Democrats’ 2014 campaign strategy revealed: sound conservative

You know the song by The Who that goes, “We won’t be fooled again?” Voters may be humming it to themselves right now, but it’s not so easy in the mystical and deceitful world of politics in America — and I said politics not policy. It’s all about focus groups and polls that direct politicians on what to say in order to convince or cajole folks into electing them. Truth doesn’t figure into the calculation – that’s just too hard — plus it would put a lot of political and media consultants out of work.

So staring at an absolute debacle at the polls this fall, the Democrats are grasping at anything to help their failing cause of progressive socialism. Thanks to some analysis by Politico, we have some insight into their battle plan: sound like conservatives! What a clever disguise.

As Politico reports, “It’s one thing for Democrats running in red parts of the country to sound like Republicans on the campaign trail. It’s another when Democrats running in purple or even blue territory try to do so. Yet that’s what’s happening in race after race this season. Faced with a treacherous political environment, many Democrats are trotting out campaign ads that call for balanced budgets, tax cuts and other more traditionally GOP positions. Some of them are running in congressional districts that just two years ago broke sharply for President Barack Obama.”

Maybe Democrats — let’s call them what they are, progressive socialists — are actually realizing it doesn’t work. It’s finally hitting home for Americans and no amount of spin will save these deceivers from a presumed fate — unless they can morph into something else. And they better, because according to recent polling, Barack Obama is very unpopular – along with his “policies.”

Hysteria about voter ID, income inequality, and the war on women ain’t making it this time. The only remaining course of action for progressive socialists is to become shape shifters!

Politico says, “whether the Democrats running … can survive what party strategists acknowledge is a deteriorating national political environment will largely hinge on how well they can appeal to more conservative voters. “It’s a different kind of electorate,” said Ben Tulchin, a San Francisco-based Democratic pollster. “If you’re running in a competitive district as a Democrat in a nonpresidential year, you want to strike a more moderate tone.”

Now that makes me laugh. The minimization of Blue Dog (moderate, conservative) Democrats has been clearly evident, just ask Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Tx) who had the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus dogpile him because of his criticism of Obama on illegal immigration — and siding with the GOP. You can ask Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga) if he’ll ever see a Committee leadership position — not as long as Pelosi the Liberal Progressive runs the House Democrat machine – after he led the way to eliminate the health insurance subsidy available to members of Congress

However, what I find disturbing — and Americans in general should find offensive — is that the Democrat party thinks you’re just stupid enough to fall for this charade. Here are some examples Politico highlights:

Colorado Democrat Andrew Romanoff, who’s running in a district that Obama won in 2012 and 2008, has started airing a commercial that strikes a tea party theme. It highlights his record as speaker of the state House of Representatives when, he says, he helped balance the state’s budget.

New Hampshire Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, whose district broke for Obama by a yawning 11-percentage-point margin in 2012, is running an ad that touts her support for small-business tax cuts while showing her touring a local microbrewery — of course the owners “didn’t build that.”

Former Iowa state Sen. Staci Appel, in a district Obama won by 4 percentage points two years ago, underscores her record of fighting overspending in state government, a populist theme often heard from tea party-aligned conservatives.

Democratic Rep. Ron Barber, in a swing southern Arizona district that is slightly more conservative than the others, uses his first TV spot to highlight his support for increasing border security funds. The ad — complete with the image of a border patrol car — doesn’t mention elements of immigration reform that are typically more popular among Democratic voters.

And what is the one thing that none of these campaign ads mentions? They don’t mention that each of these candidates are affiliated with the Democrat party. C’mon guys, it’s been an awful four years for Tennessee Volunteer football, but I ain’t about to start singing “Yay Alabama” and shouting “Roll Tide” (just so you know, I am attending the Tennessee-Alabama football game in Knoxville this year).

When things are going their way, Democrats are all up in your grill. Now they’re trying to run away from their own “brand.”

Politico says “Democrat Patrick Henry Hays, the North Little Rock mayor who’s running in an Arkansas district that Mitt Romney won in 2012, uses his first TV ad to discuss the need for a balanced budget, limited government regulations and less wasteful spending.” And any of you think if he wins he’s going to walk into Nancy Pelosi’s office and spew those principles?

