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Republicans Helped Hillary Win Texas
NewsMax.com ^ | 5 Mar 08 | NewsMax.com staff

Posted on 03/06/2008 9:01:19 AM PST by seanmerc

Republican crossover voters apparently helped win the Democratic primary in Texas for Hillary Clinton — with one in every 10 Democratic votes came from Republicans.

And they could have been heeding the call of top-rated radio host Rush Limbaugh, who had been urging Republican listeners to vote for Hillary to prevent the Democrats from unifying around Obama and to keep the two candidates battling each other.

“Hillary Clinton is back in the race, thanks in some small part to Republican voters mindlessly following the commands of radio entertainers and crossing party lines to vote for the candidate they view as weakest,” Bud Kennedy writes in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Wednesday.

According to exit polls, of the 10 percent of Democratic votes that came from Republicans, about 53 percent of the crossovers chose Obama and 46 percent went with Clinton, the Dallas Morning News reports.

But previously these crossovers had voted overwhelmingly in favor of Obama. And the exit polls also show that Hillary won handily among conservative voters, including many Democrats, 53 percent to 43 percent over Obama, reports the Web site Outside the Beltway — which also noted that “Clinton truly might have won the Texas primary on the backs of Rush Limbaugh listeners.”

Clinton’s overall margin of victory was just 3 percent — about 98,000 votes out of 2.8 million cast.

“Thousands of traditionally Republican voters helped swell the ranks of the Democrats,” the Morning News observed.

“Some crossed over out of support for Mr. Obama, others were simply dissatisfied with their own party’s choice. Still others supported Mrs. Clinton hoping that by helping extend the Democratic feud, they would leave their own party in a better spot this fall.”

Limbaugh claimed at least some of the credit for Hillary’s victory, saying on Wednesday: “What we did, if we did anything, is to create a bunch of chaos in the Democratic Party — and it worked.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Arkansas; US: Illinois; US: New York
KEYWORDS: clinton; clintonistas; clintoon; herroyalhighness; hildebeast; hillaryclinton; hillaryrodhamclinton; mrsbillclinton; obama; obamarama; tx2008
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1 posted on 03/06/2008 9:01:19 AM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Yuck, I wonder how these republicans had the stomach to vote for hillary. I hope they had a barf bag handy.


2 posted on 03/06/2008 9:03:45 AM PST by psjones (u)
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To: seanmerc

I would much rather watch another few months of chaos between these two numbnuts. So what if they voted for the witch. She is totally unelectable. Her own party is showing that now...This gives the Slime machine time to put more negative info out there against Osamabama....(see my tagline)


3 posted on 03/06/2008 9:06:57 AM PST by oust the louse (Terrorists are salivating over a Clinton or Obama White House.)
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To: psjones
Yuck, I wonder how these republicans had the stomach to vote for hillary. I hope they had a barf bag handy.

Bots, have no stomach, and no self awareness they are just bots.

4 posted on 03/06/2008 9:09:46 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: psjones
I'm not sure I agree with the strategy, getting rid of Hillary anytime possible seems like a better plan. That being said here are two positives:

1. The obvious, Hillary stays in the race, they spend more money, beat each other up, blacks and Hispanics go at each other and one group is so soured they don't support the dim nominee on November.

2. Hillary stays in the race but doesn't get “real” credit for her win among the base because the Obama people claim it is tainted by Rush's influence.

5 posted on 03/06/2008 9:12:33 AM PST by fungoking
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To: psjones
Yuck, I wonder how these republicans had the stomach to vote for hillary. I hope they had a barf bag handy.

I agree with you. What if we get stuck with her screaming at us for 8 long years? The first thing she is going to do is to put a big feminist on the Supreme Court. The feminists do not like Limbaugh, I don't why he wanted people to vote for her. The pubbies want her if they cannot get old McCain voted in.

6 posted on 03/06/2008 9:12:39 AM PST by GinaLolaB (=^..^=)
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To: org.whodat

Lots of liberals agree with you. Some of us conservatives, however, find that slightly insulting.


