Defining Moment of the DNC So Far?

I think this interview after Hillary Clinton’s speech last night was some of the best political television I’ve seen in a long time. Off the cuff, heart felt, and honest. Try finding that anywhere else at a big party convention. Still, it’s a little troubling to see people put so much faith in one person to make such an impact on their lives.

I get it that this woman is inspired by Hillary Clinton–I think that’s obvious and valid. But I’m glad we live in a system (at least for now) that doesn’t give one person enough power to instantly make the kinds of sweeping impact this woman seems to think Hillary could make.

McHillary For President!

This is funny.  There’s nothing more entertaining than some pissed off Hillary supporters.  Check out the photo of the woman wearing the Hillary t-shirt and McCain button.

“I’d like to see a McCain-Hillary ticket to tell you the truth. And there’s nothing that would please my soul more than to see Obama lose. He’s talking about eight years when he hasn’t got the four years. When people start nominating Hillary on the floor this week, he may fall off the stage when he sees superdelegates switching to Hillary.”

Is There a Pro-Technology Candidate Out There?

CNET has a pretty interesting article on Joe Biden’s less than stellar record on technology:

By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward the bottom of CNET’s Technology Voters’ Guide, and whose anti-privacy legislation was actually responsible for the creation of PGP.

Well, at least we know who to thank for PGP.  What would we do without Biden and those internets Al Gore invented?

Check out this Voter’s Guide to see how the other candidates rank on technology.  Some of note:

  • Barack Obama:  50%
  • John McCain:  31.25%
  • Hillary Clinton:  33.33%
  • Ron Paul:  80%

Fireworks In Store at Democratic Convention?

I really think there may be some fireworks at the Democratic Convention.  As tenacious as Bill Clinton is, Hillary is even more of a pit bull.  They are going to go down swinging for sure. I’m not sure if it is at all possible for her to walk out of there with the nomination, but it would be really interesting.  I think I may have to watch.

Many of Mrs Clinton’s supporters, roughly a quarter of whom say they plan to vote for Mr McCain, will be out in force in Denver continuing to argue that the former first lady would have been the better nominee. Among the most vocal is Party Unity My Ass, a pro-Hillary groups whose website trails the catchphrase “We are the ones no one was expecting” – a mocking reference to Mr Obama’s line: “We are the ones we have been waiting for”.

FT.com / World – Poll fears ahead of Democratic convention.

Hillary Clinton is Shameless

I guess that isn’t news to anyone, but…

In what was basically a concession speech tonight, she gave up without really giving up. But she did try to play a little trick on her less intelligent supporters–she asked them to go to her website to leave comments and “help in whatever way you can.”

So basically, she wants you to go to her site and donate money to pay off her campaign debts, even though she’s lost the nomination and has all but quit the campaign herself.

Now it’s back home to count pennies and hope that enough kids sell their bicycles and baseball cards to help her pay off the bill she’s racked up over the last few months.

Oh yeah, but she won South Dakota. Yippee!

This Would Be Real Election Fun

In the last few hours, I’ve become a big fan of what Hillary Clinton is trying to do.  In fact, I’d like to see her continue her campaign all the way through the general election.  Think about how much fun we’d have with this unlikely scenario…

HC leaves the Democratic Party and runs as an independent.  As a result, she will receive some backhanded support from some Republicans (a la Operation Chaos) in order to take votes away from Obama.  Not enough for her to beat McCain, but enough that Obama couldn’t win.  Hillary would continue portraying herself as a populist, and her (correct) argument that she’s the best candidate to take on McCain would pull some of Obama’s votes away from him.  To counter, Obama would have to fight with her for votes while also giving backhanded support to the Libertarian and Constitution Party candidates to take help take votes from McCain, at the same time defending against the Green Party.

There would be lots of positioning and strategery going on, and every candidate would have to go out on a limb to really distinguish themselves from the candidate that’s closest to them philosophically.  So instead of ridiculous arguments between Dems and Reps over silly details, we’d get real four and five way debate.  People would get taken to task by the other candidates on real issues, and no one would be afraid to call bullshit when the opportunity presented itself.