This is beyond shameful. It’s cowardly. It shows these Democrats don’t believe in anything, stand for nothing, and are focused on one thing: themselves. For my fellow residents of Florida, I have just two words: Charlie Crist.

The point is, however, that they keep getting away with it. Unless we don’t let them this time…

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Derek Stiles
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I think we should find it more offensive that YOU believe balancing the budget or helping small business is some Tea Party invention… Know why I’m a “blue dog” and can’t get off the fence? Because I won’t vote for anyone that promises NOT to work with the other side in their campaigns. Yet, that’s exactly what the Tea Party minority wants, and you seem to support it. I guess when you want to ignore the fact that the majority of Americans DO NOT support the Tea Party agenda or angry rhetoric, you’ll look for any reason the party can’t… Read more »
Bully Pulpit
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Look Derek, I don’t “seem to support” the TEA party position — I actually DO support the TEA party position. Just to be clear.

Derek Stiles
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Awesome, please detail that position for me. All I ever hear are short tag lines like, “Lower taxes!” “Secure borders!” With no real plans behind them.

I’ll be thrilled to find out more.

Bully Pulpit
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Are you looking to convert or argue — I really don’t want to waste my time? But, I would recommend you attend a TEA party rally in your area before the elections (as an objective observer, of course). You can hear the platform, feel the pulse where the unity in position, and hear the heart and emotion of those that support the cause. That will teach you the most if you are sincere. I doubt that you are so that is why I am directing you to a larger audience that has the energy and want to argue with you.… Read more »
Mike
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Taxes are lowered by eliminating fraud and waste. The Department of Energy hasn’t produced a watt of electricity or a gallon of gasoline. Gone. The Department of Education is a misnomer, it hasn’t graduated a single pupil. Gone. The Department of the Interior (Indian Reservations? Are you kidding me?) Gone. Every militarized SWAT team from a federal agency other than FBI? Gone. You get the idea. Smaller government = lower taxes AND a restoration of freedom. Secure the borders is even easier… every last illegal sent back where they came from. You don’t earn a place at the table by… Read more »
Helga Stintzcum
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Derek Stiles…..YOU ARE THE ONE WHOSE VIEW IS OBSCURED DUE TO YOUR BLINDERS!!

Derek Stiles
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Yes, I’m blinded by wanting a Congress that works, and at the very least, finds some compromise to improve the country. You, and I assume Bully Pulpit up there, believe it’s all or nothing. Well, you’re currently getting nothing….while it may be OK for you if things go lousy as long as you can point the finger at a Democrat, I for one prefer a group of people that can come up with a solution for all. I’m perfectly happy for that to be moderate Republicans and Democrats, but you can all keep on dreaming if you think hard-core, far… Read more »
Bully Pulpit
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Maybe so, I don’t know how old you are, but the TEA party and the Libertarians are definitely influencing the next generation to ponder and research our positions. That may be the change you fear or will adjust to if you live long enough.

Peter Gibson
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Derek’s own words prove your point nicely. We’re at the point now where Americans consider a grass roots movement of fiscal conservatives, constitutional adherence, and the endorsement of ‘small government’ as the “hard core” and the “far right”. It’s a laughably ridiculous juxtaposition actually, considering the Tea Party ethos is literally the diametric opposite of ‘radicalized’. Of course this sort of arbitrary, thoughtless demonization has no basis in reality, it’s merely parroted, facile talking points, manufactured for the media by both parties, and sold like manna from heaven to a citizenry prone to headline-only activism, still blissfully unaware that the… Read more »
Helga Stintzcum
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Dream on…..

John Best
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What angry rhetoric?

