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  • #41
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    Right now, both parties are disillusioning their voters. They keep on shilling for industry and the wealthy, and failing to act in the best interest of the country as a whole. Neither side is blameless in the mess that has been created.
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    @LCc Correct, those on the left who want all this progressive change would rather demonize the reasonable and rational than debate and try to prove their point, they have no real conversation to make their point and knowing they cannot win, they just go on the attack.
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    If Republicans capture a majority in the Senate, pay attention to the dirty tricks and trashing of the Constitution that Harry Reid and the Senate driven by the White House used. And DON'T DO THAT!

    Yes, those perversions of our political system are effective in driving a hard-line agenda and supporting a determined ideologue President, but they stop you from "representing" and put our nation in danger. Let Democrats never let a crisis go to waste, pass bills before reading them, and ignore 180 years of filibuster rules -- represent! And mostly -- stop campaigning and get to work! Let us reelect you based on what you do, not on speeches and ads you make.
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    "If Republicans capture a majority in the Senate, pay attention to the dirty tricks and trashing of the Constitution that Harry Reid and the Senate driven by the White House used. And DON'T DO THAT!"

    Yes! Take the high road and restore integrity to the Senate. If they don't and use the same tricks Reid used we are in big trouble.
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    @galt45 They will, the question is how badly. Politics is a dirty business, and if Republicans take the senate, there'll be snark and gloating EASILY rivaling the President's re-election, so then it comes down to reigning it in, and doing it before they go too far.
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    @galt45 : That's always the risk when you have a majority but not the 60% needed to over ride a presidential veto. So then you are tempted to using 'dirty tricks' knowing that in 6 years ... it could be the republicans defending vulnerable seats?
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    @JimCO55 you need 67 votes for veto override and 2/3 of House. The gerrymandering of the house will prevent 2/3 and the Senate may have a Republican majority of 51 or 52 in 2015. Nothing will change if Republicans win the Senate. The ACA is untouchable until 2017 assuming a miracle win by Republican President. The Senate majority right now by Democrats has one power. That is 51 votes for nominations of judges and cabinet and even then, 2 recent Obama nominees will fail during election year including surgeon general who has one crime against him and that as a physician, he believes bullets are bad to your health. He has no regulation power over guns and saying being shot is dangerous to your health disqualifies him by 2 possible votes. I predict that if the Senate loses majority in 2015, which means very little, they will vote him through during lame duck Nov 2014. If Republicans change filibuster rules to simple majority for legislation, the ACA will be protected and impeachment is still off the table. I may have misunderstood you when you said if Republicans change Senate for majority vote for legislation to 51 votes and 6 years. The 2016 with Hillary could change the Senate back to Democratic majority in 2 years. I don't see the house able to change with 400 safe seats to democrat control unless Clinton wins 2016 by 3 million extra votes in the house Obama won presidential by over 5 million both cycles and had 1.5 million votes more in 2012 in house, yet rigging made the house unchangeable.
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    @Real4WheelDrv Politics is dirty business because we let it be dishonest.

    One protection we all will have in a Republican-majority government is the press. During a Democratic imperial reign, they are public relations cheerleaders; during Republican they revert to what the Framers of the Constitution envisioned -- a vicious counterpoint to any Administration's "keep me elected" sillyness. If a Republican President or Senate Leader dares utter the laughable staged speeches, they will be shouted off the stage by the NYT, NBC, etc., as they should be.

    And ... all of us clowns who have been yelling our government is doing a Watergate to stay in power will ramp it up -- we need at least one party that follows rules that have given us a great America. But now there is some serious damage to repair domestically and internationally, and that takes integrity, not "show business".
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    lol at that downvote. That just proves that the constitution would be destroyed by those people if given the chance.
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    What has he done to hurt this country? What has he done wrong and what should he of done differently? What have Republicans done to help this country or the citizens in it in the last 25 years? Why do you think he has hurt this country and what makes it wrong and how does it hurt this country?
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    @bux The biggest thing that Obama has done to hurt the country is damage my belief in what he as President and anyone in his administration has to say about any topic. I don't trust anything that comes out of his mouth because he has lied on so many occasions. Whether you want to talk about Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS Scandal, or Obamacare it has all been lies. Obama has done almost unthinkable damage to the American peoples trust in government and government institutions.
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    @UofMichFan Is that all you can say? It doesn't matter what rock I live under but if you must know I live under a roof covered with shingles... I just asked a simple question that Republican supporters can't answer. I'll ask again what has the president done to hurt this country? If you can't answer that question can you at least try to answer my next question? What have Republicans done to help this country or the people in it in the last 25 years? I have a loooooong list of things they've done to hurt this country and many others...
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    "But in midterms the electorate is older and whiter" Imagine if this writer had said about presidential elections that the electorate was more geared to the jobless & Blacker. Do people ever see the double standards in how journalist write stories & have no problem bringing up race when it refers to whites. It is amazing. Never mind that just maybe those who actually work & pay taxes are more likely to elect Republicans. Nah, they would rather use the terms of older & Whiter.
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    You have to give credit where it's due, and Dems are due lots of credit for locking up blacks in private prisons for-profit.
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    @Rattrap

