Archive for the ‘Election 2006’ Category

The power of the vote

November 8, 2006

No matter what your political persuasion is, I think we can all agree that Rumsfeld’s resignation is a pretty stark reminder of the power of the ballot box.

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To the barricades?

October 26, 2006

Is anyone editing over there at HuffingtonPost?

I think that no matter the results of November 7, we are far from reaching the stage where “the only real answer will be to take to the streets.”

Sadly, the eight pages of comments from people who seem to be itching for revolution reflects how poorly the Democratic Party has done in opposition these last six years.

Rather than driving readers to the barricades, why doesn’t HuffingtonPost channel that foment into, oh, I don’t know, electoral reform, or even to building a third party?

Hillary for Voicemail Lady

September 25, 2006

I just got the most bizarre phone call. Hillary Clinton’s voice rang me up to ask for my support in November.

Okay, so that’s obviously not the weird part. Nor is it the timing, over a month before the election and her opponent…well, who’s running against her, again? She’s still got to run, even if the outcome is a foregone conclusion.

No, the weird part was the “interactivity” of the recorded call. Hillary’s voice made a pitch for three Democratic candidates running against Republican incumbents in the House of Representatives. She asked if (I paraphrase) ‘you are able to volunteer, press 1. If you can’t volunteer at this time, press 2.’

Hillary went on to remind me that I could volunteer from the comfort of my own home. Then, within the same press 1 / press 2 schema, she asked for my email address and reminded me to vote “next November.” (Shouldn’t it be “this November”?)

I know it’s a new age and it’s the Clintons, so redefining a relationship is nothing new. But, does a Hillary 2008 campaign really want to have its candidate one small step from saying, “To continue in English, please press 1?”