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  •  It's all about Anderson (3+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, emobile, wu ming

    I believe the "Reagan came back late in 1980" meme comes from the collapse in Anderson's support after the debate.  Carter only led when Anderson pulled in 20% of the vote, making it 41-39-20.  When Reagan came out of the debate looking like a nice guy half of Anderson's votes went to Reagan and it ended up 50-40-10.  Carter was never above the low 40s.

    •  Devastating Confession: I voted for Anderson (1+ / 0-)
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      First time I voted.  Had just turned 18.  I feel really guilty about that nowadays since Jimbob Carter is my hero.  But after Ted Kennedy's people went after him in the convention I lost faith and went all third party.  Glad that's off my chest.

      "And once again, the forces of niceness and goodness have triumphed over the forces of evil and rottenness." --Maxwell Smart

      by emobile on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 10:05:11 AM PDT

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      •  it's okay. when i was 18, i voted for (1+ / 0-)
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        grace slick and abbie hoffman.

        i come from a family strongly involved in democratic politics.  it was the only avenue of revbellion open to me.  

        they were write-in votes. :)

        MITT ROMNEY IN 2012 : LET'S PROVE THE MAYANS RIGHT!!!!!! (-9.75 / -9.05)

        by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Thu Aug 09, 2012 at 11:33:32 AM PDT

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      •  I did too. (1+ / 0-)
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        At the time I considered myself a moderate Republican and voted for Gerald Ford in my first election. I liked Carter, but thought he had been ineffective. And Reagan scared me to death. John Anderson seemed reasonable and sane, so I voted for him. I obviously realize now that that was a big mistake. I finally started voting Democratic consistently in 1988 1. because as I got older I started realizing "we are all in this together". and 2. in the debates Dukakis was really addressing the issues while all Bush was doing was name-calling and trying to scare people about Dukakis "Better watch your wallets!" That totally turned me off.

      •  I once voted for Nader... *wince* (0+ / 0-)

        I was in college in one of the most safely blue states there is and I thought of it as a protest vote against what I thought were centrist leanings.

        These days I have...strong opinions about Nader. But they're not the ones I used too have.

        /slinks into corner. Did I mention that I firmly believe we're very close to or past the tipping point on preventing AGW from being a civilization clusterf*ck? Guess who I didn't vote for...

        /slinks further into corner...

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