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Looking for the 'Other' 30 Percent of American Voters at a [Toby Keith] Concert
Real Clear Politics ^ | July 19, 2007 | Stuart Rothenberg

Posted on 07/19/2007 6:08:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

“Wish I Didn’t Know Now” — Toby Keith song (1994)

While most people spent Saturday evening reading or watching television at home, chilling out at the movies or partying with friends, Athanasios Genos (yes, that’s his real name) was working.

Marine Cpl. Genos wasn’t dodging bullets on combat duty, though it’s true that he has been in Fallujah, Iraq. Instead he spent his most recent Saturday evening in Bristow, Va., about 35 miles southwest of the nation’s capital, manning a Marines recruiting table at a Toby Keith concert.

Keith, one of the brightest of stars in the world of country music, drew more than 20,000 fans to the Nissan Pavilion, and Genos, a public affairs specialist in the Marines, joined a handful of other Marines posted just inside the venue’s gate as thousands of music fans poured in.

The placement of the Marines’ recruiting tent — which included a pull-up bar for those wanting to test their strength and a few tables on which sign-up sheets sat for those seeking information about joining the Marines — surely tells you something about the crowd.

While I didn’t take a survey of attendees, it was pretty clear that I was surrounded by the “Other America,” the 30 percent of Americans who still say they approve of the job that President Bush is doing.

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush; countrymusic; democrats; dickcheney; elections; fallujah; georgebush; gop; iraq; marinecorps; marines; music; polls; republicans; tobykeith; wot

1 posted on 07/19/2007 6:08:14 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Very cool. Toby may be a dem, but he’s a patriot.


2 posted on 07/19/2007 6:15:07 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: pissant
Toby may be a dem, but he’s a patriot.

Does not compute. Error. Error.

3 posted on 07/19/2007 6:29:29 PM PDT by Huck (Soylent Green is People.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Toby is the best country musician to emerge in the past 20 years—he is a cultural force; not some short-term “political hack of the moment”—which of course, everyone with an agenda wants him to be.


4 posted on 07/19/2007 6:33:15 PM PDT by Natchez Hawk (You take that diaper off your head! You put that back on Senator Vitter!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I thought about going to one of his concerts next month. The tickets were around 250. No artist is worth 500 dollars IMO:’) That said, I appreciate everything he does for the troops for free.


5 posted on 07/19/2007 6:33:16 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Toby just rules.
6 posted on 07/19/2007 6:34:07 PM PDT by Volunteer (Just so you know, I am ashamed the Dixie Chicks make records in Nashville.)
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To: pissant

He just thinks he’s a democrat:’)


7 posted on 07/19/2007 6:34:19 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Athanasios Genos (yes, that’s his real name)

Odd qualification on the name. It's a good Greek name, and not unusual at all (for a Greek anyway).
8 posted on 07/19/2007 6:34:31 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s just a rather silly vacuous article.


9 posted on 07/19/2007 6:38:35 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops
I just love Toby Keith and I have always known that he did not think Iraq was a good idea. NEVERTHELESS, there he is doing all he can for our guys and gals, my son has seen him twice and he literally tries to reach each and every troop on his USO tours. Toby sees the truth of the situation, but I do wonder...why didn’t he perform at Al Gore’s Global Flatulence? Being on hand to personally witness that fading Cameron Diaz and her mental case drug rant would have been worth it!
10 posted on 07/19/2007 6:53:07 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: All

He sucks.


11 posted on 07/19/2007 6:58:31 PM PDT by afraid
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To: CindyDawg

I love Toby but there is not a entertainer alive that I would pay more than sixty or so dollars to see, NOBODY.


12 posted on 07/19/2007 7:10:05 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: pissant

Toby supported Pres Bush both times and here in Norman supports Dems and Republicans based on their agenda. He lives about 1 1/2 miles from me and allows candidates to put signs in his pasture which is at a crossroads.

If you ever get a chance to go to one of his I Love this Bar and Grill — go! It is really neat and food is very good. I love the one in OKC with all the flags from Iraq and Afghanistan where he has visited.


13 posted on 07/19/2007 7:11:41 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( Inhofe for Senate 08 -- Broken Glass Republican -- vote out the RATs in 2008)
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To: fish hawk

I’m cheap. I figured the good seats would be no more than 50 dollars. I was shocked:’)


14 posted on 07/19/2007 7:15:41 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Neat story, thanks for the post....


15 posted on 07/19/2007 7:17:02 PM PDT by Kimmers (Si vis pacem, para bellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You lucky guy! Toby Keith!

