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1  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Breaking: Ryan expected to end standoff with Trump on: Today at 05:30:39 pm
Ryan caved in against Uncle Joe in the 2012 Veep debate too. He can't handle any form of High Energy.
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: WI right-to-work law struck down by state circuit judge on: Today at 05:27:53 pm
Doesn't RTW make it illegal for private employers to force their workers to join a union? That seems pretty anti-economic freedom to me.
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton E-Mail Use Violated Rules, State Department Audit Finds on: Today at 04:06:28 pm
If Hillary were a Republican then the Dems would be screaming about this while the Republicans wouldn't give a toss. That's a problem with having such a dominant two-party system.
4  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of posters who always write "Trump" in all caps on: May 23, 2016, 10:45:45 am
There's basically two big red flags posters can do that prove that nothing they say is worth listening to:

1-This.
2-Talking about "Reagan Democrats" as if they're an actual voting bloc that exists in 2016.

Pretty sure that, for example, lief would still fall into this category then, even if he has dumped the actual (ironic) support.
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Nick Clegg on: May 23, 2016, 08:25:06 am
It is unfair to say that he sold out his principles given that he always right-wing.
6  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Trump camp now courting Muslim voters on: May 23, 2016, 06:51:47 am
About a quarter of gays voted for Dubya in 2004 let's not forget.
7  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of posters who always write "Trump" in all caps on: May 22, 2016, 07:43:36 pm
HP. Obviously posters who constantly refer to some one-time Family Guy character that appeared for about one eighth of a millisecond are much superior. Tongue
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Who is more likeable ? on: May 22, 2016, 03:52:12 am
Seriously, when was the last time that a presidential race had two such objectively unsympathetic candidates?
9  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Clinton & Trump VP search news LATEST: Carson leaks Trump's list? on: May 20, 2016, 01:45:20 pm
When can we expect announcements regarding the VP picks? I recall Romney announcing Ryan a couple of weeks prior to the convention, whereas Biden and Palin were picked just days prior to their respective conventions.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Dying Bob Bennett apologizes to Muslims for Donald Trump on: May 20, 2016, 03:58:58 am
He was sure friendly to Muslims when he voted to invade Iraq. Or voted for Gitmo. Or voted for the PATRIOT Act and other laws that target Muslim Americans.

I am not shedding any tears for this prick. He was a Bush II era Republican in every sense of the term, and when the cracks started to form in the dam, he didn't lift a finger to plug them. Which is why, when the dam broke, he was the first to be carried away in the tidal wave. One sob story that I'm sure his children (who grew up in the elite Washington/NoVA bubble) made up to show that he was above the rubes doesn't do any justice to him. Bob Bennett was part of the problem, and not the solution.

RIP HP.

God you're a dick.

He does make an important point, though. The pre-Trump GOP wasn't really a beacon of acceptance toward the Muslims, both home and abroad.

The Republicans also claim to be a party of personal responsibility; thus far they have taken almost no responsibility for the fact that they created TRUMP.
11  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: If Obama's approval rating doesn't drop before November, how does Trump win? on: May 20, 2016, 03:55:52 am
Bill Clinton was in the 60s throughout 2000...
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: Rasmussen national: Trump +5 on: May 19, 2016, 04:30:09 pm
People are most certainly not blind to Hillary's accomplishments, which is why she's polling so badly atm.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you have voted for in 2004 Democratic Primaries on: May 19, 2016, 05:21:27 am
Dean.

And remember, Clark was seen as being somewhat on the left in 2004; he was backed by McGovern.
14  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Should John Bercow, MP, be a moderator here? on: May 18, 2016, 05:26:46 pm
He's not bad. I liked his predecessor better though. He has a rather unnecessarily pompous approach.

Michael Martin? He always seemed to me as rather unassuming individual with a poor voice (poor for a Speaker, given the job description).

Order, this is not a point of order. Er, order. This is not a point of order. Er, order.
15  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who did Ross Perot take more votes from in 1992? on: May 18, 2016, 11:53:24 am
Clinton had huge leads after Perot dropped out, don't forget.
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Choose a candidate from each modern cycle to go drinking with on: May 18, 2016, 04:05:42 am
Anyone who ran in either the Dem or Pub (mind the pun) primaries.

