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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

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