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I'm off to the early voting polling place to vote. For the first time in my life I'll be voting for the Democrat candidate. I've voted in every election since 1972, never for a Democrat, but this time I feel compelled to do it. Hillary Effing Clinton. After I vote I'm going to head to the local tavern and spend some time trying to figure out how we got to this point.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2016 at 10:09 AM
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After I vote I'm going to head to the local tavern and spend some time trying to figure out how we got to this point.

Good luck with that. And if you do figure it out, I hope you are sober enough to remember it and come tell the rest of us.

PS - I have voted already as well

 

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  posted on 10/25/2016 at 10:54 AM
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I'm off to the early voting polling place to vote. For the first time in my life I'll be voting for the Democrat candidate. I've voted in every election since 1972, never for a Democrat, but this time I feel compelled to do it. Hillary Effing Clinton. After I vote I'm going to head to the local tavern and spend some time trying to figure out how we got to this point.


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  posted on 10/25/2016 at 11:00 AM
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I'm off to the early voting polling place to vote. For the first time in my life I'll be voting for the Democrat candidate. I've voted in every election since 1972, never for a Democrat, but this time I feel compelled to do it. Hillary Effing Clinton. After I vote I'm going to head to the local tavern and spend some time trying to figure out how we got to this point.


The sane people of this great nation appreciate your sacrifice.


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  posted on 10/25/2016 at 03:29 PM
So I voted as planned. I early vote at the little branch library near me. I've never had more than 2 or three people ahead of me before, but this time the line was out the door and into the parking lot. It took about an hour and a half to get to the voting machine. I voted for Hillary, not because I'm enthused about her but just because she's not totally nuts. I don't feel good about it, but if Trump won NC by one vote I'd never forgive myself. My wife just couldn't bring herself to vote for Hillary so she wrote my name in. Actually she wrote "Turd Man" because that's what she calls me.

Instead of heading to the local bar we went to the Mexican restaurant because we were hungry. I told the owner, Jorge (probably a rapist), about the trauma I experienced while voting and he made me a special margarita with a shot of Tuaca on the side. I ended up having three. I never heard of Tuaca before but it was excellent so I walked to the liquor store next door and bought a bottle. I'm home now with a margarita (1 part Cuervo Tradicional Silver, 2 parts Cuervo margarita mix) and a double shot of Tuaca. 1800 is for snobs.

Anyway, I have given some thought to the issue of how we got to this point in politics. I really haven't figured it out, but this is my Tuaca induced train of thought. I think the current seeds of discontent within the Republican party may have been sown when George H. W. Bush raised taxes after promising "read my lips, no new taxes." This, along with the Perot candidacy, was certainly the cause of his defeat in 1992, but more than that I think the beginnings of what was to become the Tea Party movement may have begun then. Republicans no longer trusted fellow Republicans who were not Republican enough. This was quickly followed by the Clinton presidency which made a couple of contributions to our current sad state. First, Bill Clinton significantly lowered the bar for acceptable conduct while in office. All of a sudden it became OK for a sitting president to get blow jobs for interns. And lying under oath in a sexual harassment lawsuit became a personal matter, not perjury. Now we're supposed to be aghast because of Trump's abhorrent behavior? And then when the Republicans tried to embark on a moral crusade by bringing impeachment proceedings against Clinton the parties became so divided any chance for bipartisanship was dead. The battle lines were drawn, and they exist to this day. The contested 2000 election took this divisiveness to a new level. Gore won the popular vote, but Bush won the electoral vote as determined by the courts. The legitimacy of his presidency would always be questioned by those on the left, and understandably so. So why are we surprised that a current candidate may waffle at the prospect of pledging to accept the results of an election? It's wrong for Trump to take that position, but he can point to 2000 when the Democrats found it difficult to accept, right? So, we get GWB in office and soon after the 9/11 attacks occur. At first the county unites behind him for the first time, and he makes the right moves attacking Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Many of us are happy, and feeling pretty good about Bush, rather than Gore, being in office. But then, for some reason, Dubya decides it's time to initiate a war in Iraq, and one of the worst clusterfuks in my memory ensued. The Middle East is completely destabilized. People who were for the Iraq war now say they weren't. The political lines are drawn again. For the most part Republican's take the position that Islamic Terrorism is the greatest threat to America, and Democrats take the position that Republican leadership made it so. Republicans hang their hats on fear; fear of Islam, fear of immigrants, fear of gays, fear of blacks, fear of Democrats. Fear of anyone who is not white and Christian. Meanwhile, the Tea Party, which began as a movement against tax increases, gains traction as the force dividing the Republican party between those who are committed to strong "conservative" (as they define it) values and those who are Republican in name only. And they get enough support from pissed off voters to become a force to be reckoned with. Reasonable Republicans with true conservative values and a desire to move forward are marginalized. The Democrats should be able to capitalize on this, but all they can come up with are weak candidates like John Kerry, or Hillary with all her baggage. They do manage to get Obama into office but instead of being a uniting figure he seems to awaken the latent racism and partisanship among the public. America becomes more divided. Meanwhile the rise of 24 hour news channels and social media has served to magnify the importance of every trivial item, often at the cost of obscuring the bigger picture. We no longer even know what is important in the cosmic scope of things.

