Scripting News for 5/13/2008

Photos/Videos from NY/Boston trip 

I’m accumulating a photo log of my east coast trip on Flickr.

There’s a puzzle on one of the pics. Why are bus signs so high off the ground? Hint: It has nothing to do with snow.๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday political notes 

Tuesdays bring political news and today is no different.

First, an op-ed in today’s New York TImes from 1972 Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern. I worked for McGovern, he was the last candidate before Obama that I believed in, this was when there was a draft and a war, and I was draft age, but not old enough to vote.

Something I didn’t know — Hubert Humphrey led a challenge to the California delegation that made McGovern and his staff fight for the nomination through the convention, and according to McG this led to his defeat in November. This was news to me.

McGovern wrote: “After winning the California primary in June, I thought I had the nomination in hand. But a desperate slash-and-burn effort was pressed against me by the candidates I had defeated. California’s delegates that year were allocated under a winner-take-all system, but my opponents — led by Senator Hubert Humphrey, my lifelong friend — began clamoring to change the rules and to assign the state’s delegates proportionally.”

The whole story is good reading. Also division in the Democratic Party led to the election of Nixon in 1968 and Reagan in 1980.

Key takeaway — HRC is playing with fire when they hold out the possibility of fighting Obama’s nomination all the way to the convention.

She won as expected tonight in West Virginia. Her speech was not in any way a concession, she’s not looking to land the plane. Her advocates are talking dangerous election-losing talk.

Meanwhile, as Mickeleh says on Twitter, the really big news of the night — the Dems won a special election in Mississippi, a district that the Republicans fought hard for. Mississippi is deep in the heart of Republican territory. Olbermann said it’s as if the Dems lost a seat in Brooklyn. It’s serious and very positive news for change.

Poor Huckabee was on MSNBC when the news of the Childers win came in. He didn’t spin, came right out and said the news was every bit as bad for Republicans as it appears. Russert gave him credit for saying openly what Republicans had been saying privately.

Meanwhile President Bush predictably, desperately threw FUD at the process, warning that if Obama is elected there could be another major terrorist attack on US soil. Thanks for the terrorism, Mr. President.๐Ÿ™‚

Demo of Firefly 

I’m at the offices of Betaworks in New York, meeting with CEO John Borthwick who I know for many years from AOL.

They have built a product called Firefly which is rolling out tonight at the Tech Meetup in New York.

He just gave me a demo and my first reaction was “You can’t do that,” then I asked if I could put a demo of it on Scripting News today and he said (to my surprise) Yes.

It’s so weird it’s practically illegal. You can watch people’s mouse move around the page, and then chat with them. Go ahead and give it a try.

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