Another Day, Another Slate Filled
I’ve really got my SG blogging mojo going on. I apologize to the non-SG readers of this blog. Life will return to normal in March.
Now, remember the major caveat that I’m 800 miles and 7 years removed from this election scene, so I may not have the whole story. Feel free to argue or fill in the details in the comments; I only moderate comments to exclude spam.
1) Is anyone else bothered that the party of “Progress” is the only one without any sort of web presence beyond Facebook? Check out their website (linked on my blogroll to the right) – you won’t find it, even though they link to it from their Facebook group.
2) Is anyone going to call Unite out on their “a positive new direction” b.s.? I mean, really? They pick the current Senate President for Student Body President, and a Senate slate filled with current senators or losing senate candidates from the last election, and are backed by the same leadership honorary whose endorsed candidates win nearly every time and expect us to believe they’ve got a new direction?
3) Speaking of Unite, a valued and anonymous source tells me that much of Unite’s slate is not just repeat candidates from previous elections but nearly exclusive Greek. Not unexpected, but having “gone to the base” is not a winning strategy but a defensive one. Unite may still win this, but the Exec’s will need a runoff, and they’ll only win Senate because of the indie split.
4) Speaking of the indie split, the only really impressive slate of candidates with Progress are the graduate students. They may just win that district in this election, which will ensure their party survives this election. But grad students don’t vote. High turnout for that district is 600 votes. They better have some stronger candidates elsewhere on the ballot that aren’t yet booted off the ballot (CLAS being filled with the likes of the presidential candidate’s girlfriend is not confidence-inspiring). And they better not be banking on Grad Students alone delivering an SG election. We all remember what happened to Innovate in 2004.
5) Orange and Blue is off to a decent start with its slate – a strong Engineering ticket and some big indie names for Law and CLAS. Definitely the three most critical colleges in any spring election for the indie side. Their biggest mistake last year was having a very weak and partial Senate slate, which cost them votes for their exec in places like Freshmen and Sophomores; they did a better job filling the list this time around. They need to keep Unite’s vote totals as closest to theirs as possible, which is the real challenge given Progress (but having Keg on the ballot should help on the opposite side of the ledger).
5) Lastly, ballot order. It is an often-over-hyped element of the election. Getting top billing helps in tight races, and being dead last (looking at you Progress) will no doubt hinder in districts with a long list of choices. But don’t stress about it – like the Alligator’s endorsement when it’s not on the warpath, it only matters at the margins. And if either Unite or Progress are worried about the margins, then Unite’s doing horribly, Progress is probably winning more Senate seats than expected, and the exec is definitely headed to a runoff.