Saturday, February 16, 2008
FSU leads UF (go figure)
I got a huge kick out of reading the article where FSU accepted online voting and UF did not. It just goes to show you how different the playing fields are in collegiate politics - even in our State of Florida. Even FSU, with a strong Greek tradition and it's own nefarious version of FBK, was able to give the student body what it wanted. What you have at UF is a carefully-organized system of Minority Rule -- no, no, not rule by Minorities (e.g. Hispanic, African Americans, Asian Americans), but rather, rule by 11-14% of UF population over a super, super, super-majority whose voice is cancelled out by the surreptitious dictates of secret societies, Greek bosses, and corrupt turncoats that prostitute themselves, in the hopes of being accepted, get used left, right & sideways and then get left at the curb.
I'm not on the ground, but on the Ryan Day matter...I think he's an ok person. From the few times I've actually spoken to him, I think he legitimately thought Moseley represented some change, similarly to O&B's presidential candidate Tommy Jardon. However, Tommy and Ryan and Kim and Ben and all of them, it can be argued, have all been turncoats at one time or other. Tommy's past credentials and his almost selfless work in the GDI line of duty easily cancelled out his 'dropping the ball' last year. Day, however, remains on the shitlist of many a GDI, call it the fallout of internal politics, the effect of social cliques, or perhaps just a sign of the times.
What's good about this election cycle is that the Independents have a strong executive ticket. I can't opine on the senate slate and would much rather have preferred the route I suggested (strong senate slate and less emphasis on the Exec, a suggestion backed by GDI Great Ken Kerns). Still, it seems almost unconscionable to ask a student political party not to run an executive slate. The Greeks will mow down the GDI's, but this year's effort will serve to set the stage for bigger battles to come. This year's executive, I feel, will give the GDI's the momentum that the Fall 2005 Impact provided.
I also believe that having Frank Bracco in the veep slot is critical. His work on Chomp The Vote, has rendered an all-but-defunct agency into a powerhouse that the [student] Chief Executive milks on a routine basis. His Vice Presidential candidacy will also give Bracco an invaluable level of exposure. All in all, I believe that in a very short period of time, Frank Bracco will become the quintessential independent candidate for Student Body President. He will also become recipient of the highest numbers of bribes and threats not to run, if he continues on this path. I predict that young Bracco may even be offered a Tap in exchange for a promise-not-to-run in '09 -- yeah, he's that big of a threat.
i've been wrong many, many times before, but going on three years of continuous blogging on UF SG, I am of the firm opinion that Frank Bracco, the Frank Bracco many of you dismiss as a non-factor, has been duly noted as the antithesis of such my key players in the Greek community. A guy like Pedro Allende or even J. Clayton Brett would have had this kid in their sights long before yours truly would be breaking the story. If Bracco runs in '09 -- beware!
The accord between the Greeks & the corrupt leadership of BSU will hold for at least another year. There may be hope in that Paul Drayton will want to run for the presidency; in this Frank Bracco would certainly be a name Mr. Drayton would consider for veep, being as the Greeks will laugh he tried to pull a Robert Mack to Dennis Ngin's blunder back in '05.
I'm not sure when E.J. graduates, but he too would have made for an impressive Independent candidate, imo. Who knows...keep me posted!