Thursday, June 01, 2006

Money

The Utah Amicus brought up an interesting point: "the Republican Party has become a rich man's game." I think he's right. Only money rises to the top. No one is well served in the current Republican dominated political world. It's so boring, not even the rich guys getting richer can't stay interested. I saw Senator Orrin Hatch when I was with KCPW at the Republican convention, and he looked like he was about to fall asleep. He was surrounded by people but he didn't make eye contact. He only lazily nodded and mumbled. No ideas, no excitement, no leadership. Only boring rich guys doing each other favors. I'M LOOKING AT YOU SPEAKER CURTIS! You want to give a gift to buddy Mayor Dolan and potential rich donors Dave Checketts and Dean Howes, buy it yourself. Don't drag us into it.

8 Comments:

Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

Funny that you and Rob would say that because I (shameless self-promotion moment:my post on it here)have a candidate running for the State House of Representatives, Ron Mortensen, in my District that is not accepting money from groups. He's running his campaign on the cheap and is Republican. It can be done, but all of the Political Consultants are saying that it can't be done. Maybe we should blame the consultants!

6/02/2006 07:54:00 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...

I blame the media!

6/02/2006 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous john marlor said...

What if we put a spending limit on how much money can be spent on a political race? The way it is now you only get the rich running but you don't necessarily get the best running. Just because you are wealthy does not mean that you are destined to rule. It just means that you can buy the election with media exposure. Think of the interesting battles that would come out of races where substance and not bucks got people elected. Was the current Rep from the 3rd district the best qualified or just the richest? The Jr Senator from Utah..who voted to give away the rights that many have fought and died for to people who are here illegally and have them buy their into this country for something like $3000 is he the right choice or just the guy with money behind him? Thumbs up to Sen. Hatch for his no vote on this farce.

6/02/2006 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same can be said for the Dems. I don't see any poor working guys on that side of the aisle: Clinton, Kennedy, Pelosi, blah, blah, blah. It's a rich man's game period. Even Mr. Ashdown is by no means the humblest among us. He has his fair share of the pie around here as well. (That is not a criticism of him, b the way, just an observation in light of the current stream.) By the way tyler, a candidate in my district a couple of cycles ago, also took no money from any groups, only individuals. It is a tough, lonely road - the person was Republican.

6/02/2006 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger Tyler Farrer said...

Anonymous,

Does it have to be a "tough, lonely road" today with the new media, blogs, etc.?

6/02/2006 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tyler - maybe not. The new technology might help, it wasn't really available then. I hope so!

6/02/2006 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger The Senate Site said...

Hey, we're not all bad... Or rich.

Boring, however... now that is a tough accusation to rebut, especially when it's 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night and I'm sitting here reading your $%#@! blog.

6/02/2006 10:45:00 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

When I speak about the GOP, I speak of Utah's GOP.

The difference between our "wealthy" candidates is they actually care about the have nots. They care and appreciate the middle class that made this country great.

6/03/2006 03:17:00 PM  

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