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Virginia Moves Toward Romney
Pittsburgh-Tribune Review/RealClearPolitics ^ | 9-2-12 | Salena Zito

Posted on 09/02/2012 3:23:35 PM PDT by kingattax

Wanda Snead wants the same thing for her family, her community and her country: “Someone who will take charge of this mess that is happening in our economy and get the country moving again.”

Snead, 56, and her husband, Sam, 64, run a real estate company in this charming Northern Virginia town at the base of Shenandoah National Park, where majestic Skyline Drive meanders down to North Carolina.

They have owned the company for more than 30 years. In 2009 they had ten agents and two offices; today they have three agents and one office.

“We are very fortunate and blessed to be able to keep our doors open still, but it has been a struggle,” she said. Housing keeps America’s economy going, she said, and “Obama has clearly never understood that.”

Snead and her husband are not fanatical Republicans. They are independent voters who, for the first time, have a political sign in front of their business along John Marshall Highway, which runs through the center of town

(Excerpt) Read more at realclearpolitics.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; 2012swingstates; va2012

1 posted on 09/02/2012 3:23:39 PM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax
Wanda Snead wants the same thing for her family, her community and her country: “Someone who will take charge of this mess that is happening in our economy and get the country moving again.”

But...but...didn't we already get rid of Bush and replace him with somebody who would do just that back in '08? /s

2 posted on 09/02/2012 3:28:23 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: kingattax

There is hope for this country for the first time since HopeyChangey got elected.

We have an opportunity to overwhelmingly reject socialism in its tracks.

Then we have to stop it.


3 posted on 09/02/2012 3:31:19 PM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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To: kingattax

Was there an earthquake there???


4 posted on 09/02/2012 3:31:41 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: kingattax

Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, New Hampshire, Maine, Colorado, Pennsylvania & Nevada. All states Obama won in 08 that I think will go Romney/Ryan.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say Romney is within a couple of points in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Minnesota. I would love to see Ras poll those states.


5 posted on 09/02/2012 3:37:22 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

The fact that Obama is going to have to spend money in MI & WI is going to drain away his resources. I doubt he ever thought he would be defending these upper midwest states.


6 posted on 09/02/2012 3:42:53 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: LongWayHome

Romney Ryan will take Wisconsin and Iowa as well.

I’m thinking 341-197 EV for Romney/Ryan


7 posted on 09/02/2012 3:44:52 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: kingattax
in this charming Northern Virginia town at the base of Shenandoah National Park, where majestic Skyline Drive meanders down to North Carolina.

The Skyline Drive ends at Afton. This also marks the beginning of the Blue Ridge Pkwy, which meanders down into North Carolina. Other than that, the Shenandoah Valley is full of Sneads.

8 posted on 09/02/2012 3:49:56 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: barmag25

Well it might sound crazy, but I would add Massachusetts to that list too. Mitt Romney was elected governor here and Scott Brown is running for re-election against an insufferable woman named Elizabeth Warren. A lot of Democrats are going to vote for Scott Brown and they might just pull the lever for Romney while they are at it.


9 posted on 09/02/2012 3:51:45 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: kingattax

This is potentially very good news, although Virginia is still going to have to contend with the drooling packs of Virgil Goode zombies who fail to understand that in their zeal to ‘make a statement’, they have the potential of tilting Virginia’s electoral votes into 0bama’s column by virtue of Goode sapping off votes that would otherwise go to Romney & Ryan. If Virginia ends up in the ‘Rat column it will be Virgil Goode and the fools following him that can be cursed for another 4 years of 0bamugabe and the likely end of our Nation.


10 posted on 09/02/2012 4:00:28 PM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne - "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: kingattax
Then there are the ten's of thousands of government employees that work in DC but live in Virginia.

They know what side their bread is buttered on.

11 posted on 09/02/2012 4:01:42 PM PDT by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: SamAdams76

Doesn’t sound crazy at all. If Mass goes on that list then we got to add Oregon and New Mexico to.

Might sound a little out there at first but, the more Obama keeps talking the more he loses in the polls.


12 posted on 09/02/2012 4:09:31 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: kingattax

Interesting article, but these are the kinds of voters who are likely to be very disappointed no matter who wins in November. For most of the U.S., the real estate market isn’t going to be recovering anytime soon. The days of easy mortgages and an idiotic run-up in real estate prices are over, and they ain’t coming back.


