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Thanks, I Needed That.

Pessimist that I am, I have a tendency to imagine the worst-case scenario, and then get myself all worked up and furious about my own dark imaginings.  Fortunately, Barry Crimmins was there to reel me in this time:

Lots of people voted for Hillary Clinton this year for lots of reasons. Few believed they were doing anything but expressing their preference concerning the Democratic Party’s 2008 presidential nomination. The vast majority of these people will vote for Barack Obama this fall. A deluded minority think that they remain in a cohesive unit with all of Senator Clinton’s other primary and caucus supporters and hold great sway by doing so.

Good luck to them. Primary season voters chose Clinton for myriad reasons, including:

[Insert myriad reasons here]

…and so on and so forth. The point is, these people have not been alloyed into some sort of political super element.

Today, Mrs. Clinton will formally encourage her supporters to join the Obama camp. This gesture is as much for her as it is for Senator Obama because she will be suggesting that people do what would have done anyway. Despite this, some Clinton dead-enders will continue to threaten to break with Democrats while talking as if they represent that mythical super-alloyed bloc of 18 million voters.

But most of those millions didn’t intend to hand their perpetual political proxy to Mrs. Clinton when they cast a ballot or walked to her side of a caucus. They simply weighed in on which candidate they most supported in the Democratic field. Prior to making their decision, had Mrs. Clinton’s supporters known anyone would suggest that their vote would represent an eternal splinter affiliation, it’s likely many would have chosen Mr. Obama instead.

Most Clinton voters chose her as their first preference in a campaign during which they plan to vote for anyone who will end an eight-year nightmare of Republican rule. A few tough months on the campaign trail hardly trumps eight years getting ground under the boot-heels of Bush, Cheney and their operatives. This nation is involved in protracted, foolhardy war. The economy is in petroleum-fueled flames. The environment is on the verge of epochal ruin. On the other hand, a few bumps and bruises were incurred on the campaign trail. Boo-hoo!

I think Crimmins is probably right – it’s just hard to remember sometimes, because the dead-enders are the ones doing all the shouting.  But being loud doesn’t make them representative.  And hopefully not influential either.

(h/t bdr)

June 9th, 2008 at 11:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Clinton,Democrats,Elections,McCain,Obama,Politics

In Soviet America, Media Censors YOU!

(If the conservatives can call us fascists, then surely we can call them communists)

Here’s a paragraph from an NYT editorial on media censorship in Russia. Does it sound a little… familiar?

Equally insidious as government censorship is the growing self-censorship among Russian journalists. The fear, mostly of losing their jobs, is especially true at national television networks, where most Russians get their information. News about Chechnya or Georgia or Iran now follows the government line. Mr. Putin’s opponents or Mr. Medvedev’s critics are viewed as un-newsworthy, and public affairs shows on Russian television are growing more like those in the Soviet days when “news” meant reading a handout from the Kremlin.

It’s downright uncanny.

June 9th, 2008 at 09:45pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Iraq,Media,Politics,Republicans

Post-Primary Vocab

Two words to keep in mind:

Rival, n.

  1. One who attempts to equal or surpass another, or who pursues the same object as another; a competitor.
  2. One that equals or almost equals another in a particular respect.
  3. Obsolete A companion or an associate in a particular duty.

Enemy, n.

  1. One who feels hatred toward, intends injury to, or opposes the interests of another; a foe.
    1. A hostile power or force, such as a nation.
    2. A member or unit of such a force.
  2. A group of foes or hostile forces.
  3. Something destructive or injurious in its effects: “Art hath an enemy called Ignorance” (Ben Jonson).

Please try to remember the difference.

2 comments June 9th, 2008 at 07:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Blogosphere,Clinton,Democrats,Elections,McCain,Obama,Politics

Random Urban Photoblogging

Just some random Pittsburgh photos:

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Yet another not-entirely-successful attempt to capture that cool ray effect when the sun is behind clouds.

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Struts supporting one of those big overhead highway signs.

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Strut closeup.

1 comment June 9th, 2008 at 11:50am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Pittsburgh

Monday Media Blogging


If only this had been around 20 years ago, when it might have salvaged my college experience.

I’d like to see a showdown between this invention and Woman’s Passions.

June 9th, 2008 at 06:50am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Monday Media Blogging

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