Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
- Barack Obama, 865,535
- Hillary Clinton, 158,512
- John McCain, 132,686 (so would Obama beat McCain based on this?)
- Ron Paul, 87,832 (failed US Republican hopeful)
- Mike Huckabee, 51,116 (as above)
- Mitt Romney, 34,056 (and again)
- John Edwards, 30,084 (Democrat and poss running mate for Obama)
- Wen Jia-bao, 24,943 (Chinese Premier)
- Dennis Kucinich, 22,963 (failed Democrat hopeful)
- Arnold Schwarzenegger, 20,914 (Governor Terminator)
- Anders Fogh Rasmussen, 15,495 (Leader of Danish Liberal Party and Prime Minister)
- Sebastian Pinera, 14,353 (Chilean Senator and former Presidential hopeful)
- Boris Johnson, 12,034 (Mayor of London)
- George W. Bush, 11,869
- Nicolas Sarkozy, 11,845 (French President)
- Fred Thompson, 11,761 (another failed Republican hopeful)
- Rudy Giuliani, 11,042 (as above)
- Stephane Dion, 10,983 (Leader of Canadian Liberals)
- Jack Layton, 10,694 (Leader of Canadian New Democrats)
- Helle-Thorning-Schmidt, 10,006 (Leader of Danish Social Democrats)
Put into perspective against the UK parties, the Conservatives have 4,469 supporters, and leader David Cameron 3,296; RESPECT Leader/Independent MP George Galloway has 3,279; Liberal Democrat Nick Clegg 827; UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has 106. Is this indicative of anything one wonders?
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Does this look like the next Prime Minister, or even leader of the Labour Party? Well it is a question and raised in response to the article on the front page of PR Week from May 23rd. According to research commissioned for the magazine both David Miliband and Ed Balls have increased their television appearances (Miliband had 19 6-20 May; Balls 13 in same period) and, according to a Downing Street source the appearance on Newsnight "seemed like a leader in waiting speech". The claim made is that Miliband and Balls, as well as James Purnell and Jon Cruddas are all increasing their airtime, so their name and face recognition, to position themselves as viable candidates if and when Brown steps down. Despite protestations over the weekend from Miliband that he was not at the head of a possible coup d'etat, it is likely that there is a strategy to ensure there are strong contenders among the front bench. However, the point that PR Week may be missing is that this is also a useful strategy for a Prime Minister whop is failing to engage the public personally. If he can rebuild his image for quietly managing, but have Blair-esque figures around him that look better in front of a camera, perhaps this creates more of a dream team. So maybe this is Miliband/Balls thinking about playing Brutus, or maybe it is Downing Street trying to find the more acceptable face of the party in a time of desperation.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Hillary Clinton’s Springfield office had a very special Get Out the Vote celebration yesterday. Eugene native Shana Stull was the first Oregon Field Organizer hired by the Oregon for Hillary campaign. Shana is the proud mom of two daughters, Amelie and Doreen, ages three and one. In honor of Amelie’s third birthday yesterday, twenty Eugene volunteers made 518 phone calls in one hour to help Get Out the Vote for Hillary. Shana couldn’t think of a better birthday present for her daughter than to help elect Hillary as our next President. “For my daughters, I’m doing everything I can to elect Hillary. I know that she will create a brighter future for our children,”
Shana said... see full post
Monday, May 19, 2008
While a little bit like a video answer-machine message, he looks a lot more open in his manner than his usual appearances, talking to the camera in a very sincere way. The rules of engagement are interesting, firstly it is clear what he does not want "Videos should not contain any references to political parties or commercial endorsement, be aggressive or offensive" and one imagines any that do not conform here will not see the light of day. However, there is a further inference of wanting a different type on engagement: "Be original, use your creativity and your imagination. Make your video a success. Think outside the box!" This perhaps hints he wants to follow a different agenda to that of the media, and in his video this may well mean those big issues he talks of: "globalisation, climate change, housing, jobs and public services", issues which are of concern to the predominantly young Youtube user but that national politicians are often accused of ignoring. Will he get interesting and creative questions? Will he in turn provide interesting and creative answers? Or is this purely an exercise to prove he is not an "analogue politician in a digital age"? Clearly he recognises that the Internet is a key political battleground and one which Cameron has had to himself for a long time; can he make an impact here?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Obama Girl, (aka Amber Lee Ettinger) the one with a crush, has a new video out on Youtube; this one is a message for Hillary Clinton to give up basically - who is sponsoring Obama girl? While now a minor celebrity for being the hottest presidential candidate's groupie, she also seems to have a lot of backing - a flashy website, high production videos - it is one of those questions that seems unasked.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
The campaign for an English Parliament, equivalent to those of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is worthwhile and perhaps there are elements of the video that could be perceived as fair comment, but are the cheap shots necessary or effective. While calling John Prescott a 'Vast Waist Of Space' may work for Private Eye is it right for a political campaign video? Or does it make it engaging? The curious bit for me is the choice of music 'Cap in Hand' by The Proclaimers; while the sentiment "But I can’t understand why we let someone else rule our landWe’re cap in hand" may be felt by English Democrat supporters it could be perceived as essentially anti-Westminster if not anti British/English. But the main feature is the slideshow presentation of current politicians attacking them, does this work and why.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I only just found this wonderful trailer to advertise Super Tuesday's television coverage. This is the way to advertise an election contest, forget swing-o-meters, gimmicky sets, on the spot interviews, lets superimpose the candidate's heads on wrestlers and pretend its WWF. The soundtrack is Down with the Sickness by Disturbed, why does that seem just so appropriate. But then is this actually the way to capture a television audience, get them excited in the contest? Alternatively does it encourage a non-participatory audience, similar to WWF enjoying the game of candidates biting chunks out of each other and pretending to be wounded?
Monday, May 05, 2008
The results make it difficult to say if Dunwoody enjoyed a personal vote, support for her as MP as opposed to a loyal Labour support; however Labour seem to be playing on support for her and sympathy in allowing her daughter Tamsin to be candidate. Her Conservative opponent Edward Timpson is stressing his local credentials and in responding to her selection Timpson questioned her understanding of the local area and suggested she would be too loyal to Brown to be a representative. Interesting that one cannot do both, but this relates to an attack on Brown and his tax reforms presenting him as out of touch.
Of the top three Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Shenton is still the only candidate on Facebook, and now has a wall with two supportive comments and imports news items on her and the party and is up to 147 friends. She is also the only one advertising a personal website devoted to her cats. The Liberal Democrats have been gaining support in the last three election contests, but can she make an impact or even win.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
Friday, May 02, 2008
The serious point, the updates are perhaps the best thing. While election coverage is very formulaic and attempts to be entertaining and dramatic (though Jeremy Vine's antics last night were cringeworthy only); those who do watch til the last result crawls in really want results as they happen. Perhaps the twittering of elections is the future and we can all get the results on our laptops, palmtops and PDAs and make our own assessments. Perhaps also it gives more chance for those who want to, to comment themselves via their own blogs, other's blogs or news pages: could it just get a few more people watching elections.
Thursday, May 01, 2008
- results as soon as they seem clear, predictions perhaps
- information on what's going on a round the country- atmosphere at counts, rumours, gossip, colour
- reaction to blog posts
- information about other eye catching posts on political blogs