Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Thursday, October 09, 2003
And the Loser Is
While others focus on the guy with the most votes, the Nuisance takes a moment to remember all those other candidates in California's 135 person field.
For all the talk about the huge field, the two top candidates ulitmately split just over 80% of the vote. Add in McClintock, and you have 93.8%.
Peter Camejo got about 45% of the remainder, with 2.8% of the vote. Considering that this was an election where voters were eager to toss out the in crowd and look to alternatives, and that Camejo got huge exposure from several broadcast debates, that can't be seen as an impressive showing.
Next were in order Huffington, Ueberroth, Flynt, and Coleman. Mary Cook finished 10th. Comedian Gallagher finished last among the actual celebrities, with 4,864 votes for 16th place, still beating out the 2,262 votes (28th place, if I counted correctly) of self-declared celebrity Angelyn.
Web favorite Georgina Russell earned 1,947 votes. I guess there just aren't enough voters who read German profiles, even when they have racy titles like "Sex, Drugs, und Open Source". A disappointing finish, but sexy liberal Georgy did beat out her right wing counterpart, sexy conservative Brooke Adams (1,833).
Edward Kennedy led the my-name-is-famous-even-if-I'm-not crowd with 2,583, coming in just behind it's-sorta-like-a-famous-name-if-you-don't-look-too-close Dan Feinstein. Trailing in this category were Richard Simmons, and Michael Jackson. Proving that we're not in Kansas any more, Robert Dole brought up the rear in 132nd place.
Let history note that the unique honor of finishing 135th out of 135 went to Todd Richard "Bumhunter" Lewis. With 172 votes, Mr Lewis gained the support of 0.002% of California voters. So much for the theory that having a web site is a sure campaign gimmick. Earlier in the campaign, when he still held dreams of finishing 134th, Mr Lewis had said, "People are going to know the Bum Hunter is doing this, and hopefully it will get the young demographic to go out there, support me, register to vote, and be involved in future elections. And it will draw attention to the homeless people; no one realizes how many people are out there." How many voters were drawn to the polls by Mr Lewis's candidacy remains uncertain.