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  1. The incumbent gets re-elected because there is no other choice, no matter which side of the aisle your voting district leans. I’ve never voted for Feinstein, but the democrats who vote for her have never had a choice to vote against her except in the primaries where the incumbent has an enormanous advantage because of money and organization.

    Comment by dear heart — January 18, 2013 @ 11:21 am

  2. Gotta have a strong candidate in the primary (where the Party allows it) with big bucks and lots of charisma, because Congress has written election laws that favor incumbents, incumbents have free propaganda franking privileges, and incumbents have at least two years to buy votes spending other people’s money. I’m for the EC; I don’t want NYC-DC and SF -LA megalopoli having sole say who runs the country.

    Comment by dick, not quite dead white guy — January 18, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

  3. But can it shake its head, catch them all and devour them in one gulp?

    Comment by Hog Whitman — January 18, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

  4. I don’t think this is an issue of idiots voting for incumbents and then wanting term limits.

    I think it’s an issue of who voted vs. who was polled.
    The former was likely comprised of a lot of people who don’t exist, while the latter represents the true people.

    Comment by Caged Insanity — January 18, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

  5. Food on My dog— love it— do an overwhelming majority of Americans know what this is?

    Comment by geezerette — January 18, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

  6. Power buys power.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 18, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

  7. The incumbent gets re-elected because there is no other choice, no matter which side of the aisle your voting district leans. ”

    That’s why every ballot should also have “None of the Above” for every position. That way you don’t have to run someone to vote an imbecile out.

    The German Army used to have a saying: “Better no officer than a bad officer.” If there’s no one the electorate is comfortable with, select “None of the Above” and let the position go vacant for a term or two. I’ll bet most people wouldn’t notice the lack of representation day-to-day.

    Comment by Fat Baxter — January 18, 2013 @ 4:39 pm

  8. There is almost no more funner thing to do than put food on your dog. I don’t know why.

    I think it might relate to some primitive prehistoric instinct but actually, I don’t know why.

    Comment by Hog Whitman — January 18, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

  9. ^ It’s reassuring to know that you control an animal that, in its natural state, would like as not eat your face off.

    Comment by DougM (Progophobe) — January 18, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

  10. If you’re a Democrat in this county what ever office you run for could be a life time job. Altho I must say the overwhelming vote was for Romney. Or no one will admit they voted for Obama.

    Comment by geezerette — January 18, 2013 @ 6:57 pm

  11. Fuck you, overwhelming majorities of Americans of every party affiliation.

    Eat your $10 loaf of bread, assholes…

    Comment by The Ugly American — January 18, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

  12. Me:
    how do these people BREATHE?????

    JR:
    through their mouths.

    And when someone runs unopposed I write in JR or a neighbor.

    Comment by SondraK, Queen of my domain — January 18, 2013 @ 9:45 pm

  13. There is almost no more funner thing to do than put food on your dog. I don’t know why.

    Have you ever dropped a piece of lunchmeat on a begging cat’s face? That’s pretty funny, too. :)

    Comment by PeggyU — January 20, 2013 @ 11:40 pm

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