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A Red Herring is defined thusly:
In literature, a red herring is a narrative element intended to distract the reader from a more important event in the plot, usually a twist ending.
The term “red herring” originates from the tradition whereby young hunting dogs in Britain were trained to follow a scent with the use of a “red” (salted and smoked) herring (see kipper). This pungent fish would be dragged across a trail until the puppy learned to follow the scent. Later, when the dog was being trained to follow the faint odor of a fox or a badger, the trainer would drag a red herring (which has a much stronger odor) across the animal’s trail at right angles. The dog would eventually learn to follow the original scent rather than the stronger scent.
Ever since Hillary lost 11 contests in a row, the states of Florida and Michigan have become an almost daily topic for her, a former president, even a former first daughter. Aping their points were Mark Penn, Howie Wolfson (almost daily, in the mornings), McCauliffe, Davis, Gurin, and countless others, pretending to wear the white hat, demanding equality for “Everyone”, and somehow claiming that imposing rules that everyone agreed to was just plain unfair.
Let’s look at Florida and Michigan. Both states have a strange mix of religious conservative Republicans, union members, liberal activists, and pretty much everything in between. The biggest differences between the two states are:
The State of Michigan makes far more cars than Florida
Michigan uses real schools for high school and college
On the other hand,
Florida has far more discoveries of Virgin Mary’s or her younger son’s, JC, images in glass reflections, rusted bumpers, tree trunks, oil stains, pancakes, oily pizza boxes, bridge embankments, rusted cast iron griddles, and of course, the infamous Miami 1st Bank & Trust’s broken sidewalk (after a recent hurricane).
Florida allows high schools and colleges to share, dorms, school buildings, athletic facilities, and parking spaces with several semi-pro football teams
Despite these huge similarities and minor differences, the democratic leadership was seriously out of touch with the DNC, their voters, and more importantly, several hundred people who really, REALLY want to go to a party in Denver in several months. In both states, the party leadership agreed (Florida being the most outrageous about it) to break their own pledges and rules, and move up their primaries, anxious for their local businesses to be stiffed by Hillary’s campaign as much as other small businesses in earlier primaries.
OH NO! A couple of hundred individuals MIGHT NOT BE SEATED IN A CONVENTION. THE SKY IS FALLING! THE SKY IS FALLING!
You see, if 341 pampered individuals (Florida has 185, Michigan 156) don’t get to cavort, party, carry silly signs, wear really ugly hats and pins, lose their voices screaming, make big, boring intro speeches on TV, sit in a big meeting with many white, red, and blue balloons and hoping to be sober enough to see them fall down and go boom – if these few individuals cannot voice their support for someone, anyone, something really bad will happen. I will try to be subtle about this:
EACH AND EVERY OF THE 10,000,000 MICHIGAN VOTERS, AND EVERY OF THE 18,800,000 VOTERS FROM FLORIDA WILL VOTE AGAINST THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!
That’s right, the fate of 341 folks will determine whether union members in Michigan, progressives and moderates in Florida, and all the members of both states’ democratic parties will boycott the general elections, refusing to vote for local congresscritters, a senator or two, mayors, state house and senate members, and other local officials. Yup, if 341 people don’t get to sit down in Denver, ALL HELL WILL BREAK LOOSE!
From that fateful day forward, there will never be another democrat in Detroit, Miami, Ann Arbor, Ft. Lauderdale, and many other cities and towns. Never again any of the 28,000,000 voters ever punch the D button, pull the D lever, push the D chad, or press the D button.
Talk about red herrings.
Hillary’s claims have been and remain reprehensible. Ridiculous. WIthout basis. Silly. Inane. insulting. and simply stupid. Does anyone (with a brain, a sense of integrity, and the slightest smidgeon of hope for our country) really believe that both states’ populations will retaliate in the general election, simply because 341 party members were punished because their party broke the rules?
Bull & shit.
Hillary and her team know better. But their constant drum beat of lies and bull want people to ignore the plain fact: Not seating 341 people will have absolutely no impact several months later on the votes of 28 millions voters. Come on. Do you really think that issues like Iraq, the economy, mortgage crisis, separation of church and state, the destruction of the EPA, the crimes within the EPA, the . . . hell, this list is growing each day.
But the point should be obvious. When Hillary and her team claim that not seating 341 individuals at a pre-ordained, wasteful, boring three day party (at least for everyone not involved) they are full of it, and they know it.