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Category Archives: Obamamania

Obama Vs. The Real News

From the Daily Kos Gallery:

Aside from the commitment to what sounds like a great progressive stimulus plan, one sentence struck me: Will your job or your husband’s job or your daughter’s job be the next one cut?. Read that closely. In a speech about universal fears and hardship, he is addressing his primary listeners as women. Never have I heard sentence construction like that from a president — women addressed directly in a non-“women’s issues” setting as legitimate, fully fledged and very concerned and invested breadwinners. The effect is stunning.

I’m actually impressed with this guy’s work ethic and again he’s less likely to send me to a detention center for opposing the Iran war. Or Israel’s war against Iran. Whatever. I don’t care what that mysterious Johnny Brainwash sez…

versus the Real News:

and this:

If its the Clintons vs. Obama then I take Obama. And: Fear the Huck!

(and yes Doc Menlo knows this artist very well. I think its an endorsement…)

Booman, the Anti-Kos, seems to think that Obama has it in the bag. I agree.

Anyone that reads this blog knows that I am pulling for Barack Obama and that I have low personal regard for Mrs. and Mr. Clinton. So, yeah, I am biased. But Obama won the night tonight by every available measure. Chuck Todd on MSNBC has done the national delegate estimate (using the most optimistic Clinton campaign projections for California) and got: Obama 841 Clinton 837. It will probably be a slightly larger lead for Obama, but not more than 15-20 additional delegates.

Obama didn’t just win the delegate battle, he won the states battle. Obama won (14) Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Alaska. Clinton won (8) New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Arkansas, California, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Then there is the expectations game. Obama had two big upsets in Connecticut and Missouri, while Clinton had none.

The next set of primaries favors Obama. Of course, it will never be an inevitable win for the first viable African American candidate. Even The Great Orange Satan has it right:

So how will this shake out? Beats me. But task one is for Obama to survive this Tuesday. If he does, task two is for Hillary to survive this month. If she does, then they both have to survive the mini-Super Tuesday on March 4th. If they do, this thing goes to Pennsylvania. Or to North Carolina.

Or to the convention.

You know, when I was growing up as a young black man, other older African Americans would say something to me at various times, usually at church or a social function. And what they often said was “We are not loved.” Just out of the blue. I always wondered what that meant as a young person full of optimism, back then anyway. Now, as a grumpy older black person, and winner of about $20000 grand from discrimination lawsuits against two allegedly “liberal” institutions, I now realize that was a slightly more subtle way of saying “We are a deeply hated people”. Last hired, first fired. Watch as black men with college degrees get turned away from the job while the white man who uses yinz as a noun and no high school diploma not only gets the job but also gets the promotion. If you’re a lucky black person, you might even get to train him. I live in a country where black men are, really, if you look at it, groomed for the prison system and/or low grade wage slavery where you never ever get to get out.

That’s why I didn’t originally endorse Obama. We’re not loved. Really. I still think the safest bet was John Edwards. You run a risk nominating either a woman or an African American to the presidency. But if it’s a choice between the Clintons and Obama, then Obama is clearly the better choice. Both have strongly hinted that they’re corporate dems which means, probably, very little changes in the lives of ordinary Americans. On the other hand, I think that when the Democratic Party controls the White House then things can get a little better. Sane people on the courts would be nice too.There would be no Americorps if Bill Clinton hadn’t become president. True, when I worked for Americorps I worked at a church which is as symbolic of the Clinton legacy as anything (I never told any of my students to pray though. I told them to think their way out of problems). Remember: The Clintons left the country in the hands of fascist republicans and a cave in mentality that has really turned both parties into the servants of the Republican ruling classes. I guess I’ve seen what the Clintons have done–and I also have this sneaky feeling that they didn’t mind losing democratic party majorities in both houses because it strengthened the presidency and their own personal war against the party’s base–and I think its time to give a family other than Bush or Clinton a chance to do good or even ill. Couldn’t do any worse quite frankly.

One more thing on why the Edwards choice wasn’t only the most progressive choice, but the safest. If you were appalled by the tactics of the Clintons (okay mostly Bill. He loves his hawt wife. Who knew.), then just wait for the GOP onslaught. Expect Obama’s middle name to be used in all of those unauthorized yet effective 527 ads. Horrible stuff. I mean, I think the country is ready for a big change but it won’t be easy. Not to mention that the country’s real terrorist threat comes from the American right. They’re the ones who kill with impunity. I like to think those Nazi Stormfront groups will just sit on their hands and blog about it, terrified of secret service protection but I doubt it….