7 posted on 03/06/2008 9:13:17 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: seanmerc

This Texan voted his conscience and it wasn’t Dim.


8 posted on 03/06/2008 9:13:51 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: oust the louse
She is totally unelectable.

Don't underestimate the machine/enabling media/dirty tricks. Limbaugh really picked a poor strategy this go round. She should have been booted off the campaign trail forever earlier this week.

9 posted on 03/06/2008 9:14:28 AM PST by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: seanmerc

Sorry, this doesn’t pass the smell test.

“According to exit polls”: very easy for exiting Republicans, being interviewed, to say they voted for Hillary, just to mess up the press idiots.


10 posted on 03/06/2008 9:14:37 AM PST by Nabber
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To: seanmerc
I take a back seat to no one in wanting the democrats to be able to continue fighting each other and spending gobs of money to do so, but this cross over voting by Republicans troubles me, and here's why.

Unless your state and federal Republican candidates are in solid safe seats, Republicans who are contemplating crossing over and voting democrat in the remaining primaries may be cutting off their noses to spite their faces. We are very lucky that cross over voting in Ohio and Texas didn’t end in a Republican primary election fiasco. There are lots of good Republicans running for office at the federal and state levels on down the Republican tickets so when Republicans cross over and vote democrat they are denying election help to these same Republican candidates. We need as much Republican help in both houses of Congress as we can vote in no matter which party wins the White House.

11 posted on 03/06/2008 9:14:45 AM PST by Lecie
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To: seanmerc

They gave us McAmnesty and we gave them a protracted dog fight! Go ahead and enjoy the two yo-yo socialists throwing poop at each other. I’ll have a drink and watch them blunder around from the side lines kicking each other in the ass! BRAVO! BRAVO!


12 posted on 03/06/2008 9:18:10 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: seanmerc

Fox News Video

Mission Accomplished
Did Rush Limbaugh cause chaos for the Democratic Party?

http://www.foxnews.com/video2/player06.html?030508/030508_bs_limbaugh&Specials&Mission%20Accomplished&acc&Law%20Center&-1&News&353&&&new


13 posted on 03/06/2008 9:18:35 AM PST by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: org.whodat

Hmm, disagree. I think it would have been “botty” for me to go to the Republican trough and vote for A)McCain and B)Pick some of the local Repubs I have almost no idea about. Instead, I chose a vote that introduced some choas for 2 of the worst of the 3 evils in this election!


14 posted on 03/06/2008 9:21:33 AM PST by RushingWater (Pres. Bush honors Mexican sovereignty over our own - Pardon Ramos/Campeon/Hernandez)
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To: Resolute Conservative

Same here. There was no way I could even pick up the paper (D) sample ballot. I didn’t see any disinfectant in the voting booth area.


15 posted on 03/06/2008 9:21:44 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: GinaLolaB

I agree with you. What if we get stuck with her screaming at us for 8 long years? The first thing she is going to do is to put a big feminist on the Supreme Court. The feminists do not like Limbaugh, I don’t why he wanted people to vote for her. The pubbies want her if they cannot get old McCain voted in.
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Am not so sure. Maybe this country needs 4 years of radical socalism and a socialist/ultra leftist SCOTUS. The voters in this country (a big percentage) are mindless. They dont even know when they are being robbed of their rights and liberties by Marxists. Maybe this is needed. What else can turn around these mindless dolts that keep voting for the left?? Just another perspective. Washington is already ignoring the Constitution, allowing our country to be overrun by invaders/foreigners ILLEGALLY and they are SUPPORTING them.

It is time the American public gets a brain, wakes up, and stops this insanity and those that are doing this to America.


16 posted on 03/06/2008 9:22:00 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Lecie

>> Unless your state and federal Republican candidates are in solid safe seats, Republicans who are contemplating crossing over and voting democrat in the remaining primaries may be cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

That’s a good point, and one I carefully considered before I crossed over to vote for Obama in the TX primary.

