Archive for March, 2008

Don’t Dump on the Dome

I know you ain’t hating on the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome today:

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It’s the frickin home opener, doods! Unlike the Yanks, who have to cancel, the Twinkies will yield to no man, team, or weather system.

Indoor Baseball: 1

Outdoor Baseball: 0

Boo-yah.

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Klobuchar Makes Good!

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota endorsed Barack Obama this morning.  We here at ishum would like to claim this as an institutional victory.  See our post from February 8th, excerpted below:

Dear Senator Klobuchar,

The super delegate system that our party is using to nominate a presidential candidate seems to me to be arcane, archaic, and anti-democratic. That your personal voice carries more weight in this matter than that of every other Minnesotan betrays the principle of our democratic process.

You were elected to the Senate because we as Minnesotans trust your judgment on the many affairs of state that as normal citizens, we cannot reasonably keep abreast of.

But on the issue of the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, you do not have to substitute your judgment for the judgment of Minnesotans. You have direct knowledge of how the people you represent feel.

I would ask that you would respect Minnesota’s choice for president. On February 5th, the people of Minnesota voted overwhelmingly for your colleague in the Senate, Barack Obama. Please endorse him at the national convention and please announce that you will do so.

Respectfully,

ishum

As the kids might say, w00t!

Some of this guy’s posters make Obama look like a South American dictator – but I really like this one:

A telling difference

Hillary wants you to submit.

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Obama wants you to learn more.

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the clintomaton appropriates you(tube)

Let me just say, she wishes.

The depth of the problem

As an Obama supporter, I’ve come to fit various facts about the world into what I think is a pretty coherent whole.

If you asked me who I think should “drop out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination” I wouldn’t have to hesitate – obviously, Hillary Clinton should drop out of the race.

I like to believe that I’d say that, not because I’m an Obama supporter (which I am – did I mention that?) but because I’m a Democrat and I can count.  Hillary trails bigtime and we (the Democrats) are hemorrhaging votes and momentum. I mean, who can’t see that?  The staunchest Hillary supporters, don’t they see the same facts I do?  Can they really believe, in good faith, that Hillary should continue?

Turns out that opposition to my worldview and the things I think are screamingly obvious is more entrenched than I had previously thought.

According to Rassmussen, 22 percent of Democrats agree with me: Hillary should drop out.

But the scary bit?  the bit that is just incomprehensible idiotic, childish I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I stupidity?

Another 22 percent of Democrats believe that Barack Obama should drop out of the race!

Why?  Why should he?  What possible reason could you give for thinking that Barack Obama should drop out of the race?  22 percent of voters may WANT him to drop out, but really?  He SHOULD?

Who the hell are these people?  I don’t understand.

And then maybe what’s just as bad, 62% of democrats – that’s nearly two thirds – think that neither candidate should drop out.  what?  what what what?  two-thirds of our party think we haven’t had enough time to evaluate the candidates?  That we haven’t given each a fair shake?  That this contest should continue on and on?

It’s not that I want to disenfranchise the voters in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Oregon, and all the rest that are left to vote – I don’t.  And the plain fact is that they haven’t been disenfranchised.  The fact that they WILL vote, that they have delegates to send to the convention, means they aren’t disenfranchised.

Here’s what’s important: these last 8 states or whatever may speak last, but they don’t have the final word.

The states that have already done – their say still stands.  And unless we actively disregard the results of those contests, Barack Obama has won the nomination.

This isn’t recourse to “the math,” this is recourse to the god damn results of the primaries and caucuses thus far.

A Brutal Month for Democrats

This March has been the most brutal month of the campaign season.For Barack Obama supporters, there have been other brutal months. Like November of last year, when Hillary Clinton’s nomination seemed so sure that most observers put Obama’s chances at somewhere around one in five.

And for Hillary Clinton supporters, there have been other brutal months as well – Republicans piling on late last year to out do each other’s frothing-at-the-mouth hatred of the former first lady. Not to mention February of 2008, which saw 11 straight primary wins in a row for Barack Obama, 12 if you count Vermont, which was called early on March 4th, the day of the Texas and Ohio primaries.

But this March has been worse. Obviously, Rev. Wright was the biggest problem that Barack Obama faced. The poisonous ways in which Religion and Race have entered this campaign are just terrible. Wright’s and Obama’s detractors have whipped themselves up into such a self-righteous furor – tearing their hair out at how awful that black man who hates America is.

And there was been Geraldine Ferraro, whom none of us remembered until recently.

And Hillary’s a Liar because she never got sniped at. And Barack Obama hates the voters of Michigan and Florida. And Bill Richardson killed Jesus. And Bill Clinton is Joe McCarthy. And Rezko’s a slumlord sleaze ball, and Spitzer’s no longer a superdelegate, and Patterson maybe is (but he cheats on his wife) And won’t anybody release their tax returns?

The two people who benefit most from all this? Wolf Blitzer and John McCain.

And what is truly sickening from this democratic primary is that neither candidate can pretend that they are campaigning in good faith for votes anymore, be they in Pennsylvania or in North Carolina. The campaign is now a race for the superdelegate vote.

Is it any wonder, that despite the supposed importance of the Pennsylvania primary, we haven’t heard a peep out of the state itself? During the ramp up to Ohio and Texas it was all NAFTA and Jobs and Border Security and Immigration all the time. But what are Pennsylvania’s needs? Who will pander to them?

No one will, because they aren’t the audience anymore. How could they be – if the voters were really what mattered, Barack Obama would be our nominee. Period. It’s really non-controversial. He leads in all measures of support except two.

He has won the most states.
He has the most pledged delegates
He has the most delegates overall
He leads in the popular vote (even counting Florida and Michigan.)

The two “measures” by which he is not leading are:
Superdelegate endorsements: He’s trailing 209 to 243 – though of the last 50 or so to declare, he’s gotten the lion’s share. (a big lion’s.) Basically, the rest of the superdelegates are waiting and they are seeing.

And lastly, here’s a funny one: if you counted by electoral college votes, as they would be awarded in the presidential election in November, Hillary would lead Barack Obama, mostly due to “winner take all” and “California and New York”.

These last two measures are obviously bogus – Obama is the front-runner, and it is not nearly as close as “The Situation Room” would have you believe.

Hillary Clinton faces almost insurmountable odds, and they are known to everyone. And yet she continues. She is hanging her hopes on the superdelegates giving her the election, and why? Because Obama is unelectable, that’s why. And why is he unelectable? Because she made him that way.

The “Tanya Harding” option indeed.

I ask myself, could I get mad enough at this situation – could my frustration at Hillary Clinton really grow to such gargantuan proportions that I could do something about this? Could I, personally, be mad enough at this arrogance, this sense of entitlement, this cynical and treacherous behavior that I could stop her?

And when I think about this next thing, my blood just about boils over.

If Barack Obama, right now, were in the same situation as Hillary Clinton, do you think for a minute that the Democratic Party would allow it? Would he be able to hear himself think over the chorus of superdelegates rallying behind Hillary?

Of course not. Obama isn’t owed the presidency, Hillary Clinton is. We’ve all been pulling for her since she ran for senator of New York, obviously positioning herself for a presidential run. Hillary Clinton!!! Hillary Clinton! Remember how good it was when Bill was in the Oval? Think about how bad bush is – that’s how GOOD Clinton was. And Hillary, boy has she worked, has she suffered, doesn’t she deserve it? And aren’t we progressive? We’re going to elect the first woman.

This was the thinking for so long, that the democratic party, even those people in it who support Obama, can hardly believe – geez, you mean Hillary really won’t be president one day? Really?

We all need to take a deep breath and accept it. And here’s to April.