Friday, October 29, 2010

The Anatomy of Write-In Chaos in the Alaskan Senate Race

It wasn't my idea. It wasn't my doing. But I did have a hand in the chaos up in Alaska when more than 100 people filed yesterday at the last minute to become write-in candidates in the Alaska Senate race.

Here's how it went down.

Dan Riehl at Big Government put up a post suggesting Alaskans attempt the write-in chaos efforts, giving details on how to properly file.

Ace of Spades picked it up and linked it.

Having read it at Ace's, I ran off to the comments section at Just One Minute, knowing an Alaskan who also comments there named "Daddy".

I was actually being whimsical.

But Daddy took it seriously. Not only did he file himself, he got word out on conservative radio talk show host Dan Fagan's show. That's when the whole thing took off.

I'll let Daddy tell the story as related in the comments at JOM:

What do ya' want first, the good news or the bad?

Okay, here's the bad. I will no longer be running as a Candidate for Senate from the Great State of New York, so if you were expecting to donate to my Campaign fund at McSorley's, just make sure it goes into the new fund labeled Senate Race in Alaska.

The good news. Hit's post above was about trying to get even with the Division of Elections in Alaska and the Alaska Supreme Court, for their mandating that a list of write-in Candidates for Senate in Alaska had to be presented to voters upon request when inside the Polling Place. This is unheard of and criminal, and has ferociously P.O'd folks out here, both Dem's and Repub's.

Hit's link suggested that as many registered and eligible Alaskan voters as possible immediately register as Write In candidates for Alaskan Senator, so that they would have to be included on the list presented in the Polling Place to voters, and hopefully the list would have thousands of names on it, and if in fact names were left out, then lawsuits could be brought as to why not. Heck of an inspired idea if you ask me.

Anyhow, got an address, hopped in the truck with Pup, and whizzed downtown. Had difficulty finding the place, so pulled into the Republican Party Headquarters (a relatively sad bunch) and then headed off to the proper location. It's where I have absentee voted in the past. Went in, found the proper office, and told the girl behind the counter what I wanted to do. She laughed, said I was number 11 today, and promptly and very friendly and very politely, presented me with the form, pulled up on the computer my essentials to verify my credentials, and then time stamped my form, accepting me as a Write In Candidate for Senator from Alaska.

She advised me that all entries had to be in by 5 PM today, as Write-Ins must be registered by 5 PM, 5 days prior to the Election. Then I asked, having seen how easy the process was (and free) could I take some extra forms and pass them out to friends and myself bring them back? She said that would be fine and legal.

Immediately I ran to the truck, dialed Fagan on the Radio Show, and told him what I had just done, how to do it easily (where and when) and said I had a form for him in my truck and I would hustle over and drop it off if he wanted to run for Senate. He said no, (weasel:( but then immediately after my call the next 4 or 5 calls were all excited about the idea, and as he started asking questions about the form from some others who had done it, I called back in and read some answers off the form, and he asked me to run it down to the station. I did, plus included a card from the Election Office which had a website and other info. This opened the floodgates. Calls came in from all over, the word got out, and people all over started driving like crazy over to the Office in Anchorage and Wasilla to register. By now also he had found the proper website with the official form, and had posted it and many folks were filling out the form and officially registering via FAX, and then eventually simply via website.

It suddenly turned into a huge party atmosphere, and by the 4 o'clock hour of his show, hundreds of people were flooding the Election Office, and now the news media were sending out teams to the Polling Office to see what the heck was going on. Folks were calling saying stuff like when they walked into the office there were 4 folks in line and by the time I left there were 0 guys behind me. (When I went in it was just me.)

We also had Lawyer's calling in ready to bring Lawsuits as needed to any of us new Senate Candidates not properly presented on the list etc. A wonderful day of Talk Radio up here (except the damn dog ate the back cover and last Chapter of my "History of Cook Inlet" while I was in trying to give Fagan his paperwork---rotten dog.

I also want to let you know that the State expects problems and challenges to the Absentee Ballot Process. It appears that anyone who asks to see the list in the Polling Room is having their Ballot somehow segregated from others for possible future disqualification challenges, so voters are cautioned to not ask to see the list when voting to avoid possible disqualification in future. We are now told that (at least in Anchorage) it is currently only 1 list and you cannot take it into the Polling Booth with you. Comments from some Polling guy was that they didn't know how exactly to deal with this ruling themselves, so there was a bit of "winging it."
The guy speaking now on Greta's show on FOX about how the list will be handed out is wrong from what I heard today.

Other good news is that 1 of the State Supreme Court Judges who approved this (Dana Fabe) is up for re-election in 5 days and now she has a big red target on her back. Good riddance.

