Skip to comments.Baumgartner suspends campaign to advise troops heading to Afghanistan (WA Senate race)
Posted on 06/10/2012 1:34:33 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
Senator Michael Baumgartner will suspend his campaign for US Senate for two days this week to travel to Georgia to advise an army battalion soon to deploy to Afghanistan.
Baumgartner will lecture the 63rd Signals Battalion at Fort Gordon on counterinsurgency and the economy of Afghanistan. He will return to the campaign trail on Friday, June 8.
Its a tremendous honor to be asked once again to help prepare our nations finest for the difficult challenges of fighting the war in Afghanistan, Baumgartner said.
Baumgartner, who holds a Masters degree in International Development from Harvard, served as an economics officer at the US Embassy in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and worked as an embedded advisor to an Afghan counter-narcotics team in 2009.
Since then he has frequently been asked to advise members of the US military on issues related to counter-insurgency, lecturing on more than 30 occasions at military bases around the country.
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Michael Baumgartner is so sharp and bright that Republicans need to pay closer attention to his campaign. He’s the underdog, but I think he could pull a victory out of this if he plays his cards right.
How about VP for romney?
This guy has his priorities right.
“How about VP for romney?”
Interesting idea, but Baumgartner needs more experience. If he wins this election, he could be a good choice in a future election.
I hate to say it, but someone with more national name recognition would be a better selection as VP. Believe me, if we could coordinate with 80 million people regarding writing in Sarah Palin’s name, I’d do it. If Romney wants to choose this guy as his running mate this early, he needs to do it, announce it, and get his face on commercials at all hours, also talking about his own personal views on things.
Fond memories of Ft. Gordon because of the people I met there. Hard to believe it’s been 46 years.
Palin/Baumgartner in 2016? (if elections are allowed after November)
No he wouldn’t. I know him. His flaws are many and varied. We do not need another flawed egotist to be turned by the machine after election. He looks good on paper, not in reality.
That’s too bad, I’m sorry to hear it. It’s interesting to hear inside insight. I still hope he defeats Maria Cantwell in November, even if he turns out to be a one-termer.
You mean . . . he’s not perfect?!? Zoot alors! By all means, cast him overboard and make sure to stop people from voting for him, since we need to wait for Jesus Christ to return (and decide to run for the U.S. Senate from Washington prior to leading all believers into Heaven), as only a Perfect Man is worthy of supporting over Maria Cantwell.
Come this August it will be 55 years since I took Basic at Gordon. One highlight was the Asian Flu or Swine Flu scare near the end of Basic (1957), when all the troops had to hang their shelter-halves down from the top bunks to form a screen between bunks. To minimize the spread of germs, I reckon. Since I was on a lower bunk, I don’t remember HOW they screened off between the top bunks.
Another great blessing was taking turns pulling KP, and after evening mess call, having to clean up the big cooking ranges that burned SOFT COAL. By the time you finished you were blacker than any chimney sweep!
Great memories! That’s when Uncle Sam took me as a semi-juvenile delinquent and made a MAN out of me.
Can you share some of his many and varied flaws?
Right. Except I know him and I won’t support him. YMMV
Nope. But he is not fit for higher office. imho. ymmv.
“How about VP for romney?”
A State Senator? Come on.
Let him get elected to the US Senate first. Hopefully this race can be competitive.
Agreed. Now, a state SG, or Lt. Gov, I say “yes”; I've been saying that for years.
I was pushing Greg Abbott, AG of TX years ago. I love (not in that way) Ken Cuccinelli, AG of VA as well. I'd be thrilled to have either one of them on the ticket.
Bobby Jindal: Why not? However, for me personally, I can think of about 7-10 other folks I'd rather see as VP.
In no order:
“SG” should be “AG”.
“A State Senator? Come on.
Let him get elected to the US Senate first. Hopefully this race can be competitive”
Yeesh! I was not serious about him for VP...I was trying to make the point that he has his priorities right and those are the kind of people we need.
You should have put a wink ( ;) ) or something if you weren’t being serious.
And forgive me for being cynical but it’s not like the favorable press from this is worth much more to his campaign than 2 days in June of campaigning would be or anything like that, right?
You are right...sorry for being snippy.
Some more good news (2 weeks old but new to me ;-) ), John Koster is strongly leading (in general election matchups not just the stupid queero top two primary) all the possible rats in the race for the First Congressional District.
I hadn’t seen that WA-01 poll, Impy, very interesting. In the jungle primary, Koster is ahead with 46%, with 34% combined for five Democrats, 4% for an independent and 16% undecided. One-on-one against Democrat Darcy Burner (who is well ahead for second place on the poll and thus is likely to go on to the general), Koster leads 48% to 39% with 13% undecided. Pretty good numbers for us. http://www.surveyusa.com/client/PollReport.aspx?g=a9366964-0b4e-4f15-9877-6712f41e69fb
But the most interesting aspect to the poll was Koster’s performance among voters aged 18-34. Among likely voters in such age group, Koster leads in the jungle primary with 54%, with a pitiful 13% for the five Democrats combined (probably 14% or 15% due to rounding, but still), 5% for the independent and 27% undecided. And in the general against Burner, he leads Burner among registered voters aged 18-34 by 47%-28%, with 25% undecided; had this been filtered for likely voters, Koster would probably lead 55%-25% or more.
And Romney also leads big among voters aged 18-34, by 55%-36% among registered voters in such age group. Looks like young voters north of Seattle want to give the GOP a chance. If Democrats aren’t panicking already, it is because they aren’t paying attention.
So old people in WA-1 like Obama more than 18-34s? Hmm.
15% of 35-49 year olds voting for “other”, that’s strange and way higher than other age groups. Mid life crisis=vote for Johnson?
They have Romney up by 1 in the district (among REGISTERED voters) this would indicate a POTUS result in WA better than the Bush performance in 2004 when he lost the old 2nd district by 4 (among certain voters ;p).
Dems lead among cell phone responders.
Oh, McKenna is up in the district big, 52-38 of registered voters.
Only bad news is these voters are for gay marriage by 40-37 with a huge undecided.
This is just one poll but very nice.
That poll showed the 18-34 and 65+ crowds voting strongly Republican, but the 35-49 and 50-64 crowds voting Democrat. Pretty weird.
What’s the average deficit for same-sex “marriage” support in the voting booth as compared to in public-opinion polls? 10%? If same-sex “marriage” is up by 40-37 in the district, it will be voted down in a landslide (at least in WA-01).
I do not get that 15% for “other” among just among the middle aged. Do they want to smoke weed or something? More than the young people do? Gary Johnson is the only 3rd party guy I’d figure on having much support in WA.
I have no idea what the gay marriage poll correlation is but I know they’re lead in many polls but have yet to win a gay marriage referendum anywhere other than narrowly in AZ in 2006 where the proposal would have banned civil unions also, in 2008 they approved a different marriage only ban.
I assume most gay marriage referendum polls use registered voters.
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