Thursday, June 19, 2008

John Taylor Bowles

You know, I really think we should tighten the rules to launch a candidacy.

For example: John Taylor Bowles of the National Socialist Order Party has a campaign that most likely violates several laws on discrimination and hate crimes.

RĂ³ger Calero was born in Nicaragua.
I happen to think that the constitution should be made to say that a person must have lived in the United States for a certain number of yers to become president, but the constitution as is doesn't allow him to ascend to office even if he's elected!

Then filling up the list of Republicans and Democrats are Hugh Cort, John Cox, Daniel Gilbert, Alan Keyes and Ray McKinney and Dal LaManga, respectively. Now it may just be me, but I think a candidate of the major two parties shjould have at least held an elective office of substantial proportion. New York is a city of substantial size that their mayor might stand a chance. The mayor of Helena, Montana wouldn't so why do these guys think they can? The

Liberatarians and the Greens are seeing this and have set two former Congressmen as their candidates and the Constitutions are the final major third party to not do so. Even when it comes down to it, these extra candidates do nothing but steal votes (Nadar being the real reason Bush won, not Harris). So why do they run?

23 comments:

Checco said...

Very interesting post, thanks.

Regarding your question on third party candidates, I guess that some of them run in order to try to get public funds for their party. If I remember well, you need to surpass a percentage of votes (4%?) in order to qualify for public funds or something. Does anyone know the rule?

RC-0722 said...

I don't know what percent you have to get, but I do know that with that many candidates nobody except McCain , Obama, Nader, and possibly Barr will get over 4% of the vote.

Diligent Terrier said...

I really wish Bob Barr wasn't running. He could mess up McCain's campaign.

RC-0722 said...

I think he's gonna try and be a Ross Perot.

therequiembellishere said...

That's what I was thinking. Hopefully McKinney can make as much of an upset in Obama's campaign (black, female, liberal and crazy)

Diligent Terrier said...

It would be a mess if he messed up McCain. By the way - nice post! Very interesting. :)

therequiembellishere said...

Thank you! I've never posted online before.

Checco said...

Barr and McKinney won't surpass 0.5%, Nader 1.0%. I don't think that they will be decisive or at least not against McCain.

Diligent Terrier said...

I don't know everyone thinks Barr will disrupt the election, and the polls support that assertion.

RC-0722 said...

Yeah, I think he is. I'm gonn make a prediction: This election will be comparable to the 2000 election.

gtn said...

I expect Barr to get a greater percentage of the votes than previous libertarians, but that McCain still wins. Obama will probably not get near as many votes as the media would like to think he will.

therequiembellishere said...

The media seems to favour McCain for some odd reason.

RC-0722 said...

That's if your only talking Reps. If you include the Dems, it's Obama hands down.

therequiembellishere said...

Not really, CBS seems to like McCain.

Checco said...

In what sense the media are fabouring McCain?

I think that McKinney will create greater damage to Obama than Barr to McCain. By the way, can you tell where I can find opinion polls with Barr, McKinney and the other minor candidates?

therequiembellishere said...

I couldn't tell you about the polls, but a few weeks ago, CBS was talking about how McCain had the advantage. It could have changed by now, of course.

Checco said...

Current opinion polls put Obama five-eight points ahead of McCain, but I still think that things will be different in November, especially because Obama is strong where he doesn't need to, while McCain is strong exactly where he need the votes to win.

therequiembellishere said...

http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/cnn_poll_nader/2008/07/02/109439.html?s=al&promo_code=6564-1

Obama: 46
McCain: 43
Nader: 6
Barr: 3

McKinney isn't polled yet.

Checco said...

This result is simply impossible. Never two separate third party candidates had such results.

Checco said...

Always opinion polls overstimate third party candidates, but Nader, Barr and McKinney will find it very hard to surpass 1%.

therequiembellishere said...

I don't know. Perot got 19% of the popular vote.

Diligent Terrier said...

Perot was a much stronger candidate than McKinney and even Barr.

Diligent Terrier said...

In fact, Perot was even included in the debates!