At least it’s an IF/THEN statement

From Wyoming:

“If you would prefer solutions over sound bites, if you believe we need to have reality instead of rhetoric from our next president, then I need you to go to the caucuses tomorrow and help me out.”

Like I’ve said, some lucky rhetorician (I have a diss to finish, unfortunately) is going to go through all of Clinton’s stump speeches after the primaries are over and have a field day with this nonsense.

Narrative criticism, NYT style

Almost unbelieveable.

Finally, she can move to Pennsylvania. It’s a long time before April 22nd. Over the next few weeks, media interest in that primary will build and build. Obama’s string of primary victories will recede into the deepest recesses of memory. Pennsylvania will begin to look like the crucial deciding state and a win there will carry climactic weight. We are used to narratives in which the climax comes at the end of the story, not the middle.

Some small part of me wishes that the media really isn’t interested in dragging the Democratic primaries out, but it only takes about 30 seconds to find something like this article. If I’m reading this correctly, according to Brooks, Obama’s insurmountable pledged delegate lead doesn’t matter – the media will make Pennsylvania’s primary the deciding contest with “climactic weight” because “we are used to narratives in which the climax comes at the end of the story…”

Oh! Thank you, dear media, the paragons of supposedly objective journalism! What would we, the poor unwashed masses of America, do without you to tell us what the proper story will be! What about reporting that Clinton has virtually zilch chance on paper to win this thing clean, with only 600-odd delegates to go? Aren’t cold facts of more interest to the public, more so than having a properly juicy narrative unfold?

The results of the primaries don’t upset me nearly as much as the difficulty in finding reasonably unbiased reports of what is going on. I can only imagine how useless the information is that the candidates have. Right now, Clinton’s advisors seem to have her safely tucked away in a parallel universe where the delegate math adds up. That particular pocket universe is going to be great fodder for the political rhetoricans once this is over.

Deep in the heart of Texas

CNN has called Texas for Clinton, about 51-48, but the separate caucus is not yet decided. Ohio (hers), Vermont (his), and RI (her) were predictable.

Whatever happens, count-wise, in the next few days, Obama is still comfortably ahead in pledged delegates, and rumors abound that he has 50 superdelegates declaring for him on Wednesday (it’s 12:45 am now) – if true, that should make a serious dent in the standard Clinton “comeback” spin.

It would be nice if he could edge her out with the Texas caucus to speed up her exit, but in the long run it doesn’t matter. Clinton can crow for a few days that she won Ohio and Texas, but the math is ruthless at this point. She can’t get ahead of Obama again, ever, in pledged delegates. She needed to blow him out in Texas, and didn’t; he kept it close.

The chances of Clinton seeing the light (that she should have seen a month ago) and dropping out are slim to nonexistent now. The chicken entrails point to a messy convention fight. The coming weeks would be an excellent time for Gore or Dean to step in and settle the Florida/Michigan issue.

Somewhere, Limbaugh and his ilk are laughing.