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Roger That, I’ve Been Stoned.

In Politics on April 29, 2010 at 7:48 pm

My last piece has elicited a response from self-proclaimed “GOP hitman” Roger Stone, a seasoned political operative and chief strategist behind Kristin Davis’ campaign. I did some digging and the email address appears to be legitimate. Without further ado:

Saw your piece on Kristin Davis and her campaign for governor. A few key points.

I am an a long time Libertarian republican and wrote of my support for marriage equality, legalizing marijuana and prostitution years before I ever met Kristin Davis. I am 100% in agreement of her positions and an proud to work for her.

Kristin is running on a positive program of new revenues. Pot will be legal in NY within 10 years. Prostitution a tougher sell but discussion of both is positive. Many voters are disgusted with the dems unability to pass gay marriage. All three issues are vote winners .

Kristin will not be elected Governor- but she will win 50,000 for a permanent ballot position and her party will be an advocate for these issues in future elections- and that is “winning”.

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Spite, Spitzer, and Stilettos.

In Politics on April 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm

So, there I was last week, about to meet my friend for a drink in Chelsea. As I approached the bar next to the one I was headed to, a taxi pulled up and a group of scantily clad, older, plastically-tampered-with women got out. I glanced to the bar they were headed into. It had a publicity event, press conference-ey background in the entryway.

I kept walking, but saw the Penthouse logo checkered across wallpaper. Funny. But whatever, “It’s New York,” I thought, and headed next door to my destination.

An hour or so later, we left and turned right, past the slight spectacle from before. Except this time, as we walked slowly past and I was able to look more closely, I was flummoxed. The Penthouse logo was offset on the wall by another design that read, “Kristin Davis for Governor.” Huh? You think you know a girl. I didn’t know that Charlotte from Sex and the City was that politically active. Or that she had ties to Penthouse. Samantha, I could see.

Miffed by this odd (public) juxtaposition of a brand synonymous with smut nudity and a campaign for high political office, I had to investigate further. I implored my friend to allow it. As a woman of class, she was not overly enthusiastic, but did acquiesce. Without much trouble, we got inside.

It was strange. A relatively trendy spot crowded with a mix of older guys in suits, young people mingling, and women in black bikinis with swirly, star-laden tattoo-style designs lovingly crafted on with Sharpie markers promoting Kristin Davis. Read the rest of this entry »

An Inconvenient Poll.

In Media on April 18, 2010 at 8:23 pm

One of the past week’s big political attention-getters was the release of a New York Times/CBS News Poll on the Tea Party. Numerous pundits jumped on it as proof of the narrow-minded, predictably stereotypical folks who comprise the Tea Party. For their parts, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, Slate, and MSNBC all made hay of its results, often entertainingly, but mainly for fulfilling their preconceived notions.

The poll finds what those who were paying attention to the news expected to find: that the Teabaggers are made up of Obama-disliking white people who list heavily to the starboard side of the ship, if you catch my drift. (Starboard = Right = Republican.)

Easy as it is to view this poll as unassailable proof that the Tea Party conforms to all the norms of the Republican base, it is inconclusive.

For while it seems plausible, I have to take issue with the lack of reporting of another recent poll. Three weeks ago, Quinnipiac University came out with a detailed poll of its own on the Tea Party. It was re-posted by Mark Halperin, but beyond that didn’t prove to have much in the way of legs. There have been other polls in recent months on this subject, as well.

The Times/CBS and QU polls each take the temperature of the Tea Party, but come up with different readings on the thermometer. I was surprised to see some of the QU poll findings, as I mentioned earlier this month. Nonetheless, they don’t appear to be any less sound than the Times/CBS ones. Read the rest of this entry »

Should Democrats Root For The Tea Party?

In Politics on April 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

Maybe they should. Sounds counterintuitive, but hey, a little reverse psychology can be therapeutic. The riled up, right-wing libertarians with fringe (but curiously no tassel) Republican elements comprising the Tea Party are clearly able to earn media coverage. But can they get like-minded candidates to win elections? We’ll see in the next six months.

With John McCain bringing in Sarah Palin to fend off J.D. Hayworth’s Teabagging roots and Marco Rubio trying his darndest to expose Governor-turned-Senate-hopeful Charlie Crist as a Democrat in Florida, the Republican primaries are blossoming with Congress-types saying how outlandishly conservative they are, and in turn, want America to be.

Where to draw the line? “Government that governs best governs least. I’m for states’ rights! Let’s secede! Okay, let’s just threaten to!” “Health care reform is a crock and it will bankrupt us! The FDA is quashing your God-given right to try out brand new untested drugs for yourself! Only liberals use Band Aids!” “Drill baby, drill! What’s that you say, Obama gave in and we’re about to? Ummm… nuke baby, nuke! Wait, I didn’t mean it like that! Or maybe I did!”

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