Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Stricken by Strickland

A very interesting title to an interesting article by the Des Moines Register political columnist on the comments our governor, Ted Strickland, made about the Iowa Caucus.

"With friends like Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Hillary Clinton doesn’t need enemies in Iowa.

The Ohio governor comes to Iowa to campaign for her, then goes back to Ohio and bashes the Iowa caucuses and the state.

(Ordinarily losing campaigns only bash the Iowa caucuses - and the state - after the votes are cast. Strickland seems to be getting an early start.)"

The Clinton campaign did their best damage control as a result.

Complete article available here.


Black Swamp Road Geek said...

For those of us that would like to remind our friend in Iowa that the Cincinnati airport is in Kentucky, his email address is

Too bad Ohio did not figure out Strickland before we voted him in....well I did not vote for him.

Robin said...

Primaries, in Ohio leave a lot of people out, too. You have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to be able to vote in them.

Maggie Thurber said...

BWRG - good

Robin - independent voters can vote on everything on the ballot except the party candidates. This makes sense to me, as it is the members of the various parties who are determining their representatives.

I don't have a problem with only dems being able to vote for dems or only gop being able to vote for gop. And if you feel strongly about a particular party's candidate, you can always 'change' your registration by requesting that party's ballot at the primary election time.

The problem is that there are only two parties who actually get candidates on the ballot. I think, in the future, there may be more parties who select their candidates/delegates during a primary.

I guess I'd also question why someone who's not a (insert party affiliation) would want to vote to select that party's candidate???

-Sepp said...

The Clintons are experts at "damage control" and backpeddaling.

Maggie Thurber said...

True, -sepp, but usually it's not a result of something their supporter has said!

Hooda Thunkit said...

As a former popular fire chief once told me, "In politics, stuff happens."

I couldn't have said it better myself ;-)

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