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January 06, 2008

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RichatUF

Rick-

Good call on Obama's independent support clipping McCain. It could also trip him up in South Carolina.

I'm a bit worried about the "charismatic movement" propelling to a victory in November however. Obama would have a democrat congress and he might have star power, but would he have the ability to actually say "no" to any of Rangel and et al proposals.

Rasing the cap on Social Security, rasing taxes to "fix" the AMT, increasing regulation on energy production, and increasing regulation in health care really isn't change and doesn't give me any hope.

MayBee

Dorothy Rabinowitz has an interesting opinion piece in the WSJ about McCain. Her view, and I have great respect for her, is that there is something special about McCain--a truly heroic figure with a great deal of cross party appeal.

I'll have to look for it. I know he can look petty and snappish. I just think back to 2000, when the knock against him (fairly, I'm sure) was that he had a temper. I recall the replayed tapes of him telling off Maria Shriver (I think) representing NBC.
All that attention really pushed public opinion away from him. Which is a shame, because I think he would have been the better president.
I don't want people to focus on the wrong things again.

Jane

I remember that incident with Maria Shriver and I applauded it at the time. She was an ass. She asked him how it felt to lose and he told her to get out of his way. I thought it was perfect.

McCain has done a lot of damage to my impression of him over the last 2 days, and Romney has grown in stature. That's something I did not expect.

clarice

He'd have to have a LOT of cross party appeal to overcome his loss of in party appeal, I think. He played to the media a couple of times too many at the cost of the principles of his party.

Sue

I would vote for McCain if he is on the ticket. I won't vote for Huckabee or Paul. The only 2 running who will cause me to sit it out.

Sue

As a matter of fact, I dislike Huckabee even more for causing me to consider voting for McCain.

Rick Ballard

"It could also trip him up in South Carolina."

I dunno about that. The Rep SC primary is on the 19th while the Dem's is on the 25th. SC has been penalized half its delegates (like Wyoming) for going early. I haven't found info about registration requirements but independents may not get to vote in the SC primary.

MayBee

He played to the media a couple of times too many at the cost of the principles of his party.

That's undoubtedly true. To be honest, I'm not really into party politics.

GMax

Rick

I heard the Republicans have this strange penalty without a penalty thing going on right now. Apparently moving up your primary is a sin that gets a penalty, but if the caucus or primary in "nonbinding" on the delegates, you get your full complement of delegates. If voters or attendees understood that, it would explain a lower turnout too.

Not sure, but I think SC is either open primary or same day registration, either one means anyone can vote for anyone there.

GMax

in = is

sheesh

Rick Ballard

Thanks, Gmax. The actual SC Republican Party rules are as clear as mud. I didn't realize that the RNC was doing faux punishment.

cathyf
Not sure, but I think SC is either open primary or same day registration, either one means anyone can vote for anyone there.
Wow -- does that mean that each person can vote in both primaries in SC?
RichatUF

cathyf-

Wow -- does that mean that each person can vote in both primaries in SC?

I thought the way the rules worked is that independents can choose one or the other. If Obama swings a block of independent voters [especially on the coast] they would have to wait til the Democrat primary and could not participate in the Republican primary.

Sue

Texas is open primary, which means you can vote once ::grin:: in the primary elections, regardless of your party affiliation, for either party. Just pick your poison. I typically vote in the democratic primary because all of our local offices are held by democrats. That is why democrats everywhere consider me one of theirs. ::grin::

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