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Obama finding new allies: Republicans
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 6/19/2007 | Jennifer Hunter

Posted on 06/19/2007 6:24:20 AM PDT by Mike Bates

There is an interesting phenomenon that has arisen over the last few months: a trend of moderate Republicans who want to vote for Barack Obama. It may seem counterintuitive, conservatives supporting a candidate who wants to tax the wealthy and embrace the conventions in the Kyoto Accord, but there is something in Obama's message about ridding politics of partisanship that is appealing to these Republicans.

He doesn't carry the baggage of a Hillary Clinton. He is new; he seems authentic -- although his connection to indicted fund-raiser Tony Rezko has made some previous supporters wonder -- and he has more gravitas than pretty boy John Edwards. The Republicans who like him may have supported John McCain in the past, but after eight years of the Bush White House they feel they can no longer support the Republican field. The idea of a congressional glasnost -- a harmonic nonpartisanship in Washington -- is an Obama goal they endorse.

Some of these right-wing Obama supporters are putative country club Republicans, hailing from areas similar to the North Shore of Chicago. Others are professionals who are disillusioned by the Bush administration's failure to develop a sound domestic policy to redress issues of health care and Social Security or to end the relentless war in Iraq.

Add to this the secrecy of the Bush administration, the Scooter Libby affair, the unfortunate choice of Alberto Gonzales as attorney general, the scandals of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the Tom DeLays and Mark Foleys, and there remains an unsavory stew of problems for those once proud to call themselves Republican.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: abh; anybodybuthillary; barackobama; bias; bravosierra; bs; husseinobama; mediabias; msm; obama; options
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Some of these right-wing Obama supporters. . .

Some of these folks may have been "Republicans," but I seriously doubt they were ever "right-wing."

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

1 posted on 06/19/2007 6:24:24 AM PDT by Mike Bates
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To: Mike Bates

RINOs for Obama.


2 posted on 06/19/2007 6:25:24 AM PDT by manic4organic (Send a care package through USO today.)
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To: Mike Bates

They’re as “Republican” as Jeb Eddy.


3 posted on 06/19/2007 6:26:34 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: darkangel82
Or Mike Bloomberg.
4 posted on 06/19/2007 6:28:31 AM PDT by sono
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To: Mike Bates

Bull Crap


5 posted on 06/19/2007 6:29:21 AM PDT by cdcdawg
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To: Mike Bates

What a crock! If any Republican supports Obama, that person is not a Republican. This sounds more like a wish than a reality from the writer.


6 posted on 06/19/2007 6:29:59 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Mike Bates

Obama and gavitas in the same sentence, that is too funny.


7 posted on 06/19/2007 6:30:10 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Mike Bates
...there is something in Obama's message about ridding politics of partisanship that is appealing to these Republicans.

"Can't we all just get along?"

--Rodney King (May 1, 1992, Day 3 of the Los Angeles riots that HE caused)

8 posted on 06/19/2007 6:31:05 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (http://www.imwithfred.com/)
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To: Mike Bates
There is an interesting phenomenon that has arisen over the last few months: a trend of moderate Republicans who want to vote for Barack Obama.

Jennifer Hunter must be on some pretty powerful mind altering drugs if she believes this tripe.

My guess is this is another classic liberal rag article with no data to support a made up story.

I can't wait till her next article highlighting the Libertarians for Hillary movement.
9 posted on 06/19/2007 6:31:54 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: Mike Bates

Heck, I might vote for Obama. I’m serial!

In the Democratic primary in my state, that is. Just to screw with the Donks. He’d be an easier candidate to defeat in the general than Her Heinous, IMHO.

No way would I vote for him in the general.

(I should point out that I’m a conservative, not a republican.)


10 posted on 06/19/2007 6:32:00 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: manic4organic
Useless RINOS for Obama
11 posted on 06/19/2007 6:32:09 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Nervous Tick

Why waste your vote? Vote in the GOP primary for a conservative.


12 posted on 06/19/2007 6:33:00 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: Mike Bates

And you can bet these “republicans” get
all their ‘news’ watching ABC every night!
Brain-washed.


13 posted on 06/19/2007 6:33:57 AM PDT by Grendel9
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To: Mike Bates

Fantasy. Pure fantasy.


14 posted on 06/19/2007 6:35:04 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES)
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To: Always Right
Obama and gavitas in the same sentence, that is too funny.

They only said he had gravitas when compared to Silky Pony. That ain't saying much!

15 posted on 06/19/2007 6:35:04 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Without the fence, deporting illegals is like shoveling water.)
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To: Grendel9
And you can bet these “republicans” get all their ‘news’ watching ABC every night! Brain-washed.

Many only need a light rinse.

16 posted on 06/19/2007 6:35:24 AM PDT by Clam Digger (Donate to the RNC - in pesos.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Actually, I think you are closer to the truth. THe Chicago papers have been heavily pimping Obama for about 2 years now. This is likely just a made up scam to see if anything gets stirred and Republican bites.


17 posted on 06/19/2007 6:35:52 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: Mike Bates

Hillary is evil. Obama is merely clueless and a likely failure.

