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Why my first Texas caucus might be my last

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/033008dnpoldemconventions.129a6399.html 

After participating in my first run through the caucus in the the Texas hybrid nomitation process, I’m wondering if it’s worth it to be involved in the Texas Democratic Party.  What a disaster.   The first caucus the night of the primary election was fairly messy.  Compared to the county convention – it wasn’t so bad after all. 

This caucus mess should just be eliminated. I understand that the caucus system benefits my candidate (this year),  but I don’t care – it’s a total beating.   If it were not for the energizing leadership of Obama, there’s no chance I would have participated in this mess. 

Processes were inefficient, when they were known at all.  The leadership came onstage multiple times to correct what they had announced 30 minutes ago.  When the leadership doesn’t know what’s going on – you can imagine how well the rest of it runs.  Sign in started at 8:30.  The actual business of the day started somewhere around 2:30!!  That’s 6 hours to sign your name and get it squared away as ‘Delegate’ or ‘Alternate’. 

After 6 hours of writing names down, we spent about 3 minutes electing our delegate to state.  Done.  What a WASTE of TIME and MONEY!   

Thankfully, we were outside which gave us the freedom to move around and spread out. 

If that county convention for delegate selection can’t be improved, it should be scrapped.  If the rulemakers can’t get the rules published on time, they should scrap it.  If the leaders can’t learn those rules and organize the process, they should scrap it. 

They only had 4 years to plan this and there’s only so much you can do in that amount of time.  

March 30, 2008 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Hillary, Sinbad, and Sheryl Crow walk off of a plane…

Crazy if Hillary’s campaign is derailed by a comedian. It has happened before.
When John McCain first ran for the Senate, he was called a liar by the most famous comedian of that time: Mark Twain.
  
Craig Ferguson: http://www.chortler.com/36944bosnia.shtml 


Oh Dear…CBS Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BfNqhV5hg4It’s like Jon Stewart once said: Do these people not realize that there are microphones recording the things they say? (Paraphrased).


From the “You reap what you sow” section:
The Tuzla story, which has been buzzing under the radar for some time, now threatens to cause real problems for the New York senator. YouTube mashups juxtaposing Clinton’s recounting of the dangers she faced with newsreels of her kissing a Bosnian child during a photo-op have become hits. The Washington Post reported that one such video had received more than 100,000 views. After weeks of keeping Sen. Barack Obama on the defensive over his association with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Clinton now finds herself at the center of a growing firestorm.
Source: http://www.newsweek.com/id/128977 

“I remember landing under sniper fire,” Mrs. Clinton said last week. “There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”Unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton, these events unfolded in the 1990s — not the 19th century — and her trip was well documented. As it turns out, Mrs. Clinton and teen-aged daughter Chelsea arrived in Bosnia, where they walked (not ran) across the tarmac and greeted an 8-year-old girl and assorted dignitaries. Comedian Sinbad and singer Sheryl Crow came along as well, and photos of the trip show everyone having a fine time. http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/03/hillary-clinton.html 

March 26, 2008 at 6:18 pm Leave a comment

When dinner for 4 is $581 million, you have hyper-inflation

Check out this crazy article on Zimbabwe’s economy:

Poor Billionaires

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In a nation with rampant hyperinflation, bread is a bargain at just $10 million. Inside Zimbabwe’s collapsing economy.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/129010/page/1 

March 26, 2008 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

Building yourself vs Cutting down opposition

I like Hillary more than most other politicians.  But —- Compared to Barack, I like her much less.

I understand she has to keep her supporters involved in her campaign.  What I don’t like seeing is that she and her campaign has developed a pattern of attempting to build themselves by cutting down those opposed to her, more than building up her own message (as Obama does).
 
In this aspect, Keith is correct – she is campaigning like Barack is the Democrat and she is the Republican and her campaign advisers are slowing killing her chances. 

Dear Go Earth,

When we won Iowa, the Clinton campaign said it’s not the number of states you win, it’s “a contest for delegates.”

When we won a significant lead in delegates, they said it’s really about which states you win.

When we won South Carolina, they discounted the votes of African-Americans.

When we won predominantly white, rural states like Idaho, Utah, and Nebraska, they said those didn’t count because they won’t be competitive in the general election.

When we won in Washington State, Wisconsin, and Missouri — general election battlegrounds where polls show Barack is a stronger candidate against John McCain — the Clinton campaign attacked those voters as “latte-sipping” elitists.

And now that we’ve won more than twice as many states, the Clinton spin is that only certain states really count.

For all their attempts to discount, distract, and distort, we have won more delegates, more states, and more votes.

Meanwhile, more than half of the votes that Senator Clinton has won so far have come from just five states. And in four of these five states, polls show that Barack would be a stronger general election candidate against McCain than Clinton.

March 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Ferraro helps out the Obama campaign

Barack Obama

Obama has been battling back—with the help of a key Clinton supporter.  “If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position,” she said. “And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”
http://www.newsweek.com/id/121444   

For a politician to go on record saying this is… ludicrous.   

Of course it’s insulting.  Minimizing his success and attributing it solely to being a minority?  But she also insults his supporters by saying that anyone who is supporting Barack is simply “caught up in the concept”.   

Ferraro’s remarks serve no purpose.  When Clinton’s supporters do this, it just feeds fuel to the belief that Hillary is too polarizing/divisive.  Some are supporting Obama because he is less polarizing and is perhaps more likely to get things done. Personally, I’m tired of politicians criticizing my views when I don’t support them.   

Her camp has 1 person saying Obama supporters are the ‘latte sipping crowd’ and another person saying basically that his supporters aren’t thinking straight, they’re just caught up in the concept of a black president (as opposed to a female president).   

For Hillary to NOT denounce Ferraro’s comment about those prefer Obama over Hillary is more evidence that she is too divisive. 

March 12, 2008 at 6:59 pm Leave a comment


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