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Ohio Senator: GOP "Taken Over by Southerners"
CBS News ^ | July 28, 2009 | Prerana Swami

Posted on 07/30/2009 4:06:36 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ohio Senator George Voinovich says that the GOP is "being taken over by southerners," the Columbus Dispatch reports.

In an interview with with the paper, Voinovich said shrinking demographics and southern senators are alienating his conservative constituents. He cites Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn as the GOP's biggest problem.

"We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It's the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?'," Voinovich said.

Salon notes that Voinovich is not the sole Republican speaking out against the regional isolation. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty acknowledged last year that the Republicans were facing increasingly difficult competition in large parts of the country, including Voinovich's Ohio.

"We cannot be a majority governing party when we essentially cannot compete in the Northeast, we are losing our ability to compete in Great Lakes states, we cannot compete on the West Coast, we are increasingly in danger of competing in the mid-Atlantic states, and the Democrats are now winning some of the Western states," Pawlenty said.

Not stopping at the GOP's biggest problem, Voinovich says President Obama's biggest problem is "two words: Nancy Pelosi."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: 111th; bitterclingers; democrats; dixie; georgevoinovich; gop; jimdemint; oh2010; republicans; senators; southerners; tomcoburn; voinovich
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1 posted on 07/30/2009 4:06:37 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

F.O., talentless yankee fop.


2 posted on 07/30/2009 4:08:46 PM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Mr. Voinovich. The only thing that’s been “taken over” are
your views.


3 posted on 07/30/2009 4:10:26 PM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Dumbass Voinovich needs a geography lesson. There's about as much in common between South Carolina and Oklahoma as there is between Ohio and Maine.
4 posted on 07/30/2009 4:12:33 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (We do what we have to do.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Let me check with my Republican California senators and see what they say.


5 posted on 07/30/2009 4:12:53 PM PDT by byteback
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe the GOP should stop tossing good northern republicans overboard.


6 posted on 07/30/2009 4:13:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Ohio Senator George Voinovich says that the GOP is "being taken over by southerners,"

And your problem with that is?


7 posted on 07/30/2009 4:14:04 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Has Ohio Senator George Voinovich ever spent much time in southeastern Ohio?
If he had, then he would know what “Southern” has to do with that part of Ohio.


8 posted on 07/30/2009 4:16:07 PM PDT by Aroostook25
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I knew there was something fishy about that Sarah Palin. She’s a southerner!... or, uhh wait.


9 posted on 07/30/2009 4:16:29 PM PDT by rom (Israel got Saul before they got David. Where's our David?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

We’re not taking over.
We’re just the designated drivers for a GOP that is drunk on Socialism and Power.

Don’t drink and vote and you can have your keys back, Moron


10 posted on 07/30/2009 4:16:37 PM PDT by CrappieLuck
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The GOP version of Biden. The Senate is a freak show.


11 posted on 07/30/2009 4:18:28 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The GOP has a leader?


12 posted on 07/30/2009 4:18:29 PM PDT by TYVets
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To: darkwing104

It think it would be more apt to say that the rest of the country is taken over by the looney left, and the South is the last bastion...etc, etc etc.


13 posted on 07/30/2009 4:18:40 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Sprit of '76)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Dear George,

Bigoted much?

Signed,

A conservative Yankee


14 posted on 07/30/2009 4:19:17 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: rom

Yes, well, I live in Alaska, too, but am bond fide ‘daughter of the south.;-)


15 posted on 07/30/2009 4:20:17 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Sprit of '76)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

New England is where political ideologies go to die.

2008 was a re-alignment. The Rockefeller Republicans are to go extinct.

Where conservatives are now are the fastest growing parts of the country. It is time for conservatives to take over the Republican Party.

These guys know the historical pattern, and they don’t like it. They would rather lose every election being Rockefellers than win elections being southern conservatives.


16 posted on 07/30/2009 4:20:18 PM PDT by Aquabird
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Northern GOP = RINO liberals on the left track.
And that is putting it nicely.


17 posted on 07/30/2009 4:20:23 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Senator George Voinovich, (PW)pantywaist, Ohio.


