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Conflucian Slumber Party

Ok, Conflucians, did everyone bring their sleeping bags?  Who has the copy of “Plan 9 from Outer Space”?  Pretty soon we’re going to turn off the lights and tell ghost stories.  I brought my nail polish in case anyone has a foot fetish and wants to give me a pedicure.  Tomorrow’s a big day.  If I get up early enough, I can catch the train from Trenton and be in DC by 9:00am.  But in the meantime, let’s short sheet someone and paint a mustache on the first one who falls asleep.

And here’s a bit of surrealism for those of us who were little kids in the 60’s:

You can sneak in a beer.  We promise not to tell the ‘Grups’.  This is an open thread.

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A note about spam filtering

To whom it may concern (you know who you are):
I found 239 comments in the spam filter today. Some of you are having a great deal of difficulty understanding how you ended up here and can not accept it (just walk away, Renee). Others ended up in spam through no effort at all and I have despammed the harmless comments. Still others were the unfortunate victims of a very clever spam filter but deserve it nonetheless. Here are the basic criteria for ending up in the sludge:

1.) You intentionally repeat Obama talking points. Some of these talking points are intended to intimidate and instill a sense of hopelessness in the reader. Others repeat character assassinating memes and self-serving misinterpretations. For example: the RFK remark from Clinton during her Argus interview was mistwisted to imply that she hoped for assassination so that she could step into the frontrunner’s spot. Only the most cynical of political operatives would spin her statement that way and we know it was false. When a meme like this starts to propagate, it is our job to act as weedkiller and stop it from going further. Therefore, the comment gets sent to spam and the commenter’s address is added to the filter.

2.) Your comment contains character assassinating, racist or Republican talking points about Barack Obama. No one here believes he is a Muslim. We don’t believe in racial stereotypes. We don’t reprint rumors about Rezko without proof. There is no reason to take the low road when his campaign is doing such a brilliant job of making him revolting to us just by being themselves. Prejudice is unwelcome here and we don’t tolerate it.

As for censorship, we don’t censor here. Censorship is something the government does to stifle dissent. Your dissent is not stifled. There are plenty of places on the web to post your opinion. But if your comment violates one of the two things above, your comment will be deleted or spammed. If you had nowhere else to go, I would feel obligated to let you post here. Fortunately for both parties, this is not the case.

We appreciate that you have a choice of blogs to register your comment. We encourage discourse violators to exercise that choice. Do not be worry about offending us. I assure you that the insult to our sensibilities will be slight if you decide to go elsewhere.

Friday: Snap out of it! (Plus Friday Fast)

Update: The South Dakota Argus Leader gives Hillary Clinton a glowing, rational and admiring endorsement. Let’s hope it leads to a victory there next Tuesday.

The trance-like march of the party over the cliff continues apace. Jeralyn at TalkLeft posts that WaPo reporter Paul Kane says that the superdelegates don’t care about the polls showing Hillary doing better than Obama against McCain. They still seem to be deluding themselves that we Clintonistas will all fall in line before November after being called white entitled bigots, stupid, unimportant working class and a being subjected to a whole host of misogynistic conversation. Yeah, we totally love that $%^@. We can’t wait until a spike heeled candidate totally dominate and piss on us. It’s what we live for.

But there’s something they seem to be forgetting. Clinton won CA, MA, NY, NJ, PA, OH, TX, KY, WV, AR, IN, MI and FL. Those are either very big or very important states for the Dems in the fall and there is a wee possibility that the voters of those states will feel a tinge of resentment due to the fact that many of them moved up their primaries to Feb. 5 in order to have an impact and now find out that they don’t. And this is the part that is so backwards here and makes me think that the game was rigged well in advance of the first vote being cast: Obama went for the low hanging fruit in caucus states. In fact, he didn’t really have to do much there. His wins were pretty much assured given the demographic he appeals to. The young and idealistic pretentious congregate in college towns where they provide the most critical mass.

I’ve read a lot of stuff on the web in the comments sections about how poorly Clinton ran her campaign. This is part of the circular firing squad that Democrats indulge in after every election cycle when they feel a candidate has failed to meet their exacting standards of performance. But the strange thing is that Clinton’s campaign performed very well. You can’t call the list of states that she’s won anything but a success. In normal primary years, the election would be over by now and she would have had this baby sewn up months ago.

It is *Obama* who has run a poor campaign. He lost all of those states despite the fact that he poured many times the amount of money than Clinton in each one. Over and over again, he couldn’t close the deal with the vast majority of Democratic voters. Primaries in big and swing states are very difficult to win and in each of the ones listed, he lost – decisively. By any reasonable metric, Obama is a failed candidate. He wins only by suppression in caucus states and by DNC assisted suppression of Florida and Michigan. Indeed, the only way he wins is with assistance. He can’t get there without the kindness of others who are willing to grant him votes he did not earn, as in Michigan, reduce the number of delegates he needs compared to his opponent’s requiremtn and award sparsely populated states more delegates than traditionally Democratic and swing states. He is the Affirmative Action candidate.

So, how is it that superdelegates are willing to overlook his failures and all of the voters in those states where he failed? F^&* if I know. But if the superdelegates think we won’t be mad as hell about the outcome, they’re crazy. THEY may not care about the polls. Their constituents may have quite different ideas. They are snatching victory from the jaws of their most successful candidate and handing it over to the candidate who has barely broken a sweat. “Here you go, Barry. Sorry about all of the trouble we put you through. Oh, and ladies? Get over it.”

Not this year, superdelegates. Take it from a scientist: the data never lies. You might not want to believe what it says or you might not understand it. The polls are telling you something you may not want to hear but if you don’t listen to it and pick the wrong candidate we’ll be singing this song to you come November.

For those of you following the Friday Fast, here are the instructions in Friday Fast and Call to action.