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A Politics Two-fer

By Brian | January 21, 2008 | Share on Facebook

Two quick political points to report:

First, these two pages are fascinating to compare. To summarize: Hillary Clinton has raised almost $91 million in this campaign. Barack Obama has raised over $80 million, Mitt Romney – $63 million, Rudy Giuliani – $47 million, John McCain – $32 million. Mike Huckabee? Just under $2.5 million. Only Dennis Kucinich, Duncan Hunter and Mike Gravel have raised less. And this is the guy who won the Iowa Caucus!

Second, this story just made me laugh and laugh:

A mailer from [Texas congressional candidate, Dean Hrbacek] contains a photo of his head attached to an image of a different body that makes him look thinner.

The photo is presented as a true image of [Hrbacek], a Republican former mayor of Sugar Land. In reality, it is a computerized composite of Hrbacek’s face and someone else’s slimmer figure, in suit and tie, from neck to knee.

Campaign manager Scott Broschart acknowledged to The Houston Chronicle that the image is a fake. Hrbacek has been so busy that he had no time to pose for a full-length photo for the mailing, Broschart said.

“He may appreciate that we took a few pounds off him,” Broschart said. “I think the voters … are more concerned with the issues as opposed to pretty photo shoots.”

Yes, the issues. Like, for instance, can we trust the candidate to be truthful with us when his own campaign brochure contains a doctored photo of the candidate himself. Or the issue of what else he’ll decide to fake because he doesn’t have time to do it the right way. Maybe some congressional votes?

I mean, seriously, I’m sure being a Congressman is a tough job. But can’t we find 435 people who can get the easy stuff right, and then judge them on how they handle the hard stuff? Is it really that hard?

Topics: Political Rantings | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to “A Politics Two-fer”

  1. Kyle Huwer says at January 22nd, 2008 at 1:38 am :
    It is also fascinating that CNN cannot update their charts. We are already back in Q1, and they still only have Q2 and Q3. If we could look at Q4, we would have a better picture.

    We would also see that Ron Paul exploded and raised more than $20M, which is almost more than any candidate raised in Q4. And at that, a candidate that is a “kook” a “loser” and a “nobody.” Odd to see a nobody raise $6M, $4M and now $1.5M in single days huh?

  2. Brian says at January 22nd, 2008 at 2:39 pm :
    You’re right, Kyle. It’s especially odd given that CNN has reported on his fundraising in other places (like here for instance), but has not updated their chart.

    As for Dr. Paul himself, I think his ability to generate contributions raises the bar on his ability to make an impact in the race. I still believe that his positions on certain issues are too far from accepted norms to get him the nomination this time around, but with that much capital at his disposal, it would be a colossal disappointment if he didn’t shape the debate in some form…


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