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(Yahoo)   In VA, the establishment candidate easily beat her Tea Party rivals for the nomination for a vacant congressional seat in a primary--which party leaders decided would be held Saturday only, between the hours of 10-3, at exactly 10 polling locations   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 86
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2014-05-01 09:58:26 AM
That is why you have to nuke it from orbit.

It is the only way to get the entrenched parties to go away.

\four legs good, two legs bad.
 
2014-05-01 09:59:46 AM
That's the kind of confidence that wins national elections.
 
2014-05-01 10:06:45 AM
Ah, Democracy.
 
2014-05-01 10:09:57 AM
America is completely off the rails.
 
2014-05-01 10:11:22 AM

naughtyrev: Ah, Democracy.


I think that should be spelled Dimeo¢ra$y these days
 
2014-05-01 10:17:24 AM
And even for all that, and despite being a former staffer for the incredibly popular guy she is trying to replace, she STILL only managed 54% of the vote.


Bad as dem prospects are this fall, the 10th isn't incredibly gerrymandered so I think it may flip red to blue.  Wolf was elected in 1980 and was basically a moderate, a breed which is essentially extinct now, and there are a lot of fed gov workers in the District and they have neither forgotten nor forgiven the shutdown
 
2014-05-01 10:22:21 AM
So making it difficult to vote is only bad when it affects the Tea Party.
 
2014-05-01 10:23:04 AM
Were the ballots stored in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'?
 
2014-05-01 10:24:35 AM
Upon hearing of Republicans' decision to go the firehouse direction, one's gut reaction might be: WTF?! Who runs a democracy this way, limiting polling places and hours to ensure that nominees are crowned by a narrow band of fanatics?

Who, indeed.
 
2014-05-01 10:27:48 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Upon hearing of Republicans' decision to go the firehouse direction, one's gut reaction might be: WTF?! Who runs a democracy this way, limiting polling places and hours to ensure that nominees are crowned by a narrow band of fanatics?

Who, indeed.


Heh.
 
2014-05-01 10:59:31 AM

I_Am_Weasel: Were the ballots stored in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'?


And we're done here.
 
2014-05-01 11:02:06 AM

SilentStrider: I_Am_Weasel: Were the ballots stored in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'?

And we're done here.


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2014-05-01 11:09:25 AM
Upon hearing of Republicans' decision to go the firehouse direction, one's gut reaction might be: WTF?! Who runs a democracy this way, limiting polling places and hours to ensure that nominees are crowned by a narrow band of fanatics?

Welcome to backwards Virginia.

It may be a purple state when the whole state votes (Obama won VA in the last two elections) but the statehouse is a solid dark red, since the backwards red counties/districts with hardly anybody in them outnumber the most populated blue counties/districts. I always thought majority ruled, but the VA statehouse does not share the politics nor vote how the majority of VA does.
 
2014-05-01 11:10:36 AM
So in other words, when you limit the availability of voting options, people can't get out to vote...


FUNNY HOW THAT FARKING WORKS< ASSHOLES!
 
2014-05-01 11:12:44 AM
I wonder if the last statewide election, had anything to do with that. In an off-year election otherwise favorable to the GOP, Tea Party favorites turned over the Governorship, Lt. Governorship, and Attorney Generals office to Democrats.
 
2014-05-01 11:12:47 AM
For a primary?  Meh.

If they want to raffle off their nomination, give it out based on Facebook likes, or whatever, that's between them and their members.  Let the parties do whatever they want, and just stop giving them public money.
 
2014-05-01 11:12:58 AM
the funny thing is you know the teabagger candidate was for every other disenfranchisement effort the republicans have ever come up with.
 
2014-05-01 11:13:50 AM

Walker: Upon hearing of Republicans' decision to go the firehouse direction, one's gut reaction might be: WTF?! Who runs a democracy this way, limiting polling places and hours to ensure that nominees are crowned by a narrow band of fanatics?

Welcome to backwards Virginia.

It may be a purple state when the whole state votes (Obama won VA in the last two elections) but the statehouse is a solid dark red, since the backwards red counties/districts with hardly anybody in them outnumber the most populated blue counties/districts. I always thought majority ruled, but the VA statehouse does not share the politics nor vote how the majority of VA does.


