Saturday, February 13, 2016

Who should it be?

Biden? LAWYER! Ooooh.

BILL CLINTON!!!!! OHHHHHHH!!!

Want an outsider? Non-lawyer? Bernie Sanders!

What if Obama RESIGNED the presidency...WAIT!...Biden would become president, Biden nominates OBAMA for Supremes OHHHHH or HILLARY!!!! OHH! OHHHH!, BIDEN THEN RUNS FOR PREZ!!!! I  just had an organism in my pants.

Oh the possibilities are endless here. Obama can so FUCK with the Republicans. Let 'em hold it up! Knock yourselves boys! Hold it up till the next prez! That'll be Hillary OR Bernie, or Biden, hell, it could be Karl Marx by the time November rolls around, ANY Demo after almost NINE MONTHS of the REPUBLICANS SHUTTING DOWN THE GOVERNMENT AGAIN! Nine months for Hillary and the Dems to say, "Look at those cockroaches shutting down the government again. You want to put one of THEM in CHARGE of the GOVERNMENT?! THEY DON'T WANT TO GOVERN! One of them can't, HE'S CANADIAN!" HO-HO-HO-HO-HO.

Omg Republicans, you can't win for losing, you can't catch a break, you just can't do anything right, YOU CAN'T EVEN DIE RIGHT! HO-HO-HO-HO-HO-HO-HO.
Obama just noted that he plans to fulfill his constitutional duty to nominate a new member to the Supreme Court. It's on.
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Yes, it is! Yes, it is! Yes, he can! Yes, he will! GOP, You Are Dead! GOP, Suck My Dick! Go Obama! Go Obama! "It's On!" Great tweet, Deray McKesson. 

“I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in due time."-President Obama.


Republicans' opening salvo in the upcoming nomination for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s successor was not only offered prematurely, within minutes of confirmation of the 79-year-old Justice’s passing and before either the White House or the Supreme Court could lower their flags to half staff, it was predictably extreme in its demand that President Obama not even offer a nominee...-Salon.

Before the flags could be lowered! 

Heh-heh-heh-heh.
"The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new President," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky said in a statement.

Heh-heh-heh-heh.

" Republicans already opposing any Obama Supreme Court nomination"-USA Today

Heh-heh-heh-heh.
Just can't get a break. Scalia was determined to stay on the bench until a Republican could appoint his successor. Did NOT want to retire while Obama was prez. He didn't.

Oh well. 
The Republican Party is so dead.
This concludes our memorial to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 
"I thought you were a Republican!"
                 -Antonin Scalia's first words to God.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died today.

HappySad-urday, Political Edition




Two new polls, both conducted since New Hampshire show the Babbling Babbitt well ahead in South Carolina, the RealClearPolitics average is seventeen over Cruz, nearest to him. The primary is February 20...Feb. 20? A Saturday?...Yep. One week from today.

According to fivethirtyeight, Trump's chances of winning S.C. are about what I remember them being to win New Hampshire, 77% in their "polls-plus" (includes, e.g., endorsements) modeling and 64% in polls-only. Fivethirtyeight projects the vote as Trump, 31.7%, Rubio 19.9% (polls-plus) and Trump, 37.4%, Rubio, 14.9% (polls-only), a twenty-two point lead.

The polls are going to be more accurate now, after Iowa, like they were in New Hampshire, and there is a debate tonight and Trump is being hit with a fusillade of negative ads from all corners but unless he has a disastrous performance tonight that 17-point gap is too much to make up in a week. If someone got real close to him, say within three points, that would do the trick too but it's nearly the same degree of difficulty, closing a twenty-two, seventeen, or, twelve point gap, to say, three, in one week. 

T'AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN.

So, Trump wins in another blowout. Now what?

Insiders: Hard road ahead for Trump-Politico.




The POLITICO Caucus – a panel of activists, strategists and operatives in the four early states – still don’t think Donald Trump has a clear route to the GOP presidential nomination.

Almost 85 percent of Republican insiders said Trump isn’t on a glide path to become the party’s nominee...

“Trump needs to show that he can grow his share of the vote,” said a South Carolina Republican, who, like all respondents, completed the survey anonymously. “Right now he's getting around one-third, but that means two-thirds of the vote is ‘not Trump.’ If he has a ceiling, then as others drop out, Cruz or one of the establishment candidates can pass him. We are down to six in South Carolina – let’s see if he grows this time.”