18 posted on 07/30/2009 4:21:32 PM PDT by Grunthor (If Romney is the only GOP close to "O" in the polls come the primaries, who do you vote for?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

To George V

Q..What killed the Republican party in this state ?

A..PEOPLE LIKE YOU. Get lost you moron !


19 posted on 07/30/2009 4:22:06 PM PDT by se_ohio_young_conservative (Sarah Palin in 2012 !)
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To: darkwing104

Dear Senator Voinovich, you think southerners
are bad, wait till the Alaskans take over.


20 posted on 07/30/2009 4:22:23 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: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“He cites Republican Senators Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn as the GOP’s biggest problem.”

Grunthor wants the rest of the Gutless Old Pantywaists to be MORE like Demint and Coburn!


21 posted on 07/30/2009 4:22:41 PM PDT by Grunthor (If Romney is the only GOP close to "O" in the polls come the primaries, who do you vote for?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Let me get this straight. Baby boomers are moving to the south because of weather and taxes and states that have no income tax. Northern states are crying in their beer because they are losing influence. Hummmmmm. Wonder if there is a connection?


22 posted on 07/30/2009 4:23:17 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"Ohio Senator: GOP "Taken Over by Southerners"

Well this Connecticut Yankee says that a damn site better class of folks than the trash that's taken over the democrat party. It's a good thing Harry Truman and Scoop Jackson didn't have to live to see this.

23 posted on 07/30/2009 4:23:23 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Buck Ofama!!)
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To: cripplecreek

“good northern republicans”

Like Arlen Spectre?


24 posted on 07/30/2009 4:24:23 PM PDT by Grunthor (If Romney is the only GOP close to "O" in the polls come the primaries, who do you vote for?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If Voinovich is the only type of Republican we can expect from the North, I’d rather permanently be a minority party.


25 posted on 07/30/2009 4:25:02 PM PDT by drbuzzard (different league)
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To: Grunthor

No. Like Tim Walberg or Rosanna Pulido.


26 posted on 07/30/2009 4:26:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: rom

These current map drawings with America in the north are unfair after north=top and top=King right? so we should draw the map with the southern hemisphere on top and then Palin is from the South.

I did see a map with this philosophy behind it a few years ago. It was just plain dumb.


27 posted on 07/30/2009 4:26:57 PM PDT by ronnietherocket2
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I am a Yankee by birth and Southern by the grace of God..

sw

28 posted on 07/30/2009 4:27:04 PM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: muir_redwoods

THAT is for DAMN sure!


29 posted on 07/30/2009 4:27:05 PM PDT by robertwalker62
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To: tet68

Thanks for the laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


30 posted on 07/30/2009 4:27:11 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: cripplecreek

“No.”

Good enough for me. I believe as you appear to that we can have GOP elected in the north and west without those candidates having to be a slightly less commie version of the Democrats.


31 posted on 07/30/2009 4:28:02 PM PDT by Grunthor (If Romney is the only GOP close to "O" in the polls come the primaries, who do you vote for?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

He says that like it’s a bad thing...


32 posted on 07/30/2009 4:28:30 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (There's something socialist in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? MITTBUSTERS!)
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To: rom
Sarah Palin lives in southern Alaska. Tim Pawlenty was born in the southern half of Minnesota (St. Paul).

Whether Oklahoma counts as Southern or Midwestern seems to depend on whom you ask--the original settlers (not counting the Indians, many of which had been involuntarily relocated there from elsewhere) were from all the surrounding states as well as from further afield. Lots of Kansans.

33 posted on 07/30/2009 4:28:40 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Grunthor
Specter was born in Wichita, which is in the southern part of Kansas.
34 posted on 07/30/2009 4:30:32 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Voinovich ought to move to North Carolina. It’s getting hard to find any southerners around here.


35 posted on 07/30/2009 4:30:45 PM PDT by csmusaret (If you like this economy, keep voting for Donkeys.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

“Specter was born in Wichita, which is in the southern part of Kansas.”

Did he grow up there? I got a cousin that was born in Germany, but she hates bratwurst and sauerkraut.


36 posted on 07/30/2009 4:31:46 PM PDT by Grunthor (If Romney is the only GOP close to "O" in the polls come the primaries, who do you vote for?)
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To: RinaseaofDs
The Senate is a freak show.