    I meant in this poll. I see the Republicans as having a better chance of correcting the country's direction than anyone. But like they have in the past, I fear they will wimp out on their stated principles.
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    @Thunderchicken
    Ah, that's fair enough...

    I don't think 'wimping out' is fair to say. I think the truth is rather that they never had/have any intent to act on their stated principles - or equally as likely, their ideas of said principles are warped beyond any commonly recognized meaning of them. This isn't unique to their party, but politics in general - try reading, just for one example, "This Town" to get an idea of the depth of a politician's surreality.

    I vehemently disagree that Republicans have a better chance of correcting the country's course than *anyone*- they've yet to use any of their chances to do just that, on the whole, certainly in my lifetime. You can argue that they have a better chance than the Democrats, but such an argument will quickly devolve into petty partisanship and frankly once again, when one takes a look at the society of a politician, the differences are primarily dog and pony shows.

    You want course correction, you need to dig deeper down the ballet. Because I can pretty much guarantee you it won't happen under Republican (or Democratic) leadership. My evidence for such a statement requires only a cursory glance at pretty much any and all of modern history.
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    The Republicans are notorious for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. We will just have to wait and see how the election plays out.
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    We can not survive another Democrat controlled Senate.
    I really wish there were an alternative to the two choices listed but unfortunately we are stuck with the lesser of two evils and currently that is the Republicans.
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    Opposing parties in the Legislative and Executive branches is good for government, the economy and politics, in general, and the country, as a whole.

    It requires all laws to be debated and vetted in a much more logical fashion. If not, we have gridlock, which is good, as it prevents one party rule. One party rule, regards of Democrat or Republican, is bad for everyone.

    As the old adage says, "absolute power corrupts absolutely."
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    If you believe in personal responsibility, the constitution and the rights of the people vote GOP. That's a simple fact.
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  • #35
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    @liberalsignal ignorance is a lack of knowledge. Hate to tell you opening your eyes gives more then enough to make that statement
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    @Arumizy

    Here let me fix that for you: "If you believe in personal responsibility FOR OTHER PEOPLE but not yourself, the PARTS of the constitution WE LIKE, and the rights of the RICH WHITE people AND CORPORATIONS vote GOP. That's a simple fact. "

    There ya go, now it's 100% more truthful.
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    "But in midterms the electorate is older and whiter"

    FFS, can we not have an article that doesn't bring race into the equation?
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    That's not fair David, you build up their hopes just to dash them into the ground again. LOL! I'm right there with you though,......... it sure was fun after the last two Presidential elections watching their heads exploding. But David give them a break I don't think they can face another build me up buttercup just to let them down again. You are a cruel man David Marks.
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    I just have to say that I am astounded by the amount of idiot republicans. Their politicians are the people standing in the way of progress, but it is more important to them to keep acting like they are right about everything than to make better voting decisions. I am not a democrat, I just dont see how anyone who isnt a wasp (or just has a heart) could be Republican.
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    The republicrates are only nominally better than the demopubs, but at this point anything that might slow down the dear leader would be great!
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    " the nation's shifting demographics give Democrats a big Electoral College advantage." Shifting demographics?
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    Obama has been stuck on defense since 2010. I don't think anything will change that at this point, unless Democrats win a 2014 majority in House and Senate. In general, however, people think that having a party line split in Congress and the Presidency is a good thing. That would work fine if we had more than 2 parties. With only 2, it leads to the type of non-functioning government we've had since 2000.
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    This poll - like many - perpetuates the false dilemma/bifurcation the two top options *want* us to see.

    Who do I want to win the Senate majority in 2014? No party. Let both lose all 36 seats. Or let's say have the Democrats lose 15, the Republicans 5, and let those decisive 20 go to 3rd party/independent candidates.

    When the Democrats win, we lose.
    When the Republicans win, we lose.
    It's really that simple.

    Will you be voting against your interests this year?
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