Mike
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Derek – Whether the RNC hacks believe the lie that ‘Democrats will vote Republican if only Republicans were a little more like Democrats’ the conservative voting base does NOT believe it. We reject socialism, which is the barely covered-up platform of the current Democratic party. I think we’ve seen the last of the John McCain Republicrat candidates. I for one cannot wait for the mid-terms… and November 2016. Until the RNC abolishes the primary vote, the conservative base will continue to put real conservatives on the ballot. It will take 20 years of conservatism to un-do 8 years of hard-core… Read more »
Derek Stiles
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Totally missing the point brother. I’m a multiple gun owner. I own a national IT business. I didn’t support Obamacare. Basically, I’m a moderate, and I just won’t vote for a Tea Party candidate. You see, I don’t need all my Christian, gun owning, business beliefs forced on everyone else. That’s not a “win” for me, and I don’t need everyone around me to bitch and moan with me to keep me going during the day. By the way, while you bash Socialism, Germany and other Socialist countries are in far better shape than America in basically every category you… Read more »
Bully Pulpit
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Do you know any Germans, Derek? Have they told you how the private market is been brought back into healthcare, finance, industry? Ask them about supplemental insurance for many things (not just healthcare) that they are buying to broaden there options for care, attention, and treatment, because the “system” is no longer able to handle the masses and is rationing time, procedures, and quality.
India, China, most of the larger European economies (Russia for that matter) are more capitalistic than the US is now.

Mike
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Tea Party values, as I understand them: limited government, strong national defense, individual responsibility, free market capitalism, I don’t know, maybe somebody who identifies as Tea Party can help out. Pretty scary stuff, huh? I am conservative because of years of observation – and I don’t watch Fox News, CNN, or any of the others, I usually read BBC news on the cell app. I lived in Bamberg, Germany for 2 1/2 years… I know full well what socialism does to a people, and an economy. Their wealthy live like our middle class, and their middle class live like our… Read more »
Bully Pulpit
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Yes. And as they (progressives by any label) downgrade the people they also must promote the “simpler way of life” as virtuous — that’s how they hide how regressive their policies truly are.
Inviting prosperity is a much better system and there are no excuses or propagandist conditioning needed to accept it.

Mike
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The current administration has devoted 5 1/2 years to destroying the ability of the working-class to prosper. Regulating and taxing small businesses into failure is one of the few things President Obama seems to genuinely care about. One last thing…calling ones self ‘moderate’ does nothing to cover up the patronizing tone that is a birthmark of liberals/socialists here in the US. “Don’t be selfish – give it to ME!” – famous motto of small children and Democrats. (Col. Jeff Cooper)

Bully Pulpit
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this progressive movement in the US is just surreal — especially that it has as much support as it does. smh.

JGracen
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HAhahahaha… Clinton was the one that swung to the beat of a new drum after he was elected, not Newt Gingrich! Boy are you deprived of a history lesson!

John Best
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Look at 92-94, then see how willy acted after he lost the congress.

Mike
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When has a socialist ever told an obvious truth when they could tell an obvious lie in its place?

mcrognale
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And your source for your statement for “the fact that the majority of Americans DO NOT support the Tea Party, etc.” is? Bottom line is you may say that you are a blue dog but the truth is you are another dem/prog/lib troll. Be gone!

