Patterico's Pontifications

11/3/2008

Pro-Conservative, Anti-Tribalism

Filed under: Politics,Principled Pragmatism — Justin Levine @ 1:50 pm



[posted by Justin Levine]

Austin Bramwell has some great food for thought.

His essay manages to capture many thoughts that have been crystallizing in my head in recent months, but for which I haven’t been able to adequately express in words.

– Justin Levine

11/7/2006

I Couldn’t Vote Republican This Time…Literally.

Filed under: General,Politics,Principled Pragmatism — Justin Levine @ 10:37 pm



[posted by Justin Levine — not Patterico]

I wanted to vote Republican. Honestly, I did. But in the end, I just couldn’t do it.

I admit that I didn’t follow the specific campaign for Congress in my district, but I figured that anyone has to be better than Maxine Waters. So my plan was to vote for whoever the Republican candidate was in this instance.

Imagine my surprise when I got the ballot at the polling booth, only to discover that the Republican party didn’t even bother to run a candidate against her. Not even a symbolic candidate. Nobody! Pathetic…

If I had known that, I would have run myself. (I wouldn’t have actually campaigned mind you, but I would have called up the Republicans and offered my name on the ballot just so that they could save face.)

In the end, I blindly marked the ballot for the Libertarian candidate. Pretty much sums things up…

Meanwhile, I suspect that the Libertarian party here will have one its biggest showings ever in terms of the percentage of the vote for a Congressional race.

[posted by Justin Levine]

4/8/2005

Mel Martinez: Dumber Than a Bag of Hammers — Or Lying?

Filed under: General,Principled Pragmatism — Patterico @ 9:33 am



In the post below, we discuss whether Sandy Berger was dishonest, or just dumber than a bag of hammers.

Keep in mind that the same question applies to Mel Martinez. Right now, the claim is that he is just unforgivably stupid. That may well be. Or, he could be lying.


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