Friday, January 20, 2006

Hillary to Ds: Nominate Me to Maintain the Streak

So much bloggable news in the last few days ... so little time. SWNID will get to Ray Nagin soon, gentle readers. But this underreported flash needs immediate attention.

The New York Daily News is reporting a new Diageo/Hotline Poll that shows the following:
  • Head to head, John McCain (motto: There's no problem that my legislative proposals won't make worse) beats St. Hillary of Dogpatch by 52% to 36%. This is one of the largest margins noted in the history of polling at this point in the election cycle.
  • McCain drops to a 36% to 29% plurality over the ever-pollable "unnamed Democratic opponent."
  • Hillary only manages a 2% plurality, well within the margin of error, against the "unnamed Republican opponent" (which translates into the vernacular as "corrupt tool of the megarich and job-outsourcing multinational corporations and enemy of America's working families").
The interpretation of these data is so clear that we feel pedantic (alert to gentle readers: "pedantic" is the SWNID Word of the Day) pointing it out. But pedantry is what we do, so here goes:

Hillary's negatives outside the hard core constituency of the Democrat party are so great that nominating her means a loss to almost any conceivable Republican candidate, including Richard Nixon's corpse.

The news is not that McCain beats Hillary. It's that anybody does. McCain will more likely win if the Democrats nominate Hillary than if the Democrats nominate John Kennedy's corpse. Same goes for any generic Evil Republican who would run against the Former Co-President.

So despite what one might think about the judgment of the American public (as demonstrated, say, in the music nominated for the Grammy Awards*), it appears that our republic may remain safely in the hands of registered voters through another presidential election.

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*Before a pedantic gentle reader points this out, I will acknowledge that the Grammy Awards are not based on sales or public opinion polling but on the judgment of members of the music industry. I aver, however, that such opinion is entirely commercial and reflects popular tastes. Further, I assert that the awards given at the "People's Choice Awards" will reflect even worse popular tastes.

3 comments:

JB in CA said...

Could it be that "pedantic" is not only the Word of the Day, but the flavor of the month?

Guy named Courtney said...

I am sorry we had bad taste but CBC students (I used CBC on purpose, as to not include the newer CCU students) really thought N'Sync had some great musical ideas!

Dynitta said...

Wow, this gentle reader must admit that she is not shocked in the slightest by Billary's lastest antics -- she is only shocked by the stupidity of fellow African Americans that sat through the Billary speech and applauded her, while failing to realize that she was referring to them all as: field slaves [using the PC terminology so as to not offend other gentle readers]. One must wonder, what exactly would that make her husband, considering his mentor was a member of the Klan.

Just in case you had not heard:
"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton sparked a Martin Luther King Day political firestorm Monday by describing the GOP-controlled Congress as a "plantation" during a speech before an African-American congregation in Harlem.

"When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run, it has been run like a plantation, and you know what I'm talking about," Clinton (D-N.Y.) told an audience at the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ during an event sponsored by the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

"It has been run in a way so that nobody with a contrary view has had a chance to present legislation, to make an argument, to be heard," she added to thunderous applause.

It was a rare bout of bombast for the Democratic presidential frontrunner, who often dodges far less combustible topics when pressed by reporters.

Clinton's comparison -- likening Republicans to slaveholders -- prompted a furious reaction from the congressional GOP ...

"It's always wrong to play the race card for political gain by using a loaded word like plantation," said Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), who has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Clintons. "It is particularly wrong to do so on Martin Luther King Day."

A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee said, "On a day when Americans are focused on the legacy of Martin Luther King, Hillary Clinton is focused on the legacy of Hillary Clinton."

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines defended her comments, saying Congress was "a top-down system that is fundamentally at odds with how the people's House should operate."

In her speech, Clinton also took a swipe at the Bush White House, predicting, "This administration will go down in history as one of the worst that has ever governed our country."

Clinton's performance may have made the gathering of fellow Democrats in attendance wince, but it pleased the event's host.

The senator's remarks echoed "what a lot of us have been saying a long time about the Bush administration," Sharpton said."