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Sun Jan 6, 2013, 01:42 PM

End of Days for Northeast Republicans?

"I didn't leave the Republican Party, it left me." Former FL Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, 9/6/2012

"Anyone from New York or New Jersey who contributes one penny to the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee should have their head examined." - Rep. Peter King (R-NY), 1/2/2013.

The only way that Republicans in an entire region of the country --- the Northeast --- can achieve meaningful representation in the 113th Congress may be by way of a massive party switch. The increasingly rare breed of "moderate House Republicans" may soon only be left with the choice of emulating the late Sen. Arlen Specter's 2009 party switch, by either becoming Democrats or by becoming independents who will caucus with the Democrats.


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UCmeNdc Jan 2013 OP
graham4anything Jan 2013 #1
Cali_Democrat Jan 2013 #2
graham4anything Jan 2013 #3
Cosmocat Jan 2013 #4

Response to UCmeNdc (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 01:44 PM

1. I for one, welcome any and all


though Peter King got what he wanted, as they voted for Sandy relief (finally)
and he wasn't really seriously thinking of moving(though I too would welcome him).

(no different than as a NY Met fan, welcoming a Phillies or even a dreaded Yankee to the team in a trade).

long as they are sincere.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #1)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 01:59 PM

2. Peter King is a major islamophobe and an asshole to boot

I certainly wouldn't welcome him in the Democratic Party and most Dems shouldn't.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #2)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 02:15 PM

3. however true that is, if we can snatch them to here


and they vote with us

then in the closest election after that, vote in a better one

but it is getting their vote so that we can vote in anything

I wouldn't want him over a different democrat, but I would want him to convert and give us one more vote

there is a difference.

I couldn't stand Arlen Specter, but he voted with us after he converted

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Response to UCmeNdc (Original post)

Sun Jan 6, 2013, 02:23 PM

4. maybe not

I live in Pa.

We have almost a million more registered democrats than republicans. In this election, the democratic candidates for the House of Representatives had more total votes than the republican candidates. We ended up with 13 of our 18 congressmen being ... Republicans.

PA is not alone in the Northeast in states that have gerrymandering set up in a manner to ensure republicans STRONGLY outperform the actual vote.

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