What I saw last night:
No paper trail on Obama: Judicial Watch
The president of a prominent watchdog group said Wednesday that he believes Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) “intended to leave no paper trail” during his time in the Illinois Senate. …
In a statement, Fitton noted that his group has sought access to Obama’s records as a state senator and questioned whether the presidential candidate has been forthcoming with regard to what happened to those documents.
However, he said that “nobody knows where they are, if they exist at all” and claimed that “Obama’s story keeps changing.”
Isn't that just grand? I'm split on whether the records are
Hot Air TV: Mattera stumps Winter Soldier II tale-tellers
Did he really expect these guys to swear that the tales they're telling are true. Of course not, but it was fun watching them squirm a bit.
Pennsylvania's Superdelegates Measure Clinton, Obama (Update1)
While the New York senator is leading in polls, some undecided superdelegates -- elected officials who get an automatic vote on the party presidential nomination regardless of the primary's outcome -- say they are concerned that her nomination would motivate greater numbers of Republicans to turn out in November to vote against her, and other Democrats too.
Damned if they do....This is getting to be just to much fun. It seems like every day the Dems come to a fork in the road and neither choice is going to get them to where they want to go.
This ties in with the above:
Sen. Nelson Wants To Revamp Voting, Scrap Electoral College
Nelson plans to be in Tallahassee this morning to deliver an address from the state Senate floor to propose a major election process overhaul - including the politically improbable notion of dumping the Electoral College in favor of a national popular vote.
"The time for reform is now," Nelson said in an advance copy of the Democratic senator's speech sent out by his staff Wednesday.
We've seen what a fine job the Dems have done with their Primaries, so lets allow them to rewrite the Constitution and we can have this much chaos going on right up to the inauguration.
Nelson, whose own state has been in the center of a series of recent election controversies, has called for electoral changes before.
Now, the senior Florida senator is seizing on the latest controversy - the battle over Florida's Democratic delegates - to renew that effort..
The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida of its delegates to the party's nominating convention because the state moved its primary to Jan. 29, when party rules held that only four other states could hold their contests before Feb. 5.
Now I've heard that Florida is a Republican controlled state and it's the evil GOP that forced the DNC to not recognize the results....but:
In May 2007, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 537, in response to public support for Florida to return to a "paper trail" for elections. During the legislative process, a number of amendments were added, one of which moved the date of the state's primary to January 29, 2008, setting up a confrontation with the DNC. The vote passed with bipartisan support: 118 to 0 in the House, 37 to 2 in the Senate.[emp-mine]
Sounds like there weren't to many Dems thinking about rules they knew about (passed only 2 years prior) or like typical Libs, they figured that that was what they wanted to do and they could get away with it...because that's what we want.
Up until this year when we moved our Primary up from November to February (inside the rules)I was always pissed me off that the state with the largest population had no say in our parties candidate. That even then I had to go for my second choice, and lose, was a disappointment, but that's life. That only 20% of the people bothered to vote shouldn't bother me, but maybe that's the number of legal citizens left here.
"In December, I lost that court fight," Nelson said in the early version of his speech. "But I have continued to push for my party to find a way to seat a delegation from Florida, while giving Floridians a meaningful voice in the selection of their party's nominee."[emp-mine]
Nelson said."If nothing else, this election has provided further evidence that our system is broken,"
As a result, Nelson is expected to spell out details of a "broader-based" election-reform package that he plans to introduce.
Sippy Cup banging of the highest order. "I want!, I want!!, I waaaant!!!!"
And because you went against known rules, you are now ready to throw them all out and make sure they get rewritten in the way you require...until the next time you want to change them.
By far, the most controversial among the list of reforms could be Nelson's call for a resolution for a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College and allow direct election of a president by popular vote.
"If the principle of one-person, one-vote is to mean anything, the candidate who wins a majority of the votes should win the presidency," Nelson said in his prepared speech. "This country cannot afford to wait that long, before we fix the flaws we still see in our election system."
I'm in the process of reading "The Heritage Guide To the Constitution" right now, but I'm only up to "Qualifications for the Senate" (pg 65) and will have to skip ahead to "Electoral College" (pg 186) to really understand how this mechanism works. I did skim over, the related "Electors for the District of Columbia" (pg 426) which only covers giving D.C. representation just to make sure, but for over 200 years this system seems to have worked overall, and from my experience, anytime Congress tries to improve something, it gets worse.
Even if this amendment gets though Congress, I can't see 3/4 of the states ratifying it, it would put to much power in the large population states.
I do have some funny stuff, but I think I'll post it later.