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Bill Halter and the Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner



“Now Halter is out, ending his campaign ‘to avoid a divisive primary and to help unite the Democratic Party.’ Ross is alone in the Democratic field, apparently spared the cost of a primary campaign” - Brenda Blagg, “Halter Clears Path for Ross,” Northwest Arkansas Times, July 31, 2013

Not to put too fine a point on it, but aren’t political primaries often . . . well, sort of divisive affairs?

After all, primaries give the voters a chance to determine the opportunity to determine the path they might like their party to go in? And in this case, the Democratic Party had a chance to put their faith in Mike Ross (Asa Hutchinson-lite?) or with Bill Halter, a man many seem to believe has at least a few liberal values.


Again I say, Ha!

I just wasn’t that enamored of Comrade Halter as others seem to have been, but unless he proposes to become a professional candidate, forever seeking public office yet finding a way not to go through with it, like Tom Courtenay in The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, forever just stopping short of the finishing line, maybe he should just, oh, I don’t know . . . write a blog, maybe?

It will take a lot more than the endorsement of Bill Halter to make folks enthusiastic about Mike Ross, and the fact that Halter could even endorse him at all is just a little odd.

Halter’s Facebook page is lit up with folks who are gnashing their teeth and rending their garments at the news of Halter’s shuffle-off-to-Buffalo, which is good for any politician’s ego - which is yet another good reason why politicians or elected officials shouldn’t take everything they read there at face value.

They will eventually mistake the cheers of the Facebook crowd for reality.

At any rate, folks who might pretend that Halter didn’t actually drop out this week are urging him to run against Congressman Tim Griffin in 2014. Hope nobody better known than Halter (even though they might have the same political values as a Mike Ross) enters the race.

At any rate, how about telling Bill Halter this, when next he comes asking for money and support:

“No thanks, I’ve already seen this movie.”


Quote of the Day

As I walked out the door toward my freedom I knew that if I did not leave all the anger, hatred and bitterness behind that I would still be in prison. - Nelson Mandela

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