Monday, May 19, 2008

"Sweetie-gate"

I only heard about this most recent campaign non-story at work today, so I'm playing a little catch-up, but I was moved to write by the sheer banality of the latest problem, dubbed "Sweetie-gate" by Lisa Anderson at the Chicago Tribune. Obama recently said, while touring a Chrysler plant in Detroit, to a reporter who asked him a question, "Hold on a second, sweetie", and failed to answer the question ("How are you going to help the American auto workers?").
This is simply the most stupid thing for anyone to get excited about. No, it's not that he didn't answer the question that has all the precious jouornalists in a wad, it's the fact that he used the word "sweetie". Is there really nothing else to write about the campaign?! The video of the incident is all over the internet, and it has been blogged about hundreds of time (I'm feeding the beast, too), but what's interesting is that it seems to only be the unpaid bloggers (from a cursory, quick Google search of "Obama sweetie") that are pointing out that this is a non-story.
At least the person Obama referred to as "sweetie" wasn't offended (good on her for being a normal human being). What's amazing, as I suggested, is that his use of the word is more newsworthy than the fact that he didn't answer this rather important question. How is it any different from the use of words like "sugar" and "honey" for other politicians?
His phone-apology to the journalist was also very well done, and I have to say I like him that little more, despite still being concerned about the amount of taxpayer money he's likely to spend as president. (Democratic president, Democratic House and Senate... the deficit is going to explode! Even if they end the war in Iraq!)
What the hell is wrong with the media? The fact that the BBC reported on it too is just depressing.
Maybe Obama likes Absolutely Fabulous?

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gotta Love Democratic Voters...

Following yesterday's primary election in West Virginia, it would appear that my earlier comments about the primary season are holding true as, once again, the candidate most recently written off by the media and chattering classes makes a comeback: this time, it was Hillary Clinton's (most impressive) turn, beating Barack Obama more convincingly than in any other state:
  • Clinton: 67%
  • Obama: 26%
  • Edwards: 7% (I love that there are people still voting for him, considering he dropped out months ago - true, it's probably mail-ins, but it's still admirably hopeful)

So, the Democrats will continue to beat the living crap out of each other for another few weeks yet. With 2,025 delegates needed to claim victory, Obama (1,875) will need to win 139 of the remaining 189 delegates (from Oregon, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota's primaries) - Hillary (1,697) only needs to win 27% of the remaining delegates to keep Obama from reaching this total. If my (admittedly poor) maths is correct, this should be easy considering she has already won on average of 41% in each state (she has 45%~ of total delegates to Obama's 50%~).*

I'm sure a lot of this maths is completely wrong, but it was momentarily fun to pretend I was a pundit and try to work it all out.

*Some states she's won massively, and the same can be said for Obama, but I think they balance each other out, to make this average not too absurd or arbitrary.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Democratic Spending

I'm not at all happy about this, but according to the Washington Post, Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign is $20 million in debt.
Does anyone imagine that a Democratic president would be any better with taxpayers' money? This, in fact, is one of my main reasons for not wanting a Democratic House and Senate, on top of a Democrat in the White House: both Clinton and Obama have outlined lavish spending plans with little clear indication as to how they will pay for all this government largesse.
More on my opinions of how the election is shaping up in tomorrow's post, which will be longer and more thought-out. It will include:
  • why I think people are selling Obama short by "blaming" racism on his success
  • why the increased media focus on "race" is likely highly insulting to the vast majority of Americans
  • why I'm reconsidering Obama (again)
  • why I think McCain as president won't be as scary as many are making out

Stay tuned!