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Holding my nose and voting Republican
Townhall ^ | Oct. 25, 2006 | Linda Chavez

Posted on 10/25/2006 7:02:29 AM PDT by 13Sisters76

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Holding my nose and voting Republican By Linda Chavez Wednesday, October 25, 2006

I am not happy with the Republican Party, but on Nov. 7 I will cast my vote for my incumbent Republican congressman and senator nonetheless. I don't feel I have any choice -- and it's not just that the Democrats running in my state are particularly unappealing candidates.

I'm angry at Republicans for abandoning their principles. This Republican president, aided and abetted by Congress, has increased federal spending at a reckless rate, even when the costs of the war in Iraq are taken out of the equation. I'm embarrassed by the scandals that have plagued some Republicans and by the abject failure of the leadership to do anything meaningful on lobbying reform.

I'm sickened by the cronyism that protected former Congressman Mark Foley and put children at risk. I'm disappointed that after years of claiming to be the party of colorblind equal opportunity, Republicans have actually expanded racial preferences in federal programs. I'm disheartened by the demagoguery on immigration and the refusal to do the one thing guaranteed to stop illegal immigration, namely, enact a broad guest worker program.

But none of these issues will make me stay home, much less vote Democratic. The fact is I don't trust the Democratic Party to lead this country in a time of uncertainty and war. While the Democrats say they want to refocus the nation's energy on the war on terror, they've demonstrated time and again that they oppose the most effective means of fighting terrorism.

Democrats would interfere with the National Security Agency's ability to intercept communications between terrorists abroad and their agents in the United States. They would extend to terrorists being held overseas access to the U.S. civilian court system, which could jeopardize national security by making classified intelligence available to the terrorists and their attorneys. They would treat terrorists like common criminals rather than as combatants who are at war with us.

Nor do I trust that Democrats would do the right thing in Iraq -- not that the current administration has had a stellar record there, either. I'm tired of debating whether we should or should not have gone into Iraq -- both Republicans and half the Democrats in the Senate voted to authorize the war in 2003. The question is what the United States should do now. It's clear the war is going very badly and that Iraq is on the verge of a civil war. Democrats have offered no clear plan except to leave Iraq as quickly as possible, regardless of the consequences.

And I don't think the Democrats would back tough measures if Iran and North Korea continue to pursue nuclear weapons either. Certainly the Clinton administration's record with respect to North Korea doesn't inspire confidence. Democrats like carrots a lot better than sticks and are more concerned with "world opinion" than American interests.

Democratic control of Congress also worries me when it comes to the economy. Democrats always want to raise taxes in order to pay for social programs, transferring money out of the hands of ordinary people and turning it over to bureaucrats. Most Democrats are also infatuated with government regulation and rarely find a government directive they don't like. Higher taxes and more regulations are a recipe to cool our healthy economy. Democrats seem to want to punish businesses rather than encourage the creation of more wealth. And they have a nasty propensity to encourage envy and class warfare, which benefits no one.

Politics is sometimes about making the least bad choice. I know some of my fellow Republicans will stay home on Election Day, hoping to send the party a message that they're fed up with the current leadership. But putting the Democrats in control won't bring about needed changes -- it will make matters even worse. The place for revolt is within the party itself, by urging the elected representatives to pick carefully when they choose House and Senate leadership in January and by challenging incumbents in primaries next time if they don't stand up for basic Republican principles.

Linda Chavez is chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity and author of Betrayal: How Union Bosses Shake Down Their Members and Corrupt American Politics .

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I don't agree with Chavez regarding the guest worker program, but the rest of her article bears reading.
1 posted on 10/25/2006 7:02:29 AM PDT by 13Sisters76
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To: 13Sisters76

Chavez would vote GOP no matter what. She's an insider thru and thru and a ditz.


2 posted on 10/25/2006 7:05:20 AM PDT by pissant
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To: 13Sisters76
"I'm angry at Republicans for abandoning their principles."

She speaks for millions of other GOP faithful voters, who will all hold their noses and vote on November 7. Since Chavez is Hispanic, I would expect her to embrace the guest worker program. She is entitled to that opinion, but I will not vote for any party who allows illegal invaders to remain in the U.S.

3 posted on 10/25/2006 7:07:02 AM PDT by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: 13Sisters76

I pretty much always have to "hold my nose and vote republican".

It is a shame but unless we want the dims in office gumming up the works like in '92, it is almost a necessity that we do just that.

If the wrong people get elected this mid-term and for the Presidential election in '08, the only choice would be to move to a nice RED state and help them secede. I hope that is not the only solution.


