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  •  The ONLY reason that a GOP ... (11+ / 0-)

    controlled legislative body failed to pass this is because recent events have shown them the error of blatant overstepping of individual liberties and equality and the resulting effect continuing that would have on their continued ability to hold power.

    It always comes down to keeping control of power.  Challenge their ability to hold that and they fold.

    'Destroying America, One middle class family and one civil liberty at a time: Today's GOP'

    by emsprater on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:38:31 PM PDT

    •  You're failing to grasp (9+ / 0-)

      it at least means they can see and acknowledge reality from where they are standing. That's progress?

      "Good God, Lemon! What happened to you in childhood to make you believe people are good?"--Jack Donaghy

      by Scott Wooledge on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:45:03 PM PDT

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      •  I don't see it as progress ... (2+ / 0-)
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        Tamifah, commonmass

        I see it much as I see Mitt Romney: do or say whatever it takes to get or keep power and then revert to true form until challenged the next time.

        I know there are a few allies here and there in the GOP, but their allegiance to the GOP makes me question their ability to be real stand by your gay friends allies rather than grab an opportunity to pander on an already passe issue allies.

        'Destroying America, One middle class family and one civil liberty at a time: Today's GOP'

        by emsprater on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:50:48 PM PDT

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        •  On being a Yankee (4+ / 0-)

          Almost all of my mom's family arrived in New England by 1650. Yankees loathe fundamentalists; they voted Republican in 2010 there over financial issues. To say Romney and his team called the shots on this tactically is plainly absurd.

          •  Odd, I don't recall saying that ... (0+ / 0-)

            Romney and his team called the shots on this.

            I made the observation that the GOP pols there are, like Romney, masters of illusion, having the ability to flip or flop with whichever way the force of the political wind is blowing.

            'Destroying America, One middle class family and one civil liberty at a time: Today's GOP'

            by emsprater on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 08:48:18 PM PDT

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        •  Watching the R rep talk about his (0+ / 0-)

          gay brother was a powerful reinforcement that enough of the repugs all over the country are where all the rest of us are. Knowing siblings, cousins, children and even parents coming out, getting connected, maintaining committed relationships.  

          Between that and those wonderful, articulate young adults making statements about having been raised by gay parents, a lot of people are not able to maintain the cognitive dissonance.

          There will be areas that resist more than others. We are trying to cope with the horrible reality that walking while black can still get you killed for no reason.

          Today is a real victory. Down the road, other GOP lawmakers will take into account what happened and whether their GOP counterparts suffered politically. If they look at their own local pols and face the momentum, it could be dominoes like the end of V for Vendetta.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 09:24:59 PM PDT

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      •  most of the people i know from NH (2+ / 0-)
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        are pretty laid back toward other people and are all live and let live

        i dont know everyone in the whole state by any means but it is strikingt o me that ALL of my friends from NH are like that

        (The above was probably snark, for the snark challenged) (The below was actually said by George W Bush in a press conference) I'm kind of stalling for time here...They told me what to say. George W Bush, 03-21-2006 10:00 EST Press Conference

        by Tamifah on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 03:06:19 PM PDT

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    •  NH has always had a lot of moderate Rs (2+ / 0-)
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      commonmass, freedapeople

      along with a lot of libertarian Rs. For generations, partisan divisions were more on ethnic than ideological lines. This may be a reflection of a return to this tradition.

    •  And the reason that is true (4+ / 0-)

      is that the people wont stand for tromping all over LGBT rights the way they used to.  Is opposing marriage equality now a political loser?  Fantabulous!

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