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The GOP's "least disappointed" loser
The Seattle Times ^ | November 30, 2006 | David S. Broder

Posted on 11/30/2006 2:41:26 PM PST by neverdem

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives wastes no sympathy on defeated members. So at the beginning of this week, Jim Leach of Iowa sat in an office almost devoid of furniture, the walls stripped bare of the mementos of his 30 years of service — with just a few hours remaining before the painters moved in to prepare his domain for its new occupant.

Leach, who once had been chairman of the Banking and Financial Services Committee, would have been in line to head the Committee on International Relations in the next Congress, had Republicans maintained their majority and had he been re-elected.

But he lost, 51 percent to 48 percent, to college professor David Loebsack, as Democrats won top-to-bottom victories in Iowa earlier this month.

Leach, noted for his independence, was the only Iowa legislator to oppose going to war in Iraq. That kind of record helped him prevail in past races despite his heavily Democratic district, which gave a higher percentage of its presidential vote to John Kerry than any other district held by a Republican.

But this year, two special factors helped tip the balance against him. First, he became a target for crafting the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which passed Congress as part of a larger bill in October and was signed into law just before the election.

The Poker Players Alliance, which had fought the measure banning banks and credit card companies from servicing Internet gambling firms, targeted Leach and other sponsors with e-mails to its members and publicity in poker magazines. A post-election survey paid for by the gambling group found a net 5 percent swing against Leach attributable to that issue.

John Pappas, the spokesman for the alliance, said it is putting together a presentation for the new members of Congress using...

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: congress; electionushouse; gambling; nannystate
The GOP's Bad Bet - The online gambling ban could put the Democrats in the winner's circle

I wonder how many other pubbies lost because of this foolish nanny statism?

1 posted on 11/30/2006 2:41:27 PM PST by neverdem
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To: Gabz

nanny state ping


2 posted on 11/30/2006 2:42:11 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

"crafting the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act"

What a piece of refuse that is. Glad he's gone.


3 posted on 11/30/2006 2:43:19 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: neverdem
The only bills of significance I can think of passed by this Congress were the anti-gambling one and the anti-horse meat one.

We still can't drill in ANWR or off the coast. The money we spend to keep our gas tanks full still filters down to the madrassas.

The Pubs deserved defeat.

4 posted on 11/30/2006 2:45:44 PM PST by Tribune7
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To: neverdem

Maybe it's foolish, but I think being able to gamble that way from the comfort of your home could be pretty risky for those who are addicted to gambling. I enjoy gambling, but I would never want to do it from my home, it's too easy, too convenient, and with the annonymity the internet provides, you don't know whether it's fixed or not.


5 posted on 11/30/2006 2:46:08 PM PST by psjones (u)
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To: neverdem
What nannystatism? The government just wants to make sure all gambling occurs in places where it gets it's cut of the vig, er, I mean, it's share of the taxes. The Godfather wouldn't have let any outsider horn in on his numbers racket, either. "It's just business."
6 posted on 11/30/2006 2:46:27 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: neverdem
A post-election survey paid for by the gambling group found a net 5 percent swing against Leach attributable to that issue.

Proof that stupidity is occasionally punished.

7 posted on 11/30/2006 2:46:44 PM PST by glorgau
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To: neverdem

He lost for the same reason all the others lost. Conservatives tired of outright traitors stayed home on election day.

In one to two more cycles, it will go back GOP again. Iowa has long been known for sending an all GOP Delegation with exceptions from time to time.

When you abandon or abuse or take for granted your base, you lose.

Good riddence.


8 posted on 11/30/2006 2:47:10 PM PST by Waywardson (Carry on! Nothing equals the splendor!)
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To: psjones
Maybe it's foolish, but I think being able to gamble that way from the comfort of your home could be pretty risky for those who are addicted to gambling. I enjoy gambling, but I would never want to do it from my home, it's too easy, too convenient, and with the annonymity the internet provides, you don't know whether it's fixed or not.

Good point, but not one in favor of having governments regulate this activity. Addiction is its own punishment.

9 posted on 11/30/2006 2:58:44 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: neverdem

Good riddance to a RINO, Leech (sic).


10 posted on 11/30/2006 2:59:54 PM PST by Gritty (People writing laws for my own good are more dangerous than a truck full of cigarettes-S Sebelius)
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To: everyone

Internet gambling is an extremely stupid issue for people to base their votes on, given all the truly big stuff Congress deals with, or doesn't deal with. Jim Leach will not be missed, however -- by any real Republicans.


11 posted on 11/30/2006 3:02:01 PM PST by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws." -- Richard Nixon)
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To: psjones

"Maybe it's foolish, but I think being able to gamble that way from the comfort of your home could be pretty risky for those who are addicted to gambling."

Lots of things are unsafe --- what we eat, drink, do.

Do you REALLY want Washington telling you what you can and cannot do in your own home --- FOR YOUR OWN GOOD?

Heck, reading the Bible cause intolerance! We must put a stop to that!


12 posted on 11/30/2006 3:09:11 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: California Patriot

Congressional Wildlife Update:

Black RINO (extinct)
White RINO (endangered)

Keep it up, hunters! Only a few of them left.


13 posted on 11/30/2006 3:11:53 PM PST by OldGuard1
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To: OldGuard1

The Elite Rino is the top prize! Plenty of them around.


