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Winning the west ... Obama plots route to victory in Republican heartland
The Guardian ^ | 8-19-2008 | Suzanne Goldenberg

Posted on 08/19/2008 5:05:48 PM PDT by Hadean

When Montana's governor, Brian Schweitzer, launched his campaign for re-election this summer he chose to be pictured on a horse lassooing a calf, and in silhouette against a barn door, presumably after a long hard day on the ranch.

What was not mentioned was the word Democrat - a party affiliation that in some parts of the west still conjures up associations with gay marriage, gun control and abortion.

Those sensibilities could be in for a shake-up as Barack Obama launches the Democrats' most aggressive drive for years for votes from the Rocky Mountain west.

The strategy unrolling now across the west could turn once reliably Republican states such as Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and possibly even Montana into America's new electoral battleground. But it is Colorado which is viewed as the biggest prize.

"Colorado defines competitive," said Dick Wadhams, the chairman of the state Republican party. "I think either party could carry Colorado."

It all hinges on how you define Democrat - a political label that has been comprehensively altered by a new generation of elected politicians in the west - and an impressive grassroots organisation now being assembled by the Obama campaign.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado; US: Montana; US: Nevada; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: 2008; election; electionpresident; heartland; mt2008; obama; westernvote

1 posted on 08/19/2008 5:05:48 PM PDT by Hadean
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To: Hadean

IMO, it’s called exposure, exposure, exposure. Osama Obama’s record on voting to allow the killing of babies that survived abortions won’t bode well with millions of Americans. That’s only one small piece of his disgusting background.


2 posted on 08/19/2008 5:08:10 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Hadean

Heartland America - yea right.
Barry wants Steve and Adam to be married after he takes away your guns for nonpayment of his tax hikes.
Yea, this will go over like a lead ballon.


3 posted on 08/19/2008 5:08:23 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: svcw

Forgot there is the abortion until the baby is a week old thing also.


4 posted on 08/19/2008 5:09:00 PM PDT by svcw (There is no plan B.)
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To: Hadean

The messiah won’t win one of those states mentioned. He should really be concentrated on Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania, he’s on the fast track to losing all four.


5 posted on 08/19/2008 5:09:39 PM PDT by Baladas ((ABBHO))
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To: Hadean
From my experience, Westerners worth their salt prefer straight talk to slick talk every time.
6 posted on 08/19/2008 5:11:24 PM PDT by tbpiper (McCain is whitebread. Obama is toast.)
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To: Hadean
Winning the west ... Obama plots route to victory in Republican heartland

Bwahahahahahaha! Good luck with that, Barack Hussein Obama.

7 posted on 08/19/2008 5:13:11 PM PDT by Shelayne (After seeing Obama without teleprompter, I think the tingle on Chris Matthews' leg is probably pee.)
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To: Hadean

It all hinges on how you define Democrat

Ah, the old “meaning of is”.

Fat Chance.


8 posted on 08/19/2008 5:13:13 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Hadean
What a doofus


9 posted on 08/19/2008 5:19:33 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Hadean
Which man knows how to wear a hat? We out west know who's for real.


10 posted on 08/19/2008 5:26:21 PM PDT by keepitreal ("I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message. . . until I don't.")
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To: mylife

Obama will be pissing on thier boots and trying to tell them it raining.


11 posted on 08/19/2008 5:28:18 PM PDT by TLEIBY308 (I AM PRO CHOICE,I BELEIVE EVERYONE SHOULD CARRY WHAT EVER GUN THEY CHOOSE)
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To: keepitreal
He looks like the understudy (if you get my drift) in Brokeback Mountain.
12 posted on 08/19/2008 5:30:03 PM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Hadean
Suzanne Goldenberg:

This lib blogs on mybarackobama.com and tomgrossmedia.com. She has to create an alternate reality for her liberal readers in order to make a living. I almost pity her.

13 posted on 08/19/2008 5:48:34 PM PDT by capydick ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid".)
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To: Hadean

LOL, Obama will be lucky to keep MN blue.


14 posted on 08/19/2008 6:21:11 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Cthulu '08! Why vote for the lesser evil?)
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To: mylife

LOL, is he auditioning for a Brokeback Mountain sequel? His lame attempt to look patriotic ends in faggotry and epic fail.


