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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Drinks On Hillary!

Poor Hillary. Drowning her sorrows after a fifth of Glenfiddich, press corps holding her hair back.

Actually, you know, she looks down-to-earth in these photos, even if she resembles her daughter Chelsea after a night out clubbing.

It's yet further proof of the biggest revelation of this Presidential race: how much she's rehabilitated herself in my eyes.

Sure, I still think she's corrupt, egomanical and with an ambition which knows no bounds -- but at least she's not Obama and his cadre of compadres.

It'll be I on the sauce if he gets in.

BREAKING: The DNC voted to award half-votes for the Florida and Michigan primaries to each of the candidates. Bizarre.

Here's a just published commentary by a fellow blogger, Advance Indiana:

The DNC today voted to restore delegates to the Democratic National Convention, both pledged and unpledged delegates, to half-vote status. In Florida, where Clinton defeated Obama 50%-33%, she will net a 19-vote edge in pledged delegates. Where it gets really screwy, though, is the DNC's decision to automatically award pledged delegates to Obama in Michigan where he did not even appear on the ballot. Under the plan approved, Clinton receives 34.5 delegates to Obama's 29.5 delegates in Michigan. Clinton stalwart, Harold Ickes, condemned the DNC for substituting its judgment for that of more than a half-million Michigan voters. He promised a credentials fight at the convention, even though Clinton supporters on the panel voted for the proposal. Clinton supporters repeatedly disrupted the meeting to protest what they saw as a disenfranchisement of Florida and Michigan voters. MSNBC said today's decision will now push the magical number to win the nomination to 2,118 delegates. According to their count, Obama is about 65 delegates shy of winning the nomination.

Can someone explain to me how Senator Obama could receive ANY delegates from Michigan, as he strategically withdrew his name from the ballot?

Either way, still continuing the fine tradition of being the Party of Half-Measures, Half-Votes, and the Half-Hearted.

IN THE COMMENTS: My blogger colleague friend from the left side of the political spectrum, Eli Blake, reminds us that:

The Republican party ALSO penalized Florida and Michigan by taking away half their delegates. I'm surprised that as a Florida Republican you were unaware of that.

Absolutely, and thanks for the reminder.

But my greater point is that the Republicans stuck to their guns. The candidates in both primaries knew what the ground rules were in Florida and Michigan, going in. It was the Democrats, however, who changed their rules at the zero-hour and awarded half-votes.
To suddenly make a volte face given future circumstances strikes me as particularly weak.

Had circumstances been the same on the Republican side, and if Huckabee had decided to challenge the rules, I would've thought the same thing had the RNC caved into pressure.

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  • "How many drinks does it take...to put you in that tropical island mood?"

    --Tony Curtis, from Sweet Smell of Success

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat May 31, 10:38:00 pm GMT-4  

  • In that second photo, what exactly is going on behind Hillary that's got her all blissful, or is that just the hootch?

    Can she get wasted? Yes, she can!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat May 31, 10:40:00 pm GMT-4  

  • These are great. I also think Michelle is making her look 50x better.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sat May 31, 10:43:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Can someone explain to me how Senator Obama could receive ANY delegates from Michigan, as he strategically withdrew his name from the ballot?

    Sure, that's easy...normally the voters from my state are called Michiganders; these voters are, of course, Mysteryganders, who dwell in caves along the Great Lakes...they just didn't get the memo that Ob-won!

    By Blogger Ron, at Sat May 31, 11:58:00 pm GMT-4  

  • Uh, check your facts before criticizing only Democrats for awarding half votes.

    The Republican party ALSO penalized Florida and Michigan by taking away half their delegates. I'm surprised that as a Florida Republican you were unaware of that.

    Word verification: gisal. Is that a woman, a kind of rope or a side dish?

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Sun Jun 01, 11:52:00 am GMT-4  

  • Of course I am 100% for Obama because I think he'd be exactly what this country needs right now.

    Finding out what you'd blog about when you're drunk would just be an added bonus, Victoria!

    Now, I do have some thoughts about Obama. He resigned from his church yesterday because (as he put it) his church had become a 'political circus' and anything anyone says from the pulpit will be attributed to him no matter how much he might disagree with it.

    So now he has to find a new church to join. Here are some ideas:

    Catholic: In case another spiritual advisor says something loopy, Obama can enquire of the Monsignor about excorcism.

    Jewish: Hey, what the heck? It might help him in Florida. Then again there is that circumcision requirement (ouch.)

    Hare Krishna: Imagine how much money they could raise for the Obama campaign by bugging travelers in airports.

    Muslim: Polling shows that as many as seven percent of the American people are so behind the times that they've never even heard of Rev. Wright and believe that Obama is a muslim. Might as well make them right about something.

    Anglican: Technically the British monarch is at the head of the church, so if he got elected President would that return the United States to formal recognition of British rule?

    Southern Baptist: He'd be in the front row for some more race-baiting sermons. Only the race would change.

    LDS: Just in case he doesn't get elected President this gives him a backup plan. He could go visit his relatives in Kenya for two years. On a mission.

    Born again: We've had two Presidents who were born again Christians. Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush. On second thought-- pick a different church.

    Jehovah's witness: How is this for getting votes? Stand there and pitch to the same voter ignoring requests to leave, until he or she says yes?

    FLDS: Just in case he gets tired with Michelle, he could get another.... and then another.... and then another.... Why would he want that? Simple. He could really play with Bill Clinton's mind and get him back for some of those campaign attacks.

    Hindu: Just in case he gets tired with God, he could get another.... and then another.... and then another....

    Falun Gong: Imagine how well this would go over with the Chinese.

    Tibetan Buddhist: Same as the above.

    Wiccan: Can put a hex on the McCain campaign.

    Taoist: Life is not all black and white (or red and blue) but can come together. Plus, this would help with the Korean community.

    Atheist: If there is no God, that makes the President of the United States the most powerful being in the Universe. This might appeal more to the Clintons.

    Pentecostal: These folks are the most in shape folks there are. For a guy with a packed schedule, you can go to church on Sunday AND get your calisthenics done all at the same time.

    Penitente: New Mexico is always a close state, and besides that, the cactus whip would be better for persuading wavering superdelegates than anything Hillary's got.

    Mennonite: Join a nineteenth century church, to contast to Republicans who still have nineteenth century ideas.

    Satanic: He could invert his flag pin and get fifty pentagrams at once!

    Quaker: In line with his pledge to leave Iraq.

    Voodoo: If he's behind in the campaign maybe he can get a McCain action figure and some pins...

    Animism: It would give him a stronger case to make for ending global warming.

    Eastern Orthodox: According to the Julian calendar, today is May 15. So he could theoretically produce a document proving that he joined the Eastern Orthodox church before Father Pfleger spoke at Trinity United on May 25, and save himself the headache if nobody discovers the ruse.

    Ancient Inca: Helps get rid of problems. For example, for his induction ceremony he could have Reverend Wright and Father Pfleger wrapped head to toe in ropes and dropped down a volcano high in the Andes.

    Ancient Egyptian: Who better than a sun worshipper to make the case for alternative energy?

    Ancient Greek: Offers a path to victory in Iraq: pray to Mars. Hey, it makes as much sense as anything the Bush/McCain administration has proposed.

    By Blogger Eli Blake, at Sun Jun 01, 11:58:00 am GMT-4  

  • Vic, please check your email.

    By Blogger JSU, at Sun Jun 01, 05:40:00 pm GMT-4  

  • The pic - the second pic - is cute. With one eye on this and your recent post on candidate iconography, note the pic in this post.

    By Blogger Simon, at Mon Jun 02, 12:18:00 am GMT-4  

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