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Hillary – So Pragmatic She Appeared to Have No Bedrock Principles

Posted by James Madison on November 10, 2016

Shortly after Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, a book by the name of Primary Colors was published. Written anonymously (the author was later revealed as reporter Joe Klein), it was a fictional treatment of the Clintons as Bill ran for president in 1992. The novel showed how the Clintons had descended from idealists active in the 1972 McGovern campaign to the pragmatic, tawdry, couple they came to be. In one revealing paragraph, the author captured the essence of the Clintons: “‘Libby, you said it yourself,’ Susan [the Hillary character] said coolly. ‘We were young. We didn’t know how the world worked. Now we know.'”

That was the image that plagued Hillary throughout the 2016 campaign. Everybody knew that she was so pragmatic that she appeared to have no bedrock principles. So when she announced she was switching from supporting the TPP trade treaty to opposing it, nobody believed her.

They certainly didn’t believe her in the Rust Belt. They were convinced that as soon as she was elected, she’d make some superficial changes and sign the TPP. That’s what cost her Wisconsin-Ohio-Michigan-Pennsylvania, and with them the election. When voters don’t believe what you’re saying about things that affect their livelihood, you get WOMPed.

Don’t be taken in by the fact that Hillary won the popular vote. She won big in states where Donald Trump didn’t campaign. In those states, she was still Secretary Clinton. Where Trump did campaign, she was Corrupt Hillary. If Trump had campaigned, Corrupt Hillary would have gotten far less votes than Secretary Clinton did.

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Two Candidates Insert Office Title into Their Names on the Ballot (Sort of)

Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 27, 2012


Sorry that I couldn’t find a picture of Stan “The Water Man” Dziecielski or Gary “Water Watch Dog” Langdale. This picture of Aquaman will have to suffice.

While peering through the various candidates running for office in Orange County, I came across two who had something very odd in common:

  • Stan “The Water Man” Dziecielski, Candidate for Santa Margarita Water District
  • Gary “Water Watch Dog” Langdale, Candidate for South Coast Water District

Usually, the nickname in quotation marks in the middle of a candidate’s would be for something like Robert “Bob” Baker or Daniel “Skip” Marshall.  Stan “The Water Man” Dziecielski and Gary “Water Watch Dog” Langdale are certainly unusual, though both nicknames certainly have a nexus with the office the candidates seek (i.e. water board).

While having a nickname that relates to the office might seem like a good idea at first, I doubt that voters would take “The Water Man” or “Water Watch Dog” seriously.

But then again, it’s happened before.  Byron Looper ran unsuccessfully for the Georgia House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1988, the same year he was a campaign worker for Al Gore’s presidential campaign.  In 1992, he was a campaign worker for the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign and became a Republican.  In 1994, he ran unsuccessfully for the Tennessee House of Representatives.  In 1996, he inserted “Low Tax” into his name, and voters in Putnam County, Tennessee elected Byron “Low Tax” Looper as County Assessor.

(Unfortunately, Low Tax Looper’s tale does not end there.  In 1998, Looper challenged five-term incumbent State Senator Tommy Burks (D).  Burks was shot and killed on October 19, 1998, just 15 days before the election.  On October 24, Looper was arrested for assassinating his opponent.  Due to the way Tennessee law was structured at the time, the deceased Burks was removed from the ballot while the arrested-but-not-convicted Looper remained as the sole candidate on the ballot.  Senator Burks’s widow was drafted into launching a write-in campaign for her late husband’s seat.  On November 3, 1998, Charlotte Burks won the seat with 30,252 votes versus 1,531 votes for Looper, or a 95.2%-4.8% victory.  She continues to hold that Senate seat to this day.  In August 2000, Looper was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after the Burks family asked that Looper not be given the death penalty.)

If Stan “The Water Man” Dziecielski and Gary “Water Watch Dog” Langdale win their elections, I am left with this question: What’s next?

  • Barack “Commander-in-Chief” Obama
  • Mitt “Business Leader” Romney
  • Dana “Reagan Speechwriter” Rohrabacher
  • Loretta “Financial Analyst” Sanchez
  • Tony “Orange County’s Top Prosecutor” Rackauckas
  • Todd “Orange County Crime Fighter” Spitzer
  • Diane “Taxpayer Advocate” Harkey
  • Tom “The Centrist” Daly
  • Claudia “College Leader” Alvarez
  • Lou “The Taxpayer’s Friend” Correa
  • Larry “Safest City in America” Agran
  • Tom “Hi Neighbor” Tait

The possibilities are endless!

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Florida Election Day

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on January 31, 2012

This is a big day for Republican politics with the Florida Primary taking place today. Mitt Romney looks like he has surged at the right time in the polls, but anything can happen. My thoughts are that whoever win this one will be the nominee as momentum will be a big deal along with the vast number of Florida delegates.

Both candidate s have their flaws but I personally have serious issues with Newt Gingrich and his infidelity. As a Republican I felt that Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal was shameful in his actions and was a disgrace to the Presidency, I will not take it any easier on Gingrich because he is a Republican.

In fairness Romney has his issues on certain policies but I see him as the best option in a very lousy group of candidates.

Check back in with us for a recap and analysis of the results tonight.

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