Me neither. But to get yourself in the mood for seasonal change, the BFF recommends this poem by ee cummings.
In other news:
- I think the framing is all wrong on what Hillary did or did not do in Northern Ireland for the peace accords in 1998. From all accounts, hers was an unofficial role but nevertheless an important one. She made many appearances with women’s groups in Ireland and made calls and had conversations with various leaders. It sounds to me like she was Bill’s eyes and ears and kept him informed about whose interests lay where. That’s not something all first ladies could pull off unless they had the intelligence to understand it. How about we take a look at Laura Bush’s foreign policy experience? Has she had any? In fact, I can’t think back to a first lady who might have been a significant influence on her husband since Roselynn Carter. But even *this* is the wrong frame. The real question is, what experience has Barack Obama had in peace negotiations or indeed any foreign policy? And the correct answer is zip, zilch, nada. He hasn’t been in the Senate long enough to have even done anything and up until recently, he hadn’t had any meetings on his Subcommittee on the Foreign Relations Committee. Now that we’ve determined how much experience Obama has, maybe he’ll STFU or we will taunt him a second time.
- Lambert at Corrente has a brilliant analysis of all the moving parts of the MI and FL debacle and what it all means in terms of the popular vote, STEALING and superdelegates in Revote Wrap-up. The only place I wohld beg to differ is that the country has been transfixed by this campaign season and Florida had ample opportunity to understand the candidates including viewing one of the most contentious debates of the season in SC just a week before. Their primary was the one least tainted by spin and emotionalism. Floridians used their heads, not their hearts in their primary. As a side note, Bill Richardson is of the opinion that the person with the highest number of votes should get the superdelegates, as Pelosi said, and that superdelegates should follow the will of their voters but that *he*, Bill Richardson would be pledging for Barack Obama even though Hillary won NM. D’OH!
- techfidel at mydd has a great analysis of the Ohio results and Pennsyslvanias projected results in Pennsylvania 6-54321. Without taking into account the Wright problem and the fact that PA has a closed primary, Clinton beats Obama by 57%-43%. That’s pretty amazing to me. But what is more amazing is I understand what k-means clustering is. (Actually, that’s frightening) I wonder though if the descriptors that techfidel used are sufficient or if there is something we are overlooking that is only gradually taking shape over time as the primary continues? Anyway, it’s something to think about.
- The primary season is dragging out a lot longer than Hillary anticipated. With Obama outspending her by 50% in most of the primary states, the coffers are depleted (probably for both of them but you’ll never hear Obama’s camp admit it.) Anyway, if you have some yuppy food stamps that aren’t being used, send them along to Hillary and she’ll put them to good use. I pledged $100.00 this week but if you’re on a tight budget, why not just kick in $10.00? Every little bit helps. Make History!
- Today is a travel day for me so my posting will be light until this evening when I will be in the heart of the battleground state of PA in the Harrisburg area. I’ll have a chance to talk to my mom’s neighbors and my sister and some of her friends and get a clearer picture of what it all means. In the meantime, we have had quite a few people sign on to do battle at The Confluence, like the indispensible Katiebird. Let’s give them some encouragement.