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So I may be eyeing my Republican primary absentee ballot in despair (DRAFT MITCH DANIELS), but lemme just give you guys a tip: C-SPAN usually sticks cameras inside the Iowa caucuses, and if it's going to be anything like previous election years, it'll be the goofiest people-watching you've done in ages. I'm curious to see how the Reps shake out versus the Dems; my favorite caucus moment to date was watching a lonely young Dennis Kucinich supporter wander forlornly from one bunch of caucusing Iowans to the next, looking for some way, any way, to get even one delegate for his man. This year I am guessing that the Ron Paul nutjobs are the ones to watch. They are basically the equivalent of the McGovernites, in that they are *kind of obsessed with their guy,* and Paul's organization has had a hell of a lot of practice in running things. Paul's guys have the fervor, and Romney's have the money, so they're the ones to watch.

One thing the Ron Paul newsletter thing has cleared up for me was a minor mystery. The magnificently batshit gun-nut ideological novel UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, by John Ross, spends a lot of time on the erosion of various liberties in America. One way it does this is by having one major character go out of the country in the early sixties and return in the nineties to have the hero obligingly infodump him on how Everything Is Different Now, from gun laws to police seizures of cash to pharmaceutical restrictions. It's an effective bit of culture shock, and Ross does a good job playing up civil liberty concerns. Except part of that scene has the hero ranting about magnetic code strips implanted in US bills to track the flow of cash. It's just way-out-there nutbar stuff, and I always wondered where the hell it came from. Well, the current election cycle cleared my question up, because *just such a nutbar conspiracy theory was mentioned in Ron Paul's political newsletter.* My guess is John Ross was a subscriber.

It's a footnote of a footnote of a footnote, but when I read that solicitation letter it was like a lightbulb went off over my head. "Ohhhhhhhh, so *that's* why."

Date: 2012-01-03 06:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ladyjax
I have this distant hope that Huntsman will make a good enough showing to move forward if only because I need to see that there's at least one Republican candidate that has some ideas I could get behind as a citizen, even though I tend to vote on the other side of the isle or in the middle - and that's with me being registered as 'Declined to State'
(the Dems pissed me off hardcore back in 2004 after a lifetime of voting that way).

These days most of my ire is reserved for the House and the Senate, both parties. I just can't believe the levels of fuckery abounding and the complete lack of common sense. Folks are in hard places right now and these yahoos are pushing back and forth like kids on the schoolyard.

Agree with you about the value of C-Span and their cameras - it makes for magnificent watching.

Date: 2012-01-04 07:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ladyjax
Interesting. If you don't mind me asking, what do you think the media has in mind in pressing Huntsman as a viable candidate within the GOP, especially if the party at large is either lukewarm or not really interested in him?



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