Congratulations to our newly elected officers for 2009.

President- Giancarlo Stefanoni
Vice President- Elise Thomson-Hohl
Treasurer- Babs Tennent
Events Director- Kelsey Poole
Social Events Director- Anna Sparrevohn
Membership Director- Alexa Fuentes
Political Director- Lydia Pappas
Community Outreach- Krystle Wilson
Technology Director- Sam Chenkin
And Sean Miller assumes the Chairmanship when he steps down as President.

Thank you to those of you who ran, we look forward to working with you in the near future. Also, thank you to all of you who came out to the meeting, we'll see you all at our first meeting of the new year in January!

Funny, But Enough Already

I thought that the video of Palin giving the interview right in front of the turkey slaughter was amusing, and I must say, this collection of MSNBC chyrons was pretty funny. Somebody was just having a good time in the control booth when they wrote the following chyrons;

Gov Palin apparently oblivious to turkey carnage over her shoulder.

Turkeys die as Governer Palin takes questions from the media

And so on, and so forth. Click image for a larger version.

But enought already! David Shuster spent another 10 minutes discussing it tonight on Countdown, and it's just way too much. The election is over, and Sarah Palin is now just Joe the Governor. Sarah Palin was grotesquely unqualified to hold the office of the Vice President, intellectually and otherwise, but there's nothing about this interview that shows bad judgement or particular callousness on her part. I won't accept umbrage from anyone who isn't a vegan, and it's worth pointing out that the slaughter going on around her was significantly more human than most factory farms and slaughterhouses, as Ana-Marie Cox noted.

(via PhillyBits)

What Ray Said

Yesterday Ray over at PhillyBits patiently explained to the denser than usual ALa at Blonde Sagacity that no, there is no "Cult of Obama." This debate was tiresome before the voting even started in the primary, but Ray does a great (and funny) job of going over all the salient points.

The only thing I would add is that those crying "cult!" aren't really making a good faith argument. The goal isn't to make a point for the ten thousandth time, it's to belittle those of us that concluded that Obama and his policies would be better for more people than McCain. It's made to dismiss us, not to engage us, and above all to make ALa and her ilk feel better about themselves for living in the 13th century.

I do find it interesting, though, that this charge has been leveled so often and so vociferously by supporters of President Dubya Bush, a Presidency built on personality until the country started crashing down around him. Remember this fun from over the summer, when the GOP platform was rewritten to scrub the references to Bush, found on 91 of the document's 100 pages? This administration campaigned and governed on an idealogy of incompetence and corruption, but was hailed and defended by "conservatives" because Bush had a certain swagger and a cowboy hat.

So spare us the "cult" chatter.

(As an addendum, I'm not a regular reader of ALa, but I do see that she embraced the Newt Gingrich theory of sloganeering-as-energy-policy, meaning that I will continue to not be a regular reader of her blog.)

Only a Month Late...

I came across a site that has compiled pretty much every Obama button for sale on the internet. If only we would have seen this site about a month ago and we could have all had pins to relate to.

I've picked out a few personal choices for fellow Drexel Dems...(Click the Read More!!!)







Electability Fail

John Cole invites us to look back unkindly at "Big Tent Democrat's" (aka Armando) gnashing of teeth about Obama's "electability" during the Democratic primary, and I had to oblige. I read TalkLeft during the primary, mostly as a lark, the same way I still read those hilarious PUMA blogs, So I certainly remembered how silly a lot of the punditry got. In BTD's defense, stupid arguments were made on both sides of the Clinton-Obama divide, and ultimately intervening events and the epic fail of the McCain campaign probably had a lot more to do with the outcome than favorability ratings of candidates from April. That said, please enjoy this trifecta of electibility genius from Big Tent Democrat. May he never cease making predictions!

First, on April 10th, and after months of arguing that Obama's "electability" in PA/OH/FL made him a toxic nominee, BTD made this startling admission:

At the end of the day, sadly and perhaps shamefully for me, I actually agree that Obama should be supported on elctability grounds. But I sooo detest the nasty Hillary Hate that sanctimonious Obama supporters like DeLong will display while feeding the most vile behavior. If they dropped the act, it would be much easier to swallow.

Something to relate to..

I had been paying constant attention to the election for well over a year now. And since the Pennsylvania primaries, minus two months of summer, I've been involved on some level with a campaign...sometimes constantly and others here and there. Regardless, now that it is all over and all that is left to do is watch CNN talk about the terrible economy or who Barack Obama is going to pick for his cabinet (not that that isn't interesting)...I really have nothing to do. I once again find myself as a stereotypical college kid, drinking on weekenights and aimlessly surfing the internet... And by internet I mean facebook. I'm sure a lot of you find yourself this way too so I felt it necessary to post this video. While it's clearly a's very true.

