Obamaniac Wheel Of Fortune

Courtesy of Lavender Liberal Blog

Spin the Wheel. Which Obamaniac Mode of Behavior will you get? Personally, I’ve been on the receiving end of every single mode. My bet is that these behaviors are universally exhibited, as well as experienced by others. It’s sadly funny that Lavender Liberal could have made such a specific graphic that describes their behaviors and our experience so precisely.

Count Every Vote Rally in DC, May 31, 2008, Sign Up!


A Count Every Vote! Rally for FL and MI is being held in DC on Saturday, May 31, 2008. The rally will coincide with the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee Meeting, which is planned to determine the fate of votes cast in those two states. The following text is from their website, and the colorful button up top links directly to a sign up page. Sign up! Pass it on!

See you there!



Dear Fellow Hillary Supporters,

If you believe that the DNC must honor our core democratic principles and enfranchise the people of MI and FL and their respective delegations,

If you believe that Hillary Clinton is best for our party, most likely to win in November and best for our country,

If you believe the contest for the democratic nomination must not end before all of the votes from each State and US Territory have been cast and counted and that nominating conventions, not candidates (or the media), declare the nominee,

If you believe that the media and DNC have underestimated the passion, strength, intensity and determination of Hillary supporters and the power of the women’s vote,

Then Join a group of Hillary supporters who are planning to visit Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 31st to attend the meeting of the DNC Rules Committee. The Rules Committee will meet at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel -2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington, DC

….the DNC Rules Committee is meeting that day to make a determination with respect to MI and FL and we think it is essential to convene in Washington to support our cherished democratic principles, help enfranchise MI and FL and to show that Hillary has equally high numbers of passionate, devoted supporters who believe fervently that she will be the better general candidate and best president.

Our purpose is not to divide the party or attack the DNC or Senator Obama. At the same time, Hillary’s strong support cannot be dismissed in DNC efforts to unify the party.

Friday Inspiration: Mary Oliver Poem


One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice—
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do—
determined to save
the only life you could save.

— Mary Oliver, 1986

Hillary Has The Numbers, Poised to Lead Pop Vote

Here are the updated and just released Kentucky and Ohio primary results, polling data from Quinnipiac, popular vote count from Real Clear Politics, plus analysis from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports today, May 23, 2008, that in the “most inclusive count, Hillary Clinton has the numbers.”

Lost in the excitement of Barack Obama’s coronation this week was an inconvenient fact of Tuesday’s results: Hillary Clinton netted approximately 150,000 votes and is now poised to finish the primary season as the popular-vote leader. In some quaint circles, presumably, these things still matter.

Real Clear Politics keeps track of six versions of the popular-vote total. They are, in ascending order of inclusivity: (1) the popular vote of sanctioned contests; (2) the total of sanctioned contests, plus estimated votes from the Iowa, Nevada, Maine and Washington caucuses; (3) the popular vote plus Florida; (4) popular vote plus Florida and the caucuses; (5) the popular vote plus Florida and Michigan; (6) popular vote plus Florida, Michigan, and the caucus estimates. After Tuesday, Clinton now leads in two of these six counts.

Here’s the popular vote, including FL & MI, plus IA, NV, ME, WA, according and thanks to Real Clear Politics:

Obama Clinton Spread
Popular Vote (w/FL & MI)** 17,258,236 47.5% 17,424,437 47.9% Clinton +166,201 +0.45%
Estimate w/IA, NV, ME, WA* 17,592,320 47.6% 17,648,299 47.7% Clinton +55,979 +0.15%

Referring back to the Inquirer’s analysis:

To understand how razor-thin this majority is, consider that if the Puerto Rico turnout is slightly larger than we have imagined – or Clinton’s margin is slightly greater – then Clinton would finish the primary process leading in every conceivable vote count. With two million voters, a 28 percent victory would put Clinton over the top even in the count, which excludes Florida and Michigan and includes estimates for Obama’s caucus victories. (emphasis, mine)

It is this looming prospect which explains the tremendous pressure Obama partisans and the media are putting on Clinton to drop out of the race. They want her gone now because they understand that she has an excellent chance of finishing as the undisputed people’s choice.


New Primary Results from NY Times, May 23, 2008

Kentucky Primary Results


51 pledged delegates, 9 unpledged
Candidate Vote % Delegates
Hillary Clinton 459,124 65.5% 37
Barack Obama 209,778 29.9 14
Uncommitted 18,059 2.6 0
John Edwards 14,205 2.0 0


New Quinnipiac Polls

May 22, 2008 – McCain Leads Obama In Two Of Three Key Swing States

Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds; Clinton Has Big Leads In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania

FL: Clinton 48 – McCain 41; McCain 45 – Obama 41;

OHIO: Clinton 48 – McCain 41; McCain 44 – Obama 40:

PENN: Clinton 50 – McCain 37; Obama 46 – McCain 40

Hillary Miami Speech (video) May 21, 2008

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“One thing we love is a fighter, especially someone who fights for us!”

–Miami Mayor Manny Diaz

Listen to this fantastic speech Hillary gave on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the University of Miami. There are concrete plans and policy details, that once again, roll out of her brawny brain, which I’ll try to summarize later.

The body of her speech after intros begins about 6 minutes in, click video for control panel. Thanks go out to vet4hill for tech wizardry and generous assistance.

“Obama’s Growing Gaffe” Exposed

It pains me to quote an uber conservative on this, but I totally agree about Obama’s vulnerability in foreign policy. The depth of his naivety scares me. This post is in follow up to my yesterday’s “Oy! Stop with the emails, already! that touched upon his flip floppery regarding negotiating with rogue nations, and what I see as pandering to FL voters and Jews now that he needs them. Obama is running with the strategy of being everything to all voters, which makes him likely to say anything. Charles Krauthammer puts Obama’s rogue nation negotiation statements under a historical microscope.

In hisarticle on Real Clear Politics, Obama’s Growing Gaffe, he points out how the historical examples the candidate uses as basis for his policy statements are misinformed, inaccurate, and potentially dangerous. Perhaps he should have used the word guff instead.


Obama cited Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman as presidents who met with enemies. Does he know no history? Neither Roosevelt nor Truman ever met with any of the leaders of the Axis powers. Obama must be referring to the pictures he’s seen of Roosevelt and Stalin at Yalta, and Truman and Stalin at Potsdam. Does he not know that at that time Stalin was a wartime ally?

During the subsequent Cold War, Truman never met with Stalin. Nor Mao. Nor Kim Il Sung. Truman was no fool.

Obama cites John Kennedy meeting Nikita Khrushchev as another example of what he wants to emulate. Really? That Vienna summit of a young, inexperienced, untested American president was disastrous, emboldening Khrushchev to push Kennedy on Berlin — and then near fatally in Cuba, leading almost directly to the Cuban missile crisis. Is that the precedent Obama aspires to follow?

Urgent Action: Sign Petition to Super Delegates


Democrats, Hillary Supporters: Please sign this petition!

This is an urgent action to sign this petition, which pretty much covers it. You can be anonymous on the petition, and also get it off your chest by writing a short note. I seem to be writing so many of these lately.

As a lifelong Democrat, I urge you to consider using the power we divest in you to represent the people. I am ashamed at the actions and silence of what has always been the people’s party. The months’ long pressure by the DNC, DCCC, and DSCC for SDs to decide immediately is illegal and goes against why they even have a role in determining who would be the best candidate to win in November. I am more than ashamed that Sen. Clinton’s misogynistic treatment has not been called out by the candidates, past and present, and the entire Democratic leadership. I hope you’ll do your job at the convention, and not be bullied into doing it speciously now.