I may cross over to help defeat Hillary in the primaries.

Its getting hard to vote Republican, given their pro-spending and pro-law-breaking record. Maybe we should focus on defeating the real evil, Hillary, by whatever method possible.

Obama for Democrat Nominee!


18 posted on 06/19/2007 6:36:35 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (NY Times poll: 69% of Americans think illegal immigrants should be prosecuted & deported)
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To: darkangel82

>> Why waste your vote? Vote in the GOP primary for a conservative.

I was counting the seconds until someone posted this sort of reply.

It’s June of 2007. The primary isn’t until next year. Why don’t we wait and see what the landscape is, at that time. It may well be that tipping the Dem primary to Osama is the smartest way to get the most conservative candidate elected.

You can have the last word — I’m not going to debate you on this. It’s just silliness at this early juncture, anyway.


19 posted on 06/19/2007 6:37:01 AM PDT by Nervous Tick
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To: Mike Bates

>moderate Republicans who want to vote for Barack Obama. It may seem counterintuitive, conservatives..

They went from Republican right to Conservative.
There’s a big difference!
There might be Republicans for Osama, I bet there aren’t any Conservatives though!


20 posted on 06/19/2007 6:38:05 AM PDT by Build_The_Fence (Mr. Bush....tear up that Bill)
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To: Mike Bates

Obama has already shown he’s as partisan as any of them. But RINOs are easily fooled.


21 posted on 06/19/2007 6:46:06 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Mike Bates
This is about the third time I've seen one of these "Republican for Obama" charades. Do they really think we are that dumb?

The over-riding meme of all of these pieces is that Barak is a middle of the road "uniter", who will bring the country together. Sheesh, have they not checked his voting record?

Also, of the three "Republicans" actually interviewed in the article (none of which are ever identified as actual REGISTERED Republicans, BTW), two admit to voting for Kerry in the last election!

22 posted on 06/19/2007 6:46:29 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: Mike Bates
Bull Crap. I want names.

This is just like the "Republicans for Kerry" garbage. You can find the oddity, yes...but there is no giant "B. Hussein Obama" sweep happening in the Republican party.

This so-called journalist is an idiot.

23 posted on 06/19/2007 6:49:53 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Mike Bates
a trend of moderate Republicans who want to vote for Barack Obama. It may seem counterintuitive, conservatives supporting a candidate who wants to tax the wealthy and embrace the conventions in the Kyoto Accord

Jennifer Hunter = idiot child

24 posted on 06/19/2007 6:50:06 AM PDT by JohnnyZ (Romney : "not really trying to define what is technically amnesty. I'll let the lawyers decide.")
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To: Mike Bates
This was addressed last week. It seems at least a couple of these people ‘highlighted’ are professional bloggers, I doubt ever Republicans. The ‘kid’ that started the Republicans for Obama blog said on some old posts that he was a 75 year old African American.. then recently he started saying he was a 20 something..

IMHO, all a marketing gimmick..

25 posted on 06/19/2007 6:51:27 AM PDT by mnehring (Virtus Junxit Mors Non Separabit)
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To: Mike Bates

Reporter endorses Obama, pushes his agenda, in news section of Chicago Sun Times. Free political ad for an inexperienced demagogue. I simply don’t believe a word of this. She made it up. It was an excuse to air her personal political beliefs while attempting to conceal her motives by filing it as a news story. Shame on this newspaper’s editors.


26 posted on 06/19/2007 6:52:29 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: Mike Bates

Forgot to say: “congressional glasnost” translated means Dems get their way all the time, Republicans shut up and bend over.


27 posted on 06/19/2007 6:54:17 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: Mike Bates

Well, in comparison to the Hildebeast I have spoken highly of Obama....in the same way that, in comparison to Malaria, I can speak highly of the common cold. So, I guess some lib who has overheard me, and not knowing the context, could say I support Obama. I would wager that is what this is all about.


28 posted on 06/19/2007 6:57:06 AM PDT by HerrBlucher (Tack it up and shut em down Fred!)
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To: Mike Bates; Congressman Billybob; JohnHuang2; aculeus; Billthedrill; All
“... to carry out the all-important, highly coveted assignment of following and writing about [Barack Obama’s campaign], the Sun-Times has chosen none other than Jennifer Hunter, the publisher’s wife.”
29 posted on 06/19/2007 6:57:09 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Mike Bates

You forgot the projectile-spew alert.


30 posted on 06/19/2007 6:59:00 AM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: Mike Bates

The same folks wrote this nonsense about 2 months ago.

I doubt the veracity of it.

No doubt many PC guilty RINOs would amputate a limb to have a candidate of color to vote for just so they could say they did...

....but I doubt many could vote for neo-marxist Hussein.


31 posted on 06/19/2007 7:01:14 AM PDT by wardaddy (on supervised release...btw....I know Trent Lott and he sucks......)
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To: Mike Bates

Chicago Sun-Times wet dream.


