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Conservative Blue
City Journal [NYC, NY], by Christian Schneider

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 12/20/2012 5:18:06 AM

After November 6, the amount of blue on the presidential electoral map made it appear as if the entire Midwest had been swallowed by the Great Lakes. Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota all went for Barack Obama. Most weren’t close. One might think, then, that the American Midwest is hopelessly lost to the forces of big government. Yet within many of these states, something else is happening: conservatives are enacting some of the boldest reforms in the country, to broad public approval. The latest example comes from Michigan, where Republican governor Rick Snyder signed into law two “right-to-work” bills,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 12/20/2012 5:27:37 AM     (No. 9075595)

Funny how these midwestern states are tackling liberal sacred cows but voted for obama.Or did they?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: leopardtwo, 12/20/2012 5:56:36 AM     (No. 9075612)

That is right. Blue is the color of the right in politics. Red is the color of the political left! That is why the flag of Red China, get it, RED China is well..red! California is a RED state, so is New York where the lefties are in full control.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: doodah, 12/20/2012 7:17:37 AM     (No. 9075725)

Good news! However, until all the states get voter i.d. laws, Repubs will never win another presidential election. Sorry, folks, many are convinced there were "high crimes and misdemeanor" on election day or before (much early voting, not much oversight) in the battleground states!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Judith, 12/20/2012 7:27:28 AM     (No. 9075744)

Sure, local politicians will, hopefully, fix the awful mess the dems have caused....but in the end, with the help of the media, obama will get whatever credit there is to be had. Bet on it.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/20/2012 8:10:39 AM     (No. 9075821)

Republicans are doing well at the State level, holding their own at the House level, unable to exploit opportunities at the Senate level and suffering disaster at the Presidential level. Sound familiar?
It is obvious that the grass roots energy is not being transformed into political success as we go higher. IMO, two reasons. One, the Tea Party is still a novice at coalescing around winning candidates and two, Beltway RINOs are taking advantage of #1.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Davids918, 12/20/2012 8:37:08 AM     (No. 9075858)

#3, it´s easier than than having I.D. (though Obama was required to show his, so if it´s good enough for the president, right?)

Finger-print technology -

can´t forge it, and can be easily cross-checked to determine if more than one vote cast, and anywhere in the U.S. too.


That´s what the Republicans should be advocating in conjunction with I.D. (since it was good enough for our president in Illinois).


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Reply 7 - Posted by: jimboendaatl, 12/20/2012 9:50:06 AM     (No. 9075980)

Good read and a reminder to count your blessings and thank God for them this Christmas.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: oh-heck, 12/20/2012 10:58:48 AM     (No. 9076112)

The Last Hurrah was a novel about the last of the dying breed of Local Politicians who had by sheer political talent assembled a machine with loyal electorate that won election after election. He finally loses to a nobody who appears only on TV because he has no skills in one on one contact. The Local can´t understand how he lost. An adviser finally concludes that FDR was responsible for the shift in patronage politic from local to federal. Ultimately this last election was about race and patronage politics. It´s not surprising that conservatives survived in the House or gained at the state and local levels.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: absalom, 12/20/2012 1:06:43 PM     (No. 9076301)

#5 is insightful. Many continue to bang the voter fraud drum. Must give them solace. Facts intervene. Virtually every battle ground state has an R Gov, AG, Secy of State, Assembly and Senate Leader. Reality is simple. Romney was a feckless and inept doofus who stood for nothing. Principled conservatives warned of this fraud, from day one but were told to sit down and shut up. The outcome was predictable.

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