15 posted on 08/19/2008 6:27:52 PM PDT by lesser_satan (Cthulu '08! Why vote for the lesser evil?)
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To: lesser_satan

Barackback Mt yes.


16 posted on 08/19/2008 6:29:32 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of the Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: capydick

She does resemble a younger Helen Thomas, doesn’t she?

Beauty may be only skin deep, but ugly goes clear to the bone.


17 posted on 08/19/2008 6:36:28 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: keepitreal
What was not mentioned was the word Democrat - a party affiliation that in some parts of the west still conjures up associations with gay marriage, gun control and abortion.

The Guardian apparently has a problem with this??

18 posted on 08/19/2008 6:38:25 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: keepitreal; SortaBichy

19 posted on 08/19/2008 6:44:50 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: ErnBatavia

Water just came out my nose!


20 posted on 08/19/2008 6:45:50 PM PDT by keepitreal ("I'm Barack Obama and I approve this message. . . until I don't.")
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To: ErnBatavia

ouch, that’s going to leave a mark.


21 posted on 08/19/2008 6:49:18 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Hadean
Even if it were true that Coloroda is seriously in play, it won't be on Aug. 29, imho. I'm betting that Denver, at least, will be fed up with democrats after the DNC gets through with it.

If the hate-filled freak show doesn't do it, the enormous and presumptuous inconveniences imposed upon Coloradans for the convenience of the dems will. Closing their main freeway and arteries from 5 pm til 11:30 for Obama's security at Invesco is going to cause businesses to shut down early, people to skip work altogether, huge traffic snarls etc etc. People trying to get home, get their kids out of daycare, or go cross town to their second job are not going to be thinking kindly of the party that caused it all. It's going to be a circus and a disaster.

Now add in the mess, the expense, the grandstanding and preening and hypocrisy, all witnessed up close and personal by the tens of thousands of seething service workers, their presumed base--hotel maids, bartenders, wait staff, cab drivers, etc.--stiffed for a week on tips, ordered around and demeaned by the party of the "little people". Nope, I don't see Colorodo going blue.

22 posted on 08/19/2008 7:17:27 PM PDT by Eroteme
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To: Eroteme
I just got back from a vacation in Colorado. I await with interest the results of the DNC and the election. I can best describe how my vacation went by quoting an email I sent to my sister on my return:

The weather was decent, and we’re already making tentative plans for a return trip in June/July 2009. This time bypassing Denver and concentrating on Colorado Springs-Pueblo-sand dunes-northern NM (North east or north central, maybe both....Part of the reason we’re skipping Denver in 2009 is, it is extremely irritating to go up to a cash register again and again and again, intending to spend $150+ dollars on "stuff”, and be confronted not only with Obama stickers, but “literature” and stickers suggesting Republicans and conservatives are stupid/evil/racist. I knew Denver is considered a liberal city, but I never imagined it would be so entirely lopsided. We saw NOT ONE McCain or Republican sticker, unless you count the one oh-so-clever “Republicans For Voldemart” sticker. I wonder if McCain/Republican voters are too intimidated to display their support, lest the Openminded and Tolerant Ones bash out their windshields (or the cars’ drivers)? One would think sheer economic logic (Don’t risk antagonizing customers with blatant political beliefs) would keep the politicizing down, but no. So they will get not one thin dime from us in 2009, unless we fly and we HAVE to go through Denver’s Airport.

23 posted on 08/20/2008 7:04:03 AM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: ExTexasRedhead

In general,

to defeat the left,
expose the left.

The only way they get into power is by obfuscating their beliefs. Bambi tried to hide his at Saddleback, but it was clear what they were.


24 posted on 08/20/2008 7:15:46 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: ErnBatavia

Just thinking the same thing...


25 posted on 08/20/2008 7:16:36 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: ExTexasRedhead
Sorry obama/osama.


26 posted on 08/20/2008 7:48:09 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (A vote for any Democrat from BO on down the ticket is a vote for $10 a gallon gas.)
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To: ErnBatavia

HILARIOUS! :)


27 posted on 08/20/2008 10:47:47 AM PDT by SortaBichy
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