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Sun Oct 7, 2012, 08:57 PM

First exit polls give victory to Henrique Capriles

Source: ABC.es

The candidate of the Democratic Unity Table (MUD), Henrique Capriles, will outmatch Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez in the presidential elections held on Sunday in the Caribbean country, according to exit polls by firm Variance, despite the lack of closure of all polling stations. The time set for the poll closing was 00.30 Spanish time, however because of long lines, some of them remained open for another hour, until 01.40.

Read more: http://www.abc.es/20121008/internacional/abci-primeros-sondeos-venezuela-201210080050.html



The article is in Spanish; the above is my translation. I expect more information to be available before long.

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Reply First exit polls give victory to Henrique Capriles (Original post)
rayofreason Oct 2012 OP
DemzRock Oct 2012 #1
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #3
naaman fletcher Oct 2012 #4
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #10
naaman fletcher Oct 2012 #13
polly7 Oct 2012 #23
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #28
wordpix Oct 2012 #12
liberallibral Oct 2012 #21
polly7 Oct 2012 #24
wordpix Oct 2012 #32
liberallibral Oct 2012 #44
polly7 Oct 2012 #45
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #2
naaman fletcher Oct 2012 #5
11cents Oct 2012 #7
rayofreason Oct 2012 #14
JDPriestly Oct 2012 #36
rayofreason Oct 2012 #46
JDPriestly Oct 2012 #47
Warpy Oct 2012 #15
JDPriestly Oct 2012 #37
Warpy Oct 2012 #39
DeSwiss Oct 2012 #6
Exultant Democracy Oct 2012 #17
iandhr Oct 2012 #8
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #9
Dawson Leery Oct 2012 #11
Justina For Justice Oct 2012 #33
Judi Lynn Oct 2012 #40
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #16
socialist_n_TN Oct 2012 #18
Judi Lynn Oct 2012 #19
Lucky Luciano Oct 2012 #30
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #34
Ash_F Oct 2012 #20
olddad56 Oct 2012 #22
Ash_F Oct 2012 #31
Ken Burch Oct 2012 #35
Guy Whitey Corngood Oct 2012 #25
joshcryer Oct 2012 #26
Dawson Leery Oct 2012 #27
Guy Whitey Corngood Oct 2012 #29
BlueMTexpat Oct 2012 #38
Javaman Oct 2012 #41
Guy Whitey Corngood Oct 2012 #42
JackRiddler Oct 2012 #43

Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 08:59 PM

1. Is that good or bad? n/t

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Response to DemzRock (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:01 PM

3. It sucks(if it's true)but some people here will be getting ugly in gloating about it.

There will be massive resistance in Venezuela to any neoliberal measures-so Capriles best be careful.

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Response to DemzRock (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:03 PM

4. It depends..

 

Really varied views here, although the Chavez people have been gloating the last two days about how this is a slam dunk, and any newspaper saying that it was going to be close is not doing it's job.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Reply #4)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:17 PM

10. My impression is that insisting you've got the election won before the polls close

is a pretty standard thing in Latin American countries. The Sandinistas were doing that in 1990. Weirdly enough, their last rally in Managua was attended by more people than actually ended up voting for them in the entire country.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #10)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:26 PM

13. of course

 

I meant in the DU LA forum, there has been pre-gloating going on, so I am just saying you shouldn't get too offended if a few people are happy that Capriles wins.

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Response to naaman fletcher (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:37 PM

23. I haven't seen any 'gloating' by Chavez supporters in the LA forum.

Just hopes that the people get to carry on with their vision and a lot of debunking of the right-wing propaganda, which is a good thing, no?

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Response to polly7 (Reply #23)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:44 PM

28. I wasn't saying it was Chavez supporters doing the gloating

I meant it would have been Capriles supporters had THEIR candidate prevailed.

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Response to DemzRock (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:24 PM

12. according to my Venezuelan friends who fled for the lives after son & his friends were kidnapped

it's GREAT!

Kidnappings are common in Venezuela. My friends' son was lucky - he was returned in a day without the kidnappers' finding out he was the son of a Chavez opposition leader. If that had happened, the price would have gone up. Kidnappers sell to other "professional" kidnappers if they find their "express" or random kidnappings are big fish.

The security situation is very bad there and Chavez has mismanaged the country's resources. He has also taken over all TV stations except one, and that one he's threatened to take over by force. I'm not sure how that one independent station left has survived.

Capriles has a huge following - everywhere he's gone to speak, the crowds have been about a million each time, or at least in the hundreds of thousands.

