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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:25 AM
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MA report from the ground: Turnout HUGE
MA report from the ground: Turnout HUGE
by firenze
Tue Jan 19, 2010 at 06:53:13 AM PST

My heart sank when I got up this morning and saw that it was snowing steadily. Would voters turn out? Then I went to vote, and the scene exceeded my hopes. It looked like a busy presidential election day. Turnout was MASSIVE at my polling place, which is a good liberal Democratic stronghold. There was still a cop directing traffic in and out after 9 am.

A friend who voted when the polls opened said he had the hardest time parking at his polling place as he's ever had. I know it's not over until the votes are counted. But if this election is truly about turnout, and those 2 precincts are any indication of what's going on statewide, there are going to be a lot of happy Democrats tonight.

You're all heroes. All of you, everywhere. Every one of you who phonebanked and contacted people you know in Mass and did all the hard work of getting turnout. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because here's the thing.

more:
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/1/19/826773/-MA-...
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thunder rising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:27 AM
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1. I really hope MA voters were smart enough to lie to pollsters ... I know I'm going to
It seems to be the only way to get the Administration (groundhog) out of it's hole.
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NightWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:29 AM
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3. dont do that. it helps when poll numbers and actual votes match
if poll numbers are close, they can steal the election with the help of Diebold and Sequoia
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thunder rising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:38 AM
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9. That make no sense. The actual vote has to be close sense massive vote fraud is easy to detect.
Exit polls on the other hand should be close.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:56 AM
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24. Poll numbers never precisely match exact vote counts
So they always provide fodder for conspiracy theorists.
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:34 AM
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42. But sometimes vote counts deviate significantly from the exit polls.
Like in Ukraine, where they used it as evidence to uncover fraud and hold the election over again.

Oh yeah, Ohio in 2004 too.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:38 AM
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44. Lying to pollsters is a duty and an honor.
Everyone should do as a matter of course.
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:28 AM
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2. I just hope it was enough
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:30 AM
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4. The snow looks like an Alberta clipper
and they dump their snow quickly and scoot on out. It's a nuisance snowstorm, not a traffic snarling monstrosity that would hold turnout down.

Most people in Mass. take small snowstorms completely in stride.
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TexasObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:30 AM
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5. Recommend
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:30 AM
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6. are these Democratic precincts you are referring to?
(we need a smile with crossed fingers)
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Tracer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:34 AM
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7. Just came back from voting.
Yes, it's snowing, but only an inch or so and it hasn't kept anyone from the polls that I can see.

My precinct was not exactly mobbed, but the parking lot was full and there was a steady stream of people going in and out.

The Coakley group outside had HUGE signs and the two soccer moms holding Brown signs were definitely outnumbered.
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blitzburgh55 Donating Member (320 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:46 AM
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10. You should have reminded the soccer moms
that Brown is Pro-Choice.
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lukasahero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:48 AM
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13. "Brown is Pro-Choice"
On what planet?
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blitzburgh55 Donating Member (320 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:53 AM
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20. According to his very own website...
Abortion
While this decision should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor, I believe we need to reduce the number of abortions in America. I believe government has the responsibility to regulate in this area and I support parental consent and notification requirements and I oppose partial birth abortion. I also believe there are people of good will on both sides of the issue and we ought to work together to support and promote adoption as an alternative to abortion.
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Betty Karlson Donating Member (902 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:28 AM
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40. Confession to make here:
While I hate to admit it, on this ONE issue statement, Mr. Brown and I seem to agree - although we probably would fly into a rousing row as soon as the question was put forward: HOW are we going to do all that?

Because the republican solution (regulation) isn't working, has never worked, and will never work either.
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lukasahero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:40 AM
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45. Are you aware that he sponsored a bill that would allow Drs and nurses to refuse
to even talk about the option of emergency contraception for victims of rape?

He can post what he wants on his website. His actions speak louder than words.
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Betty Karlson Donating Member (902 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:53 AM
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46. Yes, it's those actions that would get him
and me at opposite sides again. Indeed, his actions speak louder than his words. Although, with my background, I won't hold this against him too much.

There are much more pressing matters. Like refusing to vote for a health care reform, when every day hundreds of lives are lost due to poor insurance.

If you want to protect lives, see the whole woman, not just the womb, Mr Centerfold...
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:52 AM
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19. Pro-choice as in allowing kids to choose between soccer and other sports???
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:36 AM
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8. Thanks for the hopeful post.
I would really hate to see Ted Kennedy's former seat go to the GOP. He was good to his constituents, I hope they remember that and keep a Democrat in that seat.
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WI_DEM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:47 AM
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11. Good Luck!
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Lex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:47 AM
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12. Well, that sounds like really good news!
Excellent.

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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:49 AM
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14. Great news!
Maybe the MA Dems finally woke up!
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:50 AM
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15. Go Mass. voters!
Around thay-ah, snow is measahed in feet, not inches.

