Primary Day

It’s Primary Day here in the Empire State! Of course, there are no Democratic primaries for any of my representatives, so I’ve got no reason to vote. My Republican peers, though, get to decide whether or not to endorse Mitt, the GOP version of John Kerry ’04 who will be getting the nomination, or throw a vote away on Ron Paul or (inexplicably still in the race) Newt Gingrich.

Democracy Fever – Catch It!

It’s so strange to me that the primaries in the country’s third most populous state happen so late as to be irrelevant. There’s got to be a better way to manage this stuff.

22 Responses to “Primary Day”

  1. Dan says:

    “…or throw a vote away on Ron Paul or (inexplicably still in the race) Newt Gingrich.”

    I don’t know. Paul and Gingrich both just retroactively won delegates…in Ron’s case, Iowa has now changed hands twice to land in his lap. What a clusterfuck this is already.

  2. matt says:

    Maybe if we let him be the King of Iowa and institute a corn-based currency, he’ll take all of his followers with him.

  3. Dan says:

    He also won Minnesota. I’m just trying to point out the constantly changing status of these primaries. I wouldn’t be shocked if Mitt ends up in a tighter race than we are constantly told he will be in. Not to mention that Newt could act as a mini-Nader and effectively pull delegates away from Paul or Mitt, though I couldn’t begin to predict which.

  4. matt says:

    I’m really hoping for a total free for all at the convention. That would be a great throwback to the political traditions that brought us Warren Harding and other winners.

  5. Pitt says:

    Mitt’s definitely counting himself in a bit prematurely. Personally, I find the fact that he’s off stumping in New Hamshire today, a state whose primary is long over, and completely ignoring the states actually voting today, a bit arrogant.

    So, which’ll it be this fall: the Insufferable Chicago Messiah or the Clueless Rich Dude? Honestly, whichever wins, I doubt the country will be all that much different in 4 years.

    If Ron Paul were in charge of Iowa or Minnesota, I might move there. I don’t know how anyone can declare _him_ to be the screwball candidate, compared to what else they’ve got up there.

  6. matt says:

    Whatever happened to the Free State Project, anyway?

  7. matt says:

    As for the Clueless Rich Dude, I loved the latest gaffe: complaining that the President spends too much time “jetting around the world”, then telling a French reporter how much he’s enjoyed his leisurely vacations to France with his wife.

    Someone must have accidentally reset his programming between the two events.

  8. Pitt says:

    No, they just shook his Etch-A-Sketch.

  9. Pitt says:

    Oh, and at your earlier comment, Matt, I, too, am really hoping for a free-for-all at the convention. It probably won’t happen, given how tightly controlled politics seems these days, but if it did, I think it would really help to dissuade people from believing politics _IS_ tightly controlled.

  10. Waterwolf says:

    Hopefully, in November it will boil down to a choice between two brands:
    The Obama brand is Hope, Change and Blame.
    The Romney brand is Achievement, Excellence and Competency.
    Your choice!

  11. matt says:

    It will be interesting to watch. Romney had to track so far to the right, and disavow so much of his past, to win the nomination that I don’t know if he can credibly reposition himself to capture the independent voters.

    And I don’t know that either of the candidates has a lock on achievement. Or on blame.

  12. Dan says:

    Ron Paul’s brand was originally going to be “I GOT PINE NEEDLES IN MY POCKETS!” but waitaminute, no…no that’d be crazy. Even for him…

  13. Pitt says:

    Looks like Newt’s bowing out. So it’s just Ron Paul, real American and solid libertarian, or some guy who became a Republican governor of one of the most liberal democratic states in the country, somehow.

  14. matt says:

    I think you meant to say it’s just Ron Paul, time traveler from the Gilded Age, and Mitt Romney, who has spent the last six years running for president and busily disavowing anything that might want people to actually vote for him.

  15. matt says:

    Wow, I used “disavow” twice on one comment thread. I should be in the IMF.

  16. Pitt says:

    One thing you can say about the Gilded Age…at least there was gold around to guild stuff with.

  17. Waterwolf says:

    Oh, there will be a third choice on the November menue. Check out Buddy Roemer—He has an impressive resume and better ideas for the country moving forward. Buddy may not win, but he has better ideas than anyone in the field……….so why vote for second or third best??? Vote for Buddy and at least be able to sleep with a clear conscience for the next 4 years.

  18. Pitt says:

    President Buddy?

    Almost as bad as President Mitt.

  19. Dan says:

    Is anybody running for the Whig party?

  20. Pitt says:

    Not for 150 years, I don’t think. What was their platform, anyway? Pro-subsidized spittoons and anti-whiskey taxes?

  21. matt says:

    I remember at one point talking about running Phil for County Executive under the Whig ticket.

    “Give Monroe County back to Mother England, the way God intended it!”

  22. Dan says:

    “A vote for the Whigſ is a vote for ſcrupleſ. ſhun the ſinfulneſs of the ſocialiſt agenda!’

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