"If he has a ceiling": This guy is right, of course, about Trump's current share of the GOP vote, and it hasn't really changed much over the course of this young campaign. Trump's negatives among GOP voters is also the highest of any GOP candidate and that has not changed. All of that has informed my judgment that Trump is therefore "contained" (1) within the GOP and (2) at about 30%-40%. But I'm going a little woolly in the knees on the containment theory and consequently I don't like this guy's complacency, "let's see if he grows this time." LET'S NOT! 

There is such a thing as momentum: in politics, in sports, when falling out of an airplane. It can be illusory but far more often it is real, it can be evanescent, fragile, or durable, less likely durable, except when falling out of an airplane, I think.

There are psychological consequences to getting too far behind or losing too much and those almost always negatively affect performance. You can give up (drop out in politics) or not try so hard, and not think enough about what can be done to turn the losing around because psychologically you've accepted defeat. You get sort of frozen in your strategic thinking.

Has this guy thought through the consequences of a Trump blow-out in South Carolina? Has he factored in, in his "let's see" quiescence, that Michael Bloomberg has said that if it looks like Trump v Sanders is going to be the match-up he's going to run as an Independent? Would a Bloomberg candidacy be more likely to result in the Republican, Trump, being the next president, or less likely?

Would a Trump-Sanders-Bloomberg race be a good thing or a bad thing for the Republican Party in this Republican Party insider's opinion? Trump, who has never held elective office and never served in government, who has been a Democrat for most of his life, as the Republican nominee against Sanders, the Democrat, who has been a Democrat for one of his seventy-four years against Bloomberg, an Independent who was also a Democrat for most his life and a Republican office-holder only for the six years he held office. Is that good is my question. There's an awful lot of "Democrat" in such a race. What does that say about the Republican Party as as a politico-intellectual and electoral force in America?

Has this insider given any thought to William Kristol's tweet that if Trump is the Republican nominee "it's time for a new party?" To National Review's "AGAINST TRUMP" issue, with something like twenty-two contributors?

Does he think Trump v Clinton is a winning match-up for the GOP? Maybe he does! My Republican brother thinks Trump would win 40 states against Hillary Clinton! Other Republicans however see it more like 40-10 the other way. Jeb Bush is one. Kristol another.

Most importantly, has this Republican insider thought through how a Trump nomination would effect the country? Putin and Great Britain have already spoken. He can choose which one he likes.

A South Carolina Republican put it this way: “He will flame out as people become more serious.”

I have wondered about this also. Maybe the early primaries are like college, let it all hang out, there will be time to be serious later? Maybe. Rick Santorum won Iowa. Pat Buchanan won New Hampshire. Then at what point to we decide "people are serious" and is that going to be too late? And, don't New Hampshirites take their first-in-the-nation status pretty seriously? Don't South Carolinians? Doesn't nearly everybody when the curtains close behind them in the voting booth? It's one thing to tell a pollster, "I'm going to vote for Trump," or attend a Trump rally, but when Trump actually wins New Hampshire by 22, confirming the polls, you can't just say "Oh, those New Hampirites weren't serious." 

“I fear our long, national nightmare may become ever longer and darker,” added another South Carolina GOP insider.




South Carolina Democrats don't vote until Feb. 27 and there hasn't been a poll done since before Iowa. So this will be a happy face of short duration. Clinton is overwhelmingly expected to win and to win overwhelmingly.



This whole thing, in both parties, just has such an ominous feel to me. "Sanders wasn’t even officially a Democrat until last year," I was reminded today by Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight. So the candidates who have won the only primary elections held so far have not been members of the party whose nomination they seek for long or forever. 

I don't recognize the country.

I reprinted a graphic last week showing the overwhelming lead Clinton has in delegates over Sanders and the paltry lead Trump has in the Republican count. Clinton's overwhelming lead was due to inclusion of pledged super-delegates, party insiders. Silver writes today that their pledges are not binding, they can switch any time they want to.

Friday, February 12, 2016

"With S.C. approaching, the target on Trump grows larger"-Washington Post.

Post: good work tonight.

He’s a villainous, predatory developer who seized an elderly woman’s property. He’s a corrupt power broker who sought to buy politicians. And he’s a larger-than-life ice sculpture that melts away under the spotlight.

