“Amen blogger” quits campaign job; “I’ll return to blogging” he says, “but only if I get ‘Robert Mak’ money”

The easiest way to see if campaign management is for you is to manage a campaign. And that’s exactly what I did.

I left Horsesass.org at the end of April to manage Rep. Geoff Simpson’s re-election campaign. If you are a regular consumer of web-based news, then you know what happened. This, and then a month later, this. (It learned that in the news business, the arrest gets front page treatment while the story about the charges being dropped gets buried. Then again, I’m just another “amen blogger”, so who cares what I think, right?)

But less than a month later, I’m back here, blogging. Turns out, the tough job of campaign management probably isn’t for me, and I’m glad I found that out sooner rather than later. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity, that’s for sure.

Now, back to blogging (at least for the time being).


  1. 1

    The Real Mark spews:

    If you really want to find the path to happiness, become a Republican:

    Don’t listen to the liberals – Right-wingers really are nicer people, latest research shows


    Some excerpts:

    There is plenty of data that shows that Right-wingers are happier, more generous to charities, less likely to commit suicide – and even hug their children more than those on the Left.

    Much of this springs from the destructive influence of modern liberal ideas.

    In the Sixties, we saw the beginning of a narcissism and self-absorption that gripped the Left and has not let go.

    The full-scale embrace of the importance of self-awareness, self-discovery and being ‘true’ to oneself, along with the idea that the State should care for the less fortunate, has created a swathe of Left-wing people who want to outsource their obligations to others.

    Studies also indicate that those on the Left are less likely to give to charity or to volunteer their time to charity. When they do support charity, it is often less the sort of organisation that helps people and more one that advocates political action.

    And for all of you Lefty tax-aholics and social engineers:

    Professor James Lindgren, of Northwestern University in Chicago, found those who favour the redistribution of wealth are more envious than those who do not.

    Scholars at Oxford and Warwick Universities found the same sort of behaviour when they conducted an experiment.

    Setting up a computer game that allowed people to accumulate money, they gave participants the option to spend some of their own money in order to take away more from someone else.

    The result? Those who considered themselves ‘egalitarians’ (i.e. Left of centre) were much more willing to give up some of their own money if it meant taking more money from someone else.

    Much of the desire to distribute wealth and higher taxation is motivated by envy – the desire to take more from someone else – and bitterness.

    Ahhh… So bitter Righties look to the Bible and bitter Lefties look to the tax code (and amen blogging, of course).

  2. 2

    YLB spews:

    Peter Schweizer is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

    Yawwwwn… Right wing propaganda…

  3. 3

    The Real Mark spews:

    YLB @ 2

    At least you read the article. Points for you.

    Regardless of author, the people you have an issue with are not the authors, but the studies he cites.

    Is Prof. Lindgren @ Northwestern a Rightie?

    The folks at Oxford?

    You can go straight to Schweizer’s main source at: http://www.norc.org/GSS+Website

    Sounds pretty non-partisan to me and there is a ton of data — including the fact that ~85% of Republicans can properly tell you how an orange and a banana are alike, but only ~75% of Democrats can (reasoning abilities test).

    I kinda liked Orwell’s quote:

    George Orwell once wrote that politics was closely related to social identity. ‘One sometimes gets the impression,’ he wrote in The Road To Wigan Pier, ‘that the mere words socialism and communism draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, nature-cure quack, pacifist and feminist in England’.

    Sounds like an Obama rally crowd.

  4. 5

    Rick D. spews:

    That’s alright Will. We expect liberals to be quitters. The shocker would be if you hadn’t quit.

    Defending a wife beater wasn’t your cup of tea. I can understand that.


  5. 6

    The Real Mark spews:

    Now, Will, you’re not thinking this is going to qualify you for unemployment, are you?

  6. 7

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Puddydick posting as Rick D. would probably know more about wife-beating than anyone on this board. At least that’s what Puddy’s fat ugly wife tells me.

  7. 9

    YLB spews:

    3 – Followed up by a cherry picked quote and an ugly stereotype.

    Been to a McFlip-Flop rally lately Surreal?

  8. 10

    Puddybud spews:

    bybygoober since all of your siblings are either incarcerated, in a sanitarium, or were stillborn; I see you are still vicariously living life in other people. Sucks to be you. No wonder you weren’t aborted like over 6.5 million since the start of the Iraq war.

    Keep up the good work. You are a credit to the white man and to the liberal left.

  9. 11

    Puddybud spews:

    bybygoober, the only thing you could beat is your dick. Too bad those Ugandan shaman shrunk it.

  10. 12

    Puddybud spews:

    Did you notice truth hurts the liberal mind of clueless idiot@2&9?

    I thought the Daily Mail was leftist? Why would they print the story if there wasn’t merit to it clueless idiot?

  11. 13

    Puddybud spews:

    BTW bybygoober I like Rick D.’s opinions. They are much more informative than your continual circular comedy you post here.

  12. 14

    Puddybud spews:

    Will, maybe you can blog on why older white people like FnF@4 were taught to dislike black people when they were chillens. Maybe you can delve into the statistics why the older Heilary loving donkey claim they will not vote for Obama. Now that would be a blog entry I’d read in-depth!

