Friday, February 8, 2008

At the End of the Day

Once again, it's Strannix, reporting in from the Land of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

  • What's that you say? Russian elections may not be on the up and up? Thank you, Council of Europe, for joining the rest of us here in the reality-based community. I suppose that there are times that distance is needed to put events in their proper perspective. I guess the distance this time is the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Perhaps my reading comprehension skills are not what they once were, but does this make any sense to you?
As for the race to succeed [Bush]: Mitt Romney is out - but the candidate who may gain the most from his exit isn't Mike Huckabee (the beneficiary of a sudden endorsement from a James Dobson) or even John McCain (whose path to the Republican nomination now seems secure). That distinction actually goes to Barack Obama, who no longer has to compete with McCain for independents in suddenly-competitive primary states like Virginia, Texas and Ohio, where independent voters are eligible to vote in upcoming Democratic contests.
-- CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

So, how again does Romney dropping out help Obama? Aren't McCain & Obama still running? Are they not still competing against one another for independent voters in upcoming, open primaries? Can I get paid scads of $$ for making absolutely ludicrous statements, too?
  • Pakistan is still making arrests in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Until at least one of the accused conspirators is named "Musharraf," color me unimpressed.
  • Sometimes, the system works: "Lieberman's endorsement of Republican John McCain disqualifies him as a super-delegate to the Democratic National Convention under what is informally known as the Zell Miller rule, according to Democratic State Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo." I don't suppose that the fact that Joe Lieberman is no longer a Democrat, but actually an "independent" had any bearing on the decision.
  • The most popular color in Southern Texas this weekend will be orange.