On my (R) ballot were only unopposed or uniformly RINO with no opposition. So, what the heck.


17 posted on 03/06/2008 9:23:57 AM PST by Nervous Tick (I've decided to vote for John McCain in December. It's the Maverick Thing To Do.)
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To: seanmerc

Hah!

Blaming the Republicans is a lot easier than blaming fellow democrats for any racist tendencies (which WOULD have happened were it not for Rush’s rhetoric).


18 posted on 03/06/2008 9:24:19 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Nabber

Equally as easy for a Dem to claim to be a Republican.


19 posted on 03/06/2008 9:25:49 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel
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To: Nabber
Sorry, this doesn’t pass the smell test.

Maybe to you, but the local call in show in Austin on KLBJ had a number of callers who bragged that they did. Even SGT Sam said he voted for her. My neighbor also did and was ticked off that his son crossed over and voted for Hussein and canceled his vote.

One caller yesterday said that he was the ONLY person at his precinct voting in the (R) primary, even though it is heavily (R) leaning. He made a statement something like: "When you walk into that polling place at 7:10 AM, and the (D) line has 40 - 50 middle aged white male businessmen in it, they are crossover voters."

20 posted on 03/06/2008 9:27:38 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: april15Bendovr

>> Did Rush Limbaugh cause chaos for the Democratic Party?

I don’t think he really DID “cause” Hillary to win, even in Texas. Certainly not in Ohio.

The number of conservatives who crossed over is not knowable. Nor will it ever be known how they split their votes between O and C.

But just the idea that THEY think Rush was responsible, and it gets their knickers in a knot... that makes me smile.


21 posted on 03/06/2008 9:28:52 AM PST by Nervous Tick (I've decided to vote for John McCain in December. It's the Maverick Thing To Do.)
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To: seanmerc

After this episode of basically requesting Republicans do something legally allowable but morally wrong, I am giving up on Rush.

He now reminds me of Al Gore saying, “There was no legal authority...”

Adios, Rush. I won’t be listening to you anymore.


22 posted on 03/06/2008 9:31:00 AM PST by detch
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To: Arrowhead1952; Nabber

Carl Rove was on Fox&Friends the morning after. He said several of his acquaintances/friends called him and told him they voted for Clinton.

Cross-over voting was going on.


23 posted on 03/06/2008 9:31:53 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: seekthetruth
FYI "According to exit polls, of the 10 percent of Democratic votes that came from Republicans, about 53 percent of the crossovers chose Obama and 46 percent went with Clinton, the Dallas Morning News reports.
24 posted on 03/06/2008 9:34:08 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("I drive a Hybrid. It burns both gas AND rubber." ~ knews_hound)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Millions of conservatives, including Rush, are fully aware of Hillary’s “math problem”.


25 posted on 03/06/2008 9:36:37 AM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagon)
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To: detch

“After this episode of basically requesting Republicans do something legally allowable but morally wrong, I am giving up on Rush.

He now reminds me of Al Gore saying, “There was no legal authority...”

Adios, Rush. I won’t be listening to you anymore.”

Morally wrong? I doubt you were listening anyway.


26 posted on 03/06/2008 9:36:41 AM PST by Cyclone Conservative
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To: psjones

While I understand the strategy behind it, I just don’t think I could bring myself to do it.

My boss crossed over, and showed me her voter ID card with DEMOCRATIC stamped across it. She said she was ashamed. I said she should be, and I was gonna start looking for a new job ASAP since I was afraid I couldn’t work for her anymore. ;)


27 posted on 03/06/2008 9:37:16 AM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: detch

You weren’t listening anyway. I’m sure you had no problem with dems crossing over and choosing McCain for us, did you?


28 posted on 03/06/2008 9:38:06 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Xenalyte

I croosed over and did not get stamped “Democratic”. They just confirmrd my ID (thank God), and pointed me to the booths. One long, hot shower later, I was good as new!


