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Stafford: Why I gave up on being a Republican
Jersey Journal NJ.com ^ | June 13, 2012 | Michael Stafford

Posted on 06/13/2012 1:47:14 AM PDT by SMGFan

I'm a life-long Republican. My political affiliation has been woven intrinsically into the very fabric of my being. My first political act was passionately lobbying my fourth-grade classmates to vote for Reagan over Walter Mondale in a mock election in 1984. As an adult, I continued to be a rock-solid Republican- I helped run my law school's chapter of the Federalist Society and its Republican club. And after the election of President Obama in 2008, I served as an officer in my state Republican Party. For the next two years, I devoted substantial amounts of my time, my talent, and my treasure to supporting local candidates running for office and to building the Party organization. Today, however, I am a registered Republican no longer.

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Meant to reassure Dems Obama will win. Appears in Hudson County's Jersey Journal, not sure in the rest of the country.

And Democrats are not extremists? Oh , no. But I do not read criticism of anything Democrats did past few years. Not made clear he registered as a Democrat.

** No, I am not claiming he is known, credible, etc. Just sharing. I think he is a moron.

1 posted on 06/13/2012 1:47:21 AM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Pretty shallow understanding of Republican values. No long term understanding, just immediate gratification. Almost like he was a hard-core leftist in masquerade.


2 posted on 06/13/2012 2:00:31 AM PDT by plangent
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To: SMGFan

This guy comes acriss very much like the “seminar callers” that phone in to Rush`s show...

“First, let me say that I have voted for Republicans all my adult life, I supported Reagan, cheered when the Soviet Union fell, and believed in supply-side economics. I worked the local Republican campaigns and promoted Republican candidates.... BUT...”


3 posted on 06/13/2012 2:00:44 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: SMGFan

I`m entertained at how he rails on about Repubs` supposed conspiracy mindset...

Funny.. I read the article again and couldn`t find the part about how large swaths of dems believe 9-11 was an inside job, and Bush used a weather machine that could blow up levees and kill black people during Hurricane Katrina.

Repubs have nothing on the dems when it comes to conspiracy talk.


4 posted on 06/13/2012 2:06:46 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: ScottinVA
Who is this guy and why do I care?

Under Obama more people have left the Democratic Party than him leaving the GOP.

Seminar Caller is what he is in print.

5 posted on 06/13/2012 2:07:22 AM PDT by scooby321 (h tones)
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To: SMGFan

Goodbye, Mr. Stafford. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya!


6 posted on 06/13/2012 2:29:04 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: SMGFan

The difference between a Hudson County Republican and a Hudson County Democrat is one gets elected and was does not. Otherwise they’re indistinguishable.


7 posted on 06/13/2012 2:31:15 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: SMGFan

Writting crap like this can only come from a sh!thead RINO Republican, never a real Conservative.


8 posted on 06/13/2012 2:36:32 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: lefty-lie-spy

Let’s be a little real here. I identify myself as a conservative and not a republican. To me, the republican party are a bunch of knobs, which is clear when you see who our candidate for 2012 is.


9 posted on 06/13/2012 2:40:24 AM PDT by hannibaal
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To: SMGFan

10 posted on 06/13/2012 2:40:30 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Recon Dad

Come to Delaware.


11 posted on 06/13/2012 2:46:12 AM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: SMGFan

Meant to reassure Dems Obama will win.


That’s my take. The clown is spouting the Dem parrot fodder like a HuffPo yoyo.


12 posted on 06/13/2012 2:46:26 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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involve threats from imaginary communists and socialists

you can stop reading there...all this spineless clown is doing now is self preservation in a 90% rat district...he's not or ever has been a conservative....a lot of hot air and wasted ink and data to help his sorry political existence...scum bag!

13 posted on 06/13/2012 2:47:03 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: hannibaal

Bingo. When I moved recently and had to re-register to vote, I registered as an Independent.

I would NEVER vote for a Democrat ever, but I can’t say I am the party of Karl Rove et al either.

BUT, after I registered, the one and ONLY ‘welcome’ letter I got was from a Republican, thanking me for registering to vote and how important it is etc.- and in real ink he wrote: “If there is anything I can ever do for you, do not hesitate to contact me”...I was shocked as he used to be Mayor-but in the next town over, where I have never lived...

I kept it, if for no other reason than he actually used a real pen!


14 posted on 06/13/2012 3:02:51 AM PDT by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro and Ranting...since 1998)
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To: SMGFan

To sum up Stafford’s complaints, Republicans incorrectly believe communists and socialists lurk around every corner, ignore climate change, include a large number of birthers, engage in class warfare, have contempt for our inherited social and economic policies, and dismiss the legitimacy of the political opposition. He’s also a Huntsman fan.


