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Nevada voters don't want Harry Reid, re-elect him anyway
Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 3, 2010 | Byron York

Posted on 11/03/2010 5:56:25 AM PDT by Colofornian

LAS VEGAS — At polling places across Nevada Tuesday, researchers conducting exit polls asked voters one fundamental question about Harry Reid: Do you approve or disapprove of the way he has handled his job as senator? The results were terrible for the Senate Majority Leader. Fifty-five percent of voters disapproved of the job he has done, while 44 percent approved. Such numbers might seem a sure indicator of defeat, and yet by Tuesday night, Reid was leading his supporters in a victory celebration.

The exit pollsters also asked whether Reid, running for a fifth term in the Senate, has been in Washington too long. Fifty-five percent of voters said yes, while 41 percent said no. And still Reid won.

It's long been common knowledge here that many, many Nevadans don't like their senior senator. What Tuesday's exit polls showed was that their feelings go well beyond simple dislike. And yet, if the exit polls are correct, a significant number of people voted to re-elect a man they think isn't doing a good job and who has stayed too long in the Senate. In the end, Reid won 50.2 percent of the vote to Republican challenger Sharron Angle's 44.6 percent.

It would be hard to find a more telling measure of Angle's deficiencies as a candidate or the devastating effectiveness of Reid's scorched-earth negative campaign against her. Funded by millions of dollars from public-sector unions, Reid relentlessly attacked Angle from the moment she won the GOP nomination. Many of the earliest attacks went unanswered, forming impressions of Angle so negative that they outweighed the voters' negative opinion of Reid.

And then there was Reid's organizational strength. Both Reid and Angle held their election-night parties in Las Vegas casinos, Reid in the new Aria complex and Angle at the Venetian. That's nothing out of the ordinary in Nevada, but the difference between them was that Reid was entirely at home, with the enormous financial power and organizing muscle of the gambling industry and its union allies in his corner, while Angle was relying on votes from people who live far from Las Vegas. Republicans across the country who were hoping for a miracle in this race discovered that raw power wins the day.

And bending the rules, too. On election day there were reports that casino giant Harrah's had worked with the Reid campaign and the unions, particularly the Culinary Workers Union, to herd virtually all unionized employees to early voting stations to vote for Reid. According to a report in National Review Online, one Reid staffer told Harrah's officials that he would do anything -- for emphasis, he wrote it ANYTHING -- to get those workers to the polls.

By mid-day Tuesday, the Nevada Republican Party had filed a complaint with the Secretary of State's office. "Employees' votes were being tracked and supervisors were instructed by top management to personally confront employees to find out why they had not voted," the complaint said. "Further, the evidence shows that Harrah's management has continually communicated to employees their concern with electing Harry Reid and not just to ensure that the employees voted for the candidates of their choice." Such conduct, the complaint argued, violates Nevada law.

Democrats denied any such violations. And the fact is, Reid won by about 40,000 votes, a margin difficult to explain by charges of fraud. Also, squabbling over alleged irregularities tended to obscure the enormous advantage that open union support gave Reid. Nationally, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees spent $91 million trying to elect Democrats. A good chunk of that went to Reid, mostly for get-out-the-vote operations.

Even though they are not a huge part of the electorate, unions gave Reid an important edge. Exit pollsters found that 18 percent of voters had a union member in their household, while 82 percent didn't. The voters who didn't have a union member in the household split right down the middle between Reid and Angle, 48 percent to 48 percent. But among those who did have a union member in their household, Reid won 67 percent to 29 percent.

Every single aspect of the Reid campaign was organized to the max. "For people willing to volunteer, there's a free lunch afterward in the cafeteria," Reid staffers told people waiting in line to see First Lady Michelle Obama at a Reid rally on Monday. Everyone at the rally was given a sheet of paper with the phone numbers of people, presumably Democrats, to call and urge to vote. Speakers at the rally said they wanted to create the "biggest phone bank in the country," which sounded like an exaggeration but did indicate how much emphasis Reid put on getting in touch with voters.

When it comes to Angle's troubled campaign, one last statistic tells the story. The exit pollsters asked voters whether they had a favorable opinion of the Democratic and Republican parties. Among those who said they had a favorable opinion of the Democratic party, Reid won 93 percent of the vote. Of those who said they had a favorable opinion of the Republican party, Angle won 82 percent. Reid did a better job winning Democrats than Angle did winning Republicans.

