Patterico's Pontifications


SEK Strikes Again

Filed under: Humor — Patterico @ 9:56 pm


I know of no other blogger whose material is so good, I want to read it out loud to other people.

R.I.P. Randal Simmons

Filed under: Crime,General — Patterico @ 9:07 pm

There was a tragic incident in the San Fernando Valley this morning, as a mentally disturbed man murdered three family members and barricaded himself inside a house. He subsequently shot and killed a SWAT officer and seriously wounded another, after SWAT decided to enter because they believed people were about to be executed inside. The suspect was eventually killed by a police sniper as the suspect “tried to flee out a door, still firing his weapon.”

The slain officer, Randal Simmons, sounds like he was a great man. The L.A. Times has this story about him, and Robert C.J. Parry (who recently met him) blogs about him here.

Patterico on NPR

Filed under: Blogging Matters,General — Patterico @ 6:34 pm

My father-in-law was driving to work this morning listening to NPR, and to his surprise he heard . . . me.

If you want to hear me too, click here. It’s a short piece, lasting less than four minutes. They talk to me, Jeff Goldstein, and Andrew McCarthy.

My message: John McCain is terrible, but I’ll still vote for him.

P.S. My father-in-law lives in Kentucky. So this was a good reminder for me of the “National” aspect of “National Public Radio.”

Mitt Quits

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 11:35 am

[Guest post by DRJ]

Mitt Romney has ended his battle for the GOP nomination. According to a spokesman, Romney decided to quit as he wrote his CPAC speech. He announced his decision to a stunned CPAC audience this morning.

Courtesy of Fox News, here are selected excerpts from his speech:

“If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention … I’d forestall the launch of a national campaign and frankly I’d be making make it easier for Senator Clinton or Obama to win,” Romney told the Conservative Political Action Conference. “Frankly, in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign, be a part of aiding a surrender to terror.”
“This isn’t an easy decision. I hate to lose,” Romney said Thursday, as many in the crowd booed the decision. “If this were only about me, I’d go on, but it’s never been only about me. I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America in this time of war, I feel I have to now stand aside, for our party and for our country.

Mitt Romney is a man of principle in a party that used to stand for principle.


What a Difference a Word Makes

Filed under: 2008 Election,Dog Trainer,General — Patterico @ 7:27 am

Yesterday’s L.A. Times story on Tuesday’s election had this passage:

Speaking in soft, even tones — possibly to spare her strained vocal cords — Clinton acknowledged Tuesday night that the results were far from decisive. “I want to congratulate Sen. Obama for his victory tonight, and I look forward to continuing our campaign and our debates about how to leave this country better off for the next generation,” Clinton told an ebullient crowd packed into a ballroom in Midtown Manhattan.

Wow. She congratulated Obama on his “victory”? That sounds like a concession that Obama won the day.

Except that I happened to hear her quote on the radio yesterday. She said: “I want to congratulate Sen. Obama for his victories tonight.” In other words: he had victories, and so did I.

Just one word was wrong — but the meaning is very, very different.

Keeping track of how Democratic SuperDelegates will vote

Filed under: 2008 Election — Justin Levine @ 4:48 am

[posted by Justin Levine]

As Patterico has already said, the Democratic nominee for President will be picked by a cadre of party elities – not common voters.

With that in mind, here is an informative website that tracks which SuperDelegates have already publicly pledged to support a specific candidate.

Admittedly, SuperDelegates can always change their mind right  up until the last minute, but its still interesting to see which way the wind is blowing.

After perusing the SuperDelegate website, I noted a few interesting items from the California delegation of Democratic SuperDelegates –

In case you already missed the news, Obama’s skin color apparently has not prevented race-baiting Congresswoman Maxine Waters from pledging her support for Hillary.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is supporting Hillary, but her sister Linda is supporting Obama. There was a lot of press about the schism in the Kennedy family over who to support. Haven’t heard much about the schism in the Sanchez family.

Senator Diane Feinstein has already endorsed Hillary. Apparently no word yet from Senator Barbara Boxer.

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