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(Some Guy)   Maybe there is hope, after all: Former Republican candidate in NC congressional race decides to break ranks with the GOP. "I simply cannot stand with a Party where its most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people"   (thigpenforcongress.com) divider line 111
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2013-11-01 12:23:56 PM  
Farked?
 
2013-11-01 12:24:46 PM  
He's got that referring to himself in the third person thing down pat.
 
2013-11-01 12:24:54 PM  
Wow.

WOW.

WOW.

He swung through and connected.  WHAM.

/never thought I'd see the day
 
2013-11-01 12:25:29 PM  
Wait.

Waaaaaait a minute.

Am I going to find out that he's pushing a program for traffic girls floating from the sky?
 
Bf+
2013-11-01 12:25:41 PM  
And you waited until now?
img.fark.net
 
2013-11-01 12:25:54 PM  
At least he's making the switch while he's running. People that get elected and THEN switch are shiatheels.
 
2013-11-01 12:26:36 PM  
DINO.
 
2013-11-01 12:26:42 PM  
Wait I thought it was the evil liburls dividing America?
 
2013-11-01 12:26:56 PM  
Well, he's losing that election.
 
2013-11-01 12:27:04 PM  
"Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change."


That's now I became a democrat.  I was once a republican.  I didn't change at all.
 
2013-11-01 12:27:49 PM  
Was this one of those guys who wasn't conservative enough and was going to get primaried anyway?
 
2013-11-01 12:28:34 PM  
Only "its most extreme element"? PFFFFT!
 
2013-11-01 12:28:35 PM  
...hence the "former" part.....
 
2013-11-01 12:28:54 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: At least he's making the switch while he's running. People that get elected and THEN switch are shiatheels.


My guess is that he is/was getting primaried by a far right nut-job or Tea Partier and just wants to keep his job. I doubt he'd give two shiats about what the NC GOP is up to if he had a lock on his seat.
 
2013-11-01 12:29:38 PM  
...and so it begins
 
2013-11-01 12:30:05 PM  

Urbn: Fuggin Bizzy: At least he's making the switch while he's running. People that get elected and THEN switch are shiatheels.

My guess is that he is/was getting primaried by a far right nut-job or Tea Partier and just wants to keep his job. I doubt he'd give two shiats about what the NC GOP is up to if he had a lock on his seat.


That district already has a Republican incumbent.
 
2013-11-01 12:31:01 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

I'd vote for him!
 
2013-11-01 12:31:24 PM  
No need to break ranks - it's better for everyone if folks who agree with this guy (like I do) stay in the Party and try to get rid of the hatemongers.  That's the only way to fix the nonsense.
 
2013-11-01 12:31:47 PM  

LordPomposity: Only "its most extreme element"? PFFFFT!


I'd agree with it to some extent. The Tea Party is definitely the group slamming their foot on the gas as the car drives off the cliff, but the rest of the party is not trying to grab the steering wheel away from them or hit the brakes.
 
2013-11-01 12:32:47 PM  
So he's renouncing the Republican party, and is going to run as a Democrat and he's still a dick.  But there's totally not a purity test, no sir.
 
2013-11-01 12:33:49 PM  

Serious Black: Urbn: Fuggin Bizzy: At least he's making the switch while he's running. People that get elected and THEN switch are shiatheels.

My guess is that he is/was getting primaried by a far right nut-job or Tea Partier and just wants to keep his job. I doubt he'd give two shiats about what the NC GOP is up to if he had a lock on his seat.

That district already has a Republican incumbent.


Could be he thought he didn't have a chance of primarying that guy, since he's not an extremist.  It's a cynical view to take, but not out of the question. Hopefully he believes everything he posted, and finally realized it divorces him from the GOP pretty much entirely.

But my cynicism will prevail for now.  Politics lately seems to bring it out.
 
2013-11-01 12:33:56 PM  

bsharitt: Was this one of those guys who wasn't conservative enough and was going to get primaried anyway?


He's running in the primary against Walter "Freedom Fries" Jones, who began aligning himself with the NC Tea Party in early 2010 mostly as a move to ensure as little opposition as possible.

There's no way in hell Thigpen beats Walter, unless twenty thousand voters in the Wilmington area have a sudden mass attack of common sense.
 
