 14 percent said they would back McCain, 11 percent said they would not vote in the general election, and 4 percent said they would vote for other candidates.

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Even Pollsters Have Left Hillary

Rasmussen Reports, a prominent and self declared "electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information" has decided to stop polling for the Democratic Primary and focus exclusively on the General Election.

[W]hile Senator Clinton has remained close and competitive in every meaningful measure, she is a close second and the race is over. It has become clear that Barack Obama will be the Democratic nominee.
At the moment, Senator Clinton’s team is busily trying to convince Superdelegates and pundits that she is more electable than Barack Obama. For reasons discussed in a separate article, it doesn’t matter.
Even if every single Superdelegate was convinced that the former First Lady is somewhat more electable than Obama, that is not enough of a reason to deny him the nomination.
With this in mind, Rasmussen Reports will soon end our daily tracking of the Democratic race and focus exclusively on the general election competition between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Barring something totally unforeseen, that is the choice American voters will have before them in November.

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