• comment on a post the undemocratic democracy over 6 years ago

    cross posted at Dont Blame Me, I Voted for Howard Dean.

    also, I am user azizhp on Twitter. Follow me!

  • No Democratic president will leave Iraq.

    to be honest, though, I think "conditional engagement" make smore sense than total withdrawal. The blood cost of total withdrawal is too high.

  • comment on a post is North Carolina the end of the road? over 6 years ago

    cross-posted at Don't Blame Me - I Voted for Howard Dean.

  • comment on a post Presidential candidates on Twitter... suck over 6 years ago

    cross-posted to my Wisconsin politics blog, Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Howard Dean.

    Oh, and Obama sucks! Hillary sucks! I'm voting for McCain if Hillary/Obama gets the nomination! There, that should suffice to get this on the rec list.

  • comment on a post A Draw over 6 years ago

    I don't really see a draw. I don't think Clinton should resign; she does have a path (a valid one, too) to the nomination, hinging on persuading the superdelegates and swinging the Credentials committee in her favor. However, by all metrics Obama is leading and Clinton's chances are a genuine longshot. Yes she can win, but a longshot does not equal a draw.

    As far as veep goes, Obama would be a great veep for Hillary, but the reverse is not really true. I think Richardson complements Obama far more effectively, helps make a play for the Latino swing vote, and also is a strategic play in the border states and mountain west. With a Obama Richardson ticket, theres a real possibility of a map-changing election.

  • on a comment on Behind but not beyond over 6 years ago

    is one in which you stick to arguments about the issue. Not snipe at others for their secret motivations.

  • on a comment on Behind but not beyond over 6 years ago

    J, I will admit I am biased. But I genuinely think that we cant move forward through a closed door. Obama has opened that door. Now do we go forward or not?

  • on a comment on Behind but not beyond over 6 years ago

    Addendum - Larison observes,

    That elite conservatives could turn on Obama with guns blazing in their phony p.c.-driven rage was the perfect arrangement for them: they could express disapproval of the media darling because he had made a very un-p.c. blunder, making it possible for them to pose as the champions of the kind of "liberal intolerance" they might have decried a decade or two earlier.

    Meanwhile, middle- and working-class white (and probably other) audiences heard this, remembered the anti-racist catechisms they had been taught for as long as they could remember and understood that the proper, approved reaction was to shake their heads and boo.  McWhorter makes a similar observation.  Now that anti-racism has captured the minds of so many of these people, now that the conditioning has had its intended effect, observers sympathetic to Obama are dismayed that Obama's nuanced effort to explain (or, as the critics have it, explain away) racially-charged and potentially racialist rhetoric fell on deaf ears.  Yet this shouldn't surprise anyone-if the speech fell on deaf ears, it was the elites who deafened them years before with a single, simple imperative: "Don't pay attention to race, except when we tell you to!"

  • on a comment on Behind but not beyond over 6 years ago

    I suppose I should cross post the above at Nation-Building.

  • comment on a post Behind but not beyond over 6 years ago

    I think it's wishful postmodernist thinking to pretend that there is no such thing as race. If anything that is a Republican argument used to desperately deny that the playing field remains non-level.

    The truth is that race is a genuine concept and has always been in human history. Race is not "bad". Its just a source of variation within the human race, like height or musical ability or intelligence or strength. Its not purely genetic, either - race is also enmeshed at its boundaries with culture, and with language.

    Before we can ever get to that state where race exists, but doesn't matter, we need to confront the fact that it exists. And be honest about what our attitudes are - and yes, all of us, white, black, asian, latino, etc DO have "typical" attitudes about everybody else. We need to confront them, be honest about them, and thus recognize them for the barriers they are rather than wish them away.

    Obama does not, despite the stereotype, speak of or promise to transcend race. He promises to approach it realistically instead of in the pseudo cryptic way we all dance around in in politics. That is what made his speech on race so unique.

    His goal was to explain his embrace of Wright, not repudiate it, because the latter would be buying into the cynical racial politics that have still not done a thing to heal us as a nation since the trauma of Jim Crow. If that means that everyone who is not ready to move forward with actual progress on race relations, instead preferring the cryptoracial dance that serves as status quo, becomes entrenched in opposition to Obama, then that is actually fine. And if Obama cant win without the support of the racial status quo, also fine. That means that we arent ready for change. But we will be.

  • comment on a post No Michigan Re-Vote? over 6 years ago

    I think that my compromise proposal makes more sense now - seat the delegates, but halve them, and assign the breakdown 55-45 clinton-obama.

  • on a comment on Fun Game you can Play at MyDD over 6 years ago

    looks like intent to vote for the nominee, irrespective of which candidate it is, is enough to get you troll-rated now.

    Why am I not surprised that in a joke thread, some people still don't have a sense of humor?

  • comment on a post Fun Game you can Play at MyDD over 6 years ago

    I'm the coolest, because I blog about geek stuff. Geek is the new cool.

    unfortunately, I intend to vote for either Hillary or Obama depending on who gets the nomination. So my coolness is wasted.

  • on a comment on transcript: Obama speech on race over 6 years ago

    ok then!

  • on a comment on transcript: Obama speech on race over 6 years ago

    heh. the campaign emailed advance copies of the speech to most major outlets.

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