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Why I’m Happy about SuperFatTuesday

As an Obama supporter, I was originally kind of disappointed at yesterday’s results. At first, all the major news outlets called SuperTuesday a huge win for Hillary. But after the final counts are in, it turns out…. not so much:

  • The Clintons just pumped $5 million of their own dollars into their campaign.
  • The Obama campaign has reeled in $5,886,067 since the polls closed yesterday as of this writing. In one day.
  • Some Clinton campaign staffers are going without pay due to the cash crunch.
  • Depending on who is counting the cryptic, loathed delegates, Obama won more. (Can we just use a popular vote someday?)
  • My hunch is that the remaining political map is going to favor Obama.

Get out and vote this Tuesday!

Found this at Rebecca MacKinnon’s site:


Very inspiring, and I agree with Rebecca, Jimmy Carter, and many others that said that Obama will have a healing and inspiring effect that no other candidate could possibly come close to.

The Obama vote is now neck and neck with Clinton. Go vote. Then go celebrate Mardi Gras. But don’t forget to vote first.

Probably Woefully Inaccurate Candidate Analysis!

Here are my results from the 2008 President Selector at SelectSmart. My top two candidate picks rose to the top – Obama and Kucinich. I’m disappointed Kucinich didn’t even win, place, or show in Iowa, and it looks like he won’t be impacting New Hampshire as well. Interestingly, Clinton, Gore, and Edwards fared much lower on my radar – I thought they would have been right up there and especially I thought that Edwards would have been closer to my top rankings:

1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100 %)
2. Barack Obama (79 %)
3. Dennis Kucinich (78 %)
4. Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (77 %)
5. Joseph Biden (withdrawn) (71 %)
6. Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (70 %)
7. Hillary Clinton (70 %)
8. Al Gore (not announced) (70 %)
9. Christopher Dodd (withdrawn) (70 %)
10. John Edwards (67 %)
11. Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run) (59 %)
12. Mike Gravel (58 %)
13. Bill Richardson (57 %)
14. Ron Paul (45 %)
15. Elaine Brown (42 %)
16. Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (41 %)
17. Rudolph Giuliani (31 %)
18. Mike Huckabee (25 %)
19. John McCain (24 %)
20. Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani) (24 %)
21. Alan Keyes (22 %)
22. Mitt Romney (21 %)
23. Chuck Hagel (not running) (19 %)
24. Fred Thompson (14 %)
25. Sam Brownback (withdrawn, endorsed McCain) (13 %)
26. Newt Gingrich (says he will not run) (12 %)
27. Jim Gilmore (withdrawn) (12 %)
28. Tom Tancredo (withdrawn, endorsed Romney) (11 %)
29. Duncan Hunter (10 %)
30. Stephen Colbert (campaign halted) (2 %)

Predictably, Giuliani, McCain, Huckabee, and the rest of the weenies were way down the list. And look they included Stephen Colbert! I would vote for Colbert in a heartbeat if he would just choose Papa Bear as his running mate!

Chinese Pattern

Temple Rooftop, Taipei County, TaiwanI love reading Michael Turton’s blog, and I admire both the volume and the quality of his posts on Taiwan and the jostling of this wonderful little place between the political whims of two giants, China and the USA.

In response to the Kitty Hawk debacle, he posts something about a pattern emerging from China which I’d just like to quote here:

Anyone who has observed China’s relations with the outside world for any length of time has seen this pattern again and again. In the midst of negotiations with the Vatican, it consecrates two bishops for the state Church. In the midst of negotiations over the Torch coming to Taiwan, it denies a visa to the representative of the city of Kaohsiung to discuss games held there in 2009. Arriving in India for negotiations, its ambassador announces a whole Indian state is part of China. Some months back the Chinese government shut down an expat magazine in China that was widely considered the most sympathetic and supportive expat rag in the nation. China gets the Olympics, and crackdowns on the internet, and journalists intensify, while state security arrests double. Catch the pattern?

Is anyone in charge over there? Seriousy – why are we even bothering with these people anymore?

I just saw that Japan has now refused Chinese access to tour an an advanced combat ship.