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Saturday, November 13, 2010

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I did intend to research the November 2nd election, and I did intend to post my findings.

I did vote, and I was happy with the information I had to vote with. But I did not have it in time (nor did I have time) to put it up here beforehand.

After the fact, though, look what happened.

Ron Paul's name appears in the mainstream news.

Some middle-of-the-road Republicans were dumped in exchange for conservative ones, Sen. Mike Lee (Utah), Sen. Marco Rubio (Florida) and Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky), and forty tea-party backed freshman representatives will join Congress. There is some considerable debate over tea party-backed candidates who are actually moderates, but I think I scratched my supporting article because of crass remarks in the comments section.

Economics is currently an extremely hot topic.

The divide between the right and the left appears to grow sharper and more impassable, while another growing group sides fiercely with the ACLU on issues like airport body scans and fiercely with the Christian Fundamentalists on things like abstinence education, though no thousand members of the group appear to agree on which issues to align fiercely with.

In the Governor's race in California, more than 9% of Trinity County voted third party. More than 7% of San Bernardino County also did so. Marin County cast the lowest percentage of third party votes in California at 2.4%. Even Los Angeles County gave almost 5% of its votes to third party candidates (4.8%). Statewide a full 5.1% of voters indicated that neither the Republican nor the Democrat candidate had satisfied the requirements to earn their vote. Had the race been much closer, this increase in third party activity (rejection of the status quo) would have drawn considerable attention, but the Democrats did win California soundly.

The pro-education, anti-crime campaign rhetoric of the past is losing its popularity, as indicated by this Republican campaign website that actually addresses issues, and expresses opinions on them.

Perhaps a fiercely divided populace, that is fiercely loyal to a number of unrelated causes and unwilling to affiliate with any camp, party or group, is going to look for candidates that have opinions, who think things and are not too chicken to voice them.


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