Saturday, February 9, 2008

Obama Wins Nebraska, Washington & Louisiana...

...and the Clinton Camp spins.

The latest Clinton Campaign spin, straight from the press office, in an email to reporters that seeks to set the expectations for the night:

Tonight there are contests in three states that the Obama campaign has long predicted they would win by large margins. According to a spreadsheet that was obtained by Bloomberg News, the Obama campaign predicted big victories in Washington State, Nebraska and Louisiana.
The Obama campaign has dramatically outspent our campaign in these three states, saturating the airwaves with 30 and 60 second ads. The Obama campaign has spent $300,000 more in Louisiana on television ads, $190,000 more in Nebraska and $175,000 more in Washington.
Although the next several states that hold nominating contests this month are more favorable to the Obama campaign, we will continue to compete in them and hope to secure as many delegates as we can before the race turns to Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.
And this through Bob Cesca from the Obama website:

The Obama campaign submitted an urgent request for assistance to the Secretary of State's Division of Elections today, after receiving widespread reports from Democrats across Louisiana who reported that they were not allowed to vote because their party affiliation had been switched.
Is this being reported? Why is it that we worry ourselves about every fucking Iraqi purple finger but we let this shit happen in our own country while shugging our shoulders?! It's disgusting.

Looks like Huckabee is ahead in LA too.

Huckabee Wins Kansas

Mike Huckabee is the winner of the first state to report results today: Kansas.

Don’t expect results to come quite so easily in neighboring Nebraska, where the Democrats are trying to caucus. The Omaha World-Herald’s liveblog details overcrowded sites, with some caucuses being moved to parking lots and other sites running out of registration forms.

Great Schmuckabee quote: "Am I quitting? Let's get this settled right now. No, I am not... Folks, I didn't major in math, I majored in miracles and I still believe in miracles." That's great, Mike. We already have someone in the Oval Office who says he can hear Jeebus and can't count to 20 unless his shoes are off. Thanks for the reminder.

Tentative Deal Is Reached in Writers’ Strike

NY Times: An end to Hollywood’s long and bitter writers’ strike appeared close on Saturday, as union leaders representing 12,000 movie and television writers said they had reached a tentative deal with production companies.

Just in time for the Academy Awards.

T Minus 346/345 Days

"But the true strength of America is found in the hearts and souls of people like Travis, people who are willing to love their neighbor, just like they would like to love themselves."

-Springfield, MO, February 9, 2004

Friday, February 8, 2008

Holy Joe Stripped

And then there were 795.

Holy Joe LIEberman has been stripped of his Democratic superdelegate status.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for president, will be disqualified as a superdelegate at the Democratic convention "under what is informally known as the Zell Miller rule." In 2004, Miller -- then a Democratic senator from Georgia -- attacked Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) in a speech at the Republican National Convention. The DNC "responded with a rule disqualifying any Democrat who crosses the aisle from being a super delegate."

Democratic State Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo said Lieberman will not be replaced. Now if they'll only strip him of every Democratic Committee chair he holds...

Shuster Apologizes But Clinton Threatens MSNBC

Last night, David Shuster made an inappropriate comment while interviewing a couple of analysts regarding Chelsea Clinton's role in her mother's campaign and calling the hosts of The View as well as superdelegates trying to garner support for Hillary Clinton.

SHUSTER: ...there's just something a little bit unseemly to me that Chelsea is out there calling up celebrities saying, "Support my mom." And, apparently, she's also calling these super delegates... doesn't it seem like Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?

Now we all know what he meant by that comment and it was a definitely a slip of the tongue and inappropriate for Shuster to use that particular slang phrase. Had Shuster said Chelsea was "being used" instead of being "pimped out," there would be absolutely no story here. But apparently the public flipped out to the extent that MSNBC has suspended Shuster from all NBC broadcasting except to apologize for the remark, which he has done.

Story over, right? WRONG.

