Monthly Archives: March 2008

Democrats Might Vote McCain If Their Candidate Doesn’t Win

“Democratic Defection”
Democrats are ready to vote for John McCain if their candidate doesn’t win the primary.

(The above originally linked to a Slate article, but it has since been removed.  It was simply a report of polls showing that a percentage of Clinton supporters wouldn’t vote Obama come November)

To begin with, I’m not entirely sure I buy these numbers.  It seems to me that a lot of those being polled were trying to send a message that if they’re candidate doesn’t win, then the Party would lose in the general election.  For Clinton supporters, who are generally more the old stalwarts in the Democratic Party, this just doesn’t make sense.  It particularly doesn’t make sense because I’m still very unclear as to why Clinton Democrats hate Obama.  While I clearly disagree with them, I can understand why they prefer they’re candidate.  What he has done to garner this hate, I don’t know.

As I’ve said many times before, it makes some sense for Obama supporters to not vote for Clinton in the general election, especially if she takes the nomination in an unfair way.  However, I have never gone so far as to say it makes sense for them to vote McCain instead of Clinton.  Additionally, I mainly say that it only makes sense because it would be done in an unfair matter.  I would not be nearly as understanding if Obama supporters didn’t vote Clinton in the general should she have taken the nomination fairly (even despite her constant negative politics). 

As such, these numbers seem to indicate a far more irrational mindset, and is undoubtedly the result of this unnecessarily ongoing, increasing caustic, Democratic race.  It’s now all the more clear that the superdelegates need to step in to end this contest.  People need a lot of time to calm down, think rationally, and remember why they support Democrats rather than Republicans.  If this drags on until August, or even June for that matter, the Democrats are looking at a very real possibility of yet again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

Cheers,
Charlie

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Message to Superdelegates: Stop Clinton Before She Destroys the Democratic Party

From CNN: Clinton: Pledged delegates can switch sides

From Slate’s XX Factor:  Hillary in 2012!

Not that she needs [David Brooks] to tell her it’s over—and has been for some time, if you’re going to be a total math drone about it. Honestly, if you didn’t know better, you might even have begun to suspect she was hanging in there at least in part to do the maximum damage to her party’s nominee, weakening his chances in the fall and building the I-told-you-so case for Hillary in 2012. But that couldn’t be right. Right?

The title says it all, Superdelegates.  If you don’t want to blow it yet again this year (and for the near future), it’s time to end it before Clinton destroys any possible chance for victory in November (or ever again). 

Cheers,

Charlie

Clinton “Misspoke” in Regards to Bosnia Trip?

Clinton campaign says she ‘misspoke’ about sniper fire during 1996 Bosnia trip

She “misspoke”?  “Misspoke”?  Okay, I honestly don’t care much about this issue except for it showing how Clinton is yet again exaggerating her experience, but to say that she “misspoke” is seriously misrepresenting what she said:

Yeah, and I guess I only “misspeak” when I say I’m a world traveler just because I’ve been to Epcot Center.
 

Okay, okay, I admit that one was a bit too much, but I couldn’t resist.


Cheers,

Charlie

It’s Time for Clinton To Withdraw

Is anybody else getting rather tired of the Democratic race?  I guess if not, you must be a Clinton supporter, as they’re the only ones who seem to think that there’s any reason for her candidacy to continue.  With Obama in the lead with delegates, the popular vote, and the state count, there is no feasible fair way for Clinton to overcome Obama on any of these marks (she’s now arguing that she won more electoral votes than Obama.  I’m not kidding.  Electoral votes).  This leaves Clinton only the superdelegates, who are extremely unlikely to overturn the primary results.  I can’t imagine that even Clinton supporters really want this to happen.  And that’s even ignoring the fact that it would lead to a huge backlash against the Democratic Party and almost undoubtedly hand the election to the Republicans.


To be fair, not everyone thinks that the ongoing process is a bad thing.  The media, for instance, is only very recently recognizing the fact that Clinton cannot win.  And even then it’s only the media fringe that is picking up on this or, at least, writing about it.

There is a fairly loud contingency who believes that the ongoing race can only help the Democrats in the end because, they say, this keeps the Democrats in the spotlight while no one pays any attention to what McCain has to say.  There are two problems with this.  The first of which is that every time I open up news pages, there’s almost invariably an article or two on McCain.  There are, admittedly fewer than on the Democratic race, but this leads to problem number two.  There is rarely anything printed of interest anymore besides the latest, rather meaningless, poll numbers, or yet more coverage of the “battle of the umbrage-taking.”

In no way are these stories helpful to keep voters interested, nor are they helpful in showing either candidate in a good light.  The more attacks from Clinton against Obama, the more ammunition McCain will have come the general election.  Clinton is, after all, a fellow Democrat, and her words, and those of her supporters, therefore sting far worse than those coming from Republicans.  For example, in listening to coverage of Obama’s speech on race, Clinton supports have been far less positive about his speech than even Republicans, whereby Clinton supporters often simply dismiss it out of hand

And that brings me to my main point.  Right now, the two sides are quite split, and probably have more venom for one another than they do for the Republicans.  It’s an irrational amount of hate, it’s people not wanting to listen to what the other side has to say, and it’s wanting to criticize anything at all the other campaign does so as to gain any sort of points by doing so.

