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3176  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Post. on: February 08, 2013, 07:44:42 pm
The Atlasian Post Exclusive

What role did Napoleon have, if any, in your decision?

President Napoleon definitely had an impact, but it was an indirect one.  I haven't had a problems with the President the way some Atlasians have or claim to have had (depending on who you believe).  However, I do feel like (whether he intends it or not) the Liberal Party is at risk of becoming the Napoleon Party (and already has in the minds of many voters), but such is the danger of personality politics.  So while President Napoleon didn't make me want to leave, the personality politics regarding the President definitely influenced my decision.

How would you rate the president's performance?

If you had asked me this a month ago I probably would've rated it very poorly.  However, I do think President Napoleon has been much more cooperative lately and I think the situation has improved.  That said, I can't ignore everything that came before the past few weeks.  Overall, I'd say it would've been better both for the President, the Liberal Party, and Atlasia if he had limited himself to just one term, with all due respect to the President.  Overall, I'd say the second term has been a 4.5/10 taking into account the recent improvement (but he could get it up to a 5 or 5.5).

You spoke about more competitive elections- how do you feel about the broad Marokai-Duke ticket in that case?

While the Marokai/Duke ticket has many good ideas and has my enthusiastic support, I strongly disagree with Marokai Blue's claim that competition is responsible for ugly side of Altasian politics.  I'd argue the biggest problem is personality-driven politics/individual-centric personality cults.

What specific elements of the Phil-Tmth ticket did you not feel able to support?

Keystone Phil would likely be a very conservative President if elected and I also feel that the Marokai/Duke ticket was much more closely aligned with what the Liberal Party was supposed to stand for than the Phil/Tmth ticket. 

Speaking of Tmth, you are a citizen of the Mideast. How would you rate your governor's performance?

Well, now you'll get a scoop Wink  I think that when looking at Governor Tmthforu94's performance you have to divide it into the time before the TPP-Liberal-Labor coalition won a supermajority and the time after it won a super-majority.  Prior to the victory, Governor Tmthforu94 had done a phenomenal job as Governor.  No complaints whatsoever, 10/10 (I thought he'd make a great President).  Afterward, however, something changed and whether the Governor or the left-leaning super majority was responsible depends on who you believe.  The behind-the-scenes dealings took on an increasingly nasty tone and personality politics began to rear its ugly head.  While the far-left elements in the supermajority definitely wasn't blameless in this by a long-shot, as someone with first-hand knowledge of what happened, I feel confident in saying that the bulk of these events were the result of actions taken by the Governor. 

Governor Tmthforu94's commitment to the game is admirable and he has done a great deal of good, but there is a dark side to his persona that is well-known but never spoken of.  I think that his approvals are low because The People are upset about both his tactics and style, but afraid to say anything because they don't want him to retaliate the next time they run for office (I've heard him referred to as "Boss Tmth" or "Tmanny Hall" by folks wishing to remain anonymous Tongue ).  The Governor isn't a bad guy or anything, but there is a flip-side to the friendly, good-natured part of his persona.  Again, no one says anything because they're afraid of his supporters (some of whom are unbelievably dedicated) and there is a personality politics element to his machine.  That being said, he is also a skilled politician and I am pretty confident he'd have been elected and reelected even without the personality politics component.  Honestly though, part of why I'm being so blunt about this is that he has a right to know what The People are really thinking and it does need to be said.  I'm sure there will be some blowback to this answer, but I always say what mean and mean what I say Smiley  At this point I'd give him a 3.5/10 post-supermajority.  Overall, a 5/10.

Shall we see any particular changes is your approach to government, or political opinions?

Nope Smiley  I intend to keep doing what I've always done throughout my political career: championing the interests of The People and governing as a principled pragmatist while still staying true to my progressive values.
3177  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Would you ever wear a Pikachu hoodie? on: February 08, 2013, 07:30:58 pm
Wow, is law school really that full of douchebags? What about university hoodies? Any type of school being against hoodies is pretty weird just because of how prevalent university hoodies are...

That's an American thing.
3178  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Do you openly and aggressively support gay marriage? on: February 08, 2013, 07:27:19 pm
I support it so mildly sometimes I feel as if I ought to oppose it.

Every time I see some anti-gay marriage "pro-family" protest, I feel like I'm listening to Oceania, Tis For Thee.
3179  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Post. on: February 08, 2013, 07:23:59 pm
The Atlasian Post.

Prominent figures jump ship as Nappy's campaign flags
Endorsement of Phil prompts Sen. X
to join TPP, Scott to revive JCP.
Napoleon places last in Senate election poll.

Marduke widens lead over Cathage

The revival of the JCP?
Scott founds "New Jesus Christ Party"
Popular NE governor and leading liberal
aims to reverse party dissolution a year on.
PMRC poll, however, shows that 61% think
country is better after end of two-party system.
Also- is write in nomination no coincidence?

The campaign of Keystone Phil
Former President's campaign
adds momentum with Liberal nod.
Gains prominent supporters.
Will beleaguered Tmth hurt or help?