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Response to DemzRock (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:08 PM

21. Chavez is not a good man... Yes, it's GOOD news, if he loses...

 

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Response to polly7 (Reply #24)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:21 PM

32. Capriles' supporters have been out in at least these numbers, some estimates are a million

for some of his speeches

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Response to polly7 (Reply #24)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:38 PM

44. Looks about the size of the crowds that cheered for General Mao and Adolf Hitler...

 

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:00 PM

2. Sometimes, countries vote for something else.

If Chavez does lose, it does NOT mean that Venezuela voted to give up on socialism(which would mean giving up on anything progressive at all). And it does not mean that Capriles has a mandate to impose Chicago School economics like he secretly wants to.

I've always thought this result was a possibility. But it would be indecent for any DU'er to gloat about it, because it's a sad result if true.

Yet the story isn't over.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:03 PM

5. Secretly wants to?

 

And it does not mean that Capriles has a mandate to impose Chicago School economics like he secretly wants to.

If it's a secret, how do you know? Are you a mind reader?

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:06 PM

7. If you know what he "secretly" wants to do, it's not a secret.

But in that case, why would he be making such a strong challenge, given that most Venezuelans don't want to give up on socialism (in your view)? Do you know more about what he intends to do than Venezuelans at large do?

The impression I've gotten from journalists on the ground there, BTW, is that neither pre-election polling nor exit polling are very reliable in Venezuela. So yes, the story certainly isn't over.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:26 PM

14. Giving up on socialism..

...is the most progressive thing any society can do.

In every country where self-described Marxists try to create a socialist or communist state, the result is economic stagnation at best, corruption and abuse of state power, and the creation of the worst hellholes on the planet (think DPRK today, Democratic Kampuchea under Pol Pot, Mao's China during the Great Leap Forward, Stalin's USRR during the early 30's).

On the other hand, societies that embrace the capitalist market economy are the richest in the world, and only rich societies can afford to care about things like clean air and clean water.

Unfortunately, socialism, like all religions, has it true believers. But unlike all other religions, socialism is falsifiable because it promised paradise in the here, not the hereafter. And it has failed spectacularly to deliver on that promise.

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Response to rayofreason (Reply #14)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:31 AM

36. I would have agreed with you 11 years ago, but I'm really becoming less certain

that socialism is any worse than what we have.

Our politicians are corrupted by big money from big business -- and we have lots and lots of big business to corrupt and buy influence in high places.

And then I watch the horrible mistakes that big business, private companies make -- like Enron, like the BP spill, like the scandals in Iraq and Afghanistan with private contractors selling showers that don't work and going on killing sprees for which they don't have to answer. Then there are the pipeline breaks, the chemicals that aren't properly tested, the banks that gamble and then expect taxpayers and the Federal Reserve to bail them out, the recent refinery fires and other incidents forcing refineries in California to close and gas prices to skyrocket. None of these and a myriad of other similar problems caused by big business playing fast and furious without obeying regulations can be blamed on government.

When I was young, very young, the Monday news was filled with reports of traffic deaths. "aTragedies on the highway" they called them.

Car manufacturers kicked and screamed, filed lawsuits and tried to buy politicians, but our government finally put its foot down and required those manufacturers to put seat belts, airbags and other safety improvements into our cars. In spite of their claims that the safety improvements in our cars would cut their profits, it was not those improvements, but the outrageous excesses of the financial sector that endangered our auto industry.

We still have "highway tragedies," but not in the numbers that we had when I was growing up. And it is thanks to our government and in spite of private industry that we can travel more safely.

So, I think that both government and the private sector should play roles in our society and that right now, we are giving far too much credit and leeway to our irresponsible private sector. We don't have to become extremely socialist, but we should understand that when the private side, the corporate end of our society, becomes too influential and too strong (as it is today), its greed and sloppiness get us into trouble.

Both socialism and capitalism in excess and to the extreme can cause great harm.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #36)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 05:04 PM

46. "Our politicians are corrupted by big money from big business"...absolutely!

This is the biggest problem of modern consensual government. As politicians amass more economic power there is a greater incentive for and probability of corruption, as well as economic distortions that result in poor allocation of resources, leading to poor results, higher unemployment, less opportunity, and less ability of a society to fund things that are not essential to immediate survival.

The only answer is to limit the power of politicians to "grant favors." As it is, the regulations for things like getting government contract favor the big guys, who then rely of their "friends" to push a particular agenda.

Socialism, on the other hand, goes in the opposite direction by giving politicians ALL of the the economic power in society. No wonder it is a failure. Modern economies are highly complex, nonlinear systems in which economic information is diffused throughout the system. Under those conditions no governmental body can make a decision for the system as a whole - by necessity such actions will be based on outdated data and be corrupted by the desires of those making the decision. Successful economic activity (such as allocating resources to obtain the optimal return) is an emergent property of a complex system, not one that can be specified in advance. Add to that the corruption that your pointed out, and you can see why socialism is doomed to produce an economic and political result far inferior to a democratic market-caplitalist state.

