Daily Archives: October 21, 2008

Obama’s Grandmother

It is one thing to never truly know your father, to be essentially abandoned by him. But the other people around you, the people that coalesce to help fill that void, take on an extraordinary role in your life. And now, when those people start disappearing, it can be devastating.

Obama & his grandmother at his high school graduation (1979)

Obama & his grandmother at his high school graduation (1979)


If Obama Wins…

Republican of Indiana, R. Lugar, with Obama

Republican of Indiana, R. Lugar, with Obama

There are many that have possibly set themselves up for disappointment. Many of the early supporters would like to believe that Obama and a Democratic Congress should push to achieve some sort of Left-Wing Utopia (as if this is actually attainable).

I doubt that this will happen and because of this, many on the left will come to resent Obama.

No matter, Obama must try to unify the majority of this country. After the culture wars of the 1990s and the reckless power-at-all-costs era of the Bush Administration, this country is desperate for a break. It is almost as if we would like to be boring for a little while.

If he wins, Obama will face a lot of pressure to find positions for Democrat warriors who long have toiled in the shadow government while Dick Cheney and GW Bush ran roughshod over this great nation. I think Obama must resist this pressure. In the interest of national healing, I believe he should tap clear, sober-minded people from the other side of the aisle as well (Robert Gates, Richard Lugar, Chuck Hagel, Colin Powell, etc). It would send a clear message to the American people that a President Obama would like to lead the whole nation out of this pathetic mess that we have got ourselves in.

Professional Haters

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg ran a fascinating, I say, fascinating article about the relative level of quiet within white supremacist groups concerning the potential election of Barack Obama. It was funny too… though, not on purpose. It interviewed Bill White of Roanoke, Virgina, head of one of the more established neo-Nazi groups.

“Right now,” said Mr. White, the head of the American National Socialist Workers Party, “we’re facing the potential of a half-black candidate financed by Jewish money going up against a white candidate financed by Jewish money, who are both advocating the same policy. So you’ve got two terrible choices…”

“There’s a real problem,” Mr. White said in the interview last month, “in what’s called the ‘white movement.’ One, there’s a lot of people who are just mentally ill, and we deal with those a lot. No. 2, there are people who have serious sexual problems.”

You cannot make this stuff up!


The Numbers Man

Melissa Ann Pinney

Photo: Melissa Ann Pinney

Many of you probably guessed that I am a huge fan of Nate Silver’s election website, FiveThirtyEight.com. The latest issue of New York Magazine profiles its founder, Nate Silver. It is an interesting read. Silver was also one of the founders of the baseball projection outfit, Baseball Prospectus. They are the ones who predicted at the beginning of this season, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays would win 90 games. People thought this was ludicrous because they lost 96 last year. Well.., they won 97 this year. And now they will be appearing in the World Series for the first time.

Nate Silver’s projection model currently has Barack Obama winning the electoral college 344 to 194. We will see if his electoral projection skills match his baseball wits.

Dingbat Nutjob Michelle Bachmann Prompts Republican Write-In Competitor

Paul Schmelzer of The Minnesota Independent reports that Aubrey Immelman has registered as a write-in candidate for the GOP as an alternative to Bachmann:

He sees himself as an “alternative for disillusioned Republicans.”

“The Republican Party needs to rebuild its image, and this cannot be done when its elected representatives say these kinds of things,” he told the St. Cloud Times’ Larry Schumacher.

While Immelman garnered only 14 percent of the vote in the Republican primary, his entry may shave off support from Bachmann, who last week lead DFLer Tinklenberg by just four points, according to a Democratic party poll.