Derek Stiles
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The source for my statement is: A fairly moderate Republican lost the bid for the Presidency even with Tea Party support, which he did finally get… But please, point me to a viable Tea Party candidate that you feel like will grab the Presidency. I’ll be happy to send you my email address so one of us can gloat when it doesn’t happen…. Unlike you, I don’t need to rant and rave. Just give me a moderate conservative like Newt, and I’ll vote for him no problem…Well, not totally like Newt, but similar in political beliefs. By the way, people… Read more »
Mike
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Ok, for starters, Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy, or Bobby Jindal could wind up in the oval office Jan 2017. Rick Perry could, too, but I hope he stays in Texas, where my business will be relocating to in 10 months. I think we have a gentleman’s bet about the severity of the backlash against liberal Dems in the Nov 16 elections. Bring it on! The whole ‘rant and rave’ thing is argumentum ad hominum – rather than dealing with the message, marginalize the messenger. Sorry, that might work on other forums, not here. We don’t CARE if you’re a Christian!… Read more »
majorwiblit
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Military Charity Caught Funneling Donations Towards Tea Party PACs Move America Forward, a charity that sent care packages to troops deployed overseas, employed all sorts of tactics to raise money — from actual events like throwing telethons at the Ronald Reagan Library with conservative celebrities like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and both President Bushes, to completely fabricated claims, like boasting a partnership with Walter Reed Medical Center (which the Department of Defense claims has never existed), or using stock images of veterans and other charities’ photos in their testimonials. But the care packages they purported to send never… Read more »
Bully Pulpit
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Obama has held 400 fundraisers in person as of today. Many more renting out the WH rooms, appointment, and over the phone promises. “Democrat-supporting unions have outspent the Koch brothers” ~ fact checker june 2014 “The Kochs are far richer, but Tom Steyer’s $100 million pledge has them looking like cheapskates in the political field. Koch Industries spent $18 million on federal elections from 1989 to 2013, placing it 59th on a list of campaign donors compiled by Open Secrets. And, they give to both parties. the Steyer Brothers only give to Democrats” ~Open source Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/1/the-steyer-brothers-gop-finds-koch-rivals-who-fina/#ixzz3AEWI3Cxn Everybody’s raising… Read more »
Mike
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I don’t understand what this has to do with DemocRats trying to escape their own sinking ship. Perhaps you could explain?

majorwiblit
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Tea Party founder fed up with movement America’s Tea Party movement has evolved into a nightmare for the movement’s founder. The movement used to be about corruption and government spending, but now it is about “guns, gays and God”. http://rt.com/usa/tea-party-denninger-usa/ *** Fed up with tea party extremism, Texas GOP judge bolts for Democrats “I cannot tolerate a political party in which hate speech elevates a candidate to higher office rather than disqualifying them,” Key said in a video statement posted on YouTube. “I cannot be a member of party that is proud to destroy the financial lives of hundreds of… Read more »
Derek Stiles
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Here comes the flaming and misdirection from people that can’t form a coherent counter argument in 3….2…1….

lol.

Bully Pulpit
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Founder and Co-Founder of Greenpeace leave the organization they founded in the 70’s fed up with the environmental radicals, extremists, activists, and now void of scientists making decisions and influencing the public with lies and misinformation.

“Why I Left Greenpeace”
By PATRICK MOORE,
http://nexusnow.info/forum/showthread.php?3087-Why-I-Left-Greenpeace…-the-story-of-Patrick-Moore

Would you say GreenPeace is dead, majorwilt…?

Steven DeJong
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crawl back in your hole brown shirt.

Mike
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I assume you post this as wishful thinking, to comfort yourself. Best of luck with it.

97E
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TL;Dr since no one should have to slog through that imbecilic screed:

Herrrrp derrrrrp derrrrrp! I are partisan dumbass with nothing intelligent to say!

Also, ERMUHGERD BOOOOSH!

Mary Ann Lanzon 6169021717
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Mary Ann Lanzon 6169021717

Every word truer words never spoken since you see their commercials they don’t list parties.

Daniel Hawxhurst
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please America, get rid of this socialist progressive scum that is ruining our country!

thinkingabovemypaygrade
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thinkingabovemypaygrade

What of all the bills that Harry Reid is sitting on? Some (I am told) were bipartisan efforts…We have a Democratic president and top leadership that wants only Obedience…

See this Google search listing several articles from different sources talking about the couple HUNDRED bills Sen Harry Reid sits on

https://www.google.com/search?q=harry+reid+bills+unsigned+held+up&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS533US533&oq=harry+reid+bills+unsigned+held+up&aqs=chrome..69i57.6039j0j4&sourceid=chrome&espv=2&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8

Carol Walters
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I saw that too. There are over 300 sitting on Reid’s desk. Now who is obstructing?

Glenn
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Last I Heard was 352 Bills sitting in Harry Reids Bottom Drawer!!

O'Malley is a Idiot
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The answer is …….. DEMOCRATS LIE … The Lie about Keeping Your Doctor. They Lie about the IRS. They Lie about Health Insurance Premiums being reduced. THEY LIE, LIE, LIE.

