"Head West, Young Man"

Today was kind of a big day for me.  I got what was a pretty big phone call, a first for me.  In fact, the Hillary Clinton campaign called me on my phone today.  (Yeah, nothing really Earth-shattering, but it is what it is and it made my day.)

I've accepted an internship with the Hillary campaign in South Dakota to help close out the primary season as strongly as HRC possibly can.  I'm not headed out just yet--May 17 is my departure--but I'm really extremely excited.

I grew up in Michigan, and now live in Florida, but my father's side of the family lives in South Dakota.  In fact, my great-great-grandfather settled a little town there called Platte.  There's about 1,600 people or so in that town.

I'm committing three weeks of my life, full-time, to helping Hillary win the nomination.  Obama supporters have not stopped shouting us down, they have not stopped claiming victory, they have not stopped driving a wedge through the Democratic Party that will surrender huge swathes of the electorate to John McCain.  Hillary has just doubled down with $6 million dollars.  This thing is not done.

I know it might be getting a little tired to some, but this is what I believe.  Hillary won't quit on us, we can't quit on her, and she needs us more than ever before now.  This is not over, this is a game of psychology, and although the clock does run low, the Superdelegates ignore the trajectory and the momentum of this race at their peril.  There is a lot to accomplish and only a little time to do it.  We need all hands on deck to head for the White House.

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The Argument on May 14th

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have indeed moved one step closer to having a nominee.  On May 6th, Hillary Clinton had a "bad night," according to the punditocracy.  Although the margins of a 2% win in Indiana and a 14% loss in North Carolina were less than many polling organizations such as SUSA had pegged these contests at, Hillary outperformed the expectations set for her fresh off of her huge victory in Pennsylvania.  It is important that, moving forward, we do not lose perspective of what has been happening in this race lately.  The momentum is and has been moving towards Hillary Clinton, and West Virginia has demonstrated, resoundingly, that it is still in her corner.

We all have been hearing since March about how "the math" isn't good for Senator Clinton.  That still hasn't changed.  Yet what is important to remember, and I believe this will also be on the minds of the Superdelegates, is that much of this math dates far, far backwards in time.  Since Pennsylvania, the tide has been turning, and although May 6th wasn't the super-duper high note we might've necessarily been hoping for, May 13th once again proved that Hillary Clinton remains the candidate best suited to win critical swing states in November and stay strong in blue states a Democrat needs anchored in order to be competitive.  Barack Obama is still unable to win white, working-class votes, and huge portions of this demographic say they will vote for John McCain if Barack Obama is the nominee.

I'll probably get knocked for this, but I have developed a habit of visiting RedState every now and again, to get some insight into the warped mind of the Republican Party.  Dan McLaughlin there has a telling popular vote analysis in Obamomentum, Revisited:

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A Note on TR Abuse, FL, and MI.

Today, I lost my trusted user status, largely due to a small number of posters (literally three or so) troll-rating and hide-rating all of my posts made in the last 24 hours.  A much larger number of people have taken the time to uprate these posts, and for that I am deeply appreciative.  Unfortunately, I don't think my trusted user status is coming back anytime soon.

This is nothing short of blatant TR abuse by Obama supporters, and to me, personally, it's pretty upsetting.  I strongly believe that the active suppression of FL and MI voters represents an extremely unfortunate consequence of the Obama campaign, and I will continue to designate it as such.  This is America, it is a Democracy, and we count votes.  In the land where Barack Obama is more important than the Democratic process, we don't.  To the people who operate under this belief, it is simply not okay to call out blatant disenfranchisement when it is seen, because it goes against their candidate.  (It is worth noting that this in no way applies to every single Obama supporter out there.)  You may feel that is extreme, and that's okay, but unless your own voice and the voice of your parents, family, and friends have been taken out of a Democratic process, I don't believe that you have the right to thusly deem all of my comments as automatically inappropriate.

If you take the time to review my comments, I truly believe you will find that the vast majority of them are extremely substantive and that I do strive for a conciliatory tone.  I have even, in many cases, advocated voting for Obama in the GE, should he win the nomination.  Obama's supporters here are leading me to rethink that position.

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Florida Matters!

I grew up in a little suburb in Michigan. Wedged between Detroit and Ann Arbor, Plymouth was and is still an enclave of wealthy, mostly white Americans, but this was contrasted by the remarkable diversity of African-Americans, Indians (the ones from Asia), and Muslim immigrants. At the age of 17, I moved out of my parents house and started my higher education at a private college in a major urban center in Florida.

When the DNC made its declaration that the delegates of Florida and Michigan would not be seated, I balked. I think most people balked; there was no conceivable way that a Democrat could take the White House without at least being competitive in these two states, and there is no better way to shoot yourself in the foot than to alienate voters. I laughed at the fact that the Democratic Party managed to slight the only two states I had ever lived in, and thusly, slighted almost every person that I've met in my lifetime. I thought that the American Democratic Party, of all the political parties in the world, would be the least likely to surrender the voting rights of its members over political moves made between bloated party bigwigs, and over a process that punishes the only people who had no say in it: the voters.

But I guess that was before the era of Barack Obama.

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