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  •  why does this 50% number matter so much (0+ / 0-)

    I'd say the reason why it matters is because Republicans get over that amount in elections all the time. It'd be nice if the Democrats could show that they can do it too. Of course, it's harder for the Democrats to do it when the Republicans have spent decades turning the throwing out of millions of Democratic ballots (from Black areas of the country) into an art form.

    If I were running in this election, I'd be for change too. - George W. Bush

    by William Domingo on Thu Jun 26, 2008 at 08:41:44 PM PDT

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    •  Republicans just get lucky (0+ / 0-)

      that in their elections, they haven't had strong 3rd party in the elections they win. Its really just that: if a decent 3rd party had run in 1988, Bush Sr, who got 53 that year may have gotten 49. If perot were running in '80, reagan would have gotten less than 50, as he only got 50.7 with lackluster anderson. IN 1984, Reagan only won so big because the alternative was shit. a strong 3rd party may have cut him down a bit in 1984. people didn't agree with his policies that year: they just liked him. As I've showed you, Bill Clinton got shafted because of Perot: he took enough from Clinton in both 1992 and 1996 to stop Clinton from 50% he otherwise woulda easily got. If a strong 3rd or even weak thrid had been in 2004, Bush would never have gotten 50%.

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