In sore need of term limits.

37 posted on 07/30/2009 4:31:50 PM PDT by csvset
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To: Sunshine Sister
SHHHHH!

Don't say that!

We go enough damn Yankees down here already.

Let me fix it:

Attention Yankees, the south sucks, it's hot, rainy and we get hurricanes!

Our woman are ugly, all of us smell bad and we eat terrible completely unpalatable food!

Stay home!

38 posted on 07/30/2009 4:33:14 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (There's something socialist in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? MITTBUSTERS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

And the dems are taken over by: transvestites, economic illiterates, metrosexuals, mal-do-wells, illegal immigrants, tax evaders, Teddy the swimmer, Barney the Banking Queen, Well-preserverved Pelosi, etc.

I’ll take the southerners any time.

By the way, I’m originally from the south and will match any of the Obamaloon cabinet for accomplishments any time.


39 posted on 07/30/2009 4:33:16 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I say thank God the Southerners are taking over the GOP. As an Ohioan, I wish someone with some Southern conservative views would take your senate seat, you dagum RINO.


40 posted on 07/30/2009 4:34:14 PM PDT by Reagan's My Hero (My goal is to be as wonderful as my dog thinks I am.)
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To: spectre

Good, you get it...


41 posted on 07/30/2009 4:34:18 PM PDT by ejonesie22 (There's something socialist in the neighborhood, who ya gonna call? MITTBUSTERS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"The GOP is being taken over by southerners", he said, sobbing uncontrollably.
42 posted on 07/30/2009 4:34:20 PM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

***They get on TV and go ‘errrr, errrrr.’ People hear them and say, ‘These people, they’re southerners.***

And a former senator gets on TV and goes ‘ummm, ummm’ and us southerners say, ‘he’s a lyin’ Chicago thug.’


43 posted on 07/30/2009 4:36:21 PM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Grunthor
According to Wikipedia, Specter was raised in Russell, Kansas. He started at the University of Oklahoma but then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania, and apparently has lived in Pennsylvania since then--so only the first 18 or 19 years were spent in Kansas.

I don't know if there is any difference between Wichita cuisine and Russell cuisine.

44 posted on 07/30/2009 4:37:55 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

“Whether Oklahoma counts as Southern or Midwestern seems to depend on whom you ask—the original settlers (not counting the Indians, many of which had been involuntarily relocated there from elsewhere) were from all the surrounding states as well as from further afield. Lots of Kansans.”

Correct and Vice-Versa. Northern Oklahoma has a shared cultural and Economic bond with Kansas, especially Wichita.

I live in Wichita and a good number of people here have roots or branches in Southern Oklahoma. More so than they typically do with Missouri or Nebraska. Colorado, for all purposes is basically considered ‘another country’ in these parts.

Tulsa and Wichita also have many connections, a friendly rivalry and common bonds.

Oklahoma is as much Midwestern as it is Southern. To compare it to South Carolina is disingenuous.


45 posted on 07/30/2009 4:40:13 PM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Not hardly.....we’ve always been for less government and for them to stay out of our business......


46 posted on 07/30/2009 4:40:37 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

Wasn’t he a Democrat convert anyway?


47 posted on 07/30/2009 4:41:36 PM PDT by MHT
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To: Verginius Rufus

Bob Dole was also from Russell.

Comparing Russell to Wichita is like comparing Mayberry to Cincinnati.

‘Wichita Cuisine’, well... We have a few local favorites, places you definitely can’t find anywhere else, but we are mainly a good cross-section of Americana as far as ‘cuisine’ is concerned. Somewhat Generic with a few PLEASANT surprises.


48 posted on 07/30/2009 4:43:13 PM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I hope George Voinovich will re-member...

...Southern man don’t need him around, anyhow!


49 posted on 07/30/2009 4:45:14 PM PDT by DemforBush (Somebody wake me when sanity has returned to the nation.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

I meant Northern Oklahoma, sorry.


50 posted on 07/30/2009 4:46:50 PM PDT by lmr (God punishes Conservatives by making them argue with fools.)
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