You may have noticed that I haven’t written for a little while on Unity08 — this is partially because Unity08 is not doing very much (except appearing, again, on the Colbert Report), and partially because it’s becoming apparent that the corporate public relations outfit is not going to succeed in doing much besides generating salaries for the professional consultants who run it.
Richard Wagner of Ballot Access refers today to the Office of the California Secretary of State, which is set to release data on voter registration in California for a variety of political parties. In this election cycle, 88,991 Californians will have to register as members of a Unity08 party by a certain date in order for a Unity08 presidential ticket to gain ballot access in California… unless Unity08 wants to try gathering 889,906 petition signatures instead, which is clearly a nasty road. The California Secretary of State’s website says in rather convoluted terms that the “affidavits of registration must be completed and mailed in by the 154th day before the February 5, 2008 or June 3, 2008 primary election dates.” That’s December 31, 2007 at the latest.
The latest report is not yet available, but when it is you’ll be able to find it here. According to Wagner, data he’s seen from the megapopulous San Francisco and Los Angeles counties indicate ZERO Unity08 registrations there. Three months and seven days, and 100% of the target, left to go. Unity08 is not going to hit that target unless it spends a hell of a lot of money it doesn’t have. If Unity08 doesn’t get on the ballot in California, the chances of an Unity08 president being actually elected go way, way down.
So let the PR executives use their personal contacts to arrange more media appearances. This duckie is dead in the water.