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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida State Sen. calls collegues "asshole", "bitch", and "n**gers" on: April 23, 2017, 05:01:46 pm
It's actually Flarda.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: April 2017 House Election on: April 22, 2017, 03:55:54 pm
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - NINE SEATS

[7] Clyde1998 of Massachusetts
Labor Party



[2] Dereich of Colorado
Independent



[8] drewmike87 of Wisconsin
Labor Party



[1] Leinad of Georgia
Federalist Party



[3] North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party



[10] OneJ_ of Mississippi
Labor Party



[6] Peebs of North Carolina
Labor Party



[5] Pessimistic Antineutrino of New Jersey
Federalist Party



[4] Santander of Alabama
Atlas Conservative Party



[9] simossad of Minnesota
Labor Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
3  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: No Apology: A History of the Romney Administration on: April 21, 2017, 11:52:38 pm
Can't wait to see the cabinet!
4  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / Re: The Spirit of '76. on: April 21, 2017, 11:05:04 pm
Part I: Memories of Kansas City.

Quote from: Pat Buchanan (1976: Commentator)
The morning of the convention got off to a rocky start. I remember flying in that morning, checking into my hotel, and running into Nofingzer in the lobby. And I remember him saying to me “gee, Pat, this thing isn’t locked up.” I asked what I could do to help. He said “Pat, keep the conservative’s morale up.” So I set out to do that. It was hard on that first day to do it, to be honest. Governor Reagan was going into the convention behind President Ford, and most people were expecting that Ford would probably squeak by in the end. To make matters worse, the giant…they had this giant inflatable balloon….an elephant balloon that was fifty feet tall welcoming delegates to the city. Well, the winds were so bad that they blew the elephant right into the telephone wires! We knew right away that this one was going to be tough!”

Quote from: Roger Stone (1976: Political Operative)
We worked for the NCPAC, which was the National Conservative Political Action Committee. The morning of the convention’s opening, things didn’t look good for Governor Reagan. Things looked quite bad, actually. We were at that point when a lot of the big Ford folks who controlled the party were calling on Reagan to drop out. They didn’t want the mess on the convention floor. But finks that. We had worked hard on his behalf and weren’t going to give up easily.

Quote from: Lou Cannon (1976: Journalist)
The Reagan folks didn’t have the numbers, and I reported that. They were absolutely furious with me. I saw the Reagan people denouncing me on every television program they could the night before. But they’re sure glad I did now, because when Mike Deaver saw that report he began to count. And he realized that he was indeed short, and he realized that he was going to have to either fight Helms and dump the Schweiker idea once and for all or look elsewhere for swing delegates. They decided to give into Helms.”

Quote from: Haley Barbour (1976: Political Operative)
We had the biggest bunch of unpledged delegates. Everyone wanted in on Mississippi’s 30 delegates. And naturally there was a lot of tension, a lot of backslapping and hand shaking and so forth. Reagan met with the delegates. Lots of our delegates were invited to the White House, while some got calls from the President himself. A lot of people got calls from Jimmy Stewart and Eddie Arnold and Pat Boone. There were a lot of people from Hollywood for Reagan. Our people were getting courted very actively. When we had the convention, I kind of sketched out on a notepad, “Here are the 30 delegates that were chosen: I thought 24 were for Reagan and six were for Ford.

Quote from: Stu Spencer (1976: Gerald Ford’s Deputy Campaign Manager)
“Reagan emotionally had a hold on our delegates, which was quite frightening when you were trying to stop him. It was hard to paint him as the enemy. It was hard to say, “hey, that’s the guy to beat.” They liked him. And so, we thought we had an 86 delegate lead. We thought we were ahead. And then the rules vote happened.”

Quote from: Mike Deaver (1976: Reagan aide)
That first day, we had to vote on the unit rules. The initial plan was to force a vote that would tie Gerald Fords hands down. He’d have only a day to find a running mate under that scenario. The plan was to humiliate him while we worked on Schweiker. Helms and Buckley had made it clear that he was unacceptable to them. We not only had to find a way to get rid of him, but then we had to find someone who was acceptable to them. It was a very ugly mess.

Quote from: Dick Cheney (1976: White House Chief of Staff)
The vote was unexpectedly close, and to our horror, we lost. We came short by just four votes. Four votes out of two thousand something delegates. And then the panic set in-Reagan could easily sway our delegates, and we had to hold them in line. We had to find someone acceptable and fast. Fortunately, the rule that Reagan pushed forced an open vote on the Vice Presidential nomination first. This gave us a unique advantage, because we were convinced that the conservatives would split. And so we went forward with the nomination of Bob Dole for Vice President.”

Quote from: Nancy Reagan (1976: Former First Lady of California)
The first result was very, very, very tense. I remember watching from my hotel room on the television while Mike Wallace and Walter Cronkite interviewed delegates on the floor. It was so very tense, I remember. It seemed so ugly. Rockefeller, the Vice President, got into a scuffle after one of our own got a little too fired up and pulled away the Ford people’s telephone. He just ripped it out of the wall and the Vice President of the United States had to step in and stop him!"

Quote from: George HW. Bush (1976: CIA Director)
The President didn’t come to me after the first ballot to run, no. He asked me to dip my finger into the Texas delegation and get a sense of whether or not Dole had strong support. My name was not entered into nomination by own accord. That was due to Anne Armstrong, God love her, and her folks efforts to turn the entire Texas delegation over to me. That infuriated the President, and I realized that I’d soon be without a job if I didn’t get the situation settled. And that’s when the other folks approached me.”
5  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Election What-ifs? / The Spirit of '76. on: April 21, 2017, 11:03:50 pm
The Spirit of '76.