4 posted on 10/25/2006 7:07:04 AM PDT by Vaquero ("An armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: 13Sisters76

Whether you are angry or not, it really doesn't matter. The republican party will have no idea how you feel, other than you voted the incumbents back in.


5 posted on 10/25/2006 7:07:50 AM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to.....otherwise, things would be different.)
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To: pissant

I'd rather hold my nose than hold my ass, cuz if democrats get into office, we are going to get a** raped by the dems.

It's still too bad that the pubbies are inept in PR and that we no REaganesque type candidate in the wings (except for maybe NEWT but chances are he won't run).


6 posted on 10/25/2006 7:08:39 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (How to win over terrorists? KILL them with UNKINDNESS.)
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To: 13Sisters76
I'm sickened by the cronyism that protected former Congressman Mark Foley and put children at risk.

Sorry, but I couldn't get past that sentence. That's just an incredibly stupid and false statement which makes anything she says after that completely meaningless.

7 posted on 10/25/2006 7:08:47 AM PDT by American in Singapore (Bill Clinton: The Human Stain)
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To: 13Sisters76

Oh I am so tired of this sort of drivel.


8 posted on 10/25/2006 7:09:13 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.)
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To: 13Sisters76

Dems offer nothing constructive at all, they're relying on anti administration sentiment only while hiding any plans they've made.
If that isn't enough, consider this line up:

Speaker of the House: Nancy Pelosi
Chairman, Ways & Means Committee: Charles Rangel
Chairman, House Judiciary Committee: John Conyers
Chairman, House Appropriations Committee: David Obey
Chairman, Government Reform Committee: Henry Waxman
Chairman, Energy & Commerce Committee: John Dingell


The average age of these congressmen is 72. By contrast, Newt Gingrich was 51 and Dick Armey was 54 when they led the Republican revolution and takeover in 1994. Revolution favors the young.

Another number to keep in mind is 98--the above lineup's average voting-record rating, as scored by the liberal Americans for Democratic Action. Poor Dingell scores only 95. The Michigan congressman once served as a board member of the National Rifle Association. Obviously, this right-winger will have to go.

http://www.forbes.com/columnists/forbes/2006/1016/031.html

P.S. And, if Pelosi gets her way, disgraced judge Alcee Hastings to head the Intelligence Committee.


9 posted on 10/25/2006 7:09:27 AM PDT by 1066AD
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To: 13Sisters76

If her state fielded better candidates, she wouldn't have to "hold her nose". All these complainers are also the same one's who'd NEVER be involved in their local GOP.


10 posted on 10/25/2006 7:10:06 AM PDT by RasterMaster (Winning Islamic hearts and minds.........one bullet at a time!)
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To: 13Sisters76
--It's clear the war is going very badly and that Iraq is on the verge of a civil war-- How ironic that the one well-known republican with the cojones to admit that is a woman! Kind of like Ben Gurion's quip that Golda Meir was the only man in his cabinet. --Politics is sometimes about making the least bad choice. I know some of my fellow Republicans will stay home on Election Day, hoping to send the party a message that they're fed up with the current leadership. But putting the Democrats in control won't bring about needed changes -- it will make matters even worse. The place for revolt is within the party itself, by urging the elected representatives to pick carefully when they choose House and Senate leadership in January and by challenging incumbents in primaries next time if they don't stand up for basic Republican principles-- This is where she loses me. Being a leading republican figure, she can't admit that we are really a ONE-party system; the one-party having two wings called "democrat" and "republican."
11 posted on 10/25/2006 7:10:49 AM PDT by ruffedgrouse (Think outside the box, dammit!)
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To: 13Sisters76

---Democratic control of Congress also worries me when it comes to the economy. Democrats always want to raise taxes in order to pay for social programs, transferring money out of the hands of ordinary people and turning it over to bureaucrats.---

They want to tax the majority in order to transfer money to what they see as their core constituency, minorities, single mothers, and urban plantation masters.


12 posted on 10/25/2006 7:11:00 AM PDT by claudiustg (Iran delenda est.)
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To: 13Sisters76

Hold your nose and vote Republican.
Me, too, Linda. That's what I did yesterday.
Wouldn't it nice someday if Republicans would hold their noss and vote libertarian? Freedom could use the break.


13 posted on 10/25/2006 7:11:10 AM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: TommyDale

Then don't vote for the man that voted for amnesty, don't get rid of those in the House that passed the right bill and the majority of Republican Senators that supported the bill passed by the House.

The place to fix the problems with the Republican party is in the PRIMARIES where they should have been replaced with conservatives, not in the general election where the option is a communist.


