• I only use my iPod when I go running (short distances -- usually less than 5 miles), so all of the songs I load onto it are intended to keep me moving along. This particular shuffle is a pretty representative sample.

  • "Her Brand New Skin" (Everclear)
    "Parmi eux" (Deportivo)
    "The Distance" (Cake)
    "Naked Eye" (Luscious Jackson)
    "Song 2" (Blur)
    "Mama Said Knock You Out" (LL Cool J)
    "911 is a Joke" (Public Enemy)
    "Mysterious Ways" (U2)
    "Sleep Now in the Fire" (Rage Against The Machine)
    "Preaching the Blues" (Gun Club)
  • comment on a post It's a Tie! (Popular Vote v. Pledged Delegates) over 6 years ago

    ...for the Detroit Tigers. Despite reports that they "lost" the game versus the Oakland A's last night 4-5, it's now clear that it was a tie, since they edged out the A's with 9 hits to 8 hits. Go Tigers!

  • comment on a post Hillary won the popular vote over 6 years ago

    ...for the Detroit Tigers. Despite reports that they "lost" the game versus the Oakland A's last night 4-5, it's now clear that it was a tie, since they edged out the A's with 9 hits to 8 hits. Go Tigers!

  • comment on a post Thank You Kentucky! (and April Fundraising Numbers) over 6 years ago

    With the all of the creative accounting -- in delegate, popular vote and fundraising math -- the Clinton Campaign is beginning to resemble nothing so much as a company like Enron, which continued to issue aggressive and falsely optimistic reports long after it had sunken hopelessly into the red.

    I don't blame Clinton supporters for their devotion and loyalty to Hillary. But I think that she is doing them a disservice by continuing to present her campaign as viable.

    Clinton owes $20 million dollars to other parties and $11 dollars to herself. Of the $30 million reported last night as cash on hand, less than $10 million is available for the primary election -- over $20 million of cash on hand was reported as general election funds in March, and that number can only have grown.

    $31 million dollars in debt less $10 million primary election cash on hand: Clinton is at least $21 million in the red. And the amount of cash on hand is less than the amount that she has lent herself: The Clinton Campaign is now running on Clinton's own money and the cash that is being raised is only enabling further deficit spending.

    The Clinton Campaign is putting a good face on their financial situation, but given the trend and the enormity of the debt, there are grounds for considering it as dire and unprecedented. Given this lack of disclosure, I don't think there are grounds for expecting that the campaign would be any more forthcoming about their prospects in the nomination contest.

  • Before the Twelfth Amendment was ratified, the vice presidency was awarded to the candidate in the general election who received the second-most number of electoral votes.

    This was, it was generally agreed, a bad system. It resulted in a president and a vice president who likely did not have compatible ideas, and who might not work well together. The Twelfth Amendment, only the second to be added to the Constitution after the Bill of Rights, was ratified to put an end to this system. That was more than 200 years ago.

    If awarding the veep slot to the runner up was a historically bad idea for general elections, why is it such a good idea for primaries?

  • comment on a post I like Hillary Clinton over 6 years ago

  • on a comment on Former DNC Chairs for Clinton over 6 years ago

    Heck, I'm not really a McAuliffe fan.

    But if you're going to make an argument that he's a failure, make an argument. An equals sign does not an argument make.

    And if you want to persuade anyone, try spelling his name correctly.

  • comment on a post Obama No (The Progressive) over 6 years ago

    Reed's theory that denies Obama as an agent of progressive change is reminiscent of the attacks that orthodox communists made against "bourgeois" socialists. They saw incremental justice as more of an obstacle to Revolution than their political enemies on the Right.

    Pronouncing that Obama is "a brand will dissolve into disillusionment," Reed counsels instead a masochistic form of instant gratification: Vote for Clinton, because you can't be disappointed if you already expect the worst.

    Make no doubt about it: Reed expects the worst from Hillary Clinton. In his wholly negative endorsement essay, he doesn't even mention her by name. No "Hillary". Not even "Senator Clinton". But take a look at his assessment of the Bill Clinton administration in his 2000 endorsement of Ralph Nader:

    By 1996, the Clinton Administration had proven to be worse than I and others had even feared, and the crowning outrage of welfare "reform" made absolutely certain that I would never again vote for any Clinton for anything.

    So much for certainty. So much for the absolute.

    Perhaps what has changed his mind is that Reed is confident that his candidate won't win, so he won't have to feel guilty about having supported someone who is less than perfect in office. So it was that he cast a care-free vote for Nader in 2000, calling it "an existential choice" without immediate or long-term significance. But his 1992 vote for Bill Clinton clearly weighed on his conscience. Since he "suspects" that Hillary Clinton can't beat Barack Obama, he can endorse her as another harmless exercise.

