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Republicans Really Could
Win It All This Year

Politico, by Larry Sabato

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Posted By:PageTurner, 1/7/2014 2:56:21 AM

Another midterm election beckons, and over the next 10 months we’ll see headlines about a thousand supposedly critical developments—the “game changers” and the “tipping points.” But we all know there aren’t a thousand powerful drivers of the vote. I’d argue that three factors are paramount: the president, the economy and the election playing field. And, at least preliminarily, those three factors seem to be pointing toward Republican gains in both houses in the 2014 midterms. Why? 1. The president. His job approval numbers are perhaps the best indicator of the public’s overall political orientation at any given time, a kind of summary

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Melody, 1/7/2014 4:09:34 AM     (No. 9682548)

And if the Republicans who win are like the one pictured? May there be more like Cruz and Lee.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bkt23, 1/7/2014 4:28:04 AM     (No. 9682553)

It´s not the party, it´s the person. Get some constitutional conservatives in there and we might be able to save this once-great country. Get more idiots like McCain and Boehner and we´re toast.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/7/2014 4:38:47 AM     (No. 9682555)

Sabato is considered top drawer when it comes to predicting election outcomes but he´s also stuck in the old way of looking at things conventionally.The left has become a lot more adept and sneaky stealing elections and they know who and how to micro target groups for their outcome.Besides that,the republicans aren´t doing anything to cheer about and are heavily dependent on Obamacare to win in Nov.

The only thing the left knows is class warfare and that´s all you´re going to hear about.

Less than 10% of the country cares about the income gap,minimum wage and extended unemployment but Obama can make a crisis out of any of them.Obama´s the cause of what he´s complaining about.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: PChristopher, 1/7/2014 5:38:38 AM     (No. 9682578)

Which Republicans? The truly Conservative Republicans or the Establishment/RINO Republicans?

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 1/7/2014 7:20:05 AM     (No. 9682627)

What´s their platform? I´m almost exactly like the liberal dems but not so much? I´ll "reach across the aisle"(cave to the dems), vote for me? I think the dem have excellent ideas, vote for me?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/7/2014 8:11:34 AM     (No. 9682685)

And, if they win it all this year, will there be widespread GOP rejoicing or will there be despair and hysteria from those of our own who prayed for Republican defeat across the country? Those who wanted to "make a point".

Those are rhetorical questions. I already know the answers.

I´m for winning it all.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 1/7/2014 8:31:08 AM     (No. 9682721)

Republicans will not win it all with Boehner and his troupe of clowns working as hard as they can to defeat "fellow" Republicans.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Rakasha, 1/7/2014 8:39:49 AM     (No. 9682741)

If you really believe that most of us are praying for Republican defeat in order to ´make a point´, #6, then you are not paying attention. If you are being derisive in order to discredit those you disagree with, then that is most unhelpful to promoting the party unity that many here tout.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: philsner, 1/7/2014 10:45:08 AM     (No. 9682963)

Its about status quo and political cover #8.
The agenda is repeated over and over and over again.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: yuban, 1/7/2014 10:57:54 AM     (No. 9682994)

Right on 8 and 9. Conservatives want to win. The difference is we want to win something worth winning.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Susannah, 1/7/2014 11:01:03 AM     (No. 9683002)

#8, there are people here who claim they´ll vote for a Democrat rather than a Republican candidate who´s only, say, 95% pure.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: philsner, 1/7/2014 11:20:49 AM     (No. 9683030)

Now we are arguing semantics and parsing statements.
How do you determine "percent purity"?
Is the desire to find and elect candidates on the basis of truth rather than lies wrong? And if we know "winning" that way is impossible, do we just give up and "reach across the aisle" to endorse a political agenda we know is destructive in the name of committee chairmanships?
Do you actually believe that electing candidates like John McCain and Lindsay Graham will change anything at all in Washington? Are they really better than what we have now?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 1/7/2014 2:43:28 PM     (No. 9683272)

Not going to happen if Republicans continue the circular firing squad.

Whatever happened to the eleventh commandment, thou shalt not criticize a fellow Republican?

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