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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Meanwhile, out in left field...

Have you seen this thing yet? What the heck is it really about? The Bill O'Reilly picture is not helping me focus.

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Anarchists unite!

As far as I can tell, it's something like a parallel political party. One can participate in the Unity08 nomination process as well as the Democratic party nomination process or the Republican party nomination process.

This process will presumably allow the candidates Unity08 chooses - presumably centrists - to demonstrate additional extra-party support at their respective party conventions, possibly tipping the scales in their favor for any party more interested in general election victory than in purity of ideology.

Given the way the electoral college works, though, I don't see how it will be able to actually field candidates in the general election if at least one of the major parties doesn't play ball.

All in all I'd say it's a nifty experiment that's worth watching. Aside from generating more junk mail, it seems like it can't hurt to participate, and it might help.

It's a way of packing the ballot with Law and Order cast members.

Check the "Founders Council" - the one name recognized is Jimmy Carter's former Chief of Staff, Hamilton Jordan, and his daughter. hmmmm? O'Reilly makes me shudder, but I like the concept. I think? A Kumbaya moment?

If this is the guy, it might be substantive.

based on the "buzzworthy" tab it appears to be a thinly veiled site for bloomberg's independent run....

Unity 08 is pushing the presidential candidates to pick a centrist vp from the opposite party...thinking this will take the partisanship out of presidential politics. Good idea, but unfortunately, it will never work!

Both parties have moved to such extremes they have alienated the middle. Unity08 provides us with a choice.

Holy crap, the US is the most conservative democracy on the planet, and any Democrat with a prayer is a dyed-in-the-wool corparatist. These people think the center has been abandoned? What about the left, for crying out loud?!?

"What about the left, for crying out loud?!?"

The left - the actual left, that is - is barely represented in this contest, as is demonstrated nicely by this chart. Personally, I'd settle simply for one of the less authoritarian candidates... an actual leftist seems hopelessly out of reach.

As Gen. "Buck" Turgidson [nearly] said, "We are rapidly approaching a moment of truth both for ourselves as human beings and for the life of our nation. Now, truth is not always a pleasant thing. But it is necessary now to make a choice, to choose between two admittedly regrettable, but nevertheless distinguishable post[election] environments."

I see the O'Reilly shot has come down. That's a relief.

I tend to agree with Burk54... Bloomberg could benefit from this, and may even be behind it.

Think about it, if you had a billion or more to spend on a vanity (or maybe not so much) campaign for president, and you felt it too difficult or unrealistic to gain the nomination of either major party, what would you do? And how would you do it?

I would drive up the middle, and go independent, and use technology to maximize my spend, and I would try to steal a big name from either (or both) major parties. And I would try to take what Ross did well, but minimize direct comparisons to Ross' mistakes.

A billion is one thousand million dollars, and he doesn't have to waste much on a primary beating (and getting beat up by) other candidates.

I expect to see more of this type of stuff come out, and I also expect that Bloomberg's name will be fairly well hidden from any of it. Until he steps up when the crowd starts chanting for Bloomberg to save us from the two party failure candidates.


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