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  •  He doesn't give a crap (9+ / 0-)

    ...about marriage equality.  

    He just wants a controversial bill on the ballot to drive the fundies to the polls one last time.

    America, we can do better than this...

    by Randomfactor on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 08:04:37 AM PST

    •  In Indiana, marriage equality (3+ / 0-)

      is almost entirely a "banner issue" for opponents, a marker that they're taking a stand against sin and everything wrong with the world.
       There's a wrath of God, Sodom and Gomorrah aspect to it that may be hard to appreciate outside of the Bible belt. And comparing the situation to Utah is a little tenuous, since the Mormons learned long ago that their institutional survival depended on a veneer of going along to get along.

      •  See also: 40+ Repeal Obamacare votes by Boehner, (1+ / 0-)
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        Dragon5616

        basically to placate the baggies and give the n00bs some anti-Obama stats for their Sophomore race.

        Any time Boehner rolls out his tired old "listening to the American People" shtick he should be punched in the neck by an older relative simply as a matter of principle.

        Fox News' ROI: The Redistribution Of Ignorance.

        by here4tehbeer on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 12:51:53 PM PST

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    •  They obviously learned nothing from WI's ban (2+ / 0-)
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      Which the Republicans ram-rodded through their caucus, threatening to primary anyone who didn't vote for it (the only no vote in either chamber was retiring). So the constitutional marriage-equality ban wound up on the ballot in 2006 and while, tragically, it did pass, it also turned out enough students and presidential-year only voters for the Democrats to take back the Senate. Republicans also lost a number of swing districts, which sadly no longer exist in Republican-majority states. Even so, Indiana Republicans may very well find themselves surprised by some unintended consequences.

      •  They've managed to piss off a lot of people. (1+ / 0-)
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        simaramis

        Teachers are incensed as well, and lot of them (baffling to me) used to vote Republican. Not anymore.

        I am hoping they will lose significant ground this year, because almost every one of them is a teabagger. Best vote I made last year was crossing over and voting for Mourdock. Got rid of Lugar in favor of Donnelly, who despite being a blue dog, is a huge improvement.

        "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them...well, I have others." --Groucho Marx

        by Dragon5616 on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 02:33:56 PM PST

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