The Emptywheel Primary Trash Talk

It’s here!! Yep the fateful Emptywheel Primary day! Why is it the Emptywheel Primary you ask? Well silly, because today is the Super Tuesday of GOP primaries in both Michigan and Arizona. My Mormons versus Marcy’s Hutaree. Gonna throw down baby.

I want to tell you how thrilling the excitement of the Republican primary has been for us here in Arizona. Except, well, I can’t. Because it hasn’t. It is now 5:00 pm here on the day of the primary, and I have not seen one single campaign ad on television. Other than a flurry of coverage on the day of the debate here, Nada. Zero. Zilch. As for campaign signs, which are always up everywhere in my busy area that sits at the intersection of Arcadia, Paradise Valley and Scottsdale. There are major roads leading to a lot of voters – many of them affluent – and this is a quite Republican district (it elected Ben Quayle handily just as an indicator). The pitiful tiny little Santorum sign in the picture above is the only sign I have seen within a two mile radius. That’s it.

As for Michigan, Marcy reports the same there. CNN and MSNBC says the GOP candidates have been traipsing around Michigan, but Marcy has not seen much in the way of advertising or excitement either. Charlie Pierce gives a rundown on the wonderful candidates in Michigan. Here is what Marcy reported on Twitter yesterday about the level of excitement:

Honestly though, it just seems like a non-event to me. I have yet to see an ad–not TV, direct mail, robo, signs. Nothing!

So, two decent sized primaries in pretty interesting states, for differing reasons, and…..bupkis.

It looks like Romney has Arizona solid unless there is a major upset, which is not shocking with the large contingent of Mormons here. But Michigan has been shockingly tight given Romney’s roots there, and that could really be interesting depending on how a few key counties go. And Ron Paul has better strength than you think in Michigan. So this is a thread for election chatter, and anything else in the world you got (hint FOOTBALL and other sports, etc!).

On piece of pretty interesting news today, Olympia Snowe has announced she is retiring after this term and will not run, so there is a scramble underway up in Maine. The big Dem names floated so far to replace Snowe are current Representatives Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud, as well as former Representative Tom Allen. Of those, it is hard not to think Pingree has the edge, and she is already thinking about it hard. This could be a great pickup opportunity for the Dems in the Senate, and would sure help the effort to keep the majority control of the Senate. DDay has more.

So, with that, let’s hoop and yak it up for The Emptywheel Primary! Music by Bo Diddley and Roadrunner, which he first released in 1960.

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bmaz Pete Rose has a point https://t.co/UCRPDf2POk
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bmaz @DavidPurdum @WALLACHLEGAL @Norm_Clarke The man has a point.
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bmaz RT @ggreenwald: To belittle Sanders, Dem pundits insisted Primary Season head-to-head polls are worthless. They've now overnight declared t…
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bmaz @DLind @radleybalko @LilianaSegura Yes, been saying it for a while!
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bmaz RT @DLind: @bmaz @radleybalko @LilianaSegura sorry did somebody say IIRIRA https://t.co/p8lrxJGm3N
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bmaz @OKnox Packers too.....Do it for Nibbles!
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bmaz RT @LilianaSegura: "I suspect that there have may well been innocent people who were executed" after AEDPA, a former WH lawyer told me. htt…
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bmaz RT @radleybalko: Tired of people excusing Clinton's crime policy as "well-meaning." It was cynical and crassly political. See AEDPA: https…
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bmaz @radleybalko @LilianaSegura Thank you! I've been saying this since the "no real effect" BS memes started coming out. PLRA PRWORA IIRIRA too!
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bmaz @joshgerstein Now, if only competent attorneys were taking the depos.
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bmaz RT @joshgerstein: Judge OKs depositions of Clinton aides, State Dept officials in email-seeking #FOIA suit https://t.co/NgWUlkfSRl
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bmaz There is absolutely nothing AZ Legislature won't do to screw poor people+students in order to give tax cuts to corps https://t.co/qWIrhJ1L5N
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