Tuesday, November 02, 2010

It'll be interesting to see...

...how the Wookies did today, both those giving battle under their own colors and the ones flying Tea Party flags as "Republicans".

I predicted "The Night Of The Long Bowcasters" back in February. C'mon, America, and get your Wookie on! You know you want to...

Incumbents Delenda Est.

22 comments:

Rabbit said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1LLsw1lcuA

Joanna said...

I readily admit that I voted R over L today, but that's frankly because I was terrified of contributing to a D winning on a plurality. One of these days I'll grow some stones.

One of these days.

TBeck said...

Wookiees don't wear pants!

D.W. Drang said...

I could not find any Libertarian candied dates. I do have hopes that the GOP candied date actually has a chewy center, however.

Heath said...

Ohio actually had about 5 Libertarian candied dates, I'll be interested to see how they do. (Not holding my breath, by any means, but I still gave them the nod)

Looks like Ron Paul's kid clinched it in KY, so that has to be a victory.

Owen said...

i was actually surprised by the number of L's on my ballot...almost every position down to the county level, where parties weren't listed (school board and such)

Eric said...

Voted for the only "LBT" candidate on the ballot. Race is pretty much a lock for the R.

Ken said...

I voted L for Ohio governor. Strickland is a sight better on guns than Kasich, but can't be counted upon to cross Mordor-on-the-Potomac on Tenth Amendment grounds.

D.W. Drang said...

I understand that Kaintuck has already declared victory for MacWookie. (ibn Wookie? O'Wookie?)

Anonymous said...

Feel the wrath of Aqua Buddha . . . or, we kick you in the head.

Shootin' Buddy

Anonymous said...

Always mindful of L's as opposed to l's...I went fairly straight R in Fla, as they represent a pretty strong TP influence here. Rubio has it, and let's hope the she-factor doesn't put Sink in the gov chair.

The most troubling thing to me on the ballot here, getting almost no attention from anyone, was the string of "retention" votes for no-listed-party judges...and I anticipate the courts to be the real battle ground for at least the next two years. One state Supreme Court justice (the lesser known Cuban on the ballot) turns out to be a former high school classmate of mine. He gained some notoriety in 2000 as the hanging (chad) judge, and having been appointed to the Supreme bench in '09 by RINO cum INDY cum ZERO C. Crist is now targeted as being instrumental in keeping Amendment 9 (anti-Obamacare bill) off today's ballot.

Jorge Labarga, and other unknown but critical cogs in the People's Red Banner movement you've written about, are the embodiment of my tag to your Latin battle cry:

"Incumbents delenda est."
"And the whores they rode in on..."

AT

Zendo Deb said...

Judaical elections are a joke in Florida.

The primary saw a lot of A versus B judicial elections. By LAW they are not allowed to be part of a party, say anything bad about their opponent, say anything about how they stand on the issues. It is nearly impossible to make a choice - it is impossible unless you know one of them. The press is no help either.

Justthisguy said...

We did OK here in FL. It seems that that the Caltards put Boxer back in, though. Not that Carly is any kind of prize, though. I still despise her for what she did to Hewlett-Packard.

Justthisguy said...

Amen, to both AT and Zendo. I just voted to toss all judges, figuring that the doodahs would vote to keep them all. Does it matter if they get tossed? I mean, there is an endless supply of bad lawyers who want to be judges.

Bubblehead Les. said...

Sitrep: Couple of the Male Wookies have successfully broken through the Capitol Hill Security Perimeter and are currently in hiding in an unused cloakroom. Expect low activity from them as they build their Resistance Cells. Should be ready to commence Ops in early January. Sad to say the Female Wookie from the Nevadan Desert was shot down by Imperial Storm Troopers, but we honor her Valiant effort. Alaskan Wookie is currently in death struggle with the RINO Beast from the Starship Political Dynasty, results unknown at this time. Long Live the Rebellion!

Joe in PNG said...

Sadly, it seems I'm stuck with Corrine Brown for another two years. But at least we're rid of Grayson!

Hey Al, don't let the door hit you on your way out!

Cybrludite said...

When last I checked, Keane pulled enough votes from McClung in Arizona to throw the race to "Please boycott my state" Grijalva. That count as a Libertarian Party victory?

VW: aphotha, The next Goauld villainess to be featured on Stargate Universe. She'll be played by a model dressed entirely in latex body-paint, and will be introduced in time for sweeps week.

Tam said...

Cybrludite,

Wait, so it's the Libertarians' fault that the GOP has a hard time finding good candidates?

Ian Argent said...

In a close-fought race in our voting system; a third party run that draws most of its support from one of the major party's adherents can torpedo the best of candidates.

For a variety of reasons, the Tea Party's tactic of infiltrating the Republicans is better and more likely to bear better fruit than that of the Libertarian's third party existence. It's also harder, and arguably messier. That's politics for you.

Tam said...

Ian,

I'm sorry, but I'm just not standing for that logical fallacy anymore. Everybody assumes that the Lib/Green candidate "stole votes" that would otherwise have gone to the dull apparatchik or party-line ideologue with the "D" or "R" after their name.

Did you ever stop to think that maybe those people have different core issues than you? That maybe they would have stayed home if there was no "L" on the ballot, or voted for the Democrat out of spite because they're pro-choice or gay or something like that?

Ian Argent said...

Hey - I'm not saying you should vote for the major-party candidate. But the US election system is a mostly zero-sum game. A vote for the Libertarian is a vote against the R or D. Actions and elections have consequences.

I say mostly because of the people who don't vote (as you noted). That actually doesn't affect my argument - which was that the Libertarians don't (notably) affect the GOP's ability to get a good candidate, but they do affect their electoral chances. No Libertarian candidate is going to get *only* people who would not otherwise vote; and they are going to disproportionately draw from the fiscal conservatives who would normally vote R.

One of the reasons the Tea Party plan is more effective is by taking over the Republican party, they have a MUCH BETTER shot at knocking off the Stupid Party Republicans (Exhibit 1, AK Senate race). The other reason is that our two-party system is encrusted in electoral law designed to perpetuate the parties. You can hammer on the outside of the law with a third-party run, or you can inject yourself into one of the parties and take it over from inside. That's what happened to the Dems. This appears to have been rather more successful for the Tea Party than the third-party approach of the Libertarians - despite their flawed candidates *and* the resistance of the entrenched Republicans. Lisa Murkowski would not be neck and neck with Joe Miller if the AK Republican Party didn't put blood in front of party, for example, and O'Donnell could have done a lot better if Mike Castle hadn't been a sore loser.

This comment is getting long - I'm going to end here and take up some of these thoughts at my place later.

Ian Argent said...

Oh, and one more thing...

I believe O'Donnell's loss to Coons in DE was a better overall result than Castle's win would have been. Even if Castle could have been #51 in a R majority...

So it's not like I'm My Party Right or Wrong here.

WV: monsu - is that like a monsoon?