Archive for May 14th, 2008

Hillary Saying All The Right Things

More like this, please:

“Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world with the other than they do with John McCain,” Clinton said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

“I’m going to work my heart out for whoever our nominee is. Obviously, I’m still hoping to be that nominee, but I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that anyone who supported me … understands what a grave error it would be not to vote for Sen. Obama.


The racial gap has become a key issue in the media, but Clinton said she regrets “people exploding an issue like that.”

“It’s offensive. I think people vote for me because they think I’d be the better president. I think people vote for him because they think he’d be the better president. … That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

If she lives up her promise to campaign aggressively for Obama, then I think he’ll have a real good shot in November.  Although I kinda wish she’d start now…

(h/t dakine)

1 comment May 14th, 2008 at 09:10pm Posted by Eli

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Are You McSperienced?

Or have you ever been McSperienced?

Nothing Republicans like more than pretending to be victims:

Age-based attacks on John McCain have much the same potential for backlash as gender-based attacks on Hillary Clinton, and racially based attacks on Barack Obama. Now that McCain’s age has become a national punchline, many seniors might back McCain simply because they take offense at that narrative. This is particularly dangerous in a general election campaign when seniors will be the main swing group. Even though the electoral effectiveness of the conservative backlash narratives against liberal elites and the civil rights movement have been seriously diminished by changing demographics, these narratives are still somewhat salient among seniors. Combining these conservative backlash narratives with an additional, age-based backlash could prove problematic for Obama.

Now, this problem might be hard to see, since Obama currently leads McCain according to thirteen of sixteen public polling firms that have published national surveys in the last month. Overall, Obama leads McCain by 3.7% in Pollster and 4.8% in Real Clear Politics. However, as strong as Obama is currently performing, he could be doing much better if he were to solidify the Democratic base. Obama leads by about 4% right now, despite only receiving between 65% and 75% of self-identified support according to the latest Rasmussen, Quinnipiac, and LA Times / Bloomberg polls. If Obama were to push his Democratic support up to 85%, then he would gain another 4% against McCain, and deliver a virtual knockout blow.

However, an age-based identity backlash could prevent Obama from delivering this knockout blow. Today’s Q-poll showed an 11-point age gap between voters younger and older than 45, and the LA Times poll showed a 20-point gap, both of which successfully keep Obama’s numbers low among self-identified Democrats. As such, it isn’t surprising that the McCain camp is already angling to create further problems for Obama among seniors by playing the age card:

The McCain campaign said Obama, a first-term senator from Illinois who leads Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, was hinting at something when he used the words “losing his bearings.”
It was “a not particularly clever way of raising John McCain’s age as an issue,” said Mark Salter, a McCain adviser, in an e-mailed statement.

Expect more of this. The massive Democratic advantage in partisan self-identification, combined with Obama’s strength among independents, means that McCain needs to peel away a decent amount of Democrats in order to compete. Having learned lessons from the Democratic primary, it appears his campaign has decided it they can win over self-identified, Democratic seniors by playing the age card, and creating an identity backlash against a supposedly “ageist” Obama campaign. Current polling indicates that this strategy might just be working, since the only reason McCain is still within striking distance of Obama, instead of being blown out of the water, is because Obama has not locked down older, self-identified Democrats. McCain will continue to do whatever he can to open this wedge further, because as soon as it disappears, the general election could turn into a blowout.

Hey, if the McCain campaign wants to keep reminding everyone that their candidate is really old, I say let ’em.  Obama himself should be as respectful as possible of McCain’s age, and talk up McCain’s energy every time the subject comes up.

In other words, just sit back and let McCain’s campaign do all the work of branding McCain as The Old Guy.

1 comment May 14th, 2008 at 08:10pm Posted by Eli

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Wednesday Why-I-Love-The-Weekly-World-News Blogging

Another quest comes to a happy end:

Martini shakers and stirrers everywhere are expected to make a mass exodus to the U.K. after a group of hikers announced they’ve discovered the Fountain of Vermouth.

Charles Forde, 41, of Manchester, stumbled upon God’s gift to the updrink drinker during a camping trip in Northumberland.

“I was looking for wood to start a campfire,” Forde told Weekly World News, “but I stumbled on something that warmed us up even better — an endless supply of the martini mixin.

“At first I thought it was just your regular, run-of-the-mill bubbling water spout, but the smell was what got me thinking twice,” he said. “It was sweet, but strong, so I bent down and took a quick sniff and sip, realized it was dry vermouth, and ran all the way back to the tent to tell everyone else!”

The other campers, William Ackers, 39, and Harry Lamport, 40, also from Manchester, were equally excited about the Fountain of Vermouth. The trio spent the next four days relaxing by the gushing goodness, then staggered home to report their find to the local government.

“Vermouth usually comes from Italy or France, so we were excited that England can get in on the sales too,” Forde said.

Although the Fountain of Vermouth was found just last week, English officials expect word to spread quickly and are preparing for a sharp spike in tourism to the Northumberland area.

“We expect martini lovers will plan their vacations around the fountain, literally,” said head of tourism Roger Reed. “In fact, there’s one thing the area is missing in order become the perfect outdoor watering hole.

“We need to plant some olive trees.”

And maybe some gin blossoms.

May 14th, 2008 at 11:39am Posted by Eli

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Where My Three Billion Networks At?

According to the Official Google Blog…

While IPv4 provides about four billion IP addresses — not enough to assign one to every one of Earth’s more than six billion inhabitants — IPv6 provides enough address space to assign almost three billion networks to every person on the planet.

Okay, so I’m not on IPv6 yet, but when I am, I totally intend to collect.  I’m going to turn my white blood cells into the most awesome computing cloud the world has ever seen.

May 14th, 2008 at 07:55am Posted by Eli

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