Sunday, July 18, 2010

Ten Buck Fridays Poll: July 18 - 23

I'll introduce this week's TBF poll with an important quote:

"It seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind."

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1, October 27, 1787

Here's the winner!

Information about the candidates...

Bobby Schilling (IL-17)
Chris Gibson (NY-20)
David Harmer (CA-11)
Star Parker (CA-37)
  • Star Parker is the author of Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can Do About It
  • Prior to her involvement in social activism, Star Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles, California.
  • Star Parker on Facebook
  • Star Parker on Twitter
  • About Star Parker
  • Star Parker on the issues
Brian Murphy (MD-Gov)
  • Brian's has a degree in Economics, and he is influenced by thinkers such as Friedman, de Tocqueville, and Hayek.
  • Brian is married to a "retired" electrical engineer who stays home with their four children.
  • Brian Murphy on Facebook
  • Brian Murphy on Twitter
  • About Brian Murphy
  • Brian Murphy on the issues
Anna Little (NJ-6)
Jacob Turk (MO-5)
Marco Rubio (FL-Sen)
Marlin Stutzman (IN-3)
Chip Cravaack (MN-8)

It was quite difficult narrowing the field of nominees down to ten choices this time. Nominees not included this week will be included for consideration next week: John Dennis, Brian Herr, Lt. Col. Allen West, Doug Dubitsky, Rocky Raczkowski, Nick Popaditch, Collins Bailey, Scott Rigell, Tom Stillings, and Dr. Marvin Scott.

Please continue nominating your favorite candidates.


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Randy-g said...

The new poll is up, and a couple of emails to the talkers. It can't hurt.
And great work RK keeping the poll alive!

Nice Deb said...

Why are we including a past winner when there are worthy candidates who haven't been listed once, yet?

Russ said...

"Why are we including a past winner when there are worthy candidates who haven't been listed once, yet?"

We were just playing by the rules, which I understood to be that past winners could be renominated after two weeks.

If I was mistaken, please let me know so I can inform our supporters.

Thanks as always to everyone for this wonderful idea.

Lilac Sunday said...

I've got the poll up on my little blog; wow, that roster is an embarrassment of riches this week.

Longhaired Conservative said...

The poll is up and you've been linked.
Also, Nice Deb has a good point. Would I be correct to assume it came from a tally of the nominations? Still, it could get tricky. So many candidates, so few weeks left.

RightKlik said...

RG: Thanks!

ND: Our policies are being refined as we go along.

Last week we included Sharron Angle in the poll for the 2nd time. She is a past winner from the very first week. She was the first winner to be featured again. She did enjoy strong support last week, but she finished 3rd.

The goal is to strike a balance between representing the most popular candidates in proportion to the number of nominations with the desire to feature as many deserving candidates as possible.

Currently the policy is as follows:

"Candidates who have won a TBF poll go on hold for two weeks before being eligible for renomination, e.g., the candidate who wins on August 20, could be nominated for the poll that goes up on September 5."

I welcome feedback on our current guidelines. We'll continue to make improvements in accordance with popular demand.

There were a few nominations that came in yesterday, after our preliminary list of 17 had been posted. Those candidates are on the list for next week.

Other than those nominees, most candidates who have received nominations have been listed at least once, particularly those that have been nominated by more than one person.

I will continue posting a preliminary list of nominees every Saturday. The primary reason to post a preliminary list is to address any serious concerns (e.g. flawed conservative credentials, little-known scandals, damning video clips), but any concern about who should or shouldn't be included in the poll can be explored in each Saturday's TBF post.

Here are some other considerations that go into the final decisions (tie-breakers):

• The credibility of the people making nominations (e.g. anonymous nomination vs. trusted blogger).

• How much the candidate needs money, how important the election is, how viable the candidate is, etc.

• If the candidate is running in a contested primary, have we already featured an opponent?

I suppose most political races are nasty, but in some races, nastiness is the main theme. We'll probably try to avoid those races, or wade into them very cautiously. The emotions are just too intense and we don't need to get caught in the crossfire.

* There are a couple of candidates who are on hold (among other reasons) due to concerns that have been brought via email and I am taking time to investigate those concerns.

RightKlik said...

LS: Thanks! Yes, if it's difficult to decide how to vote, I think we have a good list.

LhC: Thank you!

We may need to clarify and improve the nomination process. I'd like to be getting enough nominations to let the tally be the deciding factor, but most nominees only get one nomination, so other factors end up playing a role.

It's getting trickier each week.

Anne said...

Can you guys clarify the rules on voting? Are you looking for a single vote from everyone, can we vote once a day, etc? This is fantastic!

RightKlik said...

Anne: One vote per person each week. Thanks for voting!

Mike said...

We need someone like Bobby Schilling who will represent the people, unlike his leftist opponent, who cares less for the constitution!

Matthew Newman said...

Now cross-posted to Old Line Elephant:
and RightOSphere:

The Conservative Lady said...

Posts are up on TCL and all the other usual places. You did a great job on the information about the candidates (very concise) and I include it every week in my post. I also thought the video as great so I recommended everyone to stop by your place to watch it.
Great job RK.

Louise said...

Brian Herr has no plans or solutions. In the 3rd congressional candidate for Massachusetts, Marty Lamb is the candidate with a 10 point plan on immigration and securing our borders, plan for economic renewal, plan for cutting spending. He's the conservative in the race who has been running for 15 months, not 5 months like the others. Marty is not a post Scott Brown candidate. He came out strong in April 2009 when no one else did. He's cultivated his support and it is broad and deep. We need Congressman Marty Lamb representing us in the 3rd district of Massachusetts, who will work for us and not a special interest agenda.

The Lonely Conservative said...

I voted for Star Parker. When I clicked vote, nothing happened, so I clicked vote again and just as I was doing so the vote showed up for Chip Cravaac, even though I didn't click on his name. Any way to change my vote?

RightKlik said...

TLC: I have a response on your blog.

Patriot Come Lately said...

Will you please include Patricia Sullivan in your TBF, she is running in FL CD-8. Yes, that is Alan Dis-Grayson's district, so she needs all the help that she can get. She is a Tea Party organizer, is NOT connected to the faux Florida TEA Party, and is a true constitutionalist. Check her out at and you will like what you see, a true CongressMom!

Anonymous said...

We need to help Bobby Schilling as much as possible.....Phil(I don't care about the Constitution)Hare needs to be replaced.

stewart said...

You should include Eddie Adams Jr in TampaBay. US House Distict 11 seat. He is trying to unseat the 9th more liberal voting record in the USHouse. worse voting record than Nancy P or BarneyFrank.

He was Tea-Party before it was cool and was featured in TIME magazine, because he is a Black, Conservative -R- tea-Party member.


Ms L said...

Two words: Jackie Walorski!
If you don't know her, I'd be surprised if you don't in the near future. US Congressional candidate, IN-2.

Words and phrases I've heard or read used to describe her: Firecracker, dynamo, "one woman swat team", inspiring, "first candidate to motivate me to get involved". No joke.

She is wonderful and we SO NEED her to beat Joe "Blue LAP Dog" Donnelly. He's been around and has about 3x the $ she has BUT she raised more money than he did this quarter. Yahoo! She still needs more though. He's ALREADY running TV ads. Please, please, please add her!