Political Radar

Nine out of 12

August 19th, 2013

Gov. Neil Abercrombie was back to his fiery self on Sunday night during an appearance at the Democratic Party of Hawaii's summer luau, delivering a combustible stump speech that touched on the state's economic recovery, the need for state-funded preschool, and the threat that even a weakened Republican Party might pose in the 2014 elections.

The governor had the audience to himself, since state Sen. David Ige, his primary challenger, did not attend the gathering at Ward Warehouse, but he acknowledged that Democrats would not agree with him on every issue.

Abercrombie channelled the late Ed Koch, the former mayor of New York City.

He said, `If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues' -- not eight out of 10, leave it to Ed, nine out of 12, right? I said, `Ed, there are only 10 commandments.' You know, leave it to Ed Koch to pick up two more things to think about.

`If you agree with me on nine out of 12 issues, you should vote for me. If you agree with me on 12 out of 12 issues, you should see a psychiatrist.'

5 Responses to “Nine out of 12”

  1. Hmmmm:

    Ige without name recognition or fundraising is just closing out his career. He is a decent person but utterly without a signature achievement.

    Neil may be volatile but the economy is good and at least he has the right priorities, early education and economic growth.

  2. Kolea:

    I suggest the Governor has proposed a good means for evaluating him. Can we agree on the 12 most important challenges facing the people of Hawaii and see how his proposals and actions measure up?

    As for Ige not attending the luau, do we know if he was invited to speak at th event? Or would he have had to stand there awkwardly, while the Guv gives a fiery speech and have no chance at equal time? The Party has to be careful they are not only a party for Democratic incumbents, but also for Democratic challengers.

    The Governor's support for "early education" is suspect, as his record in supporting K-12 education has been horrible. He is now pushing a constitutional amendment to give taxpayers money to private pre-schools, many of whom are church-affiliated. How does a church pre-school separate its religious mission from its educational one when they see the inculcation of Christian values as the essential core for good childrearing?

    But surely state REGULATORS can monitor the schools and help them find the proper balance. And we have Don Horner, chair of the BOE and a pastor with New Hope, able to provide leadership on this. Just as he has on the issue of the DOE subsidizing the churches by allowing them to underreport what they owe for using the schools and utilities.

    I fear the Governor has internalized a very flaw concept of "public-private partnerships" which means he has no problem using public money to subsidize politically significant churches, as seen in the rent subsidy scandal and the push to help finance church run schools.

  3. Goober:

    There are more than 10 Commandments. More like 12 plus.

    Ige was scourned because of his ethics by fellow democrats.
    Ige also has a problem with campaign donations.
    He is one who does not like his strings being pulled.
    I feel he is real genuine person.

    Governor Abercrombie found out what it is like to be
    a marionette. You get what you donate for and Governor
    Abercrombie is waiting on the 12th day to hear drums being drummed.

  4. Auto de Fe:

    Lets skip the middleman and send Abercrombie to see a psychiatrist.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Maybe one should practice what it preaches.

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