Well we DID sweep all three statewide elections last fall, and Herring in particular has conservatives FURIOUS, by refusing to defend VA's gay marriage law in court and reversing Cuccinelli's rule that VA universities could not offer in-state tuition rates to "Dreamers"   so there is that at least
 
2014-05-01 11:14:39 AM
I thought the headline was exaggerating for comedic effect.

It wasn't.
 
2014-05-01 11:16:00 AM

propasaurus: So making it difficult to vote is only bad when it affects the Tea Party.


Right? Right.
 
2014-05-01 11:16:51 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-01 11:17:44 AM
From the state party that brought you Ken "I'm totes moderate, you guys. Praise Jesus and kill some gays" Cuccinelli and his sidekick, Legitimate Crazy Person EW Jackson, comes Barbara "Turgid Whitewater boner" Comstock (rumor has it she'd call David Brooks for late-night viewings of her performances at the WW hearings).

Oh, and Ed "I have a punchable face, too! Guys?" Gillespie, (among other things) former advisor to Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign. With that sterling cred, now way he can lose!

// no, seriously - don't even write a concession speech
// that's how sure you should be of your win
 
2014-05-01 11:18:08 AM
Face it.  The right in America hate democracy, because they feel that they are no longer able to win free and fair elec tins, and has successfully killed it.
 
2014-05-01 11:18:55 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: naughtyrev: Ah, Democracy.

I think that should be spelled Dimeo¢ra$y these days


And on a bumpersticker!  That should give you a few toots, you rapscallion!
 
2014-05-01 11:19:38 AM
So how soon until the GOP wants to do Firehouse Elections for the general election?
 
2014-05-01 11:20:58 AM

lilbjorn: elec tins


The most dismally failed children's toy of the 1960s.
 
2014-05-01 11:22:21 AM

Magorn: Walker: Upon hearing of Republicans' decision to go the firehouse direction, one's gut reaction might be: WTF?! Who runs a democracy this way, limiting polling places and hours to ensure that nominees are crowned by a narrow band of fanatics?

Welcome to backwards Virginia.

It may be a purple state when the whole state votes (Obama won VA in the last two elections) but the statehouse is a solid dark red, since the backwards red counties/districts with hardly anybody in them outnumber the most populated blue counties/districts. I always thought majority ruled, but the VA statehouse does not share the politics nor vote how the majority of VA does.

Well we DID sweep all three statewide elections last fall, and Herring in particular has conservatives FURIOUS, by refusing to defend VA's gay marriage law in court and reversing Cuccinelli's rule that VA universities could not offer in-state tuition rates to "Dreamers"   so there is that at least


True. The Governor, Attorney General, and Lieutenant Governor slots usually going to Democrats (and Doug Wilder being the country's first black Governor) are others signs VA is not as backwards as most people think. When these crazy laws against abortion and gay marriage are passed by the statehouse, remember that the VA voters didn't get to vote on these as a referendum. If we did, they would have never passed.
 
2014-05-01 11:23:11 AM
See, when voting requires a little bit of effort, stupid people don't vote.
 
2014-05-01 11:27:02 AM
It's nice to see the GOP suppresses their own voters too.  I guess.
 
2014-05-01 11:27:46 AM
With a sign on the polling station door saying "Beware of the Leopard"...
 
2014-05-01 11:29:53 AM

naughtyrev: Ah, Democracy.


It's a primary, run and controlled by the Republican party, you douche. It's not a democracy.
 
2014-05-01 11:31:39 AM

I_Am_Weasel: Were the ballots stored in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying 'Beware of the Leopard'?


Oh, I see this was already covered. Carry on then.
 
2014-05-01 11:32:26 AM

Cletus C.: See, when voting requires a little bit of effort, stupid people don't vote.


And you know what no one knows better than the party bosses who the stupid people are why don't we let them decide who can vote and how hard it will be for everyone to vote, and we could even have some kind of test to ensure that only smart people vote, like a political literacy test.
 
2014-05-01 11:34:42 AM
Of the six contenders, Comstock enjoyed the highest name recognition and by far the most love from the party establishment.

Wait'll they get a lode of her..

/Pyrite
 
2014-05-01 11:35:33 AM
"But the woman is no RINO squish"

Rule 34?
 
2014-05-01 11:35:39 AM
The Virginia GOP's polestar in selecting their method of picking a candidate: What frightened us most recently?