13 posted on 09/02/2012 4:13:20 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: kingattax
An interesting but short article. I live in the Valley and work in Obama Central (Arlington, VA). The key to winning Virginia is to keep everyone home east of Rt 15. The Valley is unfortunately not as monolithic as people think, there are always lots of Kaine signs every time including this time. There are plenty of people who hate Obama, but also some who hate themselves enough to like Obama.

There's always debate about which way Fairfax or Prince William will go in each election, but it's painfully obvious that they will vote for Obama this time. They have plenty of jobs thanks to defense spending so the economy is not an issue. There are 40% hardcore liberals, no mystery which way they will vote. The only question is whether the sentimental housewives of NoVa and their clueless husbands will get out and vote.

Keeping them home and perhaps swinging a few against Obama can only be accomplished one way. There must be 24x7 coverage of Obama's inner jerk. That Eastwood skit was a great start. Everyone knows that Obama really did tell Eastwood to go f himself. That is how Obama thinks and he's only protected by the teleprompter. The compliant media will roll the cameras with Obama hugging his kids, but we need to counter that every chance with a true depiction of his Chicago character. Best case is we get him to unhinge a time or two.

14 posted on 09/02/2012 4:18:36 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: kingattax

Snead and her husband are not fanatical Republicans. They are independent voters...
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Makes me wonder if they voted for Obama. This nation is full of people with buyer’s remorse from ‘08.


15 posted on 09/02/2012 4:18:38 PM PDT by oliviasdad
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To: barmag25
Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, New Hampshire, Maine, Colorado, Pennsylvania & Nevada. All states Obama won in 08 that I think will go Romney/Ryan.

I agree with you on all of these except Maine and Pennsylvania. And Colorado and Nevada will be tough. But, in the latter two states, there are heavy Mormon populations. So, NV and CO are possibilities.

As a new person to Free Republic, I did a lot of perusing the articles and comments today. A lot of people have concerns about the Dems pulling off massive voter fraud. In the States above, which will all be close; do you think Romney can get a big enough vote margin to offset any vote fraud?
16 posted on 09/02/2012 4:18:45 PM PDT by oliviasdad
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To: kingattax
An interesting but short article. I live in the Valley and work in Obama Central (Arlington, VA). The key to winning Virginia is to keep everyone home east of Rt 15. The Valley is unfortunately not as monolithic as people think, there are always lots of Kaine signs every time including this time. There are plenty of people who hate Obama, but also some who hate themselves enough to like Obama.

There's always debate about which way Fairfax or Prince William will go in each election, but it's painfully obvious that they will vote for Obama this time. They have plenty of jobs thanks to defense spending so the economy is not an issue. There are 40% hardcore liberals, no mystery which way they will vote. The only question is whether the sentimental housewives of NoVa and their clueless husbands will get out and vote.

Keeping them home and perhaps swinging a few against Obama can only be accomplished one way. There must be 24x7 coverage of Obama's inner jerk. That Eastwood skit was a great start. Everyone knows that Obama really did tell Eastwood to go f himself. That is how Obama thinks and he's only protected by the teleprompter. The compliant media will roll the cameras with Obama hugging his kids, but we need to counter that every chance with a true depiction of his Chicago character. Best case is we get him to unhinge a time or two.

17 posted on 09/02/2012 4:25:32 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: oliviasdad

Not in PA, too much fraud in Philly and Pittsburgh.


18 posted on 09/02/2012 4:28:17 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: mkjessup; All
If Virginia ends up in the ‘Rat column it will be Virgil Goode and the fools following him that can be cursed for another 4 years of 0bamugabe and the likely end of our Nation.

I think this: A lot of people who are saying, at this point in time, that they are voting for Mr. Goode, will walk into that voting booth and pull the lever for Romney. They just will not be able to bring themselves to help Obama have another 4 years in the White House. Right now, they are apparently angry and in a "send a message" mode. But, I think that for most of them, their common sense will put up a road block to voting for Goode when it comes right down to it.
19 posted on 09/02/2012 4:33:33 PM PDT by oliviasdad
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To: barmag25

Hope and pray you are correct.........


20 posted on 09/02/2012 4:38:50 PM PDT by tankrlm
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To: oliviasdad

I sincerely hope you are right, those people have to know that voting for Goode is essentially a default vote for 0bama and his ‘Rats, perhaps common sense will prevail in the voting booth as you said.