So here we are today, faced with choosing between two candidates who in normal times would never have received their party's nomination. Hillary, although she has a resume that says she's qualified to be President comes with the baggage of her husband's and her own scandals. Clinton fatigue is real, even among Democrats. And Trump, whose only qualification is as a reality TV star would be shunned by all clear thinking people if our vision hadn't become so blurred by events of the past twenty years. How do you decide who to vote for? The best explanation I've heard actually came from comedian who said, "Trump will bring the end of the world. Clinton will only make you wish it had ended."

Time for another Margarita and Tuaca.

 

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  posted on 10/25/2016 at 05:53 PM
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I'm off to the early voting polling place to vote. For the first time in my life I'll be voting for the Democrat candidate. I've voted in every election since 1972, never for a Democrat, but this time I feel compelled to do it. Hillary Effing Clinton. After I vote I'm going to head to the local tavern and spend some time trying to figure out how we got to this point.


You should've went to the tavern before you went to vote, you might have gotten the sense to make America great again!

 

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  posted on 10/26/2016 at 12:40 AM
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I'm off to the early voting polling place to vote. For the first time in my life I'll be voting for the Democrat candidate. I've voted in every election since 1972, never for a Democrat, but this time I feel compelled to do it. Hillary Effing Clinton. After I vote I'm going to head to the local tavern and spend some time trying to figure out how we got to this point.


The sane people of this great nation appreciate your sacrifice.


Well, there you have it. It all boils down to whether you're insane or not.

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So here we are today, faced with choosing between two candidates who in normal times would never have received their party's nomination. Hillary, although she has a resume that says she's qualified to be President comes with the baggage of her husband's and her own scandals. Clinton fatigue is real, even among Democrats. And Trump, whose only qualification is as a reality TV star would be shunned by all clear thinking people if our vision hadn't become so blurred by events of the past twenty years. How do you decide who to vote for? The best explanation I've heard actually came from comedian who said, "Trump will bring the end of the world. Clinton will only make you wish it had ended."

Time for another Margarita and Tuaca.



Could not have said it better myself. Thank you

 

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  posted on 10/26/2016 at 06:39 AM

Interesting comment about the turnout. Cant say I am believing that Hillary who pretty much is viewed as an establishment incumbent for all intents and purposes has energized/enthused the base for the increased turnout. A news story that got very little coverage is that Republicans are leading in the early voting happening in Florida. First time its happened in a very long time. Might be seeing the same effect in NC. Of course, no one knows if the republicans are casting ballots for Trump , Hillary, or Johnson.

 

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  posted on 10/26/2016 at 06:56 AM
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A news story that got very little coverage is that Republicans are leading in the early voting happening in Florida.


Florida Democrats poised to overtake Republicans in early votes

MIAMI Fueled by a strong first day of in-person early voting, more than 1.6 million Floridians have cast pre-Election Day ballots as Democrats threaten to overtake Republicans in the number of votes banked before Nov. 8.

Of the 1.6 million votes recorded Tuesday morning, about 665,000 were made by Florida Republicans (almost 42 percent) and 658,000 by Democrats (almost 41 percent). That means Republicans are only holding on to a margin of 0.43 percentage points in pre-Election Day ballots cast over Democrats.

The GOP lead over Democrats was 1.7 points on Monday morning, before the first in-person early voting polls opened. And at that point, on Monday, Republicans were well behind the 5 point advantage they held in pre-Election Day ballots cast during the same period of the election in 2012.

If the trend continues Tuesday -- the second day of in-person early voting Democrats will overtake Republicans in pre-Election Day ballots cast.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2016/10/democrats-poised-to-ov ertake-republicans-in-early-votes-106693#ixzz4OBwM2eZA

 

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  posted on 11/2/2016 at 08:13 PM
I think you're gonna need a bigger bottle of Tuca. I know i would if i voted for someone who may have corrupted the Justice and State dept.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2016 at 10:22 PM
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I think you're gonna need a bigger bottle of Tuca. I know i would if i voted for someone who may have corrupted the Justice and State dept.


But you are ok with voting for a sexual predator. You are ok voting for a guy who refuses to pay contractors and forcing them out of business. You are ok voting for a guy who defrauded people with a fake university.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2016 at 11:21 PM
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I'm off to the early voting polling place to vote. For the first time in my life I'll be voting for the Democrat candidate. I've voted in every election since 1972, never for a Democrat, but this time I feel compelled to do it. Hillary Effing Clinton. After I vote I'm going to head to the local tavern and spend some time trying to figure out how we got to this point.


I can't vote for either of them, think I'll spend the rest of my life regretting it.

Hillary just means status quo, not that I like status quo, but atleast we kind of know what we are getting.

I won't be voting for her, but in all honesty, it is not the end of the world if she wins. Now if Trump wins, well that end of the world thing...hmm...

No really.

