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What I Learned From the Florida Primary

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Noreen Seebacher
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Re: Popularity
Noreen Seebacher   2/13/2012 1:48:49 AM
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I would sit with any of them...heck, I may even subject myself to Sarah Palin...to avoid sitting next to Newt or Santorium in a bar. Or anyplace else for that matter.

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Scott Raynovich   2/12/2012 8:49:59 PM
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Now I realize all sorts of anti-Obama people will hate this, but political leanings aside, Obama still gets my vote as "politician I'd most like to hang out with in a bar  if forced to do so."

You see, Obama would smile a lot and probably buy more rounds and we'd talk a lot about sports.

Romney would find a way to pawn off the tab and would just smile politely and try to avoid anything controversial. We might talk about private-equity deals, which would put me to sleep.

Ron Paul would probably order a soda water, offer to split the tab, and then talk for two hours about the Fed, at which point the guest would become suicidal.

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Noreen Seebacher   2/12/2012 7:06:28 PM
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This is far from scientific...but the owner of a company that makes masks of political figures said the best seller is still Obama. The next most popular: Romney, then Paul. No one seems to be buying many Newt masks, and I don't even know if he makes Santorium ones.

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Re: Party immolation
Tenacious   2/10/2012 10:31:53 AM
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You're not alone @Noreen. I find myself in the same uncomfortable position, weighing the question "which candidate is the lesser of two evils?"

Noreen Seebacher
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Noreen Seebacher   2/10/2012 9:42:23 AM
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First, chapAnjou, welcome to the community.

Your point is well taken. I get angry at myself because I find I don't even want to vote based on the choices on the ballot, and yet I realize that voting is a privilege.

I just wish we'd get some candidates that made me enthusiastic about casting a ballot.

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Re: Will the arrows hurt?
tokyogai   2/10/2012 9:18:01 AM
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It is almost like Obama planned it. I am sure he is enjoying this game!

chapAnjou
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Re: Will the arrows hurt?
chapAnjou   2/10/2012 9:07:17 AM
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@ tokyogai

Again, I like the point you bring up.  The longer that no true standout emerges among the repub. candidates (good job Santorum, haha), the more the candidates must keep shooting arrows at various opponents to make sure that they don't lose ground and their opponent doesn't gain it.

As you pointed out, all of these "arrows" are simply food for thought for the presidential elections.  Even more interesting, however, is that Obama can just sit around and basically take notes as if he were at a lecture hall and then expand upon whatever points are made when it's time for him to "defend his title".

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Party immolation
chapAnjou   2/10/2012 9:01:13 AM
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"Watching the latest episode of the freak show that has been the 2012 primary has been like seeing a party self-immolate on national TV."

I really liked this line from the article.

You're right, it's disgusting to watch this kind of behavior from potential future leaders.  Even more frightening though is that this behavior is taking place within the confines of a party - in other words, a group of people who, theoretically, should be sharing the same mindset.  Yet, here we are, watching these guys take cheap shot after cheap shot all in the name of being crowned king of the hill.

I feel this is the exact reason I simply can't be engaged when it comes to politics.  Everyone is saying anything they can to get ahead - even if it means cannabilism (metaphorically - politics isn't that cutthroat...yet haha) against your own party.

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Re: Red Blue and Black
Ted Faraone   2/8/2012 1:30:08 PM
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Seems to me that it always comes down to green.  :)

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Red Blue and Black
Noreen Seebacher   2/8/2012 11:17:12 AM
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There has been a big change in the US economy in the past four years: the nation has developed some cheap sources of domestic energy. How do you think this will affect the Presidential elections? Will booming new oil states such as Pennsylvania and Ohio favor conservatives?

Will there be less interest in blue or red states, and more interest in black -- the color of oil -- as voters grapple with the economic and environmental issues?

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