Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Why are we even engaging in any discussion of seating Michigan and Florida delegates? Seriously. They broke the rules. Knowingly. Hillary Clinton broke the rules. Knowingly. End of story, right?
She's claiming victory?? She was the only one on the ballot in Michigan, and still only got half the votes. That's a victory??
As for Florida, Hillary won... but no one campaigned. Had no one campaigned in Wisconsin, Clinton would have won by 20 or 30 percent.
But they did campaign. And she lost. So why believe Florida would have been different?
And now she's actually been going around touting McCain as superior to Obama? She's openly saying that if she's not nominated, fuck the party. And we're rewarding this?? Shouldn't that disqualify her?
As for a do-over, it's just not possible. Why isn't anyone stating the obvious: you can't have a do-over because it's a different world now. Unless you can persuade Richardson and Biden and Edwards to get back into the election, it's not a do-over at all.
When I cast my vote in California (by mail) it was for John Edwards. If I had known Hillary Clinton was going to use my state as a club against the rest of the party, I would have voted for Obama. I suspect a lot of Clinton voters would have voted for Obama, too, especially given the despicable campaign she's running. Should California get a do-over, too?
Are we really going to let the states that broke the rules cast deciding votes at the end of the process? That's not a punishment, it's a reward. And given that 8% of Clinton's votes in Texas were from Rush Limbaugh's legions, can we really expect these do-overs to be tamper-free?
The voters who cast their votes in Florida and Michigan for Hillary Clinton have not been disenfranchised. The voters who wanted to vote but stayed home were disenfranchised. They were told their votes wouldn't count, so they didn't vote. How do you tell them now that you were just kidding, and that the joke is on them for not voting?
If you count the votes now, you're screwing the people who followed the rules. Not Just Barack Obama, but all the voters who did what they were supposed to do.
I was not a Barack Obama supporter, and I haven't really been involved in this process since Biden and Edwards were eliminated. But Hillary Clinton's disgusting, deranged campaign has turned me into a sworn Obama voter.
I have never voted for a Republican in my life. But if the delegates from Florida and Michigan are seated.... or if there are do-overs... or if Hillary Clinton appears anywhere on that ballot... or if the "super delegates" overturn the delegate count...
I will vote for John McCain.
Yes, he's a liar and a scumbag. What's worse is he's not a natural-born scumbag, like Bush. He's a hero and a "straight-talker" who actively chose scumbaggery. That's worse.
But Hillary Clinton is a scumbag too. A vicious one. And a liar. And, I believe, 100% batshit crazy. I realized this when she went, in 24 hours, from being "honored" to run against Obama to shrieking "shame on you!" When asked at the last debate to explain this episode, she said she was "disturbed." I'll say.
The guy she was honored to run against now puts sleeping children at risk of death? When she said that whoever won, things would be fine, we know she was "xeroxing" a line from John Edwards. When she ran fear ads against Obama, she was cribbing from the Karl Rove playbook. Which was the real Hillary Clinton? Is there a real Hillary Clinton?
The next president will face a shitstorm of unimaginable proportions. Bush has made a profound mess of things. It's a horrible situation to be in. Obama has a chance to succeed. Hillary Clinton is the same thing as John McCain: someone who'll play dirty political games and practice scumbaggery and drive us deeper into a hole and then leave the White House to raise Saudi money for her library.
And I'd rather that be a Republican than a Democrat. If someone is going to sanction the further deterioration of this country, it would turn my stomach if that person called herself a Democrat.
The era of cowardice and triangulation should be over. If Democrats vote for a war they know is wrong, and continue to fund that war, all to avoid appearing "weak"...
If they are lax with oversight, failing to investigate rampant fraud, Constitutional crimes, human rights violations, all so they can run out the clock...
If they decline to impeach Bush and Cheney for their obvious, numerous criminal acts, so as not to appear "obstructionist"...
Then what use is it to elect Democrats? Sacrificing truth and justice on the altar of political advantage is what Republicans do. We're Democrats because we believe government should be better than that.
If the Democratic party hands the keys to Clinton, I'm not going to be sitting in the back seat when the crash comes. I'll wait to vote Democrat until some real Democrats come along.