1972 - Wallace, despite the incident
1976 - Byrd, followed by Wallace and Moonbeam
1980 - Teddy, followed by Moonbeam. Awful choices on the Pub side thus far.
1984 - Jackson. Glenn might be interesting too, if only for his background.
1988 - Obviously Uncle Joe, though there are a few decent choices on the Pub side this time - Robertson, Kemp and Haig.
1992 - Moonbeam again; Clinton is a tad too smarmy. Buchanan would be good for an argumentative mood.
1996 - Dornan, followed by Buchanan and Keyes. The rest of the Pubs would put one in a deep sleep pretty quickly.
2000 - I was going to stick with the cliche and say Dubya, but then I remembered that CAIN ran briefly in this cycle.
2004 - Sharpton, followed by Dean and Dubya.
2008 - Grandpa Mike, followed by Uncle Joe.
2012 - CAIN or Perry would be fun; Gingrich if wanting a more intellectual evening.
2016 - Sanders or TRUMP.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Rate the preceding poster on the ENERGY scale on: May 17, 2016, 03:40:56 am
1 = Jeb! Bush
10 = Donald J. TRUMP

Go.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Politico: Is Bernie Sanders Becoming the Ralph Nader of 2016? on: May 16, 2016, 01:34:20 pm
its interesting how liberals always talk about nader 2000, but never about perot in '92 and '96. if bush win just because of nader, then clinton win both terms just because of perot. and of course every sanders fiscal voter will vote for trump over hillary.

It is fair to say that Gore would have won had Nader not been on the ballot in Florida. It may also be fair to say that Gore would have won if he had chosen Bob Graham, or campaigned in Tennessee more, or wheeled out Bill Clinton on the trail etc.
19  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Politico: Is Bernie Sanders Becoming the Ralph Nader of 2016? on: May 16, 2016, 01:31:55 pm
Bernie is clearly more pragmatic than Ralph; the latter would rather glue to bits to the back end of a taxi than caucus with the Democrats.
20  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Turnout? on: May 15, 2016, 04:19:26 pm
1996 and 2000 were both relatively positive elections with relatively popular candidates. They both had low turnouts. 2004 and 2012 were both relatively negative elections with relatively unpopular candidates. They both had high turnouts.

On course on the flip side you could cite 1988 as a negative election with a low turnout or 1960 as a positive election with a high turnout.

In short, there's not much of a correlation.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would had you voted for in the 1976 Republican primaries? on: May 15, 2016, 04:36:31 am
Reagan.

Strategically, Reagan so he gets crushed and no "Reagan Revolution".

Uh, Ford almost won even with the Nixon pardon thing. Reagan would have won the general.

Reagan's appeal in 1980 was that he offered a change of direction from the seeming decline of America. In 1976 Carter had that appeal and Reagan was seen as a right-wing demagogue. Reagan would have had about as much chance in '76 as Jack Kennedy would have had in '56.
22  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Jeb won't vote in November on: May 14, 2016, 03:27:47 am
Most conservative? Hahahahaha...

Well he was the one most keen on the status quo.
23  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International What-ifs / Re: UK 1951: Atlee wins another term on: May 13, 2016, 04:21:36 pm
Labour, barring major scandal, remains in power until the early 60s (when fatigue sets in). Who knows after that.
24  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International What-ifs / Re: UK 1974: Heath remains in power on: May 13, 2016, 04:19:29 pm
then the Liberal Democrats getting about twenty seats to prop him up.

Good luck with that, as no such party existed then. Tongue
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential General Election Polls / Re: YouGov- Hillary leads Trump by 2 on: May 13, 2016, 11:41:23 am
I don't understand how someone with a NET -26 favorable rating is only two points down on someone with a NET -15 favorable rating. It should be 5-10 points. But then again, this is an internet poll.

There are more anti-TRUMP Republicans than there are anti-Hillary Democrats.

And given that this is 2016, I really don't understand the internet poll skepticism.
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