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Tuesday- tasty tidbits

Hi guys, I have teleconfernces this morning. But I have found some interesting things to chew on and mull over in the meantime.

  • There is a reason why we don’t let children vote. It’s because they seem to treat candidates like teen idols. In the New York Times this morning, there is a piece on how children have persuaded their parents to register as Democrats and vote for Obama in Obama’s Young Backer’s Twist Parents’ Arms. And these parents have relinquished all parental responsibility and are following their children’s directions. Bad, bad, bad. It is time we re-established our parental authority and told our kids to eat their vegetables and clean up their rooms.
  • This American Life had a recent podcast you may want to listen to. The Audacity of Government tells the stories of several people who were directly affected by the Bush Administration’s grab for power. This will leave you bewildered at what is motivating their decisions. And disturbed.
  • Terry Gross, the best interviewer on radio, has had a number of superb podcasts lately that I highly recommend. Find out about derivatives and “instruments” that are screwing up our economy in Our Confusing Economy, Explained. In “Bush’s Law”, Secret Surveillance Efforts Revealed, Eric Lichtblau details what the Bushies were up to with the FISA court. Black Liberation Theology, In its Founder’s Words, defines and explains what it’s all about and what is really going in in Obama’s church. Very informative and highly recommended.
  • Eriposte at TheLeftCoaster provides more evidence that the progressive blogosphere 1.0 is less about pro-Obama and more about anti-Clinton in Stories of Love and Hate.  Is this a real political difference with Clinton or is it indicative of the higher number of men in the blogosphere and therefore, a greater propensity to support one of their own?  And if it’s the latter, isn’t “progressive” a misnomer?

Which is more powerful, The Math or The Stampede?

or a boat, a scream and … a preacher II

As I wrote earlier this week, this issue of Obama’s 20-year relationship with Jeremiah Wright could trigger a delegate stampede of the sort that destroyed the campaigns of Gary Hart and Howard Dean. The question then was whether Obama’s speech would (or could) help him control the issue — maybe even silence it completely. Or if the speech doesn’t help will we see another Delegate Stampede?

I was devastated by the Dean Scream — shocked that something so silly could derail & end the campaign. It took me a long time to get over it. I’ve been through a Delegate Stampede and it’s not fun. The Wright Issue is starting to feel like that — a real stampede. Maybe it doesn’t matter to the die-hard supporters of Obama (maybe that’s one of the definitions) but it matters to the public.

The effects are showing up in polls, the analysis and soon — the delegate math. Yes, it won’t be long before The Math itself will reflect Obama’s fading chances at the presidency:

It’s early for polls but one national poll was released yesterday: Gallup Daily: Clinton Moves Into Lead Over Obama, “New Gallup Poll Daily tracking finds Hillary Clinton with a 49% to 42% lead over Barack Obama in national Democratic voters’ presidential nomination preference.” Continue reading