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Tea Party Favorite Loses GOP Runoff in Alabama (Barber loses)
New York Times ^ | July 13, 2010 | staff

Posted on 07/14/2010 4:33:20 AM PDT by tlb

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A mainstream Republican rolled past a tea party activist Tuesday in the GOP runoff for a southeast Alabama congressional seat that Republicans hope to reclaim.

Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby was drawing 60 percent in the unofficial count in the 2nd Congressional District GOP runoff Tuesday against Rick Barber, a former Marine who operates a Montgomery pool hall that hosts tea party meetings.

Roby will face conservative Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright in the fall. Bright's win in 2008 marked the first time the GOP had lost the seat since 1964.

In the 2nd District, Roby, 34, promised to bring ''common sense conservative values'' to Congress. But Barber, 35, who has no political track record, described her as a ''status quo'' candidate, the daughter of a federal judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: barber; impeachment; runoff; teaparty
Looking to see if this was already posted I saw a thread about a Barber campaign commercial.

"Rick Barber unleashes a new ad in his bid for Congress that shows him sitting around the table with George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and Sam Adams. Barber calls for the impeachment of Obama while listing grievances such as the progressive income tax and healthcare"

Maybe the local voters didn't think it cool he put himself on the same tier as Washington and Franklin, or didn't like his choice of a yuppie beer like Sam Adams.

In any event, I'd 86 the impeachment commercials. Totally premature. I'm surprised he even made the runoff.

1 posted on 07/14/2010 4:33:23 AM PDT by tlb
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To: tlb

Well he was a longshot to win so I can’t blame him for going for the shock value ad.


2 posted on 07/14/2010 4:39:17 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Zack Attack

doesn’t matter as long as they get rid of the “conservative” democrat who probably votes right on issues when queen nancy has the votes in her pocket but who is there for her when he is really needed

Surely the idea that a vote for a dem is a vote for nancy will resonate in a district that was Republican for 4 decades before 2008.


3 posted on 07/14/2010 4:46:58 AM PDT by gthog61
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To: tlb
the daughter of a federal judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

so far, so good

4 posted on 07/14/2010 4:55:18 AM PDT by OBXWanderer
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To: gthog61

Conservative democrats are extinct. All others are fake replicas.


5 posted on 07/14/2010 4:55:49 AM PDT by tflabo (Restore the Republic)
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To: tlb
In the 2nd District,

Why are the NY SlimeBalls interested in an Alabama congressional seat? They sense a threat.....

6 posted on 07/14/2010 4:56:08 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

They just wanted the anti-Tea Party headline. Making people think the TP is fizzling.....


7 posted on 07/14/2010 5:06:30 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Just say NOPE to the DOPE with the HOPE)
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To: gthog61

“doesn’t matter as long as they get rid of the “conservative” democrat who probably votes right on issues when queen nancy has the votes in her pocket but who is there for her when he is really needed”

That is an accurate description of the “conservative “ democrat. There really is no such thing. We need them and all the RINOs’ gone so we know what we’ve got!!


8 posted on 07/14/2010 5:28:57 AM PDT by Roamin53 (Islamists kill more people each year in the name of religion than the Inquisition did in 350 years!)
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To: tlb

This is probably the 1st time in history the New York Times has ever reported on the 2nd Congressional District of Alabama.


9 posted on 07/14/2010 5:31:58 AM PDT by libertylover (The problem with Obama is not that his skin is too black, it's that his ideas are too RED.)
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To: tflabo

Zell Miller was about the last of them. And even he had his problems.


10 posted on 07/14/2010 5:37:21 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: tlb
Roby will face conservative Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright in the fall.

BULL-F***ING-$HIT! There is no such thing as a conservative Democrat! Honestly, what conservative would look at the two parties and choose Democrat?

11 posted on 07/14/2010 5:38:51 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (Don't just accept freedom, DEMAND IT!!!)
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To: tlb
There has to be a "joke line" or at least official notice of the oxymoron: Democratic U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright.
12 posted on 07/14/2010 5:42:41 AM PDT by pointsal
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To: tlb

The thing is, when you’re running to keep a safe GOP seat in Kentucky, or against the poster-child of the 0bama agenda in Nevada, you can afford to nominate the Tea Party underdog. But if the opponent is a conservative Democrat, and the incumbent, then it is much smarter to nominate the more electable Republican, so long as it isn’t a RINO. This nomination ensures one more loss for the Democrats in November.


13 posted on 07/14/2010 5:57:19 AM PDT by counterpunch (Heckuva job, Barry!)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Bingo! The “Upper West Side”-controlled media loves nothing more than to report an anti-conservative story, even if they have to hold their noses and go down to rural Alabama to get that story.


14 posted on 07/14/2010 6:05:49 AM PDT by PermaRag (the stock market will stop bleeding when those who manipulate it START bleeding)
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To: tlb
...or didn't like his choice of a yuppie beer like Sam Adams.

What the...tell me you aren't serious.
15 posted on 07/14/2010 6:13:58 AM PDT by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: tlb

Did Sarah endorse him? Im guessing not, it would have made front page. lol


16 posted on 07/14/2010 6:23:46 AM PDT by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: tlb
the daughter of a federal judge appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

WTF difference does that make? Reagan's own kid is a freaking liberal.

17 posted on 07/14/2010 6:37:24 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: tlb

Big deal. If the mainstream Republican candidate is conservative, I really don’t care if the Tea Party candidate lost. In fact, I’d rather see conservatives become the “mainstream” in the GOP once again, rather than fritter away our strength dividing ourselves between those “evil, horrible” mainstream Republicans and the good, noble, virtuous Tea Party candidates.


18 posted on 07/14/2010 6:47:47 AM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (The success of Darwinism was accompanied by a decline in scientific integrity. - Dr. Wm R. Thompson)
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To: tlb

Looks like Barber failed to gather an army


19 posted on 07/14/2010 7:06:54 AM PDT by MadIsh32 (In order to be pro-market, sometimes you must be anti-big business)
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‘conservative Democrat Bobby Bright’

BWHAHAHAHAHA


20 posted on 07/14/2010 7:22:08 AM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Zack Attack

Good news! When a Tea Party member loses, it makes the New York Times, wow!


21 posted on 07/14/2010 8:17:20 AM PDT by Big Giant Head (Two years no AV, no viruses, computer runs great!)
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To: Big Giant Head

LOL! Yeah, only after a midnight glance at Sarah Palin’s Facebook page.


22 posted on 07/14/2010 5:30:20 PM PDT by GVnana (I'm a Momma Grizzly)
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