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Schwarz Loses in Heated Primary (MI)
Jackson Citizen Patriot/MLive ^ | 08/09/06 | Susan J. Demas

Posted on 08/09/2006 9:07:42 AM PDT by Kieri

Schwarz loses in heated primary Wednesday, August 09, 2006 By Susan J. Demas sdemas@citpat.com -- 768-4927

Standing in the birthplace of the Republican Party, Tim Walberg vowed Tuesday his resounding victory would deliver the GOP back to its "traditional roots."

The former state lawmaker vanquished U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, 53 percent to 47 percent, in the 7th District congressional primary. They faced off in the 2004 primary, which Schwarz won and Walberg finished third.

"For two years, the electorate was frustrated at the results of the last election," Walberg, 55, told a crowd of 300 supporters at Daryl's Downtown restaurant in Jackson.

"This was about a clear contrast between a conservative and a liberal."

With an ad blitz topping $3 million between the candidates, this was the most hotly contested congressional race in Michigan.

Schwarz, 68, outspent the Tipton preacher by more than 2-to-1.

But even President Bush's stamp of approval couldn't boost the incumbent, a surgeon, Vietnam veteran and former CIA spy.

It was a night of high-profile primary defeats, with Democratic U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut also going down in flames.

Analysts hailed Walberg's underdog triumph a national bellwether.

"Moderates are a dying breed," said Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics. "They're not going to be elected."

Walberg's victory in November is considered a near-lock in the solidly Republican district.

The 'L' word

The "liberal" label dogged the freshman congressman throughout the race, fueled by a more than $500,000 ad campaign by the pro-business lobby Club for Growth.

The Washington-based group proclaimed Schwarz its top target, launching the Web site JoeSchwarzIsALiberal.com.

Schwarz committed social-conservative heresy by backing abortion rights and voting against a federal amendment banning gay marriage.

That cost him the votes of many, including Susie Soloc, 60.

"Tim Walberg is a conservative Christian," the Rives Township homemaker said. "His pro-life stance is important to us."

Schwarz said "distortions and fabrications" of his voting record -- especially on abortion, taxes and immigration -- helped cost him the election.

"You have a one-issue group with unlimited funding," the Battle Creek Republican said. "I did what I thought was right. I will not compromise on principle. I will not pander."

The breakdown

The Democrats didn't deliver.

Schwarz had hoped crossover votes would be his salvation, as they were in the six-way race two years ago. Former state Sen. Jim Berryman, D-Adrian, was charged with getting out the vote.

Walberg handily carried Jackson County -- the largest voting bloc in the district -- with 54 percent to 46 percent. He also took Branch, Hillsdale and Lenawee counties by strong margins, leaving Schwarz to make up the difference in Calhoun, Eaton and Washtenaw counties.

He couldn't.

By 10:30 p.m., Schwarz could see the writing on the wall, one hour before conceding the race.

"We didn't get enough 'oomph' in places we really needed it," he told 200 boosters at Schuler's restaurant in Marshall.

Ballenger said the congressman's "anger and arrogance" caught up with him.

"This is a real personal rebuke to Joe Schwarz," he said.

Still, the pundit doubted that Walberg's boilerplate of slashed spending would deliver much for the 7th District.

"I see him as a weak congressman -- a back burner," Ballenger said. "I'd be surprised if he's much of a force in Washington."

The morning after

Amid the jubilant celebration -- where Walberg joked to supporters, "Don't get me preachin'" -- the pastor struck a tone of reconciliation for the severed GOP.

"Traditional values aren't meant to divide people. They're to unite people," he said. "We need to open our arms to make room for people who support the Republican platform."

But Walberg's victory could be bad news in the long run for the GOP.

James Agee, co-director of the Michigan Policy Leadership Program at Michigan State University, doesn't buy that Walberg can bridge the party divide as Schwarz did -- which could make some moderates flee to the Democrats.

"Every time you require people to be in lock-step, it's bad for the party," said Agee, a former Democratic state legislator from Muskegon.

Lifelong Republican Sherry Swan, 59, isn't revoking her party membership.

But the Schwarz backer doesn't plan to punch her ballot for Walberg.

"He's an extremist, and he is not a truthful person," the Battle Creek nursing assistant said.

As for Schwarz, he's planning to explore his party's infancy after losing what will likely be his last political fight right here in Jackson -- the cradle of the GOP.

