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There´s nothing undemocratic
about strategic voting

Washington Examiner [DC], by Noemie Emery

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 7/2/2014 5:35:24 AM

Mississippi sore loser Chris McDaniel and his supporters wouldn´t like me too much. For many years in the state where I was born, I voted in primaries for people I didn´t like, didn´t agree with and had no intention of voting for later -- secure in the thought I was doing my best in a bad situation I had no part in bringing about. Yes, years before Operation Chaos occurred to Rush Limbaugh, I had been voting strategically in New York. Here´s how it all came about. Back in the Stone Age when I began voting, I was a genuine

As Emery says, Limbaugh pushed it in 2008 and his fans saw nothing wrong with the tactic.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mws50, 7/2/2014 5:54:13 AM     (No. 9907882)

This cracks me up. This poor fool is completely ignoring the illegal votes by her favored democrats.
Free clue, Noemie: It is illegal to vote in the Democrat primary, then vote in a Republican run-off.

Journalists are truly stupid people.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rakasha, 7/2/2014 5:57:55 AM     (No. 9907885)

´Strategic voting´ is not the same thing as ´vote buying´. And if insulting and libeling half of their voters is the Republican Party´s idea of strategy, they might want to rethink that plan.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: chumley, 7/2/2014 6:02:49 AM     (No. 9907890)

Strategic voting? Back in the old days we had another word for it. We called it cheating.
The fact that the rinos feel the need to defend their behavior is evidence enough that they knew it was wrong. For this they deserve to lose and I hope they do.
I guess a politician will do what he has to if he cant win on his ideas or his record.
Our rinos better not complain about the democrats cheating. They are now in the moral septic tank with their good friends across the aisle.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: MirJoy, 7/2/2014 6:54:17 AM     (No. 9907914)

Dishonest column - what happened in Mississippi (and Ms. Emery knows it) was more than Democrats innocently crossing over to vote in a Republican primary (of course, we´re finding out that many Democrats voted in both primaries - which is a no-no). And Mr. McDaniel is not an "Akin in waiting", what a dishonest thing for her to say. The fact is that Cochran´s people, along with helpers from the Establishment, they slashed and trashed the Tea Party and, with robo calls and flyers, told the voters in the predominately black districts that the Tea Party would take everything they have away from them. Another lie.

It has to be proven whether or not Cochran´s people paid people to vote for him.

And Haley Barbour wants his nephew to take Cochran´s seat when it is decided it is time for him to leave.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: starbaby, 7/2/2014 7:16:21 AM     (No. 9907929)

Noemie, do you even know what happened in Mississippi? Been under a rock? And there is a difference between strategic and illegal. Rush Limbaugh never pushed illegal voting.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: chicodon, 7/2/2014 7:18:31 AM     (No. 9907932)

Back in the day they also used to have stuff the ballot box parties. Ah... those were the days eh Noemie?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Safari Man, 7/2/2014 7:33:57 AM     (No. 9907950)

It astonishes me that we still have hard-core establishment types around here. Have you learned nothing from your fellow ldotters? I certainly have -- the GOP treats me (and my country) like dog mezz. I thank my fellow ldotters for helping me to see that.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Kerryman, 7/2/2014 7:35:32 AM     (No. 9907952)

If the Cochran camp appealed to crossover voters on the basis of his spending and bringing home the bacon plus support of President Obama, I would have no problem with this strategy in a state with an open primary.

However, using race against the party you supposedly represent is vile and particularly the people guided by our Founding Documents which intended to not create a Washington Centric government.

On top of that, they decided to treat Blacks as racists instead of voters in their appeal just as liberals treat women as "ovary centered" instead of intellectually capable individuals. This is foul stuff. I am appalled that I didn´t see this challenged on the Sunday shows but those there got the result they desired and couldn´t see any of this.

This only strengthens my resolve against the "Ruling Class".

Semper Fi

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Reply 9 - Posted by: eoddad, 7/2/2014 7:50:06 AM     (No. 9907974)

There is something wrong with a party establishment using votes from the opposition to disenfranchise the MAJORITY of its own voters. There is something wrong with passing out money to get people to vote. There is something wrong with people voting twice.

What a person does with its own vote is their own business.

