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The Partisans in the Closet
Politico Magazine, by Alan Abramowitz

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Posted By:MissMolly, 1/10/2014 4:49:25 AM

According to the latest Gallup Poll, last year a record 42 percent of Americans considered themselves political independents. That’s the largest percentage of independents Gallup has recorded since the polling firm began doing interviews by telephone 25 years ago. Moreover, the percentage of independents rose to 46 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013. Based on these results, Gallup’s managing editor, Jeffrey Jones, concludes that the increase in independent identification “adds a greater level of unpredictability to this year’s congressional midterm elections.” Jones goes on to argue that, “with Americans increasingly eschewing party labels for themselves, candidates who are less closely

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/10/2014 5:07:46 AM     (No. 9686567)

“Millions of Americans today are attracted to the independent label. Parties have a bad reputation—both major parties are viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans…”

Both political parties have failed Americans. The polls showed that two-thirds of the self-identified independents leaned towards one of the two parties. I believe these are “tea” type Americans, whether they know it or not. People are fed up with the corruption, the crony facism, the suffocating political correctness, and the long suffering “progressives” and their endless list of causes, complaints, and caterwauling. We want our “and of the free” back and neither party is interested in representing us. If something doesn’t break soon, we’ll become a nation of scofflaws. I know I’m becoming one.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 1/10/2014 5:08:58 AM     (No. 9686568)

Sorry. "land of the free"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 1/10/2014 6:50:50 AM     (No. 9686632)

If someone would start a viable conservative third party, you would quickly see how many conservatives there are who don´t have to stay home from voting any longer. We´re losing elections to voter fraud anyway so maybe this might be the answer. I just remember Glenn Beck saying ´there are more of us than of them´ and we need to get out there to prove it. However, we need something to prove it with!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 1/10/2014 7:31:35 AM     (No. 9686667)

There have been, and continue to be, dozens of "third" parties out there, none of which has ever gained any permanent traction. Ain´t no reason to think it would be any different this time.

And can you imagine the kind of media coverage such a party would receive? It would make SNL´s treatment of Sarah Palin look rational and civil by comparison.

It´s the GOP or bust, folks.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 1/10/2014 8:04:24 AM     (No. 9686705)

Liberals tell pollsters that they are independent because they don´t want to be blamed for the failure of their policies.
Conservatives claim the mantle because they don´t want all the junk mail from the RNC telling us that we should send money to fund incumbents who can´t imagine life outside of the Beltway.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Judith, 1/10/2014 8:13:44 AM     (No. 9686716)

Here in MA, the largest political party is undeclared. But just try to talk about anything conservative or against the democrat party, and there will be much hatred (not too strong a word here)directed at you. I still can´t figure out why they don´t just register as democrat because when you talk to them they are quite blatantly around-the-bend-crazy liberals.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: StormCnter, 1/10/2014 8:17:05 AM     (No. 9686719)

#4 is right. If anyone is dreaming of a 3rd party, please consider Ross Perot. That´s what you end up with. A doomed eego trip for a rich guy, but dragging those who believed he was sincere along with him.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/10/2014 9:34:24 AM     (No. 9686818)

The tone of Prof Abramowitz´s writing is similar to a fiction article. I can only assume he is speaking from a basis of fear that the far Left is losing followers.

Of course as a far Left prof, he is too cowardly and non-intellectually curious to address the issue of fear of being a registered Republican in light of the IRS intimidation and "targeting" scandal.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 1/10/2014 10:41:37 AM     (No. 9686909)

gaaaahh!
Ross Perot was a factor because George H. W. Bush was a wretched candidate and a worse President! We the people did not "owe" the GOP´s ´anointed´ one single solitary vote, he certainly did nothing whatever to earn one. And, you might recall, he was there solely because the "wiser heads" in the GOP Upper Crust forced him on Reagan. The heirs and assigns of those creeps are still with us, still claiming a Superior View of the Matter, and demanding that we lowly serfs tug at our forelocks, chant, "as your Worship wishes", and then go off to hew wood and draw water for them.
They are truly shocked, as were the Brits during the Revolution, that those lowly Americans would dare to say NO.
Well, NO.
And whatever small support I can give will be to those who are men and women of integrity and whose philosophy of government is congruent with mine and with the Constitution of the United States *AS WRITTEN*. Which may, bTW, not match up with how 200 years of self-serving judges have distorted it.
Independent or 3rd Party is how this citizen is going. I grew up pledging allegiance to the USA, not to the GOP.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 1/10/2014 1:10:14 PM     (No. 9687076)

Take a breath, #9, and remember that Reagan sometimes played ball with the moderate faction. Perhaps you are old enough to remember that in 1976, when he was challenging Ford, RR promised that if nominated he would select Richard Schweiker of PA, a RINO´s RINO, as his running mate?

The line between a moderate and a conservative is not always hard and fast, even in Ronald Reagan´s case. I wish more people on this board would appreciate that.


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