Thursday, July 27, 2006

Why I'm With Pete

It has nothing to do with money, or polls. It has nothing to do with campaign strategies, or political operatives. It's all about my self- respect. I feel good supporting Pete Ashdown. And in November, it's going to be great to punch that ticket for him. I won't be holding my nose, I won't be closing my eyes, and I won't be wishing I had another choice. It will be a good moment for me. Make it a good moment for yourself as well.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ethan--

I can understand why you would not want to support Orrin but let me ask this question. What does Pete stand for that makes you feel all warm and tingly?

7/27/2006 11:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous poses an important question. What does he stand for that garners your fervent support? A vote against Orrin is not enough. There needs to be a vote for something.

7/28/2006 12:19:00 AM  
Blogger JM Bell said...

Dear Anony's X 2,

It's nice to see that Hatch's office staff has decided to start slowly in the mudslide and silly behavior. Please, don't bother with the "I don't work for Orrin!" You do, in some capacity or another.

There has been much discussion about Pete on this and thousands of other blogs, forums, wikis and cafes across America and even into the UK and Europe.

Ten minutes on Pete's website will tell you more about Pete and who he is as a person and what he'll be as a Senator than any 10 speeches of Mr. Hatch's.

Spend 5 minutes talking with Pete and you've just spent a decade with Mr. Hatch.

You both are looking for the 10 word soundbite answer to your wide open question and you're not going to find it. You've been trained to expect it short, fast and empty. If nothing else (and there are so many other reasons) that's a good place to start feeling warm toward Pete.

Why don't you guys take the to actually read Pete's material? He's all over the place, why don't you take the time to talk with him? If you email him, he'll actually email you back. Give it shot.

7/28/2006 06:58:00 AM  
Blogger Terri said...

How about self respect and honesty? Orrin can't even tell the truth about flippin'the bird. (Pete) Also has a very interesting interview, which I am sure you're familiar with on WIRED (May 1, 2006), in which he explains his positions on various subjects WITH honesty and INTEGRITY...Which is by far, more than I can say for "frothing-at-the-mouth-Hatch." BESIDE the fact that he supports techies and is not a slanderer of character, he is THE BEST choice for Senate. -As a Mother and a concerned citizen for our community- Pete ACUTALLY cares about families. He cares what kinds of things go on in our community and I know he can lead Utah to a better tomorrow.-Which is why he had me at hello.

7/28/2006 07:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he's carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he's carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you're drunk.

7/28/2006 07:26:00 AM  
Blogger pramahaphil said...

"If you email him, he'll actually email you back. Give it shot." This speaks volumes of why Ashdown is a better choice than Hatch. I may not agree with him on some issues, but Ashdown at least is interested in what the average voter is worried about.

Hatch believes because of his seniority he is invincible to defeat, and he believes the average Utah voter needs to get behind his personal views and not the other way around.

7/28/2006 08:20:00 AM  
Anonymous DC Call Girl said...

I bet Pete can keep it up better than old borin' Orrin!

7/28/2006 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Ethan: I couldn't agree more.

To the first two anonymous commenters: While I'd be happy to support "Not Orrin Hatch", Pete has much more than that going for him. Take a good look at the laundry list of issues on his web site. Then try to find a substantive position on those issues at Mr. Hatch's campaign site. (You won't find it, but we'll be happy to wait while you go look.)

More than that, though, I can't overemphasize the difference in terms of responsiveness -- actually paying attention to the people in Utah, if you can believe that. As a general rule, any email I send to Senator Hatch, if it garners any response at all, gets a form letter, often (apparently) picked from the wrong stack. By contrast, Pete reads his own email, pays attention to comments on his wiki, and even shows up on IRC from time to time.

7/28/2006 10:10:00 AM  
Blogger That One Guy said...

Anon II: "A vote against Orrin is not enough. There needs to be a vote for something."

Are you just emerging from a long winter's nap?

A vote for Orrin is a vote FOR bigger government, bigger spending, less oversight, more disconnection.

A vote for Ashdown is a vote for ACTUAL PEOPLE, the things that concern us, the things that matter to this state, and the country in general, a vote for US to actually be REPRESENTED on the national platform.

We haven't had that for many decades now. Seniority is not useful, unless it is used to benefit those whom one represents, as opposed to those who pay you money.

I'm just sayin....

$0.02.

7/31/2006 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Curtis said...

Look, anonymous one and two, anyone who knows how to look at a blog knows how to google a man’s name. Very slowly and carefully type in P-E-T-E A-S-H-D-O-W-N and hit enter. From there you can see that his name is first, click on that site. From there you will see a row of links on the top. Click on the third one labeled “issues” and you will see where Pete stands on everything from abortion to veterans. Pete’s opponent has something similar.

Become an informed voter, it is not that hard.

Regards

7/31/2006 08:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can read and I am an informed voter, I asked why Ethan found him so appealing. I want to hear what HE thinks, I already know what I think. And none of you who are so willing to assume I'm an ignorant know nothing know anything about what I think.

8/03/2006 01:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Michael M. said...

Ashdown supports an intelligent approach to technology (unlike Hatch, who wanted to require self-destruct mechanisms installed in computers), and supports personal responsibility and states rights.

I'm fairly conservative, but I feel that Ashdown is the much better choice. I feel fairly confident that, unlike Hatch, he wont use his power to get people off cocaine smuggling sentences simply because the RIAA asks him to and promises to line his campaign wallet.

8/03/2006 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(im so confused)

9/15/2007 03:02:00 PM  

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