Jubilation T. Cornball
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May 24 Jubilation T. Cornball commented on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Lead in Pointless Washington State Primary.
Ack - 400,000 plus more voters than the caucuses.
May 24 Jubilation T. Cornball commented on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Lead in Pointless Washington State Primary.
I care about the results. Primarily because people who care enough to vote did so. I take offense at your dismissive attitude to them. Should they have just burned their ballots upon receipt?

I also care about the results because 3 times the number of caucus voters responded to the primary and the result was significantly different. I would think an intellectually curious -- versus intellectually doctrinaire -- op-ed writer might tease out the myriad reasons for this result. Maybe question whether the caucus system was the best for uncovering the true will of Washington voters, etc.

But I guess not. Anyway, it's nice to see that 400,000+ voters had a chance to weigh in, "pointless" thought it may be, Maybe I'm the only one, but I thank them for engaging in democracy and will hold back on throwing shade.
May 24 Jubilation T. Cornball commented on Clinton Winning Washington State Democratic Primary.
This matters because it's a voting method that is endlessly more democratic and fair than asking people to give up hours of a day to go publicly exhibit their election preference and endure our own very special brand of process bullshit. If you're for caucuses, you're an elitist. Good evening.
May 24 Jubilation T. Cornball commented on John Oliver on the Meaninglessness of Our Presidential Primary Votes.
Don't you think that the current system PERFECTLY reflects The Seattle Way? It's a clunky, inelegant and inadvertently discriminatory process. I see it like this:

* Let's be super-inclusive of everyone's points of view so we'll have a primary AND a caucus! This feels nice.
* Let's make only one of them count -- how about the one where we all get together in person and boldly celebrate endless, mind-numbing process for several hours. Bonus: We get to passive-aggressive the people who support the candidate we don't like! Did I mention PROCESS? This feels good.
* Let's make sure we spend millions on the other process, even though it doesn't mean doodly-squat. And let's totally ignore the number of ballots returned (691,381 in 2008) because it will dwarf the number of caucus votes (244,458 in 2008), because caucuses are the political manifestation of Garrison Keillor's voice or a long. slow drag off a clove cigarette. This feels great.
* Let's shoot ourselves in the foot and ensure that working class -- or, hell, any class -- voters who don't happen to have hours free on a specific day get disenfranchised. Yeah, yeah, I know, you can file a proxy thingy but only for certain reasons, one of which is NOT "I don't want to deal with a bunch of True Believers of either candidate and I feel like my vote is, you know, MY BUSINESS." This feels orgasmic.

Yep. That's about it.
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@2 -- I prefer to think they chose the lesser of two weevils.
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Great advice :) Love is such a blessing, don't push it away because of "what ifs."
May 24 Jubilation T. Cornball commented on In Oregon, a Proposal for a Massive Corporate Tax Hike.
I think we need to create an awards structure for the use of the word "neoliberal" in Slog posts. After five uses, you get this, after 10 uses, you get that....and so forth. Or maybe if you say it three times in a row, Alexander RĂ¼stow magically appears. Or something.
May 12 Jubilation T. Cornball commented on Red Mill Burgers Owner John Shepherd Accused of Sexist, Transphobic Online Comments.
It's annoyingly difficult to find reasonable people in this city who can disagree with some of the policies of Mayor Murray and the council without being complete loons. As a person who disagrees generally with the way we're addressing homelessness and addiction without being a homophobic, sexist, classist fuck, people like this guy drive me nuts. He gives trolls a field day and opinion writers a poster child to tar folks who might have well-intended alternative views and who would never dream of having those thoughts, let alone giving voice to them. Personally I am glad he got nailed for this - he deserves it. He certainly does whatever political point of view he may have no justice by behaving that way. Yucko.