Sunday, November 20, 2011

The LuLac Edition #1842, November 20th, 2011

Recent Wilkes Barre Area School Board candidates Kathy Grinaway and Sam Troy.


I really have no use for Third parties. I know that’s unAmerican but I speak from personal experience. In 1968 then former Alabama Governor George Wallace ran as a Third Party candidate. He carried 6 states. Granted these were southern states that were long gone after the Johnson passed Civil Rights initiatives but he did get 45 Electoral votes. Who knows how much energy and money he siphoned off the Humphrey campaign? Especially in union support. There was a rogue element of labor that fell in love with Wallace.
Ross Perot ran in 1992 and while not carrying a single state, this demented little clown did get 19% of the vote making the Bill Clinton Presidency possible. Only a year before, George H.W. Bush stood at 91% approval in the polls.
In 2000, Ralph Nadar made it possible for another Bush to enter the White House, but by thoroughly illegitimate means. We lost the steady leadership of an Al Gore Presidency. They tell us Third Party candidacies are great for America and for the political system locally. Really?
Let’s take the Wilkes Barre Area School Board race. (I’m not even going to go into the fiasco that was the Wilkes Barre Mayor’s race!)
Democrat Lou Elmy, a crony of convicted school board member Jim Hite ran against Republican Kathy GRinaway. Grinaway almost won a double nomination in the primary. In the General, it was going to be regarded as a head to head battle.
Enter Sam Troy. Troy decided he was going to run as an Independent for Wilkes Barre Area School Board. He also ran for Council as an Independent in District C. (This running for multiple offices really has to be stopped too. The only way you should run for office like that is if you are aspiring for one and want to keep the other just in case you lose. You are already an incumbent. This stuff of throwing something at the electoral pie and seeing if it sticks is pretty stupid.) Anyway, a word about Sam Troy. I like Sam. I think Sam is a dedicated community activist who has something to say. I had nothing but enormous respect for Sam’s parents, Wilbur and Marilyn Troy. Both worked like dogs for Democratic candidates on the West Side. Wilbur was an ardent supporter of the principles of the Democratic party. He finally won a seat on the Valley West School Board, as a dual nominee after many tries. In every national Democratic campaign., no matter how long shot it was, like Mondale as an example, they were out front. Sam inherited that activism and I salute him for it. But this is how the Wilkes Barre Area Board race panned out:
Elmy: 5245
Grinaway 4120
Troy 3029.
Let’s face it, Elmy had the South Wilkes Barre machine behind him. Grinaway came up short by only 1125 votes. Don’t you think she could have gotten a little less than half of the 3,000 votes Sam Troy got?
I don’t criticize Sam Troy for running or campaigning. Nor do I any third party candidate who wants to express themselves. All I’m asking is that before you make the race, look at the options. Your entry into a race might deny a win to a more qualified candidate that would promote the change you so desperately want. As a candidate who has self interest, I understand how you might see how you might be better qualified than the two candidates facing off. But ask yourself one more question, is one of those two candidates you are facing off against in a three way contest more qualified and better prepared than the other? Third party candidacies are a fine exercise in Democracy but that’s all they are, an exercise that most times ends in futility.


So the rednecks at NASCAR starting booing the First Lady when she was saluting the troops. Why were they booing? Were they booing the troops fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq? Were they booing the wife of the President that is winding down those wars and getting them home safely? Who were they booing? Do you think they were booing a First Lady or perhaps a First Lady of color? I have a few great friends that are NASCAR fans. One of them, a deceased veteran most likely would be asking the same questions I am if he were alive. Just what the hell were you booing about?


That Super Congressional committee has turned out to be another joke. These Senators can’t make a decision and you’ll see the results of their inaction tomorrow when the stock market tanks. By the way, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is on the committee and is doing what he does best, help the rich and screw the middle class.


At 6:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Possibly they were booing the Vice President's wife, who was also there? Why do you assume they were booing the First Lady? Are you a racist?

At 8:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The answer is NO political parties.

At 8:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many NASCAR Stars are black?
How many drivers?
No matter how hard they try to convince us of the sophistication of NASCAR fans they demonstrated low class behavior regarding the First Lady!
I guess low class is better than no class, but not by much.
It always was and always will be a redneck operation and no, car racing is not a sport!

Carey Ave Jack

At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was watching and "thought" I heard some "booing" buried in the mix when she and Biden's wife joined some kids in a choral "start your engines".
Honestly I've heard louder booing in many other venues. I do not condone nor participate in such - but probably should.
Did you see the number of people there? Figure that 99% of the audience were respectful - but ya know Yonk in all seriousness she has been inserting herself into the nation's family with her phoney-baloney health initiatives. She should concentrate on addressing the SOURCE of the problem and not the vehicle that's used.
BTW most of those in attendance realize she considers them rednecks and was only there to promote her "projects" which they really don't argree with.
Wanna hear boos - put Rosanne Barr up there.

At 12:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So calling Bush "Hitler" isn't disrespectful to the office. But NASCAR booing Michelle Obama is?

Those "rednecks" were seeing thru the window dressing I suspect.

If Michelle and Barrack really wanted to help the vets they would STOP threatening their pay and benefits.

Given my choice and based on philosophy and smell between supporting "redneck" and "occupy"?

I'll take "redneck". AFD

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't think Sam did this as a favor to the party?
Don't challenge Elmy in the primary, run in the General, torpedo Grinaway in the name of "independence" and look like a "caring activist"? It worked. His rep remains intact.

Bookmark this strategy for future reference.

At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do realize Michelle and Jill got a standing ovation, right?

Why were they booing? Lazy? Clinging? Don't know how to parent? Feed our kids? Exercise enough? Choose the right food? Buy the right car? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, I don't necessarily agree with booing her, nor booing the President. Granted she's not elected, but there still should be some level of respect for the "position" or "office", agree or disagree with political positions. If she's there in her "official capacity", which she was, booing is tasteless, IMO.

I expected better than your "Booing a First Lady of color" comment though. Cheap and completely baseless. How about:

That they were booing a First Lady who admittedly wasn't proud of her country until her husband became President and that they resent someone feeling that way when they've always been proud to be Americans?

That they were booing a First Lady who they feel wasted a huge amount of taxpayer money leaving for the family vacation on her own plane only four hours before her husband while they worry about carpooling and maybe not even going on vacation to save money?

That they were booing a First Lady who they think comes off as preachy about how we should live our everyday lives down to what we eat, yet clearly relishes her position as one of the "1%", mingling with movie stars, eating gourmet food and taking round the world trips with the whole family in tow?

People can find a lot of reasons to boo Michelle Obama, the least of which is the color of her skin.

At 4:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toomey has GOT to go along with Barletta. These two are not interested in the needs of the people, only the needs of their party and the rich.

At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy, could you imagine if Grinaway was a tall woman, Yonk would want a recount!!!

At 12:49 AM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Are you a racist?

At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute.
"When super committee member Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania, bucked the trend by proposing the elimination of $250 billion in tax deductions, 72 House Republicans signed a letter declaring their opposition to any deal including tax increases."
How's that square with screwing the middle class Dave.?
Toomey went out on a limb, no?

At 6:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toomey isn't stupid and he is playing us for dumies. He knows full well that any step he takes toward helping the middle class and making the 1% pay their fair share wil never fly with his buddies but it makes him look good. Just look at his votes from the very beginning, he is in step with Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you're saying he pissed off 72 colleagues enough for them to sign a letter declaring their opposition to his proposal just to look good?

Is Obama wanting to keep the Bush tax cuts in the same playbook?


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