Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Stewie [with poll]

I'm hanging out at the New Organizing Institute's training of young political organizers.  It's an intense seven day experience where trainees learn from top people in the various parts of campaigns - field, media, organizer, technology, research.  During the day, they sit through grueling days of powerpoints.  In the evening, they are split up into teams, each one of which is given a cartoon character to elect as President.

Here are the different campaigns.  If you like a team, sign up for more information.  Like good organizers, they are rapaciously after your email address.

Maggie Simpson

Stewie from Family Guy

Draft Homer

Lisa Simpson

Apu

There are a few more candidates, but I can't find their websites.  I did enjoy the attack video by Mr. Burns and Lisa has a statement out on Scooter Libby.

You can track the campaign at the NOI blog. These NOI folk are going to be running our campaigns for a long time to come.

I'm leaning Lisa, but the Burns video is nice.  And I'm wondering when polling data is coming out.

Update [2007-7-5 14:15:11 by Matt Stoller]: Here's the website for Mr. Burns.

Update [2007-7-5 15:14:25 by Matt Stoller]: New polling numbers are out.

Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Total
Lisa: 22%, 3% 15% 14%
Homer: 15% 1% 15% 9%
Bart: 15% 1% 14% 9%
Krusty: 3% 31% 14% 16%
Maggie: 23% 2% 12% 15%
Stewie: 19% 2% 14% 10%
Mr. Burns 3% 60%16%27%


As you can see, both Lisa and Maggie are struggling for the same pot of voters, and neither has managed to solidify their liberal base. A cruel Mr. Burns has reaped much of the authoritarian right, with the 'maverick' Krusty sweeping a fair number of independents into his camp and keeping him competitive. I'm surprised by Stewie's poor showing among Republicans and his strength among Democratic voters, which is clearly hurting the more liberal candidates in the race. His message blurring is effectively peeling off votes from the similarly young Maggie, while possibly losing some Republicans who might otherwise be attracted to his youthful viciousness. Burns has the strongest message, focusing on terrorism, national security, and his own penchant for dominance. And while independent voters may not like him, they know where he stands. The MyDD poll is ongoing, so keep voting (and like good liberals, MyDD readers are going for Lisa by large margins).

Update [2007-7-6 0:3:3 by Matt Stoller]:: And here's Krusty's site.

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Comments

42 Comments

Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

Being on the Lisa team, I obviously voted for Lisa.

I gotta admit, though, the Burns video is hilarious.

Nirmal

by whogotthegravy 2007-07-05 07:55AM | 0 recs
Mock Iowa Caucus at Yearly Kos

We will be running a session at Yearly Kos that will feature a Mock Iowa Caucus, probably among historic figures.  This will not involve the current or rumored 2008 candidates.  The point is to understand the fine points of strategy within the caucus process itself once the work is done to get folks to show up.  I'd appreciate suggestions, etc.

by howardpark 2007-07-05 08:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Mock Iowa Caucus at Yearly Kos

geez that's a great idea. I'll have to check out that session. It's such an alien process to most of us.

by DMIer 2007-07-05 09:14AM | 0 recs
Re: Mock Iowa Caucus at Yearly Kos

That sounds like fun.  I'll try and make that one.

by Melissa Ryan 2007-07-05 09:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

I love this contest. I've spammed all my friends that even ones that don't work in politics to vote.

by DMIer 2007-07-05 08:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

Fun!  

One point about the Burns attack ad -- great example of how what sounds like a short amount of time (a few seconds) feels like a long, long time on video.  

I'd consider cutting the time spend on each visual by a factor of two...or possibly accelerate from slow to fast.  

Also, where's the shot of Pvt. Burns dutifully serving his glorious, prosperous nation back in WWII as part of the greatest generation? :-)

by brahn 2007-07-05 08:48AM | 0 recs
Oh, Those Grueling Powerpoints!

