Hunter gone, Huckabee broke, Paul rolling in cash and endorsed by ‘Roe’

Posted on January 22nd, 2008 by bile
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We started this campaign a year ago right here, in San Diego Harbor, against the backdrop of American Naval power. We launched a campaign emphasizing a strong national defense, enforceable borders and restoring the industrial base of America.

Today we end this campaign. The Nevada caucuses reflecting only 2% of the vote for me. I ran the campaign exactly the way I wanted to, and at this point not being able to gain traction in conservative states of Nevada and South Carolina, it’s time to allow our volunteers and supporters to focus on the campaigns that remain viable.

I’m a few days late. I really wasn’t paying much attention to the news this past weekend. This is good to hear. I expected him to drop when a few states had done their thing before Super Tuesday. I’ve not heard that he’s endorsed anyone but some have thought that he should back Paul. I think that’s unlikely given their differences on foreign policy. Though stranger things have happened.…

Less than a month after a huge upset victory, and promises that fundraising would be ramped up, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is asking his senior staff to keep working for him without pay, while lower level campaign staff are seeing their salaries cut dramatically or eliminated altogether.

“The goal is to get a leaner, meaner campaign structure moving into Super Tuesday,” says a senior campaign adviser.

But many of those being asked to take the cut are refusing, and walking away, leaving the campaign with holes to fill.

“The money simply hasn’t come in at the rate that we expected,” says the aide. “Florida is a $7 million commitment that we can’t meet, and if we did, that leaves us exposed for Super Tuesday, where we have a lot of states and a lot media buys. We had to make tough decisions.”

This is good news. There are a lot of people who are fearful of a Huckabee candidacy and he may have a real hard time competing without money. Also he has a lot of support from the more conservative Christian crowd which could be brought to supporting Paul.

The 21st was the FreeAtLast2008 Ron Paul money bomb. He raised $1.849 million and has over $74k brought in today so far. He raised 87.2% of what Huckabee raised since the beginning of the year in one day.…

About an hour ago Norma McCorvey, a.k.a “Jane Roe” from the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, formally endorsed Ron Paul at the Phoenix Park hotel in Washington. Why didn’t she endorse a frontrunner like Mike Huckabee? Thank the grassroots: She saw a newspaper ad in Nevada, bought by Paul supporters, using the analogy of the frog and the pot of boiling water to demonstrate what was happening to America. “It touched my heart.” That was three weeks ago, and McCorvey keynoted a pro-life Paul rally in Nevada on January 12th, but the campaign made the official announcement today before Paul spoke at the March for Life. McCorvey: I support Ron Paul for president because we share the same goal, that of overturning Roe v Wade. Ron Paul doesn’t just talk about being pro-life, he acts on it. His voting record truly is impeccable and he undoubtedly understands our constitutional republic and the inalienable right to life for all. Ron Paul is the prime author of H.R. 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v. Wade. As the signor of the affidavit that legalized abortion 35 years ago I appreciate Ron Paul’s action to restore protection for the unborn. Ron Paul has also authored H.R. 1094 in Congress, which seeks to define life as beginning at conception. He has never wavered on the issue of being pro-life and has a voting record to prove it. He understands the importance of civil liberties for all, including the unborn.

I don’t agree with Dr. Paul’s position on abortion but I understand it. I agree that it is not in the federal government’s jurisdiction, that the current laws seem to conflict, and even if abortion where to be made illegal in a state that the mother should not be punished and at worst the doctor. It is interesting to see McCorvey support Paul. I’m not sure how well known she is in the pro-life movement but if Huckabee burns out and drops out I wonder if an endorsement from “Jane Roe” could help convince the pro-life Huckabee supporters to back the good Doctor.

Ron Paul comes in 2nd in Nevada, 5th in SC

Posted on January 19th, 2008 by bile
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  1. Romney: 51%
  2. Paul: 14%
  3. McCain: 13%
  4. Huckabee: 8%
  5. Thompson: 8%
  6. Giuliani: 4%
  7. Hunter: 2%

South Carolina

  1. McCain: 33%
  2. Huckabee: 30%
  3. Thompson: 16%
  4. Romney: 15%
  5. Paul: 4%
  6. Giuliani: 2%
  7. Hunter: 0%

Paul again twice beats Giuliani yet barely a word of Paul in the general MSM. He’s apparently not even talked about on MSNBC and seems he’s considered “a terrorist of the al-Qaeda wing of the Grand Old Party.”

He’s not doing well enough over and above Rudy ad Fred for the New York Times to notice him. One NJ Paul supporter canceled her subscription to the NYT and gave them a verbal whipping over why. The response mentioned that once Paul gets some delegates he’d be put up. Funny… Paul actually has delegates… Rudy and Fred don’t yet are pictured. I think those two should consider dropping out. Rudy may do alright on Super Tuesday but he’s been slipping big in his strong states below McCain even.

Then theres this. Notice a discrepancy between the images and text?

Some notes on last nights MSNBC Democratic debate

Posted on January 16th, 2008 by bile
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I couldn’t stand to watch the whole thing… nor did I take notes this time but I’ve a few things to point out.