So, all in all a very fun and exciting and positive day up here, all due to that Rabble-rouser Hit & Run! Was great to hear people calling in to Fagan damning him for for pushing this effort as vote tampering etc, and him exploding and going on offense. Was probably 95 % for the effort, 5% opposed, and you could tell the opposed were Lisa callers. Folks really are pissed and rightly so.

Now all I wann'a know is why wasn't I invited to the debate tonight, because I'm a Write-In Candidate just like Lisa Mercowshit.

I want a Lawyer!!!

Posted by: daddy October 29, 2010 at 01:36 AM

Just goes to show you that it's not what you know that's important. It's who you know. And I know an Alaskan Senate Candidate, that's who I know.

UPDATE: Dan Riehl links (thanks!) and gives his take on the events.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Harry Reid, When He's Faced With Being Out of Work, Tends to Become Abusive

In discussing Joy Behar's response to a Sharron Angle ad, Katrina Trinko at The Corner points this out:

Think Behar’s just an honestly outraged citizen, not a partisan hack? Think again: what makes her bias evident is the fact that she doesn’t comment on the ads Reid has run against Angle — ads that depict Angle as a creep who supports wife beaters and sex offenders. “Sharron Angle voted to protect sex offenders,” is the message of one Reid commercial. The message of another Reid spot? “Sharron Angle sided with the [domestic violence] abuser, not the abused.”

Wait. What?

It was Reid who made a not-so-subtle reference to the domestic violence problems that await should he lose the election.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

What Harry Reid Supports

I picked up this video from the Reid - Angle debate from the Hot Air headlines.

Let's transcribe part of it:

Moderator: Senator Reid, you were quoted as saying the following: "The war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence," end quote. [...]

Reid: Mitch, I first met General Petraeus in Iraq. The statement that I made was made following General Petraeus saying "the war cannot be won militarily". He said and I said the war can only be won militarily, ecomically and diplomatically. That's why after I made my statement, and Gen Petraeus made his statements, we did the surge then, not later. And it was the right thing to do. The surge worked because we brought in the economy working with the Sunnis, we brought in diplomacy woking with...and that's how we got the Sunni awakening, so they start fighting the people who were causing all the trouble. General Petraeus has done a good job. He's my friend. I'm glad he's in Afghanistan. And I have supported the troops........

Wait. What?

Reid is really trying to play like he and Petraeus were on the same page back then? That what he said was based on what General Petraeus told him?

Really?

Reid said "the war is lost" on April 19, 2007.

But "the war is lost" is not the only statement Reid made back in April of 2007 regarding the surge. And it's not even the most relevant statement Reid made regarding General Petraeus. Let's cut to April 24, 2007:

CNN Interviewer: "General Petraeus is going to come to the Hill...and make it clear to you that there is progress going on in Iraq...will you believe him?"

Reid: "No. I won't believe him because it isn't happening."

Seriously. We've gone over this before. It was less than two weeks prior to the statement that he wasn't going to believe General Petraeus that Reid tipped his hand as to why he was pushing Iraq-as-lost so hard:

"We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war," Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.) told reporters yesterday. "Senator Schumer has shown me numbers that are compelling and astounding."

When Harry Reid says he supports the troops, he's lying. He supports getting himself and other Democrats elected. And that's it.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Are You Smarter Than Barack Obama?

We now turn over this blog to the unparalleled humor of bgates from Just One Minute...

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Jeff Foxworthy: Hey y'all. Welcome to "Are You Smarter than Barack Obama", the show where we find out whether our country's ten-year-olds are qualified to be leader of the free world, and vice versa. [laughter, applause]

JF: Our kids are ready, and they're excited, and I have to say I'm excited too, because joining us tonight is the President of the United States, Barack Obama. [moderate applause] President Obama, it's a tremendous honor for me to meet you.

Barack Obama: Yes it is, Jeff.

JF: Y-yeah. OK. Well, let's get started, then, I'm sure you have a very busy schedule -

BO: Uhh, my tee time isn't for another 75 minutes, and I can have the highways shut down until I get there, and one of the interns is going to help Joe Biden record SportsCenter for me, so I'm good.

JF: Right. So let's meet our first fifth-grader, he's from Akron Ohio, let's have a nice warm welcome for Dave Scheissfurer. Hi, Dave.

DS: Hello, Mr Foxworthy. Mr President? It's an honor for me to meet you, sir.

BO: Yep.

JF: Yeah. Alright. Dave, here's how we're going to play. We're going to show you a video segment of something the President has said, and you're going to have to figure out if he made a mistake, and if so, what it was. Are you ready?

DS: I think so.

JF: OK, here we go.

[video clip of Obama:]

When I was young, just got out of college, I had to buy auto insurance. I had a beat-up old car. And I won’t name the name of the insurance company, but there was a company — let’s call it Acme Insurance in Illinois. And I was paying my premiums every month. After about six months I got rear-ended and I called up Acme and said, I’d like to see if I can get my car repaired, and they laughed at me over the phone because really this was set up not to actually provide insurance; what it was set up was to meet the legal requirements. But it really wasn’t serious insurance.

