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Why the Midterms Matter: The GOPís agenda has to be stopped.
Newsweek ^ | 10/23/10 | Jonathan Alter

Posted on 10/23/2010 7:14:37 AM PDT by paudio

The depressed Democratic base needs to ask itself some questions: Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion? Do Hispanics want to see immigration reform postponed? Do young voters want college loans slashed? If they don’t, they’ll set aside whatever valid grievances they may have with Obama and mobilize.

If Democrats lose control anyway, maybe nothing too bad will happen. Obama will veto GOP bills, and politics will be paralyzed for two years as the parties jostle for 2012. But a right-wing Republican takeover of Congress and state capitals isn’t something to accept with indifference. Midterms matter, and voters tempted to skip this election should have their heads examined.

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About the author: Jonathan Alter is an award-winning columnist, television analyst and author. Since 1991, Alter has written a widely-acclaimed Newsweek column that examines politics, media and social and global issues. For more than a decade, he has worked as a contributing correspondent to NBC News. His 2006 book, "The Defining Moment: FDR's Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope," was a national bestseller. Alter is also an originator and author of Newsweek's "Conventional Wisdom Watch," which uses up, down and sideways arrows to measure and lampoon the news. As an editor, he helps shape the magazine's overall news coverage.

To me, what's more interesting is not the article itself, but the understanding of who the author is, and on what capacity he is related to Newsweek.

1 posted on 10/23/2010 7:14:40 AM PDT by paudio
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To: paudio

This is not news. This is DU talking points in print. It reads as if it were dictated by Obama word for word. Spewsweek fails.


2 posted on 10/23/2010 7:16:22 AM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: paudio

And what his editorial positions have done to Newsweek...


3 posted on 10/23/2010 7:16:28 AM PDT by jdege
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To: paudio
"...Gains in statehouses and legislatures will allow right-wingers to use the 2010 census to redraw district lines that will entrench them in power until 2020. Back in charge in Washington, they will likely block even centrist choices for courts..."

I don't know...all sounds pretty good to me.

4 posted on 10/23/2010 7:21:14 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: paudio

Note to all democrats: Newsweek says you’re ahead in the polls, relax, stay home.


5 posted on 10/23/2010 7:22:54 AM PDT by SouthTexas (WE are the Wave - Vote Nov 2)
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To: paudio

The depressed Democratic base needs to ask itself some questions: Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion? Do Hispanics want to see immigration reform postponed? Do young voters want college loans slashed? If they don’t, they’ll set aside whatever valid grievances they may have with Obama and mobilize.

They should also ask themselves the opposite, do Americans want to be over run by illegal immigrants who take our resources to have a decent life fot its citizens, do the voters want to pay for everyone elses needs for education etc..do Americans want to pay for abortions when they are morally opposed to it...then they should mobilize against th democratic party and vote conservative..it appears all the issues which are being used by the democraps are one which involve invasion , redistribution of resources to other countries, and out right over throw of the principles of a republic..obamma mamba jamma lenin khomeini and the bunch deserve the voter ass kickin they are about to get and may we never forget who they are..


6 posted on 10/23/2010 7:23:20 AM PDT by aces
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To: paudio

The most surprising thing about this article is that people are still reading Newsweak. Everything thing else is par for the course.


7 posted on 10/23/2010 7:24:08 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: paudio
Why the Midterms Matter: The GOP’s agenda has to be stopped.

Yeah, or who knows what might happen. We might have an economic recovery, shrinking government, lower taxes, lower unemployment, and more liberty. Can't have that! :-/

If Democrats lose control anyway, maybe nothing too bad will happen. Obama will veto GOP bills, and politics will be paralyzed for two years as the parties jostle for 2012.

And the problem with a paralyzed fed is??? If a GOP Congress and a socialist hussein obama are fighting and thwarting each other, they won't be stomping on our liberties. Where's the problem with that? Sounds like a winning strategy: put hussein obama and his radical socialist agenda in a holding pattern until 2012 when we can replace the little fascist.

8 posted on 10/23/2010 7:28:52 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Nov 2 is coming...)
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To: paudio

Newsweek was recently sold for one dollar. With Alter you are certainly getting your monies worth.