The Donald Trump attack ads have arrived.


Good. He's a cockroach...And his supporters are coackroachez.

The real-estate mogul faces a sustained, multi-front assault in South Carolina ahead of the Feb. 20 GOP primary, where his detractors are painting a dark portrait of the candidate and challenging his populist authenticity. His opponents and their allied super PACs are pouring millions of dollars into ads running statewide to weaken the billionaire ahead of election day.

With a commanding primary win in New Hampshire proving that he can transform his enormous crowds into actual voters, Trump’s rivals now sense a closing window to stop his momentum ahead of “Super Tuesday” in March, when nearly a dozen states will vote.


So, what, they wanted the target to get closer before they shot? Stupid. STOOPID. Well, maybe not so stupid. The window certainly wasn't closing after Iowa. N.H. is the first state the cockroach has won. But NOW. Yes! FIRE!!!!!!!!!!
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Ads:

“Donald Trump: Look past the boasting and you’ll see right through him,” a narrator says as an ice sculpture replica of Trump melts on screen and ultimately breaks apart....

“Donald Trump is not a conservative,” said David McIntosh, president of Club for Growth Action. “He is a liberal on taxes, health care, eminent domain, and government bailouts.”

Another group, Our Principles PAC, has already spent at least $2 million attacking Trump in the country’s first two GOP nominating contests, with the bulk of those resources spent on advertising in Iowa.

Ah! So where they really went after Trump he lost. Smart.
...
Another ad...said that other candidates either “suck up” to Trump or “run away in fear,” painting Bush as the only candidate who has stood up to him.

That is true! The Jebmeister has consistently criticized Trump. Hasn't done him any good yet. Trump is superb on the attack and the counterattack.
...
“How much do we really know about Donald Trump?”

We know he's a cockroach! (I am not a likely Trump voter. Put me in the undecided column.)
...
“Trump bankrolled politicians to steamroll the little guy, a pattern of sleaze stretching back decades. Worse? Trump still supporters eminent domain today.”

Guys, do you know what the Republican electorate thinks "eminent domain" is? A really important website. Don't use that legalese.

Trump on the charges he's not conservative and is in fact a cockroach:

“You know what? In a way I don’t even care about labels,” Trump told a rally crowd of more than 10,000. “I’m a guy with common sense that’s going to make us a fortune.’’

Even in Pursuit of Happiness-dom, that sounds weird for a presidential candidate to say.

...he ripped apart Cruz’s latest attack ad, while explaining that eminent domain is actually a great way for average people to make a lot of money.

See? You IDIOTS. DROP "eminent domain." "Widow," widow has a nice ring to it, try widow, elderly widow.

“It’s difficult because I’m a legitimate person.”

You're a legitimate cockroach!

“They’re vicious, and they say anything. They say anything.”

Listen to this jackanapes! "They're vicious." "They say anything." YOU are a cockroach! You're a brimstone chatterer! You're a jade of a magpie! You're a jackdaw!,--Post, really good job today, thank you.--You're a poll-parrot! You're a HEAD of swine! You're a croaking TOAD!

I'm off the fence. I'm not going to vote for Trump.
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The candidates aren’t just saving their attacks for the airwaves — they have also escalated their criticism of Trump at campaign stops across the state.

“Donald Trump has zero foreign policy experience. Negotiating a hotel deal in another country is not foreign policy experience,” Rubio said in Okatie, S.C...

"Foreign policy experience?" How about "policy experience?! "

HE HAS NEVER BEEN ELECTED DOG CATCHER!! He has NO GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER! Criticize him for that!

The ARROGANCE of this man is astounding: "I'm rich. Elect me president."

Wasn't one of his TV shows called "The Apprentice?" Well, there's some TV show called "The Apprentice," I don't know if it was his, whatever! The point is, STUPID REPUBLICAN ELECTORATE: We know you want an outsider for the highest office in the land, weknowweknowweKNOW!, does this excellent criterion of yours also have the virtue of reversibility, to wit: Jim Bob Smith, 69 years old, has spent his entire career in government performing the essential service, and perfecting the science of, Solid Waste Removal, is at the top of his profession, is recognized nationwide for his talents, is famous, has his own reality-based TV show, "I Do Shitty Work," ERGO, Jim Bob is qualified to be CEO of, and should send a, unsoiled, resume forthwith to, Apple? Inc. Post, really--good job today. Thanks for this. NO apprenticeship necessary, just move right in to Mr. Jobs' old office?