BO: Now, that, that is exactly what happened, just the way I read it. Said it.

JF: Dave, what do you think?

DS: Um....I kind of think that's wrong. Because when you buy real cheap insurance doesn't it just cover for when you run into other people and when somebody gets hurt and stuff? And if somebody else hits you, shouldn't their insurance have to pay?

BO: No, I read it-

JF: That's right, Dave! Congratulations! Hal, tell Dave what he's won!

***[Cut to commercial break]***

JF: And we're back. So far we've already found one fifth grader who's smarter than Barack Obama.

BO: Now, that's clearly an exaggeration.

JF: Of course, sir, it's just a game show. We know you're a very smart man.
Now let's meet our next contestant, and it's Rosalita Lider Muymal from Boulder, Colorado. Hi, Rosalita.

RLM: Hi, Jeff. Hello, Mr President. I'm very pleased to meet you.

BO: Of course you are, sweetie.

JF: OK, Rosalita - do they call you "Rosie" at school?

RLM: Oh, no! Only when they want me - when they want to say that I am fat.

JF: Rosalita it is. Rosalita, this clip goes by pretty fast, so pay attention, ok?

RLM: OK.

[video clip of Obama:]

There's a lot of -- I don't know what the term is in Austrian -- wheeling and dealing, and people are pursuing their interests, and everybody has their own particular issues and their own particular politics

BO: Now, I was there, and that young lady was from Austria.

JF: Rosalita, what do you think?

BO: I'm telling you, she was Austrian.

RLM: Si, but Austrian is like a nationality. It's not a language. They speak German in Austria.

BO: Then what do they speak in Germany, Swiss?

RLM: No, they speak German there too - and also in Switzerland some places.

JF: That's correct! In fact all of that was correct, but we can only give credit for the part connected to the video. But great job, Rosalita. We'll be right back to see if another fifth grader can join Rosalita Lider Muymal in saying....

RLM: Oh! [blushes, glances at Obama] I am smarter than Barack Obama [dissolves into giggles, covers her face with her hands]

***[Cut to commercial break]***

JF: And we're back. Our next contestant is - from Washington DC, ladies and gentlemen let's hear it for - oh, gosh - Antawn Mbaya Kion..gozi, did I do that right Antawn?

AMK: Yeah. That's good.

BO: What up Antawn.

AMK: Hey. It's nice to meet you, sir.

BO: Word. Good luck.

AMK: Thank you, sir.

JF: Now, Antawn, it says here that you go to school at Sidwell Friends - are you a classmate of Sasha or Malia Obama?

AMK: [freezes, lip quivers; a beat later bursts into tears]

JF: Oh, jeez - go to break. Go to break!

***[Cut to commercial break]***

JF: Hi, everybody. I have to apologize, and especially to Antawn, for that mixup. It seems that Antawn had a scholarship to go to Sidwell, but the government got rid of it. I'm sorry Antawn.

AMK: [listlessly] It's ok.

JF: Is the school you're going to now ok?

AMK: I guess.

BO: Probably not. Most of those schools are dumps.

JF: Well let's move things along, ok?

[video clip of Obama]

The Middle East is a problem that has plagued the region for centuries.

BO: Right.

JF: Antawn?

AMK: Um....

BO: That one's right. Just say I'm right!

JF: Let Antawn answer, sir.

AMK: Um....[starts crying] I don't know! I'm stupid! I go to a stupid school because I'm stupid! I don't know what the mistake was! That didn't even make any sense!

JF: No, Antawn - Antawn! You're right. That didn't make sense. You're right.

AMK: Yeah? [sniffles] Yeah, huh? Because the Middle East is the region. So he should have said like the problems in the Middle East region have been plaguing the world for centuries.

JF: Final answer?

BO: Look, sometimes they don't get the teleprompter set up right. That's what I meant to say.

AMK: Only that wouldn't be right either. Because the problem he was - [turns to Obama] when you said "problem" you were talking about with the Jews and the Arabs, right?

BO: Exactly.

AMK: But there wasn't even that much fighting between them in the whole time that Turkey was in charge. [turns back to Jeff] And then they didn't lose it to the European countries until after World War One. So that's only like one century.

BO: Whatever. I don't think this kid is even in the fifth grade.

AMK: [outraged, wheels on the President] Nu uh! I am in the fifth grade! But I know more stuff than they have in school because I read. I read a lot. That's how I got that-[tears up, composes himself]-that scholarship. And even before school started, they gave me a library card. They have a gooood library at that school. I think that's where I learned all about the Middle East.

I read a lot. Because my mom said? That if I did real good at Sidwell? That I could go to all the good schools. Like you. And now I can't even go to that school. And they didn't even let me keep the library card.

