Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Holt Back on Track



Some of you may have noticed that I have not given former State Senator Jim Holt much credit for form during his early campaign efforts. I keep saying things like "if he returns to earlier form" to describe how good his chances are. I described his earlier communications in unenthusiastic terms.

The reason for this is simple, the audio and video I have seen of him as he announced and in the days that followed, was not that impressive. I had seen him do better, and had been waiting for that Jim Holt to show up. Well, I just saw him. His KTHV interview was like the Jim Holt I knew. It looks like Holt is back in form. Just in time too. It looks pretty clear that the insiders are attempting to impose Bailout John Boozman on the grassroots, and Holt is the only guy who can stop them.

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UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

We have someone on this thread vaguely accusing Holt of not being impressive while touting the awesomeness of Gilbert Baker. I thought I would give you an example of that awesomeness so that you the reader can decide for yourself. Here is Gilbert Baker evading Conrad Reynold's question about Baker telling the Washington County folks that he was running for Senate to set himself for Governor in 4 years, conveniently after the terms of unstoppable killing machine Mike Beebe expires. Baker shucks and jives, and spends most of the time explaining why he can't run for Governor THIS time.

18 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

He still lacks charisma like Baker.

5:46 PM, February 16, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Are you saying that both Holt and Baker lack charisma, or are you claiming that Baker has charisma and Holt does not?

6:13 PM, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I meant to say "He still lacks charisma unlike Baker."

8:47 PM, February 16, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer an honest man to represent us rather than his own self interest or the Party as a whole. No candidate can please all people’s likes and desires in a candidate; nonetheless we must make a choice and live with the one we make.

I have made the mistake of casting the wrong vote to many times before, believing the broken promises time after time, year after year.

I’m going to vote for Jim Holt. And if there is a rematch between Blanche Lincoln, that’s even better because I will get the pleasure of voting for Jim again.

The way I see it is if the Party sent Boozman over to bump Jim out of the race they know Jim will do the right thing by us and not toll the Party line as will both Baker and Boozman.

1:42 AM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Well some of that is subjective. I think Baker has above average "charisma", but when Holt is in form he is something else. No one can work a room better than Holt.

4:55 AM, February 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I've never really seen Holt in from then. Becuase he seemed stale and a little stiff.

9:24 AM, February 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charisma with the right track record is a good thing.

Charisma with the wrong-headed voting record is dangerous to our country.

9:33 AM, February 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is still not impressive!

4:41 PM, February 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...because...?

I'm glad to see he got into this race.

5:37 PM, February 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't quite see the problem with Baker's reply Mark. How is it problematic?

8:46 PM, February 17, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't sound like the smoothest response. But what do you expect when someone accuses you of something that came from a supposedly private conversation.

10:10 PM, February 17, 2010  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

If the "private conversation" included a plan to simply use the senate seat as a launch pad for governor, then that is a "private conversation" that the voters deserve to know about.

Baker did not want to fess up to his scheming. Too bad, the people deserve an answer, and he did not give it to them.

I can tell that you don't want to be convinced, but I am confident that any reasonable unbiased person who watches those two clips will share my conclusion that Holt did much better than Baker.

2:01 AM, February 18, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a senator that will be commited to the office, not someone who will leave in three years so he can run for governor. Holt or Boozman will be in there for the full six years.

7:45 AM, February 18, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That won't be a problem, as Baker won't be elected. But, if he were elected, it wouldn't be him stepping down that would be disturbing, but what slimy establishment greaseball he would appoint as his successor (were another miracle to have occured and he won the governorship in 2012).

All hypothetical, but it does paint a character portrait for Baker that is far from flattering.

Watch the Baker clip, and ask yourself if this is the kind of person you'd want in Washington when the heat is turned up.

9:37 AM, February 18, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arkansas really needs to make the turn to a conservative GOP governed state like the other southern states. The reason we haven't is because the GOP keeps attacking itself. Just the fact that there are ten senate candidates shows a lack of focus. Its time candidates get off of their ego trips and work togeather.

Boozman never cared for down state until suddenly he can just walk into a senate seat. Where was he in 2004, 2006 and 2008? If Boozman really wanted it he should of laid down a foundation for that. He has little money in the bank and a poor fundraising apparatus. It shows he didn't really plan on running.

The only time Holt has worked togeather was when he ran for the Lt. Gov. Was there something about Asa he liked? Was Asa hard right enough for Holt? Holt doggedly insists on the senate. When it was he and Baker there was some reason to his run. If as Holt says the "establishment" (who ever they are) is out to get him, then they really messed up. They opened up a solidly GOP house seat that Holt could walk in to. Then he would be sitting very well for any other senate race. But he stubbornly insists on runing for the senate.

I haven't heard much of Baker before so I can't really comment on him.

And the other dwarves in the race need to get a life. There are plenty of offices to go for. Look at Rep Martin. He is running for Sec. of State. Instead of fighting a divisive primary for house or senate. He has my vote just because he is a team player and thinking strategically.

10:20 AM, February 18, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the old days peddlers would sell their goods. Making claims of cure all snake oils and potions for the gathering crowd.

For those who fell for the charismatic showmen selling their cure alls end up at best with a hangover, deceived almost always.

I have voted for Boozman in the past but I felt deceived. Is that my fault, or Bozeman’s?
I voted for him as did many other that put him in office.

What about Obama? It works both ways as I am sure people agree things are not working out quite like they expected.

I look at the consequences of the people I now vote for. Not just for myself, but my family and grandchildren. I hope you will do the same for your family.

10:31 AM, February 18, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Boozman never cared for down state until suddenly he can just walk into a senate seat. Where was he in 2004, 2006 and 2008?"

That may be a problem for party-line candidates like Boozman. But, in general, who cares?

11:55 AM, February 18, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:20 has a point. Where has Holt helped build the party?

Where has Boozman helped build the party?

This state needs a leader who will help build other GOP candidates up, not just their political career.

12:30 PM, February 18, 2010  

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