Obama Struggles, Sort Of, In the Arkansas Primary

First Barack Obama encountered some unexpected opposition in the Oklahoma primary, with 18 percent of the vote going to anti-abortion crusader Randall Terry and 14 percent to perennial gadfly candidate Jim Rogers. Then Louisiana gave nearly 12 percent of its vote to John Wolfe, a Chattanooga lawyer challenging the president from the left (*), though the party is trying to deny Wolfe the delegates he is due. Then West Virginia Democrats awarded 41 percent of their ballots -- that's 41, not 14 -- to Keith Judd, a self-described "Rastafarian-Christian" who says he is a former member of the "Federation of Super Heroes" and who is currently serving time in a federal penitentiary in Texas. Now a survey in one of Arkansas' four congressional districts shows the president polling just seven points ahead of Wolfe, 45 percent to 38.

That's a district, and not (as I initially, overexcitedly read it) the whole state. And it doesn't really have anything to do with Wolfe's platform: Randall Terry aside, all these candidates are basically getting votes for Generic Other Guy. But if Wolfe wins the district, he'll deserve his golden asterisk in the presidential history books. Though if I had my druthers, the victory would go to Vermin Supreme.

(* The economic left, anyway: Apparently he's to the president's right on gay marriage.)

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  • John||


    They plan to vote for Mickey Mouse in California. And

    In New Hampshire: Obama lost 20% of the primary vote; the #1 write in name was Ron Paul.

  • ||

    In New Hampshire: Obama lost 20% of the primary vote; the #1 write in name was Ron Paul.

    Too bad those dopes didn't vote in the Republican primary. Not that it would've helped much.

  • CE||

    What do you mean? Ron Paul was second with 23 percent of the vote in New Hampshire, a pretty good showing when everyone was still in the race.

  • Killazontherun||

    Keith Judd '16, people. We can do this. It will destroy politics the way we know it. I want this more than anything in my life.

  • ChrisO||

    The man's a superhero. Don't underestimate him.

  • PapayaSF||

    More evidence that Obama's "easy win" in November is highly questionable, to say the least.

  • Just Dropping By||

    Yes, President Bob Dole well remembers how Lydon LaRouche's win of 34.66% in the 1996 Democratic primary in North Dakota sounded the death knell for any possibility of a second Clinton term.

  • John||

    Dole never got to run against an incumbent with 22 million un or underemployed.

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a bit of stupid for us all.

  • Just Dropping By||

    PapayaSF's claim is that whackjob primary candidates performing well in effectively uncontested primaries is "evidence" that an "easy win" by an incumbent president is "highly questionable." That clearly is a flawed premise given LaRouche's performance in 1996. Nowhere does PapayaSF state that bad economic performance is relevant to his analysis.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Vermin Supreme - the only politician who's upfront about offering everyone ponies.

  • R C Dean||

    Mmmm. Tasty, tasty ponies.

  • CloneOfThrawn||

    Bronies too? Why isn't brony meat allowed to be sold in the US?

  • CE||

    And someone named Raphael Herman has raised $5,687,964 for his run against Obama. The news is strangely silent about this, even though he's a complete unknown and managed to raise nearly as much as Jon Huntsman and Tim Pawlenty.


  • PapayaSF||

    Except that it also says "Dsb $5,751,964." Disbursed? I have no idea what the point of all that is. Some sort of tax dodge?

  • Just Dropping By||

    The media is "strangely silent" about Herman because he was born in Israel and thus is constitutionally ineligible to be president. It's covered in this ABC News story: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics.....d=12733468


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