aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Lewis leaves Clinton
Representative John Lewis, an elder statesman from the civil rights era and one of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most prominent black supporters, said Thursday night that he planned to cast his vote as a superdelegate for Senator Barack Obama in hopes of preventing a fight at the Democratic convention.
“In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit,” said Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who endorsed Mrs. Clinton last fall. “Something is happening in America, and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”
He’ll decide on whether to endorse in the next couple days. Georgia Representative David Scott also defected.
Things are not looking good for Hillary.
LATER: I don’t disagree with Andrew:
If Lewis’s original endorsement of the Clintons was a huge blow to Obama, then his reversal is an even bigger blow to the Clintons. The Obama campaign has now not only built a rival machine to the Clintons’, it is poaching loyalists. A figure like Lewis also brings, for good reason, a vast moral credibility with him. He gives permission - even encouragement - for other Clinton super-delegates to move to prevent a bruising and bitter fight through the spring. It’s a tipping point. I predict others will follow. And what both Clinton and Obama have to avoid is a polarizing racial divide.
I’m quite confident Clinton will do that.
[First, a news flash! My book will be previewed as the cover story in Wired this month. Out in about ten days. Link then. I think you’ll like it ]
- Kevin Kelly has been on tear of great writing/thinking about free, including this delightful rhapsody on eight new scarcities created by free (remember: every abundance creates a new scarcity), and this, on how technology “wants to be free”.
- Another great thinker/writer about free is Techdirt’s Mike Masnick. If you haven’t subscribed to his feed, you should. Start here.
- Tim O’Reilly’s TOC conference, now underway, has spurred the book industry to announce some modest experiments in free, such as limited versions of free online books and selling books by the chapter. Harper Collins is taking the lead, including free books by Paulo Coelho and Neil Gaiman. The idea is that these are “samplers” that will drive sales of older books. This is all good, but it’s just a start...
- Q: Does Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo stem from the company’s fear that Office is competing with free? (A: No. But I appreciate the suggestion that free productivity software in now a mainstream idea anyway...)
- Whoops! Glenn Fleishman reminds me that the biggest free news of the day is actually Starbucks switching to free WiFi for people who use the Starbucks cards. [My excuse for the miss: I’m an Verizon Evdo junkie, even though it’s anything but free, and I don’t use WiFi in public spaces anymore]
SEE ALSO: Computing in the Cloud.
Republicans scold Craig for bathroom arrest
Oh those tough on crime Republicans:
The Senate Ethics Committee released a ‘Public Letter of Admonition’ today to Idaho Senator Larry Craig with regard to Craig’s conduct following his arrest last June in a men’s room at the Minneapolis airport.
The letter scolds Craig for his statement to the arresting officer regarding his position in the Senate (Craig told asked the arresting officer, “What do you think about that?") and also for his attempt to withdraw his guilty plea, about which it says this: “Your claims to the court, through counsel, to the effect that your guilty plea resulted from improper pressure or coercion, or that you did not, as a legal matter, know what you were doing when you pled guilty, do not appear credible.”
Georgia’s own Johnny Isakson signed the letter. Let’s just say it’s the least he could do.
Let me remind you that it’s not gay men we’re finding in rest stops and bathrooms these days. Gay people are busy fighting for marriage rights and the right to serve in the military and to worship along side other Americans.
Of the twenty men arrested, all were married except for the priest. They’ve been charged with crimes ranging from loitering and public lewdness to trespassing. All are scheduled to be in court on Thursday.