ACTION: Picking our next president systematically and with data

Cross posted at dKos. This is my first diary here, but I'm fairly prolific at dKos. I wrote this primarily for that audience, but I'd love to have the help of anyone here as well.

I have a major project I'd like to undertake here, but I'm not at all equipped to handle it myself. I'm not even the best person to take charge of it -- I can easily think of several dozen kossacks who would do a better job than I could. But I have this idea to make things easier for all of us and help with the 2008 election effort, and so I would like to ask for anyone who is willing and able to contribute to the effort. I can't even offer much incentive (other than the improved prospect of electing a Democratic president, which ought to be enough for anyone), but since I'm known around dKos for my recipes, there will be one in the tip jar for anyone who gets that far.

Like it or not, even though the next presidential election is still nearly 22 months away, the campaign is already upon us. The first Democratic debate of the campaign is just over three months away, and we have a number of declared and undeclared candidates.

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Political Analysis: Romney Must Win New Hampshire to be Viable

So far, Mitt Romney, who announced he is going to "explore" running for the Presidency, has been enjoying a pretty successful invisible primary, moving up the charts as a potential challenger for nearly every "in the know," insider and snagging coveted campaign staff.  One place he has yet to show any movement is in first in the nation, and for Mr Romney, all important primary state of New Hampshire.

It is imperative for Mr Romney to win in New Hampshire for two reasons: geography and history.  New Hampshire should be Mr Romney's home base, but so far it isn't.  According to the latest poll by ARG, Mr Romney is coming in a distant fourth with only 9% support.  

That ain't good.

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Reprinted from The Satirical Political Report

By now, you've surely heard about the leak of a 140-page secret dossier laying out Rudy Giuliani's masterplan for a 2008 presidential bid, including aides' concerns about his chief vulnerabilities. But press reports have left out the most explosive revelations contained in this highly confidential document:

10. "Mr. 9/11" sleeps with a Teddy Bear given to him by Bernard Kerik.

9. Rudy's biggest liability with evangelicals: perception of name as "Jew-liani."

8. Rudy's biggest liability in South: not abortion stand, but NY Yankee logo tattooed on ass.

7. Rudy's biggest asset in South: that his first wife was his cousin.


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Blog shows the irony of Romney forcing the gay marriage vote

Was surfing the net when I found this article on mitt Romney.  Excerpted is my favorite part:

Now, I want everybody to take a moment to stop, take a breath, and just think about how classy that move is. That's a heckuva classy move. Not only do you make a laughingstock of Romney, who, as one site ( p) put it, gave "new meaning to classy by suing his own state," but here's an issue, gay marriage, where there's one thing above all else that the right wing Republicans, the Christian Coalition, and all that lot LOVE to scream about more than all else. What is it? You know what it is, everybody, sing along!


And what did the Massachusetts Supreme Court, by refusing Mitt Romney, refuse to become? Everybody!


It's so brilliant, so classy, so wonderful.  I don't drink, but I can still raise a glass of sparkling something-or-other to the Massachusetts Supreme Court.

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Reprinted from The Satirical Political Report

Tired of Bill Safire's annual "Office Pool" column in The New York Times? -- the 2007 version of which appeared today. Sick of his not-so-subtle slants to reflect his right-wing wish list? Well, here then, is the only Office Pool you need, the First Annual "Office Satire Pool" for 2007:

1. George Bush will:

(a) stay the course, (b) give in to his urge to surge, (c) cut and run, (d) cut his wrists.

I hope for (d), but fear it'll be (b).

2. Dick Cheney will push for the invasion of:

(a) Iran, (b) Syria, (c) Iraq, all over again, (d) The Democratic-controlled House and Senate.

My pick: All of the above.

3. Osama bin Laden will:

(a) be captured while dining with Pakistan President Musharraf, (b) take over as the lead anchor on Al Jazeera, (c) be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bush, for ensuring W's re-election.

The answer is (a), but you won't hear about it, since Bush needs both Musharraf and bin Laden.

4. Which politician's platform to battle the E. coli threat will be most ridiculed:

(a) Hillary Clinton's centrist-tacking "All meat should be safe, legal and rare," (b) John McCain's "Send in more bacteria," (c) John Kerry's "How do you ask a man to die for a last steak."

Obviously (c), which will be played to death by the Swift Meat Company veterans.

5. Which position will the extreme Right-Wing do a dramatic reversal on:

(a) abortion, (b) tax cuts for the wealthy, (c) global warming, (d) human cloning.

The correct answer is (d) human cloning, which has already occurred, based on the fact that Pat Buchanan appears simultaneously on every cable news station.


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