2013-11-01 12:40:01 PM  

Fuggin Bizzy: At least he's making the switch while he's running. People that get elected and THEN switch are shiatheels.


Sometimes people get elected, and then the "Now that you're here, this is how it works - you do what we say or else" talk shakes them up a bit.
 
2013-11-01 12:40:31 PM  
Satan's Bunny Slippers

"Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change."


That's now I became a democrat.  I was once a republican.  I didn't change at all.

this.


Dear GOP,

In 2012, for the first time in my life, I voted straight ticket Dem.
In 2014 I will be giving money to dem candidates
I don't even agree with all of their policies, I just can't stand your policies,
and your rhetoric and stunts make me sick.

Sincerely,
Former Rep. voter
 
2013-11-01 12:44:57 PM  
Even the most eloquent of rats will jump a ship that's on fire.
 
2013-11-01 12:44:59 PM  
Does his last name rhyme with "pigpen"? I feel this is important to know.
 
2013-11-01 12:46:14 PM  
And with that, the Republican party gets even more conservative
 
2013-11-01 12:48:08 PM  

smellysocksnshoes: Satan's Bunny Slippers

"Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change."


That's now I became a democrat.  I was once a republican.  I didn't change at all.

this.


Dear GOP,

In 2012, for the first time in my life, I voted straight ticket Dem.
In 2014 I will be giving money to dem candidates
I don't even agree with all of their policies, I just can't stand your policies,
and your rhetoric and stunts make me sick.

Sincerely,
Former Rep. voter


Splitter! They don't need your kind in their party anyway. So there. Furthermore.
 
2013-11-01 12:49:06 PM  
You might want to take a look at his Issues page before calling him a hero, subby. If moderate Republicans start defecting to the Democratic party en masse in order to escape the Tea Party stigma, that will just drag both parties farther to the right.
 
2013-11-01 12:49:15 PM  

parasol: ...and so it begins


i301.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-01 12:49:49 PM  

smellysocksnshoes: Satan's Bunny Slippers

"Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change."


That's now I became a democrat.  I was once a republican.  I didn't change at all.

this.


Dear GOP,

In 2012, for the first time in my life, I voted straight ticket Dem.
In 2014 I will be giving money to dem candidates
I don't even agree with all of their policies, I just can't stand your policies,
and your rhetoric and stunts make me sick.

Sincerely,
Former Rep. voter


Here's what I don't understand when I read things like this: Do you honestly believe the GOP just now started supporting the policies you don't like? Nothing has changed about their ideology in decades. The only difference is that they don't even try to be sneaky about it anymore for some reason. They are much more brazen and outspoken, but they've always pursued the same agenda.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad you've switched teams, but I truly don't understand how you can see all this as something new.
 
2013-11-01 12:50:55 PM  
Dude speaks the truth.
 
2013-11-01 12:51:33 PM  

smellysocksnshoes: Satan's Bunny Slippers

"Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change."


That's now I became a democrat.  I was once a republican.  I didn't change at all.

this.


Dear GOP,

In 2012, for the first time in my life, I voted straight ticket Dem.
In 2014 I will be giving money to dem candidates
I don't even agree with all of their policies, I just can't stand your policies,
and your rhetoric and stunts make me sick.

Sincerely,
Former Rep. voter


As a libby lib commiecrat, welcome. I think the Democratic Party has a big enough tent for conservatives, liberals, and leftists within it. We may disagree on particulars, but we can all agree on goals: a strong society, well-regulated but promoting initiative on the part of its citizens, that treats all fairly and strives to meet ideals about justice and equality.

I may think we need to nationalize an industry to make it more efficient, you may think tax incentives are the way to go. But we can work together to find a sensible compromise.
 
2013-11-01 12:54:05 PM  

shastacola: Does his last name rhyme with "pigpen"? I feel this is important to know.


www.suntimes.com

Yup.  Same as this guy.
 
2013-11-01 01:05:27 PM  
I simply cannot stand with a Party where its most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people. Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change.

Those core principles are the roles of:
Limited Government
Free Markets
Individual Liberty
National Defense


Government does not create jobs. Businesses, especially small businesses, create jobs. Economic growth can only be achieved by reducing the tax burden on businesses and individuals, reigning in out-of-control federal spending, and support policies promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.


