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Clinton punches Giuliani in the face!

No, not really. But wouldn’t it be something?

That’s what the folks at Cellufun must’ve thought as they rolled out “The Mobile Ring,” a downloadable cell-phone game in which you can choose a candidate to face off against another candidate in the boxing ring, and slug it out for the title.

From their site:

hillary-vs-rudy.gifYou can choose to play as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, or a slew of other contenders. Aside from being an exercise in catharsis, there is a populist strain in the Mobile Ring game. You can help your favorite long shot candidates by uploading your high scores to us, and we’ll adjust those candidates’ performances in the game.

The initial release of the Mobile Ring game will give each candidate a rating based on their current real-life poll position. Our frequently released updates will take into account not only the real-life poll numbers, but actual in-game performance by YOU, our players, and which candidates got more wins/losses in the field.

Also, don’t forget to cast your vote now! In the poll to the right, you can vote on other characters for us to include in future releases; either dark-horse candidates, cable television pundits or perhaps currently elected white house officials (ahem).

The Mobile Ring release marks not only the first political boxing game available for free on your mobile phone, but the first mobile action game whose character’s strength changes based upon real world events. So get playing!

I predict this game will be overrun by Ron Paul fans within a few weeks…

Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Elections, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Stay away from my kid, all of you.

A recent telephone poll conducted by Parents magazine asked, among other things, which presidential candidates people would most likely trust and not trust to baby-sit their kids. And in yet another example of Hillary Clinton‘s ability to polarize the electorate, she topped both lists.

“Which one of the 2008 presidential candidates would you trust most to babysit your children?”
• Hillary Rodham Clinton: 26%
• None: 19%
Barack Obama: 13%
• Don’t know: 12%
Rudy Giuliani: 9%
Fred Thompson: 6%
John Edwards: 5%
Mitt Romney: 5%
John McCain: 4%
• Refused: 2%

“Which one of the 2008 presidential candidates would you trust least to babysit your children?”
• Hillary Rodham Clinton: 25%
• Don’t know: 19%
• None: 13%
• Rudy Giuliani: 13%
• John McCain: 7%
• Barack Obama: 6%
• Fred Thompson: 6%
• John Edwards: 5%
• Mitt Romney: 4%
• Refused: 2%

What, no Dennis Kucinich, Mike Gravel or Ron Paul? C’mon, they’re not THAT scary. (Tom Tancredo, however: too scary.)

The poll also found that more than 75% of parents say that the government is not doing enough to address the key problems that modern families face. This telephone survey was of about 1,000 parents of children under 12 found that “What Keeps Parents Up at Night” is a variety of issues, including affordable health care, lack of positive role models in the government and the media’s influence on children.

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Dennis Kucinich, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani, Tom Tancredo | No Comments »

More Barack by the Bay

Before Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., holds a mass grassroots fundraiser in San Francisco next Wednesday, he’ll spend some time earlier that day holding a town-hall meeting with Google employees (an event not open to the public) and touring the company’s Mountain View headquarters.

Google’s wallets certainly seem to like Obama. A database maintained by the Center for Responsive Politics shows workers listing Google as their employer have anted up $175,450 to presidential campaigns this cycle. Of that, $93,750 has gone to Obama; $40,050 to Hillary Clinton; $22,650 to Ron Paul; $5,600 to Rudy Giuliani; $4,500 to John Edwards; $3,800 to Bill Richardson; $2,300 to John McCain; $2,300 to Sam Brownback; and $500 to Fred Thompson.

Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2007
Under: Barack Obama, Bill Richardson, Elections, Fred Thompson, Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, John McCain, Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Fred Thompson visits the Bay Area this week

fred-thompson.jpgFred Thompson, some Republicans’ favorite Law & Order star will be raking in the bucks Wednesday at three Northern California fundraisers: an 8:30 a.m. at the Los Gatos home of Creative Brands Group Chairman and CEO Ken Raasch; an 11:30 a.m. lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel on Market Street in San Francisco; and a 4 p.m. reception at the Carmichael home of Gene Raper, a political consultant to Indian tribes and Republican candidates including 2002 gubernatorial nominee Bill Simon.

All are $250 per ticket, $1,000 with a photo opportunity, $2,300 with a private greeting; yes, it’s Halloween, so maybe everyone will wear masks in addition to the “business attire” requested on the invitation. I’d like to think so, at least. I’d wear a Rudy Giuliani mask… ooooooh, scaaaaarrry… considering the latest poll numbers, which show Giuliani still leading the pack.

