Category Archives: Obama

Why the New Yorker Cover Didn’t Work (a Tom Toles Cartoon)

Tom Toles, Washington Post

Cheers,
Charlie

Link: “McCain campaign: Republicans have double Democratic cash”

McCain campaign: Republicans have double Democratic cash

And this is exactly why Obama had to opt-out of public financing.

Hey, speaking of money, anyone hear what McCain’s economic advisor, Phil Gramm, said about Americans recently?  I’m thinking I don’t need to link to that one (although the media coverage has been a bit sparse for what it deserved)…

Cheers,
Charlie

Media, Grow Up and Act Like the Professionals You Claim to Be

Obama denies altering proposed Iraq withdrawal timeline

Obama has always said that he would listen to the military leaders in order to handle the situation responsibly. The media has gotten this new narrative in its head, that Obama is apparently shifting on everything, so therefore it interprets everything through this narrative.

For the love of God, media, stop doing this and start acting like the professionals you’re supposed to be. It’s no wonder no one trusts you.

Cheers,
Charlie

A Letter to Those Clinton Supporters Who are Threatening to Vote McCain

Your Whiteness is Showing:
An Open Letter to Certain White Women Who are Threatening to Withhold Support From Barack Obama in November

While I’m not as quick to blame it on racism, Tim Wise makes a very strong and eloquent case for why it’s insane for Clinton supporters to threaten to vote McCain, and because of this insanity, why it’s hard to blame it on anything other than racism.

And now for a third question, and this is the biggie, so please take your time with it: How is it that you have managed to hold your nose all these years, just like a lot of us on the left, and vote for Democrats who we knew were horribly inadequate–Kerry, Gore, Clinton, Dukakis, right on down the uninspiring line–and yet, apparently can’t bring yourself to vote for Barack Obama? A man who, for all of his shortcomings (and there are several, as with all candidates put up by either of the two major corporate parties) is surely more progressive than any of those just mentioned. And how are we to understand that refusal–this sudden line in the proverbial sand–other than as a racist slap at a black man? You will vote for white men year after year after year–and are threatening to vote for another one just to make a point–but can’t bring yourself to vote for a black man, whose political views come much closer to your own, in all likelihood, than do the views of any of the white men you’ve supported before. How, other than as an act of racism, or perhaps as evidence of political insanity, is one to interpret such a thing?

He raises a lot of good points, even outside of the racism discussion.

Cheers,
Charlie

Anyone Else Need a Break?

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).

Cheers,
Charlie

Obama’s Victory Speech in St. Paul, MN (Video)

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Charlie

Obama ’08

Image from Startribune.com.

And a glass of Midleton Very Rare to toast the occassion.

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Charlie

RBC Result for Michigan: 34.5-29.5 Delegate Split (69-59, 1/2 Vote Each)

Same link as before.  Again, this is quite unjust, and even moreso since Obama wasn’t even on the ballot.  Undoubtedly, many stayed home because of this.  In fact, given the number of “Uncommitted” votes, Obama had a strong chance to win if the contest were run fairly.  But again, it almost undoubtedly will not affect the outcome. 

It looks like Clinton will take the issue to the Credentials Committee, but hopefully a superdelegate flood post-June 3rd will stop that in its tracks.

The Magic Number appears to be at 64.  Obama has 2053 delegates with 2117 needed.

Cheers,
Charlie

RBC Result for Florida: All Delegates Will Be Seated With a Half Vote Each

http://demconwatch.blogspot.com/2008/05/welcome-back.html

The vote was apparently unanimous.  It’s wrong that any delegates from Florida will be seated, and it’s very unfair to Obama, his supporters, and the rest of the country.  But since it almost undoubtedly won’t change the outcome, it had to be done to calm the complainers.  The unanimous vote will likely quell any possibility of a Clinton appeal, at least.

Still waiting on results from the RBC in regards to Michigan.  The reasonable guess is probably the 69-59 split.

Will update the Magic Number when possible.

Cheers,
Charlie

The Extremely Likely Explosion to an Extremely Unlikely Situation

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.

Cheers,
Charlie