Table of Contents.
6  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Putin planning to resign soon ??? on: April 21, 2017, 04:54:21 pm
Nah.
7  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Portuguese Communist Party goes at it again: Now Venezuela and Chechnya on: April 21, 2017, 12:29:07 pm
Tchetchenia is Portuguese for Chechnya right?
Yeah, it's the same. Sorry for the typo error.
Sounded too Aztec-ish for Russia Tongue
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Florida State Sen. calls collegues "asshole", "bitch", and "n**gers" on: April 21, 2017, 12:27:39 pm
This will be an interesting special election, Clinton won 57-40 but Rubio also won it 50-47. Definitely a toss up and both sides will spend heavily.
Florida Dems will lose because they're the FL Dems.
9  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Portuguese Communist Party goes at it again: Now Venezuela and Chechnya on: April 21, 2017, 12:25:33 pm
Tchetchenia is Portuguese for Chechnya right?
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Book "Shattered" - Inside stories of Hillary's campaign on: April 21, 2017, 12:22:44 pm
Polk County is a perfect example of why I knew Trump would narrowly win FL. I went out there multiple times to camp with my relatives and there were Trump signs galore. Even the small country stores had "vote for Trump" lettered signs under the gas/boiled peanuts prices near the roadside.

This is what I was talking about when I was saying "look what's happening on the ground", but Ebsy and company laughed at me. Who is laughing now?

I have a close friend who goes to school out there. My Uncle drives through that entire slice of south-central Florida daily. The writing was on the wall-these people were going to turn on and turn out for Trump. The real shock and story is how Clinton failed to motivate her own base enough to mitigate the bleeding.
11  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Bill Clinton's grey hair on: April 21, 2017, 12:12:38 pm
I wouldn't put it past him if he dyed his hair grey prematurely just to look a bit older when running.
12  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this image represent you? on: April 19, 2017, 04:53:24 pm
I don't think he means that kind of anti-social.

So that begs the question: how exactly are we supposed to walk?
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Florida 2018 Open Thread on: April 19, 2017, 04:51:47 pm
The source is dodgy, but:

Quote
Sources Close to John Morgan have told OPO publisher Doug Kaplan that there is a 75% chance John Morgan will run for Governor of Florida.   My sources told me he is confident that he can win and he is working out details with his family and law firm.

I think the percentage is greater than that, but it looks like he's going to run.

He's already had a good campaign slogan for a number of years now:

"For the People"
Hahaha oh damn that's been in the background my entire life, and I've never once thought of it as a good political slogan!
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McMullin owes $670,000 for his failed presidential bid on: April 19, 2017, 04:46:26 pm
The best part is it only netted one faithless elector. For Ron Paul.
15  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Opinion of Teletubbies on: April 19, 2017, 04:44:15 pm
Screw these demonic assholes.
Are you alright?
16  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Does this image represent you? on: April 19, 2017, 04:37:24 pm
Aside from the clothes and the passing, it's stunningly accurate. Though I'm not autistic. I can't stress that enough. I'm major-depressive with psychotic features which makes me perceive people thinking I'm autistic (which considering my youngest brother is something I'm considerably sensitive about), hence a lot of the ironically autistic features. The worst part is that I'm conscious of this and it drives me nuts. Basically why I'm back on 5mg of ability.
17  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Happy birthday, Leinad! on: April 19, 2017, 04:36:11 pm
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Republicans Only: Will Shifting Demographics ACTUALLY Make One Party Dem Rule? on: April 19, 2017, 04:35:22 pm
Between two and three.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Why do people (still) like Hillary Clinton? on: April 19, 2017, 04:31:46 pm
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Book "Shattered" - Inside stories of Hillary's campaign on: April 19, 2017, 04:29:44 pm
Speaking of, are the Game Change guys writing another book together?

Yes and HBO is doing a miniseries. I did a thread on it.
Really?? That's hella cool.
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Unpleasant Kuckdom general election 2017: your vote? on: April 19, 2017, 02:41:31 pm
Sanchez's attempt to build up a fantasy world where privileged social Darwinist creeps somehow represent and care for "the people" makes some modicum of sense in the US, where they at least attempt to do so in their style, but is beyond laughable when applied to British politics.
Hence the caveat in my post.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The Book "Shattered" - Inside stories of Hillary's campaign on: April 19, 2017, 02:39:37 pm
Speaking of, are the Game Change guys writing another book together?
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: McMullin owes $670,000 for his failed presidential bid on: April 19, 2017, 02:26:26 pm
I'll be sure to wipe this shinks in Rick Wilson's nose.
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: NYT: Fox/Bill OR spent 13+ million settling sexual harassment claims (He's out!) on: April 19, 2017, 02:25:27 pm
Good. Now get rid of Hannity and Fox might actually become a "proper" news channel.
Is MSNBC a "proper" news channel?
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: scandals for each of the prospective 2020 Democratic presidential candidates on: April 19, 2017, 02:24:31 pm
Cory Booker is a gay

Yeah, I think it's pretty obvious at this point. Would he benefit from coming out though, or is America not ready yet for a gay president?

If America was ready for an admitted sexual assaulter President, they're ready for any type of President.
The fact that Cory Booker isn't out makes me suspect he isn't gay. Coming out is something that the majority of Americans celebrate now. It makes no sense for him to avoid it.
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