Naomi don´t try to defend the indefensible.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: god of irony, 7/2/2014 7:56:15 AM     (No. 9907981)

First of all some people DID illegally vote in democrat and republican primaries which is illegal.

Secondly, what is wrong is that if you have to go to people of believe the opposite of what your party stands for then maybe you not the person to represent your party.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Lala, 7/2/2014 7:56:41 AM     (No. 9907984)

Big difference between an individual making an informed choice to vote strategically and the shameful shenanigans of throwing the race card down on the table to encourage what could be illegal votes against someone from your own party. Apples and oranges. And intellectually lazy and dishonest to say they´re the same.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: kahunavol, 7/2/2014 8:09:08 AM     (No. 9907995)

In other words, the writer and OP are nothing more than democrats. When politics is all you have, you have nothing at all but the lust for power and control. You can´t be trusted.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Sanchin, 7/2/2014 8:29:39 AM     (No. 9908013)

The writer´s argument is undermined in the first few paragraphs: " I voted in primaries for people I didn´t like, didn´t agree with and had no intention of voting for later". The implication being that the Democrats voting for Cochran have no intention of carrying him across the finish line in November. So, if the Democrats will not continue supporting him and he couldn´t win with Republican votes alone in the Primary, how is he going to win in November? The answer is he will not but it is the height of Stupidity and Arrogance to think that Republicans will now have no other choice to vote for him. This is the GOP today, Stupid and Arrogant. This writer represents these qualities clearly and the reference to the Founder´s wishing to undermine parties is a clear example of ignorance to add to the list.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Angry Dumbo, 7/2/2014 8:41:28 AM     (No. 9908023)

The GOP Establishment are no different than Democrats. If the GOP is going to survive we need an insurrection.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Axeman, 7/2/2014 8:50:21 AM     (No. 9908039)

The concept of illegality is lost on some people. It´s just been too long since we´ve seen legality practiced widely.
If the fed-gov doesn´t follow laws why should anyone else?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: ColoWapiti, 7/2/2014 8:55:20 AM     (No. 9908051)

Well, OP, if you can show where Limbaugh advocated that people vote in two primaries, you would be partially correct. Otherwise, your point completely falls down.

Regardless, it would have been different if the Dems had advocated the disruption of the GOP primary. Instead, it was the GOP Establishment (your heroes) that corrupted the primary.

Why can´t the cheerleaders just admit their heroes screwed this one up?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: William1, 7/2/2014 9:11:57 AM     (No. 9908091)

If McDaniel is unsuccessful in overturning the election, then MS. conservatives should vote for the "D" in November. This would be purely and simply an exercise in revenge and behavior modification at the same time. If the establishment and its acolytes on this site object, too bad and be thankful that this suggestion only applies to the immediate insult, and not through the nation at large. At least, not yet.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: horacer, 7/2/2014 9:31:24 AM     (No. 9908100)

I have no problem with following the law and winning with Dem votes. That´s not the issue. The issue is the tactics used to acquire those votes and the betrayal and slandering of Cochran´s own party. Tea Partiers were portrayed as segregationists. Voters were bought off just so a bunch of K Street thieves could have the Senator they bought and paid for back. At some point ethics and character have to count. In a race between Cochran and Childers I´d vote Childers.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: dman, 7/2/2014 9:41:32 AM     (No. 9908110)

Dittos, #17. Conservatives can use "strategic voting" in KY, OH, TN, and MS this NOvember.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: fritzilou, 7/2/2014 12:27:47 PM     (No. 9908446)

Well Noemie, then you are part of the problem. This trick was invented for the very purpose that you applaud, which is to thwart the interests of those in a political party. It is used as a tool to interrupt the wishes of one party or the other. If you were interested in a true vote of the feelings of those in a particular state, you wouldn´t like this at all. The time to finally chose is in the final election. This is why we dislike the behavior of both political parties. I applaud Chris McDaniel to attempt to have the truth come out about the horrible practice of buying votes and stuffing the ballot boxes with fraudulent absentee ballots. Enough is enough giving in to these political felons.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: StuartL, 7/3/2014 9:29:47 AM     (No. 9909505)

Very surprising that Emery, who is usually much more perceptive, espouses this ludicrously wrongheaded view. Not surprising at all that OP concurs with her.

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