14 posted on 10/25/2006 7:11:13 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: Vaquero

The guys at work ask me and I always have an easy answer: "I'll vote for the ones who want to kill terrorists, not coddle them."


15 posted on 10/25/2006 7:11:27 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Roll your own cigarettes! You'll save $$$ and smoke less!(Magnetic bumper stickers-click my name)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

Don't give me Newt, for craps sake. The personality of a root canal ain't reganesque. LOL

The GOP will hold both houses, hopefully minus McGavick and Kean.


16 posted on 10/25/2006 7:11:30 AM PDT by pissant
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To: 13Sisters76
I just get so tired of holding my nose.
It's starting to get sore.
17 posted on 10/25/2006 7:11:37 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: 13Sisters76

Hold whatever you must but punch those buttons.


18 posted on 10/25/2006 7:12:24 AM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: 13Sisters76
Gee, if only there were as many articles telling liberal RINOs to "hold their nose" and vote for the conservatives they always screech are "unelectable."

But no...it's only the conservatives who are told to shut up and suck it up.

To hell with that noise. RINOs are no better than the Dhimmicrats. And between you and me, I'd rather have the enemy in front of me than behind me in my own ranks. We conservatives have got enough knives in our backs already.

19 posted on 10/25/2006 7:13:02 AM PDT by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: TommyDale; All
Don't think of it as voting FOR the hapless Republicans.
Think of it as voting AGAINST the treasonous Democrats.
20 posted on 10/25/2006 7:13:13 AM PDT by Little Ray (If you want to be a martyr, we want to martyr you.)
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To: 13Sisters76

This article is full of things that should be said, but not necessarily in a public forum. Just like McCain, she uses this tactic as a way to gain credibility with the MSM. Republicans trashing their party is always a big hit and she knows it. I'm glad she will vote for the best choice, but I'm disappointed she is stepping on the heads of others to elevate herself.


21 posted on 10/25/2006 7:13:48 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Already voted absentee….straight Republican ticket….best choice on the menu.)
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To: TommyDale

Republicans or conservatives not voting would be holding their nose and voting Democrat.


22 posted on 10/25/2006 7:14:57 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: 13Sisters76
I'll be doing something I have never done before, voting straight Republican, for the first time ever. The Democrats have become the party of the moonbats, it is a sad, decrepit shadow of its former self, heck, I even preferred the DLC Democrats (Clinton cronies) to this new Disease..
23 posted on 10/25/2006 7:15:33 AM PDT by Paradox (American Conservatives: Keeping the world safe for Liberalism.)
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To: Bob Buchholz
"Then don't vote for the man that voted for amnesty, don't get rid of those in the House that passed the right bill and the majority of Republican Senators that supported the bill passed by the House."

In my state, this is not applicable. As usual, many people here think the election is a national one. It is 435 separate local and regional elections, something the pollsters and news media would like us to forget.

24 posted on 10/25/2006 7:16:35 AM PDT by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: 13Sisters76
Well...I'm one who is not holding my nose to vote Republican...when I look at the rat party...I'm relieved I have the Republican Party to vote for.
25 posted on 10/25/2006 7:17:07 AM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: 13Sisters76
But putting the Democrats in control won't bring about needed changes -- it will make matters even worse.

Needed to be said again... only louder this time, for the benefit of all the slow children sitting in the back row.

26 posted on 10/25/2006 7:18:40 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("It'sTime for Republicans to Start Toeing the Conservative Line, NOT the Other Way Around!")
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To: ruffedgrouse
This is where she loses me...... Being a leading republican figure, she can't admit that we are really a ONE-party system; the one-party having two wings called "democrat" and "republican

And that's where you lose me.........

27 posted on 10/25/2006 7:18:59 AM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.)
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To: AxelPaulsenJr

Please explain.


28 posted on 10/25/2006 7:20:08 AM PDT by ruffedgrouse (Think outside the box, dammit!)
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To: april15Bendovr; Little Ray
"Republicans or conservatives not voting would be holding their nose and voting Democrat."

"Don't think of it as voting FOR the hapless Republicans. Think of it as voting AGAINST the treasonous Democrats."

Republicans almost ALWAYS vote, but unfortunately not always for the right reasons, as both of you indicate. Don't you think it is time that we started running on our own agenda, not AGAINST someone else?

29 posted on 10/25/2006 7:20:51 AM PDT by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: pissant

Sorry, let me qualify that Newt's IDEAS about government is Reaganesque, not his personilty.

It's a shame that Bush's public/political persona doesn't match his charmful private persona.

I hope you are right about the GOP holding both houses. If they do, hopefully this whole ordeal will be a wake up call to them that they need to get back to basics, double up the effort on iraq and cut the budget to give the democrats that long sought budget surplus.