Obama Win Causes Obsessive Supporters To Realize How Empty Their Lives Are


Yes We Did.

To all our volunteers, members, and well-wishers, please allow us to once again thank you for the time, effort, and passion that you brought to this election. It truly warmed my heart to see Drexel so engaged and informed about this historic election. To TJ, Emily, Diana, Renato, and everyone else from the campaign, thank you. You guys did an unbelievable job and really made a difference. We showed a lot of skeptics that Drexel isn't a hotbed of apathy, but rather host to a vibrant political community, composed of a broader and more diverse array of majors and students than most other colleges.

Now that we're coming down from the excitement and recovering from the exhaustion, I thought you would want to know exactly what we did. As many of you already know, we were responsible for managing turnout operations in 10 of the 17 divisions of the 24th ward, and to that end you all did an amazing job. There were hundreds of volunteers, thousands of volunteer shifts, and very satisfying results. In 2004, 736 people voted in the 10th division of the 24th ward, which encompasses all of the dorms. That was 51% of registered voters. This year, there were 2054 voters, representing nearly 75% turnout, and 77% of those voters voted for now President-Elect(!) Obama. Thanks to all of your work registering students and getting them to the polls, we tripled turnout over 2004, and did what a lot of people said wouldn't happen.

The Front Lines

Today, I'm working on the front lines, at a polling location in Mantua (northeast University City). As a line-manager for the campaign, its my job to keep voters happy and in line. In this area, most voters are african american or students, and vote overwhelming for Obama, so everyone that leaves the lines is a vote lost.

For me, this election is massively important. In my 21 years, I have become a jaded American no trust for any politician. I no longer believed that the political process could be anything but mind-numbingly slow, tedious, and unresponsive. Voting was an empty gesture, indicating displeasure but failing to bring change. For me, the system would never change. Obama changed that, has given me a reason to believe change was possible. Possible, but not inevetable.

Today, I have hope. Today, I think that the young people of this country have a chance.

But that is nothing compared to the voters I am here to help. These people remember seperate but equal. They remember the civil rights movement. One of the obama election observers is a lawyer from New York, and she shared her memories of segregated drinking fountains as a child. Countless voters have come out almost in tears; the air is festive, people linger on the sidewalk to share memories of the past and revel in, dare I say it, hope.

For these voters, this election represents far more than than the possibility of change for the political sytem. The election represents hope for America itself.

As an extraordinarily white kid from an upper-middle class suburb, to have this experience is an increadible honor, and one that will stay with me.

The lines are starting to pick up now, I better get back to work -- otherwise I may need to pack for canada.

Obama's Intellectual Style

After our debate with the College Republicans this past Wednesday (smoked em, natch) I was talking to the faculty advisor of the CRs, and I promised him I'd pass on this information to him. He said, revealingly, that at least if Obama wins he'll take comfort in knowing it will piss off the hippies (it's always about spite, no?) when US troops are still in Iraq on January 21st. As we digressed into a discussion about which ideological groups held sway over Obama, I took the opportunity to point out that one of the things that I like about Obama is the way he isn't afraid to seek counsel from opposing sides.

Indeed, I've often heard of his reaching out to both prominent conservative and liberal thinkers before making major decisions. It's not that he's "centrist," or "moderate," because those words are hollow and meaningless; it's that he has an intellectual curiosity to seek out opposing points of view, and an intellectual robustness to sift through them and still come down on the correct side of things.

I think this piece by Cass Sunstein is a prime example of this phenomenom.

Not so long ago, the phone rang in my office. It was Barack Obama. For more than a decade, Obama was my colleague at the University of Chicago Law School.

He is also a friend. But since his election to the Senate, he does not exactly call every day.

This Lady is Crazy.

At Drinking Liberally this week Noz and I were talking about everyones favorite wingnut, Pam Geller of Atlas Shrugs. Long story short, she's captivatingly crazy, and appropriately enough shortly afterwards she breaks the news that Barack Obama is...wait for it... the love child of...wait...MALCOLM X!

The "theory" is based mostly on sophisticated genetic markers, by which I mean they're both black and it's obvious to her that that they're related. And Obama's mom was in college in the sixties or something. It's really long, and really crazy.

I just thought it was funny. Too bad there wasn't some typography or kerning involved, then the rest of the wing-o-spher could have jumped in.

Oh, and she Vlogs. Don't click that link unless you want to waste hours watching a crazy lady howl at YouTube.