Before the Daily Politics, I just want to say that this day for me has barely started and it has already been a long day. Crap going wrong in every direction. It happens though, Nothing to be done about it but go on doing what I have to do.
Hillary Clinton has Won the Puerto Rican Primary! With 91% of Precincts reporting, She has won by a 68%-32%, a 36% Margin. She has also taken the Lions share of the Delegates in this primary, winning that at this point by a 32-14 margin.
Two pieces of Bad news here for Hillary tho. First, she was looking to take a lead in the Popular vote here, but could not due to Low voter turnout. The estimates I have seen and heard of showed me that to do that, she would have to have won by that Margin, but there would have had to have been about 2,000,000 Votes cast with that same margin of victory. Total votes cast with 91% in is 349,256. WELL short of the Number she needed to regain the Popular vote lead.
Second, Barack Obama now only need 48 delegates to be able to claim the Title Presumptive Nominee, where she now needs 203, at least according to CNN. Numbers in other places are different, but not that much different.
A Commentary on Yesterday’s DNC Ruling, Hillary Clinton, and words I have heard about the two.
I am unhappy about the fact that Hillary Clinton is losing to someone I think she is better than. I am unhappy that things haven’t turned out quite the way I wanted them to this election cycle. But, do you know something? I have had worse. Bush won twice despite what I felt about it. He won even tho I saw an election where the popular vote was countermanded by 537 people in Florida and hanging chads. Ralph Nader took votes away from Al Gore in Florida in 2000. Al Gore WON That election and yet he was not president. Because we live in a Republic, a representative democracy. Because we have Electors who decide for us who will be President. There were screams of wrongdoing, and screams for change then.
And there are screams of Outrage at what happened yesterday at the DNC. Talk of abandoning ship, Of Voting for McCain instead of Obama, should Obama be the Nominee, which is how it looks like it’s going to go. Why would you do that? Is your sense of outrage that strong that you will let it blind you into making the wrong choice in picking the President, perhaps the most important political choice we, as Americans, make?
I Understand the Anger, but in truth I cannot join you in your outrage. Why? Here is how this goes. You had to Know, that no matter what else happened, Those states that went early, against the rules, Regardless of the reason or the reasoning, were going to be punished in some form. You and I both know that someone here was going to get shafted, That someone was going to feel like they have been done wrong by. There is no way that this process was going to please everyone.
Does it surprise you that this happened? If so, why? Despite what you may have thought, There was NO WAY that Barack Obama was going to walk away from Michigan without Delegates. There is not much else for the DNC to do but give half votes to Florida and Michigan. What was their Choice? What could they have done? Punishment was going to be handed out,and they had no other Punishment they could conceivably hand out. Did you think NOTHING was going to happen? Are you that Naive?
No you aren’t. You want those election results to stand because that’s the way the people voted. Good as far as It goes, but since it’s not a National election, it is run for and by the Party. Meaning it is Subject to the party’s rules. These states Broke those rules. And much as I hate to say it, you should know better than to complain when rules are broken and a punishment is handed down for it.
I wanted those delegates seated, I cared Not how tho. The states needed to be represented, but I was certain, from almost the beginning that any representation would be less than 100% of what would have been, had they followed the rules of the DNC to begin with.
When I hear people say they will abandon the party because of this, I am reminded here of a quote I am fond of By Marcus Aurelius, from His “Meditations”. ” Reject your sense of Injury, and the Injury Itself Disappears”. It took me time to learn this. It is not an easy lesson to master, despite it’s seeming simplicity. I had MUCH anger towards Sen Obama after the Reverend wright thing, and Vented it at him, and held a serious grudge against him. But I calmed down, stepped away, dropped the grudge over this stupid little man wright, and now things are better. I still Think Hillary is a Better Candidate, but I can live with an Obama Presidency now, where before I would not suffer the thought.
So to all Of Hillary’s disgruntled Supporters out there who want to Vote McCain as a protest of the recent DNC events, Please, we are all democrats are we not? To give your vote to McCain would be to abandon your principles when you need them most. Stick with the Party. You’ll be glad you did.
And if you aren’t all that sure about that last statement, I have something for you.
A FEW REASONS NOT TO VOTE FOR JOHN MCCAIN.
1) The man has no clue. Seriously..take a look at his website. Example: His Mortgage plan is the least helpful plan possible for people who are being crushed financially by the mortgage crises. He has them Re-applying for a Home loan through the FHA and then simply replaces the old Mortgage with a new one. Good? Not really, for those who are out on a limb here, this in no help. This is simply replacing debt with debt.
2) HE WILL KEEP US IN IRAQ. That statement should be enough to get any Democrat who is thinking about voting for McCain to stop in his or her tracks.
3)This man claims to look out for our armed forces, and yet said he was against Helping them get the Best education we can afford to give them! He said he was Against Sen. Webb’s bill to increase the amount of help a G.I. Can get for college, claiming there was a study that said it would negatively Impact Retention rates…despite the fact that The self same study said that was not the case!
4)The man is Notorious for his temper and his inability to manage his anger. Is that the Kind of guy you want in control of a Nuclear Arsenal and the strongest Military on earth? I’d think HARD about that before answering.
Think Before you vote. If McCain is still the better Candidate, then vote for him. But Don’t vote for him simply as a mood protest because things did not go your way. That is wrong. Vote for the Best candidate, not against the organization that runs your party because it ruled against your candidate.
That’s it for the Opinion, News, and Election results. Onto Personal stuff.
Guitar: I have not played much guitar today, call it 10 minutes worth on the Staten Island Ferry o the way into work earlier this afternoon. Hit the Major scales on the boat. Did some symmetrical scales there, haven’t done that in a while. Noodled a bit. I’m gonna play more as soon as I can. I have been busier then hell the last few hours. It’s taken me 4 hours to write this. One sentence at a time, while away from the computer working on some projects here at the office. That’s not easy. but i’ll get some playing in.
Video: I have a good one here today folks. A Guitar lesson From Tony Macalpine. Hella Guitarist.
That’s it for Me. JAM ON!
Today’s Nuggets, Via Wikiquote: Senators, it is true that I am hard of hearing, but you will find it is not for want of listening. As for speaking, again, it’s true I have an impediment. But isn’t what a man says more important than how long he takes to say it? It’s true again I have little experience of government. But then, have you more? I at least have lived with the imperial family who has ruled this empire ever since you so spinelessly handed it over to us. I’ve observed it working more closely than any of you. Is your experience better than that? As for being half-witted, well, what can I say – except that I have survived to middle age with half my wits, while thousands have died with all of theirs intact. Evidently, quality of wits is more important than quantity. From the BBC Mini-series I, Claudius
I can calculate the motions of the heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people. Isaac Newton