The congressman is headed to his pastoral Montana cabin on Flathead Lake, built near the childhood home of his late wife, Anne.

There he'll crack open a copy of the Doris Kearns Goodwin's bestseller "Team of Rivals," dissecting the Lincoln presidency.

Schwarz sighed, "This has been the most difficult race I've been in."

Walberg said he's in the mood for post-election adventure -- as if planning a move to Washington isn't bold enough.

He's embarking on a motorcycle ride to Prince Edward Island, Canada, with his wife, Sue -- "a huge 'Anne of Green Gables' fan," he said.

Since leaping into the race in November, Walberg has logged about 35,000 miles on his Buick Park Avenue. Jumping on his 2002 Harley-Davidson Road King will be a welcome change.

Said the GOP nominee, grinning: "It's just a total sense of freedom."


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: clubforgrowth; election2006; electioncongress; moderates; rino; rmsp; schwarz; walberg
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Emphasis is mine.

Ballenger and his "Inside Politics" panel were wrong across the board when it came to Schwarz -- they ALL predicted he'd win. They were very, very wrong. I don't know if I'd agree that moderates are a dying species, but the last thing I want is another pragmatist going to DC. That's how we got a RINO party that's spending like the liberal democrats.

1 posted on 08/09/2006 9:07:43 AM PDT by Kieri
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To: Kieri

It is great to see a RINO leave DC. Maybe there is hope for the GOP yet.


2 posted on 08/09/2006 9:12:15 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: Kieri
"I did what I thought was right. I will not compromise on principle. I will not pander."

Too bad you were elected to represent the people in your district and not yourself, bonehead.

3 posted on 08/09/2006 9:12:48 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Rabid ethnicist.)
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To: Kieri

Hope we haven't created an opening for Democrats to take this seat. We can't afford it folks. Hope this is a safe Republican seat. I'll take a "RINO" in this seat over a Democrat who will contribute to Pelosi becoming speaker of the House. I'm PRAYING this is a safe GOP seat.


4 posted on 08/09/2006 9:14:54 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: VeniVidiVici

That's exactly why I want candidates to tell me what they believe and not what they think I want to hear. If I agree I'll vote for them.


5 posted on 08/09/2006 9:19:07 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Kieri
doesn't buy that Walberg can bridge the party divide as Schwarz did

Yeah. Because Schwartz was so popular with the party that they voted him out. Moron.

6 posted on 08/09/2006 9:21:55 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I ha' da Steve Nash DO befo' Steve Nash DID)
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To: MikeA
Hope this is a safe Republican seat.

Read the damn article. It is.

7 posted on 08/09/2006 9:22:34 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I ha' da Steve Nash DO befo' Steve Nash DID)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Too bad you were elected to represent the people in your district and not yourself, bonehead.

Representatives should vote the way they believe is right, not betray their convictions because of popular sentiment.

Schwarz just has the wrong convictions.

8 posted on 08/09/2006 9:24:37 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (I ha' da Steve Nash DO befo' Steve Nash DID)
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To: MikeA
With an ad blitz topping $3 million between the candidates

A pathetic waste of money that could have gone to underfunded challegers farther down the food chain.

Ken Blackwell and Lynn Swann in particular are underfunded.

9 posted on 08/09/2006 9:24:41 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: Kieri
That's how we got a RINO party that's spending like the liberal democrats

If people are stupid enough to believe this lie, the is no hope for the Conservative movement. To compare spending level straight up with no thought for Inflantion or Population growth is intellectual dishonest.

Add to that the difference between spending on the War, and spending in Peace time, plus the difference in spending between what Clinton wanted to spend and what the Republican Congress gave hims, this "Spending" talking point is proven a lie. Counting Homeland Security Spending in with "Domestic Spending" is such an obvious tactics of statistic fraud I am surprised so many of you fell for it.

But I know, the Perpetual Bitchers have repeated this lie so often then the Always Whining simply mindlessly accept it as fact instead of bothering to thing. Judges, Judges, Judges Whiners. On that point alone the GOP has done far more good for the Conservative Movement then all the Perpetually Whining ever have, or will, do for us.

10 posted on 08/09/2006 9:24:48 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (A proportionate response would be the indiscriminate slaughter of Western journalists)
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To: VeniVidiVici
Too bad you were elected to represent the people in your district and not yourself, bonehead.

I would not want to live in a district with a waffling representative. If I vote for him he gets to serve his term but If I do not like the way he governs he does not get my vote next time.

