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Lift your glass to your favorite Obamaphile! Sing along.

Everyone dance.

Superbowl Party!

giantsHi guys! No cocktail party tonight. That’s way to fussy. No, tonight we are at the BFF’s house in New York and we are drinking beer. Your choices are Sam Adams and Brooklyn Lager.

We have some munchies to go with it. Did I mention the BFF is an excellent cook? Right now, he’s making Bean, Corn and Pepper Salad with Chicken and Rice. (We try to eat healthy). To go with it, we have a low fat Reuben Dip with rye triscuits and a layered dip with blue corn chips.

Both Massachusetts and NY are Hillary states for SuperDuper Tuesday so you can root for whoever you like, but BFF and I have a fondness for the Giants. He’s a Redskins fan and I’m a Steelers addict from childhood. But our grown up team is the Giants and we are definitely pulling for them. As the BFF cheers,

“DisMEMber them, DisMEMber them. MAKE, them reLINquish the BALL!”

And here’s a little something for Hillary and the Giants from the Chairman of the Board:

Open Thread

Welcome to our new visitors!  Today, we set a new record for hits on this new little blog.  Many thanks to Taylor Marsh, ghost2 and Ronk who linked to us.  This blog pro-Hillary for the moment so if you are pro-Hillary, you should feel comfortable here.  We don’t censor but the comments are being filtered for trigger words that may require moderation.

After the primaries, we’ll kiss and make up with our friends and go forward together, like the tributaries of a mighty river.  We will be confluent.  Post away and tell us what you’re up to.

Nothing personal, Barack, it’s just business

Update- One other thing that I just thought of for the post below: My tin-foil antenna have been twitching lately over the disturbing increase in the number of stories in the conventional media about unrest in Africa (See here and here). Expect the recent tensions in Kenya and Chad to get a lot of attention this year. Expect to see stories about Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe. There will be an attempt to link the idea of corrupt African leaders, unrest, violence and economic collapse with Obama.

You heard it here first, folks. Now, to the original post:

So, I’m watching This Week With George Stephanopolis and Hillary is trying to not come right out and say why she thinks Obama is vulnerable to GOP and media attacks. She’s trying to keep things positive and divert George’s attention to how she’s survived.

So, I’ll just say it for her: Senator Obama, you’re a fine and decent human being. Your wife is intelligent and well spoken (even if she can’t pronounce Nevada) You’re children are lovely and delightful and a nice wooden playset, complete with fort, slide and swings would be so refreshing to see on the South Lawn. You likely have no skeletons in your closet.


So the GOP will have to make some up. And they are probably going to point to your urban youth. They’re going to highlight your urban lope, Limbaugh will call it a pimp-walk. They will explore your drug use, your former girlfriends, your sexual prowess.

They will rewrite your time in Harvard to make you look like a calculating shape shifter, but an effete one. You will be feminized ruthlessly by the pundits, Maureen Dowd already has a head start. I think your one personal flaw is that you’re a schmoozer but that shouldn’t kill you as a candidate. The fact that you seem to be particularly adept at this speaks well for your abilities as a politician. It’s WHO you schmooze up to and who is doing to the movement toward that is my problem with you. But, nevermind, expect laziness to reenter the debate after the summer.

You will be made to look weak. It won’t be overt. No, Newt Gingrich wrote a pamphlet on how this is done. It will creep into the mouths of the reporters and pundits who cover you. They won’t even know how it got there. But you will be described as “tall, lean and somewhat fragile”,”nonchalant when responding to a voter’s concerns on terrorism” or “cold”. Tweety already used this to describe your comments regarding Beanzir Bhutto’s death. He said you were “cold”, as if your passion for change could not be channeled into a passion against terrorism. And, let’s face it, against John McCain, you don’t stand a chance in the national security area. Your chances are good if the focus stays on the economy but if the Republico-Media complex shifts its attention to fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq, you’re screwed.

Oh, the public has been fooled alright. They’ve been unaware of the media fluffing, for the most part. They think you must be OK if they media isn’t going after you hammer and tongs. But we all know it’s not anything you’ve ever done, it’s nothing personal. They’ll just be doing their jobs when you’ve locked up the nomination and their supervisors give them the signal. You’ll look like the biggest asskissing, immature, weak, effete, ghetto “black” presidential candidate that ever was. Fathers will lock up their daughters and mothers will lock up their sons and they’ll all hide under the bed when the next OBL video gets played just before election day in November.

I won’t believe any of this and I will speak out against it every chance I get. Not that it’ll make any difference. They didn’t trust *my* judgment on the Iraq War Resolution either. If people just trusted my judgment, they would vote for Hillary and for more good reasons than the media blitzkrieg. But the Republico-Media complex is particularly good at neutralizing the effects of good judgment and drowning our voices out. Except for some blogs, you’ll be pretty much on your own.

This is what Clinton didn’t say. Experience *does* matter.

The Creative Class for Obama Myth

If I hear this crap from Chris Bowers one more time, I’m going to reach right through the ether and give him a wedgy.

There are plenty of creative class people voting for Clinton. In fact, many of my colleagues, who actually *work* in the creative class are voting for Clinton. The people I know who are voting for Obama are NOT creative class people. Oh, sure, some of them might be teachers of English or lawyers or administrative assistants. But the people who actually do creative activities like research in the high tech field that *I’m* in are by and large Clintonistas. That goes for a large number of Asian Americans who have recently gotten their citizenship who are planning to vote for Clinton.

Yes, there are exceptions who will vote for Obama. But the ones who are voting for Obama tend to be pretty young, or here’s something interesting: they are much more tuned in to conventional media. They don’t blog.

In the past year, I have found that a lot of Asian Americans (Indian and Chinese) are passionate about politics. It’s really quite amazing. They can remember details about debates that even I miss. And they notice stuff in appearance and demeanor that go right past me. I think this is because even though they’re still working on English fluency, they have to rely on their powers of visual observation. And they like Hillary.

And these people are very highly educated, in their 30s and 40s. They send their children to Chinese schools on the weekends. They love good music and good food and trips to the City. They demand excellence of themselves and others. By any standards, they are the creative class.

So, knock it off, Chris. It’s not creativity that sets the Clinton crew apart from the Obamaphiles. It’s powers of observation.

Go back and pick a different set of descriptors, Chris. And use PCA/PLS this time. This former Clarkie is pretty sure you’re worng.