*UPDATE 1:57pm MST: Schadenfreude Watch: Remember our post last week about the coming Clinton-Obama storm? Drudge has a taste of things to come: War Over Words: Clinton Team Accuses Obama of ‘Plagiarism”
Do Obamaâ€™s volunteers even know who Che is? Apart from being a really cool guy on posters and T-shirts, like James Dean or Bart Simpson, I doubt it. Theyâ€™re pseudo-revolutionaries. Very few people in America want a real revolution: Life is great, this is a terrific country, with unparalleled economic opportunities. To be sure, itâ€™s a tougher break if you have the misfortune to be the victim of one of Lyndon Johnsonâ€™s Great Society programs or a decrepit inner-city grade school with a higher per-student budget than the wealthiest parts of Switzerland. But even so, to be born a U.S. citizen is, as Cecil Rhodes once said of England, to win first prize in the lottery of life. Not even Obama supporters want real revolution: Theyâ€™re messy, your cities get torched, the economy collapses, much of your talent flees. Ask the many peoples around the world for whom revolution means not a lame-o Sixties poster above your desk but the carnage and horror of the day before yesterday.
Ah, but revolutionaries are so romantic.
***UPDATE 4:14pm MST: Michael Barone on the electoral implications of upcoming Democratic primaries and caucuses. Interesting stuff, this:
The Democrats, in contrast, have been split on demographic lines, between blacks and Latinos, old and young, upscale and downscale. The delegate selection rules, based on their notion of fairness, are heading the party not to a clear outcome but to a conflict in which the losing side is likely to feel profoundly aggrieved.
Where/how will it end? Regarding Michigan and Florida, should the rules change now the vote is done? Voters in those states knew the election rules–they’d been well-publicized. Wouldn’t it have changed the outcome if they knew their votes would count (remember, Obama’s name wasn’t even on the ballot in Michigan)? It isn’t as cut and dry (Spikers) as simple disenfranchisement of the Michigan and Florida voters (count ’em!); there’s a lot more to it. Do you want the courts to resolve this?
****UPDATE 5:14pm MST: This blog–obamamessiah.blogspot.com–does a better job of tracking the religious nature of Obama’s campaign than we do.
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