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  •  Barry Goldwater in 1964 (7+ / 0-)

    When he left the polls after voting for himself for President, reporters asked him if he had voted the straight Republican ticket.  Goldwater responded, "No, I split my ticket, I always do."

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 11:38:31 AM PDT

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    •  50 years is a long time in politics (7+ / 0-)

      Back then I could understand it, but since 1980 it's gotten worse, and now, it's down right crazy in (most) circumstances.  Even if you like your Republican house member, he's going to be forced to vote ultra conservative on most important issues.

      •  local RW radio blowhards have a lot to do with (1+ / 0-)
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        that growth in extremism.

        people keep going back that far but the last 25 years has really been a disaster- that's when reagan killed the fairness doctrine and the right started buying up the loudest biggest soapbox in US media history.

        rove used talk radio to take lee atwater style of politics  national and helped create the alternate reality and polarization. local GOP is tied into those major radio stations and can heavily influence politics in rural low density states- what is and isn't acceptable. rove wanted corrupt and blackmailable loons and sycophants and all they had to do to advance past the moderates was repeat the talk radio talking points to the talk radio party base.

        and keeping members in line is easy when the local carnival barkers start yelling traitor! so now we have the tea party, which should more appropriately be called the talk radio or Limbaugh party.

        This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

        by certainot on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 01:30:04 PM PDT

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    •  The Rightwing Revolution of Today Started Around (2+ / 0-)
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      the day after that quote. It's a very different nation today.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 12:51:27 PM PDT

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    •  That's hilarious for a Republican presidential (0+ / 0-)

      candidate to say.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Sun Oct 20, 2013 at 09:56:56 PM PDT

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