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I remember hearing about Rielle Hunter’s pregnancy through the drunken, gossipy grapevine of politicos on Super Tuesday of 2008. Pollsters and pundits were huddled down in drab enclaves at Manchester, NH drinking holes to avoid the bitter cold. Dennis Kucinich had just finished some pub beef something-or-other in the booth next to me. Right then, a fiery HuffPo blogger slid into the seat across from mine, and spilled: “John Edwards knocked some woman up. She’s having the baby and they have a cover-up story. No one in the press is saying anything because of Elizabeth’s cancer, but we all know.” He swooped back out.
There had been some tabloid speculation about Hunter before this, but few Americans knew or investigated. After hearing about the lovechild, I naturally watched with fascination as the saga eventually panned out. On February 27, Hunter had the baby. In July, the National Enquirer broke a story about Edwards visiting his new daughter at the Beverly Hilton (see above photo). After many public denials, Edwards finally admitted to paternity of Hunter’s child in August 2008. Since then, almost everyone involved has said their piece, and it only gets more interesting.
Very little, however, was said by Hunter while this was all going down, which is why Newsweek recently penned a story praising the “quiet dignity” of the mistress of a terminally ill woman’s politician husband.
GQ nabbed her first official words on the matter, a transcribed Q&A that weighs in at nearly 10,000 words (that’s what happens when you hold it in for so long!). Within the interview, she candidly addresses the flaws in others’ accounts, professes her love for Edwards, and talks timeline. In an effort to save you time reading, I’ve boiled her tale down to the important stuff:
1. Hunter calls Edwards “Johnny,” which is apparently the name on his birth certificate.
2. Hunter firmly believes that Mr. Pantsonfire never lies to her.
3. Elizabeth Edwards is scary as shit. She’ll chop your motherfucking dick off.
Filed under: Andrew Young, Bad ideas, Creepy Photos, Elizabeth Edwards, Eww, GQ, HuffPo, John Edwards, Lovechild, MILF? ICK!, Mistresses, Oy, People With No Shame, Politicians, Rielle Hunter, Scandal, Shameful Pictures, Shameless Photo Ops, Speaking Up, Super Tuesday, Terminal Illness
Tens of thousands of independent voters in Super Tuesday’s California election will have to suck up the fact that their vote for the presidential primary will not be counted, according to L.A. County’s top elections official.
The Associated Press reports:
Registrar Dean Logan said those improperly filled out ballots are impossible to count by hand because of the county’s complicated voting system, which requires crossover voters to fill in two “bubbles”: one to choose a political party and one to indicate their presidential choice.
“There’s no way in looking at the ballot to discern voters’ intent,” Logan said after releasing preliminary findings about the flawed voting system.
Here’s the first question: After the embarrassing hullabaloo 2000′s election debacle, why the fuzz are we still dealing with ballot bullshit in 2008?
Question number two: Who can’t remember to double-bubble? Doesn’t sound so complicated. First you bubble. Then you… bubble.
We’re gonna go ahead and get presumptuous: It wasn’t the Asians… we LOVE marking up scantrons!
Filed under: Ballots, Broken System, Bubbles, Dumb Errors, Independent Voters, Primaries, Super Tuesday, The 2000 Election Debacle, The 2008 Presidential Election, We Need Electoral Reform Now, Whooppsie
It’s the Wednesday after Super Tuesdaysian, and I’m feeling a comedown after all that hooha, aren’t you? What better way is there to ease the bumpy ride than to vote again? Can I get an amen?!?
New York Fashism Week kicked off last weekend, and the D-listers and social climbers have been out in force. One such sublebrity showed up at the Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony launch party Monday. Can you guess who it was?
(The last time we voted ’round here, it was to determine whether or not Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles star Summer Glau is a rice girl. Click here to view the results. It was as close as Missouri.)
The Associated Press has reported that overseas began lining up in Indonesia at midnight to cast their vote in the Democratic primary today, kicking off a week of overseas voting:
CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen in Tokyo says, for Americans living abroad, it’s never been easier to follow the election. Candidates have web sites where the interested can see position papers, watch campaign rallies and even check out the latest commercials. “It’s almost like being home,” says Petersen.
AP also explores the benefits reaped by the favorite Democratic candidasian in Indonesia, Barack Obama, who lived in the country from ages 6 to 10.
“There is a bit of rooting for the hometown boy,” said Tristram Perry, the public diplomacy officer at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, as more than 100 voters began gathering at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in the bustling capital.
Dayum, I get razzed for calling Missouri my home slice even though I lived there from birth to age 7… does this now officially give me an excuse to claim it as my homeland? Perhaps not… even I can accept that it’s a bit of a shaky bid. Still, here’s to Americans in Asian countries stepping up for reprzentasian! They totally want one of us in office!
Most importantly, this overseas turnout proves that there is not excuse to avoid voting. If your fellow patriots are lining up way the hell across the Pacific to take part in the primaries, you should be too. If you’re a registered voter (as you should be) with your feet on the mainland in one of the 24 Super Tuesday states, your Amazian Ass better be voting today.