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Monday, February 11, 2008

Our Primary System Sucks....

and we have these weird caucuses and superdelegates and primaries that "don't count." Yes, we do have a lot to complain about and to fix.

However, it's still better being a Democrat during primary season than being a Republic. At least we Democrats don't stop counting votes because we don't like the result.

Republics seem to feel that 87%, not 100%, is the magic number of votes to count in Washington State. Ever-so-surprisingly, stopping the vote count and declaring John McMaverick the winner halted a decisive weekend sweep by Hackabee, the Candidate Whose Name Must Not Be Spoken.

“The Huckabee campaign is deeply disturbed by the obvious irregularities in the Washington State Republican precinct caucuses. It is very unfortunate that the Washington State Party Chairman, Luke Esser, chose to call the race for John McCain after only 87 percent of the vote was counted. According to CNN, the difference between Senator McCain and Governor Huckabee is a mere 242 votes, out of more than 12,000 votes counted—with another 1500 or so votes, apparently, not counted. That is an outrage.

“In other words, more than one in eight Evergreen State Republicans have been disenfranchised by the actions of their own party..."
This is just hilarious. Not only do they hate fair national elections, they hate fair elections WITHIN THEIR OWN PARTY. They're like brothers and sisters cheating each other at "Go Fish." Jeebus, what a bunch of crooks!

Look, I don't think that caucus victories mean a whole heck of a lot compared to primary victories. A primary election is much more like a regular election, where hundreds of thousands, or sometimes millions, of voters come out to express their support for their chosen candidate, whereas a caucus is much more like a town hall, where supporters of candidates group together and try to convince all the caucus-goers to vote their way. I'm not saying that a caucus victory is meaningless, but I don't see it as translating into widespread support for a candidate.

Barring a true miracle, the hated and despised McMaverick will indeed be the Republic candidate for President. But if I were he, I'd take a good look at Hackabee's strength in the South and Midwest, and at the fact that CPAC and fundie conservatives hate me, and perhaps I'd offer Hackabee the VP slot.

Not that it will help him win. But what else can he do?

Ah, Hackenfreude. It's a beautiful thing.


Flying Junior said...

“Our cause is just. We must reemphasize the sacred American principle that all ballots be counted in a free, fair, and transparent manner.”

Mike Huckabee

I don't think Pastor Mike is toeing the official Republican party line on this issue. (In a lilting Cuban accent) "You can't make this stuff up. Oh, ho! ho!"

madamab said...

I don't think Pastor Mike is toeing the official Republican party line on this issue.

Yet ANOTHER reason why the corporate wing of the Party hates him and loves Mitt. Ohhhh, so sad for Willard!


Woody (Tokin' Lib'rul/Rogue Scholar & O'erall Helluvafella!) said...

McStain's best hope in the general is to capture the Raygun Dems who may have become disaffected by the excesses of the Bushevik years, and the 'independents, both of which constituencies will be put off by overt pandering to the flying-monkey christo-wackist far right, which putting Huckleberry on the ticket would amount to, imho...
i still think it'll be McStain/Ghouliani, to consolidate the pro-war/fear/fight'emthere faction--which I believe is a HUGE but largely silent demographic...

madamab said...

but-but-but Obama will capture those Raygun Dems! they LOVE guys with dark skin!

[rolls eyes]

you're right, Woody. another reason to prefer Hillary over Obama.

although I can't help thinking that either one would beat the pants off McMaverick.

Anonymous said...


I totally agree. I'm also a little irked by having to pick sides. There's things about both sides I like, and sides that you don't hear about very often. So yes, I tend to float in the world of the independents (hope there is nothing wrong with that). The way the voting system is in this state (and I suppose the entire USA in general) makes me feel as if I live in a land of socialism and not a true democracy. Where's my voice? I'd considering moving to Oregon or another state with a little more open of a system, but something tells me it'd be useless.

Anyway, thanks for the write up!

Gut Shabbos!