Wednesday 1st of February 2023

easily impressed .....

easily impressed .....

Primary Choices: Hillary Clinton 

This generally is the stage of a campaign when Democrats have to work hard to get excited about whichever candidate seems most likely to outlast an uninspiring pack. That is not remotely the case this year. 

The early primaries produced two powerful main contenders: Hillary Clinton, the brilliant if at times harsh-sounding senator from New York; and Barack Obama, the incandescent if still undefined senator from Illinois. The remaining long shot, John Edwards, has enlivened the race with his own brand of raw populism. 

As Democrats look ahead to the primaries in the biggest states on Feb. 5, The Times’s editorial board strongly recommends that they select Hillary Clinton as their nominee for the 2008 presidential election. 

Primary Choices: Hillary Clinton 

Primary Choices: John McCain

We have strong disagreements with all the Republicans running for president. The leading candidates have no plan for getting American troops out of Iraq. They are too wedded to discredited economic theories and unwilling even now to break with the legacy of President Bush. We disagree with them strongly on what makes a good Supreme Court justice. 

Still, there is a choice to be made, and it is an easy one. Senator John McCain of Arizona is the only Republican who promises to end the George Bush style of governing from and on behalf of a small, angry fringe. 

Primary Choices: John McCain

smells and fragrances...

Yes John, the Hillary fragrance is very funny but human in its frailties. Obama scares me... His "preaching" sounds hollow, full of rhetoric decorated illumination with little foundation despite being the Kennedys' endorsement... Just my impression, but should Obama be elected as the Democrats Representative, he would loose the presidentials to the old Republican McCain... Hopefully not the Mormon nor the other preacher... Giuliani would be the best in that camp if he knew how to sit still. And Bloomberg might do a quick run that would foil every body...

And Florida being stripped of its Democrat delegates for moving its "primaries? Come on, this is ugly... Bad smell.

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Clinton scores symbolic win in Florida

Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton coasted to victory over rival Barack Obama in Florida this morning (local time) in a largely symbolic win, boosting her White House bid ahead of February 5 when over 20 states vote, US media said.

With more than 20 per cent of precincts reporting, Clinton was leading Obama by 49 per cent to 29 per cent in the vote, CNN and Fox News said.

But Florida has been stripped of its delegates to the Democratic Party's nominating convention after it moved up its primaries.

So Clinton's win will not give her any of the crucial delegates she will need to secure the party's nomination to stand in the November presidential elections.

poor hillary .....

And then there's the doomed co-star Hillary. Poor Hillary, no matter how sweetly she soups up her cheek implants or blonds up her gray roots, and no matter how blandly she tries to out-bland Barack with her her flat monotone voice, she just can't break out of her character role as America's Misogyny Magnet: she's the bitchy-neighbor in the bad sitcom who always gets the live studio audience to crow "oooo": the minute the camera focuses on her, most men feel a kind of unmediated hate that's completely beyond their control, a strain of perfectly preserved, primal misogyny locked up deep inside of just about every voting-age male's psyche (if you men claim you haven't felt it, you're either monstrous liars or else you're wearing a leather head harness with an inflatable mouth gag as you're reading this). 

Sure she's as bland as Obama, perhaps even marginally blander, but at the animal level, she triggers a neurochemical jet that sets off the very first hate most men feel when they encounter a powerful and threatening woman (like, say, I dunno, your 4th grade teacher Mrs. McManus? or the dean Ms. Mead, the wrinkled-mouth Episcopalian baboon who kicked you out of school and told you you'd never amount to anything?). 

For years now American men have been trying to attach some sort of moral or political significance to their Hillary hatred, but safely out here in Eurasia, I can tell the simple plain truth about it: it's a misogyny that they can't control. They hate her because she's the embodiment of every woman they've ever hated since the time they opened their eyes. It can't be explained, which is why it's such an ugly yet pure hatred, and why everyone burns the candle on both ends to justify the hate in moralistic terms, or political terms, or anything but raw misogyny. She's been taking the misogyny heat for a good 25 years from roughly 150 million Americans, maybe more, and it's transformed her into the perfect male-ego punching bag, with just about as much soul and sensitivity as a thick leather bag full of padded stuffing can possibly have. 

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