REPUBLICAN VOTERS, ARE YOU RETARDED?!

Are you so IRREMEDIABLY STUPID that you would take someone with NO EXPERIENCE in the field and put him at the head of YOUR huge company because he was an OUTSIDER to the business?!

Rubio, Chris Krispy Kreme and Jeb criticized YOU for being too young and too inexperienced--you have a lot more experience than Trump does in THIS business. Why don't you point that out.

Post, excellent job today.

"Bewildered by 2016 race, George W. Bush returns to the trail to boost Jeb"-Washington Post.

Yep, heard one of the radio spots he cut for Jeb.

It is bewildering.

At a get-together last month, Clay Johnson, a lifelong friend, recalled that he and Bush said to each other, “Can you believe what’s going on?”

“He, like everybody else in America, is taken aback,” Johnson said. He and Bush chewed over the race for 30 minutes, including the rise of Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side.


I wrote in an email to one of my brothers, Republican, "I don't recognize this country."
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In the seven years since Bush left the White House, the party has evolved so much it is almost unrecognizable from the one he commanded in the early 2000s. The GOP is being torn apart by a battle between the business establishment, movement conservatives and pitchfork populists.

Bush has been troubled by a Republican electorate that — so far, at least — prioritizes Trump’s anger and projected strength...

That's the way to put it, it's Republican people, not just Trump, and Democratic people, not just Sanders that is troubling.
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George W. Bush is still very popular in South Carolina:

“The question is, is popularity transferable?” [Former GOP state chairman Katon] Dawson said. “I don’t think it’s transferable if he just says, ‘Jeb’s a good guy and trust him.’ I think it is transferable if George W. Bush comes here, takes the gloves off and starts getting at it against Trump.”
Interesting!

The 43rd president, however, is unlikely to attack any candidate.
Ugh. Wants to talk positively about Jeb.

Strange glue; forbidden fruit! That is exactly what the Hebrew and Christian religious texts say. Fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. One bite and there's no going back. It's in Man's bloodstream for eternity. Adam and Eve look a little peaked there. 

The Strange Glue.

Literacy is also like a Roach Motel, once you enter you're trapped inside and can never get out. There is some suggestive but no convincing evidence that a people have ever lost literacy, voluntarily or involuntarily, once acquiring it. It is a strange glue.

"Writing is a strange thing."

"Writing appears to be necessary for the centralized, stratified state to reproduce itself. Writing is a strange thing. The one phenomenon which has invariably accompanied it is the formation of cities and empires: the integration into a political system of a considerable number of individuals into a hierarchy of castes and slaves. It seems rather to favor the exploitation than the enlightenment of mankind."-Claude Levi-Strauss, "Tristes Tropiques" (1968).

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Why Trump? Why Sanders? Why Now?

There is an angry groaning. We do not see and we hear only indistinctly, only that there is an angry groaning coming from parts of America.(1)

There is a questioning, "Does America Still Work?" It is both a statement of doubt and a question for we cannot see clearly that America does not still work, we want to know if others can see clearly, we want them to tell us if America still works, and we see vaguely, we "sense," that America does not still work.

Why would we ask ourselves that question at all? One of the New York Times columnists wrote, trying to answer "Why Trump? Why Sanders? Why Now?" that, really, things are not that bad, in fact, they're pretty darn good, especially in America as compared to the rest of the world. He's right. We have long been out of the Great Recession, thanks to President Obama and the Republican congress...What else? Our standard of living is still very high...We're kinda sorta out of wars...

We're not a kinda-sorta people. We want to win wars, not get out of them; we don't want to get out of Great Recessions, we don't want Great Recessions. We don't want sorta Peace and sorta Prosperity, we want Peace and Prosperity. We want to be "Great Again!" That makes us Proud and we want to be proud of America; that makes us Love America and we want to love America.

We don't want a "Post-American World."

The memorized 30-second speech for which the dearly departed Chris Christie successfully skewered Marco Rubio, have you ever listened to it, or read it?

