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Today was the hardest day of my life (PUMA Democrat votes GOP)
Ex-Hillary Clinton Supporters for John McCain ^ | November 4, 2008 | Ed Hale

Posted on 11/04/2008 1:10:44 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Yes I went and voted today. For the first time in my life, I voted for a straight republican ticket. On the way to the polls I kept asking myself if I could vote for Obama as I have always been a Democrat. Could I be loyal to the Democrat party. When I sat down and looked at that ballot, I realized that I had no choice but to vote for the republicans. After I turned in my ballot and left the polling place, I got sick at my stomach. I realized that I was no longer a Democrat but now a Republican. This goes against everything that I have stood for all my life. Yes today was the saddest day of my life. It was like leaving home for the 1st and last time, I cut the strings that attached me to the Democrat party. I am hoping for a McCain victory, but if it does not happen, then I am content with my decision. God Save America


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; democrats; demsformccain; election; electionpresident; elections; hillaryvote; mccain; obama; puma
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It must be hard to go against your upbringing and the party you've belonged to all your life.
1 posted on 11/04/2008 1:10:45 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is how viable third parties are formed.


2 posted on 11/04/2008 1:12:42 PM PST by r9etb
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Every time I see Hillary, I think to myself, it should’ve been you. And that’s why, I cast my vote for McCain.


3 posted on 11/04/2008 1:13:45 PM PST by Phoenix11
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was a liberal Democrat until about 1995. In 1996, I sat out the 1996 election b/c I wasn’t crazy about Dole but couldn’t possibly vote for Clinton again. In 2000, I voted Libertarian because I wasn’t comfortable with Bush (but wanted him to beat Gore). Watching the election returns that night was really bizarre, actually wanting a Democrat to lose, but not being used to the feeling.

Changing direction in mid-life is very difficult.


4 posted on 11/04/2008 1:13:47 PM PST by ravensandricks (Jesus rides beside me. He never buys any smokes.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Good find 2DV! How’s your day going?


5 posted on 11/04/2008 1:14:02 PM PST by Edgar3 (Defeat the Obama/MSM ticket today!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I seriously believe that this represents most of the “undecided” voters in this election.


6 posted on 11/04/2008 1:14:54 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yea... kinda like the feeling I had when I looked in the mirror and admitted to myself that I was not sweet 16 anymore. It’s that way when you finally grow up!


7 posted on 11/04/2008 1:15:04 PM PST by SMARTY ("Stay together, pay the soldiers and forget everything else" Lucius Septimus Severus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sorry it was so hard..I can understand how you felt...but if this backfires on the media and Obama... it will all be worth it (even for you!)

thank you for the vote!


8 posted on 11/04/2008 1:15:28 PM PST by Faux_Pas ("If I know the answer I'll tell you the answer, and if I don't, I'll just respond, cleverly." ~R.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Aw, God love him. I know it is hard, it was hard for this conservative to vote McCain. But...it was very necessary.

I will say it would have been easy for me to crossover and vote for Zell Miller.


9 posted on 11/04/2008 1:15:38 PM PST by dforest (Is there any good idea out there that Obama doesn't lay claim to anymore?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

People are realizing that a vote FOR Barack Obama is a vote AGAINST the “American Dream”.


10 posted on 11/04/2008 1:15:51 PM PST by LetsRok
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To: Phoenix11
Every time I see Hillary, I think to myself, it should’ve been you. And that’s why, I cast my vote for McCain.

Would you have voted for Hillary over McCain?
11 posted on 11/04/2008 1:15:57 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It happened to Ronald Reagan. He got over it.


12 posted on 11/04/2008 1:16:07 PM PST by Lando Lincoln
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To: r9etb

The time is right.


13 posted on 11/04/2008 1:16:16 PM PST by mabelkitty (If Bush was an illegitimate President, Obama is the ILLEGAL candidate by Acorn and citizenship)
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To: r9etb

No, this is how one of the major parties withers away and the other one transforms into something new.


14 posted on 11/04/2008 1:17:25 PM PST by fightinJAG (Click on the source link of stories that deserve "legs.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It must be hard to go against your upbringing and the party you've belonged to all your life.

