Elections Vs. Electorates - the Democrats
The people have spoken, and Senator Hillary Clinton will be the next President of the United States.
According to her.
No matter that Senator Obama has an insurmountable lead in delegates, and many SuperDs are waiting in the wings to endorse him as the front-runner that he already is.
In North Carolina, Obama really slayed 'em, and got the overwhelming majority of delegates. In Indiana, Clinton received a bare two percent more than half the vote, and got a few more delegates - but so did Obama. And she says that this is a deciding factor in whether not she will continue to run. Which she's said after every state she's won; Sen. Clinton is still having math problems. Her surrogates, notably James Carville (doing his best Foghorn Leghorn impersonation EVER), are out there saying, "Hold on there, I say hold on there... You guys just don't understand how all this works." Yes, we do. The person with the most votes, in a contest where the rules were agreed upon in advance by all the candidates, wins. And yet Hillary and her supporters are still insisting that the delegates from Florida and Michigan be counted.
Obama's camp, meanwhile, is certain that it will all be over by May 20th, when they get an unassailable majority of delegates via the popular vote. I'm fairly certain that Hillary will still see this as some sort of victory for her side, but - oh, dear, I've gone cross-eyed.
Reasons to not vote for John McCain
To those of you out there disenchanted with either of the democratic candidates for obvious reasons, here's a list of John McCain's "problems:"
He refers to Clinton and Obama as elites; he owns seven homes and married a woman worth over a hundred million dollars. Does this make him a "regular guy?"
He favors abstinence-only sex education. Which doesn't work, and there have been many studies proving it doesn't work. As well as a lot of living, breathing, babies - er, statistics.
McCain favors charter schools over public (which means less money for public education).
He has been reluctant to fund the reconstruction of New Orleans.
I've already gone over the dumbass gas tax holiday concept that he and Clinton endorsed.
He called his wife a "dumb c**t" in public. Maybe she is, but geez...
He is now for things he used to be against: the war in Iraq, not taxing the rich, and occupying places forever.
He sought and got the endorsements of John Hagee, Rod Parsley and Tim laHaye, three Christian Zionists and generally religious nutbags that either believe that America was founded in order to destroy Islam (Parsley) or that the only way Jesus is comin' back is if Israel gets its act together and rebuilds the Temple where the Dome of the Rock (one of the holiest places in Islam) is currently standing, thus starting off a holy war in the middle east and (of course) guaranteeing the return of Jesus and the beginning of the End Times (Hagee and laHaye). McCain refers to Parsley as his "spiritual guide."
He wants to discontinue the tax break that corporations get for giving their employees subsidized health insurance, and bring it back to the competitive marketplace - thus ensuring that even fewer people will have health insurance.
I can't find the quote, but someone said this about McCain's attitude towards our staying in Iraq: "We're staying until the killings stop, or staying until we can make the killings stop. And then we'll stay." He talks about us staying in the middle east the same way we're staying in places like Germany, Japan, etc. My personal favorite response to this particular idea was put out there by Ecuador - the United States can continue to have an (enormous!) airbase in Ecuador (war on drugs), so long as Ecuador can put one of their own airbases in South Florida - fair's fair.
He likes the judges that Bush has picked. Roberts, Alito. He also likes the other judges that were the models for picking Roberts and Alito, i.e., Scalia and Thomas. These judges believe that corporations have more (and better) rights than people. They are what is commonly known as Strict Constructionists or Federalists. This is the belief that the Constitution should be read as it was written, without all those nasty Amendment things. This, of course, is directly at odds with the founding fathers concept of a living, breathing constitution. Jefferson even thought we'd have to rewrite it every twenty years or so. These jurists are also not fond of the separation of Church and State. Be assured, if McCain is elected, we will get more of these weird men who want prayer in school, no right to choose for women (which might include birth control pills), and executing people for spitting on the sidewalk.
Okay, I made that last one up, but it sure sounds good.