21 posted on 09/02/2012 4:42:30 PM PDT by mkjessup (Finley Peter Dunne - "Politics ain't beanbag")
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To: barmag25

Sounds good to me!


22 posted on 09/02/2012 4:43:49 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: barmag25

And that is all he has done for 4 years-talk!


23 posted on 09/02/2012 4:45:11 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: oliviasdad

Right now, this is not the time for 3rd parties. We have a country to save.


24 posted on 09/02/2012 5:01:05 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: barmag25

Maine is quite a stretch IMO


25 posted on 09/02/2012 5:09:04 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: oliviasdad
I agree with you on all of these except Maine and Pennsylvania. And Colorado and Nevada will be tough. But, in the latter two states, there are heavy Mormon populations. So, NV and CO are possibilities.

Nevada should be interesting.

We will see what kind of stranglehold Reid has with the Mormon Community.

26 posted on 09/02/2012 5:13:38 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: oliviasdad

Even if Romney doesn’t win Maine or Pennsylvania it won’t matter. Iowa, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, & wisconsin will win it.

And all of this is judging by skewed polling data.


27 posted on 09/02/2012 5:21:39 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: oliviasdad

Even if Romney doesn’t win Maine or Pennsylvania it won’t matter. Iowa, Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Indiana, North Carolina, & wisconsin will win it.

And all of this is judging by skewed polling data.


28 posted on 09/02/2012 5:21:56 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Alberta's Child
Well, in all reality there are FOUR years of pent up and delayed purchases in the housing market. Many people with means and jobs have delayed purchasing new homes because they are in fear of the future and unable to sell their starter home to a young couple because so few young people have jobs.

Once O’Bumbler is shown the door and if Romney can push trough legislation to eliminate the penalties for companies to bring their money back from overseas, that would free up what is estimated to be close to four trillion in PRIVATE corporate overseas profit.

If he makes good on his promise to reign in the EPA and Eliminate ObamaCare, that would unleash another three trillion in business CASH that is being hoarded in country. A massive jolt of REAL Private equity to our economy could stimulate a massive boom. Couple that with the promise to limit government spending to 20% of GPD (Should be 17%, but it is a start) and Romney could be one of the best fiscal presidents in the modern era.

Of course, we could be doomed, O’Bumbler and the Democrats could steel just enough votes to win the election.

29 posted on 09/02/2012 5:23:49 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: oliviasdad

Right after the convention I was a 100 percent guarantee type to vote for Virgil Goode, but since, I have soften and will vote for Romney. The reasons for softening my original guarantee was Romney picked a VP that I absolutely think is 100 percent Conservative. Second, although Romney will talk both sides of his mouth and I know that. He would sell his first born if it would make him President. Obama is WORSE!!!!!


30 posted on 09/02/2012 5:26:38 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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To: barmag25

That is a very ambitious list. I am not ready to go there. I want to wait and see what stupid rabbit they pull out of their hat during the DNC Convention. I am very interested to see the “excitement” if it is really there or is it just BS. The stadium is going to be very telling! I am most interested to see if there are 20K people or 78K people. If it is 20K than they are completely done and we might get 40 states.


31 posted on 09/02/2012 5:39:16 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Paul Ryan/Rick Santorum 2012....That would be the best scenario ever.)
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32 posted on 09/02/2012 6:29:24 PM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: napscoordinator

They will be bussing in every unionist and Public School teacher in the surounding ten states to fill that stadium. Look to the buses parked outside and the states they are charterred from.

I am sure that they will start out in the early AM on thursdday, pump them full of coffee and donuts in Chicago, Detroit, New York, New Jersey,and every iother union stronghold and bus them right back in after the speach


33 posted on 09/02/2012 6:31:23 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Then there are the ten's of thousands of government employees that work in DC but live in Virginia.

True, but there are a good many active duty military who are Democrats and they know that Obama will cut the military and Romney will not. They're not too thrilled with hopey-changey.

34 posted on 09/02/2012 6:33:39 PM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: who_would_fardels_bear
Yes, but there are also thousands of military personnel (and retirees) in Hampton Roads, and Zero won't be getting many votes from them. They know what he's done to the armed forces, and that's just a preview of what will happen if he gets a second term.

For Obama to carry Hampton Roads, he needs to run up huge margins among the minority vote in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Hampton and Newport News. Meanwhile, Romney's a lock to carry the 2nd District, which begins in York County, on the peninsula, and southside suburban areas like Suffolk, Chesapeake and the military areas of Virginia Beach and Norfolk.

