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Oh, the irony

Monday, August 27th, 2007
Bush said it’s “sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person” is impeded “from doing important work.”

Oh yes. Let me count the ways …

GOP Attempts to Shake Up CA Electoral College Votes

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

I just got a phone call from one of those survey people.

“A political survey?” I asked. “Sure, I have time!”

I have to admit, I haven’t really been too familiar with the GOP’s recent attempt at getting a measure on the CA ballot that would effectively change how many electoral votes go to candidates in this state.

A group called Californians for Equal Representation has submitted a ballot initiative to state Attorney General Jerry Brown that would change the current statewide winner-take-all system to a formula based on congressional districts.

Republicans say the idea is aimed at attracting presidential candidates to campaign in California, which they rarely do because the statewide vote traditionally leans Democratic. Opponents call the proposal an attempt to grab Democratic votes.

Under the proposal, the winning candidate in each of the state’s 53 congressional districts would get one electoral vote, with two votes going to the statewide winner.

Supporters want to put the proposal on the ballot for next June’s state primary, which would put the change into effect for the 2008 election.

Now I’m glad I actually answered this call, because it affirmed that my gut feeling about this — to vote against what it is they’re trying to propose — was in line with how I feel now, after reading a little bit more about it.

Is the GOP so afraid they’re going to lose control over the government, such that they’re going to try and propose legislation to skew results in their favor? Also, why should California change, when few other states allocate their electoral votes in the same way? It’ll take more states than Nebraska and Maine — who are already divvying up electoral votes in this way — to change my mind. If all 50 states were required to do this, that would seem a little more fair to me. As it stands, this looks like a desperate attempt to secure votes.

Gerrymandering, anyone?

If we really want to make any sort of election reform, why not just get rid of the electoral college altogether?

Rove’s Resignation

Monday, August 13th, 2007

My esteemed BIO colleague, Tom Baker already posted on this, but I thought I’d chime in with my two cents:

Karl “Doughboy” Rove sent his resignation today. The Today show cited the reason being that he wants to “spend more time with his family,” which in my line of work is code for:

  • They asked me to resign
  • I’m quitting before you can fire me
  • I totally screwed things up, so I’m leaving before you can hold me accountable

Rove says that his resignation is totally legit. Of course he would.

Some will continue to consider Rove as a brilliant political strategist, which I won’t disagree with. Unfortunately, he used his powers for evil, not for good. I don’t have time to go into it right now, but this article in the Atlantic Monthly (subscription required) did a great analysis on Rove, and how his hubris and arrogance basically screwed up the great opportunity he had to make some real change happen.

Well, “great” for the Republicans - not so sure about the rest of the country, anyway. The point is — and what is so typical with this administration — is that there’s a whole lot of vision, but the follow-through and know-how? Not so much.

As usual, The Carpetbagger Report offers some great commentary.

Watch Now: Divest from Darfur

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

There’s a bit of buzz going around right now surroundingthis 29-second You Tube video that asks the candidates whether or not they would support divesting from Darfur.

Click here to watch the video. If it gets enough hits, the question may make it to tonight’s debate.