Post Exclusives
Follow the Post for upcoming
exclusive interviews, editorials, and analyses!
(Yes, this means moving beyond just headlines)

3180  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The New Jesus Christ Party on: February 08, 2013, 06:49:40 pm
I'm pretty sure this is illegal.
3181  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: ScottSurveys: Future Presidential Candidates on: February 08, 2013, 06:33:05 pm
Nix now and forever! Also, seems I've been written off by many.
3182  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Eight Senators Vote To Block Violence Against Women Act on: February 08, 2013, 06:28:17 pm
A 49% plurality, but fair enough. Unless he either does something absolutely awful.

He just did.

No, he did something good.

You are disgusting.

You and your whole lot are disgusting.
3183  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1920 U.S. Presidential Election on: February 08, 2013, 06:13:36 pm
I'm just waiting for the Socialist dominant-party state...

La réalité de demain!
3184  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio: Federal Marriage Amendment "Steps on the Rights of States" on: February 08, 2013, 06:06:57 pm
I wouldve supported King and the Civil Rights folks. King would side with me today on this if he were still with us.

Both of these statements are unequivocally false. You would have sided with the racists (which you and your lot already do), and Dr. King would have been on the side of equality.
3185  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The guy you KNOW will never run but you want him/her to? on: February 08, 2013, 04:04:55 pm
Kyrsten Sinema


What's that? This isn't a thread about who you want to hang out with?

Just when Pete Stark got the boot...
3186  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Term limits for legislators on: February 08, 2013, 02:42:19 pm
Might as well just formally replace elected representatives with lobbyists. Same effect and much cheaper.

3187  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Survey Atlasia: February At-Large Senate Special Election on: February 08, 2013, 02:36:01 pm
Whatever happened to the VP debate?
3188  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: New Jersey Turns Against Christie on: February 08, 2013, 02:33:57 pm
Why do young people oppose him so much?

Maybe because he's fat? Young people are probably more image-conscious than their elders. I'm just brainstorming, not really sure...small sample size?

Young people tend, in my experience, to be much more partisan (in both directions) than middle-aged people.

So they're not thinking? That's awfully cynical, even by my standards. They have to have a reason.
3189  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Bushie: The Final Frontier - Update Season V on: February 08, 2013, 02:32:05 pm
But seltzer with lime?... mmm.
3190  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Bushie: The Final Frontier - Update Season V on: February 08, 2013, 01:50:39 pm
Too much information!
3191  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: NYC Mayoral 2013 on: February 08, 2013, 11:43:05 am
We need a "two whatevers" mayor.
3192  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: New Jersey Turns Against Christie on: February 08, 2013, 11:39:10 am
Why do young people oppose him so much?
3193  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Memphis dumps Nathan Bedford Forrest, Jefferson Davis, and Confederate Parks on: February 08, 2013, 11:19:39 am
I don't know why they should rename these parks, though the comparison you made about the church being preserved was true.

We don't name things after traitors.

Honestly, I have to once again bow down in defeat on this one. Not only is my analogy wrong, but I don't know why I almost instinctively defended the south. Robert E. Lee and the Confederate flag is one thing, but for God’s sake, we are talking about Nathan Bedford Forest!!

It's because your libertarian, revisonist, neoconfederate "states rights" feelers tingled.

The appropriate thing to do would be to hold a public toppling ceremony where participants proceed to smash the statues, burn the signs and Confederate flags, followed by the deliverance of patriotic speeches while flags are waved and patriotic songs are sung. Thoughout this ceremony, racists should be hit with sticks.
3194  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: PA-Franklin & Marshall: Voters support gun control & gay marriage, but not weed on: February 08, 2013, 11:13:29 am
Do people even know what they want anymore?

Have they ever at any time?
3195  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Syrian attacks Iranian President in Egypt with a shoe on: February 08, 2013, 11:05:51 am
Great news!
3196  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: PMRC: Special Election poll on: February 08, 2013, 11:00:08 am
Tell me who you'd vote for. Gubernatorial privilege.

Despite Marokai's hysterical incomprehension, Napoleon isn't doing so well.
3197  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Northeast Blizzard on: February 08, 2013, 10:44:49 am

Three cheers for uncertainty!
3198  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Would you ever wear a Pikachu hoodie? on: February 07, 2013, 07:53:11 pm
During Halloween or at a costume party, sure.

Otherwise... no.
Just wearing regular hoodies might get you lynched at Law school.

Perhaps BRTD should pay a visit.
3199  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: 'America in Decline' Narrative Finally in Decline? on: February 07, 2013, 07:50:13 pm
The posts ITT just show that America will always be in decline whenever one political party is out of power.

Did I say it was Obama's fault? I squarely placed a large share of the blame on Bush?

Yes, but your outlook about the United States would quickly shift not when any barometers about quality of life change but when someone inline with your beliefs won the election.  If Jon Huntsman was President right now, you'd be spinning a different yarn.

Fair point- but I feel like I'd possess at least some honesty.
3200  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: 1920 R.N.C. on: February 07, 2013, 02:30:27 pm
For the light blue and Butler!
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