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  • A GOP Disaster Avoidance Plan (Barf Alert!!!)

    07/02/2015 11:00:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies ^ | July 2, 2015 | John Warren
    With Governor Christie’s splash in the pool, the population pining to be POTUS is now large enough to hold a special Republican Primary: only the declared wannabes would participate, each egotist getting three votes. Naturally, we’d eliminate all their first choices and zero in on the next two, thereby distilling a much tighter cluster of potential electables.Seriously, we now have a candidate for almost every splinter view imaginable, and good people though each of them are, they collectively exemplify a party in confusion and dysfunction. As one wag pointed out, the last time there were this many declared candidates, a...
  • 'Mika Made Me Republican'

    10/23/2012 5:17:36 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Talk about the law of unintended consequences . . . On today's Morning Joe, Willie Geist interviewed an audience member sporting a T-shirt reading "Mika Made Me A Republican." The good-natured fellow explained that his daughters had made the T-shirt for him, that he was an independent who had voted for Perot, and that he watches Morning Joe daily because he likes to hear what the other side has to say. Whatever it was that Mika has been saying, it has apparently driven him into the Romney camp. View the video here.
  • Conventions Don't Matter -- and Mean Even Less

    08/31/2012 8:54:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | August 31, 2012 | Scott Rasmussen
    Political junkies get excited about the Republican and Democratic national conventions, but for many Americans they provide a stark reminder of how out of touch our political system has become. The strange rituals and bad jokes seem oddly out of place in the 21st century, almost as strange as seeing an engineer use a slide rule rather than an iPad to perform some complex calculation. While partisan activists tune in when their team's big show is on the air, most unaffiliated voters view the conventions as a waste of time and money. For the past week or so, everyone I...
  • Independent Voter Surge Cuts Democrats Swing State Edge

    07/10/2012 10:15:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    Bloomberg | Jul 9, 2012 | John McCormick
    Here's the link.
  • Independents represent a major unknown in the N.H. primary

    01/05/2012 11:59:07 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/05/2012 | Sandhya Somashekhar
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. Independents are a finicky and fickle bunch. They are deeply dissatisfied with the direction of the country, with an overwhelming majority saying things are badly off track. Social issues do not concern them. Many of them voted for President Obama. And now, this critical voting bloc which makes up as much as 45 percent of the New Hampshire electorate is about to take center stage. If the Iowa contest exposed the conflicted mood and sharp divisions within the GOP, then New Hampshire will offer a broader snapshot of a hard-to-pin-down sliver of the electorate that...
  • Obama suffers enthusiasm deficit

    10/17/2011 12:53:16 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10/17/11 | Stephen Dinan
    Republicans seem far more excited to vote in next year's presidential elections than Democrats are, suggesting the same sort of enthusiasm gap that pushed the GOP to big gains in the 2010 elections. The numbers were part of the latest CNN-ORC International poll that found 62 percent of self-identified Republicans were extremely or very enthusiastic about voting for president, while only 48 percent of Democrats said the same thing. Independents, meanwhile, are the least eager, with just 39 percent saying they're excited to vote, and a whopping 21 percent saying they're "not at all enthusiastic." Faced with reports of faltering...
  • Independents Day - Yes, Independent Voters Went Republican, And We Will Need To Keep Them

    11/05/2010 9:58:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies ^ | November 5, 2010 | Dan McLaughlin
    At ground level, Republicans win elections by doing one or more of five things:1) Get more Republicans to vote; 2) Get more people to become Republicans, and vote; 3) Get fewer Democrats to vote; 4) Get fewer people to be Democrats; 5) Get more votes from independents, i.e., people who are neither Republicans nor Democrats.There’s been a lot of talk about the “enthusiasm gap” in turnout between Republican and Democrat voters, about how the Democrats registered a lot of voters to vote in the “historic” 2008 election who may not be likely to vote again, and about how the developments...
  • Voters Show Independent Streak