30 posted on 10/25/2006 7:20:59 AM PDT by MAD-AS-HELL (How to win over terrorists? KILL them with UNKINDNESS.)
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To: 1066AD

That is very right about what you said. I know I will get nothing if I sit this one out.


31 posted on 10/25/2006 7:21:30 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Just another Joe
I just get so tired of holding my nose.

We are harvesting the crop produced from voting for the lesser of two evils for generations now.
Seems to me the choice is like voting for a size 9 ½ EE shoe up your hind end or a 10 D.

32 posted on 10/25/2006 7:22:38 AM PDT by Lysander (Don't stand where I told you to stand. Stand where I told you to stand.)
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To: Vaquero
I pretty much always have to "hold my nose and vote republican".

No kidding, since when is holding your nose NOT a part of voting republican? In 1994 I didn't have to hold my nose, but that was the exception that proves the rule.

33 posted on 10/25/2006 7:23:33 AM PDT by shempy (EABOF)
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To: 13Sisters76
This Republican president, aided and abetted by Congress, has increased federal spending at a reckless rate, even when the costs of the war in Iraq are taken out of the equation

The problem with this common complaint on the part of some conservatives is that it fails to accept that most of the electorate likes it when federal spending comes back to their state, city, or district. That goes for democrat and republican voters. This is especially so at an individual level.

I know a fairly conservative guy, a former nyc cop. He has a retarded son and was used to getting some help from the Feds for the extra care his son needed. He was very happy when the GOP won in 1994 for most of the reasons you hear. He was happy that welfare and social programs were going to be cut. The smile was wiped off his face when it became clear that some programs he benefited from might be on the chopping block, too.

In other words, his welfare was fine and everybody else's had to go. We can be critical of the mindset and point out the obvious problems with it, but it's very real and very common, and not uncommon among conservatives.

Spending is a problem because the electorate, when you get down to it, likes getting it and likes complaining about it.

34 posted on 10/25/2006 7:25:07 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do succeed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: MAD-AS-HELL

Bush is a great campaigner and will be the only reason we hold on. It certainly has nothing to do with the RNC which has become virtually worthless.

From Yesterday:

"The Democrats have made a lot of predictions. Matter of fact, I think they may be measuring the drapes," Bush said yesterday to laughs at a Sarasota, Fla., fund-raiser for GOP House hopeful Vern Buchanan.

"If their electoral predictions are as reliable as their economic predictions, Nov. 7th is going to be a good day for the Republicans."


35 posted on 10/25/2006 7:25:27 AM PDT by pissant
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
If I wanted skyrocketing budgets, new federal bureaucracies, more regulation of political speech, and stalemates on immigration, energy, and Social Security, I'd have voted for Democrats. Instead I voted for Republicans -- and what did I get? Skyrocketing budgets, new federal bureaucracies, more regulation of political speech, and stalemates on immigration, energy, and Social Security.

borrowed from Jeff Jacoby of the Globe.
36 posted on 10/25/2006 7:26:32 AM PDT by ricer1
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To: TommyDale
What Conservative or Republican in their right mind wants to be responsible for putting Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge of the war on terrorism?
37 posted on 10/25/2006 7:28:15 AM PDT by april15Bendovr
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To: Lysander
--We are harvesting the crop produced from voting for the lesser of two evils for generations now. Seems to me the choice is like voting for a size 9 ½ EE shoe up your hind end or a 10 D.-- I wish I had said that! If I ever use that, I'll give you credit, my Spartan friend. I usually say that the lesser of 2 evils is still evil. The situation we have right now is that the right wing of the "republicrat" party is in danger of losing Congressional seats to the left wing of the "republicrat" party. This party, nevertheless, does a great job of choking off, through state election laws and ballot rules, any hope for an original third party with new, good ideas. Rather like the shade of a decrepit old tree preventing new growth from thriving under it.
38 posted on 10/25/2006 7:28:29 AM PDT by ruffedgrouse (Think outside the box, dammit!)
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To: pissant

I disagree with much of what she says about illegal immigration, but she is HARDLY a "ditz".


39 posted on 10/25/2006 7:29:49 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: 13Sisters76

I of course can not vote in these elections, but this article seem very reasonable to me.

I mean, I supported the invasion, but weather you did or not, the absolutely worst thing that could happen is if the country was left in the hands of the warring factions wanting to control it. But on the other hand, if they are made to work together through democratic process, and thus more reasonable voices within each group gets to power, that will have rippling effects through all the muslim world, effects that are neccasery to blunt the power of the islamist militants that have declared war against the West.