Isn't there something about them in the Geneva Conventions?

by Paul Rosenberg 2007-07-05 08:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Oh, Those Grueling Powerpoints!

Geneva Conven-what?

by Matt Stoller 2007-07-05 08:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Oh, Those Grueling Powerpoints!

Didn't the Bushies erase those from history?

by yitbos96bb 2007-07-05 10:51AM | 0 recs
They Give You Overwhelming Sensation of Drowning

in Bullet Points, Bar Charts, and Pie-In-The-Face Charts.

by Paul Rosenberg 2007-07-05 11:33AM | 0 recs
Electability

I think that I might have to vote for Mr. Burns as only he is electable.

by ltsply2 2007-07-05 08:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Electability

I'm not sure that this country is ready to elect a 123-year-old yellow cartoon character as president, but prove me wrong!

I noticed Burns went to Yale. Was he in Skull and Bones?

by jcullen 2007-07-05 09:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Electability

Skull.  Bones didn't merge with Skull until the 1830s.

by palamedes 2007-07-05 11:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Electability

I'm not sure that this country is ready to elect a 123-year-old yellow cartoon character as president, but prove me wrong!
Didn't we already do that with Bush/Cheney?

by Paul Rosenberg 2007-07-05 11:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Electability

COMMENT OF THE DAY!

ROTFLMAO!!!

by yitbos96bb 2007-07-05 12:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns

Great contest.  I voted for Apu since he is the anti-Mr. Burns.  

by John Mills 2007-07-05 08:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

I'm torn between Lisa and Maggie.  Lisa's statement on Libby was wonderful, but that clip of Maggie liberating the toddlers showed true leadership!

by Melissa Ryan 2007-07-05 09:38AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

As a member of Team Lisa, I have to remind you that a vote for Lisa is the Intelligent Choice!

by LiberalLucy 2007-07-05 09:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

How do you post a Youtube video? I just tried and it didn't work in my diary here http://pope_jeremy.mydd.com/story/2007/7 /5/133754/6274

Can you help me?

Thanks!

by Pope Jeremy 2007-07-05 09:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

Add Stewie to the poll! He's been endorsed by Al Gore:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUikGEHZz EM

And Bill Clinton:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKcZY439j A4

by blueflame 2007-07-05 09:43AM | 0 recs
Burns URL
Please update:
Burns is at Burns08.org
by patricks54 2007-07-05 09:49AM | 0 recs
Burns For President

Burns 08

Vote Burns!

by blue south 2007-07-05 09:49AM | 0 recs
Draft Homer Simpson!
For all you HOMER FANS: Visit our website and sign up to Draft Homer by helping him decide which issues matter to the people! Barack Obama has already endorsed Homer Simpson, and he is by far the most qualified candidate in the race. He has held over 100 jobs in his lifetime that add up to real experience. Please Help Homer Now!!!
by Draft Homer 2007-07-05 09:51AM | 0 recs
Lisa = The Real Liberal

and the only Liberal.

I'm pretty sure that Mr. Burns was one of Dubya's superfunders...

by LiberalLucy 2007-07-05 09:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Lisa = The Real Liberal

Lisa is unqualified to hold office.  Why does Lisa have such little respect for the constitution?

by blue south 2007-07-05 10:00AM | 0 recs
by patricks54 2007-07-05 10:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Polling numbers in!

Clearly those polling numbers are from the same team who's done nothing but a unleash a campaign of fear and terror.

Which sounds strikingly familiar to a certain most-hated president....

Just sayin

by LiberalLucy 2007-07-05 10:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Polling numbers in!

How sad.

Impugning Survey USA simply because they dont like the results.

by blue south 2007-07-05 11:00AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

Damn, we need a Draft Underdog movement.  Smart, Humble, Powerful and the best theme song of all time.  

by yitbos96bb 2007-07-05 10:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

This is freakin hysterical!  Thanks for sharing it with us Matt.

by yitbos96bb 2007-07-05 10:52AM | 0 recs
The Choice is Clear

The poll numbers clearly show that thanks to the institutional stupidity of those silly ideologues on the Left, they've ran far too many candidates. Dumber than the Greens!