There will be an interesting bellwether event in Hampton Roads this week. The Zero has scheduled a visit to Norfolk State University, the region's largest historically black college. The students are back on campus and I believe classes were scheduled to start on Tuesday.

The Dims are predicting 20,000 will turn out at the NSU event, but that raises an interesting question. If Obama is focusing on the college crowd with his visit, why not include nearby Old Dominion University, and hold the event a ODU’s Ted Constant Convocation Center, a 10,000 seat basketball arena. The real answer? There would be too many empty seats. Obama’s going to one of the few places in Hampton Roads where he can still draw a significant crowd, but not enough to fil a 10,000 seat arena on a majority white college campus.

BTW, I heard the line to see Mitt Romney in Cincinnati was five blocks long on Saturday. Can't wait to see how the media tries to spin the Norfolk State event.

35 posted on 09/02/2012 6:38:02 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: randita
Marylanders move in droves to Virginia
Maryland lost the most residents in the mid-Atlantic between 2007 and 2010 — and many of them moved to Virginia, according to a study released Tuesday.

Almost 40,000 Marylanders crossed the Potomac River for new homes in Virginia, taking $2.17 billion with them, according to the Internal Revenue Service data used in the study conducted by Change Maryland, a nonpartisan group advocating for less state spending and lower taxes.

Let's hope they're not all RATs...
36 posted on 09/02/2012 6:41:46 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: COBOL2Java

Well, if they moved to VA to escape the taxes, they can’t be dumb, so maybe they aren’t Rats.


37 posted on 09/02/2012 6:48:27 PM PDT by randita (Paul Ryan is "Mr. Smith goes to Washington.")
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To: palmer
I have a son who is running the ground game for the Perkins campaign in the 11th district. He is seeking to oust Gerry Connelly the liberal Democrat. When the Va legislature redistricted the state the 11th was gerrymandered to give the Dems a 6% advantage over Repub voters. Perkins is a retired army Colonel and Green Beret. He is running because of his concern over what Obama is doing to our country. The GOP is not funding his campaign because they see it as a waste of funds. Having said this it is my opinion that he will win. In the 11th there are over 200k government workers and employees of defense contractors. Due to sequestering of funds lay off notices will be in the hands of at least of the government workers who live on the district a week or two before the election. When it sinks in that Obama is threatening their livelihoods I am willing to bet that most of these workers cast a vote for Perkins, Allen and Romney. I am willing to bet that Romney wins the state by a 10% margin. Furthermore comments about Prince William County going Democrat or liberal are way off base regardless of what Obama did in 2008. This county has the largest number of registered Republicans in the state. Turn out the Republicans and the state goes to Allen and Romney. I am politically active in the party and a delegate to the county, district and state conventions and the Republicans in and the county and state are fired up. Virginia will go Republican in a major way in November.
38 posted on 09/02/2012 7:16:06 PM PDT by DakotaNative
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To: DakotaNative
You have some decent points. However the influx of young unmarried women into the area is a wild card even for Fairfax (although more so for Arlington county). They are overwhelmingly Obama voters and we just have to hope they will stay home. PW county is a mixed bag, heavily illegal and has lots of politically split households like Fairfax. Your PW anecdote " This county has the largest number of registered Republicans in the state." is silly, obviously the proportion is what counts, not the number.

There is no way the state goes 10% for Romney. The MSM has a lock on Northern Virginia media. The largest radio station is 99% liberal and uses Politico for most of their in depth analysis. Fairfax and the other surrounding suburbs have had a mixed influx, not just the young and stupid women, but older stupid men and women as well as smarter ones.

The best that can be said for Fairfax is that there are a lot "Reagan Democrats" (or similar philosophy if they are younger). That means they are liberals who went for Reagan (or would go) and would reject Obama who like Carter is an utter failure. The question is whether they will see that in time or not. Many of them voted for Obama.

39 posted on 09/02/2012 8:03:35 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: palmer
They have plenty of jobs thanks to defense spending so the economy is not an issue.

If Obama wins then many people in the defense will be layed off due to sequestration. By law defense companies have to give notice by October 31st. Obama wants the companies to break the law.

