Tag Archives: Democratic Nomination

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)

Cheers,
Charlie

Obama ’08

Image from Startribune.com.

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

Cheers,
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

Maybe Clinton Will Appeal After All

Looks like I might have spoken too soon when I said that the unanimous vote would likely quell any possibility of a Clinton appeal: “Harold Ickes said, ‘Mrs. Clinton has instructed me to reserve her rights to take this to the Credentials Committee.'”

And a comment from the DemConWatch I linked to in my last post, from Galois: “Michigan looks like a foregone conclusion 69-59 pledged, unpledged restored, but all have 1/2 votes. Ickes and Clinton aren’t happy, but Don Fowler is supporting it.”

CORRECTION: The vote on Florida was unanimous.  The Michigan split was 19-8.

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

Clinton Doesn’t Want All Votes To Count After All (not that we didn’t already know this)

From the Daily Kos: Clinton Attempting to Unseat Delegates in Texas.

Clinton supporters are trying to unseat the delegates of Collin County, Texas because they held their caucus a day late due to logistical issues with such a large turnout (3:05 p.m. update: luckily, the attempt failed).

It would be hard for me to be more sickened.  This is completely and utterly indefensible, especially given Clinton’s Michigan and Florida rhetoric.  It just goes to show, yet again, that the desire to seat Florida and Michigan has absolutely nothing to do with making everyone’s vote count.

Not that any of this is new or surprising, really.  Throughout the process she’s been ignoring the votes of basically any state that didn’t go her way anyway, does not want to give Obama any delegates for Michigan even though it’s clear at least some of the “uncommitted” votes would have been for him, and is now dismissing each and every caucus state in her newest argument on why she should win the nomination.  What a wonderful candidate we have.

Cheers,
Charlie

Clinton Cartoon and Obama’s Magic Number

Not much to say today (yet), but I had to pass along this editorial cartoon by Mike Luckovich:

On another note, Obama’s Magic Number now stands at 62.

Cheers,
Charlie

Clinton Supporters: Please Explain Why You Think Obama Is Sexist

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.

Cheers,
Charlie

John Edwards Endorses Barack Obama (Video)

Cheers,
Charlie