The Democrats seem to me to be worse than our socialistic parties, wich is contrary to many claims that both parties in the US are essentially right winged in comparison to our parties. I mean when it comes to taxation and such things, they talk just like socialists.

And about the spending, ok, the US seems to have spent like Mikael Jackson on a shopping spree, but they have also managed to half the budget deficit. Just by lowering taxes, they have experienced the same as we did, lower taxes mean more income. The Democrats seem to want to get taxes higher just for principles sake, and refuse to look this in the eye and accept it.

I would say that a guest workers program would help you get control over your immigration, but other thing is also how hard it is f.e. Europeans that come to the US to study to stay longer and eventually emigrate. I would think you would need to open up that process a little bit, people will try to escape the socialistic hell holes in Europe for many years to come now, and the US would gain from opening up for them.


40 posted on 10/25/2006 7:29:53 AM PDT by Leifur
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To: 13Sisters76

Always struck me as such.


41 posted on 10/25/2006 7:31:19 AM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant
Sorry I don't buy it.

The same article seems to gets dredged up every two years, with a different byline.


BUMP

42 posted on 10/25/2006 7:31:47 AM PDT by capitalist229 (Get Democrats out of our pockets and Republicans out of our bedrooms.)
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To: april15Bendovr
"What Conservative or Republican in their right mind wants to be responsible for putting Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge of the war on terrorism?"

None, that's why we hold our noses to vote. Someday perhaps we can vote without holding our noses.

43 posted on 10/25/2006 7:33:18 AM PDT by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: RacerF150
his article is full of things that should be said, but not necessarily in a public forum

Oh come on, there is no avoiding the 800 pound gorilla in the room. We need to be reality based. And the reality is that Republican power favors government growth. The reality also is that we don't have the luxury of punishing them for their big spending ways because the alternative could very well be the end of us.

44 posted on 10/25/2006 7:35:37 AM PDT by shempy (EABOF)
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To: TommyDale

"What Conservative or Republican in their right mind wants to be responsible for putting Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge of the war on terrorism?"

What? Are they going to become co-presidents this year? I wonder if they'll share the same bed in the Lincoln bedroom (eeew what an unerotic thought that is!) Seriously, Dubya, for better or worse, is in charge of the "War on Terror" until 1/20/09.


45 posted on 10/25/2006 7:37:06 AM PDT by ruffedgrouse (Think outside the box, dammit!)
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To: ruffedgrouse

There are MANY unhappy conservatives who are p***ssed as HELL about the republicans and their spinelessness. I am one of them. I WANT conservatism. I WANT libertarianism (sometimes) at the federal level. But I sure as HELL don't want the demonRATs running things. They are enemies to this country and to all of us and I want them GONE- for good. Right now, there is only one way to accomplish that- vote republican.

One cannot sit at home bitching about the candidate that the party has "given" us if one did not get off his/her butt to vote in the primaries. The campaigns and the primaries are where we win the battle- NOT by handing the government over to the RATs.

When did we forget that WE run things?


46 posted on 10/25/2006 7:37:53 AM PDT by 13Sisters76 ("It is amazing how many people mistake a certain hip snideness for sophistication. " Thos. Sowell)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
But putting the Democrats in control won't bring about needed changes -- it will make matters even worse.

The same can be said for voting back in liberal RINOs. They always side with the Dhimmicrats at crunch time!

47 posted on 10/25/2006 7:38:10 AM PDT by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: ruffedgrouse

That was a quote from april15Bendovr, not mine. I am fully aware that a Democratic Senate or House is powerless as long as a Republican is in the White House. In reality, we would have two years of do-nothing, just as in the Eisenhower Administration.


48 posted on 10/25/2006 7:39:04 AM PDT by TommyDale (Iran President Ahmadinejad is shorter than Tom Daschle!)
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To: 13Sisters76
There are MANY unhappy conservatives who are p***ssed as HELL about the republicans and their spinelessness.

Indeed. And, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. And this one encapsulates the RINO waste of the 2004 voter mandate:


49 posted on 10/25/2006 7:40:05 AM PDT by Prime Choice (True Conservatives don't vote for Liberals just because they have an 'R' by their name.)
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To: Lysander
Seems to me the choice is like voting for a size 9 ½ EE shoe up your hind end or a 10 D.

No, I think it is more like choosing between sickness(R) and death(D). Ironically, it is the "cut and run" Republicans that are supporting euthanasia, metaphorically speaking. They think it is time to remove the feeding tube. I don't.

50 posted on 10/25/2006 7:42:21 AM PDT by shempy (EABOF)
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