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Old 11-09-2011, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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You sound fairly well in the know -- perhaps you should run for office and show others how to do it right. 8)
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Moderate Republicans can win MD elections? Morella couldn't after she was put into a district that wouldn't vote for anyone with an R after their name.

All this talk about the tea party destroying the Republican Party is wishful thinking. Isn't happening. What isn't mentioned is the elections at the State, County and local levels Tea Party endorsed candidates are winning. Only the losses make news.

If Castle was such a good candidate why didn't he win? Because he wasn't trusted. He was also 70 years old. For her flaws O'Donnell connected with the electorate in the primary.


By the way I don't belong to the Tea Party nor to I subscribe to much of their strategy.



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Ditto, I am what they call "Paleo," but with less xenophobia. I was probably the only teenager back in 1996 to be energized by Pat Buchanan's campaign. I actually "played" him in a cross-school debate.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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You sound fairly well in the know -- perhaps you should run for office and show others how to do it right. 8)

If you're talking to me I have and do, since the mid 1980's. I have the somewhat tarnished honor of having held elective office over 4 different decades.
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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Moderate Republicans can win MD elections? Morella couldn't after she was put into a district that wouldn't vote for anyone with an R after their name.

All this talk about the tea party destroying the Republican Party is wishful thinking. Isn't happening. What isn't mentioned is the elections at the State, County and local levels Tea Party endorsed candidates are winning. Only the losses make news.

If Castle was such a good candidate why didn't he win? Because he wasn't trusted. He was also 70 years old. For her flaws O'Donnell connected with the electorate in the primary.


By the way I don't belong to the Tea Party nor to I subscribe to much of their strategy.







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They added just enough Democrats to make it impossible for Morella to win but in the 90s she had the most Democratic district in America held by a Republican, it was still overwhelmingly Democratic.

Also Michael Castle was perfectly trusted, he was a 2 term governor and had represented Delaware in the House almost 20 years. The Tea Partiers just had one of their little hissy fits that Michael Castle was some evil liberal and O'Donnell's idiotic innuendo that he was gay actually worked and got her the nod.

I know lots of Tea Party candidates across America won elections, they win conservative leaning areas and often aren't much different than the politician who preceded him or her. They did well in 2010 because of very low Democratic turnout but I think it's ultimately conservatism's last gasp in America. The Tea Partiers go too far and there are very few young moderate Republicans who will get past primaries. It's going to cost the GOP dearly in the long run. Maryland, the Northeast and West Coast are the areas where the Republican party is generally done. Many more marginal areas will follow as demographics change and older voters die off.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Hiding from Antifa?
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If the Dream Act referendum is still on the ballot, it will be the best opportunity for Republicans in statewide races. The referendum will bring more conservative voters to the polls. Not so with Dems, of which a significant amount oppose the Dream Act as well.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:18 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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They added just enough Democrats to make it impossible for Morella to win but in the 90s she had the most Democratic district in America held by a Republican, it was still overwhelmingly Democratic.

Also Michael Castle was perfectly trusted, he was a 2 term governor and had represented Delaware in the House almost 20 years. The Tea Partiers just had one of their little hissy fits that Michael Castle was some evil liberal and O'Donnell's idiotic innuendo that he was gay actually worked and got her the nod.

I know lots of Tea Party candidates across America won elections, they win conservative leaning areas and often aren't much different than the politician who preceded him or her. They did well in 2010 because of very low Democratic turnout but I think it's ultimately conservatism's last gasp in America. The Tea Partiers go too far and there are very few young moderate Republicans who will get past primaries. It's going to cost the GOP dearly in the long run. Maryland, the Northeast and West Coast are the areas where the Republican party is generally done. Many more marginal areas will follow as demographics change and older voters die off.
Castle was an incumbent running in an anti-incumbent year.
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Old 11-10-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I'm pretty far left on the political spectrum. I'm tired of Maryland's democratic machine. It's not about ideology, it's about ineffectivenes. It's all show, no action.

Wayne Gilchrest was a republican who earned my vote when I lived in his district. Why? Because he actually did things and responded to concerns.

But for governor? Ehrlich is a turd. The man seems to have even less integrity than O'Malley - as evidenced in the robocall scandal. But Andy Harris is still worse.

Give me a Wayne T Gilchrest to vote for in my district or for governor and you'll see a liberal vote for a GOP. But keep trotting out these blowhards, and you can forget it.
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:40 AM
 
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When it rains it pours, Tax, Tax, Tax

Mayor plans to raise bottle tax to pay for school construction - baltimoresun.com
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Old 11-10-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: NYC
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The improvement of city schools should only affect the city positively, I'd think. You don't?
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:24 PM
 
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The improvement of city schools should only affect the city positively, I'd think. You don't?
You're avoiding the issue, instead of cutting spending, they are just adding an other tax to handle mismanaged funds. However much you want to debate the legitimacy of this is fine, but Pepsi Plant closed down last year and claimed it was from the tax. Is the 4mill in extra revenue gained, really worth losing such an important employer, pissing off your citizens, and vendors. I'd say no, trust me as a business owner myself, this City and State are doing everything in their power to make many of us have to consider closing up.

If you put a crappy student population in a brand new building, it is not going to make a world of difference. Severna Park High School is a run down old building, yet one of the highest performing schools in the state. If they insist on spending more money, spend it on more guidance counselors, better teachers and better coaches... a shiny new building will cost us millions, only benefit a few, and not make a difference. You should take a look at Wise HS in PG, the shiniest, overboard waste of money I've ever seen.... and guess what, the school population still underachieves badly!
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