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OK, this is about xenophobia, bigotry, antisemitism and stupidity, not healthcare...but I couldn't resist:

The woman who wants to be the next President of the United States is not wearing an American flag lapel pin tonight. #DemsInPhilly

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 29, 2016

@KatiePavlich no but Bill has one in arabic from last night... pic.twitter.com/XJjyJTBlFt

— Michael Lowerre (@bigmikeinfla) July 29, 2016

@bigmikeinfla @KatiePavlich That's Hebrew

— Dan Mangan (@_DanMangan) July 29, 2016

 

OK, this is totally off-topic, and I know I'm gonna face an earful in the comments over this, but I have to make a few comments on the ongoing "Democratic Superdelegate" brouhaha amongst Bernie Sanders's supporters.

First of all, there are 712 "unpledged" delegates (or "superdelegates") for the Democratic Party this year out of 4,763 total. That's around 15% of all Democratic delegates. The eventual nominee needs at least 2,382 total delegates to win the nomination.

So, it's important to keep in mind that pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses determine around 85% of the total. It's the remaining 15% who people are getting all worked up about.

Normally, of course, this isn't an issue because one candidate or another ends up securing more than half of the grand total via the caucuses/primaries anyway, making the SDs a moot point.

OK, this is not only off topic, it's not even a particularly significant issue, but it bugs me because...well, frankly, because it's about my hometown.

Over on Twitter, several pundits/reporters have made this claim:

Trump dominated Oakland County Michigan, which includes Mitt Romney's hometown. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/wcsBcbFz7h

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 9, 2016

Childhood home of Willard Mitt Romney. https://t.co/BxH4b1nRUb

— Amy Sullivan (@sullivanamy) March 9, 2016

While this makes for a fun “Isn’t It Ironic??” meme, it’s not the case at all.

“Oakland County” has a whopping 1.23 million people, and includes very un-Romney cities like Pontiac, Southfield and so forth.

6/10/16: REPOSTED FROM THE ARCHIVES AS A REMINDER.

Yes, this is off topic. No, I don't care tonight.

Yes, the entire Republican debate was a revolting, disgusting, putrid embarrassment from start to finish (with the odd exception of the moderators from FOX News, who actually did a great job).

However, forget about the discussion of Donald Trump's penis size which opened the evening (no, I'm not making that up, and no, it's not a metaphor).

There are only two parts of the travesty which deserves any attention whatsoever. First, this exchange:

So here it is...Super Tuesday. Unless the GOP base suddenly decides that they don't want a xenophobic, misogynistic, hate-mongering, con-artist moron to be their standard-bearer, it's looking very likely that by the time midnight rolls around, Donald Drumpf will indeed be almost unstoppable as the Republican Presidential Nominee for 2016.

Which means, aside from the GOP establishment being on collective suicide watch, Mr. Drumpf will have to think about who his running mate will be for the general election.

First, the legal issues:

I like Chris Hayes. He's the host of MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes". I wrote a post about the interview he did with former GOP Senator Judd Gregg, in which Gregg showed a jaw-dropping ignorance of basic statistics. I received a lot of traffic from Hayes last month thanks to him retweeting my post about Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin officially pulling the plug on the kynect exchange. Hell, Hayes even cited my work/this website on his show about two years ago, at the tail end of the 2014 Open Enrollment period (even if he didn't know who I actually was). So believe me when I say that I'm not posting this lightly.

However...this is simply embarrassing:

As a progressive Democrat, I was thrilled when I heard Donald Trump was entering the Presidential race as a Republican, for obvious reasons.

I've been as guilty as anyone of treating Donald Trump like an entertainer, a joke.

For months, I've described Trump as being "Zaphod Beeblebrox with a mean streak". More recently I revised this to "Part Zaphod Beeblebrox, part Andrew Dice Clay".

The truth is, though, he wasn't being funny when he allegedly sexually assaulted his then-wife Ivana (even if she's since "recanted" her deposition testimony) many years ago.

He wasn't being funny when he went full racist birther on President Obama in 2012.

He wasn't being funny when he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" earlier this year.

It's a quiet Sunday afternoon, so what the heck.

If you ask most people what the earliest utterly absurd plot point in the original Star Wars​ movie ("A New Hope", 1977) was, they'd probably say the part about 7 minutes in where Gunnery Captain Bolvan tells Lieutenant Hija (yeah, I looked up their names) to "hold his fire" and not to bother shooting down the escape pod containing R2-D2 and C-3PO, because there were "no life forms onboard" (an odd thing to say in a universe filled with sentient robots...not to mention that Leia could have simply stowed the records on a hard drive or whatever and tossed it into the escape pod by itself for future recovery, but whatever).