A Mr. Burns/Stewie candidacy (damn those 500,000 Dem donors!), along with their media connections and incredible PR skills, could Swift Boat any silly lil' Lisa campaign. How could anyone elect someone who hates on the grand American tradition of Malibu Stacy? With Burn's cash, Flying Hellfish connections, and Stewie's masterful diplomatic skills in dealing with tinpot dictators, they could solve North Korea, Iran, and loose nukes in a heartbeat, all while making the right people even more fabulously wealthy! And when Burns dies/goes into cryogenic stasis, Stewie is ready to be our Unitary Executive for centuries (see his stem cell research support)!

I mean, c'mon! Homer's a silly drunk, Apu's a furrener, and Krusty's a Jew - err, washed up pillpopping Pee Wee!

Now Bart, with his outsider image and lovable scamplike qualities, has the best chance, but I'm sure the PC crowd will be alienated by his fart jokes and hatred of cooties.

Maggie, well, she has a chance, given that the America's Funniest Home Videos crowd - err, the Heartland, will love her with a few well placed TV ads prominently featuring her cooing and appealing for more childcare (bling pacifiers).

by DupinTM 2007-07-05 11:06AM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste

On what is the polling based?

by Democraticavenger 2007-07-05 11:18AM | 0 recs
Go Maggie!

As someone who worked with the "Maggie for President" team at the NOI training on Monday, I'm certainly pulling for Maggie.

She's by far the best candidate -- and has the best campaign staff working for her... ;-)

Go Maggie!!

by sfbrentb 2007-07-05 11:31AM | 0 recs
AFL/CIO Endorses Homer Simpson
Throughout his life, Homer Simpson has held over 100 jobs spanning across all industries and employment sectors. As a union leader, Homer put his blood, sweat, and tears into saving the dental plan for his fellow power plant workers. The AFL/CIO today endorsed Homer Simpson, saying he "is a working man, and he understands the plight of those who roll up their sleeves every day." Homer is calling on members of the United States Senate to do their job and pass the Employee Free Choice Act immediately. Further, Homer will push Congress to pass a Living Wage in the first 24 hours of his term. "As President, Homer Simpson will work hard for those who work hard," said an AFL/CIO official. <object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/o3Rvua1C5KA"&gt;&lt;/param&gt&lt;param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/o3Rvua1C5KA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>
by Draft Homer 2007-07-05 02:04PM | 0 recs
Al Gore endorses Stewie Griffin
boo-yeah!

<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qUikGEHZzEM"&gt;&lt;/param&gt&lt;param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qUikGEHZzEM" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>

by excinit 2007-07-05 05:51PM | 0 recs
Re: Maggie versus Lisa versus Mr. Burns versus Ste
<object width="425" height="350"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/qUikGEHZzEM"&gt;&lt;/param&gt&lt;param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/qUikGEHZzEM" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="350"></embed></object>
by excinit 2007-07-05 05:51PM | 0 recs
The ad is misleading....

Of course what else would you expect from a lying hack like Burns?

Here's a pic of Lisa and Bart doing military training at Rommelwood Military Academy:

http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u39/d jtyg/The_Simpsons_4F21.png

VOTE FOR LISA!

by djtyg 2007-07-05 11:58PM | 0 recs
NOI President Endorses Maggie Simpson!

In a surprise move, Zack Exley, President of the New Organizing Institute endorsed Maggie Simpson for President in front of the White House this afternoon. Zack said to the press, "Hey Guys over here! I'm endorsing my friend Maggie Simpson for President. She's going to shake things up. She's out in the streets, organizing people and making people come together for a better, more progressive America. She's going to lead the revolution."

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