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Long time no blog. Yesterday does not count. That was an unauthorized posting–no names here, but you know who you are. It was an internal e-mail I sent to colleagues and such, explaining the big primary doings this Saturday–more later...
I can't account for my whereabouts in the past months. It's like somewhere between the snow in Ohio and the 80 degree heat in denver, I got buried by sniper-fire in Bosnia and bitter voters and Jeremiah Wright and RFK and.....thousands and thousands more votes and exit polls and planes, trains and automobiles...runnin over the same ole ground and how we found, the same old fears. Wish you were here. (Plagiarized)
Anywho, when I dug myself out, there I was in Colorado with Barack Obama thinking, "wait a second, didn't we already do Colorado?" We did. Obama is not waiting until the numbers add up. He's general campaigning. (An advisor told me "McCain is out there shooting free throws and we need to get in that game." We need more women advisors to put a lid on these endless sports metaphors).
So, to catch you up to the current state of play in the democratic primary. Hillary Clinton is campaigning through South Dakota for the second day in a row, and Barack Obama is taking a down day in Chicago. Need I say more? Of course, for all I know, Obama could be behind closed doors, splitting atoms, but he's not campaigning-in public.
Nonetheless, here I sit on a plane at the "Denver" airport-which I swear is not even in Colorado. We are an hour late for takeoff, for a flight to Chicago (where I will try to find out about the atom-splitting). The pilot says they're fixing something. Comforting (they're fixing it) and disconcerting (what exactly is wrong?)
About Saturday. HRC supporters planning demos outside the DNC, where inside the RBC will decide what to do about seating the Dels in Fla. And Mich. Im sorry I just had to write that sentence for the faithful blogee who complains about all the initials.
What I mean is the Democrats' rules and bylaws committee is meeting to figure out how to seat Florida and Michigan delegates in a way that does not implode the party and pleases the following entities: Michigan officials. Florida officials. Clinton supporters. Obama supporters and national democratic party officials. Think Balkans.
As exciting as all the theater may be–don't we all kinda know the end of the story–make that, this chapter? Cover your ears if you want to watch it live. They will cut the delegations in half–either half the delegates will be seated at the denver convention or all will be seated with half a vote each. Then the delegates will be divided up in such a way that Hillary Clinton picks up just 30 or so delegates. Obama will maintain his lead in elected pledged delegates. And we will be pretty much where we are.
And we will see who's willing to let it go with that and who is not.
If i am wrong on this, you may beat me up (in the literary sense), Monday. And consider this: Let's say (and this will NOT happen) that Hillary Clinton gets her fondest wish–all delegates seated in both states and counted proportionately to primary results–ZERO delegates for Obama in Michigan where he was not on the ballot. She will still be behind him in delegates. Will it enhance her superdelegate case? She thinks so. lets do spin post-Saturday.
You will need to watch this for me, dear readers, as I will be in Southern Virginia at a "tasting" (brave new world out there) helping choose the meal to be served at the august nuptials of my first born son. Like everyone out there, my life straddles the real and the surreal–and if we are very lucky, we know which is which.
Plane pulling back. It's fixed. Right?
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