32 posted on 06/19/2007 7:08:30 AM PDT by Vaquero
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for Barak HUSSEIN Obama(with appologies to JJ Cale and Eric Clapton):

If you wanna hang out youve got to take her out; Hussein.
If you wanna get down, down on the ground; Hussein.
She dont lie, she dont lie, she dont lie; Hussein.

If you got bad news, you wanna kick them blues; Hussein.
When your day is done and you wanna run; Hussein.
She dont lie, she dont lie, she dont lie; Hussein.

If your thing is gone and you wanna ride on; Hussein.
Dont forget this fact, you cant get it back; Hussein.
She dont lie, she dont lie, she dont lie; Hussein.

She dont lie, she dont lie, she dont lie; Hussein.

33 posted on 06/19/2007 7:12:16 AM PDT by Vaquero
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
there is something in Obama's message about ridding politics of partisanship that is appealing to these Republicans.

Yeah, that whole "new tone" approach worked so well for W, I really trust Obama's message of ridding politics of partisanship.

34 posted on 06/19/2007 7:14:04 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Mike Bates

This article is a flat out lie, total bunko. Will wait for the accompanying article from Jennifer Hunter about Guiliani or Thompson, or whoever, attracting “liberal” voters, but I know I will never see it.


35 posted on 06/19/2007 7:14:04 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator
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To: Mike Bates

I don’t think that there is any proof of what this woman is saying. I think it’s wishfull thinking and probably and article that originated from Obama’s think tank.


36 posted on 06/19/2007 7:18:45 AM PDT by nikos1121 (Thank you again Jimmy Carter.)
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To: Mike Bates

Not surprising for voters who don’t have a clue how this marxist idiot has voted during the course of his political career. Most voters listen to speeches but never think to assess past actions. go figure.


37 posted on 06/19/2007 7:19:41 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I would put these two in the same category. Thanks for stating the obvious. I still contend Obama is a muslim plant.


38 posted on 06/19/2007 7:20:44 AM PDT by Neoliberalnot
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To: Mike Bates
a trend of moderate Republicans who want to vote for Barack Obama. It may seem counterintuitive, conservatives supporting a candidate...

No need to read further- author is an idiot.

39 posted on 06/19/2007 7:22:26 AM PDT by mikeus_maximus ("Just remember the words of Patrick Henry - 'Kill me or let me live.'" -- Coach Bill Peterson.)
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To: Mike Bates

Republicans supporting Obama? Too stupid for words. Jenny hit the crack pipe before she penned this one.


40 posted on 06/19/2007 7:23:30 AM PDT by Melas (Offending stupid people since 1963)
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“..a trend of moderate Republicans who want to vote for Barack Obama.”

So who’s putting a gun to their heads and keeping them from registering as Democrats, huh? This is wishful thinking on the Dimmi’s part. They see it as a counter to the Democrats who HAVE said they’d vote for Giuliani.


41 posted on 06/19/2007 7:24:13 AM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Remember Billy Dale!!!)
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To: Nervous Tick
Why don’t we wait and see what the landscape is, at that time. It may well be that tipping the Dem primary to Osama is the smartest way to get the most conservative candidate elected.

OTOH, by voting in the GOP primary, you can -- if you choose -- get involved in the State GOP Convention activities such as party plank discussions and even serving as a delegate. This is a way to have more of an influence on the party politics in the state -- if you are willing to put in the time and effort to do it -- than by trying to tip the other parties nomination.

42 posted on 06/19/2007 7:25:56 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Mike Bates

Baloney.


44 posted on 06/19/2007 7:26:33 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (D is for Defeatism. R is for Reconquista.)
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To: mikeus_maximus

I think that conservatives should help Obama win the democratic nomination. He’s the most liberal presidential candidate, and, if he wins their nomination, he can’t win the general election. The republican nominee would easily stress Obama’s liberal senate votes, and the majority of voters would decide that he’s too liberal.


45 posted on 06/19/2007 7:26:39 AM PDT by PhilCollins
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To: wardaddy
The same folks wrote this nonsense about 2 months ago.

Yep. I remember that. Just lib propaganda.

46 posted on 06/19/2007 7:30:23 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: TLI

same paper too


47 posted on 06/19/2007 7:32:58 AM PDT by wardaddy (on supervised release...btw....I know Trent Lott and he sucks......)
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To: Mike Bates
Some of these right-wing Obama supporters are putative country club Republicans,

Elites who think of politics as something for the "little people".

Others are professionals who are disillusioned by the Bush administration's failure to develop a sound domestic policy to redress issues of health care and Social Security,...

True professionals are already taken care of by their health care provided by employers or self-provided. And they aren't depending on SS to retire. So I don't know who this dufus is talking about.

48 posted on 06/19/2007 7:48:19 AM PDT by Clock King (Bring the noise!)
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To: lesser_satan

You’re right. Sorry.


49 posted on 06/19/2007 8:26:29 AM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Grendel9

You’re right. I’ve met some of these people. This article is true. There are some brainwashed Pubbies out there. We have work to do to educate them, but it will be an uphill battle.


50 posted on 06/19/2007 8:48:30 AM PDT by DeweyCA
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