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August 11, 2010 09:03 PM UTC

At Least He's Not Your Losing Candidate

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  • by: Colorado Pols

As supporters of candidates who lost in yesterday’s Primary try to put on a happy face today, they can look to Tennessee for an example of how things could have been worse. You could have supported Kevin Millen for Congress in Tennessee, and today you could be trying to explain his awful and angry email to all those voters who didn’t support him:

They chose a clodpoll for the democratic party and a idiot to win the Republican Party. O’well they want to be a bunch of faggots and idiots, you can’t change what doesn’t want to be changed.

Nope, you just doesn’t change it.

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27 thoughts on “At Least He’s Not Your Losing Candidate

  1. “all he wants to do is fart in the elevator.”

    Tennessee, home of country and western: come hear the yokels yodel. C’mon, git yer gal and blow me.

    And here I’ve been thinking all along that Hicksville was on Long Island!

  2. From the same email:

    I will be asking each person to realize what they have done by not voting for Kevin Millen. The first thing you have done is allowed each black constituents to tell white people bow down and apologize to me for slavery, cracker.

    I think we can all agree that this is a racial epithet in this use. And it also doesn’t make a bit of sense – if he was elected, then black constituents are now not allowed “to tell white people bow down and apologize to me for slavery, cracker”?

  3. .

    That first quote came right out of a missive (not email; that didn’t exist) circulated around my middle school right after student council elections.

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      1. and this guy has problems. He played hoops for Georgetown in the early 90s (Allen Iverson was a teammate) but his career was not great; and he spent the half-decade or so nursing a grudge against his coach, blaming him for not going on to the NBA, and got several restraining orders and jail terms out of it.

        I wouldn’t be surprised if we read about him in coming months, performing similar exploits with the Memphis GOP.

                1. I thought that that was more clear… Ol’ Basil looks like a football player, and one who might have been college age when Nixon was assuring us he wasn’t a crook.

        1. I was in Washington when the Dems and ‘pubs teamed up to sue that state’s open primaries out of existence. Surely they wouldn’t allow Tennessee to keep theirs unchallenged?

          1. So long as the parties accept State assistance in running their primaries, they probably don’t have the legal muscle to dictate the terms of their primary.

            On that same line, is it really fair to party members that Colorado allows unaffiliated voters to register for a day as Democrats or Republicans, just to vote in the primary?

            These are both 1st Amendment right to assemble issues, trumped by the State paying for the expense of running the primary.  The ACP doesn’t have a primary, nor do the Greens – they just select someone via their executive board or convention process.  The Libertarians held their first-ever primary this year (IMHO completely against their principles of smaller government and freedom).

            1. It’s the right thing to do.  There are/were a number of states in the Midwest that allowed all registered voters to vote in the primary for both parties.  I think trying to lessen the influence of partisanship is a good thing.

              1. Does it lessen the partisanship?  Yes, or at least arguably.

                Does it violate the parties’ 1st Amendment right to assemble as they choose?  IMHO, also Yes.

                And an open primary, top two advance can completely sideline an entire party, which is not the right thing to do.

                Also, imagine this possible future: the GOP becomes so screwed up that many of its former registered voters become unaffiliated.  Those unaffiliated voters then choose to vote in the Democratic party primary, though they don’t agree with the party principles at all.  They vote for a crypto-Dem – someone who registered with the party only a year ago and who is a very conservative candidate, someone the state’s Dems would never elect on their own to represent them in an election.  Is this what you want?  Is this “the right thing to do”?

                The parties have (or should have) a choice: let the State run the primary, and accept the primary on their terms; or run their own party primary process, and retain their sense of party integrity.

                We the voters have another choice: push for a majority-wins voting system like Instant Runoff Voting or Ranked Pair voting.  A 2008 law here in Colorado authorizes local governments to run their local elections using alternate voting methods; after the 2010 election, local governments are supposed to submit their feedback to the State SOS for further evaluation.  At this time it appears that the evaluation is that few localities have followed through on this law, and at least one (Aspen) appears to have issues with the software or election procedures used to run their one and only IRV election.  An extension with more evaluation or availability of voting systems may be in order.

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