That is how a Representative Republic works.
11 posted on 08/09/2006 9:25:23 AM PDT by msnimje (Uni-FAIL - UN peace keeping force in Lebanon has lived up to its name.)
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To: JohnnyZ
The numbers by county
12 posted on 08/09/2006 9:25:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: MikeA
The Demoncrats pretty much ran the aganda during the GOP majority any how so what would the difference be if Pelosi is speaker?

Impeachment? So what, let congress get caught up in it, at least they won't have as much time to pass more laws that steal money from my paycheck for 2 years.

13 posted on 08/09/2006 9:26:05 AM PDT by TheKidster
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To: JohnnyZ

Wow, why the need to be so angry? Plus, there's nothing in the article that I saw that indicates this is a safe seat. "The cradle of the GOP" is a historical reference, not a reference to the current composition of the district.


14 posted on 08/09/2006 9:26:05 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: msnimje
That is how a Representative Republic works.

I'd say that's how it worked this time, wouldn't you? If he had represented his district effectively he'd still be there.

15 posted on 08/09/2006 9:28:48 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Rabid ethnicist.)
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To: MBB1984

I moved to Battle Creek this past March, so I knew nothing about the local politics. I visited both campaigns websites. I watched the TV ads for both Schwarz and Walberg and listened to the radio spots. I was appalled by the Schwarz campaign and its lies about the Fair Tax initiative. That in itself turned me against the "former CIA operative." His voting record on pork barrel spending made him one of the worst offenders in the Republican party. I don't know, but perhaps that can be explained away by how these spending bills are structured (example: vote against the Pork, and you're voting against vital dollars for our Troops). Walberg was also criticized in a commercial as the worst Michigan legislator according to the Detroit News -- if you read the fine print, you would see that happened in 1988. Never said what he was so bad about - maybe he didn't want to keep taxing people out of Michigan??? People want a clear choice, not moderates who are so wishy washy on everything you never know what they'll do. Hopefully Walberg will join up with Tancredo and Colburn from Oklahoma.


16 posted on 08/09/2006 9:28:51 AM PDT by Sioux-san (God save the Sheeple)
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To: Kieri
The former state lawmaker vanquished U.S. Rep. Joe Schwarz, 53 percent to 47 percent, in the 7th District congressional primary.

A higher winning percentage than Lamont. Why didn't the MSM declare this race as a repudiation of liberal policies and a referendum on the Democrat Party?

17 posted on 08/09/2006 9:29:26 AM PDT by My2Cents (A pirate's life for me.)
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To: MNJohnnie

The Republicans are spending on unnecessary, unconstitutional, pork just like the Democrats.


18 posted on 08/09/2006 9:29:34 AM PDT by Prokopton
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To: TheKidster

I think you'd see this Congress as being the glory days compared to what a Pelosi congress would mean. Don't be so short-sighted. When they defund the war, then what?


19 posted on 08/09/2006 9:29:44 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: Kieri

Good job Michigan. I guess us 1 percenters can get people elected....LOL!!!!


20 posted on 08/09/2006 9:30:01 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Vote out the RINO's; volunteer to help get Conservative Republicans elected!)
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To: MikeA
From the article:

Walberg's victory in November is considered a near-lock in the solidly Republican district.

21 posted on 08/09/2006 9:30:16 AM PDT by TheBigB (Livin' in a blue city in a red county in a blue state in a red nation.)
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To: Kieri
Standing in the birthplace of the Republican Party

Uh, that would be in Ripon, WI.

22 posted on 08/09/2006 9:30:20 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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To: Sioux-san

Is this district a safe Republican district? Are the Dems. fielding anyone who'd be a threat?


23 posted on 08/09/2006 9:30:51 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: TheBigB

Got it. Thanks. I missed that line.


24 posted on 08/09/2006 9:31:20 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: MikeA

The 7th district can be considered a "safe" GOP seat. Take a look at the primary voter turnout numbers:

7th Congressional District
(2-year term)
(336 of 336 precincts reporting)

29,349 - Joe Schwarz (R-inc.)
33,144 - Tim Walberg (R)

3,004 - Daryl Campbell (D)
2,900 - Chuck Ream (D)
10,366 - Sharon Marie Renier (D)
3,446 - Fred Strack (D)

Even all the Democrat votes combined don't come close to Schwarz's numbers. We had a 19-20% voter turnout.