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Response to rayofreason (Reply #46)

Wed Oct 10, 2012, 02:45 AM

47. Aside from the corruption in our government, when the market-capitalist side of

the state dominates the democratic-government side, business, the market itself becomes corrupt. Companies are corrupt and then corrupt our government. That is very true of the really big companies in our country -- the banks, the oil and gas companies, the health insurance companies and so many others. The companies themselves are corrupt in both their internal and external dealings. The management cheats and tricks both customers and shareholders.

Even in our democratic market-capitalist state, companies don't obey government regulations. They introduce new products without doing the basic safety research that they should do. We get things like Enron, like the BP spill. And we don't even hear about most of the horrors that occur. Companies lie. If you pay attention, you become aware of their corruption. If gun sales are profitable, then they sell more and more guns no matter what the costs in human lives and in social disruption. A buck is a buck, and being rich, rich, rich makes any price worth it for this market-capitalism at its extreme.

I am beginning to think that the natural course of the free market is not to achieve equilibrium and promote creativity (as I had always thought) but to funnel wealth to a few and promote the formation of monopolies and trusts. I suspect that ultimately the increasing concentration of wealth combined with the increasing oppression of the rest of us will lead to some sort of dictatorship or monarchy.

The dominance of the utterly corrupt monopoly/trust result is what we have gotten each time that we have reduced the checks of regulation and government. The most obvious manifestation of the monopoly/trust extreme appears to me to be the boom and bust which generally results in consolidation of wealth and power in the hands of even fewer companies or people than was the case before the boom/bust cycle began.

We saw that in banking in 2008. We had a huge boom in the housing market so it seemed. In reality it was a boom in the financial sector. Yes, houses were built and sold and bought, but the real boom was in the mortgage industry. Banks grew big during the boom period, and during the bust period, corrupt power in the country manipulated the government and the Federal Reserve so as to do away with some of the smaller banks and we ended up closer to a monopoly than we were before the boom and bust.

And now we will start another cycle. Assuredly the boom will take place in what appears to be some sector of the economy other than finance, but in reality, in the end, the wealth and power will become more concentrated in the hands of the same wealthy people who come out on top in each cycle.

Rockefeller was the master manipulator of the process. It took Teddy Roosevelt and the trust-busting laws, in other words, strong government, to bring a little balance into our system at the beginning of the 20th century. Then, of course, we landed right back in a boom that lead to a bust in 1929 and it took FDR and strong laws to hold back the greed in the stock market and banks.

That held for a long time although we had several greedy surges toward monopoly again. OPEC took us for a ride as we attempted to pay off what we owed for the Viet Nam War through reducing the value of the currency with which we had paid for oil. Then came the 1980s and the S&L crisis, then the dot-com boom of the 1990s followed by ever laxer laws governing the financial sector culminating in the bust in 2008.

Today the small group of the very rich are richer than ever. The lucky among us do well to "own" or owe on a small city lot with a tiny house on it. We now call having the right to pay taxes forever on that small city lot the American dream.

Our system still supports a limited amount of creativity. But the greed and corruption usually crush it before it benefits the majority of Americans.

For many young Americans the entire American dream boils down to having an I-Phone with unlimited texting. Wow! How far we have fallen thanks to the failure of our democratic institutions to master our market-capitalism. I am very disappointed in market-capitalism. It has run amok and has far too many apologists paid to root for it.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #2)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:28 PM

15. Chavez is not only a sick man, battling cancer

but a lot of people there find him overexposed to the point of nausea. They've just seen too much of him over the last few years. There are a lot of reasons to oust him. His mistake was not in stepping aside gracefully.

This might just be one of those cleansing things wherein they change parties for one term in order to change presidents but want no change in policy and will elect the head of Chavez's party next time.

I don't think there is a wholesale turn to the right there. If Capriles thinks there is and tries to govern accordingly, I will not be betting the rent on his longevity.

Still, it will be very interesting to watch if they do oust Chavez.

(no, I don't have a horse in this race. While I think a turn to the left has benefited them, I'm not sure Chavez himself has)

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Response to Warpy (Reply #15)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:32 AM

37. Chavez is a bit of an egocentric, and not a good fit in a democracy.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #37)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 03:02 AM

39. No, he isn't, which is why I wouldn't have been too surprised

if a close election turned right. I know the people there don't want to go back to right wing government and today's results would bear that out.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:04 PM

6. Madrid newspaper.

Nuff said......