I'm sorry the (R)'s embarrass you but we don't want you.
 
2013-11-01 01:07:45 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: "Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change."


That's now I became a democrat.  I was once a republican.  I didn't change at all.


Me too.
 
2013-11-01 01:08:54 PM  
And oh look, he is running as a Democrat. One more victory for the GOP. changing the Democratic Party of 2013 into the GOP of the George Bush era, quite literally person-for-person. Ted Cruz is an amazing weapon for destroying the Dems. The Republicans are becoming both choices now.

Why won't the Democrats refuse to let this guy on their ticket?
 
2013-11-01 01:12:33 PM  
The Dog Ate My Homework:

Here's what I don't understand when I read things like this: Do you honestly believe the GOP just now started supporting the policies you don't like? Nothing has changed about their ideology in decades. The only difference is that they don't even try to be sneaky about it anymore for some reason. They are much more brazen and outspoken, but they've always pursued the same agenda.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad you've switched teams, but I truly don't understand how you can see all this as something new.


I understand what you're asking, but here's the thing.  No, the GOP hasn't ALWAYS been a pit of rabid dogs fighting over the last scraps of human decency, willing to choke it down before it infects someone and then that person will try to do the right thing.  The thing is, they've let the insane party members out and they're running the team now.  GOP used to be far more moderate, like I am, not aligning with the Bible to make laws, and attempt to justify them.  Yes, they've always been a bit more corporate leaning, but hell taxes used to be far higher, even for corporations, 30 years ago. (why yes, I AM old, thanks for asking).  But it has also changed its platform over the years too.  GOP never openly opposed social welfare programs like they do now.  They were never willing to throttle an entire country for the sake of their side "winning".  GOP used to be able to reach across the aisle and work out a bipartisan deal.   That's how things used to work, actual compromise, both sides working together to hammer out a decent idea that both sides could agree with.  Now the GOP is no holds barred slash and burn everything we don't agree with.

So, no, it wasn't always there just hidden behind a thicker curtain.  It's definitely changed.

/voted Dem the first time in '08
//straight ticket in '12
///will continue until they change
 
2013-11-01 01:12:43 PM  
isn't the current GOP candidate for NC governor trying to ban oral sex?
 
2013-11-01 01:13:54 PM  

DeltaXi65: No need to break ranks - it's better for everyone if folks who agree with this guy (like I do) stay in the Party and try to get rid of the hatemongers.  That's the only way to fix the nonsense.


That's a noble sentiment in the primaries, but if the Tea Party candidate gets the nomination, I hope that you won't compromise your anti-hate principles out of a sense of party loyalty.
 
2013-11-01 01:17:45 PM  

ManateeGag: isn't the current GOP candidate for NC governor trying to ban oral sex?


www.threadbombing.com

/hot
 
2013-11-01 01:21:53 PM  

smellysocksnshoes: Satan's Bunny Slippers

"Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change."


That's now I became a democrat.  I was once a republican.  I didn't change at all.

this.


Dear GOP,

In 2012, for the first time in my life, I voted straight ticket Dem.
In 2014 I will be giving money to dem candidates
I don't even agree with all of their policies, I just can't stand your policies,
and your rhetoric and stunts make me sick.

Sincerely,
Former Rep. voter


THIS
 
2013-11-01 01:24:14 PM  

lennavan: I simply cannot stand with a Party where its most extreme element promote hate and division amongst people. Nothing about my platform has, nor will it change.

Those core principles are the roles of:
Limited Government
Free Markets
Individual Liberty
National Defense

Government does not create jobs. Businesses, especially small businesses, create jobs. Economic growth can only be achieved by reducing the tax burden on businesses and individuals, reigning in out-of-control federal spending, and support policies promoting innovation and entrepreneurship.

I'm sorry the (R)'s embarrass you but we don't want you.


The funny thing is that the three lines about what promotes economic growth are in complete opposition to each other. The single biggest thing the government could do to support innovation and entrepreneurship in America would be to create a truly universal health care system like Medicare for All, and that would almost certainly push the federal government to spend the same amount of money as they do today and take in more revenues from individuals and businesses.
 