29 posted on 03/06/2008 9:39:56 AM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: seanmerc

This crossover activity brought on an idea. As we know, political parties are not in the Constitution and the two-party system even less so. Since the Republican Party is apparently disappearing as an agent of Conservatism, let’s disband and all join the Democrat Party. We would again have a voice and totally cancel out any advantages the Democrats are gaining by registering illegals and deceased people as Democrats. Something to think about.


30 posted on 03/06/2008 9:42:37 AM PST by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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To: Xenalyte

>> My boss crossed over, and showed me her voter ID card with DEMOCRATIC stamped across it. She said she was ashamed.

I didn’t get my card stamped. I got a little paper chit instead.

I’m proud that I did what little I could to drive a stake through Hillary!s evil heart. I’m going to make up an inscription, frame it, and hang it on the wall.

Then again, I don’t need to worry that anyone will ever think I’ve gone over to the “dark side”. My life and my actions say otherwise. Your boss’s mileage may vary.


31 posted on 03/06/2008 9:42:44 AM PST by Nervous Tick (I've decided to vote for John McCain in December. It's the Maverick Thing To Do.)
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To: detch

It doesn’t sound like you were “listening” in the first place. There is nothing wrong with what Rush suggested. I challenge you to prove otherwise.


32 posted on 03/06/2008 9:45:58 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Where are they hiding Obama’s white half?)
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To: seanmerc
“Hillary Clinton is back in the race, thanks in some small part to Republican voters mindlessly following the commands of radio entertainers and crossing party lines to vote for the candidate they view as weakest,” Bud Kennedy writes in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Wednesday.

Get real, idiot. I nearly voted for Hillary!, I didn't need Rush to tell me to do it. In fact, I wish Rush hadn't mentioned it, that way pinheads like you would have nothing to whine about. Oh, wait.
33 posted on 03/06/2008 9:46:31 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Obama is for (leaving you with pocket) change.)
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To: seanmerc

If Rush couldn’t beat McCain.
How is it he can beat Hillary??


34 posted on 03/06/2008 9:48:18 AM PST by Dan Walsh (Thompson/Bolton 08)
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To: psjones
I wonder how these republicans had the stomach to vote for hillary

Good point. My wife and I voted for Hitlery too. It was definitely a strange feeling doing so. I did a hit of Maalox before going . . . it didn't help much.

35 posted on 03/06/2008 9:49:36 AM PST by DesertSapper (God, Family, Country . . . . . . . . . . and dead terrorists!!!)
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To: seanmerc

I think it’s a despicable tactic, but Democrats have no room to whine. Turnabout is fair play.


36 posted on 03/06/2008 9:49:46 AM PST by jack_napier (Bob? Gun.)
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To: Nervous Tick

Mrs. Clinton Threatens Rush
March 5, 2008

RUSH: “Now, Mrs. Clinton was on Fox News this morning with Steve Doocy, and Steve Doocy and Hillary had this exchange.”

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_030508/content/01125107.guest.html


37 posted on 03/06/2008 9:50:13 AM PST by april15Bendovr (Free Republic & Ron Paul Cult = oxymoron)
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To: Republic of Texas
They just confirmrd my ID (thank God), and pointed me to the booths.

At my precinct, they must have been expecting lots of crossover voters. They had a different line for crossover voters, and they had special "stalls" set up for us. That board on the toilet rocked around a bit, but it was OK I guess. Turnout was high, and I know space was tight!

Also, when we finished voting, they even had a special ballot counter for the crossover ballots! It looked like this -- was it the same way at your precinct?


38 posted on 03/06/2008 9:52:06 AM PST by Nervous Tick (I've decided to vote for John McCain in December. It's the Maverick Thing To Do.)
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To: detch

How is it morally wrong to make a choice about which candidates you want to run in the general election? Obama is not qualified, Hillary is barely qualified. Obama can get the votes of the brain dead in the general election, Hillary will have a tougher time. I see no problem with making sure the brain dead don’t get their candidate elected.


