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Riverdaughter says it perfectly:

There will never be any resolution to this primary season. Barack Obama deserves to lose. Save your breath, Obamaphiles. You are not supporting a great man. There is nothing admirable about a man who accepts fraudulent vote counts on his behalf. Everything that comes afterwards is tainted. And as for the media who hyped this man to astronomical heights, don’t expect us to ever trust anything you say until you report the truth of what happened last Wednesday. We’ve never understood your hatred of Hillary Clinton. It borders on the pathological. Now, you are as responsible as the DNC and Obama himself for what happens from here. You are responsible for whatever bad thing comes of this election because the will of the voters was not honored.

I could never support George W. Bush because, aside from his policy positions being reprehensible, he was never legitimately elected President (Florida 2000, Ohio 2004). Barack Obama is no different in regards to that. While he claims to have different positions (which he's willing to sell out at the drop of a hat), he can no more claim the moral high ground on his "victory" than Bush can. If this is "hope and change," then I shall stiffen my resolve and put up with "four more years of the same."

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

I'm going to pass on watching Barack Obama accept his coronation at Invesco Field. I need neither an ulcer nor a vein popping out of my temple.

Those on the hope train might like this though: Obama has pulled back ahead of McCain in the Gallup polls. I guess the Clinton magic still works. Perhaps the Obama campaign should reconsider vilifying and trying to eradicate those of us in the Clinton wing of the Democratic Party. Just a thought...

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Very few politicians receive or truly deserve five minutes of standing applause. Bill Clinton is one of the very few, as evidenced by his appearance at the Convention tonight.

I miss the Clinton years.

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

This roll call is bullshit. States won by Hillary are giving majorities of their delegates to Obama - every single one. Democracy inaction, for sure.

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

I watched Hillary Clinton's speech at the Democratic Convention last night. As much as I admire her, I can not bring myself to support Barack Obama, no matter how many times she endorses him. The Democratic Party is casting aside the best candidate they have for a dishonest, self-serving, opportunistic lightweight who does not deserve his current political position to say nothing of any position higher up. Obama talks the talk (with the aid of a teleprompter) but does not walk the walk.

Prior to Hillary's time in the spotlight, I had Pennsylvania senator Bob Casey on mute as I read weblogs. Casey annoys me, and if he hadn't been the only challenger against Rick "Frothy Fetus Fondler" Santorum, I would not have voted for him. Still, damn near anybody was better than Santorum so I was willing to take a baby step with Casey in order to improve Pennsylvania's reputation in the senate. Rest assured, if Casey has a primary challenger in 2012, I will be voting for that person in the hopes of installing a real Democrat - one who supports a woman's right to chose.

I briefly unmuted the volume for former Virginia governor Mark Warner then turned the sound off again when it became obvious that watching paint dry was more interesting than Warner's speaking style. Ohio governor Ted Strickland followed Warner, and was a much better speaker in comparison (which, sadly, isn't saying much), but whatever Strickland said didn't stick in my mind. Ditto for Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick.

Frankly, Montana governor Brian Schweitzer was the star of the show before Hillary Clinton took the stage. Schweitzer, a relative newcomer to politics, was passionate, animated, charismatic and engaging. He delivered his speech with humour and conviction, engaging the delegates in attendance with a folksy everyman yarn which betrayed that he'd been studying from the book of Bill Clinton. I'm going to watch this one and see where he goes; he made a good first impression on me (but then again, so did Barack Obama).

Upcoming: The roll call vote will be held this afternoon at 5:00PM (EST); Bill Clinton will be speaking at 9:00PM (EST). Watch online at the official Democratic Convention website.

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

Hillary Clinton will be making her Convention Speech at 10:00PM (Eastern Standard Time). It will likely depress me, but I'm going to watch it anyhow...because I'm masochistic or something...

Barack Obama: you suck.

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

The Democratic Convention starts next week, from Monday the 25th through Thursday the 28th. The mainstream media would have us believe that Barack Obama has the nomination sewn up, however, those of us who have actually read the rules know this to be untrue. There is no nominee until the votes are cast and unpledged delegate endorsements don't count until that time. Until then, there is still time to lean on Democratic leaders to nominate Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic Party standard-bearer going into the general election.

So, superdelegates, it's up to you; Ed Rendell is voting for Hillary, will the rest of you do the right thing and follow suit? Or, you could all keep going down your current path and try to force us to settle for Barack Obama, which will lead to a humiliating defeat at the hands of John McCain, the most boring republican since Bob Dole. Your choice, superdelegates.

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

In an article seeping with thinly-veiled contempt for her, the Associated Press reports that Hillary Clinton's name will be placed in nomination for a roll call vote at the Democratic Convention. The first two paragraphs:

Turns out Democratic primary loser Hillary Rodham Clinton will get time to shine at the party's national convention after all — and quite a bit of it. Democrats officially will choose Barack Obama to run against Republican John McCain this fall.

But in an emblematic move meant to heal divisive primary wounds, the vanquished Clinton name also will be placed in nomination alongside his during the traditional state-by-state delegation roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.

That's the good news - the Democratic Party seems to be following tradition and president, something a collective case of Clinton Derangement Syndrome seemed to have been preventing. Now the bad news: I have little faith the psychological warfare that has been foisted upon Hillary Clinton and her supporters is going to stop anytime soon. Frankly, I trust the Obama camp about as far as I can throw them at this point.

illusionofjoy: (No Obama)

From the Colorado Independent:

Denver officials weren't planning to reveal details about where activists would be detained in the event of mass arrests during the Democratic National Convention until after the event had started, but those plans were quickly dashed this week when CBS 4News reporter Rick Sallinger not only revealed that protesters would be locked up in a city-owned warehouse, but he also obtained clear video footage inside the facility, a building that includes barbed wire-topped cages and signs warning of stun-gun use.

The convention jail is located in a warehouse northeast of Denver, and when Sallinger arrived unannounced with a camera crew to shoot the facility, the door was wide open, allowing the disturbing images of caged holding pens to be broadcast on TVs across the metro area:

Investigative reporter Rick Sallinger discovered the location and managed to get inside Tuesday for a look. The newly created lockup, in a warehouse northeast of Denver, contains dozens of metal cages made of chain-link fence material, topped by rolls of barbed wire.

Isn't it great to live in a free country?

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