Reasons Not to Vote for Hillary Clinton: Anything for Votes

According to rules adopted by the national Democratic Party in 2006, no state except Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina would be allowed to hold presidential primary elections prior to February 5, 2008. When Michigan and Florida chose to ignore those rules, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) stripped both states of their delegates for the Democratic National Convention. By then, all of the presidential candidates had agreed that they would not campaign in those states and most withdrew their names from the ballot in Michigan, except Chris Dodd and Hillary Clinton.

Knowing that the DNC had declared their votes literally worthless, Michigan voters went to the polls on January 15, 2008 and cast their ballots. 55% of them chose Hillary Clinton and 40% chose “uncommitted”. Two weeks later Florida Democrats also exercised their futility and delivered a meaningless 49% win for Clinton while Obama got 33% of the vote. On January 25, Hillary began pandering to the Florida electorate by declaring, “I believe our nominee will need the enthusiastic support of Democrats in these states to win the general election, and so I will ask my Democratic convention delegates to support seating the delegations from Florida and Michigan.”

As Clinton lost more and more primaries and caucuses to Obama, the more pressure was brought to bear on the DNC to do something about the so-called “disenfranchised” voters in Michigan and Florida. There was briefly talk of holding those primaries again, but when neither the DNC nor the states were willing to pony up the money to fund a re-vote, it became clear the only way their delegates would be seated is if they were divided equally among the candidates.

Once this dishonest attempt to win the Democratic nomination for President failed, Clinton and her campaign began make their case for the “super delegates” in the party. Clinton was won more swing states, they said. The nominee who has won the popular vote should get the nomination, they claimed, until Clinton was no longer the leader in the popular vote. At one point, Clinton representatives even floated the idea of using electoral college representation to determine which candidate should receive the support of the super delegates. What was largely unreported during this time, though, was the fact that Clinton’s previously overwhelming lead amongst the super delegates began steadily decreasing after the Florida primary.

After apparently big victories in Texas and Ohio, Clinton seemed to regain some of the momentum she had lost. It wasn’t long, though, before Obama erased those wins with overwhelming victories in Wyoming and Mississippi. Now with little hope of winning, the Clintonites began at first to imply that pledged delegates could switch their votes and then Hillary Clinton herself was quoted several times saying that no party rules existed that limited pledged delegates in whom they might vote for during the convention. Never mind the extreme unlikelihood of Obama’s staunchest supporters suddenly deciding that Clinton is a better candidate than Obama, the mere suggestion is an ethical breach that no Presidential candidate should commit.┬áBut it gets worse. Newsweek and other news organizations reported that the Clinton campaign was using so-called “robocallers” to call delegates and get them to switch sides prior to their county or district conventions.

Clinton is actively trying to subvert the process that the Democratic Party has adopted for deciding their candidate for the President of the United States. It’s despicable and Clinton should not only be denied the nomination, she should be run out of the party.

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Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2361
Van odometer: 151399
Weight lost (in pounds): 12
Hours of sleep last night: 8
Aches & pains: sciatic, lower back, right shoulder
Picks left in March Madness office drawing: 0
Current reading: The Book of Totally Useless Information by Don Voorhees, The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman
Recent listening: News from Lake Wobegon, Science Friday, Fresh Air, Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Recent viewing: Blades of Glory, Little Miss Sunshine, March Madness, Countdown
Recent playing: Puzzle Boy
Recently accomplished: cat box, installed new tuning pegs & strings on guitar, groceries, Time Machine for Tina, bought and assembled new vacuum, tracked Thomas’ reading homework, Song of the Day, recycling, began moving, broke mower
Imperative To Do: Sift through inbox, taxes, post office (Kent, Sue, Lala), phone calls, test bike commute, join gym, 401k rollover, finish moving, buy new mower, mow lawn

The Nerve of People

Graham (3:36):
play it
it is fun
Me (3:42): how do you tell how much damage there is?
Graham (3:42): The yellow bar
turns red when hit
Me (3:43): I see
Me (3:49): that’s a good game
Graham (3:55): course it is
Me (3:56): the quiz that went with it was stupid
Graham (3:56): uh huh
Me (3:56): asked for my address & phone number!
Graham (3:57): i know the nerve of people
Graham (4:04):
play every game on there
Me (4:05): send it to me tonight
I can’t play games much at work

Graham (4:06): oh

Wrap me in your cinnamon

Thomas had a cold a few weeks back and we thought that the congestion was affecting his voice. The cold is long gone now and his voice is still deeper than it was before. After hearing a good review of it online, I bought What’s Going On Down There for Thomas. When I handed it to him, he took it wordlessly back to his room and set it on top of My Body, My Self for Boys, a book that Tina bought for him earlier. He has no interest in discussing or reading either right now. He’s had a difficult time adjusting to the rigors of middle school this year, especially the demanding homework obligations. He has a difficult time sitting still long enough to “get into” the work and is easily distracted. Once he gets started, though, he whizzes right through it. He’s also had some problems with organization, often not knowing (or claiming to not know) about assignments. We’re helping him with the latter problem by using some techniques suggested by his teachers and my friend, Amy Sunleaf, who helps kids like him in her profession.

The concentration/distraction problems are something that he has inherited from me, I’m afraid. After watching him go through this, I was reminded of sitting in the Wartburg library years ago trying to “buckle down” and do my Calculus homework. Even now I often find it difficult to read the lengthy technical documentation that is required in my profession. This week I was tasked with reviewing user documentation for our product and had to make a great effort not to get distracted. Once I overcome that hurdle, I can really tear through my current objective, but sometimes it seems nearly impossible. I feel for Thomas in this.

Despite those frustrations, the new job is going very well. I miss certain aspects of working at CPS but I’m trying to figure out how to change my life around to get them back. For example, I miss the hour of reading that I used to have during my commute but I really like my short 20 minute drive to work now. I’ve been thinking about setting aside an hour every night for reading, but the Tivo talks me out of it every night. I also miss riding my bike but I’m going to join a nearby gym so I can start riding again (there is no shower in our office building). Luckily, EFI has a gym reimbursement benefit.

I definitely need to get back on my bike because I’m losing the battle of the bulge again, as you may have already noticed from recent Vital Statistics entries. During 2006 and 2007 I lost over 60 pounds but in the last six months I’ve gained all but 15 back. I continue to learn more about myself during this time and still think I can get where I want to be, but it’s going to take a long time.