Now the Clinton campaign has threatened not to participate in any MSNBC sponsored debates.
In a conference call with reporters, Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson on Friday excoriated MSNBC's David Shuster for suggesting the Clinton campaign had "pimped out" 27-year old Chelsea by having her place phone calls to celebrities and Democratic Party "superdelegates" on her mother's behalf.

Wolfson called Shuster's comment "beneath contempt" and disgusting.

"I, at this point, can't envision a scenario where we would continue to engage in debates on that network," he added.

I now call "BULLSHIT" on Wolfson. Who the fuck does he think he's kidding? If Hillary Clinton doesn't want to participate in the debates, then fine. We're done with it. They won't participate on MSNBC, but they're ready to debate on Fox News? Are they fucking insane?

Just last week, Clinton was begging for a chance at weekly debates as her funds were running low and the contests would provide free exposure, but now that she's gotten an influx of internet cash after revealing that she has signed a $5 million personal check to keep her campaign going, NOW the campaign is threatening MSNBC? Really?!

You know what, Hil? Go ahead. Shoot yourself in the foot, because that is exactly what you're going to do if you decide to renege on MSNBC. Obama will say no to Fox, and you'll be back at square one, with maybe one debate on CNN. All this after MSNBC has suspended Shuster from any NBC broadcast due to the comments for which he's already apologized.

You've had 18 fucking debates already! I'm sick of hearing "ready to lead on day one," and "35 years of experience," so unless you have a new talking point, I think I've heard your entire schtick multiple times. I don't need to hear it another five times before March 4th. Debate exposure at this point is only going to benefit you, so if you really want to pull the trigger before removing your gun for its holster, be my guest.

T Minus 347 Days

"In my judgement, when the United States says there will be serious consequences, and if there isn't serious consequences, it creates adverse consequences."

-Meet The Press, February 8, 2004

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Huckabee On Colbert - Updated!

I just watched Mike Huckabee on the Colbert Report playing air hockey with Stephen Colbert using a Texas-shaped air hockey puck. What the fuck? I shouldn't eat so late.

Hopefully, video to follow.

UPDATE: Video!

What's Wrong With This Picture?

They do this way too often for it to be an accidental mistake.

(h/t C&L)

...And Conservatives FREAK OUT!

This made me chuckle.

There was a palpable sense of shock both in the audience and among the advisers [at the Conservative Political Action Conference] after Mitt Romney abruptly announced on Thursday that he was exiting the presidential race.

Screams of "no" and tears came from the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. One attendee lamented the "bombshell."

As the speech was made, Romney's wife sat quietly in the front row. Cameras zoomed in on her mostly expressionless expression, occasionally broken by a slight smile. But not all of the campaign's associates were as composed. Behind the curtains, Bay Buchanan wiped the moist from her eyes. "This is rough," she told the Huffington Post, "very rough."
What was originally thought to be a small earthquake on the east coast at the time of Romney's announcement wound up being Rush Limbaugh falling out of his chair at the radio studio.

Boy, they really can't stand John McCain!

Commenters at Michelle Malkin's site were not faring much better.

(h/t Bob Cesca)

Mitt Romney Drops Out

"In this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror... beep, bop, boop, ditditdit... I feel I must now stand aside... beep, bop... for our party and our country. Does not compute. Does not compute. Does not compute.''

Maverick Skips Stimulus Vote

Republican presidential candidate John McCain skipped a difficult Senate vote Wednesday on whether to make 20 million seniors and 250,000 disabled veterans eligible for rebate checks as part of a proposed economic stimulus package.

Senate Republicans blocked the passage - final vote 58-41. The "support the troops" party decided that extra money for disabled veterans and seniors, or extending unemployment benefits is just too much stimulus apparently. (60 votes were needed to pass. Harry Reid voted no in order to be able to bring the bill up at a later time.)

So let's do the math. 58 yeas, Reid's would've been 59. 99 Senators who voted. One Senator didn't vote. Where as Mr. Straight Talk, my friend?

...Asked Wednesday morning to comment on the pending vote, McCain talked about the need to pass a stimulus measure quickly. Later, on his plane, he said he was not sure he would make the vote.