RedReb
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Don’t forget the video that “caused” the Benghazi murders….and on the anniversary of 9/11!! They have no shame.

O'Malley is a Idiot
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Plus there is the VA, NSA, and he would raise taxes on anyone making less then $250,000.00 unless you don’t have OBOZOCARE and have to pay a fine.

Alan D. Harris
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Wait! Wait! You are pissed off that Democrats continue to slide further to the right when this only means that the right-wing is finishing off the last vestiges of political opposition? You are too whiny to even gloat? Wow! Utterly amazing….

Bully Pulpit
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slide to the right, then slide to the left — the Democrat election dance.

Skiroy
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– not a slide, a tether ball swing, multi-directional, no moral compass.

John Best
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It’s a lie. Just like everything the dems say.

Mike
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Democrats aren’t sliding further to the right AFTER elections, just before them! Trying to fool people like that is desperation, and it isn’t going to work. The backlash at the mid-terms will be delicious.

Numisc
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She looks better with the mask on.
Democrats ‘slide to the right only’ when election time is coming. As soon as re-elected it’s the same old story. No doubt, they must be amazed at just how stupid and gullible voters can be,

abaton7
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NEVER underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.

Patty
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Kay Hagan jumped on this bandwagon. She is running commercials calling herself one of the country’s most moderate democrats. She also completely changed her look, I didn’t even recognize her!

Cindy Reschke Wundrow
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Cindy Reschke Wundrow
I have an state assembly vote this year. Two months ago, a gentleman came to my home and identified himself running for my state assembly person and gave me his literature, quite lengthy. Went online to read more and learned he is Republican. This past Sunday a lady came to my door, only gave her name and running for state assembly and gave me a small piece of information about herself. Found out today she is running on the Democrat ticket. She has virtually no experience in government, She put herself thru college and has had a job but she… Read more »
Bully Pulpit
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Hence the mass border flood of children and youths with no education being offered amnesty/citizenship – Democrats want “pliable and viable’, just as you said.

Skiroy
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– don’t buy the liberal lie. (regressive socialist lie)

dbedell70
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I noticed that in our Florida election. I have been seeing ads for Gwen Graham, being new to the area I assumed that she was a Republican, running against Steve Southerland because her ads talk about the inability of Congress and taught very conservative ideals. Yet I have found out this week she is a Democrat! I have watched everyone of her ads and the word Democrat is nowhere in them.

Isahiah62
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that is how DUMBORAT Crist will win. When he had an R next to his name he was a jerk, a bigot, a loon etc- he hugged obama and wham he is their golden boy with a D next to his name…. presto chango- the flim flam

Reba
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Welcome to Florida and I hope you are a Conservative. Called a misleading ad and she should be called on it.

Tread7
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D evious
E gomaniac
M anipulative
O ppresive
C rass
R acist
A gnostic
T yranical

gjsmith_62
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progressive socialists — are actually realizing it doesn’t work.”

You’re joking, right? It’s not about “working”, it’s about power and saying Anything to get elected.

If it was about working, the war on poverty ( IOW any other “war” democrats fight ) would have been declared lost and agencies eliminated.

Rob W. Case
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I remember when the Democrats tried to do this in the mid-term elections of 2006… and it worked! The Democrats attacked the Republicans on Iraq, overspending, and scandals that involved Republicans (Mark Foley, Jack Abramoff, Valerie Plame). Not long after, they moved sharply to the left, and the consequences of the policies they pursued and passed fell on George W. Bush who was highly toxic politically his last 2 years. Now, they are trying to do it again, but with conditions that are far worse (under their leadership) than it was in 2006, even if we judge them by the… Read more »
MotherBatherick
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People should ask themselves and those around them if their lives are better, easier and happier and if they or others they know still have the same job (and home for that matter) that they did 6 years ago or…are they struggling, worried, been laid-off, unemployed or know someone who is/has been during these past 6 years. And then they should remind themselves and those around them who has been president these past 6 years and who has controlled the senate.

Don Briscoe
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Get your friends and family and anyone you can and have a voting party in November and get these socialists out of office and stop Obamas attack on America in its tracks.