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Connecticut is ready to rumble - Linda McMahon storms the polls in the nationís wildest Senate race
New York Post ^ | August 15, 2010 | Maureen Callahan

Posted on 08/15/2010 3:37:15 AM PDT by Zakeet

Of this season’s crazy, contentious, wide-open Senate races — in Ohio, Florida, California, Arizona, Nevada — none is as wild as what’s going on in Connecticut. In one corner: Democrat Richard Blumenthal, 64, state attorney general since 1991 and favored to win, up by over 40 points in the polls until this spring, when he was caught lying about having served in Vietnam. In the opposing corner: Republican Linda McMahon, 61, until last fall the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), billionaire and political neophyte.

Since spending $22 million of her fortune, McMahon beat out GOP contenders Peter Schiff (campaign slogan: “Schiff Happens” — seriously) and former congressman and decorated Vietnam vet Rob Simmons, who’d been drafted by the party to run. Ultimately, he lost the party’s backing — to McMahon — for the primary. Simmons suspended his cash-poor campaign in May, then re-entered a few weeks ago, showing up at Connecticut commuter hubs and passing out potholders, a sadly literal example that, for him, there was no issue “too hot to handle.”

McMahon won Tuesday’s primary with 49% of the vote and has since shrunk Blumenthal’s formerly capacious lead to 7 points. She spent three hours on Wednesday morning, beginning at 6 a.m., sitting in front of a camera, doing interviews via satellite with outlets nationwide. She has suddenly become a political supernova, one to watch, and she has done it by positioning herself as the quintessential outsider, sick of politics as usual, quid-pro-quos, the ever-expanding reach of the federal government.

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What’s the key difference between her and Blumenthal? “He’s clearly liberal big-government,” she says. “I’m clearly conservative small-government. It’s a real clear choice in that regard.”

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 2010election; connecticut; mcmahon; peterschiff; schiff; senate
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She's an outsider who's using her own money to buy a senate seat. It would be much better if she were an insider who was using George Soros' money to buy a senate seat.

1 posted on 08/15/2010 3:37:19 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Schiff is a good guy and smart too.


2 posted on 08/15/2010 3:40:09 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009
"...and smart too."

“Schiff Happens”

Really?

3 posted on 08/15/2010 3:52:57 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Zakeet

I am split here. Has it become so that only the godaweful rich can run?Here is a person spending 22 mil of her own cash to get a senate seat that pays what?
But it is her cash and as long as she dont break any laws, its legal.
I dont know.


4 posted on 08/15/2010 3:53:31 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: Yorlik803

Blame it on the voters if a senate seat can be bought.

Frankly if someone is sick and tired of what government is doing and is willing to put their money where their mouth is, more power to them.


5 posted on 08/15/2010 3:58:13 AM PDT by DB
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009
Schiff is a good guy and smart too.

Primary is over.

6 posted on 08/15/2010 4:03:01 AM PDT by speciallybland
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To: Yorlik803
I dont know.

Personally, for me.....I'll take Linda McMahon over Cris "Countrywide" Dodd, any day

7 posted on 08/15/2010 4:05:01 AM PDT by OBXWanderer
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To: Yorlik803
Has it become so that only the godaweful rich can run?Here is a person spending 22 mil of her own cash to get a senate seat that pays what?

Our founders pledged their lives, their fourtunes, and their sacred honor......

Could it be that she takes the job that seriously?

8 posted on 08/15/2010 4:20:32 AM PDT by cbkaty (Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy---W Churchill)
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To: Zakeet

what do you suppose the usual entrepreneurial return on 22 million is out there? Or are things so bad a senate seat is the best deal going?


9 posted on 08/15/2010 4:22:57 AM PDT by mo
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To: Yorlik803

At least we have a system where wealth allows the possibility of “buying” into the political system in a fairly open transparent way. That is, she’s using her money to promote herself and her message to the voters. No matter how much a candidate spends - they still have to have a some position on issues to win over voters.

If the Dems had it their way, (and probably some Republicans too) only political elites would be eligible for office.


10 posted on 08/15/2010 4:24:27 AM PDT by crescen7 (game on)
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009

I voted for the guy but he didn’t make the cut.

I just hope that Linda is as close to a conservative that we can get because I will not vote for Blumenthal.


11 posted on 08/15/2010 4:32:14 AM PDT by puppypusher
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To: puppypusher

“No Blumen Way”


12 posted on 08/15/2010 4:35:24 AM PDT by homegroan (Proud member of the Hoi Polloi......ILLIGITIMA NON CARBORUNDUM..... -that's 4U Dad!))
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To: Zakeet
Funny, no one yelled at Jon Corzine for doing the same exact thing when he ran for Senate from New Jersey all those years ago.