"I haven't had a chance to talk about it at all, have not had the opportunity to, even," McCain said. "We've just been too busy, focused on other stuff. I don't know if I'm doing that. We've got a couple of meetings scheduled."

Whichever way McCain may have voted, it would have been a difficult choice given his status as the Republican presidential front-runner.

Senate Democrats cleverly bundled the rebates for seniors and veterans, key voting blocs, with expanded unemployment benefits and home heating subsidies for the jobless and poor. President Bush and Republican leaders, as well as conservatives McCain was scheduled to woo on Thursday, vehemently oppose the expanded benefits and subsidies.

That put McCain in a bad political spot. Voting "no" with Republican leaders would have offended millions of Social Security recipients and the disabled veterans not scheduled to receive rebates. Voting "yes," on the other hand, risked alienating Bush, GOP leaders and conservatives already suspicious of McCain's political leanings.

Yes, that's what we need in a new leader, ducking out of difficult choices when he is most needed to make a decision. His plane landed at Dulles at 5pm. Reports say it was plenty on time to get to the 5:45pm vote. But he had a couple of "meetings." Even his own staff was confused as to whether he was going to make the vote or not.

"While he says one thing on the campaign trail, when the time came to act, John McCain was absent," said Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean. "America doesn't need four more years of a president who puts what's good for him ahead of what's good for our country."

T Minus 348 Days

"We're concerned about AIDS inside our White House - make no mistake about it."

- Washington, DC, February 7, 2001

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Clinton Cash Crunch

The Clinton campaign is running low on funds as Obama continues to outspend Hillary. And now Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that she has loaned the campaign $5 million out of her own pocket in addition the $13.5 million that was raised in the month of January. Compare that to the $32 million that Obama has raised in the same month. They're also on pace to raise $30 for February.

This is why Clinton would like to have a weekly debate for the next four weeks: free advertising.

I love this though:

The Clinton camp was eager to take the luster off of Obama's status as a "movement candidate" who has generated unprecedented activism and fundraising through the Internet. Clinton strategists went out of their way to label him an "establishment candidate" and worked to pitch her message to online activists.
So what is it? Is he inexperienced or is the "establishment" candidate? You can't have it both ways, Hillary. And have you noticed how she's mentioning her website multiple times in every speech now? I think Mark Penn's figured out there's money to be made by the little donors on the internet. Too little, too late.

Conservative Blowback Against McCain

This is what I'm talking about. No need to fear about the Democratic party still undecided about their nominee when the GOP are eating each other.

From Crooks & Liars:

"Obama won significantly more votes than GOP candidate John McCain — in many cases, winning more votes than the top two Republican candidates combined."

"The media is showering John McCain with praise, but never mention the fact that he got far fewer votes than Democratic candidates in most states — Clinton took in over one million more votes than he did in California alone."

Limbaugh and Ingraham, the galvanizers of the right wing, are now leading the sheeple right off the cliff. And that's fine with me.

And now James Dobson has come out and said if McCain is the nominee, he will not, in good conscience, cast a vote for President for the first time in his life. The evangelical right is staying home. And that's fine with me too.

Here is Dobson's statement as read by Laura Ingraham:

(h/t Crooks & Liars)

False Perception

I rarely disagree with Bob Cesca. He's an excellent writer with my kind of humor but in his latest post, I couldn't disagree with him more.

Regardless of who won or lost yesterday, every day this battle continues is a good day for the Republican chances in the general election.

...those of us arguing and spitting at each other over the merits of our candidates could be turning what used to be an historically exuberant primary nominating process into an irreparably damaged Democratic Party in November.

...I can't help but to think that the DNC is considering some serious options here for the good of the party. They have to step up at some point and throw their considerable weight around (think cash) because if this goes to the convention, as more and more people are suggesting, John McCain is the next president.

Since when has the Democratic Party ever marched in lockstep? The idea that a fractured Dem Party heading into the spring, let alone the convention, would create the opportunity for a crumbing GOP to seize the day is something I'm just not willing to buy into.

