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  •  What is your favorite weird election story (5+ / 0-)

    of strange, demented, and unexpected happenings?

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:59:06 PM PDT

    •  Hands down (21+ / 0-)

      The 2008 race for NY-13, based on Staten Island in NYC. It started off with GOP Rep. Vito Fossella getting busted for drunk driving in Virginia, which led to revelations that he had a secret second family. Fossella then announced he wouldn't run for re-election, leaving the GOP to scramble for a replacement candidate.

      With just months to go, they picked a guy named Frank Powers. It turns out that he had a son, also named Frank Powers, and Frank Powers, Jr. also wanted to run for the same seat, on the Libertarian line. It set up the delicious prospect of a father-vs.-son, Frank Powers vs. Frank Powers race.

      Then the elder Frank Powers died not long before election day.

      So of course he had to be replaced, and the local GOP had fallen into utter war with itself. Part of the district was based in Brooklyn as well, and the two factions seemed to despise each other. They ultimately settled on one of the most unpopular men ever to hold office in the region, former Assemblyman Bob Straniere. A commenter on the Staten Island Advance once memorably describe Straniere as "wearing a rat on his head." Not inaccurate.

      I'm leaving all sorts of good bits out, but in the end, to cap it all off, Democrat Michael McMahon destroyed Straniere, picking up the seat for Team Blue. We'd wind up giving it back in the 2010 wave, but I've never seen a race quite like this one.

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      by David Nir on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:05:19 PM PDT

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      •  That. is. so. awesome. :-) n/t (2+ / 0-)
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        angry marmot, Zack from the SFV

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:06:19 PM PDT

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        •  Oh I forgot to mention (4+ / 0-)

          The Libertarians sadly did not nominate Frank Powers junior, who appeared to be a total waster.  I had forgotten that he claimed he would seek the Anarchist Party line instead! (James L swears this is true, but no such party exists.)

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          by David Nir on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:18:29 PM PDT

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          •  Wouldn't it be wrong (7+ / 0-)

            for the Anarchist Party to actually file the paperwork?

            Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

            by elfling on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:22:43 PM PDT

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            •  Moreover... (0+ / 0-)

              Anarcho-capitalism is an oxymoron, since anarchism has traditionally meant non-authoritarian socialism, and is definitely anti-capitalist. An-archo means without ruler or without authority.

              Libertarianism, as well, in Europe has always meant libertarian socialism (anarchism).

              In the US, the right wing has tried to adopt these terms, and some are so ignorant they think the right wing invented the usage, but the terms anarchism and libertarian date back to the mid 1800s in Europe, and are still used around the world today to indicate anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian forms of socialism.

              Libertarian is the opposite of authoritarian.

              And anarchists are not against organization in the slightest degree, rather, they prefer an egalitarian,  horizontal form of social organization, rather than vertical, hierarchical forms that are top down in governance, with elites calling the shots. Worker owned co-ops which are democratically organized using consensus or other forms of direct democracy is an example of a horizontal form of community self-management.

              The reason right wing usage of the terms is self-contradictory is because capitalism is by nature vertical and hierarchical in social structure, and is rife with authority and rulership over workers by the owner class who control the means of production. So, this isn't truly anarchic or liberating in any sense, except for those few who mange to become the owner class.

              Just a brief history about the terms for anyone interested.

              "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

              by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:22:34 PM PDT

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          •  See this response to elfling (0+ / 0-)

            in case you missed it.

            http://www.dailykos.com/...

            "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

            by ZhenRen on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 02:25:06 PM PDT

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    •  Here's the (4+ / 0-)
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      elfling, David Nir, nomandates, skibum59

      NY-13 tag from Swing State Project, c. 2008, if you want to dig deep through our archives. For a solid several months, each day's news in that district was somehow weirder than the previous day's news. It's the only race I've ever seen that seemed less "What It Takes" and more "Confederacy of Dunces."

      Editor, Daily Kos Elections.

      by David Jarman on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 01:20:32 PM PDT

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