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  •  Takes Some brass to mock other countries: (8+ / 0-)

    I don't even get to vote for the President.  None of us do, we are voting for "electors" from our state (electoral college) rather than simply direct vote.

    I have never lived in a "swing state" and therefore have never felt like my vote "counted" for anything.  Wouldn't it make more sense for candidates to be trying to "win" a majority of the country, instead of Ohio?

    It is faintly ridiculous that there will not be a campaign stop in the bay-area, not in Houston, not in the northeastern corridor between Boston/NYC but the campaigns will be in Toledo or Akron more times than we can count on fingers.

    Wouldn't it be great if our progressive vote had to actually be courted and mattered?

    BTW - I disassociate myself with this comment ahead of time should Obama win the electoral college but not the popular vote.

    Blessed are the peacemakers, the poor, the meek and the sick. Message to Repug Fundies: "DO you really wonder "what would Jesus do?" I didn't think so.

    by 4CasandChlo on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 07:33:15 AM PDT

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    •  Lol - thank you! (5+ / 0-)

      I really wanted a good laugh this morning.

      Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

      by Smoh on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 07:37:11 AM PDT

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    •  LOL (4+ / 0-)

      Living in Columbus, OH, I am not sure that all this attention from the presidential candidates courting our vote really gets us that much more than the rest of the country!  Neither Obama or Romney have laid out any plans for lavish spending in the Buckeye State.

      To address your point 4CasAndChlo, what getting rid of the Electoral College would mean is that the political parties could be more representative of their supporters  across the country, but this would especially be true of the Democratic Party.  I think it would be more progressive and prone to nominate a more progressive presidential candidate than what the current system produces.  

      Ohio is getting so much attention this cycle because it is a purple state, we have just enough electoral votes, and we are a microcosm of the country, except that we have a small Hispanic population.  

      Everyone knows that a Zinger is nothing but a snack cake.

      by Kurt from CMH on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 07:46:28 AM PDT

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      •  I agree. (1+ / 0-)
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        I live in Pinellas County in the Orlando 'corridor' in Florida.  We're part of the the only 2 areas in Florida that can 'go either way'.  I have to admit it's getting a little over the top as far as the direct mails, phone calls and tv advertising that I see.

        I'm also a little worried about my polling place for the General.  I'm the polling clerk for a local precinct.  I'm worried about disruption from groups like True the Vote.  Ultimately I'm responsible for all of the voting that takes place in my precinct and the thought of individuals coming in and trying to keep people from voting really pisses me off.  I hope that I'm concerned over nothing but something tells me that it may be an issue.  

        not all those who wander are lost - J.R.R. Tolkien

        by Lilith on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 12:10:54 PM PDT

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    •  Why bother? You know you can disassociate... (0+ / 0-)

      retroactively now, right?

      Blogs: Twitter: realsteveholt

      by steveholt on Wed Oct 10, 2012 at 10:24:58 AM PDT

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