9 posted on 10/23/2010 7:29:44 AM PDT by Patrick1 (I'm a soldier of good fortune, I'm guarding the Yucatan.)
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To: paudio
Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion?
Conservatives want representatives who will oppose the funding of abortions by taxpayers. Stop distorting the issue by framing the question in the form of Prohibition.

Do Hispanics want to see immigration reform postponed?
Guess what: many polls show that legal Hispanic citizens support SB1070 and oppose amnesty (i.e. "immigration reform"). Besides, Obama has had TWO YEARS & a Super Majority; he "postponed" it because he said a LOT of Immigration Reform B.S. just to fool Hispanics (legal & not) into voting for him. And Obama's idea of "reform" involves doing nothing about the border. He lets the illegals infest all communities by default and gimme-gimme-gimme-amnesty becomes inevitable.

Do young voters want college loans slashed?
Actually, I would think that young voters don't want to go to the Government Mafia (i.e. Student Loan Program) and be told that "someday, you will do us a favor in return."

10 posted on 10/23/2010 7:30:08 AM PDT by kromike
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To: paudio

NO bias here.

“Nothing to see here. Lettuce just moveon.org folks. Just moveon.org.”

(Yes, he is a “columnist” not a “reporter” - who is just as biased as their MSM’s ABCNNBCBS “reporters.”


11 posted on 10/23/2010 7:31:28 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: paudio

I’m not sure I understand - is Newsweek trying to become *more* bankrupt? Is their goal to lower their corporate value below the $1 they’re presently worth?


12 posted on 10/23/2010 7:31:46 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: paudio
By all means Jonathan, let's continue to rack up staggering federal debt, keep unemployment hovering around 10%, make energy expensive, raise health-care insurance premiums, discriminate against white voters, and allow Mexican drug gangs terrorize the counties along our southern border.

Freaking Moron.

13 posted on 10/23/2010 7:32:41 AM PDT by Lysandru
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To: snowrip
The most surprising thing about this article is that people are still reading Newsweak.

You're right. I thought they had gone under. Wasn't there a "national" news magazine that went under? Or was it bought for 1$ or some such? Well, a free market will eventually rid us of drivel like Newsweek - probably why they are afraid of free markets and the libs keep pushing idiocy like the fairness doctrine, or any of its follow on acts with Orwellian double-speak names that are anything but fair and balanced.

14 posted on 10/23/2010 7:33:46 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Nov 2 is coming...)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; Delacon; ...
More Newsweak. Thanks paudio.
Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion? Do Hispanics want to see immigration reform postponed? Do young voters want college loans slashed?

15 posted on 10/23/2010 7:34:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: paudio

Newsweak could not sink any lower. They are openly calling for people to vote democrap, between the lies of course.


16 posted on 10/23/2010 7:36:05 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: paudio

He lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife Emily Lazar, a producer of the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report, and their three children.


17 posted on 10/23/2010 7:36:09 AM PDT by DontTreadOnMe2009 (So stop treading on me already!)
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To: kromike

You know your ideology is in trouble when it is based on killing babies, breaking the law and debt.


18 posted on 10/23/2010 7:42:07 AM PDT by Patrick1 (I'm a soldier of good fortune, I'm guarding the Yucatan.)
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To: paudio
   In brief: repeal health-care reform, so if you lose your job and your kid gets sick, you may have to sell the house

  This isn't even decent communist propaganda. Private health insurance for kids is extremely cheap. Unfortunately, Obamacare will make it impossible for private health insurance companies to remain in business and polls show that about half of our doctors will quit or go into early retirement soon after Obamacare goes into effect. Government health care means rationing and very long lines and that's a much worse situation for a sick kid.
19 posted on 10/23/2010 7:42:10 AM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: paudio
The depressed Democratic base needs to ask itself some questions: Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion? Do Hispanics want to see immigration reform postponed? Do young voters want college loans slashed?

Hey Johnnie: Stereotype much?

20 posted on 10/23/2010 7:43:56 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: paudio

is he looking to fill Juans slot at NPR?