Liberals voting in our primaries and picking un-electable candidates? We'll use a convention.

Tea partiers swamping our conventions and picking un-electable candidates ? We'll use a firehouse primary.
 
2014-05-01 11:38:01 AM

lilbjorn: Face it.  The right in America hate democracy, because they feel that they are no longer able to win free and fair elec tins, and has successfully killed it.


John Stewart pretty much nailed it when he dissected Wayne LaPierre's speech to the NRA convention.  LaPierre basically said "The country isn't doing what we want anymore so we need all the guns we can get to FORCE it back to our way of thinking"
 
2014-05-01 11:41:05 AM
So is this seat been a Democratic stronghold anyways, or did they just help turn this district blue for a short time?
 
2014-05-01 11:41:30 AM
Comstock?

i.imgur.com

Smother!
 
2014-05-01 11:41:38 AM

spongeboob: So how soon until the GOP wants to do Firehouse Elections for the general election?


The efforts to limit early voting in NC and WI are basically exactly that.  In NC not only did they cut off Early voting but they made it illegal for local polling places to stay open past specificed hours even if there were people still waiting in line to vote.   In Wi they cut polling hours and then they dramatically reduced the number of polling places in large cities.
 
2014-05-01 11:43:51 AM
How is this not a federal lawsuit?
 
2014-05-01 11:44:53 AM

spongeboob: Cletus C.: See, when voting requires a little bit of effort, stupid people don't vote.

And you know what no one knows better than the party bosses who the stupid people are why don't we let them decide who can vote and how hard it will be for everyone to vote, and we could even have some kind of test to ensure that only smart people vote, like a political literacy test.


Hmm, political literacy test. Let's make it real easy. Like "Which has more members, the House or Senate?"

About a third of voters would have a 50-50 shot at that.
 
2014-05-01 11:46:06 AM

meat0918: So is this seat been a Democratic stronghold anyways, or did they just help turn this district blue for a short time?


It's a longtime Republican district, but Frank Wolf was a very moderate Republican.  Northern VA is blue, but they kept electing Wolf for 30 years, so he's not on the radical right.  It stands to be seen if this goodwill translates to his protege, or if northern VA is ready for a Democrat to represent them.
 
2014-05-01 11:46:07 AM
It is very wrong for liberal GOP inside elites to rig primaries against the true conservative base like that. Even Tea Partiers should have the opportunity to vote for the awful candidates of their choice. Tea Partiers ought to consider looking elsewhere than the Republican Party for organized representation of their views.
 
2014-05-01 11:54:10 AM
Walker:
Welcome to backwards Virginia.

It may be a purple state when the whole state votes (Obama won VA in the last two elections) but the statehouse is a solid dark red, since the backwards red counties/districts with hardly anybody in them outnumber the most populated blue counties/districts. I always thought majority ruled, but the VA statehouse does not share the politics nor vote how the majority of VA does.


And the last restricting didn't help. It was an obvious gerrymander of the areas of population growth in NOVA that might vote not-republican.

I'm leaving this state as soon as I'm done with grad school.
 
2014-05-01 11:54:35 AM
The comments are full of delicious irony and cognitive dissonance - full of people complaining about limited number of polling places and shortened voting windows in a Republican primary, but who support both of those things in a general election.
 
2014-05-01 11:55:52 AM

Chagrin: naughtyrev: Ah, Democracy.

It's a primary, run and controlled by the Republican party, you douche. It's not a democracy.


Douche? Go fark yourself.
 
2014-05-01 12:02:54 PM

propasaurus: So making it difficult to vote is only bad when it affects the Tea Party.


Pretty much this.  How dare they put up roadblocks to people* exercising their right to vote?  Although Saturday voting does seem rather convenient.

*you know what we mean, wink wink, nudge nudge
 
2014-05-01 12:06:12 PM

Karac: The comments are full of delicious irony and cognitive dissonance - full of people complaining about limited number of polling places and shortened voting windows in a Republican primary, but who support both of those things in a general election.


You don't have to worry about Republican voters committing in-person voter fraud - it's only "those"people that do that sort of thing.

/what "those" people might look like:

images1.dailykos.com
 
2014-05-01 12:08:38 PM
Of course, none of those Tea Party cretins will be able to apply their logic here to the consistent efforts made by the GOP to keep minorities from voting.
 
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