(Newser)–A felon serving time in a Texas prison has managed to give President Obama a run for his money in West Virginia’s Democratic primary. Keith Judd, who is serving a federal sentence for extortion, took 40% of the vote to Obama’s 60%, the highest result of any Democratic challenger in the primaries so far, reports Politico. The result may get Judd four delegates to the Democratic National Convention, although officials say it’s not clear whether he has filed the necessary paperwork. Judd—who filed to run in 14 states in 2008 but only made it onto the ballot in Idaho—was able to get on the West Virginia ballot by paying a $2,500 fee and filing a form known as notarized certification of announcement, state officials say. West Virginia has never been Obama country—he lost every county to Hillary Clinton in 2008—but the Judd vote shows just how unpopular the president is in some areas, the AP notes. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Sen. Joe Manchin, both Democrats, have refused to say whether they’ll vote for him in November
Is Keith Judd the greatest political athlete of all time? I mean taking 40% of the vote in a primary against a sitting president is nothing to sneeze at. When you consider the fact that Keith Judd is running his entire campaign out of his Texas jail cell it’s even more impressive. If West Virginia is any indication about how the rest of the nation will vote then Obama could actually be in trouble against Mitt Romney. Maybe Romney should make Judd his VP. Judd is serving time for extortion(perfect background to be an elected official) so you know he can raise money. He is from the South, he is a registered democrat so it would show Mitt’s willingness to reach across the aisle, and has an obvious ability to make a connection to the people. America is a nation of second chances. Romney-Judd 2012.
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Obama just needed to get back to his roots. Stop trying to play football and look athletic. Republicans own football. Just let them have it. That’s their base. Obama needs to play to his crowd and keep on covering the shit out of Lady Gaga songs. Who cares if his voice sounds Stephen Hawking in this clip. It’s just auto-tuned like you read about. Romney has no chance in November, NO CHANCE.
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(Business Insider)–Given the smoke and mirrors that seem to be de rigueur in Russian politics (not to mention the sincere Russian love of conspiracy theories), it was inevitable that someone would look deeper at Mikhail Prokhorov’s election bid and find something fishy about it. Talking to Gazeta.ru, Stanislav Belkovsky, a political analyst and associate of Boris Berezovsky, argues that Prokhorov’s intentions are not to beat Vladimir Putin in next year’s presidential elections, but to placate Russia’s angry middle classes by giving the impression of choice, and to then take Dimitry Medvedev’s place as Prime Minister of the country.
Here’s a Google-translated version of his comments:
“After the rally at the Bolotnaya area, when it became clear that the urban educated class went against the government and does not hide its position, the Kremlin puts Prokhorov in order to neutralize the energy of this protest, that we all have expired sweet saliva on what a good candidate is nominated the presidency “
While we have no idea whether this is true (and it seems foolish not to question Belkovsky’s intentions too), there are a few issues swirling around Prokhorov that do invite curiosity.For one, the timing of the announcement seems, at best, inopportune. Alexander Rahr, the director of the Russia-Eurasia Program at the German Council on Foreign Relations, told Russia Today that the oligarch has little real chance of really entering the race, let alone winning, at this point. “I doubt that Prokhorov will get enough followers,” Rahr said. “He needs a party, he needs a movement. He has the money to conduct a campaign, but he needs the people who will operate for him.” Prokhorov’s exit from Right Cause, a pro-business party, earlier this year was a little confusing, to say the least. At first Prokhorov denied criticisms that the party was a pro-Kremlin device designed to capture middle class votes in the Duma. Then he said the Kremlin had infiltrated it. Then he quit, calling the entire thing a “farce”. And then there’s the possible links to Former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, who announced that he and Prokhorov were considering forming a new party this afternoon. Kudrin, who left the Russian government in acrimony this summer, is seen as close to Putin and had been considered a possible Prime Minister himself until some kind of internal power struggle forced him out.
I mean this is just down right diabolical. Putin works in political corruption like Picaso worked in oils. When his term limits were up, he simply just created a new position higher than President. Then said “meh, fuck it…I think I will just be president again…without an election”. Now some people in Russia are a little bit salty…so what does old slick Vladdy do…oh just get a billionaire oil tycoon to fake run for president. Let people think they have a choice, then just stay President because all Prokhorov cares about is getting Dwight Howard to the Nets. Prokhorov has like no political experience. This could never happen in America. Can you imagine if Obama had it set up so he could campaign against some guy who had no political experience, or maybe somebody that divorved his wife while she was dying of cancer, or a guy who openly hates gays, or a guy who …I mean Obama would be thrilled. Instead he is going to have a real battle on his hands against….well…shit. Obama swag for the win.
PS: All joking aside…the Republican field for president is pathetic. There is one really good candidate that NOBODY is paying attention to…John Huntsman. Just a dream resume. No candidate is perfect, but this guy is easily the best of the bunch. Oh and…he has hot daughters(Especially Abby)…just saying.