Sunday, June 01, 2008

Act in haste, regret...

Excuse me if I'm dense, but isn't counting super delegates before the convention on-point to polling a jury mid deliberation?

I know the media wants it over, I know Obama wants it over. However, in 12 years of covering trials, both criminal and civil, I've known lots of prosecutors, and sometimes defendants, who wanted cases decided prematurely. And some of them would have been a lot better off if they had.

Wasn't the super delegate system set up to act only if there was a change of direction between the last primary and the convention? Or to act as a jury in a deadlocked tie after each candidate presented his or her entire case?

Are Democrats forgetting a rush to judgment that cost Al Gore that big desk in the oval office? Maybe then he could have prevented "decider" from entering our vocabularies.

The media wants us to think the super delegates are just another voting block. They also want us to think those who say they have committed to either candidate (Obama) not long ago said the same about Clinton. Many super delegates want us to believe they are the "deciders." Gives them more cache. And higher profiles.

I seem to be beating on "the media" incessantly. But they seem to have forgotten their mission is to report the news. Yes, that most times involves interpreting. But not to the point of distortion.

My tolerance level for bullshit and being patronized gets lower everyday.

Hubris and Manipulations

Sunday morning talking heads. To a person, host and guest, all are too enamored of the process, not the meat. Hubris abounds. Obvious questions go unasked and unanswered. No news there.

I'm sickened and glad I deal antique linens now instead of running with the media pack dogs.
In the mode of pointing out the obvious:

All morning, Obama's team has been dismissing popular vote counts. It's about the delegates, they profess. So why does Obama's team and media like CNN and NewYork Times, put my home state, Missouri in the Obama win column?
Obama won the popular vote here 49 percent to 48 percent. But in delegates, it's a tie ~ 41 Clinton, 41 Obama.

Perhaps it's a small thing. But it's the small things that have twisted this Democratic primary season into a knot.

And it looks like all those poor voters in Michigan and Florida who dragged themselves to the polls at daylight before work, or stood in lines after, or dragged kids with them in the afternoon, or aided by walkers painfully made their way to the booths and had no say about nonsensical "rules" that they had no place in making...well, half of them could have stayed home.

It's clearer everyday that, just as the large corporations are running the country, a handful of power-hungry politicos, not voters, are deciding this election.

Seems like Nixon's silent majority has turned into the ignored majority.