March 5th, 2008

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How it looks to me

I’m looking at the numbers coming in and, as one would expect, it really doesn’t look that great for Hillary Clinton, delegate-wise, even though she supposedly ‘won’ and now has ‘the momentum’. But she’s close enough to stagger onwards (and if she likes, continuing to praise her peer, with whom she feels an affinity, John McCain, in comparison to that chickenshit upstart with the eloquent delivery, who probably thinks he invented the Internet, Barack Obama).
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It’s nice to have my pens back

I’ve got my 1940s Parker Vacumatic Jr and my 1950s Pelikan 400 back from being serviced and hopefully they will be trouble-free from now on. The Vac I essentially had overhauled, and the Pelikan needed a new seal. (Pelicans and seals, eh? I think they’ll both want some fish.) It’s a piston-filler and the seal is the piston-ish part, and the probably quite old one that was in the pen beforehand basically shrank as soon as I started using the pen.

Frankly I would just as soon have taken advantage of the easy interchangeability of Pelikan nib units to put that old flex nib onto a modern Pelikan barrel, if the vintage barrel weren’t a beautiful tortoise-shell stripe celluloid. So I got it fixed. (I once briefly had a modern tortoise-shell stripe M400, very similar to this vintage 400, but sent it back because the nib was defective.)

I have one other vintage pen but it’s a no-brand thing that got lost, with its mates, in the back room of Woolworth’s or whatever and was forgotten for 50 or 60 years. Made in Germany shortly after the War (probably not by Pelikan), and a total piece of crap. Not my best purchase ever.
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A bad night for Hillary

Whilst certainly Obama could have had a better night last night, and even though the stupid headlines declare Hillary Clinton a big winner, Clinton’s net gain is going to be approximately ten delegates. And I don’t think the superdelegates are going to throw this thing to Clinton. Certainly they shouldn’t, for the following reasons, among others:

1. Since Day 1, Obama has had the lead in elected delegates. In other words, there is no evidence that at any time during this process Clinton was widely preferred over Obama, or even liked quite as much.

2. Even ‘going negative’ she couldn’t catch up. In the process she has engaged in conventional race-baiting, implied (by non-denial denial) that Obama might be an Islamic terrorist (!), and most recently has even implied that the ‘Republican’ is a better candidate than Obama (!). What’s more, the ex-president threw away his credibility as a parent-figure for the Democratic Party. (We now have only one ex-president who is a parent-figure, and he is quite elderly; we do also have a couple of ex-vice presidents, although one of them is elderly, obscure, and a very bad campaigner. :) )

3. Clinton has so rubbed people the wrong way that African-American congressunits have made, if only to placate their constituents, public shows of disapproval.
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Brent Budowsky is irate

Brent Budowsky is on Randi Rhodes and is angry as hell, that for the first time in his experience one Democrat is running against the other by Politics of Personal Destruction without making any serious argument why she ought to be the candidate. And he is especially upset about Hillary’s non-denial denial that she believes Obama is a Muslim (and thus perhaps an al-Qaeda operative). And he says that the superdelegates are turning against Clinton on account of this.

To be fair, Budowsky was an Obama supporter from the beginning, but he also is a columnist for The Hill and tends to have both inside information and, in my opinion, very good political insight.

At those debates, Hillary said she was proud to be running against Obama and that she and Obama would be ‘fine’ after this is all said and done, and Ms. Clinton got praised for this, but people are not all looking at the broader picture. The way I see it, she was saying, ‘Barack, I am going to try to destroy you, but don’t take it personally. As Bob Dole might say, that’s just politics.’

(I would remind people that I before South Carolina our refrigerator was decorated with photographs of Bill, Hillary, and Buddy. This is how much I ‘hated’ Hillary before all this—I decorated my refrigerator with her picture. I took those pictures all down, and even the picture that had Bill with Al Gore. (Maybe I should simply have cut out Bill and replaced him with a photograph of a camera lens.) What Budowsky is saying is that many superdelegates are having reactions similar to my own.)
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The ticket

Hillary Clinton has hinted that she might accept running mate status, so I figure she is trying to keep close enough to Obama, in delegates and ‘perceptions’, that she can twist his arm into taking her as his running mate.

I wouldn’t feel too bad about that ticket, even if it reminds me of James ‘A Black, a Woman, Two Jews, and a Cripple’ Watt. Discord in the party would bug me, on the other hand; in solidarity there is strength.