There was a time when 537 meant a great deal. Democrats cried. Democrats fought. Democrats denounced. Democrats litigated. Democrats cared. Democrats fumed. Democrats remembered.
Once upon a time Democrats cared.
Democrats used to care about the will of the people. Democrats used to care about the popular vote.
Once upon a time Democrats cared about 537 votes in Florida.
In 2000, and for 4 years after that, the bloody flag of of counting all the votes in Florida was waved by Democrats.
In 2008 Democrats don’t care about 2.3 million votes cast in Florida and Michigan.
Democrats used to care about 537 votes. Democrats used to say “count every vote they way they were voted”.
Next time Republicans refuse to count votes the Democrats will have no defense. In the words of Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, Democrats will be “naked to mine enemies”. Without refuge. Without an argument. Without principles to stand on.
We know, and increasingly the American people know, why Florida and Michigan are not being counted. Because Obama could not win those states – so disturbed DNC shills for Obama, like Donna Brazile, did whatever they had to do to shut out Florida and Michigan. Other states broke “the rules”. But only the states Obama could not win were punished. And punished 100%, contrary to their self-violated rules.
We also know why West Virginia and Kentucky (along with white working class voters, not to mention Latinos) have now joined Florida and Michigan in the “ignore” column – the 46 state strategy – and dropping.
Florida, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky are wiped off the Democratic map because Obama cannot win them. Obama is unelectable.
But Obama keeps on blaming Americans for not voting for him. Americans without Rezko to help finance their homes, let alone mansions, apparently are “bitter”.
Obama’s latest series of excuses for being a loser:
Obama conceded that he has a steep challenge to get his message and background to voters in states such as Kentucky — where he trails Sen. Hillary Clinton by 27 points, according to a poll published earlier this week — and West Virginia, where voters chose Clinton over Obama by 40 points on Tuesday. [snip]
Obama has been trying to introduce himself to Kentuckians using a series of biographical TV ads, as well as fliers, including one that shows him at a pulpit in front of a church’s cross and pipe organ.
He acknowledged that he’s trying to “reverse a lot of misconceptions” about his background. He is a Christian, although some e-mail chains have said he is a Muslim.
“Part of it is because there have been these e-mails that have been sent out very systematically, presumably by various political opponents, although I don’t know who,” he said. “And there are a lot of voters who get their news from Fox News. Fox has been pumping up rumors about my religious beliefs or my patriotism or what have you since the beginning of the campaign.”
Does Obama really think that emails will cease being sent, that Fox News will cease being Fox News? Obama has been campaigning for all of this year, all of last year and preparing to run for several months in 2006. The problem is not that people have not heard Obama’s excuses or biography. The problem is Obama. Americans, bitter creatures that we are, don’t want Obama. Americans will cling to the truth, not Obama’s fictions.
Does Obama have a case to make? Should anyone believe Obama’s excuses for losing so overwhelmingly in West Virginia and in all likelihood Kentucky?
Jake Tapper of ABC News examined the question – Why Shouldn’t Obama Win West Virginia?
1.8 million Americans live in West Virginia, 665,234 of them are registered Democrats. It’s bordered by two states Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois won — Virginia and Maryland, and two states Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, won — Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Its fifth border state, Kentucky, holds its primary on May 20.)
The Mountain State ranks 50th in median household income, $31,008; 50th in persons in the state 25 years or older with a bachelor’s degree or more, 15.3%; and 48th in per capita income, $23,995.
The state is 96% white and 3.5% African-American.
The idea of Democrats winning in West Virginia is perfectly sane. Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans two to one — approximately 60% to 30%.
The state has two Democratic senators — Bob Byrd and Jay Rockefeller — and a Democratic governor, Joe Manchin. Two out of its three members of Congress are Democrats. The state went for Michael Dukakis in 1988, Bill Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004.
Sure, with few African-Americans or college-educated Democrats, this does not seem like an “Obama” state the way these primaries have been playing out.
But Obama needs to be able to convince voters like these that he cares about them, shares their values, and will change their lives.
John F. Kennedy shocked the political world in 1960 by winning here, proving that a Catholic could win in a Protestant, heavily evangelical state. Why is it so crazy that Obama could win in West Virginia? Or at least not lose it 2-to-1?
If these Democrats vote for Clinton, the presumptive loser, overwhelmingly — as is predicted — that indicates a real problem for Obama. I know the delegate math is close to dispositive for Clinton, but tomorrow’s butt-stomping seems to me like it should merit some serious hand-wringing among Democrats.
Obama is unelectable. Obama spent extravagantly in West Virginia and lost just as extravagantly. Obama is spending extravagantly in Kentucky. Obama will lose extravagantly in Kentucky.
Obama will continue to spend extravagantly. Obama will continue to lost extravagantly. Obama is a loser.
Obama is a loser – which is why only 46 states and dropping are important to him and Dean/Brazile/Pelosi.
Democrats are losers too – they have lost their principles.
Once Democrats cared about 537 votes.
Now Democrats don’t care about millions of votes.
537 – Democrats used to have principles.