"He knows exactly what he's doing. Barack Obama is undertaking a systematic effort to change this country, to make America more like the rest of the world. That's why he passed Obamacare, and the stimulus, and Dodd-Frank, and the deal with Iran, it is a systematic effort to change America."

There is truth there. Obama said repeatedly, "We are the only advanced nation in the world...":

1. That didn't have some form of universal health care;
2.That doesn't have meaningful handgun restrictions.

At least those two, and the truth in Rubio's memorized speech is that Obama has changed America with Obamacare to make it more like the rest of the world, especially "those Scandinavian countries," and if he had the untempered power would, in a heartbeat and with a pen stroke, make America more like the rest of the world in handgun control. 

In my opinion Obama has made America "a more perfect union" with Obamacare and it would be more perfect still with handgun control but notice Rubio's words, he doesn't say Obama has made America better or worse, Rubio says only that Obama has changed America to make it "more like the rest of the world." Rubio's point is not that America is better or worse off, it is changed.

Americans generally, and this is not just Republican candidates and primary voters, Americans across party and ideological lines, and the vast majority of us it seems to me, do not want to be like the rest of the world!

That is a primal feeling with Americans, it is deep in our souls. Every American except Native Americans and the slaves is an American because (s)he did not want to be like the rest of the world. We came here because we lived in the rest of the world and thought it SUCKED. 

"Except Native Americans and slaves:" I have often thought that part of the reason for the intransigence of Republicans to anything Barack Obama attempted to do was because of race. My God, they decided on the strategy of intransigence at a meeting held the night of Obama's first inauguration! First time that has ever happened. Coincidence that it happened on the evening of the first Black president's inauguration? No. 

Obama is not a descendant of slaves, his father was Kenyan-born and came to America freely, and left to go back to Kenya freely, but Obama self-identifies American Black and you cannot self-identify as American Black and not self-identify with the slave history of American Black people. 

Now, how might this be significant to our topic? Obama self-identifies with one of two groups of Americans who have been persecuted and discriminated against for the entire history of America, are  still discriminated against, and with the one group that were slaves. SLAVES. That is so painful. I tell you, sometimes I think of my Black friends and am amazed that they don't want to kill me and every other White person they know. I would totally understand! I would understand if they didn't Love America as White people do, but they do and that amazes me more.

"Love America:" 

“I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America. He doesn’t love you. And he doesn’t love me. He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”-Rudolph Giuliani, February 18, 2015, speaking to a group of Republicans.

The overwhelming majority of Americans, including Obama's spokesman, castigated Giuliani for saying such a "horrible" thing, so painful, so untrue. I, and I remember at least one other person, a Black man, wrote that I could understand how it would be true, and would not think less of Obama as man or president if it were true. He grew up differently, way differently, than most of us did. Not only Black African father, White mother, but a Muslim father, who Obama identified with, for whom he has a special fondness, to whom he dedicated his book, not his White, American, Kansan mother, and Obama lived from ages six to ten in another part of the world, Indonesia. First through fourth grade he attended school in Indonesia; formative years, first through fourth grade, and Obama has a special fondness for Indonesia. As I hope he would.

But, you see, having a special fondness for another country calls into question in some people's minds, including mine, whether the person has another Love and most Americans, not including me, want America to be Loved, firstly, and then to be loved exclusively, "exceptionally." Some "real" American Black people do not like to be labeled "African American;" there is nothing African about them, they are Black. Period there. Obama has feet in different worlds: America, and a unique part of America, Hawaii; Africa, Kenya; the Muslim world, and in Indonesia, 87% Muslim. And Obama does not have the feelings that almost all other Americans have, of  "The old country, good riddance!" No. He has fond memories of Indonesia, has fond feelings for his Muslim Kenyan father, seems to have a special place in his heart for Africa, where did he give his first foreign speech as
president? Egypt. All, "as I hope he would and am glad he does." But, I'm not everybody.

It is in this "multiple fondess-es," this multi-cultural sense that I think race plays a special role in Republican attitudes toward Obama, it is not that he is American Black, they liked Ben Carson for awhile, liked Alan Keyes for awhile, liked Herman Cain a little, because they were "real" American Black, did not have weird foreign names, had "real" American names! just like "Rudolph Giuliani." For instance. That is, I think, what Giuliani was getting at when he said he didn't think Obama loved America, didn't love "you," who is he talking to? White Republicans. It is, I think, what Marco Rubio is getting at in his memorized 25-second speech, that, for good or bad  Rubio doesn't say (in those 25 seconds), Obama has attempted to "change" America "to make America more like the rest of the world," a world that Obama does not not love and which Rubio, most Republicans and most Americans, do not love. 