So in the end, there was Reid onstage at the Aria, smiling as his supporters chanted HAR-EEE! HAR-EEE! HAR-EEE! Never terribly popular, for the last two years, he had defied the voters of his state as he pushed Barack Obama's unpopular agenda through the Senate. And as he did so, unemployment in Nevada climbed to 14.4 percent, the highest in the nation. It was no wonder, then, that a majority of the Nevadans who went to the polls Tuesday disapproved of the way Reid has done his job. The wonder was that he got away with it.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; byronyork; exitpolls; harrahs; harryreid; nv2010; sharronangle
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From the article: At polling places across Nevada Tuesday, researchers conducting exit polls asked voters one fundamental question about Harry Reid: Do you approve or disapprove of the way he has handled his job as senator? The results were terrible for the Senate Majority Leader. Fifty-five percent of voters disapproved of the job he has done, while 44 percent approved. Such numbers might seem a sure indicator of defeat, and yet by Tuesday night, Reid was leading his supporters in a victory celebration.

Well, I think that also might represent the 8% of Nevada residents who are Lds, like Harry Reid. Most of them probably didn't like Reid...it'd be interesting from the exit polls to see what percentage of them voted for Reid anyway...Between the gambling industry and Lds voters, it's possible that was the key to carrying Reid over the top.

1 posted on 11/03/2010 5:56:28 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

Well, Juan was re-elected too. Incumbency still apparently has its uses.


2 posted on 11/03/2010 5:59:11 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Colofornian

I think his position in the Senate, more than anything else, would be the reason they voted for him; he’s supposed to bring all kinds of pork home (though that doesn’t seem to be lifting his sad state).


3 posted on 11/03/2010 5:59:54 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Colofornian

Nevada and California should merge and become ‘NEVAFORNIA’ for all the screwed-up and the ‘screwed’ people residing there.


4 posted on 11/03/2010 6:00:24 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Show me what Obama brought that was new and there you will find things only radical and destructive.)
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To: Colofornian

This race clearly has corruption/fraud written all over it. Hopefully...rather than using the details to force Senate concessions from Harry ...Mitch McConnell will pursue the fraud that compromised the integrity of other Nevadans vote, and ultimately our Federal Senate chamber.

But I doubt it....chirp..chirp...chirp


5 posted on 11/03/2010 6:01:00 AM PDT by mo
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To: Colofornian

This race clearly has corruption/fraud written all over it. Hopefully...rather than using the details to force Senate concessions from Harry ...Mitch McConnell will pursue the fraud that compromised the integrity of other Nevadans vote, and ultimately our Federal Senate chamber.

But I doubt it....chirp..chirp...chirp


6 posted on 11/03/2010 6:01:12 AM PDT by mo
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To: mo

Nevadans sold their souls to the devil for a tuna salad sandwich and a crispy creme.

I have no sympathy.


7 posted on 11/03/2010 6:04:39 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: Colofornian

This is not completely bad news. Angle may run for a House seat in the election, and Reid’s negatives make him the poster child for what’s wrong with the Senate; The GOP will use him to takeover the Senate in the next cycle.


8 posted on 11/03/2010 6:06:22 AM PDT by 11th_VA (Things that have never happened before, happen every day ....)
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To: Colofornian

It takes a lot to oust an incumbent. Angle gave it all she had but it wasn’t enough.


9 posted on 11/03/2010 6:06:54 AM PDT by Padams
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To: Colofornian

maybe that’s what happens when the voting machines are programmed to flip about 10% of the vote to Harry Reid no matter what name is selected


10 posted on 11/03/2010 6:06:57 AM PDT by silverleaf
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To: Colofornian
And then there was Reid's organizational strength. Both Reid and Angle held their election-night parties in Las Vegas casinos, Reid in the new Aria complex and Angle at the Venetian. That's nothing out of the ordinary in Nevada, but the difference between them was that Reid was entirely at home, with the enormous financial power and organizing muscle of the gambling industry and its union allies in his corner, while Angle was relying on votes from people who live far from Las Vegas. Republicans across the country who were hoping for a miracle in this race discovered that raw power wins the day.

The House always wins.

11 posted on 11/03/2010 6:07:11 AM PDT by sauropod (The truth shall make you free but first it will make you miserable.)
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To: Colofornian

The bastid won?