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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #6)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:42 PM

17. You make an important observation. These need to be taken with a grain of salt.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:12 PM

8. Capriles has said he wants to use a Brazil model.

A combination of social welfare and free market stuff. Kind of sounds like a social democrat.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #8)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:13 PM

9. The Brazilian Workers Party(the one that created that model)says they don't SUPPORT Capriles.

That should tell you all you need to know.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #9)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:21 PM

11. Capriles is a tool of the banking cartel.

He is less than zero and there is no way to compare him to Lula.

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Response to iandhr (Reply #8)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:01 AM

33. And Ex-President of Brazil, Lula, Laughed To Hear Capriles Claim That! Lula Supports Chavez!

The politically savvy in Latin American know that Capriles is simply a pawn of the neo-liberal capitalists. A confidential Capriles document setting out his plan to privatize Venezuela's nationalized oil company and dismantle Chavez's social programs surfaced during the campaign, causing several of the parties who originally supported Capriles to leave his coalition. He is simply another capitalist fraudster.

Capriles was as slippery as Romney in hiding his real policies or changing them to suit his audience. Let's hope the American people are as smart as the Venezuelan people and reject the phony goods. President Chavez has been re-elected for another six year term and his socialist policies will continue to improve the lives of the people here.

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Response to Justina For Justice (Reply #33)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 03:14 AM

40. Beautiful. It really figures! Thanks for the info. about his plans to privatize oil. Hideous.

So good he's not taking over this time. That's the last thing the country needs.

Very good news to know that secret got outed to the public. The guy is dirty. It's good to know people know it now.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:36 PM

16. Releasing "exit polls" while people are STILL voting is a dirty trick

It goes without saying that those still waiting in line in that last hour(who would mostly be the poorest of the poor)would be Chavista. Releasing polls saying that the party THEY back has already lost would have the effect of causing huge numbers of such voters to give up and go home, as was the case in the U.S. in 1980, when the tv networks called the race for Reagan while people were still lined up to vote on the West Coast.

Were Capriles to win by, say, two points or less, the release of those exit polls could call the outcome totally into question.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:52 PM

18. A question. Is it possible.........

to give any credibility to a newspaper that calls Venezuela a "caribbean country"?

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:54 PM

19. Jeez. I didn't read it. That's a hot one. Great reporting. Thanks. n/t

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #18)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:08 PM

30. It's entire north coast is the Caribbean I suppose - where most people live.



Aruba and Trinidad and Tobago are very close by and certainly Caribbean....though I imagine cultural differences with the islands are vast.

Some day I will go to Venezuela and hike to Angel Falls and hike to Mount Roraima at the Venezuela-Brazil-Guyana tripoint - spectacular scenery there!

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #18)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:01 AM

34. You'd think Spaniards would KNOW what ocean Venezuela was on

After all, most of the Western hemisphere(including a big chunkof what is now the U.S.) was their freaking empire.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 09:59 PM

20. Is "Variance", Varianzas?

If so it would be a good idea to look at how their polling stacks up against 6 other agencies before jumping to conclusions

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-27/news/sns-rt-venezuela-electionpolls-tablevepolls-20120401_1_henrique-capriles-main-pollsters-caracas-newsroom

TL;DR - They basically deviate 10 points towards Capriles compared to the others.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:08 PM

22. I'll put my money on Chavez. A fair election in Venezuela is about as likely as one in the US.

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #22)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 11:17 PM

31. More likely; they don't have voter ID laws. /nt

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Response to olddad56 (Reply #22)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 01:03 AM

35. So you're starting the "It's ONLY a fair election if Capriles wins" meme?

It was only a matter of time 'til somebody cranked that one up.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:38 PM

25. Chavez 54.43 Capriles R 44.47. Per the CNE. nt

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:39 PM

26. Looks like Chavez won 54.42 to 44.97.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:43 PM

27. First results say it's Chavez.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Sun Oct 7, 2012, 10:51 PM

29. Not LBN. Spanish paper got it wrong. nt

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 02:48 AM

38. Whatever the first exit polls said,

here's what the LA Times is saying now: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-venezuela-election-20121008,0,5292385.story

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez apparently won reelection by a convincing margin Sunday, with allegiance among poor voters to his socialist revolution trumping dissatisfaction with a stunted economy, rising crime and the increasing polarization of society.

With 90% of votes counted, the National Electoral Council said Chavez, a 58-year-old former army colonel, won 54.4% of the vote, compared with challenger Henrique Capriles' 44.9%. Turnout was estimated to be as high as 80%, and there were few reports of violence or other problems.

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 09:43 AM

41. That is until he lost. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #41)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:09 PM

42. I'm not sure why this thread is still up. nt

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Response to rayofreason (Original post)

Mon Oct 8, 2012, 12:10 PM

43. Oligarch's polling company with surprising results.

How do people sustain so much bullshit on a daily basis?

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