I grew up in the bay state and voted on a papah ballot with a big pencil and put it in the box when I was done. It was a wicked good system.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbGEYSY42No&feature=rela...
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Tim01 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:50 AM
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16. Yeah, but who are all those people voting for? nt
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:51 AM
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18. Traditionally it is thought that higher turnout favors the Dems. Let us hope it
applies today.
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DCBob Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:54 AM
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22. Yes, I believe it does.
The recent Gov elections in VA and NJ showed how low turnout clearly does not favor Dems. This is very good news!
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:54 AM
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21. The concern was that the most motivated voters were the teabaggers.
A low turnout would mean a heavy conservative presence at the polls. High turnout means that more of the D. vote will be present which outnumbers the Rs 4 to 1. Even though there are more independent voters than either Ds or Rs, the state still went for Obama, Kerry and Gore over 60%. And of course the last two time Sen. Kennedy ran, he won with over 70%.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:51 AM
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17. That's great news! Hope it is the same all over the state.
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goclark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 09:55 AM
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23. Democrats do your duty and get to those polls!
Keep on Marching in the snow to get out that vote!
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BlueDemKev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:10 AM
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29. Amen!
Democrats in Mass., the future of our country is at stake! GET OUT & VOTE FOR MARTHA COAKLEY!!
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rocktivity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:06 AM
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25. That's encouraging, certainly
Edited on Tue Jan-19-10 10:08 AM by rocktivity
Huge turnout is what helped us in '06 and '08. VERY good news for a change.

When I voted for Obama, I expected a line, but I thought I would be in and out in plenty of time to catch my 6:30 AM bus to work. There were at least 75 people ahead of me!

:headbang:
rocktivity
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stubtoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:07 AM
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26. Thank you for the hopeful news. Go, Mass!
Wonder what the MSM will do with that...
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BlueDemKev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:08 AM
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27. Turnout in Boston?
Does anyone know what the turnout is like (so far) in Boston's urban areas? We definitely need a HUGE turnout from that heavily-populated, reliably progressive area.
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WilliamPitt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:29 AM
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34. Good in my neck of the woods
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boomerbust Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:09 AM
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28. Larry Kudlow
Edited on Tue Jan-19-10 10:12 AM by boomerbust
Just looked right in the camera and said "Bye Bye" to healthcare reform and the Democrats. This guy is pure filth. They are also saying that the huge turnout being reported is a good sign for the Pukes. :rofl:
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truebrit71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:33 AM
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41. He's obviously back on the blow then..
...I despise him with a passion..
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tsuki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:11 AM
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30. Thanks kpete. Was looking for a report. K&R.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:12 AM
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31. Maybe these polls and the national attention helped people realize
they should get out! Good for them!
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BlueDemKev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:26 AM
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32. Gosh, I hope so
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euphoria12leo Donating Member (511 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:33 AM
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36. I was thinking the same thing.
One other thing should get people motivated is seeing those teabaggers out screaming, shoving and carrying the hateful signs. Even spitting while up in someone else's grill. They are trying to do whatever they can to intimidate voters. :mad:
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joeunderdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 05:14 PM
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51. Saying that the other guy is winning always gets people motivated.
All this pro-Brown press took voters who stayed home in a truly apathetic primary out to the polls in a snowy day today.
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wryter2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:27 AM
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33. Thanks, that's very hopeful
If she wins, will the media spin it as a victory for Obama and health care reform? (someone cue the crickets)

:hi:
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stubtoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:32 AM
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35. *chirp* *chirp* *chirp*
:D
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:33 AM
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37. Kick.
:kick:
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:35 AM
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38. WICKED GOOD.... I Hope Joe S eats his Shit
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mochajava666 Donating Member (771 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:54 AM
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47. That would be beautiful
I can't stand that ass hat.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 05:29 PM
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54. His is an Asshole of immense proportion....history will deal with him negatively
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 10:51 AM
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39. yeah!
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Scurrilous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 11:35 AM
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43. K & R
:thumbsup:
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 05:07 PM
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48. My DIL in Springfield said the lines were out the door at her polling place.
That made us both happy!
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Lord Helmet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 05:09 PM
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49. Most promising news I've heard all day about the election.
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KonaKane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 05:11 PM
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50. Big turnouts are always good for the Democrats
Let's hope that trend holds.
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 05:18 PM
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52. Heavy turnouts always favor Democrats.
Good news.
My dad told me this years ago and he was quite active in Democratic politics and union organizing.

Republicans want to stop people from voting; Democrats want more people (minorities esp.) to vote.

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Jakes Progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-19-10 05:20 PM
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53. They better turn out. Or
they will get to find out what it is like to be Texas. Brown is another Cornyn. You can't look down your noses at Texas if you elect the same stupid idiots.
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