Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Obama's endorsements, the GOP state of play

His most recent round of endorsements by purple state officials, and female to boot, are helping to offset the idea that Hillary is inevitable. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Senator Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) and Governor Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) are all in purple or red states, and boost Obama's appeal to independents. The addition of McCaskill and Napolitano in particular are a big boon as they are popular and could offset Hill's appeal to women voters in those states.

On the Republican side of things, it's been a long while since I took a look at Huckabee. His lack of foreign policy prowess is getting him into some tights spots, and meanwhile McCain is doing a doozy on Romney. McCain's New Hampshire win means he is the golden geezer again and Huckabee's the movement candidate of young evangelicals, not unlike someone on the Democratic side for youth voters. Guiliani's staff are forgoing salaries up until Florida (meaning that the ship has just about tipped over.) Shame, since I think any of our candidates could make mincemeat out of him and Romney.

Lastly, the best quote I've seen about Huckabee's appeal, ever, from Judith Warner:

"If I did not have trouble believing that there were dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark, I might follow this man – and the very pleasant Chuck Norris, of course – to the ends of the earth."

Of course, my pick for Pied Piper is still Colbert.

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  • At 4:37 PM, Blogger Alvina Yeh said…

    I'm writing because I feel very passionate about this and want APIA brothers and sisters to hear about this.

    You'd think in a big election year and with the political growth of the Asian community, political parties would be courting Asian voters. Apparently not the case as in Nevada, the Democratic party forgot to include the Asian community in a debate to address minority issues. Tsk, tsk.

    The Democratic presidential debate in Nevada on Tues. is supposed to focus on minority issues. The debate features African American and Hispanics, but neglected Asian Americans, even though African Americans and Asian Americans make up about the same portion of Nevada. Democratic organizers made a mistake by leaving out Asian Americans, especially since the Asian American population is surging (with large numbers in unions) and they're mobilizing at a record pace for the state's caucuses.

    When Democratic leaders realized they made a mistake, they quickly pulled together an Asian American-specific rally with Sen.. Reid and other leaders in Las Vegas' Chinatown Plaza set for Monday evening, the night before the debate.

    Is that enough? Does a community rally make up for the exclusion of the Asian community during early planning stages?

    You decide.

    Thanks for your time.

  • At 10:47 PM, Blogger powerpolitics said…

    Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I know that one of the reasons Governor Dean, Chair of the DNC, switched to a more democratic with a small d primary schedule was to include more minority voters - APIA and otherwise. So this is a real shame, but I think that our community will prove to be the swing vote nonetheless.


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