Within the next 2-3 weeks we'll have a better idea of who the nominee will be and judging by the amount of money raised, enthusiam generated, and what I predict will be the continuing uptrend in polls, Obama will be the nominee. He received 42% of the vote in California, a state in which Clinton was far ahead just a few weeks ago, even with early voting before the Obama surge.

McCain's pro war stance is in opposition of 70%+ of the voters. His "moderation" is so abhorrent to the GOP base, that Limbaugh and Coulter are vehemently against him, the latter saying she would campaign for Clinton if McCain won the Republican nomination, for Christ's sake! The backbiting by the GOP candidates is much worse than what's happening on the Democratic side and GOP voters are so discouraged, their voting numbers are 25% of what the overall Dem numbers are. McCain is actually the most divisive candidate for their party.

I think panicking this early is the mistake that would make the Democrats look weak and unorganized. The masses coming out to vote shows us the opposite and we will all proudly stand behind either candidate in the general election when the time comes.

New Mexico Still Up For Grabs

With 98% of the precincts reporting by noon today, Obama leads Clinton by just 71 votes.

Obama: 65,036
Clinton: 64,965
Edwards: 2,002
Richardson: 1,164
Uncommitted: 398

Obama & Clinton Trade Victories...

...reports the New York Times.

...It was a night of drama as millions of Democrats cleaved sharply between two candidates offering them a historic first: The opportunity to nominate a woman or an African-American to lead their party’s effort to reclaim the White House. Yet it was also a night when neither Mr. Obama nor Mrs. Clinton could decisively lay claim — or even secure an edge — to the nomination, assuring an electoral fight that will unfold for weeks to come.

Mrs. Clinton won 584 delegates in Tuesday’s vote, bringing her total to 845, according to a count by The Associated Press. Mr. Obama won 569 delegates for a total of 765, The A.P. reported. A candidate needs 2,025 votes to win the nomination.

T Minus 349 Days

"There is no such thing necessarily in a dictatorial regime of iron-clad absolutely solid evidence. The evidence I had was the best possible evidence that he had a weapon."

- Meet the Press, February 2004

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Tuesday Results

Trying a little live blogging here. Sort of a futile excercise when no one but me is reading. I'll do as much as I can until dinner time... you gotta love take out.

7pm - NBC projects Obama wins Georgia. Exit polls show Obama getting 43% of the white vote and 49% of voters aged 40-59.

7:20pm - Early delegate estimates: 35 for Obama. This number is off - 103 total in the state.

7:25pm - Republicans too close to call in GA. Three way race: with 3 precincts reporting, McCain 38%, Romney 28%, Huckabee 27%

7:37pm - The MSNBC ticker is reading the GOP caucus in West Virginia as 100% reporting and Huckabee wins with 52%, Romney coming with 47%. Eight states close their polls at 8pm EST. Much more then.

8pm - Obama projected winner in Illinois. Clinton projected winner in Oklahoma. Romney takes Massachusetts, McCain takes New Jersey and Connecticut.

8:04pm- McCain takes Illinois.

8:13pm - Too close to call in NJ, CT, TN, too early to call in AL for the Dems.
Too close to call in MO, OK, TN and too early to call for the GOP.

Taking a break. More later.

9:15pm - Obama takes Delaware. Clinton wins Tennessee and Massachusetts! This after the Kennedy endorsements... perhaps a few days too late? Two trains of thought: Speculation is that the message of change that Obama touts was possibly hampered by the Kerry and Kennedy establishment. Point two is that Obama was only polling at 22% an MA before Kennedy's endorsement so anything more than a 22% return is a boost.
Delegates won so far: Clinton 93, Obama 43.

Chuck Todd trying to figure out the delegate math.
MSNBC predicts New Jersey for Clinton at 9:20pm. McCain projected winner in NY. Looks like McCain is picking up speed.

9:25pm - Obama is the projected winner in Alabama.

