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October 01, 2010


Very nice perspective and well-thought-out piece. It's easy to see Kitzhaber hard at work starting the day after Election Day, comfortable with the levers.

Dudley is a nice enough guy, but he's obviously going to struggle with figuring out how things work for a good long time.

I like Kitzhaber a lot and am shocked that polls don't show him ahead. It goes to show the power of corporate money and ads. I hope Oregonians wake up before the election. I worry though that they won't. It would be a real shame.

Hines, enjoying your blog, any thoughts on taking an off market loan and then appointing the sponsor to a political position?

I watch all debates, (this one twice) If someone is detailed with their 60 seconds they are called a "wonk" if they answer in broader terms, "vapid" but i continue to watch.

PS - Rebuilt two 1960 Vepsa scooters - Love them!

Registered Independent in '81 and still voting for both parties (despite the patina of jade showing on my glasses). Thanks for posting my previous comment. No need to answer in forum, but have you voted for more than one party in a senate, house, gov or pres election?

Bill, when I met my wife-to-be, on our second date I said something about voting for Ronald Reagan. Can't recall whether I said I definitely voted for him, or might have voted for him. The result was that we had to sit on a park bench (we were at the Salem Art Fair) and discuss this startling revelation.

If I'd told her, "I've been convicted of child abuse," I think I would have gotten off more lightly (she's a progressive minded social worker/psychotherapist). So I have to say that I might well have voted for Reagan for President, while voting for Democrats on other parts of the ballot..

I certainly was a Reagan fan when he ran for Governor of California. I even have his autograph on a flyer that he signed when my conservative mother took me to a campaign event.

Fair enough, you know I actually found your blog looking up something on philosophy - my undergrad from UCB - not politics. I debate another motorcycle/scooter all the time. I have had several but usually rebuild old euro sports cars and just sold my Triumph TR4 - as I said to bike friends about the Triumph, "even more dangerous and no helmet law!" Keep up the thinking - cheers,

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