And then there were two...cue Candidate A and Candidate A...on with the horse race!
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January 08, 2008, From Sky News: "The former first lady was giving one of her last speeches in the primary when two men jumped up from the crowd and began screaming "Iron my shirt!"[..]"
This sort of sexist crap makes me feel more sympathetic towards Hillary Clinton, even though I don't agree with her politics.
Way back in the day when Rush Limbaugh had a television show, he tried to do a stand up act one night and told a Hillary joke. It involved him and Hillary in an elevator and she starts to come on to him, saying "Rush, I want you to make me feel like a woman." He goes on and on about how he's disrobing there in the elevator, and guess what the punchline is?
"Iron my shirt."
Now it's unlikely that these rightwing hecklers in that audience would remember that, but I'll bet ol' Rush has repeated that joke more than once since the campaign started. It's his kind of humor, and it appeals to the misogynists who make up his audience.
It's also a perfect example of the kind of misogynist crap Clinton has to deal with. It's still not going to get me to vote for her, but it certainly will make me defend her when necessary.
It's kind of fun not knowing what's going to happen today in Iowa....might be the most fun I've had during this excruciatingly long campaign ordeal. Except for the YouTube debates. Now that was fun, seeing candidates hit with off the wall questions from snowmen and guys in Viking helmets...made it so much harder for politicians to give a robot-answer.
All three leading Democratic candidates have qualities that I appreciate...but I still say Hillary and Barak can't win the national election, no matter how well they do today.
Of course, I REALLY appreciate the bizarre qualities of the GOP candidates ... they've been sooo entertaining and almost daily delivered something to make me snigger.
And not to be sarcastic or anything, but I hope the good people of Iowa bask in the warmth of all this media attention as much as they can...because after tomorrow, America is going to forget them again for the next four years.
Now I ask you...is this any way to select a president, the most powerful person in the world?
We need to rethink all aspects of the presidential campaign...from how the money is raised and spent...to the Iowa Primary to the Electoral College. Times and electronics have changed.
First of all, I don't like that Iowa and New Hampshire have such a disproportionate effect on our national elections. Their populations--Iowa is 94.9 percent white, New Hampshire is 96.1 percent white--and lack of teeming big cities ringed with suburbs, just don't make them the perfect place to sort through the presidential chaff for the rest of America.
If the DNC and the RNC were smart (I know, I know)...they'd fix the primary calendar mess and four years from now neither Iowa nor New Hampshire will be basking in the media spotlight.
The Michigan Democratic Party recently proposed to break the country up into a number of regional primaries, and hold a lottery to see which region goes first each cycle. Seems reasonable and sensible to me.
Which means the idea is totally doomed….
Or, bring back the old days, when the Presidential race didn't start 2 years out. Candidates announced early in the election year, maybe ran in a couple of primaries--separated by weeks or even months--or maybe didn't even enter a primary at all.
These long campaigns seem so artificial...candidates have more time to manipulate reporters who in turn have more time to write more articles to manipulate more people. We get controlled pseudo-events, sound bites and photo-ops instead of old-fashioned rallies, speeches, and issues.
No wonder the United States has just about the lowest percentage of voter turnout among the world's democracies. By election day we are sick to death of it all...every time we turn on the TV or read a newspaper....
Anyway, my friend says the road to the White House has always been through the media...starting seriously with JFK. No media attention means no support means no money means no voters means defeat.
Anyone ever heard of Tom Vilsack?