10:28pm - NBC projects Obama to win Connecticut! That's big. It's almost a 50/50 split.

10:33pm - Romney's speechifying in Massachusetts about a run to the convention and predicting a victory. He has fallen down the rabbit hole.

Here are the results so far:
Clinton: MA, NY, NJ, TN, OK, AR
Obama: CT, IL, DE, AL, GA, MN, ND, KS

McCain: NY, NJ, CT, IL, OK , DE
Romney: MA, UT
Huckabee: GA, WV, AR, AL

Severe weather in Tennessee caused polls to close early. Possible tornadoes. Two fatalities reported so far. Arkansas was hit as well.

10:50pm - Hillary Clinton speaking about the little people. The Republicans want more of the same.

10:54pm - Obama is ahead in Idaho 75% to 23% and ahead in Minnesota with 64% of the vote after 40% of the precincts have reported in both states.

11:02pm - California too close to call for both parties. AZ goes to McCain (duh...). Romney wins ND. Obama wins MN and ID.

11:06pm - Huckabee's being interviewed by Chris Matthews and claims he's not dropping out until someone wins the 1191 delegates needed for the GOP. He's staying in until St. Paul unless the trip is meaningless.

Clinton: MA, NY, NJ, TN, OK, AR
Obama: CT, IL, DE, AL, GA, ND, KS, MN, ID, UT

McCain: NY, NJ, CT, IL, OK , DE, AZ
Romney: MA, UT, ND
Huckabee: GA, WV, AR, AL

11:15pm - David Axelrod thinks the Obama camaign will have trouble in CA because of early voting. Most of Obama's surge has come within the last two weeks. Hillary wins AZ. With 2% of CA reporting, Hillary is up with 57% of the vote but according to CNN, Obama is capturing not only the black vote, but the white vote!

11:25pm - Delegate count: Clinton 170, Obama 128. 2025 needed to win the nomination.
Tim Russert: "It's far from over." The Clinton campaign thought Super Tuesday would be the definitive night to propel them to the nomination.

11:32pm - Romney projected winner in MN.

11:37pm - John "My friends" McCain speaking in Arizona...zzz... "We must get used to the idea that we are the Republican frontrunner for the nomination of President of the United States... and I don't mind it one bit."

11:43pm - Obama speaking now in Chicago. Huckabee wins Tennessee! California still too close to call. Obama: "There's one thing on this February night, that we don't need the final results to know: our time has come."

11:49pm - Obama wins Colorado! With 93% of the precincts reporting, Missouri is still too close to call. Hillary leads 49-48.

11:58pm - Romney wins Montana... what is that? Three delegates?

12:04am - Obama has finished another stirring speech. I'm signing off now but will try to stay up for the California result.


12:12am - I'm back. Hilllary Clinton and John McCain are projected to win California. Looks like Romney might be out considering he needed it badly.... Apparent winner in MO is McCain. Still waiting for the Democratic winner.

12:22am - Obama leads Clinton in MO by 4600 votes with 98% reporting.

12:26am - Obama leads by 4926 votes in MO.

12:30am - MSNBC: Tomorrow will be a day of "frank discussions" in the Romney camp after big blows in California and Missouri.

12:38am - The spin begins. Clinton campaign spokesman Jay Carson says they always thought this race would be tight and they withstood this massive surge by the Obama camp. In actuality, Obama has overcome double digit deficits in a just a few weeks and Clinton was lucky to win as much as she did in my opinion. Had Super Tuesday been next week or had California not vored early, the outcome would be completely different. And we'll find out over the course of the next week with more primaries and caucuses to go.

12:40am - Barack Obama is the apparent winner in MO! Carson still spouting the "ready to lead on day one" talking point. Claire McCaskill speaking for the Obama camaign retorted that we need someone with the right judgement to lead on day one.

12:43am - Obama wins Alaska.

Okay, now I'm going to bed even though Chris Matthews just asked me not to. Maybe he likes my musk and has a man crush on me.

Worst Dow Jones Day In A Year

Did Bush have a speaking engagement?