This DOES NOT help the Democratic Party, and the increasing apathy due to the “battle of the umbrage-taking” and the never ending race make the situation untenable.  With Clinton having no chance to take the nomination without a superdelegate overturn of the race, which would be a disaster in itself, continuing the race is very damaging to the Democrats. 

It’s time for Clinton to see this.  It’s time for her to see that the only way to win is to kill almost all chances for the Democrats in the general election.  It’s time for her to do what’s good for her party and what’s good for her convictions.  It’s time for her to withdraw from the race. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t happening.  In this case, it’s time for the superdelegates to finally step in, like Bill Richardson, to settle this before it destroys any chances to win in the general election.  That way, it will finally stop the irrational criticisms, and more importantly, it will give Democrats time for the vitriol to subside, and more properly direct their anger toward the more proper target, Republicans.

Cheers,

Charlie

 

**03/25/2008 addendum**

David Brooks’ New York Times op-ed on why Clinton should withdraw.

The New Comrus Weblog Is Up and Running

The non-political RumpusGoopus weblog (The Comrus Weblog) is now up and running in its new location… somewhat.  As explained in the first post on the site, due to time constraints, the site will be updated only occasionally.  The Comrus weblog originally existed during a time in which I was in between law school and a job, and ever since I obtained employment, the posts became fewer and far between and finally died out (much like this weblog until the Democratic Primaries began).

However, I feel the need to have a non-political outlet, hopefully one that fulfills the original purpose of the original Comrus weblog.  That is, being at least a little amusing.  So while posts will be somewhat rare, I hope that it will be worth your time.

The new site is located at comrus.wordpress.com.

Cheers,

Charlie

Mike Huckabee On Obama’s Speech, Rev. Wright, and Race Relations

Mike Huckabee on Obama on race and the pastor issue (note: this is taken directly from the XX Factor but I find it quite necessary to share it with as many people as possible):

 On Obama’s speech:  

… I think that, you know, Obama has handled this about as well as anybody could. And I agree, it’s a very historic speech. … And I thought he handled it very, very well.  

And on the Rev. Wright: 

… One other thing I think we’ve got to remember: As easy as it is for those of us who are white to look back and say, “That’s a terrible statement,” I grew up in a very segregated South, and I think that you have to cut some slack. And I’m going to be probably the only conservative in America who’s going to say something like this, but I’m just telling you: We’ve got to cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told, “You have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus.” And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would, too. I probably would, too. In fact, I may have had a more, more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.

Cheers,

Charlie

Reaction To Obama’s Speech on Race

Over the past week or so I’ve been doing nothing with this weblog except posting links to other things, which is really a shame since I’ve been getting a decent amount of hits.  Tonight, sadly, is not much different.  I’m not linking to something, but rather reproducing it here.  I wanted to write a long post in regards to Obama’s speech today, but given a lack of time, it just cannot be done.  As such, a wonderful response to Obama’s speech, as found on Slate.com’s discussion board “The Fray” (from the_slasher14):

I’ve talked up Obama a lot in the past few months (though as an independent in New York State, I couldn’t vote for him) mainly because I felt he had a better chance of winning in November than Clinton. Since it is my belief that it will already take a generation or two for the country to recover from the damage done in the past eight years by the tax-cut ideologues, I would be supporting just about anybody whom I thought had the best shot of replacing these lackeys of corporations and the rich. 

As far as the man himself, however, I had my doubts. I think Paul Krugman was right in his critique of Obama’s policy positions vs. Clinton’s, and of course he has no track record at all of governing (though neither, in spite of the pretense, does Clinton). If John Edwards were still a viable candidate, I’d probably be for him.  

But not after today. Today, Barack Obama showed me what he is made of, and it’s stuff I never expected to see in a major party candidate. He spoke to the American public on the most explosive subject our country has — race — and he never once addressed them as anything but adults. I’m told he wrote the speech himself, which is all the more impressive. He reacted to the largest threat to his candidacy with eloquence, reason, and honesty. Rather than simply trying to deflect the issue, he used it as an opportunity to enlarge the discussion in a positive way.

There was no sugar-coating of the anger felt by blacks, and there was an acknowledging of the anger felt by whites. Finally, there was a depiction of his own place in it — as one from both sides of the divide — and of his desire to work it out peacefully.  

My gut feeling is that the country really isn’t ready for this kind of honesty. That FOX News smears will, in the end, triumph over reasoned dialogue. The forces which control the media have no interest in solving the racial dilemma. To them, all it would mean is more taxes to rebuild the cities that are being allowed to crumble around the ears of the underclass, and, as we know, these forces would rather lose a war than pay more taxes. If Obama gets nominated, the same twisted rich old men will be financing ads that he’s a closet Muslim AND that his Christian minister is the second coming of Hitler.  

But it was nice, for once, to see that my beloved country has managed to produce a leader of this level of quality and that he could reach a stage this high. It was my good fortune, as a young man, to see in action and get to know some of the generation of blacks who shattered Jim Crow — the bravest men and women I have ever known. I doubted very much that Barack Obama was one of them. Not after today.

And a quick note/link.  Hanna Rosin on the speech: Amen to That.  Hanna Rosin, Clinton supporter and ardent Obama skeptic, liked the speech?  Wow.

Cheers,

Charlie