Oh wait, he's a Democrat, and Mrs. McMahon is a Republican. Never mind!

13 posted on 08/15/2010 4:44:38 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: homegroan

14 posted on 08/15/2010 4:47:39 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: DB

“Blame it on the voters if a senate seat can be bought.”

Yes and no. I know people who work for Bill McCollum, who is running for the GOP nomination for governor of Florida. According to people I know and trust, who have known Bill for years, he’s totally honest and a genuine conservative. But he’s running against Rick Scott, a billionaire. Bill McCollum raised 4 million dollars. Rick Scott put aside $300 million. Three-hundred million, incidentally, is the exact amount that McCollum proved Rick Scott got from his frauds against the government. McCollum, as attorney general, shut down Rick Scott’s Medicaid/Medicare operation, but Scott has gone free as he was just the company president and unaware of any wrongdoing.

I talk to my sixty-five year old sister who is a savvy, intelligent voter. She’s watching the commercials and she believes Rick Scott is what he says he is and, because of the advertising blitz, that Bill McCollum is what Rick Scott says he is. We live in a media driven culture. We rely on the honesty and integrity of the media to balance out the candidate’s advantages in money. As we know, the media has its own agenda, which happens to correspond with the Prius driving, COEXIST, Birkenstock wearing hippies who have no kids, but six expensive dogs and a bumper sticker reading “It’s a Choice!”

It turns out that Rick Scott is a spectacularly bad candidate. His closet is so full of bloody skeletons that he has to lean against it 24/7 to keep it from springing open. As soon as Scott becomes the GOP candidate, the media will kick him away from the closet door and standby as the skeletons come tumbling out; cataloging each one. But, for now, they say nothing; hoping for McCollum to lose so that then Scott will lose to a Democrat.

If you have an honest candidate, like McCollum, he isn’t going to attract the millions in donations to fight a billionaire like Scott. The reason is simple. People who donate millions expect something for those millions. An honest man isn’t going to give that something to them and they know it. A dishonest man, though, never, never has enough money. Why is it you think the Clintons are worth 100 million dollars?


15 posted on 08/15/2010 4:50:23 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Yorlik803

Linda is “giving something back”.

She made her money on Democrats. The WWE audience is solid red. Only Woman’s Professional Basketball skews further left.


16 posted on 08/15/2010 4:51:13 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Yorlik803

Meg Whitman has already spent $100 million!


17 posted on 08/15/2010 4:53:01 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: Brugmansian

If the audience is red,how did she make money off of dems?


18 posted on 08/15/2010 4:55:52 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: wiggen

Red in the classical sense of course.


19 posted on 08/15/2010 4:57:34 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Zakeet

Sounds to me that they are Both a Couple of Clowns. I see more of the same crap coming from either one of these two pampered Millionares who now want perks from the Taxpayers.
If McMahon has to go around to listen what the Peons are talking about she is so out of touch who the Hell would vote for her if she hasnt got a Clue.
As for the other sleezebag ,the Drug store Hero,he is the only one I know who can beat Chucky Schmucky Schumer to a TV camera to spew his left wing Garbage.
Not much Hope for the Country coming from the NUTmeg state.


20 posted on 08/15/2010 4:59:19 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Brugmansian

Ahhh. Why do you say the audiences are liberal? When my kids were younger and watching wrestling i took them to a number of matches. I couldn’t discern a leaning either way.


21 posted on 08/15/2010 5:00:01 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: DontTreadOnMe2009
Schiff is a good guy and smart too.

Primary's over, and frankly, I'm kinda glad Schiff lost. The more I see of him on social issues, the more of a RINO he turns out to be. Just say no to RINOs!

22 posted on 08/15/2010 5:00:47 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: DontTreadOnMe2009
Schiff is a good guy and smart too.

Schiff was a one issue candidate who was pro abortion and believed the downturn in the economy by itself would solve the illegal alien problem.
23 posted on 08/15/2010 5:03:34 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Yorlik803
Here is a person spending 22 mil of her own cash to get a senate seat that pays what?

She is willing to spend $50 million. People get upset if candidates uses taxpayer's money to run a campaign or if candidates spend their own money. It's a no win situation .
24 posted on 08/15/2010 5:06:17 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: homegroan
“No Blumen Way”

"Block Blumey"

"BlumenDodd Semper Lie!"
25 posted on 08/15/2010 5:07:44 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it! www.FairTaxNation.com)
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To: Zakeet

That’s to bad that she is winning due to her money.