So did Shmucky Schumer.

What did Bwarney Fwank do?


12 posted on 11/03/2010 6:08:38 AM PDT by Canedawg
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To: Colofornian; Revolting cat!; The Comedian

They neglected to accurately poll those who voted multiple times for Harry Reid.


13 posted on 11/03/2010 6:09:20 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The establishment clause isn't just against my OWN government establishing state religion in America)
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To: sauropod

Maybe Angle can get a position in a Palin Administration. She’d make a great Secretary Of State. Christine O’Donnell would make a great Secretary of Defense. Let’s not let the intellectual firepower of these two great ladies go to waste.


14 posted on 11/03/2010 6:09:42 AM PDT by BiggieLittle
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To: Colofornian
And the fact is, Reid won by about 40,000 votes, a margin difficult to explain by charges of fraud.

Unless we're talking about massive fraud. Which we are.

15 posted on 11/03/2010 6:10:21 AM PDT by Interesting Times (SwiftVets.com. WinterSoldier.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Colofornian

I wrote this before: I don’t doubt there were frauds involved, but I also thought Angle was too much wrapped in negativity. None of her campaign ads highlighted herself or her achievements in an uplifting way. All were about attacking Reid. Some which were not, showing her giving a lecture before some people who looked bored. In the environment where Reid and his MSM friends attacking her for being self-righteous who doesn’t want to listen to anybody, even to her own party, I was surprised her campaign didn’t do any effort to dispel such impressions.


16 posted on 11/03/2010 6:11:03 AM PDT by paudio (The differences between Clinton and 0bama? About a dozen former Democratic Congressmen.)
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To: Canedawg

Fwank won also - Big Margin!


17 posted on 11/03/2010 6:11:34 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Colofornian

.it’d be interesting from the exit polls to see what percentage of them voted for Reid anyway...

My guess would be ZERO except for family, relatives, and financial friends. So, bottom line less than one tenth of one percent.

The real question is how the other candidate who lost in the primary and everyone thought would have a better chance at a win, might have done.

Too late for speculation anyway.


18 posted on 11/03/2010 6:12:34 AM PDT by wita
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To: BiggieLittle
Let Grandma go home to spend her lifetime spinning yarn. Nevada needs a ruthless hard-core conservative to engage criminal enterprise victoriously.
19 posted on 11/03/2010 6:13:04 AM PDT by Broker (No RETREAT)
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To: Colofornian

Nevada, you suck!


20 posted on 11/03/2010 6:13:29 AM PDT by dfwgator (Texas Rangers -Thanks for a great season.)
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To: Colofornian; xzins; blue-duncan; wagglebee
Funded by millions of dollars from public-sector unions......

Effectively that is TAXAYER MONEY.

The dues which go to the public sector unions is money that should be returned to the taxpayers since the public employees aren't using it for their own personal use.

We need to outlaw all public employee unions.

They are a cancer on the republic.

21 posted on 11/03/2010 6:14:26 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: Colofornian

The question becomes: Does Harry Reid still have the support to remain as Majority Leader, or does he face a challenge in January??

After a defeat of this magnitude, I can’t see how he stays in the Leadership, even though he was reelected. No matter what, Reid is badly damaged.


22 posted on 11/03/2010 6:14:57 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!!)
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To: Canedawg
What did Bwarney Fwank do?

Please. Not on a public board.

23 posted on 11/03/2010 6:16:53 AM PDT by SeeSac
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To: EQAndyBuzz

As Senate Majority leader, We the People have to live with the consequence of their negligence at policing their state.

The adults need to step in.


24 posted on 11/03/2010 6:17:51 AM PDT by mo
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To: BiggieLittle

Maybe Angle can get a position in a Palin Administration.


God bless Sharron, she would have made a great senator, speaking out courageously and voting based on the constitution.

But now that the election is over, those who know and love here will acknowledge that she is dumb as a box of rocks, and not fit for demanding cabinet posts.


25 posted on 11/03/2010 6:18:10 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("Nobody tell Barack Obama what number comes after a trillion" --S.P.)
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To: Colofornian

Can any astute on-the-ground, FR Broadband Journalists give us the lowdown on the impact of the Hispanic vote in this disastrous election?