Here is a list of articles:

http://www.bing.com/search?q=defense+layoff+notices+obama&form=APMCS1

40 posted on 09/02/2012 9:09:54 PM PDT by Chgogal (WSJ, Coulter, Kristol, Krauthammer, Rove et al., STFU. TY)
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To: kingattax
As a woman I mostly discuss politics with my female acquaintances, several of whom are Dems/Liberals. The one thing I have noticed is that they continually stray away from discussing the important issues (or know very little and can't have an in depth discussion) : the economy/lack of jobs, the national debt, our status internationally, and the increasing demoralization of our military (as well as the economic cuts) really don't interest them beyond a few sentances.

So...what do they talk about, what is the most important issue to them and what is it that Obama does to inspire them to support him? Well we know that it's abortion, and same-sex marriage, but lately, and most importantly to them... it's free contraceptives (which is actually funny since we are all in our 60's).

But, I started thinking - this whole free contraceptive topic was a brilliant play by the Democrats. It hit women at the core of their "feely meely, warm and fuzzy" emotional center because selfish, self-centered, shallow thinking women want personal attention more than anything else. So many of them can overlook any sins as long as someone is pretending to care about them. Bingo - it hit me! So...Obama is buying women's votes for the price of $9.00/month - the cost of a box of contraceptives.

These women cannot see that at the same time Obama has INCREASED every other expenditure they have for their household. They are hung up on that idea of Free birth control...believing Obama "understands and appreciates" their needs (and cravings). It is infuriating.

However...if we can not convince women to face the reality of this manipulative ploy, we must find a way to play the same game and win these women over. There must be something the GOP can offer women. Some symbolic item that would save them that costly $9.00 per month and that is every bit as important to them as a box of free condoms.

How about a lifetime supply of chocolates, with a heart-shaped box of sweets sent once a month? The GOP can play St. Valentine to women by making them feel secure and appreciated; satisfying their cravings; giving them something that they associate with love; and appealing to their need to be romanced. That's what the focus of this condom issue is - giving women a false sense of being cared for and about by the Democrat politicians who are all too willing to play them for fools.

Obama reminds me of the sneaky, cheating husband who comes home late with chocolates (or flowers) to try to woo his wife, keep her in line, alleviate her suspicions, manipulate her into passivity, and cover his own guilt. And the women under his spell fall for it every time.

So, Republicans should just buy them off, play the Democrats' game and fool them into believing that their lives will improve if they never have to buy their own chocolates again! They will save so much. It will improve their emotional health. And it will surely show that the GOP cares about their personal lives. Because right now they are so easily being bought off by this absurd promise to save them $9.00 per month! And, I bet any day most women would rather have a box of chocolates than condoms for sex! LOL

41 posted on 09/02/2012 11:00:47 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: barmag25

“... Pennsylvania Obama won in 08 that I think will go Romney/Ryan.” The Catholic factor alone will swing Pennsylvania which is 53% Catholic. On the demographics alone Romney wins.


42 posted on 09/03/2012 4:49:45 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: palmer

i live in Fairfax near the Vienna metro and work in DC and i have been amazed at the LACK of obama signage and how many Romney signs i see at houses that have never displayed any sort of signs before. Even the three houses in my actual neighborhood where i KNOW libs live from past years, i see no obama signs, and i have been pleasantly surprised at how much i see for Romney. I’d never go so so far as to predict a win, bc i do think it will be tight, but my personal observations bear out the polls edging towards Romney. Also, my 18 yo daughter is interning with the Fairfax Co republicans and has been calling and door knocking all summer and she has gotten positive feedback from unlikely places.


43 posted on 09/03/2012 5:21:34 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: DakotaNative

My daughter interns in the Fairfax City HQ, she took over a Romney yard sign to our next door neighbor on Friday. He was happy to have it and requested that she get him a Perkins sign as well.


44 posted on 09/03/2012 5:32:05 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

That’s promising and give my thanks to your daughter for her help. I don’t see much signage for either candidate yet, but I see lots of Obama bumper stickers and not many for Romney. Perhaps your neighbors want to do the right thing and finally realize Obama had not lived up to his media billing.


45 posted on 09/03/2012 5:37:16 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: palmer

On Saturday i drove on Prosperity Ave from Route 50 to Route 236 and was surprised at the Romney signage i saw, some even HOMEMADE! there was a lone obama sign. i DESPISE gerry connolly. i honestly thought that Fimian had him beat, and i think even Connolly thought so, as he was chastened for maybe 5 minutes or so by the near loss before he went back to being arrogant.


46 posted on 09/03/2012 5:45:14 AM PDT by xsmommy
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