JF: [softly] Antawn? Maybe you cain't say you go to that fancy school. But you know what you can say?

AMK: [puzzled] Huh? [brightens] Oh, yeah! I'm Antawn Kiongonzi, [glares at the President] and I'm smarter than Barack Obama! [audience erupts in applause]

***[Show fades to black]***

Stuff Obama (Almost) Said

"But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there's not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 20 months and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Hope and Change of 2009, and the Ram It Down Their Throats Against Their Will of 2010, and each successive effort we've made has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it's not surprising then that we'd make a shameless effort to play off their bitterness, hoping that if they cling to their antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment, our cynical attacks on "foreign money" contributed to the Chamber of Commerce might make them rethink their votes, even if it's complete bull crap. Oh well. At this point, that's all we got. No, seriously. That's it."

--stuff Obama (almost) said

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Stuff Obama (Almost) Said

"I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we could have begun to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans could have begun to slow and our planet could have begun to heal; this was the moment when we could have restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment—this was the time—when we could have come together to remake this great nation so that it could have reflected our very best selves and our highest ideals. But nooooo. You Democrat voters just like to gripe and groan. You just want to stand on the sidelines. You just want to sit on your hands. You don't care enough to fight. You're lethargic. You're unserious. You people make me look bad."

--stuff Obama (almost) said

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Who's They Now?

You remember this, right?

“We’ve learned that we’re still living in a time and in a nation where the bar is set, right?”

“That’s right.”

“They tell you all you need to do is do these things and you’ll get to the bar — ”

“Uh-huh.”

“So you go about the business of doing those things — ”

“Yes — ”

“You start working hard and sacrificing, and you think you’re getting closer to the bar, you’re working and you’re struggling, you get right to that bar, you’re reaching out for the bar, and then what happens?”

“They raise the bar!”

“They raise the bar. Raise the bar. Shift it to the side. Keep it just out of reach.”

“Yes!”

“And that’s just what’s been happening in this race.”

That was Michelle Obama in 2008, of course.

So now we're in 2010, right? And it is the Republicans poised to win big in this year's elections.

Well.

Let's cut to Allah Pundit at Hot Air:

So assured is the GOP tsunami, it seems, that even the eminence grise of Hopenchange ’08 feels obliged to set the bar as high as he possibly can so that he’ll have some sort of “moral victory” to wheeze about on November 3.

Trying to reshape expectations for the midterm elections, David Plouffe said Thursday that the Republicans should be expected to make a full sweep of Congress – and key gubernatorial races – given the environmental advantages they have. Anything less, he said, should be seen as a disgrace.

“By their definition, success is winning back the House, winning back the Senate and winning every major governor’s race,” Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, said. “When you’ve got winds this strong in your favor, that’s the kind of election you need to have – or it should be considered a colossal failure.”

Seems David Plouffe has become the "they" in 2010.

Blaming Bush no longer works. Obama's trying to blame Democratic voters, but that's not likely to work.

So all that's left is to . . . well, to raise the bar, of course. Shift it to the side. Keep it just out of reach. I'll go with Ace's response:

David Piffle set us a standard of success. Fine, David: We accept. And we're going to get as close to your mark as possible.

If you want to declare victory lying bloody and toothless in an alley because you still have your shoes, fine.

It's the never-ending story: the Democrats become in the next election exactly what they decried in the last one.

Only, instead of belly-aching about "the bar", we'll just belly up to it. We own this bar.

Next round's on me.

How to Energize Your Base, By Barack Obama

Geraghty points out this quote from the NYT:

Assuming that many independents are out of reach, White House strategists are counting on Mr. Obama to energize, cajole, wheedle and even shame the left into matching the Tea Party momentum that has propelled Republicans this year.

Let's look at the examples of Obama's various techniques ... energize, cajole, wheedle and shame.

Energize:

‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’

Not quite a Howard Dean "yeeeearrrrgggghhhh", but, um, ok...

Shame:

"When I hear Democrats griping and groaning ... I say, 'folks, wake up'."


...

"It is inexcusable for any Democrat or progressive right now to stand on the sidelines"

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"We can't let this country fall backward because the rest of us didn't care enough to fight."

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"People need to shake off this lethargy. People need to buck up ... if people now want to take their ball and go home, that tells me folks weren't serious in the first place"

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"The idea that we've got a lack of enthusiasm in the Democratic base, that people are sitting on their hands, complaining, is just irresponsible"

Cajole:

...

Wheedle:

...

Well. Obama's got the complaining, whining, griping and groaning -- to people who he says are a bunch of complainers, whiners, gripers and groaners who don't care -- down pretty good. Persuading with flattery, not so much.

So get out and vote Democrats! Obama thinks you're lazy, not serious and irresponsible.

Apparently you weren't the ones you've been waiting for afterall, according to Obama.

Bummer.