Posts tagged ‘New Hampshire’

June 15, 2011

Wait, GOP has a gay presidential candidate?

by thoughtfulconservative

Openly gay candidate Fred Karger will not be on the stage next Monday night when CNN broadcasts the first major debate of the 2012 presidential campaign.

via Gay presidential candidate left out, again | Keen News Service.

Those Republicans. So narrow minded.

…ironically, GOProud, a gay conservative group, has being speaking out in support of allowing Johnson into the debate while saying nothing about Karger, who served as an adviser to President Reagan.

Hold it! A gay conservative group is not speaking out about this? It’s getting more confusing.

A CNN poll conducted last month did include Karger, but zero percent of 473 Republicans or Republican-leaning voters surveyed chose him. Fox News included Karger in April, but only one percent of 322 Republican registered voters supported him.

I suppose you need some kind of criteria or else the stage might get a little crowded. As it was, they barely had time to answer all the questions. Limit of 1 minute per question and 30 seconds for followups? Puhleeze.

Anyway back to the item at hand. I thought those Republicans were homophobes. Have the Democrats ever had a gay candidate?

January 10, 2008

Hillary’s surprise win

by thoughtfulconservative

I don’t usually cheer Hillary Clinton victories, but in this case. There are a couple of reasons for joy.

First, anytime polls are shown to be wrong and pundits are made to look foolish by panting over each one, it just warms my heart. There is entirely too much reliance and horse race (car race in FoxNews’ case) aspects to this race. Tuesday was spent with analyzing Hillary Clinton’s tears.

Who cares? What does she believe? What does she want to do when she gets in office?

How much of that did you hear Tuesday?

Wednesday, the talk was how did the polls go wrong? Even trends and averages got it wrong. Professor Franklin does the best job I’ve seen (with illustrations) of explaining the problems. He shows how Obama’s percentage was right, it was Clinton’s they got wrong. He also shows the Republicans side was a much better result for the polls. He asks a couple of pointed questions,

If the polls were systematically flawed methodologically, then we’d expect similar errors with both parties. … So if the turnout model was bad for the Democrats, why wasn’t it also bad for the Republicans?

Of course, this gets ignored by the media, because they have 30 seconds to two or three minutes tops to explain what’s going on, or viewers eyes will begin to glaze over.

But I still don’t trust polls. My nature, I guess.

In more news among presidential candidates, dad29 links to another interesting piece on the divide between Big Biz Republicans and Mike Huckabee. Bill Richardson, a good man with a lot of experience, but unfortunately still a Democrat, will be withdrawing from the race. Depending on who wins the nomination, Richardson would make a good VP, if he wants it.

Mitt Romney is pulling his ads in SC and FL. Interesting was this opening paragraph,

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has decided to pull his advertising from South Carolina and Florida, in a sign of trouble for a campaign that badly needs a win.

Hold on here. Romney needs a win? Does that imply he has not won yet? Because I seem to remember that he won a small state in the west, lessee, Wyoming, wasn’t it?

Fred Thompson has disappeared. Oh wait, he’s in SC, making his stand. Sen. Thompson should remember that there’s this guy called Mike Huckabee who’s a Southern Baptist pastor, and there’s more Southern Baptists in SC than people. I think it’s do or die for Thompson and Edwards in SC. If they don’t do well (=win), they’re done.

January 6, 2008

2008’s first Waukesha Carnival

by thoughtfulconservative

This is number 18 in my weekly (more or less) looks at blogging in Waukesha county. With more bloggers per capita than any Wisconsin county (by my completely objective estimate), here is a look at this week’s most interesting posts to me.

First off, we’re losing two political bloggers. Cindy Kilkenny is suspending posts to her blog, Brookfield City News. But she went out with this gem,

When I checked in with the candidate line up just now I nearly lost my biscuits. The thought of outgoing school board candidate Patrick Murphy backing Brookfield pyromaniac and adolescent tail bone cracker Dave Marcello is more revolting than I could have ever imagined. With any luck Marcello will lose, but it’s still pretty disgusting.

Politics, it’s not for the faint of heart.

The other blogger is Tim Rock, who is not giving up blogging at The Other Side of My Mouth, but is switching to baseball, specifically Strat-o-Matic baseball. The name of the blog is now BRASS (Bloomington Rotisserie and Strat-O-Matic Society) League. Tim and I have our disagreements politically, but any one who is into baseball, especially the Strat-0-Matic game, can’t be all bad.

David at Carrick Bend Thoughts posts on the pork of three other Democratic candidates for president, Biden, Kucinich and Dodd.

Jessica McBride shared her Thoughts on Iowa. A couple of points from her post,

Note to the MSM: When you trash a Republican candidate, Republican voters like that person more. While you were laughing at Huckabee for playing a negative ad to reporters, he was thinking: “Please keep laughing at me. Thanks!”

One could add some commenters on the Right to that. Another point,

The Huckabee candidacy is all wrong for the general election. He’s right on all of the issues that won’t play to independents and conservative Democrats (the social ones), and he’s wrong on all of the issues that do. The opposite is true of Giuliani.

In another post on the presidential election, Troy Fullerton of Rendezvous with Destiny asks, Who Benefits from McRomabee Battle? I’ll have more on Fred’s chances in a future post.

Moving on to other things, Dad29 points out more government cost over-runs, this time Wisconsin’s collection lawyers. Are you surprised?

Pete Fanning shares information at his blog on those new energy saving light bulbs that we’ll soon all be using. They may cause migraines.

Lisa at Sequentially Speaking links to the 2007 Darwin Awards. You gotta read it.

Huckleberry Dumbbell at the Spring City Chronicle, always looking for a good retirement state, eliminates New Hampshire.

Yorick’s Persiflage had a couple things on my radar but the one that interested me was a post he linked to about college.

It is a witty little piece about how we pay too much money to go to schools where education seems to be the least of the university’s concerns. A college education has become some sort of bourgeoisie ideal for all of middle-America. It’s about status and not education.

That’s it for this week. As usual, if you have a post you’d like to include, you can e-mail it to me or post it in the comments.