15 posted on 06/13/2012 3:16:07 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Why celebrate evil? Evil is easy. Good is the goal worth striving for.)
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To: SMGFan

Either satire or someone that was a liar most of their life.
If he believes what he is saying now then he never was a Republican.
If he can not acknowledge the blatant socialism that is constantly eroding our Constitution and the basis of society set up by the founders of our Nation, then again, he never was a Republican.


16 posted on 06/13/2012 3:16:59 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: hannibaal

Hannibal, are you Michael Stafford? I don’t understand your response to me.


17 posted on 06/13/2012 3:28:36 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: CitizenUSA
"To sum up Stafford’s complaints, Republicans incorrectly believe communists and socialists lurk around every corner, ignore climate change, include a large number of birthers, engage in class warfare, have contempt for our inherited social and economic policies, and dismiss the legitimacy of the political opposition."

I have heard most of these "talking points" from the Democrats for the past 40 years.

18 posted on 06/13/2012 3:28:36 AM PDT by radioone
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To: SMGFan
All I hear is the voice of Big Gay Al:

"I'm juth thupser, thanks for athking..."

19 posted on 06/13/2012 3:28:55 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: Recon Dad

“The difference between a Hudson County Republican and a Hudson County Democrat is one gets elected and was does not. Otherwise they’re indistinguishable.”

Well put (from Hudson County NJ)


20 posted on 06/13/2012 3:40:29 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: SMGFan
Beat you to it Moonbat, by about 40 years.

I also left the Republican Party back in 73 when that wuss, RINO, Gerald Ford ignored his oath he took and refused to abide by the Paris Peace Accords and come to the aid of our Allies (South Vietnam) as promised, should the North attempt to take over the South.

Regardless of the DemoRats cutting off funding, he could have ignored them and issued orders upholding our commitments but chose instead to do nothing.

After having served for 18 months in Nam (and working closely with many South Vietnamese as well as living off base) I left many acquaintances and several friends who to this day, don't know how they fared when the Commies overran the South, but based upon reports, those who trusted us and worked with us, ended up in "re-education" camps, prisons or worse.

Since then, I have been an Independent, albeit, unlike this phony, charlatan, RINO, a 100% Conservative, thru and thru.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Perhaps he can apply for a job working for Jeb Bush or Karl Rove as I'm certain he would be welcome.

21 posted on 06/13/2012 3:47:02 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: SMGFan
Seminar republican conman or he is kin to the gop/e leadership... boehner and mcconman are no longer republicans either... they just lie for a paycheck and power.

LLS

22 posted on 06/13/2012 3:59:59 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Old Sarge

Butt piracy trumps ideology... now I understand... buggery above all else. This explains everything.

LLS


23 posted on 06/13/2012 4:04:30 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: SMGFan

I am almost willing to drop my affiliation with the Republican party myself, but not for any of the reasons this clown spouted.

My reasons are that half the Republican leadership should be registered Democrats. The Republicans let Democrats walk all over them, They need to summon some courage and fight.
Our candidate was not picked by rank and file Republicans but by leadership, and he sucks. Republicans have stood by and let Obama take control of the country by Executive order instead of the Constitutional process of Congress and done nothing.McConnel and Boehner put together are not worth a pint of stale owl pee.


24 posted on 06/13/2012 4:08:39 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SECURE AMERICA

I would agree. This is likely a guy who just kept waiting for some magic bus to pull up and help him out of a ditch. I doubt if he really could progress in life....without the government helping him.


25 posted on 06/13/2012 4:10:17 AM PDT by pepsionice
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Yah...most “Democrats” are technically Communists.....most “Republicans” are really Democrats” ala 1980’s.....

the current presidential election is technically between a Communist and a Democrat .....any True Republican, or American for that matter, has little representation in this contest.


26 posted on 06/13/2012 4:12:19 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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Shallow indeed—or worse. Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see where this guy mentioned on conservative principle that he ever supported. He mentioned candidates (personalities), but not ideas. And he demonizes the Tea Party without ever saying why. Does he buy the Liberal line that they’re all racists? And I guess he’s all on board with the “climate change” crowd.

Anyway: Buh, bye Mr. Stafford. Don’t let the door hit your a$$ on the way out.


27 posted on 06/13/2012 4:13:48 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: SMGFan

Anyway to check this guy out

Sounds like BS to me


28 posted on 06/13/2012 4:22:32 AM PDT by uncbob
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Aye carumba, is Mittens too far to the right for this limp noodle?


29 posted on 06/13/2012 4:24:53 AM PDT by Hayride
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“...scornful of compromise...”


As soon as I saw that killer word “compromise” I knew this chubby little RINO was not worth reading.

COMPROMISE is the bread and butter of the go along to get along party and chubby is now falling on the ground and having a fit since the Tea Party has forced some of the GOP to quit compromising in order to keep their political seats.


