Baseball Crank
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May 6, 2008
POLITICS: The Niche Candidate Fills A Niche Of His Arena

You, Too, Can Lead A Mass Movement - If You Limit The Seating Enough

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If you watched the election returns tonight, you undoubtedly saw Barack Obama win North Carolina by a fairly wide margin. Of course, that's North Carolina's Democrats, and even among the Democrats he yet again got clobbered among white voters ... but if you slice the salami of the electorate until it looks like the kind of people who vote in Democratic primaries in a state like North Carolina, Obama is indeed the people's choice. It's easier, after all, to be the people's choice if you choose the right people to be the choice of.

If you watched him on television, you undoubtedly saw Barack Obama speak tonight before a large and enthusiastic crowd at Reynolds Coliseum on N.C. State's campus. But just as with the North Carolina Democratic primary electorate, it turns out that the illusion of Obama's enormous popularity is a function of limiting the people - in this case, roping off a single corner of the arena. Mary Katherine Ham has a great post contrasting the picture you see above (her image) with what you saw on television.

The rest of those seats will be reserved for general election voters. Individual results may differ.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 11:55 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

I have to admit - even though I find you to be one of the more boorish and mud-stirring (as opposed to mud-slinging) conservatives who simply do not "get it" this time around... that picture *is* amusing!

Posted by: Dave at May 7, 2008 7:29 AM

Perhaps your complete criticism of anything a Democrat does would have more merit if you would at least acknowleged the same "sins" of Republicans.

For instance, this story is weak, just looking for trouble. Did you have any blog entries 4 years ago when Bush's "rallies" were filled with invite-only flag wavers, or the many bogus "press conferences" his administration has held without -- whoops -- the press?

You attempt to distort reality, much like Bush, by trying to define it in your terms, despite the facts. You either are a lawyer, in the Bush Cabinet, or have a serious thought disorder...

Posted by: delrod at May 7, 2008 9:12 AM

Looks like a Spinal Tap concert.

Posted by: steve at May 7, 2008 10:04 AM

Obama would be spared all of those campaigns if a significant number of the undeclared superdelegates start weighing in early. I think if a good number declare for Obama, Hillary would have little choice but to concede. On the other hand, if they declare for Hillary, it will be every Republican's dream . . .

Posted by: MVH at May 7, 2008 12:15 PM

"On the other hand, if they declare for Hillary, it will be every Republican's dream . . ."
Unless the superdelegates can raise the dead you are very wrong.

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