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Coffee House Ramblings

Okay, I'm sitting in a coffee house here in downtown Sewanee (such as it is)  because my car is in the shop for an oil change.  And I'm having my usual, which is a strawberry banana smoothie with yogurt and apple juice. (They call it "The Town Tramp" for reasons I've yet to figure out.)  Anyway, what comes on the stereo mix here in the shop?  Nickel Creek's "Smoothie Song."  Not sure what that means, but there you go.

Happy birthday to my brother, Jim.  If you'd like to join me in wishing him a happy birthday, check out his web site.  He's an amazing artist and his work is well worth a look.

Should also mention that I've done a separate post today at http://magicalwords.net.

Many of you know that I used to have a dog -- Buddy, the Wonder Dog.  He died a year and a half ago, while we were in Australia, and I miss him every day.  Some friends here in town are dog owners now, and they went out of town for the week, leaving their adorable dog, Violet, with us.  Turns out, while I miss Buddy and like Violet very much, I don't miss being a pet owner.  I've gotten used to not having to walk a dog on cold winter nights.  I've gotten used to not  having a dog dig up the yard or bark at passing deer.  I've gotten used to not seeing or smelling dog food.  Good thing it's only for the week.

I feel that I should have something intelligent to say about last nights primary results, but I really don't.  Like my friend sleigh, I'm kind of conflicted about the whole thing.  I wrote yesterday that I hoped Obama would win Ohio and Texas and put this thing to rest.  And I agree with colonelrowethat Obama is the one candidate who might truly  reform our political system.  But I also think that the final few days of this weeks campaign revealed weaknesses in Obama as a candidate that could be a problem in November.  Now I'm not saying that these are fatal weaknesses.  But I'd like to see him recover from them; I'd like to see him handle this situation with the economic advisor who spoke to the Canadian trade reps; I'd like to hear him address more fully his real estate transaction with Tony Rezko.  I don't think Obama is guilty of anything.  I don't think he meant to make misleading statements about the NAFTA thing.  I do think he handled these matters poorly in the days leading up to yesterday's primaries, and I think that these blunders, more than anything else, led to his defeats yesterday.  People in Texas who made up their minds in the last three days before the primary broke for Clinton 2 to 1.  She didn't win with advertising; he lost with indecision and a sudden, uncharacteristic lack of resolve.  People in his campaign are complaining about Clinton "going negative."  Ha!  Wait until he goes up against the Republican smear machine.  I want to know that he can stand up to what the wingnuts on the right are going to throw at him, and I want to know that this week's mistakes were hiccups, rather than harbingers of more serious troubles to come.  I don't regret voting for him on Super Tuesday, but at this point I need some reassurance that he really is the right candidate to go up against McCain.

Gotta say, I love this wireless thing.

Smoothie's gone.  Think I need a muffin.  Later.


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Mar. 5th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I keep hearing rumblings that wingnuts are rubbing their hands hoping it's Obama so they can go medieval all over his ass.

Mar. 5th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)
Probably true for either D, unfortunately. This is our politics.
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Not surprising, sadly. For once, I want a nominee who can give it right back to them. Probably not the healthiest for our system of government, but better, in my opinion, than four more years of war, tax breaks for the wealthy, and fear-mongering.
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
As I said in my blog, I voted for Hillary -- not because I'm overjoyed at the thought of her vs. Barck, but because I think she'll handle the Republican smear onslaught the best -- and the Republican smear onslaught will come.
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
This is why I was so torn when I voted for Obama. I actually like them both very much. I think he could be a transformative figure. If he can win. And there's the rub....
Mar. 5th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
I want to see him swinging too, because the Rs are going to be nastier than HC (at least so far) in the fall. But he's still my candidate for now. We gave a little donation this morning, and it dulled the sting of coverage that seemed a bit over the top. Shouldn't HC have won both those states by a lot more?
Mar. 5th, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Two ways to look at it, I think. On the one hand, yeah, she had huge leads in both Texas and Ohio just a few weeks ago. But that was before the candidates had turned their attention to either state, and really the polling in both states had been in a holding pattern since the fall, when she was the clear frontrunner. Primary season, particularly on the Democratic side is all about momentum. (Remember the way Kerry's win in Iowa catapulted him to the nomination? Same with Bill Clinton's strong finish in NH in '92.) So the fact that she was able to stop his momentum really is noteworthy. I wouldn't be surprised to see her win PA with relative ease. I like Obama a lot. Voted for him. But even I'm having second thoughts.
Mar. 5th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I just worry that we're letting our second thoughts be fed to us by the media. I want to be immune to the way they decide these narratives. The bottomline is that both those states were going to be tough for Obama no matter what, and they'll be tough for whoever the candidate is in the fall (it's hard for me to believe that a lot of those less educated white voters aren't going for McCain no matter what -- most of them voted for Bush after all). The fact they were as close as they were is still an achievement, I think, in the real world if not the media one.

That said, I still want to see him scrapping. And, frankly, Hillary tends to blow momentum when she has it, so it may be better for Obama that she has a little good news to squander. C'mon, dream ticket!
Mar. 5th, 2008 07:31 pm (UTC)
And a p.s. I knew going in that Obama wasn't going to win both states yesterday and I think the media did too, but chose to play it differently to maximize their story. I was a little surprised he didn't pull out Texas, but not shocked. HC does well when she's the underdog.

And Bill Clinton's a political mastermind. No way he would have said she had to win those primaries if he didn't think it was going to happen. His prediction COMPLETELY overtook any other narrative in the reporting. Well done, strategically speaking.
Mar. 5th, 2008 08:09 pm (UTC)
Good point about Bill. Hadn't thought of it in those terms. He is a political genius, as long as he keeps his mouth shut.
Mar. 5th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking my dream ticket is Bond/Rowe. No BS, lots of laughs, and I know your hearts and minds would be in the right place. But to be on the safe side, I put you at the top of the ticket....
Mar. 5th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
Are you calling me a politican? Why I oughta... !

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