    07/30/2010 7:28:33 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 2 replies · 2+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 30, 2010 | Kristin Theresa Jaroma
    Independent voters have broken away from President Obama, a trend backed up by public polling, largely due to fiscal issues, Luke Frans of Resurgent Republic told attendees at the Bloggers Briefing at the Heritage Foundation on July 27, 2010. Resurgent Republic provided the attendees at the briefing with the results of their eighth national survey, highlighting the shift in Independents, targeting twelve designated toss up or battleground voting states. This drift of Independents also coincided with and resulted from the health care debate, and not just in reaction to the policies, but the process of the debate, Frans reported. The...
  • Reeling In Independent Voters to Take Back Congress

    Two polls out this week have shown Americans are losing faith in the Obama administration. On Tuesday, the ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that nearly 60% of Americans lack faith in President Obama. 58% of respondents said they had just some or none confidence in Obama to make the right decision for Americas future. Time Magazine just published their latest poll, showing that 49% of respondents approve of Obamas performance while 45% disapprove. 56% of respondents said that the U.S. is on the wrong track. The scary part for Republicans is that 72% of those polled in the ABC News/Washington...
  • What Independents Want

    11/06/2009 2:44:34 PM PST · by neverdem · 21 replies · 594+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 5, 2009 | DAVID BROOKS
    Liberals and conservatives each have their own intellectual food chains. They have their own think tanks to provide arguments, politicians and pundits to amplify them, and news media outlets to deliver streams of prejudice-affirming stories. Independents, who are the largest group in the electorate, dont have any of this... --snip-- The most telling races this year were the suburban rebellions across the country. For example, in Westchester and Nassau counties in New York, Republican candidates came from nowhere to defeat entrenched Democratic county officials. In blue Pennsylvania, the G.O.P. won six out of seven statewide offices... --snip-- The percentage of...
  • Independents Move Away From Obama is Accelerating

    10/13/2009 8:47:30 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 781+ views
    IBD/The Lid ^ | 10/13/09 | The Lid
    For any candidate, independents are the most important voters. In most cases they are the difference between winning and losing. This was especially true in the last presidential campaign. Independents went for Obama in a huge way, and they were one of the keys to his victory. Independent voters are abandoning the President faster than people driving out of town just before a hurricane hits. According to the IBD/TIPP poll since February support for the President among independents has dropped from 73% to 45%. And even worse for the POTUS, the President has lost independent support on the Economy, Health...
  • Independent Voters Abandoning Obama In DROVES

    06/23/2009 9:11:51 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 40 replies · 1,858+ views
    Fox News /WSJ/The Lid ^ | 6/23/09 | The Lid
    In most elections it is the independent voter deciding the outcome. And now "independents" are the largest political party. Just read this transcript from the above video: Now let's the put the Democratic line up there: You see the Democrats started at 39. It slowed down all the way to 33. They're actually losing more than the Republicans are, but they're on the same path to hell. Now, let me show you the independents. Here's the independent line remember I told you they were about to cross? Look at this. They crossed and now are up to 39 percent....
  • Not Dead Yet - Will independent voters fuel a 2010 GOP comeback?

    04/09/2009 1:37:34 PM PDT · by neverdem · 61 replies · 3,874+ views
    WEEKLY STANDARD ^ | 04/09/2009 | Gary Andres
    Big shifts among independent voters toward Democrats caused Republicans to lose the majority in Congress in 2006 and then shed even more seats in the House and Senate in 2008. Some argue these trends presage a permanent GOP congressional minority--or maybe even signal Republicans are on a path toward electoral extinction, the 21st century equivalent of the Whig Party. These predictions would hold more validity if the current trajectory of voting patterns continued. But some recent evidence suggests independent voters are shifting again, a trend that might help Republicans capitalize in 2010 on the minority party's historical advantages in off-year...
  • Five Reasons Independents Should Choose McCain Over Obama