Posted on Saturday, October 27th, 2007
Under: Elections, Fred Thompson, Rudy Giuliani | 2 Comments »

‘$9.11 for Rudy’

The motif of a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani hosted by a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University is raising eyebrows, the Associated Press reports.

According to the invitation, “$9.11 for Rudy” is an “independent, non-denominational grass-roots campaign to raise $10,000 in small increments to show how many individual, everyday Americans support ‘America’s Mayor.'”

Can anybody say, “politicization of America’s darkest hour?”

sofaer.jpgDemocratic presidential candidate Christopher Dodd‘s campaign quickly branded the gimmick “absolutely unconscionable, shameless and sickening” and suggested Giuliani “should reject and/or return any money raised” through the party, to be held this Wednesday night at the Palo Alto home of Abraham Sofaer, a legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State from 1985 to 1990.

A Giuliani spokeswoman said the idea was selected without the campaign’s knowledge and was “an unfortunate choice.”

Sofaer told the AP he had nothing to do with the decision to ask for the $9.11. “There are some young people who came up with it,” he said Monday evening, referring other questions to Giuliani’s campaign and saying, “I’m just providing support for him. He’s an old friend of mine.”

Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007
Under: Elections, Rudy Giuliani, War on Terror | No Comments »

Candidates a poppin’

A few presidential candidates are prying themselves free of Iowa and bringing their road shows to the Golden State in the next week, including a large-scale rally in Oakland.

Republican Mitt Romney will host “Ask Mitt Anything” town hall meetings Sunday at Chapman University in Orange and then at 2:30 p.m. Monday at David’s Restaurant Banquet Center, 5151 Stars & Stripes Drive in Santa Clara. He’ll swing through Bakersfield on Tuesday, Long Beach on Wednesday and Sacramento on Thursday for various town halls, meet-and-greets and — presumably — fundraisers.

Republican Rudy Giuliani is planning public events next Thursday in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Lancaster, and Friday in Los Angeles and the Napa Valley, details not yet announced.

Democrat Dennis Kucinich is scheduled to hit San Luis Obispo, Templeton, Atascadero and Westlake Village for a series of public events and private fundraisers tomorrow; Santa Barbara, and Ojai on Sunday; and Santa Barbara again Monday before appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno — no Bay Area appearances scheduled for this swing through, it seems.

And, last but most local, Democrat Hillary Clinton plans a big “Club44” rally in downtown Oakland next Sunday, Sept. 30, “an old-fashioned block party where thousands of residents from throughout the Bay Area will spend the afternoon with friends, co-workers, neighbors and family members in support of Hillary Clinton,” her campaign says. “Club44” is the campaign’s effort to engage women to make history by electing Clinton as the nation’s 44th President.

The Oakland event — 4:30–6:30 p.m. on Clay Street between 12th and 14th streets, between the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and City Center — will feature live entertainment, food vendors and family fun, the campaign says. Tickets cost $20 each (kids under 18 enter free) and are available by clicking here.

Posted on Friday, September 21st, 2007
Under: Dennis Kucinich, Elections, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

CA GOP veteran named Thompson’s spokeswoman

hanretty.jpgFred Thompson‘s presidential campaign has hired veteran California GOP communications strategist Karen Hanretty as deputy communications director to help coordinate the candidate’s media strategy and be its on-the-record spokeswoman.

Hanretty was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial campaign press secretary during the 2003 recall, and after that was the California GOP‘s communications director until 2005.

“Quite simply, Karen is one of the best there is and she will be an enormous asset to our team,” said Todd Harris, the Thompson campaign’s communications director — Hanretty’s once and now again boss, as Harris was Schwarzenegger’s co-communications director in ’03.

Hanretty has gained fame as a national political commentator on Fox News Channel, MSNBC and CNN, including programs such as The O’Reilly Factor and Hardball with Chris Matthews. She’s also a frequent guest on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes, where she has appeared as guest host for the popular show.

I wonder if this blog posting she wrote in June about Thompson’s wife helpled seal the deal? Anyway, an unscientific straw poll of California State Fair attendees found Thompson to be in second place among the GOP candidates, behind Rudy Giuliani. It’ll be up to Hanretty to help turn that buzz into something real.

Posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
Under: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elections, Fred Thompson, General, Republican Party, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Rudy rolls out California business team

Rudy Giuliani rolled out his “California Business Leaders for Rudy” team today to “spread Rudy’s commitment to fiscal discipline, ending wasteful government spending and cutting taxes.”