21 posted on 10/23/2010 7:44:39 AM PDT by GotMojo
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To: Patrick1
You know your ideology is in trouble when it is based on killing babies, breaking the law and debt.

Best sentence ever. I hope you don't mind if I steal it as a tag line?

22 posted on 10/23/2010 7:48:55 AM PDT by Neverforget01 (It Could Have Been Worse Is Not A Defense For Bad Policy)
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To: paudio

You people at Newsweek have done such a great job minding your own shop, that of course we will defer to your opinions and judgments on politics.


23 posted on 10/23/2010 7:49:11 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (NO MOS-que AP: It's the "GROUND ZERO MOSQUE")
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To: jdege

You don’t think Newsweek was worth the dollar? Was Alter 10 cents of the value, perhaps a penny?


24 posted on 10/23/2010 7:52:54 AM PDT by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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To: paudio

Years ago I stopped subscribing to Newsweek..This is a great example of why..


25 posted on 10/23/2010 7:55:28 AM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: Stosh
I’m not sure I understand - is Newsweek trying to become *more* bankrupt?

It's as if bankruptcy isn't an issue, either for Newsweek or for our government.

26 posted on 10/23/2010 7:57:54 AM PDT by Need4Truth (the just shall live by faith.)
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To: paudio

The Obama Veto isn’t a “done Deal” for GOP bills....if the Tsunami is big enough Nov. 2nd, there will be some defections over to the GOP side, which will be proven to be the Majority side.

Its a WIN WIN situation for the GOP, vote against the Tea party wave and you lose in 2012, vote for our VETO over ride o the Marxist and you might be able to keep your job in 2012.

I think a 2/3 veto override vote in both houses is obtainable, and if not, it will be VERY productive pursuing it, and we won’t have to BUY votes.
The American people will be buying votes on Nov. 2nd, OR selling “congressional voters” in 2012.
Its a FUN FUN proposition.


27 posted on 10/23/2010 7:59:01 AM PDT by 4Speed
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To: paudio
Alter needs to be put on 24/7 suicide watch. The guy is losing it and may blow at any second.
28 posted on 10/23/2010 8:04:58 AM PDT by JPG (Sarah Palin says: "Buck-up or get out of the truck.")
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To: darkangel82

The irony: He has no clue that a voting majority of Americans really do want all the things he believes to be important to go away. Been talking to himself and his ilk for so long he has no clue about anti-Marxist America.


29 posted on 10/23/2010 8:05:07 AM PDT by dools0007world
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To: paudio
The depressed Democratic base needs to ask itself some questions: Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion? Do Hispanics want to see immigration reform postponed? Do young voters want college loans slashed? If they don’t, they’ll set aside whatever valid grievances they may have with Obama and mobilize.
"My God, Margo - did you see this? We've got to DO something! Organize a Democrat fund-raiser, drive the elderly to the polls, SOMETHING!"

"Todd, what did I tell you about using 'God' in a sentence? It's 'Gaia'! And why should WE do anything? That's the government's job!"


30 posted on 10/23/2010 8:14:07 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Neverforget01

Be my guest.


31 posted on 10/23/2010 8:17:02 AM PDT by Patrick1 (I'm a soldier of good fortune, I'm guarding the Yucatan.)
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To: Patrick1

Actually, I want my change back. :O


32 posted on 10/23/2010 8:17:34 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Live Free or Die)
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To: paudio

GOP’s agenda stopped!? How about the commie-in-chief’s agenda? or the agenda a nancy and harry?


33 posted on 10/23/2010 8:23:42 AM PDT by madison10
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To: paudio

A vote for the GOP is a vote for lower taxes.
A vote for the GOP is a vote for an immigration crackdown.
A vote for the GOP is a vote control spending.
A vote for the GOP is a vote to get tough in War on Terror.

Please think about this before voting.


34 posted on 10/23/2010 8:30:09 AM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: Stosh
"I’m not sure I understand - is Newsweek trying to become *more* bankrupt? Is their goal to lower their corporate value below the $1 they’re presently worth?"