Mark another RINO down????

What good are primaries; if they are bought and paid for by the scum?


26 posted on 08/15/2010 5:16:03 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: wiggen
Everyone watches everything but there is a partisan skew to sports. Should have mentioned Hotline had a survey last spring: Sports Viewers Largely Republican

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27 posted on 08/15/2010 5:19:07 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: ballplayer
Sounds to me that they are Both a Couple of Clowns.

They aren't. Blumenthal is one of the most dangerous people I've seen run for the Senate. The most dangerous. He leaves Dodd, Boxer, Durbin and the late Kennedy in the dust.

I do not look forward to saying "we told you so" to those pushing the "there is no difference between either of them". There is a difference between Blumenthal and even Democrats. He is a predator.

McMahon is no Olympia Snow or Susan Collins either. I say this having promoted Schiff to my RTC last fall. They had never heard of him and didn't include him in material they gave me to post on their website. (gave up on him when he did little to promote himself except write articles for the internet and ask for money).

28 posted on 08/15/2010 5:27:04 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Brugmansian

Maybe Linda McMahon could get Mark “The Undertaker” Calloway to deliver a Tombstone Piledriver to Blumenthal!


29 posted on 08/15/2010 5:31:25 AM PDT by getarope (One Big Ass Mistake, America!)
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To: mo
what do you suppose the usual entrepreneurial return on 22 million is out there? Or are things so bad a senate seat is the best deal going?

If this communist onslaught is not stopped, 22 million won't be worth a loaf of bread, soon.

30 posted on 08/15/2010 5:31:31 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: Brugmansian

Very interesting. Most on there i don’t find counter intuitive but Grand Am dem,NASCAR pubbie? Drag racing pubbie,Monster trucks dem? Wrestling,as they mention,is mostly kids. That’s why its low voter turnout i guess.


31 posted on 08/15/2010 5:32:32 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: freekitty
That’s to bad that she is winning due to her money.

That isn't why she won. Simmons had an American Conservative Union rating of 52 his last year in the House. McCain had an ACU rating of 65 that year (2006). There was little enthusiasm for him. Schiff, as I mentioned above, didn't do much campaigning. Had he started in August, he would have had a shot. But he didn't even contact small town RTC's until the late winter and early spring.

What good are primaries; if they are bought and paid for by the scum?

She isn't scum. I don't know how conservative she is but she isn't a mealy-mouthed Lindsey Graham or Susan Collins. She's not a financial parasite and she won't prey on business as Blumenthal has his entire career. CT is not other states. Money isn't as important as it is NY, FL, TX, CA. Schiff could have hit two RTCs a day at almost no cost and picked up a lot of votes by simply meeting with a dozen or so activists in each town. Look at the Democrat primary for governor. Ned Lamont spent over $9 million of his own money on his campaign--the most spent ever for that office. Malloy spent $2.75 million in public money and won. Lamont had better name recognition as he is the one who forced Lieberman to run as an Indpendent.

32 posted on 08/15/2010 5:38:55 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Yorlik803
Has it become so that only the godaweful rich can run?Here is a person spending 22 mil of her own cash to get a senate seat that pays what?

Are you saying she does not have the right to spend her money on what she wants? What if she wants to buy a 22 million dollar mansion, would you say "Has it become so that only the godaweful rich can buy a house? Here is a person spending 22 mil of her own cash to get a mansion". What business is it of yours how she spends her money?
33 posted on 08/15/2010 5:41:11 AM PDT by John D
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To: meadsjn

Right on with that !!


34 posted on 08/15/2010 5:51:04 AM PDT by onona (dbada)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
Since spending $22 million of her fortune, McMahon beat out GOP contenders Peter Schiff (campaign slogan: "Schiff Happens" -- seriously) and former congressman and decorated Vietnam vet Rob Simmons, who'd been drafted by the party to run... Simmons suspended his cash-poor campaign in May, then re-entered a few weeks ago, showing up at Connecticut commuter hubs and passing out potholders, a sadly literal example that, for him, there was no issue "too hot to handle."
The only issue too hot to handle for him *may* be, where'd the new money come from?
What's the key difference between [McMahon] and Blumenthal? "He's clearly liberal big-government," she says. "I'm clearly conservative small-government. It's a real clear choice in that regard."