The chairwoman is Kim Quinones, a vice president of Ramirez and Company in Pacific Palisades. The members are:

Susan Allen, Owner, Bayside Communications, Capitola
Pam Corradi, Owner, Corradi Arms, Inc., Burbank
James Crean, Vice President, Deep Gold Exploration, Inc., Rancho Palos Verdes
Jack Davis, Owner, Jeda Generation Auto Upholstery, San Jose
Joe Destein, Self-Employed Developer, Novato
Howard Epstein, Investor, San Francisco
Don Genhart, Owner, Don’s Pet Service, Palm Desert
Susan Gibbs, Membership Director, CICC Wellness Center, Colusa
Mike Harris, Vice President, Cross Creek, Petaluma
Ted Jackson, self-employed consultant, Sacramento
John Karczynski, Mortgage Broker, Washington Mutual S&L, Anaheim
Andrew Kline, Partner, Park Lane, Los Angeles
Eric Linder, Account Executive, USA National Title, Corona
Vic Marani, Self-Employed Consultant, Rio Del Mar
Teresa Merkle, Co-Owner, Paradigm Shift World Wide, Northridge
Wendy Moodie, Co-Owner, Paradigm Shift World Wide, Northridge
Debi Schultz, Self-Employed Event Planner, Simi Valley
Stuart Weil, Owner, Blue Lobster Farms, Madera

Note: Only two — Epstein and Davis — are from the Bay Area. Epstein also is the San Francisco Republican Party’s vice chairman for political affairs. Davis, the only Silicon Valley member, owns an auto-upholstery business and is president of the Santa Clara Valley Republican Assembly, the South Bay affiliate of the conservative grassroots California Republican Assembly.

Not exactly a Bay Area powerhouse, here…

Posted on Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
Under: Elections, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Rudy picks Bay Area brains on health care

Three of the five health care policy advisors named today by Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani are from the Bay Area.

kessler.jpgDaniel Kessler is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, where he teaches courses on economics, public policy, and the health care industry. Among his recent publications are, with Mark McClellan, “The Effect of Hospital Ownership on Medical Productivity” and “Designing Hospital Antitrust Policy to Promote Social Welfare.” He is also a co-author of “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System.” He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

atlas.jpgDr. Scott Atlas is a senior fellow by courtesy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of radiology and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical School. His research includes free market solutions to health care and looking at the effects of technology-based innovations in medicine. Earlier, Atlas was on the faculty of the University of California at San Francisco, the University of Pennsylvania, and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. Among his recent publications are “Relationship between HMO Market Share and the Diffusion and Use of Advanced MRI Technologies,” and “Power to the Patient: Selected Health Care Issues and Policy Solutions.” Atlas has been named by his peers in The Best Doctors in America every year since its initial publication, The Best Doctors in New York, Silicon Valley’s Best Doctors, and Top 500 Doctors in the Bay Area. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and an M.D. from the University of Chicago School of Medicine.

pipes.jpgSally Pipes is president and CEO of the Pacific Research Institute, a conservative San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979. Prior to becoming president in 1991, she was assistant director of the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, Canada. She writes, speaks, and gives invited testimony on health care issues; Hillsdale College published her essay on health care reform in the 2006 edition of Champions of Freedom, part of a volume on “Entrepreneurship and the Spirit of America.” Pipes serves on the Medical Advisory Council of Genworth Capital’s Long-term Care Insurance Division and on the board of advisors of the San Francisco Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society. She was a member of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s transition team in 2003-04. In 2005, Pipes was named one of the Top 10 Women in the Conservative Movement in America as published by Human Events.

The other advisers named today are Dr. David Gratzer, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of “The Cure: How Capitalism Can Save American Health Care;” and Donald Moran of The Moran Company health care research and consulting firm, a former U.S. Office of Management & Budget official under President Ronald Reagan.

Posted on Monday, July 30th, 2007
Under: Elections, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »

Prez candidates name CA campaign talent

Republican presidential candidates Rudy Giuliani and John McCain announced some key California players in their campaigns today.

giuliani.jpgBrent Lowder will be Giuliani’s California executive director, overseeing the campaign’s daily statewide operation; Thomas Roberts will serve as California political director with Jessica Patterson as his deputy; and Steve Frank will be the coalitions director in charge of growing the grassroots effort. (More on each of them after the jump.)

mccain.jpgMeanwhile, McCain named Gerald Parsky — chairman of the Aurora Capital Group investment firm in Los Angeles and a University of California regent, but more importantly, one of California’s foremost GOP movers and shakers, who has received presidential appointments from each of the last five Republican administrations — as his senior economic adviser. The only other Californian among the three dozen or so economic policy advisers McCain named today was Stanford University economics professor and Hoover Institution Senior Fellow John Taylor, a former Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs.

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Posted on Thursday, July 12th, 2007
Under: Elections, General, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani | No Comments »