Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Our Favorite Professor

Camille Paglia once again calls it as it is, in Salon.

"She Came to Stay." That was the American title of Simone de Beauvoir's first book, a 1943 roman à clef about a manipulative and self-absorbed young woman who saps the energy and willpower of her admirers and plunges them into the existential abyss.
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I'm puzzled by the optimism of so many commentators and Democratic functionaries who are prophesying Hillary's graceful withdrawal by mid-June. Is there anything in the Clintons' tawdry history to support such a thesis? Why wouldn't they play smiley-face rope-a-dope now and smash-mouth alley-and-ambush fisticuffs right to the bitter end -- meaning the convention in August?

Read the full piece here.


Monday, May 12, 2008

When She Thinks We're Not Looking ...

Our thanks to one of Rochester's premier bloggers, Tom Belknap, whose Dragonfly Eye made us aware of this priceless video of The Great White Hope practicing for her next rally.

For Mustard Street readers who haven't seen it before, we're including it here.   And we encourage all of our readers to follow Dragonfly Eye -- often a different perspective from ours, but focused, always, on improving this community.



Thursday, May 8, 2008

Separated at Birth?

“I have a much broader base to build a winning coalition on,” she said in the interview, citing an article by The Associated Press.

It “found how Senator Obama’s support among working, hard-working Americans, white Americans, is weakening again, and how whites in both states who had not completed college were supporting me.”

“There’s a pattern emerging here,”
she said.
Read the whole story.


Those Pesky Rules

The photo from primary night in Indiana, showing Chelsea on the verge of tears and Bill simultaneously livid with anger and funereal, as Hillary Clinton delivered her "victory" speech, told the whole story of Tuesday night. (That photo, by the way, has been removed from both the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune online reports on primary night, replaced with a photo showing them all smiling bravely.)

Clinton partisans might consider this, from George Will:

If even, say, Texas, California and Ohio were permitted to have winner-take-all primaries (as 48 states have winner-take-all allocation of their electoral votes), Clinton would have been more than 400 delegates ahead of Obama before Tuesday and today would be at her ancestral home in New York planning to return some of its furniture to the White House next January.