Time to stop pretending: Obama’s the nominee
He won North Carolina huge.
He fought to a near draw in Indiana (if not a win).
He gave a hell of a victory speech.
It’s over. Hillary Clinton no longer has any plausible path to the nomination: she didn’t before this evening, but now it’s obvious. Expect the super delegates to start moving to Obama ever more rapidly.
May 7th, 2008 at 12:36 am
Lake County votes are not all in. The absentee ballots have to be hand counted. We will not know for sure who won until those ballots are counted. It is a squeaker. Obama did well in Evansville, which is surprising. My son helped pay for his room and board through college, by being lead singer in a rock band. They had two or three gigs a year in Evansville; and called it a tough town.
The Democratic Primary race for governor is too close to call. Again, Lake County. (Northern Indiana, near Chicago, called “The Region”, by Hoosiers.)
May 7th, 2008 at 8:14 am
I know Clinton can’t quit fast enough for everyone but remember, there are a couple of million new registered voters, the public is engaged and excited, the locals are organized like never before, we are stronger. Obama gave a fantastic victory speech and made a great showing in Indiana. I see no need to keep beating up on Hillary but I guess it will continue until she finally throws in the towel. I like them both and I’m not jumping on this hate train.
I voted for Obama but I felt no “take that Hillary!” when I made my mark, instead I felt bad because I wanted a woman president and she would have been a good one but Obama is the right one this time and good for him. Good for her too, she worked her tail off. I can’t wait til this is over so we can get back to real issues like the freaking wars, the environment, the economy, healthcare and the monsters occupying our white house. I have come to really hate to read the posts on my favorite sites and seldom bother to post any comments. In fact, I find that I have lost respect for my party, not because of the fight between our candidates or the media’s bias or the stupid comments made by advisors to both campaigns, but because of the “liberal” bloggers who seem to be wanting not just vistory but Hillary’s head on a plate. Screw that. My enthusiam for Obama is just barely measurable and that has nothing to do with the candidate himself. He is quite easy to admire and support, but his most avid fans completely turn me off.
I hope they can be good winners. I hope they can turn their hate for Hillary back into anger at Bush and crush McCain this fall. If she gives a great concession speech, will they be happy or disappointed that she didn’t just walk on stage and put a gun to her head? I don’t know anymore. All I know is I’m more sick of the bloggers than I am of this contest.
And Steve, I don’t want to pick on you but your posts have always been so creative, informative, thought-provoking and humorous. Lately……not so much. Come on, man. Get over Hillary and get back to something you can really get your teeth into. I miss Horace and Winston and Zach!
I’ve said enough. I’m probably going to get clobbered for this post anyway.
So, whatever. let her rip. I’m a big girl, I can take it. And, yes, there is WAY less hateful speech in this little cafe than other sites and that’s why I like to post here. But let’s take it up another notch and be downright gracious about this process that will produce a worthy opponent for the “old fart”.
May 8th, 2008 at 7:50 am
i agree about with about 90% of what you say. i hope that obama’s speeches are more that rhetoric, that his heart is as true as an ellected official’s can be, and that he will earn respect from other countries, so that the U.S.A. can once again hold her head high. and, i will be happy to see someone in the whitehouse who is educated and intelligent.
i, too, am greatly saddened by a woman nearly making it into the whitehouse, only to be denied that opportunity. but, hillary has opened the door which will pave the way for women in the future.
May 9th, 2008 at 4:48 am
seems all about fight for sake of fighting, win for the sake of winning
the “big picture” reduced to a slogan in ads…
like the olympic flame…
“The torch relay of modern times which transports the flame from Greece to the various designated sites of the games had no ancient precedent and was introduced by Carl Diem, with the support of Joseph Goebbels”
now, the Flame hits the fan - or better, the roof of the world…
in the end - winning sells, not human dignity…
despite the current FEMALE HEADS OF STATE - i wouldn’t be that sure
problem for women is that to be successful in leader dominated cultures - they have to copy the strategies of the alpha dogs. While female hierarchies exist, they are based on different strategies, so women - evolutionarily - have to adapt “unfamiliar methods”. Look at Hillary’s “tough style” - a more or less good copy of the post-9/11-demonstration of force, starring GWB
but - evolutionarily, the role model for alpha humanoids is male - so why vote for the ersatz when you can have an original?