2013-11-01 01:24:27 PM  

The Dog Ate My Homework: Here's what I don't understand when I read things like this: Do you honestly believe the GOP just now started supporting the policies you don't like? Nothing has changed about their ideology in decades. The only difference is that they don't even try to be sneaky about it anymore for some reason. They are much more brazen and outspoken, but they've always pursued the same agenda.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad you've switched teams, but I truly don't understand how you can see all this as something new.


I used to say the same thing - the people might have gotten more assholeish and there might have been more conservatives than before, but it's still the same party. But I've been backing off of that. The ACA is very much in line with more traditional Republican ideas, and their willingness to shut down the government to keep it from happening is something new. So is the willingness of a majority of Republicans to absolutely annihilate the world economy and any chance of America ever being a leading power again with the debt limit thing. Christ on a cracker, even Gingrich's toying with the idea in the 1990s shutdown was only a brief flirtation.

Consider also that now Republicans aren't just waging a war on women in rhetoric - they're actually conspiring and working toward keeping women ground under their shiat-stained bootheels.

I've been a Democrat for a long time, so I don't have my identity wrapped up in the idea of a party that used to be great, etc., etc. The Republican party is now openly run by certifiably, actually, no-exaggeration crazy people*, and that is actually a marked change.

*A partial list of actually, diagnosably crazy Republicans:
1) Kerry Bentivolio. Believes he is Santa Claus; suffered severe brain damage as a teenager because he kept sniffing glue.
2) Louie Gohmert. Is clearly suffering from dementia; nobody accuses another person of casting aspersions on one's asparagus without having severely disordered thinking. Is widely considered by his own caucus to be the most stupid man in politics. 
3) Michelle Bachmann. Believes we are in the end times. Has the thousand-yard stare we all recognize.
4) E.W. Jackson, ordained minister and handpicked Lieutenant Governor candidate in Virginia (an actually very important post). Former drug addict, was asked to leave several congregations because of bizarre behavior and misconduct.
5) Steve King. Is sent into an actual frothing rage by any mention of the Spanish language. Apparently has PTSD.
6) Paul Broun. Longstanding member of the actual John Birch Society. Holds that global warming and evolution are lies sent by Satan; literal and unabashed young-earth Creationist.
7) Joe Barton. Thinks windmills cause global warming. Literally apologized to BP for getting our gulf in the way of their oil. Thinks plate tectonics is a lie. Basically runs our nation's energy policy.
8) James Inhofe. Invented the "Guns, God, and Gays" slogan. Refuses to thank President Obama for declaring a disaster zone in Oklahoma because then he might be like Chris Christie. Pushes anti-climate denialism. Thinks 9/11 happened because we didn't defend Israel. Condemned Abu Ghraib inmates for getting in the way of their torturers' fists and penises. Holds that torture is an instrument of God's holy vengeance that we must use against the unbelievers.

Seriously. These people are crazy.
 
2013-11-01 01:26:14 PM  
"But all along, they seemingly want you to believe that you have a choice - like 'cake or death.'"

You've got to like any Rebublican who cribs from a transvestite comedian.

/Can't believe I'm the first one to mention it.
//Is this still Fark?
///Trio of slashies for no particular reason.
 
2013-11-01 01:27:21 PM  
Hey, I wiped my ass after taking a shiat this morning.  Can I be declared a Hero, too?
 
2013-11-01 01:29:20 PM  

ManateeGag: isn't the current GOP candidate for NC governor trying to ban oral sex?


You my friend are a low information voter- the GOP gov candidates from 3 states are trying to ban oral sex- 2 are receiving oral sex- 4 are giving oral sex- and 1 has an upset stomach

Study it out
 
2013-11-01 01:30:11 PM  

The Name: Hey, I wiped my ass after taking a shiat this morning.  Can I be declared a Hero, too?


Next time use toilet paper, or wash your hand after.  Gross.
 
2013-11-01 01:30:15 PM  

ManateeGag: isn't the current GOP candidate for NC governor trying to ban oral sex?


I think that's the tea party candidate in Virginia. Although they're basically all the same candidate at this point.
 
2013-11-01 01:30:19 PM  

ManateeGag: isn't the current GOP candidate for NC governor trying to ban oral sex?


No, that would be the GOP candidate in my fine Commonwealth of Virginia, Atty. General Ken "The Cooch" Cuccinelli.
 
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