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Conservative Highlights

Posted by azi on February 13, 2006

Highlights from the Conservative Party meeting in Albany, courtesy of one talkative attendee:

Pat Manning called Eliot Spitzer Shelly Sliver‘s “lap dog”;

John Faso reiterated he is pro-life, despite some remarks earlier hinting to the contrary;

Bill Weld promised to run as a conservative, even if he doesn’t get the GOP line; and

Randy Daniels, despite his conservative platform, picked up as much support as Weld.

That attendee, who isn’t working on any races, said Weld “isn’t on the radar” of most conservatives. But with about 60% of conservative county leaders backing either Faso or Manning, Weld did score some points “for just showing up.”

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Statewide Term Limits

Posted by azi on February 8, 2006

Bill Weld thinks it’s a good idea.

In a speech in Rochester today, he said, “I believe eight years in the same office should be enough for everybody: the Governor, the Attorney General, the Comptroller, and our legislators.”

Before letting the reform-mantle  go, Weld  dove into (he’s always diving into something, eh?) the etymology of  the word gerrymander.

“The term gerrymander comes from an old district in Massachusetts that was constructed in such a way as to ensure the election of someone from a particular party. It was said to look like a salamander. And since the Governor at that time was named Gerry, the district became known as the ‘Gerrymander.’ “

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Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Posted by azi on February 8, 2006

Who would have made money betting on the Superbowl? Thanks to a last-minute questionnaire completed before the Steelers-Seahawks showdown,  you’ll find out. Whether this affects the outcome of any race this year, uh, you decide.

Who wins the game?
Answer—Steelers, 21-10

Bill Weld, Republican gubernatorial candidate
Seattle Wins 24-20

Bill O’Reilly, spokesman for GOP gubernatorial candidate John Faso
Steelers by 7

Anonymous Assemblyman
(“I would play, but I don’t want anyone to think that I know or god forbid like you.”)
Seahawks 24-20

Corey Johnson, Political Director for AG candidate Mark Green
Seahawks by 6

Alex Navarro, spokesman for The Working Families Party
Steelers, 31-23

Doug Israel, Public Policy & Advocacy Director for Citizens Union
Steelers in overtime, field goal from 37 yards

Elana Levin, Dir. of communications for Drum Major Institute
The Yankees

Eric Pugatch, spokesman for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer
Seahawks by 3

Barry Popik, Manhattan Beep candidate, blogger & NYC historian
Seahawks, 23-17

Frank Morano, founder of Draft Tom Golisano website
Steelers by 3

Angela Montefinise, NY Post reporter and confessed sports fanatic
Steelers by 10

John DeSio, Reporter for Bronx Press Review & 51st State Contributor
Steelers, 34-14

Eli Richlin, Chief of Staff for Councilman Eric Gioia
Steelers, 27-17

Patrick van Keerbergen, spokesman for Councilman Hiram Monserrate
Steelers by 10

Karol Sheinin, AlarmingNews.com blogger and social butterfly
Steelers by 3

Me, sports neophyte
Seahawks, 28-14

Who wins the coin toss?
Answer—Seahawks
[corrected]

Israel
It’s fixed from the get-go and the Seahawks take the flip.

O’Rielly
Seahawks

Pugatch
Steelers

Quinn Raymond, Campaign Manager for city council Candidate
50% chance the Steelers win the coin toss.

van Keerbergen
Seahawks

Montefinise
Seahawks

Johnson
Seahawks

DeSio
Seahawks

Morano
Steelers

Popik
Pittsburgh wins coin toss.

Richlin
Seattle

Sheinin
Steelers

Levin
The Yankees

Me
Steelers

How many viewers will tune in to the game?

Israel
The entire state of Hawaii plus a couple of odd billion more globally

O’Reilly
84.2 million

Pugatch
887 million

van Keerbergen
82.5 million

Montefinise
90 million

Johnson
12 million

DeSio
110 million

Popik
About 100 million viewers watch.
(A good deal less than one billion–a familiar myth.)

Richlin
90 million

Sheinin
A whole lot

Levin
4%

Me
30 million

For extra credit:
Who produces the best commercial? Why?

Evan Stavisky, lobbyist, The Parkside Group
I’m in Vegas and couldn’t find time to get my act together to enter your contest.  However, my observation is that these commercials are the worst attempts at TV communication since Michael Dukakis got into a tank

Israel
Pepsi.  They pull out both Janet and Michael for an awe-inspiring “We are Family” themed soft-drink commercial where the Jackson’s bare (almost) all.

O’Reilly
The 51st State. Because it was entirely subliminal.

Pugatch
Miller Light / Why? Like that courtroom bit they’ve got going.  Oh, and I’ll probably be drinking it…

van Keerbergen
Pepsi. They have a big budget and usually do pretty well.

Montefinise
Bud because they always do. I mean, c’mon. The Bud Bowl. The Frogs. C’mon

Johnson
Budweiser produces the best commercial.  And it won’t involve Clydesdales.

DeSio
Burger King. Because the creepiness of the King knows no bounds.

Morano
Go Daddy.com because of its sex appeal.

Popik
Pepsi has the best commercial. I’ve already seen the Sean Combs Pepsi spot in a preview. You gotta love it when the girls shake and the Pepsi can lets off…ah…fizz.

Sheinin
Go Daddy

Levin
I’m sure it will be a beer company. the adds components will include, in no particular order: beer bottles, fighting, talking animals, closeted celebrities, recently divorced celebrities and women with fake tans in bad outfits.

Me
Pepsi. They brought Bob Dole and Brittney together. How can they lose?

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