NY Times: Stocks plummeted on Wall Street on Tuesday after a business survey provided another strong signal that the United States may be in the early stages of a recession. The Dow Jones industrial average closed down 370 points.

The Institute for Supply Management reported that activity in the non manufacturing sector contracted in January for the first time since March 2003. The institute’s non-manufacturing business activity index fell from a seasonally adjusted 54.4 in December to 41.9 in January — the lowest level since October 2001. Readings below 50 indicate a contraction.

What was it that Bush the Incompentent said in his State of the Union Address?

In the long run, Americans can be confident about our economic growth. But in the short run, we can all see that that growth is slowing. So last week, my administration reached agreement with Speaker Pelosi and Republican Leader Boehner on a robust growth package that includes tax relief for individuals and families and incentives for business investment.

Boy, am I glad we're all getting $300 to offset that "non-manufacturing business activity."

UPDATE: Just heard Tom Brokaw say this was the worst stock market day in two years.

Fat Tuesday

With all the Super Tuesday hoopla, let's not forget it's Mardi Gras!

Super Tuesday - Note To Dems: Don't Panic!

Go out and vote today.

There's this strange idea out there that has seemingly come out of nowhere overnight, that if the Democratic nominee isn't decided upon fairly soon, the appearance of a fractured party going into the convention will shift the tectonic plates, cause the earth to rotate off its axis, followed by disatrous earthquakes and cataclysmal tsunamis and give John McCain a victory in the general election in November.

Paul Krugman: Via Duncan Black, Clinton’s people think this might go to the convention. I hate this thought. I feel obliged to write about the Dem horserace because there are real policy issues at stake, and I think it’s important to highlight those issues. But I hate doing it; I hate the whole nastiness between people who should be able to realize that they’re fundamentally on the same side. I really really want this thing to be over.

Calm down, Paul. Nastiness? Yes, there are substantive policy issues between Barack and Hillary, but they were playing pattycake at the California Debate compared to the McCain-Romney slugfest on the other side.

Call me naïve, but wasn't this the the original intent of primaries and caucuses? Now that the ordinary people, the plebians, are speaking out and making this a real horse race between Clinton and Obama, the pundits are getting all nervous about it. Isn't this the way it's supposed work?

I don't remember ever being engaged enough in previous primaries to care to vote because our candidates were basically chosen for us ahead of time, so why bother? But now the unfounded threat of a Democratic Party with no candidate by February 5, nine months before the general election, is supposed to propel McCain? I don't buy it.

T Minus 350 Days

"We ought to make the pie higher."

- Republican Presidential Debate, February 2000

Monday, February 4, 2008

The Hillary Hate Factor - Part II

A few months ago, I wrote about the Republican party's rabid hatred of Hillary Clinton, and how it has manifested itself out of thin air. I didn't think I'd be writing a "Part Deux". (Of course, at the time, I mentioned Huckabee in that post and how he seemed to "have his head on straight" and how John McCain had no chance of winning the Republican ticket. ...Boy, how things change in a few months.) But I digress.

The Republicans are down. They've suffered a horrible blow by the neocons and by the betrayal of the Bush administration. They've been embarrassed by scandal after scandal showing the "family values" politicians revealed as hypocrites, from David Vitter to Larry Craig. Evidence of their apathy and disgust for the party they once held dear is clear by the lack of voter turnout on the Republican side in the primaries and caucuses.

Now comes a new op-ed from Stankey Fish and he brings up the incoherent hate that Hillary Clinton draws from the wingnut right. And in my opinion, this is a major issue in this election.

You may dislike her policies (which she has not been reluctant to explain in great detail). You may not be able to get past her vote to authorize the Iraq war. You may think her personality unsuited to the tasks of inspiring and uniting the American people. You may believe that if this is truly a change election, she is not the one to bring about real change.