35 posted on 08/15/2010 6:16:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Zakeet

Unfortunately, once in office, RINOs reliably cave in to the Left’s agenda about 80 percent of the time, thus advancing the political fortunes of the left down the line. If more RINOs than conservatives account for Repub wins in 2010, we will have simply completed a circle and gotten precisely nowhere because a RINO majority is simply a liberal mob in expensive, pretty clothing.

I’m not saying it would be better if the Dem won; but I am saying the difference is marginal short-term and non-existent over the ong haul.

RINOs either lead to more RINOs, or more Dem wins down the line. At best they operate as an in-house ombudsman in the employ of the elitist Left. You don’t get anything POSITIVE from them and RINOs are NEVER going to reverse America’s deadly drift into Marxism.


36 posted on 08/15/2010 6:32:06 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: Yorlik803
I am split here. Has it become so that only the godaweful rich can run?Here is a person spending 22 mil of her own cash to get a senate seat that pays what?

I think everyone gets that she is not doing it for the money. What point are you trying to make?

But it is her cash and as long as she dont break any laws, its legal. I dont know.

What don't you know?

37 posted on 08/15/2010 6:35:29 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Brugmansian

How do you think she was able to enter and campaign for this race?

One guess, money.


38 posted on 08/15/2010 6:36:28 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: PaleoBob

I agree.


39 posted on 08/15/2010 6:37:32 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: John D

Buying your own house with your own money is not the same thing as running for public office.


40 posted on 08/15/2010 6:38:44 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: John D

Did I mention running for PUBLIC OFFICE? :)


41 posted on 08/15/2010 6:39:49 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Brugmansian

The difference between “MLB” and “Major League Baseball” is what, exactly?


42 posted on 08/15/2010 6:42:17 AM PDT by Doohickey ("It Takes A Spillage." - Mark Steyn)
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To: getarope
"Maybe Linda McMahon could get Mark “The Undertaker” Calloway to deliver a Tombstone Piledriver to Blumenthal!"

Or maybe her son-in-law with this sledgehammer


43 posted on 08/15/2010 6:44:05 AM PDT by MikefromOhio (There is no truth to the rumor that Ted Kennedy was buried at sea.....)
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To: Doohickey

I’m the wrong person to ask. I don’t follow any sport.


44 posted on 08/15/2010 6:45:50 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Brugmansian

Very interesting chart. Thanks.


45 posted on 08/15/2010 6:51:27 AM PDT by super7man
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To: Paladin2

I know Schiff’s brother, his name is “Fulla”....


46 posted on 08/15/2010 6:54:16 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying today for -23, better yet -24......)
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To: Yorlik803

I have one question for the both of them. Where do you stand on the Mosque at ground zero?

That’s it for me....


47 posted on 08/15/2010 6:55:13 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Praying today for -23, better yet -24......)
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To: Ken H

The point is that it seems that only the rich can get a voice in Government. I understand she is putting up her own cash to do it,but I question her motives. Chalk it up to a big distrust people these days. The most honest of people enter Dc with the purest of motives and in a few years they have become so crooked that they become just another person living off our taxes. But by then, that person becomes so entrenched that they will keep their seat by doing anything it takes.
She has every right to spend her cash, there are no laws against it. The left does it more than the right. But it seems wrong for some reason.


48 posted on 08/15/2010 7:00:14 AM PDT by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: freekitty
Did I mention running for PUBLIC OFFICE? :)

Yes, and with her own money. AFAIK, that money was legally made in the private sector. Would you rather that she get it from government unions? What is your problem with her?

49 posted on 08/15/2010 7:02:40 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: Gen.Blather
The original poster says:

"“Blame it on the voters if a senate seat can be bought.”"

In response you show at length that he is right while saying that he is wrong. This does not make any sense.

Nor does the following:

"I talk to my sixty-five year old sister who is a savvy, intelligent voter. She’s watching the commercials and she believes Rick Scott is what he says he is and, because of the advertising blitz, "

No offense, but you call someone who "believes" what commercials say "a savvy, intelligent voter?"

For advertising budgets to matter, commercials must work. If they do, you can blame the moronic, indifferent, self-sentered voters who are unwilling to spend a few minutes a day on learning the facts, analyzing a situation, and arriving on a well-considered choice among the candidates.

Believe it or not, but your sister has made a considered choice according to her preferences. Some people like the candidate's platform and others like good looks, or the ability to "relate" to the American people. Your sister, like so many others, prefers the loudest candidate. Don't blame the system: that is her Preference.

50 posted on 08/15/2010 7:03:36 AM PDT by TopQuark
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