Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

Last Sunday (the 14th) I attended a panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival, where a number authors, ranging from Johnathan Lethem, to Johnathan Franzen, to Joan Didion spoke about new works, celebrated works, and the unfortunate state of frenzied hysteria we find ourselves in every four years or so. I sat in on a panel dubbed “The Consequences to Come” moderated by Robert Silvers, editor of The New York Review, which was to discuss the looming 2008 Presidential Election. The panel was decidedly pro-Obama, with Mark Danner, Ronald Dworkin, Darryl Pinckney and Joan Didion rounding things out. Each had their own assessment of how close Barack Obama would come to the White House, each voicing an understandably cynical prediction – it was, after all, one week after the Republican Convention and the unveiling of America’s newest sweetheart, Sarah Palin.

One speaker, in particular, was admittedly “depressed” by the GOP’s recent bounce. Ronald Dworkin – American legal philosopher, current professor at University College London and the New York University School of Law – had pleaded for previous speaker Mark Danner to “cheer him up with some favorable numbers.” After summarily disregarding Obama’s current poll position with regards to the “symbol-based community,” Danner left Dworkin to dwell on the rank possibilities of the Supreme Court under John McCain’s stewardship.

Dworkin said the Constitution stands to be left far worse than “more of the same” if McCain wins the White House. He argued that given the current makeup of the Supreme Court, in terms of age and ideology, many long-standing precedents regarding women’s rights, free speech and Affirmative Action would be completely overhauled given another four years of a GOP-led presidency.He stressed the key role Justice Kennedy has played, citing Kennedy’s record as a lynch pin.

In a Sunday Editorial, the New York Times concurred. “Under Mr. McCain, if a liberal justice or two or three steps down, we may see a very different America.” The veracity with which Dworkin spoke, left the assembled crowd just as depressed as he was. But, on the bright side, Gallup currently has Obama at +4…


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The fate of the world will be decided in less than seven weeks – McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden – the fat is in the fire, it would seem. Past and Prologue is slowly coming back to life, so be on the lookout for increasingly frequent, random updates concerning all things Election 2008, end-of-year government procurement, and some special comment on the apparent callapse of capitalism (or maybe just the callapse of Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, et al.)

The wheels are set in motion – check back on Monday, September 22 for updates galore!

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We know, it’s Thursday, super Tuesday is old news. We decided to take Wednesday to see how the hot air blew around the punditry. We’ve got a full run down after the jump- including Willard dropping out of the race. (more…)

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In what can only be understood as the height of knee-jerk causeless whining the National Organization of Women New York chapter has decided that the Kennedy endorsement of Obama is a blow to all women everywhere. Apparently there is no choice left, it’s just vote Hillary or die. Regardless of how sexist, choice-less, or reactionary it is. The exact quote from the AP:

“Women have just experienced the ultimate betrayal,” NOW’s New York State chapter said in a scorching rebuke. “Senator Kennedy’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s opponent in the Democratic presidential primary campaign has really hit women hard.”

“We are repaid with his abandonment!” the statement said. “He’s picked the new guy over us. He’s joined the list of progressive white men who can’t or won’t handle the prospect of a woman president who is Hillary Clinton.”

If there was ever a face of insipid, shrill, stupid, women it’s the NoW New York Chapter. As a woman I’m offended, as a former feminist I’m offended. If they wanted to make their organization completely irrelevant, and a punchline they’ve surely succeeded. They could’ve taken the high road and issued a card of women’s issues, or asked ALL the candidates to put a focus on that. Instead, they stomped their feet like spoiled brats. I hope the national organization gets that chapter in a room and puts some heads on plates.

Earlier: Feminism Is Dead- Hillary Proves It.

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The AP is reporting that John Edwards is expected to drop out today at 1p EST in New Orleans where he began his campaign. His delegates and support are expected to go to Obama.

Update: The Washington Post is saying a source close to Edwards was the leak. He does have dozens of delegates to give up. John- expect some hatchet-man from the Billary mob, sometime this morning to give you an offer you can’t refuse, for your delegates.

This is unfounded speculation, but what are the odds of an Obama/Edwards ticket? Comments invited.

Edwards Is Dropping Out

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I just want to point out, that at the convention, whoever the democratic nominee is they can seat the delegates. Which means if you are a democrat, you can vote for whoever you want in Florida and it WILL count! Don’t believe the hype. If you don’t want Billary to swoop in and declare victory- get out there! This will have a huge impact on Super Tuesday. Here are some videos in case you forgot (more…)

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Well it’s been one hell of a Monday, and it will only get better. Tonight, as you know is the State of the Union, which will be the closing act in a day of political theater, perhaps yet unmatched in this campaign season and indeed this year. We’re going to run down all the acts of today’s great play on the flipside including, dueling Kennedy Endorsements, political rally’s on both sides of the isle, pre-SOTU speculation, and pre-Florida. Even with video in case you missed some of the action- (more…)

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