I resolved the conflict about changing (during Clinton) by realizing that my father, who had been a County Democratic Chairman for 40 years, would not have voted for Clinton. Dad was a staunch Truman Democrat and would not stomach Clinton.

And today it is even more pronounced the change that has come over the Democratic party during the last 16 years.

So although I had the stomach cramps back in the 90's, today I have absolutely no regrets about leaving the festering wound in our political system.

15 posted on 11/04/2008 1:17:50 PM PST by ProudFossil
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's not so bad, Ed. I did it long ago and never regretted it.

The Democratic Party is 99 percent corrupt but don't love the GOP too much. I figure it is about 60 percent corrupt.

16 posted on 11/04/2008 1:17:56 PM PST by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thank you for helping us save our country! We put our lives on the line to save it overseas, now we have to save it here!

You are one fine smart person and again thank you for ALL that you have done!

We are going to win this!!!!


17 posted on 11/04/2008 1:18:02 PM PST by Calif4Bush (Proud Moosehead)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I truly admire the many PUMAs who have allowed critical thinking to guide them, no matter how difficult the change.


18 posted on 11/04/2008 1:18:36 PM PST by fightinJAG (Click on the source link of stories that deserve "legs.")
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To: ravensandricks

Did you ever determine what specifically caused you to change parties in 1996? Just curious as to what tipped your scales.


19 posted on 11/04/2008 1:18:42 PM PST by OB1kNOb (Vote, and then be at peace. GOD is in control.)
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To: af_vet_rr

Are you kidding me?! I would have volunteered to run her campaign! LOL


20 posted on 11/04/2008 1:18:46 PM PST by Phoenix11
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, if it’s any consolation, voting for John McCain is not exactly like voting for a “Republican” -

any more than voting for Joe Lieberman is like voting for a “Democrat”

If and when you really internalize becoming a “Republican” you’ll recognize that!

But thanks for the vote- against Obama!


21 posted on 11/04/2008 1:18:46 PM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

His Party “left” him. Kind of how we Repubs felt during the last couple of years. Where was “our” Party?


22 posted on 11/04/2008 1:20:10 PM PST by carikadon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, sir, it does not make you a Republican. It makes you a human and an American with a choice. You voted for ‘the best for you at this time’. Work hard to get your party back! I know we ‘Conservatives’ have a tough row to hoe.


23 posted on 11/04/2008 1:20:21 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: ravensandricks

Fortunately my parents were conservatives and raised me properly, and every time I have even flirted with the idea of changing party affiliation, the democrats declare one more thing that is fundamental to this democracy is their enemy.

When they Boy Scouts are your enemy and the pedophiles are your friend, you will not get my support. When believe a man can go into a womans bathroom just because he decided he is a woman that day.. you will not get my support. When you tell me this country is a force of evil in the world, you will not get my support.

I have voted for individual democrats at various times who I felt were the better candidate, because they were the better candidate. However, rarely do I come to these conclusions.


24 posted on 11/04/2008 1:20:34 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

His Party “left” him. Kind of how we Repubs felt during the last couple of years. Where was “our” Party?


25 posted on 11/04/2008 1:20:34 PM PST by carikadon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I went through this in 1992. My first Republican vote was for GHWB against Bill Clinton. I have not pulled a lever next to a (D) since.


26 posted on 11/04/2008 1:20:38 PM PST by gridlock (18 Million Democrats voted for Hillary in the primaries. Are they all racists?)
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To: Phoenix11
Every time I see Hillary, I think to myself, it should’ve been you. And that’s why, I cast my vote for McCain.

Please allow me to thank you, and welcome to FR.

27 posted on 11/04/2008 1:21:29 PM PST by JRios1968 (Sarah Palin smash Hulk!)
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To: r9etb

Oh, I’d LOVE for the GOP to become the “center-left” party with McCain, and another part right flank them, with the dhimmirats not being at all viable anymore.

At least, this was my opinion BS (before Sarah).


28 posted on 11/04/2008 1:22:08 PM PST by MrB (0bama supporters: What's the attraction? The Marxism or the Infanticide?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Republicans are more like Democrats and the dem are commufascist now. The Republicans of my youth are all but a memory.


29 posted on 11/04/2008 1:22:39 PM PST by combat_boots (From the Bush Derangement Syndrome(TM) to the 0bama Worship Cult in which NOTHING matters. USSKKKA)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Thanks to all PUMA's for putting Country first.

