Saturday, May 31, 2008

What A Party! And what a party it was!, by Terry McAuliffe

As the rules committee begins its deliberations, my thoughts go back to a wonderful book written by Hillary's campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe titled "What a Party!, and what a party it was! Those who are pondering his fight to seat all of the Florida and Michigan delegates with full votes should understand how he viewed that issue when he was the Chairman of the DNC. In 2004, he had a conversation with Carl Levin regarding Levin's plans to move up the Michigan primary. To that end, I give you an excerpt from page 325 of Mr. McAuliffe's Book.

"I'm going outside the primary window," [Michigan Sen. Carl Levin] told me

"If I allow you to do that, the whole system collapses," I said. "We
will have chaos. I let you make your case to the DNC, and we voted unanimously
and you lost."

He kept insisting that they were going to move up Michigan on their
own, even though if they did that, they would lose half their delegates. By that
point Carl and I were leaning toward each other over a table in the middle of
the room, shouting and dropping the occasional expletive.

"You won't deny us seats at the convention," he said.

"Carl, take it to the bank," I said. "They will not get a credential.
The closest they'll get to Boston will be watching it on television. I will not
let you break this entire nominating process for one state. The rules are the
rules. If you want to call my bluff, Carl, you go ahead and do it."
We glared
at each other some more, but there was nothing much left to say. I was holding
all the cards and Levin knew it.

It seems that it is a good thing for Clinton Campaign Chairman McAuliffe that he is not facing DNC Chairman McAuliffe on the this issue.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Hillarys Vulture Strategy A Most Dangerous Game

The Clintons seem to have finally accepted the reality that there is no legitimate way for them to get the Democratic nomination. I say this because they have taken to a strategy somewhat akin to that of the common turkey buzzard. As do all vulture's, the turkey buzzard spends it's time watching and waiting patiently for its prey to die so it can feast on the rotting carcass. Today Senator Clinton announced that she was staying in the race because, among other things, a past Democratic Presidential front runner was assassinated late in the primary season creating an opening for his opponent to assume the front runner position and ultimately secure the nomination. It certainly does not require a leap of logic to conclude that Senator Clinton was implying that Senator Obama may be assassinated leaving the nomination open for her to claim.

The mainstream media outlets were all over this comment and the obvious political fallout. As usual, the pundits talked endlessly about the proximate results, the obvious political ramifications using the context of the Democratic Primary election process. What was completely ignored was how those comments affect the Clintons argument of electability for the general elections. Repeatedly the Clinton's surrogates have gone on the air opining their belief that the Black Community will unite around Senator Clinton if she takes the nomination from Senator Obama despite losing the number of elected delegates, states won, popular vote (unless you use her convoluted method of calculation), and significant fiscal irresponsibility. Tonight, that argument ends. Though ignored by the mainstream media, it should be quite clear to Party insiders that there is an irreparable breach between the Clintons and the Black Community. Members of the Black Community have no reason to press the issue, but the affect of that reality on the general election can not be overstated. Senator Clinton is not only unelectable, she has become an anchor threatening to drown the entire Party. The truth is quiet but powerful, the Clinton's are despised by Black Americans. Granting her the nomination at this point under any circumstances would be catastrophic for the Democratic Party. A significant number of Black voters would sit out the General Election easily giving the White House to the the Republicans, possibly losing both houses of Congress, and wasting the greatest opportunity for the Party in decades.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Barack, Think Twice Before Choosing Hillary...

As I listened to the right wing pundits make the case for an Obama/Clinton "dream ticket" as they put it, an uncomfortable thought came to mind. I almost dare not say such a thing in public but what the heck, I'm amongst friends and we'll just keep it between our little group..OK? If I were to get an opportunity to chat with Senator Obama away from the adoring crowds I would advise him to think twice before putting himself in a position where his untimely demise would mean that Hillary Clinton becomes President. Now I'm not outright inferring that she would do him bodily harm, but hey...things happen. Planes go down in remote mountainous regions of underdeveloped countries, stuff like that.

Lets face it, Hillary's arguments reveal some pretty creative desperation. I think her latest argument is that she leads in the popular vote if you count Florida and Michigan, ignore the votes in the Caucus States, divide the number of voters by the score of the last six Super Bowls won by the AFC minus the point spread, then multiply that by the percentage of voters in West Virginia who suffer from severe periodontal disease. There is no logical bridge too far to leap for Hillary to make the argument for her candidacy.

Personally, I don't think I would want a person who is so desperate for the Presidency that they have created their own reality waiting for me to "expire" or otherwise be removed from office. Now let me be very clear, I am not in any way saying that the Clintons would be plotting on Senator Obama day and night...but hey...things happen.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Terry Mcauliffe Reveals Clinton's Contradictons

Terry McCauliffe revealed another gross inconsistency in the Clinton's argument today on Meet the Press. He argued that since the Clinton's had captured the White working class voter bloc in the primaries, they were the only ones who could defeat Senator McCain in the general election. However, when he was asked whether the party would unite after the primaries and those same working class Whites would then support Senator Obama were he to become the nominee, he replied that he believed they would. The obvious logical conclusion based on his comments is that the Clinton's White working class advantage in the primaries is irrelevant if those voters are going to unify around the eventual nominee anyway. The only assumption is that Mr. McCauliffe is implying that they won't support Senator Obama, then deliberately lying to cover the racially polarizing core of their message. Mr. McCauliffe later went on to state that he believed Black voters would return to support the Clintons if they were to get the nomination despite a lesser number of pledged delegates. This assertion is congruent with the argument of eventual party unification, but goes against the inference that the Clinton's advantage in one particular primary voting bloc is relevant in the general election.

The Clinton's need to convince the Superdelegates that they are the only electable candidates because of their dominance with White, lesser educated, blue collar voters. Simultaneously they must also convince them that the racial, social, and economic class divisions created during the primaries will be overcome in the general elections. It is quite clear that these arguments cancel each other out.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Hillary Unveils "Strom Thurmond" Strategy

Having West Virginia and Kentucky in their sights, the Clintons are reaching out to uneducated racists. Their strategy is obviously to remind the people of those States that the BLACK GUY only appeals to those lazy negro welfare recipients and their guilt ridden educated wealthy white enablers. Obviously after their 6% showing among Black voters in North Carolina the decision was made to join the Sean Hannity/David Duke club. Wednesday Hillary revealed her newest argument to the Superdelegates:
It has been clear for some time that the Clinton strategy was to divide the voters by class and race, then claim the larger bloc of working class White voters as their base. Most of us just never expected them to be so transparent about that strategy.
Hillary is setting herself up for a public political execution by the Superdelegates and she may very well receive her wish. Allowing her to set the table for the Republicans should no longer be tolerated.