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With the prospect of a Democratic Party victory appearing more and more likely, many conservatives are looking for a “silver bullet” to snatch victory.
The Wall Street Journal has come up with an interesting idea but I think it probably won’t work.
In an editorial titled, Conservative Canada, John McCain take note, the Journal points to this week’s re-election win of Conservative Prime Minister Steven Harper.
While many more State legislators lost in Tuesday’s Primaries – 4, it’s still true that incumbent Senators & Assembly members are still extremely difficult to beat.
Except in the 22nd Assembly District!
The 22nd AD was created in the 2002 Legislative re-districting and in centered in Flushing.
The New York Times in reporting on Tuesday’s Primary results claims that it might forecast good news for the Republicans in the State Senate –
All Republican senators running for re-election won their primaries, suggesting that the G.O.P. may be more tightly unified going into the November election.
JACKSON (AP) July 02, 2008 10:05 am
I wonder if anyone besides myself reading about John McCain’s meeting with the Dalai Lama was remaindered of the following quote from Bill Murray’s in “Caddyshack”?
Carl Spackler: So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one - big hitter, the Lama - long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga. So we finish the eighteenth and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.
On Thursday, July 10, Party designating petitions were filed at the New York City Board of Elections.
This is the list of possible upcoming contested Primaries, based on the petitions filed. This list will be changed as candidates withdraw and/or removed from the ballot. There also may have been some errors made in compiling the list. I am including some commentary about some of the races. As usual, most contests are on the Democratic side.
The 2008 edition of Prime News is at the printer and will soon be mailed to @1,500 political activists.
Prime News is the publication my partner Stu Osnow and I produce each year that lists the most complete New York City election results published. It also includes information about what we at Prime New York are up to and this some of our history as we are celebrating our 20th annivesary.
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Tuesday New York Times features a story about leaders of the American Muslim community complaining about the Obama campaign not treating them well enough.
I was struck by one paragraph that didn’t pass my smell test:
In 2006, the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee arranged for 53 Muslim cabdrivers to skip their shifts at Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia to transport voters to the polls for the midterm election. Of an estimated 60,000 registered Muslim voters in the state, 86 percent turned out and voted overwhelmingly for Jim Webb, a Democrat running for the Senate who subsequently won the election, according to data collected by the committee.
The following appeared in Wednesday’s politico.com, concerning the start of Gay marriage in California:
***LEADING REPUBLICANS THINK THIS HELPS McCAIN BY GIVING CONSERVATIVES SOMETHING TO MOTIVATE THEM. A smart Republican: “It always helps to remind voters that regardless of their feelings for President Bush, the last eight years have seen the judicial benches filled with conservatives and this type of behavior is directly linked to activist judges and Democrats.
From Tuesday’s New York Sun –
But clearly, Mr. Silver is taking this race seriously. He's marshalling the resources of the Working Families Party and, according to a source, has hired a legislative aide to conduct opposition research on Mr. Newell, but not on Mr. Henry. On Friday, his campaign blanketed the East Village with fliers announcing in three languages (English, Spanish, and Chinese) that Mr. Silver was setting up a mobile district office to hear constituent complaints.
From Robert Novak June 5, 2008 column -
Polltaker John McLaughlin found a 49 percent to 38 percent edge by McCain over Obama among all women. That is an extraordinary result, running counter to a longtime Democratic advantage.
“McCain’s self-righteous [expletive] has caught up with him. Now he’s got himself in a jam,” said another Republican lobbyist who asked to remain anonymous because he is a campaign volunteer.
After my item about William Kristol’s incorrect assertion was picked up by politico.com, salon.com & MSNBC, among other media outlets, the NY Times printed a unusual correction today (Wednesday, May 21, 2008)
In today’s NY Times (Monday, May 19), the Republican flack, who the Times claims is a conservative commentator William Kristol wrote the following
On Tuesday night, while the G.O.P. Congressional candidate was losing in a Mississippi district George Bush carried in 2004 by 25 points, Barack Obama was being trounced in the West Virginia Democratic primary — by 41 points. I can’t find a single recent instance of a candidate who ultimately became his party’s nominee losing a primary by this kind of margin