A Model Primary Season



A Model Primary Season

This has been a model primary season. Every state got to feel it mattered. All the superdelegates will get to feel similarly important and outright indispensable. This will be their chance to make small talk to Bill Clinton and then go ahead and ignore him. The entire party in all 50 states will have been involved before we get the nominee. Wow, is this something or is this something? This is how the nomination process is supposed to play out. I am not bored.

Black Man, Woman

If you are a white male you can be mediocre like George Bush and still be president. But we have an amazing black man not running against some random white male, and an amazing woman not running against some random, mediocre white male, but against each other, and in such a tight race that their ending up on the same ticket is a foregone conclusion. Is this something or is this something?

The Progressive Way

Making progress on race and gender is not some kind an anti white male agenda. It is the progressive thing to do. I am male but I am for making progress on gender. So what does make me? It makes me a progressive, that's what. Sexism is not good for men either. It gnaws at your soul, saps energy overall.

Whimper

If Barack had won New Hampshire, he would have won with a bang, the race would have been over. If he had won New York or California on February 5, it would have been a victory with a bang. If he had won Ohio on March 4, it would have been woohoo. But the way this thing is playing out, it will go all the way to the convention, and he will barely sqeek by. That doesn't take away from the glamor though. Lincoln barely won. Kennedy barely won. I see greatness gleaming from Barack's impending narrow victory.

Race: Charged

Some people say, don't talk about race, that is a charged issue. Of course it is a charged issue. But I don't get the don't talk about it part.

I am like race, I am a charged individual. Talk about me.

Race Speech: A Victory

Barack scored a major victory with his race speech. The Wright wrong has been righted. Hillary's numbers are down again. There was talk he might want to give another speech on race. I wrote one last year.

JFK, Obama Parallels: Catholic, Black

In The News

Pakistani Party’s Leader Chooses a Prime Minister
New York Times
Taiwan victor promises China ties
BBC News
Taslima episode shame for India
NDTV.com
Tibetan revolt has China's empire fraying at
Times Online the roof of the world once again looks like a hostile place to most Chinese. ...... many Chinese do not believe that Tibet is secure and do not think things can go on as they are. ..... Fiercely resisting a Chinese campaign to force them into new towns, the nomads burst onto television screens around the world last week as they galloped into village after village at the head of protesting Tibetans. ...... “All the shops and businesses have been closed for three days,” said a Tibetan clerk, speaking by telephone from Litang on Friday. “It’s very tense.” ....... “Tibetans are being told they will be detained until the end of the Olympics; and once the Olympics are over court proceedings will begin,” a local source told Radio Free Asia. ...... “A Tibetan from Aba killed two Chinese people with a knife on Xiaotiandong Road,” said a taxi driver, repeating a rumour that spread like wildfire via the taxi radio link and text messages. ...... Local Chinese feared a terrorist attack. ..... China’s empire is fraying at the edges. ...... the city’s business people went to make money in Tibet but would never buy a home there. ..... “The central government’s policy towards Tibet has clearly failed”
Wright to deliver 3 sermons at Wheeler Houston Chronicle
Cuba Condemns Criticism of China
The Associated Press

All parties in Nepal must stop violence for polls: UN AFP
Pope Baptizes Prominent Italian Muslim
The Associated Press
Did Bill Clinton Call Obama Unpatriotic?
CBS News "I think it would be a great thing if we had an election year where you had two people who loved this country and were devoted to the interest of this country. And people could actually ask themselves who is right on these issues, instead of all this other stuff that always seems to intrude itself on our politics." ..... a "deliberately pathetic misreading of what the president said." ....... "As a Hispanic-American, I was particularly touched by his words," Richardson said. "Senator Obama has started a discussion in this country that is long overdue and rejects the politics of pitting race against race."
Obama's speech on race rings true for Britain, too Guardian
Polls suggest Obama rebounding from pastor flap Baltimore Sun
McCain Gains from Clinton-Obama Feud ABC News
Was Bill Clinton Questioning Obama's Patriotism?
ABC News
Patriotism spat tars latest round of Clinton-Obama battle AFP
Obama Adviser Likens Bill Clinton Comments to Joseph McCarthy Bloomberg

The Obama Dividend Newsweek All presidents are blind dates. ..... even many conservatives agree with liberal editorial writers that Obama's approach was brilliant ..... using the bully pulpit to instruct and illuminate and rearrange our mental furniture ...... The election of President Barack Hussein Obama would blow the minds of people in the Middle East and other regions ......... Just look at Kenya, where one tribe involved in the recent unrest loves Obama (because his father was a member), and the other tribe has no use for him. ...... He told the crowd that kids couldn't keep on "drinking eight sodas a day," then went in Bulworth's direction. "I know some of y'all got that cold Popeye's [chicken] out for breakfast. I know," Obama said with a smile. He continued: "That's why y'all laughing. You can't do that. Children have to have proper nutrition. That affects also how they study, how they learn in school … It's not good enough for you to say to your child, 'Do good in school,' and then when that child comes home, you got the TV set on, you got the radio on, you don't check their homework, there is not a book in the house, you've got the videogame playing." Instead of being jeered, he was cheered wildly. ......... that they need to stop being homophobic and anti-Semitic. ..... Obama knows how to think big, elevate the debate and transport the public to a new place.
An Easter Break question: Can Hillary Clinton win? Baltimore Sun do-over votes in Florida and Michigan appear next-to-impossible ..... whether Clinton could conceivably pull off a superdelegate-fueled victory even if she trails in pledged delegates and popular votes. ..... "Hillary’s path to the nomination is not 'narrow,'" he wrote this week. "It’s barricaded."




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