Weekly Wrap-Up 10/24/10

The Daily Show has been broadcasting from the nation’s capital all week.  President Obama appeared as well as other Washington VIPs.  It was all capped with Saturday’s “Rally to Restore Sanity”  Independent Kansan commends what Jon Stewart and the Daily Show are trying to do. This brings us to our Quote of the Week from Stewart’s interview with Sen. Ted Kaufman:

“So the system is broken, because it was built that way.” – Jon Stewart about Congress.

Sony announced this week that the Walkman will be discontinued. No more will we be able to walk around listening to our cassette tapes. What? You have an Ipod, so maybe this isn’t news. Oh well, goodbye Walkman, you had a good run.

NPR reports at least 100 Alaskans have filed as write-in candidates in the Senate race.  Independent Kansan thinks this is great. Well, it could be better. When California recalled Gov. Gray Davis they had such well qualified candidates as Gary Coleman. Wait! Alaska could get Sarah Palin to run. A normal senator’s term is 6 years. Palin would probably serve 2-3 of those, before deciding being a Senator was too restrictive. (Or because it doesn’t pay as well as Tea Party rallies.}

Facebook and the midterms, are they related?  NPR takes a look here at politicians embracing social media. Does a candidate using Facebook or Twitter really help them win reelection. Independent Kansas has always believed Facebook was a revolutionary tool in connecting people. Now we are letting politicians in? What happened to the days when you had to be a college student?

Independent Kansan urges all readers to check out the anything you can find about the Rally to Restore Sanity.  In case you’re wondering, our favorite sign reported at the event:  “Stand United Against Signs”

That’s the news. Please, come back next week when the election is over, and Independent Kansan publisher’s nephew is officially a big 1 years old.

4 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up 10/24/10

  1. In 2008, I supported an individual running in my district for the state legislator. This particular individual launched his campaign on the internet with comic strips in the spirit of the infamous web comic ‘xkcd’. He had very creative and futuristic campaign methods that really got the message out there in way that received moderate national attention.

    Apparently, in order to win in our district it requires substantial fund raising. He raised most of his funds asking for small 20 dollars or less donations. He spent a lot of time doing the math and created a formula that would reach his fund raising goals, without relying on 527 groups or other corporate funded private interests. I think he out raised his opponent with campaign cash and began a campaign on issues instead of misleading attack ads.

    He had a campaign based on solid issues like eliminating sales tax on food, transparent/open government, and logical health care solutions such as imposing regulatory policies that bring more people into the system by reducing costs. He wanted to bring government closer to the people, and at the same time getting government back on the side of the people. He actually cared about the disadvantaged, economically constrained, and younger voters. It wasn’t pandering; he had real solutions for serious problems in Kansas.

    Most people in our district listened, unfortunately not enough. Considering the political climate, and the power of the incumbency in our district he lost by several percentage points, less than a thousand votes with unprecedented cross over votes. This was considered extremely well considering the circumstances. I believe he’s running again, but in another district. I think the party encouraged him to run in another district.

    So to wrap this up, I’m trying to convey that effective campaigns build strong collations of real people. He used Facebook, email, websites, comic strips, and twitter to directly communicate with his volunteers and supporters. If you had a question or comment, it’s very likely that he’d respond.

    Although we lost, I actually felt proud to participate in a very democratic campaign for once in my life. I’d argue yes social media is a very effective tool for many politicians to get their message out there to the public. However, I’d argue that unless you have real solutions, most people aren’t going to pay much attention, aside from the ideological politicos on the right or left.

    By the way, it was nice seeing everyone at the party for Owen’s first birthday party today. This is Christopher, Bob’s cousin. I have stumbled across your website in the past, I had no idea you guys were behind it.

    Neat site, great writing, keep it going!

    • That’s an interesting story. What district was it? Who was the candidate? I have to tell you the “nice seeing at the party for Owen” threw me for a second before I read the next sentence. Anyway I thought the party went pretty well. It’s awesome you had read the site before. I’ve really enjoyed putting it up here. I noticed you have a WordPress id, do you keep a blog up here? Thanks for the encouragement. I’m glad you enjoy the site.

  2. Haha I thought this post was great…

    I appreciate your lack of concern for anything having to do with Sarah Palin, and I also appreciate the Stewart/Colbert addition this week. I wish I could have taken the time to go down the D.C and check it out (I knew a few people who did go). Oh well… perhaps next year when they hold the “Rally to Restore a Competent Group of US Representatives.”

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