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August 28, 2012
If you’re trying to win a presidential campaign and put on a show, you shouldn’t poke a sharp stick in the eye of conservative activists. That’s what happened.
Dudley Brown, Colorado GOP delegate • Speaking on a feud between Ron Paul supporters and the rules committee at the Republican National Convention. Basically, one of the key methods the Paul campaign used to try to stay relevant in the race was to try to elect more of their own supporters as delegates, after the conclusion of a state’s vote. If this seems strange, you might not be alone in thinking so – the allegiances of the delegates weren’t actually bound to the outcome of the vote. There’s two ways to look at this, which encapsulate the fight between Paul’s backers and the party writ large. The first is that voters likely do believe that their primary vote has an iron-clad impact on who their state votes to nominate, and that to do otherwise is less truly democratic. The other view, which Paul supporters are understandably motivated by, is that the newly approved rules (which would indeed bind delegates to the primary vote) will make it much harder for long-shot candidates like their own, in the midst of a two-party system that already leaves those odds in the near-impossible range. source (via • follow)
20:52 // 1 year ago
February 7, 2012
June 13, 2011
… I feel more of an affinity for America than I do for Africa. I’m a black man in America. Barack Obama is more of an international. … he was raised in Kenya, his mother was white from Kansas and her family had an influence on him, it’s true, but his dad was Kenyan, and when he was going to school he got a lot of fellowships, scholarships… He spent most of his career as an intellectual.
GOP Presidential candidate Herman Cain • Speaking to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, in an interview he wrote for Bloomberg View. Goldberg, to his credit, corrected Cain that President Obama spent some years of his childhood in Indonesia, not Kenya, to which Cain replied, “Yeah, Indonesia.” Whether this was a sincere mistake or not is impossible to say, and frankly doesn’t entirely matter — Cain is trying to paint Obama as mysterious and foreign, as opposed to himself, an American black man who rejects the term “African-American.” He also throws in some anti-intellectualism for good measure, but really, the story here is his stoking of, if not birtherism, the core belief that allowed that rumor to spread — he ain’t one of us. In trying to seize momentum with his recent, strident remarks, Cain’s campaign slogan could easily share a title with a classic 80s film — “Say Anything.” source (via • follow)
15:52 // 2 years ago
May 24, 2011
Run Rudy Run: You may have noticed a lot of nail-biting amongst establishment Republican figures in the last couple days, with the news that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels wouldn’t be running causing a bit of an “oh my god, we don’t have many electable candidates here” sort of panic. But never fear, GOP, your knight in shining armor could be coming. Reports are swirling that Rudy Giuliani, seeking redemption for his disastrous 2008 campaign (record-setting for its waste and futility, as he spent over $50 million to net just one delegate), may throw his name into the ring once more. Said Rep. Peter King: “If he were to make the decision today, he would run.” source
13:45 // 2 years ago
January 18, 2011
How much for a cup of Joementum? Lieberman may need it
- cause Sen. Joe Lieberman faces reelection in 2012 after spending his last term actively agitating the Democratic party; he went Independent after losing the 2006 primary, then won the race.
- effect A likely repeat of 2006, with a hotly contested Connecticut Senate primary pitting Lieberman against the Democratic left-wing. Yeah, he may be in the primary despite the “I” currently near his name. source
14:04 // 2 years ago