Sunday, June 17, 2007


  • The wrong game plan, Giuliani's terror strategy ignores the fact that offensive tactic failing-critical independent voters are against the war (Newsday)
  • Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Black Vote (ABC News)
  • Obama keys on family, middle class-"conservative message would appeal to independents"-WRONG ANALYSIS OF INDEPENDENT VOTERS? (Spartenburg Herald Journal's GoUpstate-South Carolina)
  • Innocent visit-Michael Bloomberg came close to taking himself out of consideration for a 2008 run as an independent candidate on Friday (Nashua Telegraph)
  • Mapping the Causes of Corruption (New York Times)
  • California: Redistricting within reach (Sac Bee)
  • Michigan lawmakers propose new way for drawing district lines (South Bend Tribune)
  • Virginia: Sometimes, a free pass at the polls is good-Locally, two long-serving independent delegates face opposition, all other party delegates running unopposed (Lynchburg News & Advance)
  • Florida local political parties cater to surfers, poor people and even some new Whigs (NW Florida Daily News) Okaloosa independent voters by party and race


Kevin said...

Giuliani, like all of the other GOP contenders, is between the rock of having to appeal to the GOP base and the hard place of having to appeal to the American people as a whole. Giuliani's tough talk on terror is his way of mitigating his social moderation with the GOP base. It may work, but it seems increasingly evident to me that a winning strategy in the GOP primary is a losing strategy for the general.

Bloomberg was discussed briefly on Meet The Press this morning. I agree with their analysis that he's very unlikely to enter the race. He could easily play the spoiler. But he didn't get where he's at today, politically and economically, by pursuing anything other than a pragmatic course calculated to win it all. And I'm afraid that the best he'd be able to achieve would be a Perot-like spoiler where he gets respectable numbers but zero realistic chance at actually winning.

jeff roby said...

Per CarpetBagger:

"In a general sense, why are Bloomberg and Schwarzenegger “heroes”? Because, if we put aside policy specifics, they’re Republicans who shun the GOP base to work with Democratic majorities on climate change, stem-cell research, universal health care, gun control, affordable housing, aid for the working poor, and infrastructure projects.'

N. Hanks said...

Kevin - I agree with you about Bloomberg in the sense that if he were to enter the race it would be because he thought he could win. When Perot ran, it was about a center-right independent movement making a statement about fiscal responsibility and the hugh dissatisfaction with the parties and politicians. This election is about a center-left independent movement making a statement about US foreign policy and the constant remains the massive dissatisfaction with the parties and politicians. Of course the major party candidates - or at least the "top tier" - only want votes. Can the Dems co-opt the anti-war/anti-partisan sentiment in the country? We'll see.