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  •  The big puzzle is how the GOP have any edge with (4+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou, bryduck, hbk, ABitOfReason

    married women. Must have a giant lead with fundies submitting to the wills of their husbands.

    •  Yep. (0+ / 0-)

      Or an overriding concern with what they have been told for decades is the "party of family values."

      "Lone catch of the moon, the roots of the sigh of an idea there will be the outcome may be why?"--from a spam diary entitled "The Vast World."

      by bryduck on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 09:27:32 AM PDT

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    •  Most parsimonious explanation (0+ / 0-)

      is that marriage follows from economic status, not the other way around, and middle class people, not to mention rich people, are more likely by quite a bit to vote GOP than the poor and the working class.

      I've met a few upper middle class married women GOPers. They live in a bubble with their own facts. Also quite fearful about the world. They think GOP will protect them from violent rabble crashing at the gates.

    •  I can give one anecdotal answer to that (1+ / 0-)
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      My mother has always voted Republican. She was raised in a Republican family. She and I never really talked politics much till I was in my 30s. One day she said to me, in the midst of a discussion about politics, "But the Democrats--I mean I'm worried about my Social Security. They're gutting it. They're taking away my whole retirement."

      My jaw dropped. Since we were on the phone, she didn't get the benefit of that reaction. Just a long silence. I finally said, "Mom, you do know that it's Republicans who are voting to gut Social Security, right? It's the Democrats who are fighting against that!"

      I still don't know if I got through. But this sort of thing has happened once or twice now in our political conversations. She has some really Opposite World ideas about what the Republicans are doing and what Democrats are doing.

      I'm not sure where she gets them. She watches the local news (okay, she lives in Idaho) and a very conservative religious network called 3ABN that now and again does address politics, in just the way you'd expect. I'm not sure if she watches Fox News.

      Anyway. She and my dad have been divorced for a few years now. So she doesn't qualify as a married woman anymore. But she still has a lot of the Kool-Aid in her system.

      (I have to add: My mother is a saint. Regardless of Republicans, she would do anything to help anybody. Politically, that includes voting for welfare and Social Security and pay equity and everything good. She just doesn't know.)

      I'm amazed by people's courage and kindness in the face of everything and life.

      by LaraJones on Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 02:45:42 PM PDT

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