Archive for the ‘Candidacy’ Category

Who is my favorite bass guitar-playing conservative, you ask?  That’s easy.  It’s J. Tobias Reuel.

My second favorite might be Mike Huckabee, although one never knows what sort of musical instruments Ron Paul has tucked in a case under the bed.  But let’s for sake of argument say that it Mr. Huckabee, since the former Arkansas governor is in the news again.  This time

Mike Huckabee has launched Huck PAC, a grassroots organization that aims to support conservative candidates throughout the United States.

Huckabee says the goal is to identify volunteers nationwide, organize into local groups in every U.S. county and then assist Huck Pac endorsed candidates. Huck PAC will be “begin recruiting leadership in every state and county….[with a goal to] have at least one Huck PAC group leader in every county in the nation by the end of 2009.”

Huckabee says that the group is aiming to help locally because America “needs conservative leadership now more than ever. Important issues are at stake: tax reform, controlling spending, the 2nd Amendment, sanctity of life, traditional marriage and much more.”


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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says his mind is made up and he won’t make another run for public office.


Governor Daniels says, “I don’t aspire to anything further. I do aspire to four more years, I hope, of motion and change and innovation and I hope delivering good responsible government to the people of Indiana. That’s what we set out to do, I was never interested in any other office, and we’re just going to try to give every day of four years to this state.”

And asked if he’d reconsider in any way, Governor Daniels replied, “No means no.”

Read the rest here. It is only natural that, in our brief run here, we have only covered Mitch Daniels briefly, including this post here.

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Many post-mortems in the past month have espoused upon the GOP’s failures in embracing technology and message dissemination. I took a look at the 2012 candidates’ website to see if they have learned anything from these lessons. I rated these websites on a scale of 1 to 5 in three areas: Issues pages, Web 2.0 Goodies and Website Design.

Issues Page
A voter can only make an informed decision about a candidate if that candidate clearly states his or her position on those issues. A candidacy website is a great place for a candidate to lay out his or her positions. In this review I set the bar deliberately low. I simply looked for an issues page that was east to find, comprehensive and well-written. I’ll review the actual content of those candidate positions in a later article. This time around, even though, I set the bar low, many of the candidates still couldn’t clear it! Some didn’t even have an issues page. Others had pages that discussed the issues vaguely and in general terms. Admittedly, a well-written issues page is an exercise in spin. Even so, if a candidate is incapable of doing that, how is he or she supposed to influence a voter’s decision? Only three candidates had issues pages on their websites that compared to Obama’s issues page. (Please keep in mind that I’m not praising Obama’s message. I’m simply acknowledging that one reason he won the 2008 election is because he was much more effective than McCain in articulating that message.) Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich all have issues pages that can compete with Obama’s for clarity, thoroughness and user-friendliness.

Social Networking
The candidate who is best able to articulate and disseminate his message to like-minded voters has a huge advantage over a candidate who falls short in this area. Web 2.0 technology is the cutting edge of social networking. Why are so many GOP candidates in denial about Web 2.0? Probably because their base is older and not plugged in to it. Well, that’s a big problem! A candidate can’t concede an entire generation to the other candidate. That’s like a marathoner giving his opponent a two-mile head start. Too many Republican candidates in our survey fell short in this are. A few rose to the top: Mitch Daniels, Ron Paul and Steve Poizner. A trail pack of Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Eric Cantor and Bobby Jindal showed well in this category.

Website Design
This category is the least important of the three but still worth a mention. Why do so many politicians insist on a gaudy Red, White & Blue theme that screams patriotism? It seems like they all read the same book, one that told them that, unless they wrapped themselves in the American flag, people would question their patriotism. That’s silly. A website design says something about a candidate’s personality. Is she a maverick? Is he a conformist? Too many websites in our survey conformed to the I’m a Patriot School of Web Design. There were a couple of standouts, however. Instead of the usual cookie-cutter, run-of-the-mill, I’m Proud To Be An American design displayed by way too many of our candidates, Mitch Daniels went with an ultra modern blue and green theme that was a refreshing change of pace. Ron Paul has the edgiest, most youth-oriented site. It seems to whisper Revolution. He’s probably the real maverick in the GOP.

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Mitt RomneyHere’s the link.

Here’s the PAC.

Here’s the bio.

Here are the positions.

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Chris Cillizza has a new entry in the Washington Post blog in which he reveals a GOP top 10 list that he insists is not a presidential candidates list. This is a list of Republicans, he writes, to “to keep an eye on over the coming months and years.” Uh… okay. You decide if the is a list or “The” List:

1. Bobby Jindal
2. John Thune
3. Mitt Romney
4. Mitch Daniels
5. Bob McDonnell
6. Mark Sanford
7. Eric Cantor
8. Jon Huntsman, Jr.
9. Haley Barbour
10. Steve Poizner

Curiously, he names two people, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, on whom, I suppose, we are not NOT to keep an eye. Aren’t those the biggest elephants in the room?

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I guess conservative journalists have gotten lost so far within that mythical wilderness that they couldn’t find their way out of it in time to get to Miami for the Republican Governors Association conference. When the only coverage seems to be coming from self-described liberals like Ana Marie Cox, I can only guess that GOP journalist are either having an existential crisis or they are non-existent. Cox’s coverage was fair, I’ll admit, as were her interviews with Mike Pence and Tim Pawlenty (left).


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