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  •  Um (6+ / 0-)

    What's with the "um"? FYI Roberts has raised $4K, Taj $200K.

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    by David Nir on Fri May 25, 2012 at 09:35:09 PM PDT

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    •  yeah, and hopefully that advantage helps out (0+ / 0-)

      but it's not like the concept is totally hard to believe. Kesha Rogers won a primary in a district held by a Dem (via fluke) in Texas and is up for a second time.

      There's a lot of low information voters out there, so he may need to spend some of that money before August to win the primary.

      The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

      by RBH on Fri May 25, 2012 at 09:42:26 PM PDT

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      •  to clarify (1+ / 0-)
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        TX22 was held by a Dem via fluke from 2007 to 2009 and Rogers won the 2010 primary, and is up for the district in 2012 as well.

        But.. Illinois 1986 is another example.

        The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

        by RBH on Fri May 25, 2012 at 09:43:53 PM PDT

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        •  FWIW (5+ / 0-)

          Kesha Rodgers outraised her utterly Some Dude opponents... with $25K in her 2010 pre-primary.

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          by David Nir on Fri May 25, 2012 at 09:50:23 PM PDT

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          •  and broke a majority on the first go-round (2+ / 0-)
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            Kesha Rogers is facing an Indian-American candidate in TX22 (KP George). So both LaRouchies with the best shots of going to November are facing Indian-American candidates one-on-one in primaries. Fun coincidence.

            George has raised about $300 more than Rogers this year, so it's heated.

            Looking over the Rogers report, looks like most of her spending is going to the LaRouchie org that handles her offices. ($1750 of $7900).

            Roberts has split his spending between paying LaRouchePAC for officespace, paying the Novi Public Library for meeting space and paying for a loudspeaker.

            Tracking the campaign spending of a group (which is totally not a cult, just ask them!) is such fun, isn't it? I know that the Presidential races had a variety of inflated fundraising reports and a lot of wasted money. Proving that money raised and spent is wasted if the candidate is pretty much a lunatic with an eccentric message

            But it's not going to be a slam dunk unless they spend some money. Taj's campaign doesn't just have a 'some cult dude' opponent, it's an opponent with a generic common name. So he can't just lay back and keep raising money, he will have to act as if the primary is real without really acknowledging the opponent. (Not entirely sure they can directly mention the obvious about the LaRouchies and Obama through mailers without people ignoring it, plus it's not like Michigan has party registration to make that easier)

            The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

            by RBH on Fri May 25, 2012 at 10:07:01 PM PDT

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            •  I agree that the primary cannot be taken (11+ / 0-)

              For granted. And if McCotter winds up off the ballot, I would hope that local and national Dems will do what's necessary to ensure Taj is the nominee.

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              by David Nir on Fri May 25, 2012 at 10:15:09 PM PDT

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              •  yeah (2+ / 0-)
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                and the law of diminishing returns may factor into the effectiveness of the "Hey, Bill Roberts is associated with a bunch of crazies" campaign. Although i'd imagine "Syed Taj, great guy, shakes his finger at property taxes, rode an ostrich once" campaign would be far more likely. Especially for reaching out to all those unfamiliar with the Canton Charter Township government.

                Not sure if we've had a 'credible candidate loses to random person' race yet in this cycle. Closest would be the Jimmy Ferris primary in Idaho, i'd guess.

                The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

                by RBH on Fri May 25, 2012 at 10:23:16 PM PDT

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              •  Spoilsport (2+ / 0-)
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                I would hope that local and national Dems will do what's necessary to ensure Taj is the nominee.
                I have nothing whatever against Taj and surely hope he wins but I have to admit my joy at learning another set of lunatics is still around in our hare-brained politics today.

                From the LaRouchie:

                There are no presidential candidates who are even remotely qualified to be President.  The incumbent, President Obama is willfully acting as an instrument for the British Empire's drive to provoke a thermonuclear war against the nations Russia and China
                That's sure a lot more endearing lunacy to any other remaining liberals in our decaying Democratic Party than the Tea Party ravings.

                Best,  Terry

    •  But low information Dem voters may (1+ / 0-)
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      look at their choices and see two names, only one of which is pronounceable, and choose the familiar one.

      We need to be sure that they are comfortable with the unusual name.

      But is McCotter really off the ballot? To be fair, when there are duplicate names, should both of them be bounced? The argument could me that only one of the dups should be removed, leaving enough valid names. Plus, they were limited to submitting 2000 names only, and that's how many he submitted. I could see McCotter getting on the ballot. Hope not, but ....

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      by pucklady on Sat May 26, 2012 at 09:57:24 AM PDT

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