The crowd here grumbled loudly when CNN announced that Hillary had a substantial lead in California. But the state is far from lost to Clinton. A massive portion of California's voters submitted absentee ballots that have not been counted. And as we pointed out earlier, even if the rest of the state's Democratic establishment goes for Hillary, San Francisco would rather share a tumbler of bourbon with Obama. Read more »
A large, dispersed crowd pressed towards the projector-sized screen at the front of the Grand Ballroom in the Fairmont Hotel when they saw that CNN was interrupting coverage of John McCain's speech (yawn) to go to Barack Obama's headquarters in Chicago.
The Democratic presidential candidate was making his way towards the stage, and the audiences here and on TV were equally ecstatic. Chants of "O-BA-MA!" rang out. CNN took the cue and dropped McCain entirely. Read more »
Ruth Dewson, the owner of Mrs. Dewson's Hats at Fillmore St. and California St., where former Mayor Willie Brown gets many of his signature head coverings, used the term "mind-boggling" to describe the lack of support black leaders in the this state have given her presidential candidate, Barack Obama. She specifically called out preachers.
"When a politician comes to your church, you don't owe them anything," Mrs. Dewson said. She added that so many local black ministers support Hillary Clinton simply because they backed Bill Clinton in the '90s. Read more »
California may be Clinton country, but Barack Obama has won San Francisco, home of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and more than a half-dozen delegates. True, it's a symbolic win, but symbols are what we're looking at tonight. Mayor Gavin Newsom was a high profile Hillary backer, but the progressives on the Board of Supervisors and other bodies backed Barack. Numbers now in SF are Obama 52 % and Clinton 44% with 78 % counted.
By around 9:30 pm it seemed clear at Hillary's campaign HQ that she had won the popular vote in California. A full room and diverse crowd gathered around the blaring TV, cheered and chanted her name. Rev. Amos Brown spoke to deafening cheers as he questioned the substance behind Obama's rhetoric but praised the "two fine democratic competitors." Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting spoke briefly.
I often find Fat Tuesday a dizzying night. And some of the usual factors are in play: beads around my neck and a cocktail within reach. But that's not why I'm reeling. Holy shit, this Super part of Fat Tuesday is overwhelming, with so many numbers coming in from so many states, with all of it being sliced and diced by so many talking heads and number crunchers. And as I watch the swirl of data, the main impression I get is that nothing much changed today, except for the fact that we're inching our truly weird democratic process toward an uncertain conclusion. Read more »
Piggybacking on the turnout from the presidential election was one of the reasons that Prop. A, the $185 million parks bond, was targeted for this first ever February ballot, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department director Yomi Agunbiade told me at the Yes on Prop. A party at Boudin's Bakery in Fisherman's Wharf. "We're definitely riding that wave, " he said minutes after the proposition posted its first real numbers at 67.6 % in favor, surpassing that always difficult 66.6 % it needs to win. Attending the shindig are Sup. Read more »