Election Season officially starts and Google is there
Google.com/elections. mainly news aggregation so far but there is a “toolkit to help campaigns engage” and a trending searches widget. Maybe it will be helpful to some candidates, but will it help the dream of the 90’s to live on in Portland?
- Elsewhere -
Ron Paul has a secret plan to win and it apparently isn’t all based on racism, antisemitism and general craziness -
Paul is following the roadmap set by Barack Obama’s 2008 strategy: Start early, learn the rules, and use superior organization and devoted young supporters to dominate the arcane but crucial party procedures in states your rivals are ignoring — states where caucuses and conventions that elect the delegates who will ultimately choose the Republican candidate.
Those states together will award 419 of the 2,286 delegates who will choose a nominee in Tampa in August. They operate under complex, individual rules that favor the prepared. In Idaho, for instance, voters will gather in 44 county caucuses, each of which delivers a vote weighted by its size. Those caucuses will conduct run-offs until there are only two candidates left, and if any candidate gets over 60% in a caucus, he gets 100% of its vote. Any candidate winning more than 50% of the state’s weighted vote wins all 32 of Idaho’s delegates — more than will be awarded to all the candidates in Iowa combined.
Speaking of caucuses – Today is the Iowa caucus and Ron Paul is in position to win it. I wish I could say that they absolutely don’t matter but unfortunately they do. In the last 9 elections 66% of the time the winner of the caucus becomes the party nominee, that carries over to the democrat side too.