    10/10/2008 6:08:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 575+ views ^ | October 10, 2008 | John Hawkins
    Conservatives, liberals, and independents tend to have a different view of the world and all too often, pundits on the right and left end up preaching to the choir instead of putting out columns that make good sense to people who don't necessarily share our political views. So today, I'd like to do something a little differently: I'd like to explain to the independents out there why they should want John McCain in the White House next year instead of Barack Obama. Since most independents would probably acknowledge that McCain is more experienced than Obama, is more capable of handling...
  • Independents Could Help Swing More Than One Primary Toward the Unexpected

    10/03/2007 12:22:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 127+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 2, 2007 | ADAM NAGOURNEY
    CONCORD, N.H., Sept. 29 Dr. Sally Garhart Eneguess voted for Senator John McCain in 2000 in the Republican presidential primary here. In January, Dr. Eneguess said, she intends to vote for Senator Barack Obama in the Democratic presidential primary. Dr. Eneguess, from Peterborough, is an independent voter, allowed under New Hampshire election law to chose which primary she would like to vote in, a decision she does not have to make until she walks into the voting booth. As such, she is the face of a segment of the electorate here that has swollen in size and influence and...
  • GOP shouldnt pin hopes on return to Goldwater (barf alert)

    04/04/2007 10:57:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 42 replies · 1,136+ views
    New York Times via KC Star ^ | Apr. 04, 2007 | DAVID BROOKS
    There is an argument floating around Republican circles that to win again, the GOP has to reconnect with the truths of its Goldwater-Reagan glory days. It has to once again be the minimal-government party, the maximal-freedom party, the party of rugged individualism and states rights. This is folly. Its the wrong diagnosis of current realities and, so, the wrong prescription for the future. Back in the 1970s, when Reaganism became popular, top tax rates were in the 70s, growth was stagnant and inflation was high. Federal regulation stifled competition. Government welfare policies enabled a culture of dependency. In short, in...
  • Bush Gains In Post-Convention Poll

    09/09/2004 5:15:30 AM PDT · by nckerr · 23 replies · 1,155+ views
    cbs news ^ | 9-9-2004
    One week after their convention, the Republican ticket of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney hold a seven-point lead over Democrats John Kerry and John Edwards among registered voters surveyed in a new CBS News poll. The Republicans gain in voter support comes about through two changes that appear to have happened at that convention a major improvement in the Presidents approval ratings on handling terrorism (already the area where he scored best), and significant negative changes in perceptions of the Democratic nominee. The Bush tickets four-point post-convention gain in support comes in part from some weakening of Kerry...
  • Independents count with both parties [In FL, independent voters will choose the next governor]

    10/13/2002 7:47:36 AM PDT · by summer · 57 replies · 295+ views
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | Oct. 13, 2002 | JOhn KEnnedy
    POLITICAL PULSE Independents count with both parties By John Kennedy | The Orlando Sentinel Posted October 13, 2002 Al Cardenas, Florida Republican Party chairman, gathered reporters together last week ..... "In Florida, it's a swing state. You put a generic Democrat on the ballot in a statewide race, and they get 40 percent. You put a generic Republican on, and they get 40 percent," Cardenas said. That leaves the remaining 20 percent up for grabs. ... "Double-digit leads are a practical impossibility in Florida, unless the candidate is a total flop and has no resources," Cardenas concluded. ...Democrats continue to...
  • [FL] Election 2002: Independent voter increase affects campaigns (AP)

    10/02/2002 5:20:13 AM PDT · by summer · 40 replies · 249+ views
    AP ^ | OCt. 1, 2002 | RANDOLPH PENDLETON
    Election 2002: Independent voter increase affects campaigns Tuesday, October 1, 2002 By RANDOLPH PENDLETON, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE - The increase in independent voters in recent years has presented a challenge to political candidates, who no longer can rely on their parties to deliver the bulk of their votes. Since 1994, the number of voters registering with no party affiliation in Florida has nearly tripled to 1.5 million. At the same time, Republican registration increased 29 percent to 3.6 million and Democrats increased 20 percent to 3.9 million. The explanations for this phenomenon vary from philosophical to practical. Florida Democratic Party...