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Republicans on 2010 pace in House
generic vote -- at least momentarily

Washington Examiner, by Michael Barone

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Posted By:garnet, 12/7/2013 11:16:47 AM

One interesting, but not always precisely reliable, measure of partisan preference is what pollsters call the generic vote -- which party´s candidates people would vote for in elections to the House of Representatives. Over the past two decades, responses have tended to underpredict Republicans´ performance in subsequent elections, though that was the case more in 1992-2002 than recently. The last two months have seen sharp shifts in the generic vote, as National Journal´s Charlie Cook notes, with Democrats peaking during the government shutdown in the first half of October and then a sharp swing to Republicans after the spotlight shifted

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/7/2013 11:57:18 AM     (No. 9644362)

The biggest danger is that the same RINOs that foisted McCain and Romney on us will "reach out across the aisle" and throw the ´Rats a bipartisan rope. Why? Because they are deathly afraid of being called racists by the MSM - which they will be regardless - and want to appear "inclusive".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: javelin, 12/7/2013 3:40:46 PM     (No. 9644555)

McCain and Romney were nominated by Republicans who took the time and made the effort to win for them in caucuses and primaries. While we conservatives were switching weekly from one conservative savior to the next, Romney continued his deliberate pace and won. I watched this play out and wondered if we will ever truly understand that there is no perfect candidate. Apparently, very good just isn´t good enough for some of us.
We sometimes disagree even among ourselves. If we purge the GOP of enough alleged RINO´s there may just be we two left. I´m not so sure about you, either.
Maybe we should be see the debates in our ranks as a positive. There is always the Democrats for those who wish to march in lockstep.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/7/2013 3:56:05 PM     (No. 9644570)

#1, how were either of those men "foisted" on voters? If your choice didn´t prevail in the primaries, then he or she didn´t win enough votes. John McCain was certainly not my first choice in 2008, but I didn´t consider him "foisted" on me. I knew that his supporters outnumbered the supporters of my own preferred candidate. I have no patience for thumb-sucking. And I have less patience for gloomy guses. This article gives us good news. We can evaluate it and use it as we wish, but danged if I will sit back and hope it´s wrong as you seem to be doing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Blackeagle, 12/7/2013 4:12:52 PM     (No. 9644577)

"The biggest danger is that the same".... unelectable wingnuts (MO, IN, DE, maybe NV) that were foisted upon us by starry-eyed dogmatic voters in the primaries (Right-wing versions of Obamanauts if you want a term) will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

When you can´t even hang on to a GOP Senate seat in Indiana you know someone is living in some sort of political fantasy land. One solution - at least it would have been useful in the MO debacle - is to have runoffs - where the winner of the primary must get a majority. That way if some foot-in-mouth disaster somehow gets 40% of the primary vote, we can correct our errors in the runoff. Note that in both MO and NV the eventual nominees got financial support from - the Democrats!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Starlady, 12/7/2013 9:04:01 PM     (No. 9644769)

Don´t wry, between Speaker Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Paul Ryan many people who might vote for the GOP will most likely stay home Election Day 2014

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