Tom Horner: What the IP must do to win

  • Article by: TOM HORNER
  • Updated: November 17, 2010 - 7:05 PM

A clearer brand, more fundraising savvy, grass-roots organization are keys.

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rockanatreeNov. 17, 10 7:11 PM

The only thing the IP did wrong was pick the wrong candidate.

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goferfanzNov. 17, 10 7:29 PM

:oD

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drpanglossNov. 17, 10 7:52 PM

But unfortunately, many of us perceived of you as a Republican. And your refusal to disclose your client list - perhaps defensible - made it difficult for us to buy "a pig in a poke" so to speak. If the IP wants to succeed as a political party they must grow their own, rather than take on a re-treaded Republican or an ex-wrestler. This strategy might get you an occasional election win - as in the case of Jesse - but in the long run it does nothing to establish the kind of political base that you will need to be competitive.

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fwallenNov. 17, 10 8:08 PM

The IP needs to define itself. It must do so or the result will be definition by others: opponents, the media, and individual voters. I will support and vote for candidates that understand the political process, want to be good stewards of the public money,and provide services we want and need. A lot of what the state does wastes money while at the same time our schools are failing and our roads are a mess. We need true reform where we look at the needs of the state and its citizens and determine how to provide the services, instead of just adding money(or not) to the programs and people in place.

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ranger78Nov. 17, 10 8:37 PM

Horner points out that the IP gives voters the option to choose someone not on the far right or far left. But IRV makes you choose one of them over the other and the IP isn't going to win again, so you still elect one or the other. The IP is a joke just like IRV. The IP needs to pick a side.

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gregory101Nov. 17, 10 8:45 PM

Just to be different?

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redorblueNov. 17, 10 8:59 PM

Sat in a corner, eating his Christmas (can we say Christmas?) pie. He mixed up his facts, and pulled out a tax, and said, "Arne, don't make me cry!"

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orpheus90Nov. 17, 10 9:04 PM

The only problem, Tom, is that though you continue to try to position yourself, at least rhetorically, as a centrist candidate when compared to dems and repubs (those from the "far reaches" of their party, no less), fact is I (and quite alot of other people) never saw you as a centrist. Your economic policies did nothing to address the growing disparity between rich and poor and in fact would have only facilitated greater economic disparity in the future. Who did you think you were kidding?

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RedGuyInBlueStateNov. 17, 10 9:39 PM

"Your economic policies did nothing to address the growing disparity between rich and poor" So redistribution of wealth and/or social engineering is 'centrist'? Maybe in France, but not here.

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bejNov. 17, 10 9:41 PM

How about running a candidate who wants more than to feed their ego. By the way, thanks for Dayton because his election is totally your fault. You knew that was the best you could do so electing Dayton was your goal all along. What a disaster.

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