There can be no "fair" re-vote in MI and FL

One more time, from the top.

Aside from the fact that there is an excellent reason the DNC penalized MI and FL in the primary presidential race. Aside from the fact that both MI and FL were warned under no uncertain terms what would happen if they tried to "cut in line" without due process. Aside from the fact that both Obama and Clinton agreed, on film and on paper, to the DNC's decision to de-legitimize MI and FL's out-of-turn selection of the presidential nominee.

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Green Eggs & Ham For Obama Supporters

I am Sam. I am Sam. Sam-I-Am.

That Sam-I-Am! That Sam-I-Am! I do not like that Sam-I-Am!

Would you like Bill and Hillary?

I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.
I do not like Bill and Hillary.

Would you like them here or there?

I would not like them here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like Bill and Hillary.
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

Would you like them in the White House?
Would you like her or her spouse?

I do not like them in the White House.
I do not like her or her spouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like Bill and Hillary.
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

Would you support them if Bear ate stocks?
Would you support them when on FOX?

Not if Bear ate stocks. Not when on FOX.
Not in the White House, her or her spouse.
I would not support them here or there.
I would not support them anywhere.
I would not support Bill and Hillary.
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

Would you? Could you? In a hybrid car?
Support them! Support them! Here they are.

I would not, could not, in a hybrid car.

You may like them. You will see.
You may like them, in the 90's we were debt free!

We would not, could not become debt free.
Not in a hybrid car! You let me be.
I do not like them as Bear eats stocks.
I do not like them when on FOX.
I do not like them in the White house.
I do not like her or her spouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like Bill and Hillary.
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

A brain! A brain! A brain! A brain!
Could you, would you with a brain?

Not with a brain! Not to be debt free!
Not in a hybrid car! Sam! Let me be!
I would not, could not, as Bear ate stocks.
I would not, could not, when on FOX.
I will not support them in the White House.
I will not support them here or there.
I will not support them anywhere.
I do not support Bill and Hillary.
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

Say! In the dark? Hey, you, in the dark!
Would you, could you, while in the dark?

I would not, could not, while in the dark.

Would you, could you if the economy was going down the drain?

I would not, could not as we go down the drain.
Not in the dark. Not with a brain.
Not in a hybrid car. Not to be debt free.
I do not like them, Sam, you see.
Not in the White house. Not as Bear eats stocks.
Not her or her spouse. Not when on FOX.
I will not support them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere!

You do not like Bill and Hillary?

I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

Could you, would you, to end the war?

I would not, could not to end the war!

Would you, could you, just to fight some more?

I could not, would not, to end the war.
I will not, will not, I want to fight some more.
I will not support them even as we go down the drain.
Not in the dark! Not to be debt free!
Not in a hybrid car! You let me be!
I do not like them as Bear eats stocks.
I do not like them when on FOX.
I will not support them in the White house.
I do not like her or her spouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere!
I do not like Bill and Hillary!
I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.

You do not like them. So you say.
Try them! Try them! And you may.
Try them and you may, I say.

Sam! If you let me be,
I will try them. You will see.

(... And s/he tries them ...)

Say! I like Bill and Hillary!
I do! I like them, Sam-I-Am!
And I will support them to end the war.
And I will support them so we don't fight some more.
And I will support them, so we don't go down the drain.
And in the dark. And with a brain.
And in a hybrid car. And to be debt free.
They are so good, so good, you see!
So I will support them as Bear eats stocks.
And I will support them when on FOX.
And I will support them in the White house.
And I will support her and her spouse.
And I will support them here and there.
Say! I will support them anywhere!
I do so like Bill and Hillary!
Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am.

[based on Doctor Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham]

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Really, "Civil War"

Did anyone else notice how "civil war" slipped into the discussion today regarding the Democratic primary?