He’s such a patriot that I can’t believe he’s still a Democrat. Of course, it’s probably like Zell Miller. Maybe one day Toby will wake up. Then again, we don’t know where he stands on other issues.

I’m going to the Freedom Concert next week. Montgomery Gentry, Michael W. Smith, and Lee Greenwood! Plus, I heard that Fred Thompson is going to be there!


16 posted on 07/19/2007 7:34:10 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: visualops

Vacuous to you. Funny that you took the time to read it and make a slam.


17 posted on 07/19/2007 7:36:05 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: oneamericanvoice

At least I can read and comprehend. My comments were about the article, and that was my opinion of how it was written. It was not a comment on Toby Keith.
And, if I hadn’t read the article, it would have been rather pointless and dishonest to comment on it anyway.


18 posted on 07/19/2007 7:42:08 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
even Bush’s supporters tend to keep quiet, more than a bit disappointed by the war and by his administration’s overall performance. Bush supporters aren't disappointed by the war. They understand the need for it. Nor do they see the administration as the disaster that the liberals have drummed into the American people. It is far from it with two countries freed, two countries with free elections, a booming domestic economy, passage of lower taxes, the appointment of two conservative judges. The closest thing I saw to a liberal message at the event was a Ben & Jerry’s “Lick Global Warming Campaign” ad on the giant video screens that flanked the stage. "The closest thing I saw to a liberal message..."? Ben and Jerry's is a Liberal company, if not downright Leftist, even though Ben Cohen is no longer with it. The message "Lick Global Warming Campaign" is ludicious. Hopefully, Toby had no control over the vendors at his concert, otherwise it is very telling. I really like Toby, but fully admit that we don't know where he stands on other issues.
19 posted on 07/19/2007 7:48:56 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Hank Williams Jr rocks.


20 posted on 07/19/2007 7:59:17 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: CindyDawg
The last concert I went to was Willie Nelson (before he became a leftist spewing idiot) We had to park a half mile from the arena and walk there, then we were so far back from the stage you needed binoculars to see him. After the long walk back to the car, it took us a half hour to get back out in traffic. That was it for me. I can see Willie now with no problems on a VCR anytime I want with no trouble and a lot cheaper and up close.
21 posted on 07/19/2007 9:22:52 PM PDT by fish hawk (The religion of Darwinism = Monkey Intellect)
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To: pissant
You haven't been to a concert till you've seen Toby & TED!


22 posted on 07/19/2007 9:24:12 PM PDT by RasterMaster (Rudy McRomneyson = KENNEDY wing of the Republican Party)
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To: PhiKapMom

Thanks for the tip. I do like some of his music too.


23 posted on 07/19/2007 10:09:34 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I heard on the radio that Toby Keith would be in concert here in November. "Wow!" I said, since I can't go. My husband teased me. He said I sounded like a lovestruck twelve year old.
24 posted on 07/19/2007 10:12:15 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: visualops

When people attack with nastiness, I respond in kind. You’ve been warned. So here goes.

Huh? I read and can comprehend the article, or any other with the exception of Stephen Hawking, which I don’t even think a snarky one like you could. Did you read and comprehend my remarks? I don’t think so. BTW, what’s the point of your condescention? To prove your arrogance? You did that quite well. Dishonesty? You proved that as well. Now, try to pay attention. I’ll go slow.
*I LIKE TOBY KEITH.
*I think Toby is a patriot.
*Because I have an inquiring mind, and since he
is a Democrat, I wonder where he stands on other
issues.
*Still like Toby even though he’s a Democrat.
Got it? Good.
Bye Bye!


25 posted on 07/20/2007 3:23:19 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: PhiKapMom

I ejoyed watching him watch the Sooners lose at Autzen Stadium. That was entertainment.


26 posted on 07/20/2007 3:27:16 PM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: oneamericanvoice

I was never nasty, and like I said, my comment was regarding the author and the piece, not Toby Keith, can you comprehend that?
Lighten up and don’t look for things that aren’t there.


27 posted on 07/20/2007 4:38:05 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: visualops

It is you that should lighten up. Perhaps you don’t see (comprehend) how you come across. You say you’re not nasty, yet you do it in a condecending way. How is that not nasty?


28 posted on 07/23/2007 4:44:28 PM PDT by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: pissant

He’s an old school southern Dem.

I think he’s a Republican that just doesn’t realize it yet. ;-)


29 posted on 07/28/2007 4:38:13 PM PDT by RockinRight (Fred Thompson once set fire to a crowd of liberals simply by smoking a cigar and looking upon them)
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