    The Progressive's cover story is actually "Obama Yes/Obama No" with an essay taking each side. Obama Yes is written by Edwige Danticat. In her endorsement of Obama, Danticat expresses regret for the "2000 Al Gore Presidency that might have been". What a contrast to Mr. Reed! Seeing that a George W. Bush presidency might indeed have immediate or long-term significance, Danticat voted for the only person who could stop him. History has vindicated her choice in 2000, as I'm confident it will vindicate her choice this year.

    As for Adolph L. Reed? Don't blame him, he voted existentially.

    Yeah, right.

  • on a comment on Former DNC Chairs for Clinton over 6 years ago

    Rosa Parks disobeyed a law that was patently unjust, and she did so without an eye to her own interests. Nobody involved in the Florida/Michigan debacle can make such a claim.

    Should the DNC just roll over if any state unilaterally decides that it wants to go first? How is that fair to other states?

    If the analogy applies at all, Florida and Michigan told the rest of the states to go sit down at the back of the bus.

  • on a comment on Former DNC Chairs for Clinton over 6 years ago

    Of the 8 surviving DNC chairs that served while Bill Clinton was president, 4 are endorsing Hillary Clinton. 3 are endorsing Barack Obama, and Romer will vote for the leader in the pledged delegate count.

    Given the lack of a consistent verdict from these folks, I don't think a strong argument either for or against the Clinton administration follows. Nor should it, since these folks share the credit and the blame for what happened at that time.

  • on a comment on Former DNC Chairs for Clinton over 6 years ago

    I understand that Romer is in the "Pelosi Club," i.e. will cast his vote for the winner of pledged delegates.

    I agree that Dean will cast his vote for Obama.

    As for Bob Strauss -- it looks like he maxed out his contributions to Clinton, giving $2,300 to her in Q4 of 2007, but only $500 to Obama in Q1 of 2008. So I would count him as a favorite for Clinton.

    On the other hand, if he was going to come out for Clinton, it's curious that he didn't join the other letter writers. (But were any of the signatories not previously on the record as endorsing Clinton?)

  • comment on a post Former DNC Chairs for Clinton over 6 years ago

    While we're doing a headcount of DNC chairs, here are all the surviving ones along with their endorsements. They're all superdelegates, with the possible exception of Curtis, whose status depends on the resolution of the FL controversy.

    Fred Harris (Chair 1969-70, NM): Obama
    Bob Strauss (Chair 1972-77, TX): Uncommitted
    Kenneth Curtis (Chair 1977-78, FL): Clinton
    Charles Manatt (Chair 1981-85, CA): Clinton
    Paul Kirk (Chair 1985-88, MA): Obama
    David Wilhelm (Chair 1993-94, OH): Obama
    Debra DeLee (Chair 1994-95, MA): Clinton
    Chris Dodd (Gen'l Chair 1995-97, CT): Obama
    Don Fowler (Nat'l Chair 1995-97, SC): Clinton
    Roy Romer (Gen'l Chair 1997-99, CO): Uncommitted
    Steve Grossman (Nat'l Chair 1997-99, MA): Clinton
    Ed Rendell (Gen'l Chair 1999-2001, PA): Clinton
    Joe Andrew (Nat'l Chair 1999-2001, IN): Obama
    Terry McAuliffe (Chair 2001-05, VA): Clinton
    Howard Dean (Chair since 2005, VT): Uncommitted

    Summary: 7 Clinton; 5 Obama; 3 Uncommitted

    Note that the DNC had a 2-chair system from 1995-2001, where the General Chair was the public spokesperson and the National Chair was the administrator.

  • comment on a post Wright Off-Message over 6 years ago

    While supporters of McCain and Clinton have done their best to paint Jeremiah Wright as an Obama surrogate, he is not and never has been one. Wright speaks for himself. He cannot go "off-message" because he's never been responsible for disseminating Obama's message. Obama's political enemies would certainly like people to believe that Wright's message is Obama's message -- but they make this case entirely by way of the "association fallacy".

    I don't think Wright, to use the dead horse cliché of the year, threw Obama under the bus. But let's suppose he had: Although it might be personally painful for Obama, I don't see how it could do anything but help him politically by underscoring the fact that Wright does not speak for Obama, and that their differences on the issues of controversy run deep.

  • ...is like the tottering Roman Empire inviting barbarian warlords to its defense. That played out well.

    I know what Scaife is thinking. But what does Hillary think she knows that she thinks Scaife doesn't know? Scaife is not personally invested into this contest the way that Clinton is, so he doesn't risk the kind of face-saving self-deception that could cause Clinton to overplay her hand.

    Scaife is already a hero with his tribe the moment this endorsement hit the wires. They understand what he is doing and have a word for it, or two: Mega-dittoes, Rush.


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