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June 7, 2016

Super Bowl 2017; It Is Over!

Filed under: Politics — Steve Ruis @ 12:20 pm
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The media are all over themselves declaring Hillary Clinton the “winner” of the Democratic Party presidential primary contest. Even though she has not won enough delegates to be so declared, they are including estimates of the “superdelegates” who will also get to vote along with the elected/appointed delegates gotten through the primary processes.

This is a mere prediction, not a conclusion, but it is not being “reported” as such. It is as if well in advance of the Super Bowl, a winner was declared based upon “estimates” and there was no need to actually play the game.

What is the point of declaring a “winner”? Does that change anything? (No.) This is part of a trend in which pundits have to handicap each and every contest there is: from horse racing to baseball games, to the NBA Playoffs, now to political contests. When I was young, we often didn’t find out who “won” an election until the next day or even later because it took that long to count the votes. With more modern vote counting schemes, we got to declaring “winners” on election eve. But now, that is not fast enough. “Winners” are being declared with less than 10% of the ballots counted.

How long will it be until the charade of voting is dispensed with an the Oligarchs just tell us who we elected. It will save us all a great deal of time.

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13 Comments »

  1. What is the point of declaring a “winner”? Does that change anything?

    It will very likely change the result of the California primary in Clinton’s favor, which presumably was the aim.

    (To be fair, the Clinton camp seems just as startled as everyone else by the AP presumption.)

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    Comment by realthog — June 7, 2016 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

    • I think their “surprise” is scripted.

      On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 12:29 PM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 7, 2016 @ 12:35 pm | Reply

      • The Guardian report seemed to accept it as genuine. It sounds more like a DWS antic to me.

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        Comment by realthog — June 7, 2016 @ 12:40 pm | Reply

        • I trust The Guardian more than I do American media, but really … they used a Surprise-O-Meter?

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 7, 2016 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

    • Or maybe it would have the opposite effect – Clinton voters will have less of motivation to show up to vote knowing that their candidate has a guaranteed nomination victory.

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      Comment by List of X — June 7, 2016 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  2. If it has no purpose and its effect on the remaining primaries (There are some after CA!) is unknown, shouldn’t they just Shut The Fuck Up?

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    Comment by Steve Ruis — June 7, 2016 @ 1:39 pm | Reply

  3. I think you could declare a 2017 Superbowl winner if you were told that the 2017 Superbowl game will only be 1 minute long and will be played between Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos who will begin the game with a 100 point lead. So no, Clinton hasn’t won yet, but short of some legal or medical emergency that would completely take her out of the contest, she wins. It’s actually more easier for Clinton than for Broncos in my example, because she could go on vacation until the convention and still win.

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    Comment by List of X — June 7, 2016 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

    • The critical thing is to win what? If the nomination comes with required support for $15/ht, Opposition to the TPP (which Fucking Obama seems to want to push through in the Lame Duck session (what is wrong with him?)) and the rest of Bernies platform. She needs to be as weak as possible up to her coronation, then we will have a strong platform. (Contrary to what most people think, the platform does matter.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — June 7, 2016 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

      • I think she already came to oppose TPP and support $15 minimum wage. At least that’s what she said – maybe she’ll change her mind later, but then she could do that with or without the platform.

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        Comment by List of X — June 8, 2016 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

        • She only came to support those positions (and not $15, but $12) because they were very popular. We now know how much control the people have over legislation (none), so after the election those will be as gone as Obama’s support for unions.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — June 9, 2016 @ 7:35 am | Reply

    • Wow, that’s a horrible analogy.

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      Comment by Ed Detective — June 8, 2016 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  4. “This is Eric. Eric will be your president.”

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    Comment by john zande — June 7, 2016 @ 3:09 pm | Reply

  5. Eric the half-a-bee? Really? Cool!! He probably would run a honey of a sweet campaign. The politicos would be all a-buzz … unless it was some kind of sting operation … wait ….

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    Comment by Steve Ruis — June 8, 2016 @ 8:33 am | Reply


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