OK, the official numbers are not in yet in Alaska, but we can feel fairly confident that no candidate from the Alaskan Independence Party is going to win a seat this year. But how did they fare? They certainly got a lot more press than usual this year…especially from outside of Alaska.
The AIP Presidential candidate vote total went from .67% in 2004 to .52% in 2008. No real change.
But, the AIP Senatorial candidate went from 1.22% in 2004 to 4.14% in 2008. Almost a threefold increase! Did the AIP become all the rage because of the trendy secessionist tendencies of Todd Palin, Alaska’s First Dude and “former” AIPer? Did AIP Senate candidate Bob Bird, just ride the Palin’s coattails?
Or maybe the increase is due to those Republicans that couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a convicted felon, but also couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a Democrat?
Or maybe it’s because Ron Paul (who fared better than John McCain in the primary up here) endorsed Bob Bird, the AIP’s Senate candidate. Those Ron Paul fans are pretty loyal, and so this is a definite possibility.
It’s interesting to note that the increase in AIP votes from 2004 to 2008 would more than make up the difference between the now trailing Ted Stevens, and his Democratic rival for the senate seat, Mark Begich. I suppose in a metaphorical way, you could say that Ron Paul may have given Ted Stevens the “Bird”.
The only other AIP candidate on the ticket this year was Dan DeNardo running in House District 31. You may remember him from a little bedtime story on Mudflats last month. Just a quick reminder if you don’t want to go back and read the whole thing…
Here’s his bio:
“I study the creation and impact of the Luciferian Marxist-Lenninist Dialectical Sovietism that is the most encompassing secular historical force controlling every incorporated political party; the world’s exchange systems based on perpetual indentured slavery through interest bearing irredeemable security obligations, i.e. federal reserve notes; Law Merchant advisory panels masquerading as “juries”; bar associations composed strictly of card-carrying Kommunist Komrade Kriminals acting in Alaska under the Alaska Supreme Soviet in conjunction with Soviet counterparts in NKVD through the Khabarovsk-Alaska Collectivization Project; and state sponsored Kriminal Globalism’s “perpetual War for perpetual peace.”
And this guy got 3%…..so all my theorizing about Bob Bird’s 4% may have just been blown out the window. Maybe it’s just Alaska.