Neither one will be as catastrophic as we are led to believe I don't think. Just alot more unknowns from the Trump side. He won't win anyway. Don't vote for Hillary if you don't believe in her. Will be interested to see what kind of % the 3rd parties net this cycle.

 

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  posted on 11/2/2016 at 11:32 PM
I think a great 3rd party candidate could have shaken it up this cycle, 15%-20%, but Johnson is not that impressive.

IMO.


 

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  posted on 11/2/2016 at 11:43 PM
Somebody told me they thought Evan McMullin could win Utah and maybe Idaho. I called BS.
 

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  posted on 11/2/2016 at 11:47 PM
I saw Ted Cruz in Denver International last week.

I was incredibly late, like I got to the airport with 25 minutes until take off. I went through TSA-pre and waiting for my bag, there was Ted Cruz...with the common non TSA-pre people (ha!) putting his belt back on and getting his shoes out of the bin. We make eye contact and I nod my head and say "how are you doing?" He replies "fine how about you". I just said late. After I got my bag I ran down the escalator steps passing Ted Cruz in the process. Imagine he was going on the Southwest flight to Dallas. I was going to Pittsburgh. I made the flight with a couple minutes to spare, although they had to open the concourse to walkway door. Never thought I could make it! I ran, reallized I need to exercise alot more!

 

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  posted on 11/3/2016 at 06:04 AM
How about a write in vote for Theo Epstein, he sure can fix things and turn them around.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2016 at 06:57 AM
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I think a great 3rd party candidate could have shaken it up this cycle, 15%-20%, but Johnson is not that impressive.

IMO.



I think Weld should have been at the top of the ticket (full disclosure, I voted for him twice for Mass gov). Every time I saw them together, he did the talking.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2016 at 07:31 AM
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I think a great 3rd party candidate could have shaken it up this cycle, 15%-20%, but Johnson is not that impressive.

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I think Weld should have been at the top of the ticket (full disclosure, I voted for him twice for Mass gov). Every time I saw them together, he did the talking.


Agree. I've seen both Weld and Johnson enough now doing interviews to come to the conclusion that Weld comes off much sharper. He seems to have a better grasp of the issues - not that issues seem to matter with masses of voters.

For what it's worth, Weld was on TV the other night and gave a candid interview. He was quite complimentary of HC's skills & abilities. I've seen him discuss and contrast her & Trump previously. Weld, a Republican (although running 3rd party) was not very impressed with the Donald & has not had positive things to say about Trump.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2016 at 08:01 AM
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I think a great 3rd party candidate could have shaken it up this cycle, 15%-20%, but Johnson is not that impressive.

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I think Weld should have been at the top of the ticket (full disclosure, I voted for him twice for Mass gov). Every time I saw them together, he did the talking.


Agree. I've seen both Weld and Johnson enough now doing interviews to come to the conclusion that Weld comes off much sharper. He seems to have a better grasp of the issues - not that issues seem to matter with masses of voters.

For what it's worth, Weld was on TV the other night and gave a candid interview. He was quite complimentary of HC's skills & abilities. I've seen him discuss and contrast her & Trump previously. Weld, a Republican (although running 3rd party) was not very impressed with the Donald & has not had positive things to say about Trump.

I also saw him at a Dead show in the old Boston Garden in 1991, while he was governor...he was walking through the concession concourse between sets...a 6'4" redhead in a suit surrounded by 3 or 4 big state troopers also in suits and they were all smiling and waving to the tie-dyed heads as they/we yelled "hey Gov" at him, it was a funny/cool scene.

 

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  posted on 11/3/2016 at 08:31 AM
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I think you're gonna need a bigger bottle of Tuaca. I know i would if i voted for someone who may have corrupted the Justice and State dept.

Alcohol consumption will be up the next four years regardless of who wins. I already made investments in Jim Beam and Bacardi. I made a lot of money by buying Anheuser Busch stock back when the Bush twins were about to turn 21. This has even bigger potential.

 

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I think a great 3rd party candidate could have shaken it up this cycle, 15%-20%, but Johnson is not that impressive.

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I think Weld should have been at the top of the ticket (full disclosure, I voted for him twice for Mass gov). Every time I saw them together, he did the talking.


Agree. I've seen both Weld and Johnson enough now doing interviews to come to the conclusion that Weld comes off much sharper. He seems to have a better grasp of the issues - not that issues seem to matter with masses of voters.

For what it's worth, Weld was on TV the other night and gave a candid interview. He was quite complimentary of HC's skills & abilities. I've seen him discuss and contrast her & Trump previously. Weld, a Republican (although running 3rd party) was not very impressed with the Donald & has not had positive things to say about Trump.

I also saw him at a Dead show in the old Boston Garden in 1991, while he was governor...he was walking through the concession concourse between sets...a 6'4" redhead in a suit surrounded by 3 or 4 big state troopers also in suits and they were all smiling and waving to the tie-dyed heads as they/we yelled "hey Gov" at him, it was a funny/cool scene.


Great story. Nothing better than a GD show...at least what I can remember from back then.

Almost enough to make me change my thought & vote for him.

 
 


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