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October 27, 2008

What Happened to the Party in Politics?

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Brian @ 9:22 am

Have you wondered why turnout is so poor for elections in the United States? Shankar Vedantam in today’s Washington Post explains. (You might need free subscription to view the full article at the Washington Post.)

Elections in the mid-19th century were festive affairs, and people gathered to carouse, jostle one another and vote. They sometimes cast their ballots on a stage to cheers and jeers. Voting, even their choice of candidates, used to be extremely public.

A series of progressive reforms in the late 19th century turned voting into a private affair. Campaign operatives were kept clear of polling stations. People got to vote in secret, and few knew whether their neighbors voted.

Turnout plummeted.

Get out and meet some people this election. It’s fun. Joe and I got to meet our congressman (Rep. Bart Stupak) this weekend when he joined our group for a door-to-door canvassing. No booze, but the pizza at our little party was pretty good.

Me, Rep. Bart Stupak (D - Michigan's 1st district), and Joe

October 16, 2008

The Only Difference that Matters

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Brian @ 10:24 am

As if image really matters in a campaign!

As if image really matters in a campaign!

October 15, 2008

Holy McClaim Batman!

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Brian @ 8:45 pm

What a coincidence. The guy who looks funny gets questioned.

Campaign Update from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Brian @ 5:41 pm

Some observations about the campaign in my neck of the woods.

October 13, 2008

A Hymn for Hope Mongerers

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , — Brian @ 6:57 am

This was worth my time. I hope you find it as worthwhile.

Obama ’08 – Vote For Hope from MC Yogi on Vimeo.

October 12, 2008

Steal from Obama

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , , , — Brian @ 2:07 pm

This is the time during our very long political season when political yard signs pop up everywhere. I would imagine signs from both political persuasions are stolen. I have only heard about people stealing the Obama signs this year. Somebody over on CafePress decided to go along with things. I like this response.

Found on CafePress

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