After seeing the video documentary of how out-of-state agitators (ACORN, etc.) and intimidaters STEAL the various caucuses from Hillary in the primaries, along with everything elese we now know (or don't know the full story of) about Obama and his thugs, I can't see how ANY good American can vote for Obama.

30 posted on 11/04/2008 1:22:54 PM PST by DocH (Osama Obama: Leader of an America-Hating Socialist /Black Nationalist Sleeper Cell)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ed, you’re not a republican. You’re a person without a party because there is no “democrat” party anymore. It’s been that way a long time. It just took you a little longer than Reagan to realize it.

I do wonder why Ed felt obliged to vote straight republican.


31 posted on 11/04/2008 1:23:35 PM PST by Terry Mross (If Obama wins our posting may stop)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This goes against everything that I have stood for all my life...

It must be hard to go against your upbringing and the party you've belonged to all your life.

This is why liberals are such morons. When a Party completely repudiates your beliefs you have no choice but to move on. Why keep supporting a group that despises your soul?

Great Caesar's Ghost, liberals are stupid!!!

32 posted on 11/04/2008 1:23:48 PM PST by stevem
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It is ok to change. We had all change in one point or another in life. Grew up in a democrat household but the first time I had a chance to vote I voted Republican but I had always register as an Indpendent. I even voted for a good democrat once in awhile.


33 posted on 11/04/2008 1:24:36 PM PST by Tamatoa (Fight for our America, Fight for our Country I fought to defend!!!)
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To: ravensandricks

I could not bring myself to vote for Carter a second time so I voted for Anderson. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for Clinton, so I voted for Perot. (Just loved those pie charts).
I realized that I no longer was a Democrat when I would listen (and agree) with Rush while going to stuff envelopes for a liberal friend running for Congress.


34 posted on 11/04/2008 1:24:46 PM PST by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The democrat party left me a very long, long time ago. I suspect the party of the people, the party of the solid south ceased sometime around Lyndon Baines Johnson’s administration.

I voted today to save the republic. I sure hope to watch Sarah Palin sworn in as our first female Vice President.


35 posted on 11/04/2008 1:24:56 PM PST by navymom1 (I support Free Speech. Defeat the Fairness Doctrine.)
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To: Phoenix11

Thank you for that. :)

If it’s any consolation, most of us had to cross party lines to vote for McCain too. He usually hangs out with your side more than ours anyway. :p


36 posted on 11/04/2008 1:24:56 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (You MUST see this website: http://www.neverfindout.org/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To all the PUMAs and those like this person,

Thank you for your vote. I don’t consider your vote was for a republican, but was indeed for America. Thank you for holding all that is America in your heart first.

God Bless You and God Bless America


37 posted on 11/04/2008 1:26:26 PM PST by EBH ( Fairness is not sameness. Sameness is the jealousy of the looters.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Seems to me a tougher moment for you must have been when you realized Barry was busy cheating Hillary.


38 posted on 11/04/2008 1:31:04 PM PST by taketheredpill
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To: Phoenix11
Are you kidding me?! I would have volunteered to run her campaign! LOL

If John McCain is good enough for you to vote for when he's running against Obama, why wouldn't he be good enough to vote for if he was running against Hillary?
39 posted on 11/04/2008 1:32:56 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lord Love the PUMAs!
I agree, it must be tough on them.


40 posted on 11/04/2008 1:34:21 PM PST by netmilsmom (Digg for America - Ask me how!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
To all the PUMAs and those like this person,

You worked to save America, and 'what goes around, comes around'.
When the time comes, FRreeRepublic and the Conservative Party
will be your ground multiplier.

-d-


41 posted on 11/04/2008 1:36:04 PM PST by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I voted straight ticket Republican for the first time in my life four years ago for George Bush and against Kerry and I have never looked back. It was the right and best decision I have made and I will always be grateful to George Bush for sacrificing his legacy and presidency for his country first.

Today, I despise what has become of my old party. That party is truly long gone now and a new thugocracy, NEO-cracy, has taken over.


