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  •  Part of me thinks we should just observe, not (32+ / 0-)

    report their stupidity, 'cuz eventually someone will give them the heads up and then they'll change tactics. You know "ssssh, don't tell them!".

    Then, something like this keeps happening, and I realize that my worries were for nothing.

    Carry on..

    •  In a sense you're hoping their stupidity will (20+ / 0-)

      cancel out their evil. Not entirely a bad plan but in the meantime they'll manage to create a lot of damage. I say turn the spot light on their failures and keep showing people just how much of a FAIL the Republican party is. Maybe the message will finally crack thru the bubble and the Republican party will finally collapse and vanish.

      Spite is the ranch dressing Republicans slather on their salad of racism

      by ontheleftcoast on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 11:43:21 AM PST

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    •  When voters get disenfranchized... (14+ / 0-)

      ...they’ll get really pissed at the political party that short-changed them. Good point! Which of course means that many more disenfranchized senior citizens and married women will vote Democratic the next time around.

      “The meaning of life is to find it.”

      by ArcticStones on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:00:04 PM PST

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      •  Hopefully. (1+ / 0-)
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        Some may just not bother to vote at all next time, and don't forget that while 56% voted Republican last time, 44% voted Democrat and we can't afford to lose any of those 44% to frustration over the process.

      •  AARP (0+ / 0-)

        The members of AARP amazed me, during the last Presidential Election.  They have more than 50 million members - or so they say - so why didn't they all vote for Obama?

        The AARP membership alone, would have made it an actual, no nonsense, landslide.

        There is no right way to do the wrong thing!

        by HashHoward on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 08:18:33 AM PST

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    •  Everyone has a right to vote (15+ / 0-)

      This is one of the reasons I hate voter ID laws to begin with -- it politicizes a process that should be apolitical.  Every citizen over the age of 18 has a right to vote.  I can't get on board with cheering for unjust laws just because one unintended consequence is that people I disagree with might also be unable to vote.

      Voter ID laws are a poll tax by another name, and we should either guarantee universal delivery of photo ID's free of charge, or we should scrap the idea entirely.

      And I still think these laws disproportionately affect D voters, regardless of some R's caught in the dragnet, so there's that.

      •  In TX Everyone has a Right to a Carry Permit. (3+ / 0-)
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        dewtx, imnamerican, rainmanjr

        Ok, So you say need a TX ID to vote. No Problem.
        Go online & apply for a Concealed Carry Permit.
        Apply Here !!!

        Nuclear Reactor = Dirty Bomb

        by olo on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:40:09 PM PST

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        •  But you have to be 21, or a member of the military (0+ / 0-)

          What about the kid who was packing in an open holster and tagging after his dad into the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport?

          I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 01:36:10 PM PST

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      •  Suffrage should have a monetary value. (0+ / 0-)

        States that suppress votes from people who PREVIOUSLY were accepted as legitimate voters, and for whom no objective evidence exists (such as conviction of a felony, judgement of mental incapacity, or moving out of the district), because of failure to REPEAT their proof of valid voting status (e.g. the unregistered birth that has never prevented voting before);

        Or that suppress votes due to administrative errors, misinterpretation of voting laws at the time of polling, lack of sufficient equipment or ballot materials, understaffing of polling places leading to unreasonable lines, misleading publication of polling place locations and hours, or ANY OTHER "mistake" on the part of the state;

        When said valid voter ATTEMPTED to register and was unlawfully denied registration, and was unable to get the mistake corrected before the election, OR registered with no reported problem, ATTEMPTED to vote and was unlawfully denied access until the election was over:

        Upon presentation of documentation before the LEAST expensive court available in that state (normally the "small claims" court), said valid voter is entitled to MONETARY DAMAGES for denial of suffrage in each election in which this occurs.  And notwithstanding the normal limits of damages handled by this court, the damages to said voter shall be $100,000 per election date on which the denial of suffrage occurred, from the state treasury, notwithstanding budgetary appropriations.

        This is a suggestion for a new law or Constitutional Amendment to protect voting rights by FINANCIALLY punishing states for denying them.  If you need to suppress 10,000 votes to win an election, and it then costs the taxpayers $1 BILLION to do so, the voters who voted FOR you are going to be very angry.  And since voters who are suppressed tend to be poor or working poor people, the damage award will serve as a well-deserved compensation for having a basic civil right denied.

        And as for employers who deliberately schedule the working hours of employees to guarantee that neither early voting nor election day voting is possible, maybe THEY should have to pay damages too!

        •  Interesting thought. (0+ / 0-)

          Not only would this be just compensation for a denial of civil rights, but it would have the added effect of boosting the local economy, as much of that award money would likely be spent on housing and durable goods that the recipients couldn't afford before.

      •  Absolutely! (0+ / 0-)

        You are right.  Thanks for making that point.

        There is no right way to do the wrong thing!

        by HashHoward on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 08:19:52 AM PST

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    •  Bobby Jindal (0+ / 0-)

      Said that they should stop being the Party of Stupid.

      What you said is right on target (not a reference to the NRA)!

      They - both the GOP and the TP - are enjoying their status as the Party of Stupid too much to change now. And, as you mentioned, there's no way that pointing this out will have an adverse effect on them.

      But Hey!  At least they are good at something ...

      There is no right way to do the wrong thing!

      by HashHoward on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 08:16:10 AM PST

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