"I wish they would only take me as I am" - Vincent Van Gogh               "How Can I believe in God when just last week I got my tounge caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?" - Woody Allen              "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake" - Henry David Thoreau              "I took a speed reading course and read 'War and Peace' in twenty minutes. It involves Russia" - Woody Allen            "When promulgating esoteric cogitations, eschew platitudinous ponderosities" - Mark Rowan, my father            "Up, sluggard, and waste not life, for in the grave there will be sleep enough" - Benjamin Franklin             "What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world." - Albert Einstein            "Welfare's purpose should be to eliminate, as far as possible, the need for its own existence" - Ronald Reagan            "It's odd that you can get so anesthetized by your own pain or your own problem that you don't quite fully share the hell of someone close to you." - Lady Bird Johnson              "I still want to be the candidate for guys with confederate flags in their pickup truck" - Howard Dean

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama's Racial Pandering

Listening to Obama's speech yesterday was just infuriating. Not because of what he said in the speech, but because of what he has said in the past.

Last year I posted about his racially charged comments implying that racists are Republicans.
Are some voters not going to vote for me because I’m African-American? Those are the same voters who probably wouldn’t vote for me because of my politics,” he said.
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Ever since then I have considered him a man who, at least in part, defines himself and everyone else by race, backed up by statements he made in his first book, that
he and a black friend would sometimes speak disparagingly “about white folks this or white folks that, and I would suddenly remember my mother's smile, and the words that I spoke would seem awkward and false.”

As a result, he concluded that “certain whites could be excluded from the general category of our distrust."
. Frankly, I wasn't surprised that Obama was a patron of a church that was so focused on race. What infuriates me is for Obama to somehow imply--against his former statements and memoirs--that he is an authority on positive race relations and that he will bring unity. You don't unite by calling your opponents racists.

Monday, March 17, 2008

A more accurate logo

I made this image to put on a T-shirt. Comments?

Quick thoughts on Nader

Most people agree that had Nader not run in 2000 Al Gore would have won the presidency. I suppose there are many "what-if's", but considering the narrow margin of victory in Florida, this seems pretty clear. Nader received almost 3% of the popular vote that year. Four years later, in 2004, he received less than half of 1%, pretty much not a factor.

Now that he has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2008 cycle, many are predicting that he will again not gain sufficient support and won't influence the general election, much like 2004. I have a different theory, that his running will more closely resemble 2000 than 2004.

In 2000, George W. Bush was not the divisive figure that he was in 2004. "Bush Derangement Syndrome" was an unknown term. Whether it was Bush or Gore, 2.74% were ambivalent and decided to cast their vote for Nader to make a statement. By 2004 the hatred for Bush took over, and people may have considered Kerry the lesser of two evils--they may not have liked him, but they hated Bush. I think Independents were more prone to vote for a third party in 2000.

Now, here we are in 2008. The Democratic party is doing whatever it can to disenfranchise it's electorate. As much as Howard Dean likes to say that McCain will just be a third Bush term, most Americans recognize that this is just Rhetoric. Thus, I don't think Bush hatred will keep people away from McCain. In short, we are in a situation more similar to 2000 than 2004, and I think Nader could receive a few percentage points in the popular vote...perhaps enough to determine the outcome again.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Long time no See

I've been absent from the blogosphere for quite some time now. I started Medical school in July 2007 and have been, understandably busy. Anyhow, with the campaigns heating up it's time to get back in the game.

Feel free to leave me a comment.

Primary Cluster for the Democrats

The Democrats are scrambling, trying to figure out a way to have "do-over" primaries in Michigan and Florida that are fair to each of the candidates and are as "delicate" and "diplomatic" as possible. Unfortunately for them, Howard Dean has painted the party into a corner, and the party will be hurt no matter their decision.

Dean and the DNC originally punished Michigan and Florida for moving their primaries up by stripping them of all of their delegates. In contrast, the Republicans stripped only half of the delegates. This was a much smarter decision, because it served it's purpose as a punishment, but both states still saw the Republican candidates campaign for votes in the states. On the other side of the ticket, the Democrats didn't bother to campaign in those states, which likely left a bitter taste in the mouths of many democrats.

Now Dean is trying to figure out a way to redo the primaries in these two states. The result of this decision, in light of an incredibly close democratic primary, will be to make these states even more important than they would have been! Talk about backfire. What's worse for the Dem's, is that by changing the rules, there is the very real possibility that the decisive results in these two "punished" states might upset voters in other states.

Way to go Dean.