VP schedules

It’s probably not news to anyone that the KMT’s choice of Jennifer Wang for VP hasn’t been well received. But just in case you thought that maybe it was all overblown, here’s some evidence.

Chu’s official campaign website lists the public schedules each day for the presidential and vice-presidential candidates. It has been exactly a month since they started posting Wang’s daily schedule. My strategy is simply to count the number of events they list for each candidate each day. If there is a big discrepancy between the two, it might reflect the campaign’s unwillingness to put Wang on display. In fact, I count 119 events for Chu and only 44 for Wang. There was only one day (Dec 6) in which Wang had more scheduled events than Chu.

Date day Chu Wang
11.18 W 1 1
11.19 Th 2 2
11.20 F 3 0
11.21 Sa 3 2
11.22 Su 5 3
11.23 M 6 1
11.24 Tu 0 0
11.25 W 4 0
11.26 Th 8 5
11.27 F 0 0
11.28 Sa 6 0
11.29 Su 9 0
11.30 M 3 0
12.1 Tu 2 0
12.2 W 5 0
12.3 Th 7 3
12.4 F 3 3
12.5 Sa 9 5
12.6 Su 3 4
12.7 M 1 0
12.8 Tu 4 1
12.9 W 4 0
12.10 Th 2 2
12.11 F 2 0
12.12 Sa 6 4
12.13 Su 8 2
12.14 M 2 0
12.15 Tu 5 4
12.16 W 3 1
12.17 Th 3 1
total   119 44


In fact, this overestimates how useful Wang has been to the Chu campaign. If you look at the events, Chu goes to a lot of large scale outdoor events where he speaks to bigger crowds. Wang’s events tend to be much smaller and indoors. If you look at the names of the events, it is also obvious that she is only being allowed to speak to very select, strongly partisan audiences. For example, Saturdays are the most important day for campaigning. On Saturday, December 12, Chu spoke at 6 events. 5 of these were outdoor events to launch a campaign office. Wang attended 4 events, including an awards ceremony for the CKS scholarship, an event at a Catholic organization, a luncheon with a support group in Taipei’s Peitou District, and the opening ceremony for the women’s support organization for Chiang Wan-an’s campaign. All four of these seem to be indoor, small-scale events.

I would do the same exercise for the DPP, but I can’t. The DPP posts daily schedules, but then they remove them at the end of each day. However, my impression from looking up the schedules several times is that they use Chen Chien-jen much more intensively than the KMT uses Wang. Chen seems to be scheduled for nearly as many events as Tsai, and he does a lot of mid-sized events. Tsai does all the major events, but Chen stands in as the main speaker at a lot of events to open smaller campaign offices.

It’s not as if vice-presidential candidates matter that much. Still, it is telling that the KMT seems to be shielding Wang from the public as much as possible. Of course, they can’t completely hide her away; that would be publicly admitting that she was a bad choice. Instead, they seem to be exposing her as little as possible and only to carefully screened audiences. As much as has gone wrong for the KMT’s presidential campaign this year, they could have used at least one thing going right. Oh well.


7 Responses to “VP schedules”

  1. Alan Says:

    Wang is useless to Chu, just like KMT useless to Taiwan.

  2. lihan Says:

    Very interesting observation. Indeed, Chu now has a heavy baggage to carry. I wonder he may just want to unload her as much as everyone else.

  3. Jefferson Says:

    Why did they pick her?? Why wasn’t she vetted? I feel like as the dominating party in Taiwan, there has to be someone better for this position. Or was it a lost cause already?

    • les Says:

      Same reason there isn’t usually a fight over who gets into the bridge to keep the Captain company when the ship goes down.

    • Greg (@greghao) Says:

      As have been mentioned elsewhere, maybe the KMT is just that deaf to the public will. It is true that technically Wang didn’t break any laws. And profiteering from those less well off isn’t necessarily a sin to the KMT so I would be willing to wager that they were fully aware of Wang’s actions and went ahead not thinking it would be an issue at all.

    • frozengarlic Says:

      Remember, Chu was on a very tight schedule. Once it became clear that he was going to run, he didn’t have a lot of time to pick out a VP. During that quick period of time, he had a lot of other things that were demanding his attention as well.

      Also, there weren’t any obvious choices.

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