But the people and groups Horowitz surveys have brought criticism of Clinton to what sportswriters call “the next level,” in this case to the level of personal vituperation unconnected to, and often unconcerned with, the facts. These people are obsessed with things like her hair styles, the “strangeness” of her eyes — “Analysis of Clinton’s eyes is a favorite motif among her most rabid adversaries” — and they retail and recycle items from what Horowitz calls “The Crazy Files”: she’s Osama bin Laden’s candidate; she kills cats; she’s a witch (this is not meant metaphorically).

...Back in November, I wrote
a column on Clinton’s response to a question about giving driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. My reward was to pick up an e-mail pal who has to date sent me 24 lengthy documents culled from what he calls his
“Hillary File.” If you take that file on faith, Hillary Clinton is a murderer, a burglar, a destroyer of property, a blackmailer, a psychological rapist, a white-collar criminal, an adulteress, a blasphemer, a liar, the proprietor of a secret police, a predatory lender, a misogynist, a witness tamperer, a street criminal, a criminal intimidator, a harasser and a sociopath. These accusations are “supported” by innuendo, tortured logic, strained conclusions and photographs that are declared to tell their own story, but don’t.

Compared to this, the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry was a model of objectivity. When the heading of a section of the “Hillary File” reads “Have the Clintons ever murdered anyone?” — and it turns out to be a rhetorical question like “Is the Pope Catholic?” — you know that you’ve entered cuckooland.

This is why we need someone the likes of Barack Obama, who can bring people together, not that I'm necessarily a "can't we all get along" type of guy (as my friends will attest). I'm sure Hillary Clinton is perfectly capable of leading the country. Judging by the polls and the information gathered after completed primaries so far however, the numbers indicate that Obama can attract more crossover votes than Clinton, moderate Republicans as well as Independents, and in my opinion, the chances of a Democratic victory come November are much better with Obama as the Democratic nominee.

Am I deluding myself in believing that Obama can overcome the racism he will face (and has probably already faced) as we draw nearer to post time? Or perhaps the question should be: Are the American people ready to overcome racism in the face of one of the most important choices a voter will make this generation? Only time will tell.

Bush Unveils Budget and Lunacy

Lame Duck Georgie the Loon has unveiled his spending plan for the 2009 fiscal year: $3.1 Trillion package. THREE. POINT. ONE. TRILLION. DOLLARS. And guess what it includes? Yes! Increased military spending, permanent tax cuts for the wealthy and $196 billion in savings from Medicare and Medicaid.

Even with those savings, Bush projects that the deficits, which had been declining, will soar to near-record levels, hitting $410 billion this year and $407 billion in 2009. The all-time high deficit in dollar terms was $413 billion in 2004.

Democrats attacked Bush's final spending plan as a continuation of this administration's failed policies which wiped out a projected 10-year surplus of $5.6 trillion and replaced it with a record buildup in debt.

"Today's budget bears all the hallmarks of the Bush legacy - it leads to more deficits, more debt, more tax cuts, more cutbacks in critical services," said House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, D-S.C.

..."The president proposes more of the same failed policies he has embraced throughout his time in office - more deficit-financed war spending, more deficit-financed tax cuts tilted to benefit the wealthiest and more borrowing from foreign nations like China and Japan," said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

The chimp is certifiable. And yet, somehow Republicans are always accusing Democrats of loose pocketbooks. Unbelievable.

Clinton & McCain: Wage Garnishing and More Corporate Tax Breaks

What the fuck?! You turn your back for one minute to relax and watch the Super Bowl and the politicians think no one is looking or listening.

The New York senator has criticized presidential rival Barack Obama for pushing a health plan that would not require universal coverage. Clinton has not always specified the enforcement measures she would embrace, but when pressed on ABC's "This Week," she said: "I think there are a number of mechanisms" that are possible, including "going after people's wages, automatic enrollment."

Whaaaa?! Is that how you plan to provide universal heath care? Great. Here comes the GOP: "A vote for Hillary is a vote for garnishing wages." Clinton did say that such measures would apply only to workers who can afford health coverage and that her proposals for subsidies will make it "affordable for everyone." But it's too late now. The sound bite is out there.