26 posted on 11/03/2010 6:18:35 AM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: Colofornian

Can any astute on-the-ground, FR Broadband Journalists give us the lowdown on the impact of the Hispanic vote in this disastrous election?


27 posted on 11/03/2010 6:18:48 AM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: kearnyirish2
I think his position in the Senate, more than anything else, would be the reason they voted for him; he’s supposed to bring all kinds of pork home (though that doesn’t seem to be lifting his sad state).Fraud

There. Fixed it.
28 posted on 11/03/2010 6:19:16 AM PDT by crosshairs (Guns have two enemies: Rust and Politicians)
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To: Colofornian
I think that also might represent the 8% of Nevada residents who are Lds

Bingo

29 posted on 11/03/2010 6:22:43 AM PDT by svcw (Legalism is enforced revelation)
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To: Colofornian

This group called the Tea Party EXPRESS threw money down in NV, AK, and DE. That’s 0-3.

These states were certain Republican wins before they got involved. Now we have 6 more years of Harry Reid, 6 years of Coons, and whatever in AK.

These guys have a right to throw their money where they want but I don’t like them using the name of the Tea Party. They are not the Tea Party. The media and a lot of people identify the Tea Party Express as the Tea Party. They are using the coattails of the good people of the Tea Party for their own agenda.

Thanks Tea Party Express for costing us 3 senate seats for the next 6 years. These candidates may not be ideal to you but they may be the best we can hope for in these states.


30 posted on 11/03/2010 6:23:36 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Colofornian; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; dools0007world; Gilbo_3; ...

In the end Sharon Angle ran a great attack campaign against Reid but she had baggage that made it an uphill climb,and that gave Reid this opening. She had said things that were popular in the Republican primary that she couldnt or wouldnt explain in the general election. Rand Paul had much better luck in a more conservative state and sounded better on TV than Angle. On MSNBC they were actually declaring last night a victory for Democrats for saving Reid, GAG.

On the bright side, I think Reid continuing as Senate majority leader with 53-54 is the worst situation for Democrats and Obama 2012. If Republicans had the 53 they would be in for two rough years. This makes it very difficult for Obama to veto budget bills and blame Republicans for everything.


31 posted on 11/03/2010 6:23:46 AM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: Colofornian

“Fifty-five percent of voters disapproved of the job he has done, while 44 percent approved. Such numbers might seem a sure indicator of defeat, and yet by Tuesday night, Reid was leading his supporters in a victory celebration.

The exit pollsters also asked whether Reid, running for a fifth term in the Senate, has been in Washington too long. Fifty-five percent of voters said yes, while 41 percent said no. And still Reid won”

Harry “LBJ” Reid?


32 posted on 11/03/2010 6:26:03 AM PDT by rickb308 (Nothing good ever came from someone yelling "Allah Snackbar")
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To: dfwgator

I, my wife and everyone I know did our part to get rid of Harry. Las Vegas votes decided this. And, we know who was in charge of the voting machines there.


33 posted on 11/03/2010 6:26:57 AM PDT by adnoid
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To: mo; blackbart.223; ladyvet

Make Nevada the first intensive and extensive investigation of voter fraud. Send in teams of investigators and lawyers to dig all the dirt; demand prosecution and jail time for the obvious perpetrators.


34 posted on 11/03/2010 6:27:12 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (REPEAL DEATHCARE)
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To: Colofornian

There’s a lot of dipsh*t NV Repub who endorsed Harry Reid too.

I guess the good thing is Reid is still the face of the Dem Senate going into 2012, which does not bode well for Obama’s reelection.


35 posted on 11/03/2010 6:28:56 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: Colofornian

Ohio McDonald’s gives voting advice in paychecks
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2617419/posts

If it is wrong here...then it is wrong there.


36 posted on 11/03/2010 6:30:58 AM PDT by EBH
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To: Colofornian

Knowing how our Unions work I really don’t believe the Nevada election was on the up and up, but that’s just me.


37 posted on 11/03/2010 6:33:56 AM PDT by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: boycott
Thanks Tea Party Express for costing us 3 senate seats for the next 6 years.

You considered Castle a Republican?

BTW, your facts are wrong. Coons will face re-election in 2014.

And do you think that Reid didn't pull some strings to ensure his re-election that no Republican could have overcome, even one of your RINO favorites?

