Friday, November 03, 2006

More on elections , and Ford and the GOP

Just a couple of things following up on some things I've posted in last few days:

In the Los Angeles Times, another wrapup on possible electronic voting problems we should be watching for, by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar: E-voting may be scarier than hanging chads.

And, via Eat the Press, a link to a blog post by a woman who once dated Tennessee Rep. Harold Ford, and found the Republican National Committee has taken an interest: GOP's New Priorities: Making Sure Congressmen Call Back, Open Doors. She has photos of them on a ski trip, and text of a press release from the Republican party, which surprised her:
Enough, that is, for the NRSC to send out a goddamn press release, complaining that Harold - clearly not a gentleman like those Republicans - didn't call me back. Um ... seriously?

Yes, seriously. From the press release:
...said Dan Ronayne, NRSC Spokesman. "But the least Fancy Ford could have done was call her back after news broke of their relationship. Not providing closure is distinctly un-fancy."

Oh, dear.

How did they find her? Well, she wrote a Cosmo article about the dates, in which she didn't name him, but said she went out with him because she was impressed by his position. She found the ski trip was wasted, though, since he didn't ski (but it did give her a chance to wear some new pink ski pants). What It's Like to Date a Hotshot. In the end, a sensible conclusion:
All this time I had been building him up in my mind and underestimating my own qualities, forgetting that no one can be in a good relationship with an idol – it has to be equal. And if you don’t have self-respect, how can he respect you?

And, in the blog posting:
Do I know if Ford would be a good Senator or not? Hell, your guess is as good as mine. But I'd hate to think that a Republican could gain some advantage because the Dem was a shitty date. I mean, c'mon. REALLY??
...That said, I appreciate that the NRSC cares about my emotional well-being. Thanks guys. Now, if you'd only care about my reproductive rights.

One more thing: The Republican Revolution is Over, at


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