  • The very first thing mentioned was the whole race/gender arguments going about. That they all wish to stop talking about it. That race nor gender matter and shouldn’t be part of their campaigns. The second thing mentioned is how the three on stage are qualified to be their. Hillary immediately brings up her gender and talks about what she has accomplished as one.
  • They continue to make race and gender an issue throughout the first half of the debate and none of the candidates cared to stop the questions. Even after a member of the audience started yelling about how all the questions where referring to race/gender.
  • Just like all the Republicans minus Ron Paul… the Democrats don’t understand economics. Their drivel about the economy was pathetic. It’s like a child’s ignorant view of the world. They speak of surface level issues.
  • Hillary accuses all the Republicans of being prowar. Wanting to continue the Bush administration’s plans. Anyone who pays any attention knows that’s not the case. If Mr. Kucinich had been on the stage I’d hope he would have pointed that out along with how none of them on stage have a consistent stance on the war.
  • None of the candidates attending obviously care much that others still in the race are ignored. NHGOP had the conviction to pull their sponsership when Hunter and Paul were left out of the forum in New Hampshire. Stereotypically the Democrats are supposed to be for equality even recently wanting to reenact the Fairness Doctrine. Yet Gravel and Kucinich are left out without even a mention.
  • They spoke of universal healthcare. Unfortunately they lie and really mean compulsory health insurance. While they usually mean the same thing politically, conceptually they are very different. Universal heathcare as people generally think of is not possible and compulsory health insurance gives better rates and service to those who are worse off and hurts those who are healthy. It’s also a blatant infringement on a persons right to spend their money as they see fit. Throw it on top of workers comp, SSI, etc.
  • Opposing Yucka Mountain is retarded. As is opposing nuclear power plants. They are the cleanest and most efficient forms of energy production we have available. I don’t care if opening a new nuke plant a week wouldn’t make a huge difference on CO2 emissions. It’d provide us with more and cheaper power so we can more easily remove coal plants. The nations fear of nuclear waste disposal is fairly unfounded by all accounts I’ve come across including my father’s who worked in the field for >15 years.
  • They seemed to all support manditory civil service or at least encouraged it. I thought the 13th amendment stopped that kind of thing.
  • I can’t recall much else. They all scare me.

One last thing. Bill Clinton the other day said something like: I don’t think race or gender has cost Hillary or Obama any votes… put it probably got them some. Is it really good to admit that your supporters are bigots and supporting you just because of your gender/race? I thought the Democrats were against that kind of thing. If a Republican had said that they were getting votes because they are male and white in contrast to the woman and the darky their would have been outrage.

Iowa Caucus results

Posted on January 4th, 2008 by bile
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Democratic Caucuses:

  1. Obama : 38%
  2. Edwards : 30%
  3. Clinton : 29%
  4. Richardson : 2%
  5. Biden : 1%
  6. Uncommitted : 0%
  7. Dodd : 0%
  8. Gravel : 0%
  9. Kucinich : 0%

Republican Caucuses:

  1. Huckabee : 34%
  2. Romney : 25%
  3. Thompson : 13%
  4. McCain : 13%
  5. Paul : 10%
  6. Giuliani : 4%
  7. Hunter : 1%

I’m surprised by Clinton’s 3rd but it’s still very close. I’m disappointed by Paul’s 10%. The final numbers aren’t in yet but at 92% accounted for I doubt the numbers will change much. It does show however that his support is real. He’s nearly part of a 3 way 3rd place tie.


I forgot to mention that on the Democratic side Biden and Dodd dropped out. And now at 8:00am the next morning the R’s are still only at 95% in and the percentages have not changed.

The Des Moines Register Presidential debates

Posted on December 12th, 2007 by bile
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Iowa Public Television will broadcast live coverage of The Des Moines Register Presidential Debates among Republican candidates for President on Wednesday, December 12, and among Democratic candidates for President on December 13. Debates will be broadcast live each day at 1 p.m., and will be re-broadcast at 7 p.m. each evening. The debates will also be available to public television stations across the country through PBS.

Confirmed candidates for the Republican debate on Wednesday, December 12 are: Ambassador Alan Keyes; former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Rep. Duncan Hunter; Arizona Sen. John McCain; Texas Rep. Ron Paul; former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo; and former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson.

Confirmed candidates for the Democratic debate on Thursday, December 13 are: Delaware Sen. Joe Biden; New York Sen. Hillary Clinton; Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd; former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards; Illinois Sen. Barack Obama; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

You will be able to watch the debates online live here and they are supposed to be shown on your local PBS station. I’m not seeing them listed on the PBS schedule online but it may not show because it’s a special program. In the least there will be on-demand streaming video of the full debate available the night of each event at

Mitt Romney supporters accused of cheating in Florida straw poll

Posted on November 30th, 2007 by bile
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Even more oddly, there are at least some reports that flatly accuse “gold standard” GOP presidential-candidate Mitt Romney not just of buying a recent Tampa Bay, Florida straw poll, but of outright cheating. It’s one thing, after all, to buy tickets for supporters at a straw poll, but another to have the same person vote over and over again. Perhaps he didn’t know what was happening. Or perhaps, within the GOP’s intricate rule-book, it’s somehow “legal.” Doesn’t sound right, though.…

Romney 893; Paul; 534 Giuliani 39; Huckabee 37; Thompson 21; McCain 12; Hunter 4; Keyes 2; Tancredo 1.


Update: In between viewing the videos and posting the user had removed 2 of the 3 videos and added 1. I don’t know why but here they are.