More election observations
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" -- If Robert Reich and Clare Dalton are (a) so smart and (b) such lousy fundraisers, wouldn't it have been prudent of Professor Reich to become a Clean Elections Candidate?
" -- The Kennedy/Kerry appearance at Shannon's victory speech reminded me (a) there is no GOP Senate candidate this year, (b) Shannon's fellow Yale alum HILARY can't be too far behind. I hope Mitt has been inked into the President's Dayplanner 6 weeks out...
" -- A question for Clean Elections advocates: how is it in the public interest to have Warren Tolman's campaign making get out the vote phone calls at 7:10 PM on election day when it's clear he's well out of the money? (Clearly it's in Tolman's interest: the money isn't coming out of HIS pocket.)
" -- A related question: among the questionable benefits of telecom reform, may we add automatic phone messages which my anecdotal data suggests reached epidemic proportions this month among the less-well-funded candidates and would-be local officeholders? (Shannon, Mitt and Tom Birmingham never called me. But they could afford TV.)"
Postscript: On another front, John Ellis
is rightly dismissing all the silly talk that Shannon O'Brien is the underdog, even though she should
be the underdog.