  13. 15

    YLB spews:

    12 – Stupes you’re so braindead you believe right wing bullshit is truth.

    A total loser.

  14. 16

    YellowPup spews:

    Mark: If you’re so happy as a Republican, what are you doing here? Why do you feel the need to insult everyone on this blog? Are you personally happy?

  15. 17

    Puddybud spews:

    That’s the problem with clueless idiot@15. When he can’t fathom facts like an oil company 10K report he shudders, has an epileptic fit and writes the garbage as he did in #15.

    Way to go clueless idiot. You make all other lefty HAers proud being their clueless idiot.

  16. 18

    rhp6033 spews:

    Rick @ 1; Well, I’ll confess that since George W. Bush has become President, I, a Democrat, have considered suicide on more than one occassion.

    But after next November, I suspect that the data points will switch 180 degress.

  17. 19

    rhp6033 spews:

    Of course, I guess it’s easier to be self-satisfied with life if you don’t really care about what happens to those who are less fortunate than you are. Or perhaps you assuage your guilt by convincing yourself that “rich people are smarter & harder working than poor people, I’m rich (or I think I eventually will be), therefore I must be smarter & harder working!” (note the circular reasoning).

  18. 20

    rhp6033 spews:


    Voice from the heavens: “Thou Shalt Give Ten Percent of Everything Thou Earns”

    Man looking upwards: “But Lord, I already do that!”

    Voice from Heavens: “Lord????” This is Exxon/Mobile!”

    (Note: News late Sunday night: Saudies promised to increase oil production, reversing course from a couple of weeks ago. But today oil still broke above $140 per barrell, based upon the weakness of the dollar and reports from Friday of inflation in the U.S.)

  19. 21

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Shit happens, Will. When I was a college sophomore I accepted an offer to manage a campaign for dorm council president. My candidate won, or I should say I won, because I did all the campaigning while my candidate twiddled his thumbs. It turned out badly. He didn’t do anything as dorm president, either. Apparently he considered the office a mere honorific not requiring effort or leadership on his part, and the dorm government collapsed. You lose some, you win some. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which is worse.

  20. 22

    "Hannah" spews:

    Welcome back Will! We missed you! Sorry the campaign gig didn’t go as planned, oh well, better luck next time…now back to blogging! :)

  21. 23

    Puddybud spews:

    Rhp6033: Companies are not to tithe, God asks individuals to tithe. Do companies make it into heaven when the last trumpet sounds? Good try at cartoon humor.

  22. 24

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @1 Baloney. My field research proved Democratic congressional candidates hug rabbits, and Republican congressmen hate small furry animals.

  23. 25

    busdrivermike spews:

    I think Puddingdick proves Mark the Welchers post at #1 is absolutely correct. They seem so happy that they have to waste their time ranting on a left wing blog.

    I think they would be happier still ,even approaching nirvana, if they actually cited a fact to support their postion from time to time. Just once every twenty posts would be a welcome start.

  24. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @20 The only way to stop oil prices from climbing is to strengthen the dollar by raising interest rates.

    Meanwhile, think of $4.40 gas as Bush’s war tax, because that’s exactly what it is.

  25. 27

    rhp6033 spews:

    Puddy @ 12: If you think the Daily Mail is leftist, either you are sadly mis-informed, or it shows how far off the edge on the right you really are.

    Just a quick check of Wikipedia (yea, I know it’s not the best source, but it’s fast…)

    “According to a December 2004 survey, 53% of Daily Mail readers voted for the Conservative party, compared to 21% for Labour and 17% for the Liberal Democrats….

    (Lord) Rothermere (owner & publisher in 1920’s & 1930’s) was a friend and supporter of both Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, which influenced the Mail’s political stance towards them up to 1939. During this period, it was the only British newspaper consistently to support the German Nazi Party. Rothermere visited and corresponded with Hitler on many occasions. On 1 October 1938, Rothermere sent Hitler a telegram in support of Germany’s invasion of the Sudetenland, and expressing the hope that ‘Adolf the Great’ would become a popular figure in Britain.

    In 1937, the Mail’s chief war correspondent, George Ward Price, to whom Mussolini once personally wrote in support of him and the newspaper, published a book, I Know These Dictators, in defence of Hitler and Mussolini.

    Rothermere and the Mail supported Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement, particularly during the events leading up to the Munich Agreement. However, after the Nazi invasion of Prague in 1939, the Mail changed position and urged Chamberlain to prepare for war, not least, perhaps, because on account of its stance it had been threatened with closure by the British Government.

    The paper continues to be referred to on occasion by critics as the Daily Heil, referring to its conservative stance and its past support for Mosley….

    “The Daily Mail considers itself to be the voice of Middle England speaking up for “small-c” conservative[11] values against what it sees as a liberal establishment. It generally takes an anti-EU, anti-mass immigration, anti-abortion view, based around what it describes as “traditional values”, and is correspondingly pro-family, pro-capitalism (though not always supportive of its aftereffects), and pro-monarchy, as well as, in some cases, advocating stricter punishments for crime. It also often calls for lower levels of taxation. The paper is generally critical of the BBC, which it argues is biased to the left. However, it is less supportive of deregulated commercial television than The Sun, and unlike Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid it seems to be broadly nostalgic for what it believes the BBC once was.

