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  •  See, this has been tried before (4+ / 0-)

    Liberals in Texas tried it back in the 1960s to revolt against the Texas Democratic Party's continued insistence on nominating conservative Democrats, by voting instead for the conservative Republican.  The thinking, basically, was that the Republican would never have a safe seat and could be turned out in a few years, while a conservative Democrat would be there for life.

    But the result was not more liberal Democrats; it was the beginning of the conservative Texas voter's migration to the Republican Party.  The conservative Republican they voted for was four-term Senator John Tower.

    28, white male, TX-26 (current), TN-09 (born), TN-08 (where parents live now)

    by TDDVandy on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 07:24:31 PM PDT

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    •  I definitely would not vote for a Consrv. Repub. (0+ / 0-)

      That seems pointless to me. I would think the idea would be to vote for the person who is the closest to my way of thinking. If Jeff Merkley is running I'll vote for the Democrat. If it's Ron Wyden I'll look to see who else is on the ballot...but my vote won't be for an R.

    •  It was the purging of Dixiecrats and (1+ / 0-)
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      Segregationists from the Democratic Party, making it viable and even dominant in many states that had long been Republican strongholds.

      In the long run, it was a brilliant strategic move, but if it were not, there was no other acceptable choice.

      We could not continue to support people who wanted to defend Anti-Miscegenation laws and still be a Party worth voting for.

      "A house divided against itself...."

      Some shit simply has to be resolved.

      income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

      by JesseCW on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 12:50:22 AM PDT

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