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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Latest Idiocy from P.M. Carpenter

BuzzFlash's P.M. Carpenter just can't figure how Barack Obama has slipped from a 15-point lead over John McCain to a mere 3-point lead in the latest polls, despite the alleged strategic genius of switching his positions on a number of touchstone issues from the FISA bill and public finance of his campaign through to gun control, faith-based initiatives, Israel and Iran. Rather than face the probability that Obama's slide is exactly because of these betrayals of what many of us on the left had hoped were matters of basic principle, ol' P.M. instead speculates that this has to be attributable to either incompetent polling or racism amongst the electorate or even some kind of misinformed Islamophobia.

Thankfully, many of those leaving comments below Carpenter's column seem a lot more clued up than P.M. himself. It really does seem as if the Democratic establishment is, on a daily-if-not-hourly basis, exposing itself as just as out-of-touch with the mood of the country as the Republican establishment has been.

Polls have shown that the majority of Americans, after eight dark years of encroaching fascism, are demanding substantial change. Moving towards positions that, by all appearances, offer the country pretty much more of the same thing but with different packaging frankly will not cut it.

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Blogger robertjones2001 said...

It seems like it may not be too late for the Democrats to nominate Clinton for president. Neither candidate has enough delegates to sin on the first ballot. And the super delegates don't actually cast their ballots until there is a dealock at the convention in Denver. Several hundred superdelegates have pledged to vote for Obama (hence making him the "presumtive" nominee), but they -- as well as any or all of the other "pledged" delegates are free to change their vote up until the very moment it is cast.

13 July, 2008 19:46  
Blogger Steve said...

Thanks for the comment. It's certainly true that the Democrats *could* still nominate Hilary, but it's unclear how substituting one candidate of the corporate establishment for another really helps when what people appear to want is real, substantial change. People want a candidate that will stop the handcart as opposed to just slowing it down a bit on its journey towards the abyss.

14 July, 2008 13:14  
Blogger robertjones2001 said...

At least Hillary voted against the FISA immunity giveaway. I liked her when she was president before. And I miss peace and prosperity. I think we know what we will get with Hillary as the nominee. We basically know very little about Obama, since he has only spewed empty platitudes about "change" during the campaign

On another note, I was thrilled to hear Cynthia McKinney's acceptance speech for her nomination to the Green Party. Her goal seems to be to just get 5% of the national vote to put the Green Party at the table as a bona fide national opposition party.

14 July, 2008 15:54  

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