And here's the Maverick telling "Fox News Sunday" he would veto any tax increase passed by a Democratic-controlled Congress. McCain, who opposed President Bush's first two tax cuts, now says Congress should make the reductions permanent, and that there also should be further tax reductions for business investments.

Yes! Yes! More tax breaks for the weathly and for corporations! That's what we need! At least that's some straight talk for ya.

Obama on Face The Nation

T Minus 351 Days

"You work three jobs?... Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that."

-Omaha, Nebraska, Feburary 4, 2005, to a single mother of three

Sunday, February 3, 2008

The Greatest Upset Ever

I'm in shock. The underdog New York Giants have beaten the heavily favored and undefeated (until this game) New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII (that's 42 for you non-Romans) 17-14. The Pats were favored by 13 points.

As I was driving to work this morning, I flipped on WFAN, the all sports station in New York and all I heard was the following (paraphrasing): "Let's face facts. After all the hype of the last two weeks, and after everyone has calmed down and faced reality, the Giants really have no shot at winning this thing." And I thought, "Well, hell. Why don't they just forget all about playing the game and just give the trophy to the Patriots? After all, why play? Someone could get injured and if there's no sense in trying to win the game, if indeed it's a foregone conclusion, then just give up now."

Now as I've said before, I'm not a Giants fan. But I am a fan of the underdog. Just as I'm a fan of Dennis Kucinich and John Edwards. They didn't make it, but the Giants did. JumpyPants, a guest blogger over at Bob Cesca is equating what happened tonight to what may happen on Super Tuesday.

I'm sticking with my predictions for Obama on Tuesday night. And I'm sticking with the parallels I drew: that the Giants had the heart to win this Super Bowl, just as Obama has the heart - and skills and determination - to carry this nomination...and the general election.
Do I think the fix is in? No. Do I believe Obama has major hurdles to climb in a racist United States? Absolutely. Do I believe Barack Obama can pull out Super Tuesday and make a run at the nomination? After a $32 million month and watching the California debate, I'm a believer now.

Congratulations to the New York Giants and all Giants fans!


And just a reminder: 12 days until pitchers and catchers.

Bush? Lincoln? Who's The Greatest?

"Mary Todd Lincoln was not a happy person. His [Lincoln's] soul was... troubled." These are a couple of comments by our fearless leader in the latest Fox Propaganda Bush Love-In. The video posted at Crooks & Liars is a must see.

The Bush-Lincoln comparison by these buffoons is scary. But here's what "billw" at C & L had to say and it's so damned funny, you need to read it for yourself:

You know, I think I really learned a lot from this (propaganda) documentary from (Pravda) Fox News. I really don’t know how it is that I hadn’t noticed previously how much George Bush is just like Abraham Lincoln, the founder of the Republican Party, or that Bush is already known for giving “some of the most eloquent and visionary speeches ever delivered by an American President,” just like the Gettysburg Address!
So, which of Bush’s speeches do you think
will be memorialized for generations to come? Will George W. Bush go down in history as being a great President, or the greatest President?

Super Sunday

Well, in a few hours the two weeks of hype will finally be over and we'll have a game and a winner. I'm not a Giants fan. I'm a Jets fan (a sorry one at that), but my hatred for the New England Patriots over the last few years has superceded my disgust for the Miami Dolphins so I'll be rooting for the underdog Giants tonight.

Why do I hate the Patriots, you may ask?

1 - Bill Belichick. Let's not forget that this bastard was handed the New York Jets head coaching job. Yes, my sorry, sad sack, maligned, beloved Jets. One day later, he resigned. That put the Jets franchise into a tailspin that they haven't recovered from, lo these eight loooong years later.

2 - The three time Super Bowl Champs were caught cheating. If this has been the case over the last few seasons, it taints the whole dynasty for me.

3 - Patriots fans piss me off.

There are a myriad of other issues I have with the Pats, but I'll just leave it there and hope for the greatest upset in the history of football. GO GIANTS!