So, "Why Trump?" Donald Trump is sui generis. Perhaps never has American politics seen a candidate like him, which is not to say that there are not some parallels. Trump's support is, and has been this entire young political season, limited to about a one-third segment of the Republican Party. He is the most unpopular Republican candidate among all registered Republicans and is viewed negatively by huge majorities of Independents and Democrats. Yet he also leads the Republican race.

Trump leads the Republican race with about one-third support for the same structural reason Adolph Hitler was able to position himself as Fuhrer of Germany with approximately the same level of support among voters: divided opposition.

Trump has approximately one-third support because of his personality, his unique political style and his policy proposals. Trump has an out-sized personality, larger than life, and has had this image in America for decades. It appeals to some because when they think of a leader they want the man to look and sound like a leader. Trump is a commanding presence who speaks in a commanding style, perfect for some for a commander-in-chief.

Trump insults fellow Republicans in the most personal terms, which accounts for his unpopularity among most Republicans, but for about one-third, is reinforcement of his commanding presence. A commander gives orders, he doesn't ask; a commander says "You're Fired!", he does not brook dissent; a commander does not ask for support, he demands it. Trump has what I have called a sixth sense for identifying and exploiting an opponent's weaknesses. I heard a Washington Post reporter this week describe the same ability as that of a "heat-seeking missile."

Trump's policy proposals are sometimes vague ("I'll get a better deal with China, Iran;" "I'll bring the businesses that left New Hampshire for Mexico back again."), sometimes outlandish (Build a wall, "Bomb the shit out of ISIS."), sometimes nuanced and specific ("Stop Muslim immigration until we figure out what is going on."), all have in common "Do," and all are consistent with his strongman persona. "If Donald Trump says he's going to do something, he's going to do it!" Forget about how, he's going to do it. Forget about the Constitution, separation of powers, getting legislation passed, forget all that stuff. One-third of Republicans want the things Trump proposes and wants them DONE NOW.

Sprinkle in some latent fascism in the American electorate, add some residual insanity from the Declaration of Independence and voila!

Why Now?:" because it's after eight years of Obama, that's why! That was David Axelrod's epiphany at least.

"Why Sanders?" Why a 74 year-old Jewish socialist? I don't think Sanders' popularity has the same deep-rootedness as does Trump's, and I don't think Trump's is as broad as many think, I think it is capped at 30%-40% of Republicans, but I think it is more deeply rooted in the American soul than Sanders'. Sanders' showing in New Hampshire will not be replicated, part of the reason for that is neighboring Vermont, but no, not all of it. Sanders is appealing to young people, lefties have since the '60's, but young people have never gone to a socialist in these numbers. Is it Clinton or Hillary fatigue?

I think a large part is Hillary (Clinton) fatigue. Look, she was doing well in the public's eye as Secretary of State, was stepping out of Bill's dark shadow, was getting props as a good soldier who buckled down and did the best job she could and then...Benghazi. Her judgment pre- and post- was dead wrong. Then she left office and...email-gate. For me, that was it; it was same-old, same-old, she hadn't changed from "vast right-wing conspiracy" Hillary. Still paranoid after all these years.

Now, put yourself in the shoes of a Democratic voter, not a teenager, but someone in his or her 30's and older, someone who remembers Benghazi and "vast right-wing conspiracy" and for whom email-gate resonated like a cracked bell. If you are bothered by those things what is your only option when you step into the voting booth? The Democrats' problem is the opposite of the Republicans' crisis. The anti-Trump vote is split four ways. The Democratic ABC (Anybody But Clinton) vote has one channel out, a 74 year old Jewish socialist.