Mittens dropping out isn’t good. Mike Huckabee is a nightmare candidate in that he’s completely likeable, strikes me as authentic (non McCain trophy wife and all…) and the Republican wall streeters hate him. Now Mike gets a one on one race with McCain, or Bob Dole II, who I think is a very beatable candidate in a general election. I’d much rather face Bob Dole II in a general election than Mike Huckabee. Not that I would vote for MIke. See here and here. More GOP awfulness…Related: Why Richard Dawkins is a mean ol’ atheist.

Four Posts About the Iowa Caucuses

Jan 3

Oh fuck. They just called Obama articulate on CNN. It was cranky old Jack. Well it least he wasn’t impressed about how clean he was.

Looks like my second choice Barack Obama has won the Iowa caucuses. Just a note to my fellow Americans: Even if Obama wins the DNC nomination and wins the presidential election, the United States would still be a fucking racist nation. Just thought I should mention that here in a country that doesn’t fund public education like it funds wars against brown folks abroad, seems to be tracking black males for the penal system and as of late throws entire black families into jail for their droopy pants…. So please don’t think it’s all better now. That is all as my favorite armored bear has said recently in the Golden Compass, which I finally saw and which I thought was pretty good. More on the Golden Compass here…

A very late Happy New Year to everyone. It’s about 9 pm when I write this and they’re calling it for Mike Huckabee. Oddly enough, I actually think he represents your average hayseed racist loves the lord republican fairly accurately. Or as someone called it, and I’m paraphrasing, he’s the Revenge of Gomer. Update: Watching CNN now and one of the talking heads says Mitt’s Mormonism cost him because evangelicals came out against him. Sounds about right to me. Traditional Mormonism, started by a twice or thrice convicted con artist if I remember the Hitchens quote right, simply isn’t compatible with Christianity.

It’s completely up in the air on the dem side. Edwards could win it all or fall to third. It’s very close. I did some volunteer calling for about 2 and a half hours Tuesday night for Edwards and felt pretty good about all the people who were choosing Edwards as a second choice. But I woke up this morning finding out that Richardson, with his 5 or 6 percent, was telling his voters to choose Obama and right now Obama is leading. Again, I could work for Obama even though I’m not enthralled with his GOP talking points campaign so far and I’m not sure if or how he would fight for the interests of the common man. Think he would be great for the courts though and the EEOC, where I currently have a case…

Booman, the Anti Kos, probably had the best summary of why most of the blogosphere backs Edwards. I really think Edwards has the best message and ironically he could even run against the DNC congress and get away with it. Update: CNN calls it for Obama around 9:30.

Here’s Booman on Edwards:

Perhaps because his wife is such an avid reader of blogs, Edwards’ campaign tapped right into our zeitgeist. He came out with our insight front and center. You want Edwards’ message? Here it is: ‘Fuck David Broder, fuck Joe Klein, fuck Chris Matthews, fuck FOX News, fuck Tim Russert, fuck Mitch McConnell, fuck Big Oil, Big Pharma, and Big Defense. We don’t need them. They won’t negotiate in good faith. They’re stacking the deck against us. And we can beat them by telling the truth and getting organized.’ That’s Edwards’ message, and that is the message we have internalized both through our successes and our failures.

What’s funny is that Obama is saying many of the same things, in his own way. The policy differences between Edwards and Obama are minimal. But Obama’s tone deaf to the blogosphere. And, as a result, the blogosphere didn’t trust him. Take Armando:

…we do not criticize Obama’s political style on aesthetic grounds; we criticize his style because we think it will not work to actually EFFECT CHANGE. We believe that despite his being touted as the change candidate, his political style is the one LEAST likely to achieve progressive policy change.

His ‘style’ will be ineffective. Why did so many of us conclude this? It’s because we have watched Tom Daschle, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi try to negotiate with the Republicans (in the minority, the majority, no matter) and it does not work. We have watched the Dems talk tough and then back down time and time again. We’re done with conciliation and we don’t believe bipartisanship is possible without first crushing the Republican Party down to a stump.

There was a public warning about how you could hack the Iowa caucus process from black box voting. Read about it here.

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