Earlier today, I heard a talking head on MSNBC refer to the primary as a "civil war." Also today, DKos decried about the recent Daily Kos writer's strike by pro-Clinton bloggers that "Clinton is planning...a destructive and dehabilitating civil war." At the Huffington Post today, Keli Goff also refers to the Democratic primary as a "civil war" that will ultimately end up benefiting the Republicans. Ms. Goff implies this will be at the hands of the Clinton campaign, by revealing that a "Democratic political operative" close to the Clintons told her that "the Clinton campaign would be tempted to engage in tactics that could arguably be viewed to have racial over (or under) tones" [her quote not the operatives].

Really, civil war. Is this inflamatory rhetoric the Obama campaign's "full assult" kick off to intensify the negative attacks against Hillary Clinton and her supporters? I certainly hope that the Obama campaign is not behind the meme change to define the primary as a "civil war" and that this is just the work of a few loose screwsacting out on their own.  

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Geraldine Ferraro Is Not A Racist

I've seen tons of spammed comments around here that Geraldine Ferraro is a racist and that Hillary Clinton and her supporters are racist for not denouncing Ferraro's comments. I think that Ferraro's comments have been taken out of context. She is referring to the "historic firsts" of this election. Here is what she said in the interview with the Daily Breeze.

Speaking by phone from her New York law office, the 72-year-old former Democratic congresswoman outlined the themes that will dominate her talk [American Perspectives series]. She also offered pointed observations regarding the Barack Obama juggernaut and what she sees as a sexist media bias against the candidate of her choice.

"I will probably start with a personal account, drawing attention to the historic firsts of both these candidacies in our party, and point out specific, significant differences between Hillary's campaign and mine," said Ferraro.

"I will discuss what I think's been going on in her campaign and the role of the media, which has been far larger than anything I've seen before. And I'll get into what this bides for the future. I may also speak about the superdelegates, since I was involved with their creation."

"I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign."

"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued. "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept." 

People seem to be getting stuck on this portion of what Ferraro said: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position." What she is saying is that Obama is unique and an historic first. He was only in the US Senate for one year before running for President. No one else could pull this off, but Obama can because of his message and who he is as a person. Yes, she could have worded this differently. But she isn't a racist. This whole thing is getting blown way out of proportion. Let's deal with the real racism that exists instead of making false charges.

Cross-posted on DailyKos.

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A suggestion for Obama

Obama has alot going for him right now, but Hillary's lead in the Texas contest and her obvious advantages in Ohio are going to make a very confusing picture out of his momentum and thats going to make for a thorny final convention if he can't get out of his comfort zone and really nail one of those two contests.

Winning Texas, for example, would simplify his path to presidency  - but how can he do it?

In my view. He simply needs to come out with a speech about Universal Healthcare, and clarify one point. How is he going to do it?

The Federal Employee Benefits Health Program (FEBHP) has an infrastructure that already exists. I believe that one, simple speech that will offer to the American people that his plan is to simply add capacity to that existing plan and offer it to the American people will have a huge impact.

Texas has a population that cares about this issue deeply. Healthcare really is a crisis for many people - and as Edwards pointed out in one of his earlier speeches, a healthcare crisis in a given family is often the cause of bankruptcy.  

But Obama's speech and position about healthcare is a wary compromise and this issue has been around for so long, with such incredible force against it by the big Insurance company lobbyists - that almost everyone understands that if you can't connect the dots all the way to an enrollment form in your hand - and an approved policy protecting you - it simply won't happen.

Also, there's one more thing. Almost everyone (more than 1 out of every 2 people) have a computer and even more than that, full access to one and can understand some pretty simple concepts.

They understand that adding a little bit of memory and disk space to a computer will give it the ability to store amazing amounts of data and that what seems like alot of people - 200 million Americans - can actually be accomodated pretty easily storage-wise.  

So its within the reach of everyone to understand that the action needed to make a really strong healthcare policy happen - is within the reach of any candidate right now. Hillary is the only one who simply offers that she will extend the existing infrastructure out to people, and those people are planning to vote for her.

Obama , if he makes a speech where he clarifies healthcare - will win Texas. Thats my two cents. Wisconsin is already in the bag.  What do you think?

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