Kind of how an election should really be, huh?

Libertarian Party Agenda–Keep Hillary Clinton Out of Office

The “party of principle” compromised its principles over the weekend in some people’s eyes by choosing Bob Barr as its Presidential nominee. You may ask why that matters since they don’t have a legitimate shot of winning anyway. Well, to hard liners like Christine Smith, the Libertarian Party is just a shell of itself and no longer worthy of their participation. Her comments here actually sum up the very reason I’ve never been a member of the LP, although I usually vote Libertarian: I’m completely turned off by the term “true libertarian”. Even amongst the hard liners, there is constant bickering about who is the real libertarian. According to Smith, the Party is now dead.

tangleBut the LP may have actually accomplished something important this weekend after all–the stonewalling of Hillary Clinton until at least 2016. If Christine Smith is right and Bob Barr is just a neocon in libertarian clothing, he’s going to get a lot of protest votes from Republicans who aren’t happy with McCain’s nomination–maybe enough to cost him the election. That would set Obama up to win, keeping Hillary on the sidelines for 2012 as well.

Too funny.

Ron Paul to Foil McCain? Not This Year

The LA Times thinks so. They present Paul’s refusal to endorse McCain along with his supporters’ efforts to take over the Republican Party process at local levels as evidence.

The last three months Paul’s forces, who donated $34.5 million to his White House effort and upwards of one million total votes, have, as The Ticket has noted, been fighting a series of guerrilla battles with party establishment officials at county and state conventions from Washington and Missouri to Maine and Mississippi. Their goal: to take control of local committees, boost their delegate totals and influence platform debates.

The dissatisfaction with John McCain as the nominee is real, and it seems like the Republican Party may be ready for a changed direction and ripe for the picking. The election itself, however, isn’t.

Why?

Because despite what the pundits in Washington, LA, and New York think, Barack Obama is not electable. What the LaWashYork people don’t realize is that there is a whole country out there that isn’t withing their cities’ limits. And if you are intellectually honest with yourself about how THAT country feels, it’s obvious he can’t win.

Can he win the black vote? Obviously. Can he win the upper class liberal white vote? Absolutely–there seems to be an abundance of feelings of guilt about slavery and romantic novelty of his nomination. Young college kids? If they’re still gung ho about doing the opposite of what their parents do by November. But what about Hispanics? Please, be serious. What about working class white voters? They’re likely to see their choices as a moderate war hero who looks like them and a guy with a funny name who doesn’t. And what about the middle class soccer moms and t-ball dads? They are the meaty part of the bell curve–moderate, just like McCain.

This whole scenario is working out perfectly for the Republicans, at least for this election. The problem is, they have probably won the battle and lost the war. That feeling of frustration about the direction of the Party is not going to go away. Which leads us to…

Hillary Clinton in 2012. The longer Hillary Clinton drags this fight out, the worse Obama’s chances. Think she’s sticking around to be Vice President? Nah–she’s already had that job. Right now her best chance to get to the White House is good ol’ John McCain. Four more years of the same (no matter how he tries to distance himself from Bush), an opposing party still trying to find its identity, and the path will be cleared for her. It won’t hurt that Obama and Gore will be out of the way as well, both having proven they can’t win for the Democrats.

What about John Edwards? C’mon. The Democrats won’t be able to nominate another white male for quite a while. That would be seen as a step backwards for them.

Hillary R. Clinton Will You Please Go Now?

Hillary ClintonWe’ve seen her insult Tammy Wynette for standing by her man, before she stood by her man.

We’ve seen her be against the war in Iraq, before she was for it.

We’ve seen her criticize the idea of a moratorium on the gas tax, before she supported it.

We’ve seen her agree that the results in Michigan and Florida primary results shouldn’t count, before she decided that they should.

Now she’s vowed to fight all the way to the White House. Does that mean she’ll be dropping out soon?

Please! I’ve never had this much trouble getting a woman out of my life. I never thought I’d say this–poor Bill.