    In the late 1960s the paper went through a phase of being liberal on social issues like corporal punishment, but this proved short-lived and it soon reverted to its traditional right-wing conservative line.”

    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_Mail

  26. 28

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @26 continued — And while you’re at it, you wingnuts should be asking yourselves how you’d live on your “private investment accounts” when your savings earn less than 1% interest and inflation for essentials like food, home heating, and health care is in double digits. Answer: You can’t; Social Security and Medicare are going to save your sorry asses from destitution and starvation.

  27. 29

    Puddybud spews:

    RHP6033: The definitions of liberal and conservative used in the US don’t mount to a hill of beans over yonder. You know it, I know it and they know it.

    The WWII Hitler appeasement policy was a liberal thing. Do you need to search the history books? Remember how the liberals buried Winston Churchill only to resurrect him when the rest of the country saw how much of a LOSER Chamberlain was?

    As I remember and you can look it up your pal Keith Olbermann called Nancy Stretched Face Pelosi plus Harry Nepotism Land Deal Reid Neville Chamberlain.

    Nuff said.

  28. 30

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @29 In puddinghead’s Alice-in-Wonderland world, up is down, down is up, and conservative is liberal.

    From Wikipedia:

    “Arthur Neville Chamberlain … was a British Conservative politician …. Chamberlain’s legacy is marked by his so-called ‘appeasement’ policy … to Hitler. In the same year he also gave up the Irish Free State Royal Navy ports.”

    “The Conservative Party … is a political party in the United Kingdom. Founded in its present form during the early 19th century, it has historically been the principal party of the right ….”

  29. 31

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Roger Rabbit Quiz, Part 1

    Which U.S. president tried to sell U.S. ports to the Arabs?

    [ ] 1. Thomas Jefferson
    [ ] 2. Rutherford B. Hayes
    [ ] 3. Herbert Hoover
    [ ] 4. Harry Truman
    [ ] 5. George W. Bush

  30. 33

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    “Appeasement” is being polite to a Republicon when you have an opportunity to kick him in the nuts.

  31. 34

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Roger Rabbit Quiz, Part 3

    The president who said, “”Let us never negotiate out of fear, but let us never fear to negotiate” was:

    [ ] 1. A tough Democrat war hero named John F. Kennedy
    [ ] 2. A buh-cluck-cluck Republican draft evader named George W. Bush

  32. 35

    michael spews:


    You might want to read Troublesome Young Men by Lynne Olsen, that way you might have an idea of what you’re talking about when it comes to Chamberlain and Churchill.

  33. 37

    ByeByeGOP spews:

    Why does Puddydick try to pretend he isn’t Rick D? What a waste of time! Like everything Puddydick is involved with. The Lil Bitch can’t do anything right.

    And I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it when he starts his God shit. I want the people of the world to look at his words – these are the words of a so-called Christian. Any questions?

  34. 38

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    There’s an excellent article in Newsweek called “The Mythology of Munich” which concludes:

    “There is a risk that, as Election Day 2008 approaches, voters will be fooled or swept away by the clichés about Munich and Vietnam. In the reality of power, presidents generally realize that the choice between negotiation and force is rarely clear-cut or either-or. It can be hard to tell what either McCain or Obama would do if they were actually to take on the burdens and responsibilities of the presidency. But most voters know what, more than any other quality — more than tough talk or promises of conciliation — they are looking for in a president: good judgment.”

    (Quoted under fair use)

    Worth a read.

  35. 39

    rhp6033 spews:

    Puddy @ 23: I didn’t create the comic, I just quoted it. I would have provided a link to the original, but the location I saw it didn’t have it in a format that allowed me to do so.

    So go to Newsweek.com, look at the bottom of the page under “comics”, and then click on the link. You will see it listed as a comic for “previous days”.

    If you want to argue theology, feel free to do it with the author of the comic. For me, I thought it was a small bright spot of humor in an otherwise very depressing topic.

  36. 40

    Puddybud spews:

    Michael: I’d rather read Churchill’s biography, especially starting around page 240 onward.

  37. 43

    Puddybud spews:

    bybygoober: Remember all of your siblings are either incarcerated, in a sanitarium, or were stillborn.

  38. 45

    Puddybud spews:

    I think bybygoober is the afterbirth of Pelletizer. Similar posting style. Similar topics.

  39. 46

    Steve spews:

    @43 “all of your siblings”

    You receive my scorn, Puddy, because you deserve it. You’re not only a bitch, you’re a treasonous bitch.

  40. 48

    Steve spews:

    @47 Trolls do as their masters command. That’s one of the things that’s very sad about you, Puddy.

  41. 49

    Puddybud spews:

    So Steve being the “know it all you are” Who’s my master?

    It ain’t you. You’s bybygoobers bitch.