They're at such a low point, if they can just get one delusional lefty to walk up to the newsstand and purchase one copy of their rag they'll have increased sales by 100%. They're obviously just making a sales pitch to that one guy.

35 posted on 10/23/2010 9:15:25 AM PDT by noiseman (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: paudio
Do women want more representatives who oppose abortion?

Yes.

36 posted on 10/23/2010 9:20:03 AM PDT by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: paudio
And NPR fired Juan Williams? Sheesh!

There is one issue that has sunk the democrats and that is health care. In spite of lossing Ted Kennedys seat on the issue(and the senate super-majority) Obama pressed on forcing a soluition that pleased neither left or right. Now he(and more directly the rest of the democrats) will pay.

37 posted on 10/23/2010 9:32:47 AM PDT by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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To: paudio

Koz in a respectable shell.


38 posted on 10/23/2010 9:37:10 AM PDT by unspun (It's the Sovereignty, Stu... um... art. | WE ARE GULAG BOUND)
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To: snowrip

The only time I am close to a Newsweek is in the doctors office. For some reason, that, Oprah and Field and Stream are the only magazines in there. I opt for Field and Stream, even though I’ve read the few that are in there a dozen times.


39 posted on 10/23/2010 9:41:58 AM PDT by esoxmagnum
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To: paudio
I love it when Alter is foaming at the mouth, spewing hatred. There's a certain satisfaction to the scene.

Put the Newsweek staff in a cage and let them always remind us of who liberals really are.

40 posted on 10/23/2010 9:48:23 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: skimbell

Yes, very positive news.


41 posted on 10/23/2010 9:49:11 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: darkangel82
It can not possibly have been directly dictated by the great bonghit.

If it were it would be filled with Umm.. errr... that is... etc. The man can not talk with out stuttering and meandering.

That is why his handlers write all his statements for him, and spoon feed them to him through a teleprompter. Even when talking to children.

42 posted on 10/23/2010 10:00:24 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.8)
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To: Patrick1
Newsweek was recently sold for one dollar.

I'd gladly buy it for $2, just so that I could have the pleasure of walking up to this guy and saying "you're fired!"

43 posted on 10/23/2010 10:19:47 AM PDT by meyer (Tax the productive to carry the freeloaders - What is it with democrats and slavery?)
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To: darkangel82

I was driving home from the park and on Fox A-hole Colmes is repeating DNC talking points, blaming Republicans for the economy etc.


44 posted on 10/23/2010 10:34:38 AM PDT by misterrob (Thug Life....now showing at a White House near you....)
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To: Patrick1
You know your ideology is in trouble when it is based on killing babies, breaking the law and debt.

Ideology or budget? Sounds like Planned Parenthood to me. I'm not sure that the vestigial lefties have an ideology anymore; their voting seems a mere reflex of a brain-dead organism. God only knows what's going through the mind of a young Democratic voter these days. Maybe that's why they're staying home this election.

45 posted on 10/23/2010 10:37:29 AM PDT by mrreaganaut (Necessity leads you to things, to which reason does not lead you. - Machiavelli)
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To: paudio
The good news is that the state-run media has dropped all pretense of being "unbiased."
46 posted on 10/23/2010 11:01:38 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: paudio

Hey Alter, your magazine`s poll just reported a huge surge in popularity for Obama and the dems. So what`s to worry for, since.... oh, it was a SHAM poll..ahhh, I see. Well then... back to begging.


47 posted on 10/23/2010 11:06:39 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: MEG33

Newsweek at one time was a legitimate news mag. Now it`s nothing more than a far-left rag on par with “The Nation” and “Mother Jones.”


48 posted on 10/23/2010 11:14:43 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: Patrick1
Newsweek was recently sold for one dollar. With Alter you are certainly getting your monies worth.

Considering what a dollar is, or is soon to be, I still think somebody got gypped.

49 posted on 10/23/2010 11:22:42 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: skimbell

Notice how this a-hole Alter uses the pejorative term “right-wingers” instead of “conservatives.”

Apparently Alter and his fellow bed-wetters are not liberals, not “progressives,” but left-wingers.


50 posted on 10/23/2010 11:54:10 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (The rallying cry of American patriots.....REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!)
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