14 posted on 11/30/2006 3:16:22 PM PST by samadams2000 (Somebody important make....THE CALL!)
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To: psjones
The online gambling ban should have been its own seperate bill, instead of sneakily attached to the ports security bill. That's the issue that most people have about this, IMO. There should have been debate about it and let people get their input in.

Typical Republicans, they don't have the guts to even do this right. That right there just highlighted how pathetic & gutless Republicans are when it comes to politics.

15 posted on 11/30/2006 3:37:00 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Why can't Republicans stand up to Democrats like they do to terrorists?)
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To: neverdem

Yeah. He lost because he opposed internet gambling. Uh huh. Couldn't have anything to do with his opposition to the war or anything, could it?


16 posted on 11/30/2006 3:55:53 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Waywardson

Moron. Or maybe I should have said "moran" since spelling is beyond you as well as thinking.


17 posted on 11/30/2006 4:10:12 PM PST by publana (yes, I checked the preview box without previewing)
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To: neverdem

What a tool...now an unemployed tool!
Opposed the war...
Authored an internet gambling bill...
A republican...
See, that's why I'm an independent!
GSD


18 posted on 11/30/2006 4:19:40 PM PST by GraniteStateDad
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To: IronJack
Yeah. He lost because he opposed internet gambling. Uh huh. Couldn't have anything to do with his opposition to the war or anything, could it?

"A post-election survey paid for by the gambling group found a net 5 percent swing against Leach attributable to that issue."

IIRC, the margin was 3%. Was his opponent for the war?

19 posted on 11/30/2006 4:22:10 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem
The stupidity of that bill was that they didn't couldn't even figure out that in less than a week after implementation of that bill, the online casinos figured out a way to bypass it. IDIOTS.
20 posted on 11/30/2006 4:32:02 PM PST by Hildy (RUDY GUILIANI FOR PRESIDENT IN 2008)
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To: GraniteStateDad
See, that's why I'm an independent!

Unless you can vote in open primaries, you lose that way. I'm thinking of switching from Conservative to R to vote in their primaries. In NYC, many register as dems to screw up their primaries either way, i.e. vote so hard left that the clown won't be acceptable in the general or try to get the most reasonable dem because the RINO is a loser in the general election.

21 posted on 11/30/2006 4:34:47 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: neverdem

Republicans stayed home rather than vote for anti-war candidates. Leach lost because of that. The gambling thing may have hurt him too -- and well it should have -- but the media will do anything to avoid admitting that there is public support for the war.


22 posted on 11/30/2006 4:52:01 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: psjones
" I enjoy gambling, but I would never want to do it from my home, it's too easy, too convenient..."

And boring.

I like a big noisy crowd of 14 other people at a craps table with chips to knock over with the dice. That's fun if you can think on your feet. You'll find sitting to be quite boring if you learn this game.

23 posted on 11/30/2006 5:12:00 PM PST by BobS
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To: psjones
" I enjoy gambling, but I would never want to do it from my home, it's too easy, too convenient..."

And boring.

I like a big noisy crowd of 14 other people at a craps table with chips to knock over with the dice. That's fun if you can think on your feet. You'll find sitting to be quite boring if you learn this game.

24 posted on 11/30/2006 5:15:46 PM PST by BobS
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To: psjones
Maybe it's foolish, but I think being able to gamble that way from the comfort of your home could be pretty risky for those who are addicted to gambling. I enjoy gambling, but I would never want to do it from my home, it's too easy, too convenient, and with the annonymity the internet provides, you don't know whether it's fixed or not.

Next, why don't protect ourselves against alcoholism and we outlaw drinking alcohol at home? Maybe ration food so we don't overeat at home? I'm not sure I like the ideas you're coming up with, so maybe we control what news media you can read/watch/listen to at home?

25 posted on 11/30/2006 5:27:41 PM PST by Ghengis (Of course freedom is free. If it wasn't, it would be called expensivedom. ~Cindy Sheehan 11/11/06)
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To: neverdem

Well if it was just 1, it was enough.


26 posted on 11/30/2006 6:45:46 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: psjones
I enjoy gambling, but I would never want to do it from my home, it's too easy, too convenient, and with the annonymity the internet provides, you don't know whether it's fixed or not.

I agree that online gambling is stupid, but history has shown time and time again that trying to protect people from their own stupid behavior never works.

27 posted on 11/30/2006 6:55:51 PM PST by supercat (Sony delenda est.)
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To: psjones
I enjoy gambling, but I would never want to do it from my home

Then don't.

But don't tell the rest of the world what they aught to do.

28 posted on 11/30/2006 10:17:42 PM PST by zbigreddogz
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To: California Patriot
Internet gambling is an extremely stupid issue for people to base their votes on, given all the truly big stuff Congress deals with

The issue itself may seem trivial, but censoring the Internet as a remedy tells me that this politician is clueless about the Constitution. Furthermore, the online gambling bill extends American law enforcement overseas, where in the absence of a clear-and-present military threat to the US, it has no real jurisdiction.

I voted agsinsgt Jon Kyl this time, despite a generally good platform. because of his support for this bill and because of his multiple votes to forbid Americans from shopping around for drugs.

29 posted on 12/01/2006 5:41:51 AM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: neverdem

You will be able to be engaged in the process if you vote in primaries. Primaries are important. This is where we must fight our battles.


30 posted on 12/01/2006 5:44:27 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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