Okay, really quick: If you think the Democratic Primaries were sexist, just think how the Republican’s would have been if Hillary did get the nomination. Does anyone remember how the Republicans treated Hillary in the past? Please think of that before you jettison the Democratic Party for their supposed sexism. And I don’t think I need to mention all the issues in which the Republicans stand on the wrong side of equality.
Please think about this before you try to convince yourself that McCain is an independent. He’s not.
Hopefully, that’ll be the last I’ll say on the issue (although I highly, highly doubt it).
Not that I’ve written much substantively of late, but the Rumpusgoopus Weblog, as well as most of our country really, needs a break. I could write post after post about how Clinton supporters should support Obama, but I don’t think they or anyone wants to hear much of that right now. I’m certainly tired of the conversation, and, frankly, rather annoyed with the thought that people might voluntarily choose to vote against there own interests. We all need a break.
As such, I will attempt to completely ignore politics for about a week. I know I will probably fail in this goal within 10 minutes, but at least I’ll not post anything here for that same period.
On the plus side, any time I say I’m not going to do something on this blog, I almost always do the opposite. So I might end up posting something substantive after all (which this blog has definitely been in need of).
It’s been awhile since I’ve bothered to post anything substantive, and I recently entered a cycle in which I’ve posted nothing at all. We are in the dregs of the campaign (yet again), and the arguments are entrenched. Clinton continues to argue her tortured “popular vote” count, Florida and Michigan absurdly remain an issue, and Clinton supporters (or Republicans posing as Clinton supporters) continue to say that if Clinton doesn’t win, they’ll vote McCain.
It’s really hard to tell which argument is the most absurd and all have been argued to death. Everything has been said ad nauseam, so repeating it here would be useless. However, there’s one thing that absolutely has to be said in response to the last argument (and has been said in the past, a number of times by me, but not much recently).
The apparent reason for the argument is that it would persuade superdelegates to endorse Clinton out of fear that these individuals won’t vote Obama in November. Obviously, this shows a calculation such that its veracity is highly doubtful. Assuming it was true however, just imagine what would happen if the superdelegates did overturn the election. What in the world do these people think would happen if the superdelegates did vote the way they wanted them to? Of course there are people on both sides who wouldn’t vote for the other side even if won fairly, but it would be far more damaging to the Democratic Party to steal the election away from Obama than it would be by allowing the results to stand: a fair win by Obama.
I can’t help but hit on this point again and again (as I have in this weblog). It’s so obvious, and yet we continue to have Clinton supporters threaten a McCain vote. It’s insane to say such a thing in the first place, and insane to assume that there would be no negative reaction if the superdelegates did overturn the result.
That said, the Magic Number stands at 45, and assuming the RBC doesn’t completely screw things up this weekend, it shouldn’t veer off from this too much. So, yet again, it’s basically over.
Superdelegates, I know you’ve probably been waiting to let this process “play itself out” and only make your endorsement only after all the Primaries are held. Well, you’ve allowed the Party to become more and more split by your non-action, and in the past few days, we now have events like this: Florida delegates file lawsuit to get delegation seated. If you care one iota about keeping your Party together, if you have any inkling of a desire to win in November, it’s time to finally act to end this nonsense that is doing nothing but angering both sides.
Plus, if you act now, maybe all the delegates from Florida and Michigan could be seated as is anyway.
Posted in Clinton, Democratic Party Implosion, Obama
Tagged '08 Election, Barack Obama, Democratic Party Implosion, Democrats, Florida Delegates, Hillary Clinton, Michigan Delegates, Political Lawsuits, Politics, Superdelegates
Ferraro suggests she may not vote for Obama
A big part of this campaign that has deeply troubled me is complaints of sexism from a not-too-small contingent. I have struggled to understand this in regards to complaints that the media has been harder on Clinton because she’s a woman, but I’ve come to terms with it. However, in relation to charges of sexism to things like asking Clinton to drop out, I am completely baffled. But there is one charge that I have never understood, and that’s the charge that Obama has been sexist in any way shape or form. In the link above, Ferraro says that Obama has been “extremely sexist” in running his campaign. Now, we can argue until we’re blue in the face just how sexist “sweetie” is, but is that really all we have as evidence of this? What, really, has he done that can be easily classified as “sexist”?
On another, yet related, note, it is rather senseless to not vote Obama in the General election because of these perceived slights. Just imagine the damage that would be done to gender equality by McCain and the Republicans should he be voted into office instead of Obama. And remember this more than anything, we’re one Supreme Court Judge away from overturning Roe v. Wade. That’s on top of a lot of other equality issues that the Court will likely go the wrong way on. And surely, gender equality will not get any better under continued Republican rule, but very well can, and I’d submit will, improve under an Obama Presidency.
Posted in Clinton, Democratic Party Implosion, John McCain, Obama
Tagged '08 Elections, Barack Obama, Democratic Nomination, Geraldine Ferraro, John McCain, Politics, Roe v. Wade, Sexism, Supreme Court
You know, there is a rift in the Democratic Party, but certainly not anything that cannot be minimized come November, especially if Clinton ever starts reconciliation. According to a new Quinnipiac University poll:
Both Democratic candidates beat McCain by a gap well outside the margin of error. Obama beats McCain by 7 points in the poll, 47 percent to 40 percent, while Hillary Clinton bests the Arizona senator by 5 points, 46 percent to 41 percent.
So while the media does its best to make it seem like there’s a gigantic rift in the Party that can’t be fixed (and to some extent, so does Clinton), the truth is quite the opposite.
Posted in Clinton, Democratic Party Implosion, Media, Obama
Tagged '08 Election, Barack Obama, Democractic Nomination, Democratic Party, Democratic Party Implosion, Democratic Rift, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Politics, Polls
A comment to a Minneapolis Star Tribune article that I found rather apt to the current discourse:
i for one, am, sick and tired of hearing about hillary has the white working class vote in her corner. i am a white carpenter/cabinetmaker, who lives in northern minnesota, fifty eight years old, a former union member, who will never vote for hillary. obama speaks to me in words, that i have not heard in our political discourse for forty years, he makes me proud to be a democrat, and, i hope and pray that he will be our next president.