39 posted on 03/06/2008 9:53:10 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Obama is for (leaving you with pocket) change.)
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To: WinOne4TheGipper
Get real, idiot. I nearly voted for Hillary!, I didn't need Rush to tell me to do it. In fact, I wish Rush hadn't mentioned it, that way pinheads like you would have nothing to whine about. Oh, wait.

Good call. I wish someone would tell me where it is written that:

1) Hillary would be more dangerous than Obama as president
2) Obama is more beatable that Hillary
3) Republicans shouldn't affect the outcome of a Democrat primary

40 posted on 03/06/2008 9:56:39 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Where are they hiding Obama’s white half?)
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To: TomGuy

There were some precincts - mine included - that are very heavy (R) and they had over 50% voting in the (d) primary.


41 posted on 03/06/2008 10:00:58 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: Xenalyte
My boss crossed over, and showed me her voter ID card with DEMOCRATIC stamped across it.

I couldn't have put that card back into my wallet if it had the d - word stamped on it.

42 posted on 03/06/2008 10:02:23 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Both dim candidates promise change and/or hope. I don't think the USA can afford their message.)
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To: detch
Adios, Rush. I won’t be listening to you anymore.

I deleted his link out of my "Favorites."

43 posted on 03/06/2008 10:14:54 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: HIDEK6
Hide under your blanket.

It's your loss.

Rush won't miss you, but you'll grow more ignorant and bitter over time.

Your statement assumes that Rush's audience are the "mind numbed robots" that the drive byes all call us.

Rush puts out an idea, we listen, evaluate and make our own decision.

I'm a PA resident that switched parties so that I can vote in the demonRAT primary AGAINST the bitch, regardless of what Rush advises.

I listen to his program and MAKE MY OWN CHOICES.

Your choice is to whine and not listen, kinda like demonRAT logic.

44 posted on 03/06/2008 10:33:10 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: seanmerc

That was the stupidest thing Rush has ever done. Texas and Ohio could have finished Her Thighness off. Now she lives to fight another day, and may beat Obama. Captain Queeg is going to LOSE in November, and I’d rather have naive fool Obama as president that evil corrupt bitch Hillary. We could have finished the Clintons permanently, but Rush had to shoot his mouth off and blow it.


45 posted on 03/06/2008 10:40:12 AM PST by Astronaut
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To: psjones
I wonder how these republicans had the stomach to vote for hillary

I agree. There is no way, no matter how much bloodshed I'd like to see among the Dims, that I would vote for that bi$ch. I love Rush, but he was wrong, wrong, wrong on this one.

I understand the arguments that it may be better for McCain to go against Hillary rather than Obama, but my gut tells me, to paraphrase another poster, 'get her out and get her out now.'

46 posted on 03/06/2008 10:41:21 AM PST by radiohead (I stood up for Fred at the Iowa Caucus. Where were the rest of you so-called conservatives?)
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To: WinOne4TheGipper

I guess you wouldn’t mind if all the Democrats crossed over and gave Ron Paul the Republican candidacy...


47 posted on 03/06/2008 10:41:55 AM PST by detch
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

I personally would like to this open primary crap go by the wayside. It really irritates me that dems gave McInsane a leg up in the early primaries — I really don’t like members of other parties calling the shots on who runs in the general election for a party they are’nt a member of.


48 posted on 03/06/2008 10:42:14 AM PST by L,TOWM (Liberals, The Other White Meat)
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To: detch

Newsflash:

The Democrats and independents did cross over in the early states and give us McCain while those of us in the conservative base were trying to find a suitable candidate.


49 posted on 03/06/2008 10:43:49 AM PST by WinOne4TheGipper (Obama is for (leaving you with pocket) change.)
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To: ErnBatavia
Don't underestimate the machine/enabling media/dirty tricks. Limbaugh really picked a poor strategy this go round. She should have been booted off the campaign trail forever earlier this week.

thank you! i have felt like a lone voice in the wilderness...

50 posted on 03/06/2008 10:45:39 AM PST by latina4dubya
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