30 posted on 06/13/2012 4:27:22 AM PDT by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: homegroan; Venturer
When I moved recently and had to re-register to vote, I registered as an Independent.

I almost did that after moving to Florida, but if you do then you cannot vote in the primaries here.
Since Florida does not allow cross over voting, and is also an extremely important swing state, I chose to remain able to vote in, and influence, the primary election process.

I would NEVER vote for a Democrat ever, but I can’t say I am the party of Karl Rove et al either.

Amen brother...

31 posted on 06/13/2012 4:28:43 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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Sounds like something a demodummy would write to create a “fog”. I don’t believe it for a minute. Time to move on.......


32 posted on 06/13/2012 4:35:01 AM PDT by DaveA37
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“Chubby Rino”. I don’t know why I find that funny early in the morning. But I do.....


33 posted on 06/13/2012 4:36:08 AM PDT by goseminoles
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Well Michael Stafford,
If you don’t want to be a republican, that is your right to freedom of choice, but you sound more like you’ve been a lifelong RINO than an actual Conservative Republican.
I’m sure Obama’s minion will welcome you with open arms and don’t let the door hit you in the butt on you way out.


34 posted on 06/13/2012 4:40:01 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End the racist, anti-capitalist Obama War On Freedom.)
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This big fag fits right in at FR with the “I hate mittens and all Republicans” crowd, it’s just his reasons are different.


35 posted on 06/13/2012 4:41:51 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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Why does the drama queen make this change now? Everything he talks about has been this way for 15-20 years. Why now? Election year?


36 posted on 06/13/2012 4:43:24 AM PDT by Raycpa
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This is very encouraging. RINOs are getting the message that it isn’t exclusively their party any more.

Guys like Stafford just stink the place up.


37 posted on 06/13/2012 4:58:46 AM PDT by DManA
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Mr, Stafford,

I’m sure your (self reported) hero Reagan would embrace the tea party and spit you out.


38 posted on 06/13/2012 5:01:28 AM PDT by DManA
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To: SMGFan

39 posted on 06/13/2012 5:12:01 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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“Almost like he was a hard-core leftist in masquerade”

That is exactly what this is - bogus. Either that, or this guy hit his head real hard on something, scrambling his brain.

40 posted on 06/13/2012 5:13:18 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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Republican economic policies are also indefensible. The GOP constantly claims its opponents are engaged in "class warfare," but this is an exercise in projection. In Republican proposals, the wealthy win, and the rest of us lose- one only has to look at Rep. Paul Ryan's budget to see that.

Government spending is up to 24% of GDP. The "rich" pay 70% + of all taxes. The GOP wants to bring spending back to its post WWII level of 18% and not cause the "rich" to pay 100% of all taxes, as they would under Obama's skewed tax plans. Ryan's budget doesn't even back out all of Obama's spending for 10 years. If this moron thinks that Ryan's budget is "extreme," he's too stupid to vote.

41 posted on 06/13/2012 5:14:07 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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"pretty shallow"

ditto. It makes one want to ask Stafford why he was a Republican in the first place. So the first time he saw the Tea Party on the horizon he wanted to leave. So he opposed a grassroots conservative group trying to uphold the constitution and hold government accountable. Unbelievable. Good riddance.

42 posted on 06/13/2012 5:14:07 AM PDT by driftless2
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43 posted on 06/13/2012 5:16:44 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: SMGFan
Yo, Stafford... here's one back atcha!


44 posted on 06/13/2012 5:16:50 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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Stafford’s obviously found a way to scam the system.My money’s on SSDI!


45 posted on 06/13/2012 5:18:29 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
The "rich" pay 70% + of all taxes.

I think you mean 70% of Federal income taxes.

46 posted on 06/13/2012 5:19:30 AM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: SMGFan

So in other words this guy is a big time RINO, well good bye and glad to see you leave.


47 posted on 06/13/2012 5:21:40 AM PDT by stockpirate (Romney, Ann Coulter & our ruling republican elites, are Big Government socialists, Grand Ole Sociali)
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Sounds to me like he’s a progressive who’s been looking to change the GOP from the inside and he doesn’t like that he’s run into resistance.

Oh well.


48 posted on 06/13/2012 5:27:49 AM PDT by Nickname
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Absolutely perfect!

LLS


49 posted on 06/13/2012 5:59:35 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: SMGFan

Question to FReepers criticizing this post. Do you support Lindsey Graham if you live in SC... Donating to the RNC and indirectly to him just because you are a solid Republican? I wouldn’t vote for a lib Dem, but neither will I spend money and time promoting a group that supports a lib like Lindsey Graham. I left our Republican Club when I was told I would have to actively campaign for him. And I left the GOPe at the same time. No regrets, sent a contribution to Scott Walker. I’m a conservative, not a Republican. I can see this person’s point of view.


50 posted on 06/13/2012 6:17:34 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (Anybody but Obama.)
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