Quote of the Day — Dave Winer

Truth — Hillary has no actual experience to justify the 3AM ad. She’s never held an executive government position. 0 years experience. #

Same with McCain, btw, who makes the experience claims Hillary does. #

Woke up at 3AM to see how I felt about George Bush answering the phone at the White House. No conclusion. Went back to sleep. #

From Dave Winer on Twitter.

Update: Dave weighs in on being my Quote of the Day:

Quote of the Day. Heh. #

Hard to beat that! ;-)

Presidential Candidates in Their Home States

How well are the candidates doing in the primaries in their homes states? Can they carry at least a majority? Is having more than two viable candidates affecting the Republicans? The following charts might provide a little insight to these questions.

John McCain in Arizona

John McCain stands alone as the candidate not to win a majority vote in his home state. Ron Paul is the only remaining candidate who could match this “achievement.”

If the 3% that voted for Rudy Giuliani had voted for McCain, his total would have been 50%. And if bullfrogs had wings… It’s pretty weak support for the likely winner of the Republican nomination.

Mike Huckabee in Arkansas

Republican Arkansas voters turned out to give Mike Huckabee a clear win at 60% compared to McCain’s 20% and Romney’s 14%.

Mitt Romney in Massachusetts

Mitt Romney wins in a squeaker with 51% of the vote in a virtual two-man race against John McCain. The other three candidates received less than 10% of the vote combined.

Ron Paul in Texas

This primary will occur on March 4.

Hillary Clinton in Arkansas

Not much to see here — move along. Hillary Clinton trounces Barack Obama with 70% vs. 27%.

Barack Obama in Illinois

Barack Obama returns the favor by beating Hillary Clinton, though not by quite the same margin, at 64% vs. 33%.

Source: New York Times Election Guide 2008: Primary Season Election Results as of February 7, 2008

A Conservative’s Guide to Voting for John McCain

Clothes pin I offer the following guide to voting in the general election, should John McCain be the Republican candidate:

  1. Affix a clothespin to your nose
  2. Vote for John McCain
  3. Remove the clothespin
  4. Wash your hands
  5. Take a long shower
  6. Know that McCain is better than Hillary or Obama, even if barely…

And remember, there no time like the primaries to get a better conservative candidate.

Photo credit: “Clothes Pin” by BookMama on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons license.

Word Tag Clouds for Republican Debate

As I prepared for the Democratic debate, here are the word tag clouds for the Republican Presidential Debate. Click on the image to see a larger view of Rep. Duncan Hunter’s tag cloud. Anything pop out at you? ;-)

Too bad we couldn’t do the same for the candidate’s gestures. McCain’s finger jabbing would fill the box.

Democrat Candidates More Wired?

I added networking links for the declared presidential candidates on my Election 2008 page.

The Democrats have more networking links than the Republicans, averaging 3.0 links per Democrat compared with 1.7 links per Republican. I only counted links to Facebook, Flickr, Meetup, MySpace, and YouTube. A couple of the Democrats also had PartyBuilder; I didn’t count those links. If I had, it would only increase this disparity.

For some unknown reasons, the Republicans also make it harder to find their networking links. Duncan Hunter, in an apparent effort to maintain a consistent color theme, camouflaged the networking links in the right column; I found them only after returning to the site for a second time. John McCain hid his networking links two menus down in a press release, and even then they are just text links. Ever the maverick, McCain also posts his videos on veoh.com and reference what appears to be his one and only answer on answers.yahoo.com.

It’s not just the second (or third) tier Republican candidates not trying to do the “networking thing.” Rudy Giuliani (I’ll learn to spell his name before this campaign is over) has exactly zero networking links.

Are networking links necessary? One could argue not. After all, the Internet didn’t propel Howard Dean into the victory circle. Yet, I think that argument is a few years out of date. There’s nothing better than getting buzz going in the voters at virtually no cost. (And there’s probably one thing they’d like to avoid: getting unfavorable posts written about them, like this one…)

So will the networking gap affect my vote? Of course not. My vote will come down to the issues, not whether a candidate is my friend on MySpace or whether I can see pictures of her dog on Flickr.

Religion in the 2008 Presidential Election

Religion is playing a large role in the 2008 presidential election. Recently:

  • Mainstream media has noticed that Mitt Romney is Mormon and is doing its best to alert everyone that Romney’s great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather had more than one wife. (By the way, it’s interesting to note that candidate Romney has had only one wife, while McCain has been married twice and Guiliani has been married three times.) Polygamy in Romney’s family tree is about as relevant as Barack Obama’s ancestors owning slaves. In fact, it’s less relevant because polygamy is just not that big an issue these days. White guilt over slave ownership is. Obama might be able to bring a different view to the issue.
  • Hillary Clinton and Obama preached in Selma. While the faked southern accents of both garnered respective (but not respectful) blogstorms, their presence in a church would not have been overlooked (crickets here) had they been Republicans. Or not, but that’s my perception. Please prove me wrong.
  • Obama’s membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ and his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. has attracted attention with its “liberation theology.”
  • John Edwards channeled Jesus this week. Okay, that’s a little strong. He attempted to answer for Jesus. His answer was actually pretty good–Jesus would be appalled at the selfishness in America in light of the incredible wealth of some individuals. But who am I to judge? The blogosphere handled that one as well.

My prediction? Expect to see the Democrats continue with more public displays or religion while Republicans distance themselves from the issue. Don’t be fooled either direction — watch to see how their proposals align with their (non)displays, their parties’ platforms, and your values.