38 posted on 11/03/2010 6:35:03 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: boycott
Thanks Tea Party Express for costing us 3 senate seats for the next 6 years

Let's just ignore all the Tea Party candidates who made it into office. Let's ignore all the good they did and focus on a few fraud-drenched elections.


39 posted on 11/03/2010 6:35:06 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Karl Rove: The Republican Jimmy Carter.)
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To: mo
This race clearly has corruption/fraud written all over it. Hopefully...rather than using the details to force Senate concessions from Harry ...Mitch McConnell will pursue the fraud that compromised the integrity of other Nevadans vote, and ultimately our Federal Senate chamber.

He "borrowed" votes from his son, too many votes!

40 posted on 11/03/2010 6:36:27 AM PDT by Jaidyn
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To: Colofornian

Fraud.

It should be investigated.


41 posted on 11/03/2010 6:39:44 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Colofornian
Nevada voters don't want Harry Reid, re-elect him anyway

Should read: The mob, the unions (redundant), voter fraud "re-elect" harry reid.

42 posted on 11/03/2010 6:41:15 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Padams

And it takes more than a lot to oust an incumbent long term senator.


43 posted on 11/03/2010 6:42:14 AM PDT by snarkytart (http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/post?id=2619224%2C1)
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To: Colofornian

LDS?

He took the state with Vegas and Reno. His Union buddies bought him the win and it’s well proven with the scandals there.


44 posted on 11/03/2010 6:47:35 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice.)
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To: Colofornian
[ Between the gambling industry and Lds voters, it's possible that was the key to carrying Reid over the top. ]

UNLESS voter fraud carried the day..
Democrats have fine tuned voter fraud for at least 30 years..
With ZERO republican opposition, I might add..

**NOTE: You buy republicans books..... they eat the pages..

45 posted on 11/03/2010 6:49:01 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Colofornian

Interesting that his numbers increased better following a mysterious power outage during tabulating. No reason for the outage; it just happened. Things that make you go “hmmm...”

Maybe NOW is the time for us to boycott Vegas. Let the idiot voters stew in their own juice, especially since the gaming industry was solidly behing Reid. How stupid ARE they, anyhow? Reid’s beloved Obama single-handedly, with one speech, ruined their economy for months and possibly years.


46 posted on 11/03/2010 6:54:24 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Lazamataz

Let’s just ignore all the Tea Party candidates who made it into office. Let’s ignore all the good they did and focus on a few fraud-drenched elections.


Republicans would have won the states they did because of the Tea Party. They lost those 3 because of the Express. If they had better candidates for those three states, I can understand throwing down but they didn’t.

Taking the house back wasn’t because of the Tea Party Express. It was because of the Tea Party.

And I damn sure wish they’d change their name. They are not affiliated with the real Tea Party. They are only working the coattails of the Tea Party.

They disrupted 3 senate republican primaries. All three are no longer in republican hands for the next 6 years.

They wanted it all but cost us those 3 seats.

And anyone telling me that Angle or Christine O’donnell were good candidates is clueless.


47 posted on 11/03/2010 6:56:04 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: boycott

You are correcto. A ham sandwich could have won NV, CO and DE this cycle. Apparently the GOP candidates in those races wasn’t even up to ham sandwich standards.


48 posted on 11/03/2010 6:58:51 AM PDT by mono
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To: Colofornian

That’s okay. Reid and Frank and Boxer are just liabilities for the Dems in the long run. They are boat anchors to the Dem party for the future.


49 posted on 11/03/2010 6:59:49 AM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Beelzebubba

Some will argue that Palin’s support for candidates who, (while not really “dumb as a box of rocks), came across as not ready for prime time, will just fuel the story line that Palin herself, while a charismatic figure, is also not ready to be leader of the free world.

I think Sarah Palin will end up being one of the big losers of the night. Too many of her endorsed candidates, who people claimed won their primaries only because of Palin’s endorsement, ended up losing their races.

And if Joe Miller doesn’t pull it out in Alaska, it will clearly show that Palin’s influence is only among a minority that is likely to vote against the democrats in either case. If she wasn’t able to pull her hand-picked candidate over the line in her own state against a write-in candidate, I don’t think that bodes well for her.

Part of being President is being able to put fear in the hearts of those who otherwise wouldn’t support you. She was on her way to doing that with the primary wins — now not so much.


50 posted on 11/03/2010 7:05:21 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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