Seriously? This Is The Game You Want To Play?

June 17, 2008

This button was available at the Texas State Republican Convention. And I thought this guy was racist.

As Warren Ellis once said:

“America is a great spectator sport… Just as long as there’s that great ocean between us.”


The Wife McCain Left Behind

June 11, 2008

“[John] McCain divorced her [his first wife, Carol] in 1980 and married Cindy, 18 years his junior and the heir to an Arizona brewing fortune, just one month later.”

I’m curious as to how he can spin that.  Obviously, it’s difficult to put a positive spin on a divorce, unless you can somehow put the blame on the other spouse (i.e. infidelity).

Which, in this case, isn’t possible.

Carol McCain was in a very serious car accident while her husband was a P.O.W. in Viet Nam.  Icy roads caused her to lose control of her vehicle and hit a telephone pole on Christmas Eve in 1969.  She suffered massive internal injuries and shattered her pelvis and one arm.

She spent six months in the hospital.  Surgeons removed sections of shattered bone, saving her legs at the cost of five inches of height.

She put on weight and was confined to a wheelchair and had to use a catheter.

After much hard work, she was able to walk again.

When John McCain returned home from Viet Nam, he found his wife did not resemble the swimsuit model and beauty pageant contestant he’d married.

The Republican presidential candidate’s ex-wife has maintained silence over the divorce for nearly thirty years.

That’s a very brief summary of the article.  There’s also quotes from his acquaintances, hers, and several others.  It’s an interesting read.

Like I said, I’m curious how he’ll spin it.  Or if he’ll even have to.  I don’t think Barack Obama will bring it up in a debate or campaign advertising, but if McCain tries to make the race about character at any point…  Well, I’d say unless Obama’s got a big, dark secret, McCain’s in trouble.


Clinton Expected To Concede By Week’s End

June 4, 2008

According to CNN’s sources, Hillary Clinton will be ending her presidential bid this week.  Several also viewed her speech Tuesday as “defiant.”

What everyone is wondering now is: Who will be Obama’s running mate?  Some are pushing for a joint ticket, but many question if that would help Obama.


Barack Obama Clinches Democratic Nomination

June 3, 2008

In our country, I have found that this cooperation happens not because we agree on everything, but because behind all the labels and false divisions and categories that define us; beyond all the petty bickering and point-scoring in Washington, Americans are a decent, generous, compassionate people, united by common challenges and common hopes. And every so often, there are moments which call on that fundamental goodness to make this country great again.”


Democratic Update

June 3, 2008

Barack Obama has all but closed the deal on the Democratic nomination. At the moment, the Illinois Senator is only six delegates away from the 2,118 needed.

As I mentioned before, Hillary Clinton has yet to concede, claiming she has more of the popular vote. Her supporters, however, are suggesting and hoping that she be Obama’s running mate, a possibility she’s agreed she’s open to.


Democratic Primary Round-Up

June 3, 2008

According to her campaign chairman, Hillary Clinton is “absolutely not” prepared to concede to Barack Obama. With only 31delegates available in the remaining two contests (in Montana and South Dakota, taking place today), neither candidate will receive the required 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination. That leaves the decision in the hands of the 193 undecided superdelegates.

Clinton managed to win Puerto Rico over the weekend, taking the majority of the territory’s 55 delegates. Obama, however, has received the support of several high-ranking Democrats, including the House majority whip, James Clyburn and former President Jimmy Carter. Clyburn is the highest-ranking African American in Congress and the Number Three Democrat in the House of Representatives. He is also a superdelegate. Noted Clinton supporter, Senator Diane Feinstein (of California) believes it’s time for the former First Lady to end her campaign.

According to CNN, Obama currently has 2,088 delegates (including 344 superdelegates) to Clinton’s 1,917 (293 superdelegates). A recent poll shows that Senator Obama also has a slight advantage (five percent) over the presumptive Repuclican nominee, John McCain.

Looks like the next twenty four hours will be very interesting for the Democratic party.


Election Night Running Coverage

November 2, 2004

[1050pm]
The race is still fairly close. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Kerry and Edwards. I just don’t know. I’m just going to edit this entry and add to it as the night goes on.

[1053pm]
According to the AP, the White House race is left up to Ohio and Florida.
[1054pm]
Electoral Votes–

Bush//210
Kerry//199

Source: Yahoo News

[1057pm]
Electoral Votes–

Bush//197
Kerry//188
Source: CNN.com

[1101pm]
Electoral Votes–

Bush//237
Kerry//188

Source: NPR

[1104pm]
Bush//237
Kerry//199

Source: CNN.com

Kerry’s still leading in Ohio, though.

[1116pm]
NPR reports that many of the Nader votes from the 2000 election have moved to Kerry.

[1121pm]
Bush//237
Kerry//207

Source: Yahoo News

[1131pm]
If Kerry wins Ohio, he’s pretty much got it in the bag.

[1150pm]
Bush//246
Kerry//216

Source: Yahoo News

[1153pm]
NPR agrees.

November 3rd, 2004

[1216am]
Kerry just took New Hampshire.

[1221am]
Bush//249
Kerry//220

Source: Yahoo News

[0113am]
Race is still too close to call. Really hoping for Kerry. Obviously.

[0204am]
Bush//249
Kerry//242

Source: Yahoo News
Source: CNN

[0209am]
NPR reports the above. New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nevada, and Iowa are still either too close or don’t have enough returns.

[0223am]
NPR and Yahoo give Bush Nevada.
Officials say that all of the provisional votes in Ohio will be counted.

[0256am]
This isn’t going to be over for a long damn time. Can I just move to Canada?

[0317am]
Bush is preparing to declare victory (and we all know how well he recognizes THAT) but Kerry refuses to concede until all votes are counted. What was that? Fl-Florida? Damn it. I’m going to bed.

[0318pm]
Bush declared victory, and Kerry conceded. The tallies everyone is reporting (even me) are unofficial. Those results come from a private company. The official totals will not be released for several weeks. Oh, yeah, not to mention the owner of the company that designed, built, and programmed the voting machines is has publicly stated he is pro-Bush. Those votes can’t be tracked, either. No paper trail. Am I declaring shenanigans? Well, someone should.