I think all of the above is a lot of it, most of it, but let us also give Democratic voters a little more credit. Young people, more so older voters, but some of all voters are asking themselves the question in the opening sentence of this post, "Does America Still Work?" It would be completely understandable if Sanders supporters have the same vague uneasiness gnawing at them, that things just don't feel as right as the Times columnist pointed out they were, they don't understand why the Great Recession happened, are not much more impressed than others that Obama got us out of it, the young people probably don't have as great a sense as others that a Great Recession isn't supposed to happen to a Great America, but are not that impressed that we're out of it, know that whatever the causes of the Great Recession, "They," some ill-defined but more keenly felt They, were responsible, and for getting us out of it too, the same people, the Bushs, the Obamas, Wall Street, Bernie Madoff, Icelanders and their volcanoes, all those guys; Democratics are feeling fragile, America feels a bit fragile to them, their futures seems fragile, their safety seems fragile, like their iPhones, broken easily, repaired not so easily, and damned expensive. Bernie Sanders was not one of them, those They's, even though he was, Hillary Clinton definitely was a They and these voters also, like the Trumpets, don't want more Theys!  It's a theory.

1. "...if one could not see the revolution one could hear it in the evenings, carried across the Peking sky. The sound was...angry...shrill...often accompanied by the beating of drums...You could not escape from the roar...it was like the moaning of a gigantic animal crouching over the city...I was utterly bewildered." Unnamed British Communist translator quoted in Mao's Last Revolution, MacFarquhar and Schoenhals, (2006) on the beginnings of the Chinese Cultural Revolution.


Senator, presidential candidate, Barack Obama, May, 2008.
The problem with socialism is that it takes up too many evenings.
              -Oscar Wilde
On a cold night I woke in the middle of the night.

Are Trump and Sanders aberrational.
...

Viktor Jakob spent most of his career during the period of classical physics, a paradigm being confronted by the rapid and radical developments of relativistic physics.

Or is it a paradigm shift. Is realignment occurring.

"I am still resisting with all my might the 'meaninglessness of the events of the world and trying to replace it by 'incomprehensibility.' But how difficult it is to carry through this point of view."
...
The major concern was with the potentially fascistic individual, one whose structure is such as to render him particularly susceptible to antidemocratic propaganda...we could not expect to find subjects who would openly identify themselves with it; yet there was no difficulty in finding subjects whose outlook was such as to indicate that they would readily accept fascism if it should become a strong or respectable social movement.

Is it latent fascism. Or latent insanity.
...

Hearing the harsh snarling of dogs gave feelings of barring out evil. Hearing the sound of drums stirred restless thoughts. 



Hearing the sound of drums.
Is it the cultural contradictions of capitalism.

It is not that at other times these sounds and shapes do not exist like this, nor that they do not reach the eye and ear of man, but that appearance is the servant of a thing, and yet the mind hastens to follow it.
...
At night the sounds were indistinct. The whole city seemed to groan as an animal.

Is it the legend of the shark.
Hearing the sound of drums.

When sound is broken and shape shattered and the will rises free, what is this will? Is it within? Or is it without? Or is it in a thing? Or does it cause the thing to be? Is there not a way of defining the
difference? Most certainly, and I perceive the difference.


I cannot see clearly, nor hear clearly.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday is when Ferguson, Missouri got reduced to ashes by the Justice Department. 

Ferguson Fucks Up

And the Justice Department is going to fuck Ferguson up.

Ferguson, Missouri, the site of riots over the killing of Michael Brown, agreed with DoJ to make reforms to resolve civil rights issues. The agreement was seven months in the negotiating. Last night was nut cuttin' time but the Ferguson City Council took a pen and altered some of the agreements!

It is a decision Ferguson will regret but once, and that is continuously.

Justice was not pleased and today Attorney General Loretta "I never promised you a rose garden" Lynch announced, in steely voice, that she had filed a 56-page lawsuit against Ferguson.

Ferguson, you are do dead.
What is Ash Wednesday?

Exit Fiorina, Christie.

Those are two moderates whose support should go to someone other than Trump. 
It's Ash Wednesday.
It's Ash Wednesday?

Delegates Won 2016.

Presidential primaries

Last updated Feb 10, 2016 at 11:49 AM ET

Delegates won

1,237 needed for nomination · 2,472 available

Last updated Feb 10, 2016 at 11:52 AM ET

Delegates won

2,382 needed for nomination · 4,763 available
Dropped out: Chafee, Lessig, O'Malley, Webb
Hillary Clinton lost the New Hampshire vote 60%-38%.

Democratic delegates won:

Clinton, 15
Sanders, 13

Republican delegates won, New Hampshire:

Trump, 10
Kasich, 3
Cruz, 2
Bush, 2