42 posted on 11/04/2008 1:37:16 PM PST by parisa
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To: ravensandricks

I think many of us once voted democrat - we were young and voted as children. We expected to be taken care of. And then we grew up. We figured out that we should do for ourselves. We became adults - we became republicans. Those who never grew up, they still need somebody to take care of them, they still need daddy. They vote democrat.


43 posted on 11/04/2008 1:37:44 PM PST by Sgt_Schultze
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To: taketheredpill
Seems to me a tougher moment for you must have been when you realized Barry was busy cheating Hillary.

Ideally these people would wake up and realize just what scumbags a lot of the Democrats are, whether it's Obama or Hillary. Hell, Bill and Hillary Clinton are the epitome of everything that is wrong with the Democrats. Obama is just a hanger-on who arrived fashionably late to the party.

While he was playing his games in Chicago, Bill and Hillary were playing games in the White House and disgracing the office of the Presidency. I'm still amazed that people will publicly admit they supported somebody like Hillary or Bill Clinton.
44 posted on 11/04/2008 1:40:41 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This guy realized, thankfully not too late, just what an O-scum-a presidency would bring:

Loss of your 401k plan as those monies would be used to refund the present social security program AND spread the wealth schemes

higher gasoline taxes

reduced oil drilling

reduced natural gas drilling

bankruptcy of the coal industry, which fuels 50% of the electrical power in this country

creation of O-scum-a's Gestapo Police Force

massive cuts in military spending

massive cuts in our nuke weapons

massive reductions in future weapons for our troops

run from Iraq

run for Afghanistan

withdrawal on the war on terror

shut down Club Gitmo and free the terrorists

giving half of Jerusalem to the terrorists as a capital

turning our backs on Israel

budding up with Iran, Chavez, Cuba, Red China, Russia, and North Korea

massive money given to the UN for world wide distribution as the UN sees fit

union thugs unionizing all small business

destruction of the stock market as all the 401k money comes out

adding extra Supreme Court Justices to pack a liberal majority court

loss of the federal court system for two generations with massive liberal judges added

greater abortion on demand

creation of a police state where the federal government controls basically everything in your life

universal health care

massive spending on global warming / enviro wacko crap

causing your electric bills too skyrocket to drive your home temp/cooling temps down to 60 degrees or such and return to Jimmy Carter wearing a sweater, knee socks, and having a blanket over you as you sit down to your peanut butter sandwiches for Thanksgiving Dinner

tearing down hydro dams

PETA gets what they want

come for your guns

come for your ammo

come for YOU when you don't respond as O-scum-a's laws require!!

Your vote folks. This ain't such a small amount to give up to O-scum-a is it????

45 posted on 11/04/2008 1:40:51 PM PST by RetiredArmy (God speaks & Americans ignore. So, maybe now He is going too act . . . you will notice, believe me.)
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To: taketheredpill
Seems to me a tougher moment for you must have been when you realized Barry was busy cheating Hillary.
Don't evennnnnnnnnnn get me started. I'm still bitter. Luckily, I have my guns and religion. :)
To: af_vet_rr
Hillary was my first choice. She will probably be my first choice for a long time to come. If it came down to her and Palin, Edwards, Romney, Guiliani, McCain, Obama, etc. I would pick her. But now my options are McCain and Obama (I don't vote third party). I cannot vote for Obama. Therefore, McCain got my vote. I did not vote FOR McCain, I voted AGAINST Obama.
46 posted on 11/04/2008 1:41:25 PM PST by Phoenix11
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I interviewed a former Hilliary supporter last month and it’s here at U Tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nXGnUc0vqs

She is a strong Republican now after having her eyes opened to the Democrat party and their vicious hateful nature.


47 posted on 11/04/2008 1:44:06 PM PST by Syncro (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: Phoenix11
Every time I see Hillary, I think to myself, it should’ve been you. And that’s why, I cast my vote for McCain.

Okay, serious question: Aside from the DNC and 0Bama throwing Hillary under the bus; do you feel that the democrat party is leaving you; no longer representing your core values - going off the deep end?

I mean if you think about it; Harry Truman and JFK could probably be called Republicans these days.

48 posted on 11/04/2008 1:48:06 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He might be more frightened by the possibility of the *ONE* finding out what he did.


49 posted on 11/04/2008 1:48:24 PM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No your not a Republican you are an American.


50 posted on 11/04/2008 1:48:38 PM PST by lakeman
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