25 posted on 08/09/2006 9:31:46 AM PDT by Kieri (A Grafted Branch (Rom. 11))
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To: MikeA

Check out the numbers link posted in post number 12. No real threat from the democrats. We turned out big time in Jackson county.


26 posted on 08/09/2006 9:32:37 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: TheBigB

The reason I was confused is because the article contradicted itself with this:

But Walberg's victory could be bad news in the long run for the GOP.

James Agee, co-director of the Michigan Policy Leadership Program at Michigan State University, doesn't buy that Walberg can bridge the party divide as Schwarz did -- which could make some moderates flee to the Democrats.


27 posted on 08/09/2006 9:33:40 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: Kieri

Thanks, good information.


28 posted on 08/09/2006 9:34:23 AM PDT by MikeA (Not voting out of anger in November is a vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

We claim the birthplace of the GOP as well.

http://www.jacksonmich.com/markers/mark1.htm


29 posted on 08/09/2006 9:34:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: Kieri
The Democrats didn't deliver.

"Every time you require people to be in lock-step, it's bad for the party," said Agee, a former Democratic state legislator from Muskegon.

What kind of Republican counts on Democrat support?

RINO is as RINO does, my mama always said.

30 posted on 08/09/2006 9:39:59 AM PDT by magslinger (Without Freedom, Utopia isn't paradise after all. It's just hell in a fancy prom dress. Steven James)
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To: MBB1984
"It is great to see a RINO leave DC. Maybe there is hope for the GOP yet."

I hope this is a trend.

31 posted on 08/09/2006 9:40:24 AM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: cripplecreek
Thanks for posting the numbers. It seems pretty straight forward this is a PUB seat. The best way to change the PUBS is in the primaries.

It's interesting that as the conservatives are reasserting themselves in the PUB primaries the liberals are doing the same thing in the RAT primaries. It should provide for a clear distinction in the general election. I think the PUBS end up with a clear advantage when running against, big govt., cut and run RATS.
32 posted on 08/09/2006 9:47:54 AM PDT by wmfights (Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The WAY!)
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To: MikeA

I have a feeling that the war will be defunded within 2-3 years regardless. Unless the Democrats get a supermajority I think only the retoric will change, the output will be similar; more pork barrel spending, deadlock on vital issues such as tax reform/SSN/Borders, and useless special interest bills to distract from the impotence on the former, i.e. gay marraige, flag burning.
I'm actually looking farther than just what's coming up. I think that if the Conservatives lose control again, we'll see a resolve not to fall for liberal deals in the future and the American people, who are more conservative than liberal when the rubber hits the road, finally putting liberalism and "moderates - really liberal but dishonestly so" behind us.
I've seen the political discourse move to the left totally but the desire is still to the right, we just have hang ups about being labeled by the left.


33 posted on 08/09/2006 9:50:25 AM PDT by TheKidster
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To: wmfights

I was a bit surprised by the numbers in Lenawee county. Walberg won pretty handily in a county with a very large hispanic population and he won it with a pretty clear "no amnesty" message.


34 posted on 08/09/2006 9:51:13 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: staytrue

"A pathetic waste of money that could have gone to underfunded challegers....Ken Blackwell and Lyn Swann in particular...." - staytrue


At least the Walberg contributors achieved a victory.

Sad though it is, why would $3 million to Blackwell or Swann put them over the top?


35 posted on 08/09/2006 9:54:44 AM PDT by mdefranc
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To: cripplecreek
"I was a bit surprised by the numbers in Lenawee county. Walberg won pretty handily in a county with a very large hispanic population and he won it with a pretty clear "no amnesty" message."
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I don't know the district, but that's a real positive point. I've always thought that the Hispanic community has more in common with PUBS than they do with RATS. They are typically thought of as religuous, pro-life, strong family values with a good work ethic. It all sounds like PUB to me.
36 posted on 08/09/2006 9:57:53 AM PDT by wmfights (Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The WAY!)
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To: mdefranc
"A pathetic waste of money that could have gone to underfunded challegers....Ken Blackwell and Lyn Swann in particular...." - staytrue
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What's particularly irritating is that the power elites of the party supported the RINO. I hate it, that the DC careerists abandon the conservative base once they become established.
37 posted on 08/09/2006 10:01:45 AM PDT by wmfights (Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The WAY!)
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To: wmfights

Actually it would be most accurate to say legal American hispanic community.


38 posted on 08/09/2006 10:01:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?)
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To: cripplecreek
"Actually it would be most accurate to say legal American hispanic community."
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I assumed that was who we were talking about. Being PUBS we haven't mastered the art of vote fraud.
39 posted on 08/09/2006 10:04:03 AM PDT by wmfights (Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The WAY!)
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To: MikeA

'Hope we haven't created an opening for Democrats to take this seat. We can't afford it folks. Hope this is a safe Republican seat. I'll take a "RINO" in this seat over a Democrat who will contribute to Pelosi becoming speaker of the House. I'm PRAYING this is a safe GOP seat.'

Maybe you should stay inside for the next few months, you seem to get froghtened easily. Grow a pair.


40 posted on 08/09/2006 10:17:35 AM PDT by xone
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To: MNJohnnie
You need to check your numbers, increased defense and security spending is dwarfed by discretionary spending. The Republican majorities in Congress that limited President Clinton's spending seems to have never meet a program in didn't like during President Bush's administration. I have been very disappointed in the spending choices the government has made since the 2001 budget and it seems to be getting worse rather than better. Finally population growth and inflation have little to do with it, revenues have increased but spending has far outpaced any revenue growth.
41 posted on 08/09/2006 10:20:51 AM PDT by thinkthenpost
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To: Kieri
Schwarz had hoped crossover votes would be his salvation, as they were in the six-way race two years ago. Former state Sen. Jim Berryman, D-Adrian, was charged with getting out the vote.

And this guy voted against the protection of marraige. What a bum.

42 posted on 08/09/2006 10:21:30 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Diva

Hey, look.

It's our old friend....

Pinz


43 posted on 08/09/2006 10:25:19 AM PDT by pinz-n-needlez (Jack Bauer wears Tony Snow pajamas)
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To: mdefranc

there was no guarantee of victory for walberg, there is no guarantee for swann or blackwell.

but currently, both are well behind their opponents in money as is Diane Irey who facing Murtha.

Blowing 3 million here did not move the ball down the field by much whereas a victory by swann, blackwell or irey moves the ball down the field by much more.


44 posted on 08/09/2006 10:27:13 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: thinkthenpost
revenues have increased but spending has far outpaced any revenue growth.

so why is the deficit declining ?

45 posted on 08/09/2006 10:29:27 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue

The FY 05-06 deficit looks like it will come in lower than originally projected, finally the money freed up in the tax cuts are coming around in larger tax revenues like we all knew it would, my heartburn is for FY 01-02, FY 02-03, FY 03-04, and FY 04-05 spending grew much faster than revenue and the deficit grew at an obscene rate.


46 posted on 08/09/2006 10:35:28 AM PDT by thinkthenpost
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To: wmfights
the DC careerists abandon the conservative base once they become established.

The DC careerists support incumbents. They have never supported a challenger. Perhaps you can name one for me if I am mistaken.

47 posted on 08/09/2006 10:41:35 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: VeniVidiVici
Too bad you were elected to represent the people in your district and not yourself, bonehead.

Well, that's the Jacksonian vs. Jeffersonian democracy debate. One is that the representative is to represent what he thinks is what the people in his/her district believe. The other is to state clearly what you believe and vote that way, and then let the chips fall as they may during elections. There are going to be times in Washington when you have to deal with an issue that it's not clear what your constituiency thinks.

Personally, I prefer that my rep tells me what he or she thinks honestly, and then I'll vote for who I think represents me best. Then when an unanticipated issue comes up, I figure I've got the best hope that they'll vote based on an honest assessment and according to their principles.

48 posted on 08/09/2006 10:59:11 AM PDT by RonF
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To: staytrue
"Blowing 3 million here did not move the ball down the field by much whereas a victory by swann, blackwell or irey moves the ball down the field by much more."
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Exactly right! This is why any campaign donations should go directly to the conservative or to organizations like "Club For Growth".
49 posted on 08/09/2006 11:09:54 AM PDT by wmfights (Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of The WAY!)
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To: Kieri
Schwarz said "distortions and fabrications" of his voting record -- especially on abortion, taxes and immigration -- helped cost him the election.

"You have a one-issue group with unlimited funding," the Battle Creek Republican said. "I did what I thought was right. I will not compromise on principle. I will not pander."

If a Congressman can't count to three, perhaps it's time for him to leave.

50 posted on 08/09/2006 11:14:11 AM PDT by RJL
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