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  1. I wrote a denunciation speech last night. My mood is now more somber and sad than angry. I can't tell you how many countless hour I've spent on this forum the last 7 or 8 years. Before I post my speech. I want to thank you all for making this forum wonderful, when it was was wonderful. I've made true friends here. For those that want to continue the community we had, I've built a new forum. It is for us. Send me a private message with your email or contact another (formerly) active user to reach this forum. I've gotten about 15 to 20 inquires already. @admin_270 is welcome, even though I'm going to momentarily tear into him. I hold no permanent anger for him. While I could give a somber address. I will present the speech I wrote last night as it best captures. the anger that we all have. The speech is actually in the mode of a denunciation speech given commonly by the Roman Cicero. As this is a Forum, it seems only appropriate that I give the oration on the corpse of this forum: *** If this is my last post, then so be it. I've been a daily member of this forum for 7 years. The last few weeks have been the worst weeks on this forum and by no small margin. While a contributing cause has been the 2020 election, the primary cause has been one person: Political Pundit. We have had conservatives and Trump supporters before. Tensions arise but are brief. They are never sustained. This one is sustained. Whereas temp bans occurred once every 4 or 6 months, they now occur multiple times at once. I have no doubt that if Political Pundit were not here and some other Trump supporter were here that these angry posts, such as this one, would not be written. This denotes another problem: Admin himself. The collapse of a forum's harmony and a revolt of the most active users underscores a problem. Admin's instinct is to ban those in protest. He pays no attention to Political Pundit's guerilla tactics -- perversely seeking to agitate and rile us up in hopes that we personally attack him, so he can squeal for Admin to defend him. Admin will defend him. He has no law to inhibit people from provoking attacks purposely. He has no law to restrain someone who perversely seeks to destroy the harmony of the forum. He has no law to protect the majority from a minority upriser that brings no good intentions, carries no respect for others, and has no love for this forum. Indeed, it seems Admin, too, has no love for this forum. At least, not anymore. More love he has for Political Pundit than he does he have for Forum harmony or its leading members. Such is the power of Political Pundit. When, Political Pundit, do you mean to cease abusing our patience?! How long is that madness of yours still to mock this forum?! When is there to be an end of that unbridled brashness?! Does not the glares and the words of this venerable forum body have any effect upon you? Do you not see that it is you--and not your views--that are detested? If you choose to hold your ground, so be it. The forum is half itself since tainted by you. For this protest, a lifetime ban would be a reward: Political Pundit, you are not worthy of this forum or of the attention of the members of this forum! Shame on Admin for protecting him and perversely and autocratically banning the loyal and active members of this forum for rightfully responding to one so cancerous in his intent in sapping the harmony of this forum! Shame on you! No doubt, Admin will be unmoved like a Gaddafi, and Political Pundit, like a Warner Brothers cartoon, will remain unchanged in his behavior as he's incapable of overhearing himself. I accept my upcoming banning. May it be permanently. This forum is dead to me. Let it foster or fester under Political Pundit. All others seeking to continue our discussions may feel free to follow me elsewhere. vcczar @Reagan04 @Actinguy @Patine @Conservative Elector 2 @TheMiddlePolitical @WVProgressive @SilentLiberty @pilight @admin_270 @Hestia11 @Herbert Hoover @mlcorcoran @Leuser @upandaway @jvikings1 @Rodja @Edouard @jnewt @Nentomat @Kingthero @Sunnymentoaddict @RFK/JFKfan @Mr.Blood @Zenobiyl @Wiw @MBDemSoc @ThePotatoWalrus @Alxeu @Allyn @Cenzonico @CentristGuy @Ishan @billay @wolves @RI Democrat @lizarraba @lizphairphreak @TheLiberalKitten @MysteryKnight @avatarmushi @servo75 @Mark_W @Entrecampos
    16 points
  2. Looks to me like someone didn't bother spending any CP on increasing Issue Familiarity or Debating Skills
    9 points
  3. First they came for the leftists, but I did not speak out because I wasn't a leftist. Then they came for the rational thinkers, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a rational thinker And then they came for the centrists but I didn't speak out because I missed that thread PP hasn't gotten banned yet, a quandry I'm not good at poetry Rotary
    8 points
  4. Not that helpful. I am now giving short bans for violation of forum rules, to avoid things escalating. Everyone, please rethink your approaches to the forum.
    8 points
  5. I actually thought of the original poem when I got banned, after initially agreeing with Patine's ban. My bad, Patine. Admin's overactive protection of a specific user of this forum, to the detriment of all other users of this forum, will eventually lead to the end of this forum.
    8 points
  6. Might as well present you with your award.
    8 points
  7. I had to come back just to get a taste of the cope.
    7 points
  8. I predict that Joe Biden will defeat Donald Trump 307-231. My write-up for this prediction is found on my blog: https://historymonocle.com/2020/11/02/2020-election-prediction/ I will make my final 270Soft post later this afternoon. I am creating a new forum along with some other active members from this forum. I'll explain how to get there in my final post for anyone interested. All those that don't seek disharmony will be welcome. My map is here: vcczar @Reagan04 @Actinguy @Patine @Conservative Elector 2 @TheMiddlePolitical @WVProgressive @SilentLiberty @pilight @admin_270 @Hestia11 @Herbert Hoover @mlcorcoran @Leuser @upandaway @jvikings1 @Rodja @Edouard @jnewt @Nentomat @Kingthero @Sunnymentoaddict @RFK/JFKfan @Mr.Blood @Zenobiyl @Wiw @MBDemSoc @ThePotatoWalrus @Alxeu @Allyn @Cenzonico @CentristGuy @Ishan @billay @wolves @RI Democrat @lizarraba @lizphairphreak @TheLiberalKitten @MysteryKnight @avatarmushi @servo75 @Mark_W
    7 points
  9. Trust me @PoliticalPundit, you can say anything you want bud. You could call him a horsefaced monkey son of a bastard whore chinaman. You’re not getting banned.
    7 points
  10. I am done. I am done seeing this forum continuously left to locked threads, bad-faith arguments, and constant fighting. I am done seeing people I highly respect being roped into fights with people who have no regard for their arguments, and who would much rather engage in throwing away opposing evidence, refusing to recognize their opponent's points, acting superior to others, and all around being a negative influence on this forum. I am done with every post being a flame war, and I am done seeing flaws in our moderation system exposed through the recent arguments and flame wars on this forum. I am done toying with the idea that we can all simply block/ignore those who are helping to cause the situation we face to solve everything. This post is not about PoliticalPundit, Admin, or Billay alone. It is about the systemic issues this forum faces. The vast majority of posts, people, and comments on here are great and amazing, but the issues with civility, moderation, and the general tone of this forum are too much. I am done. I am very active in the Election Play-By-Play area, and as such I will maintain my account, but from here on out I will not comment or interact with the General section of the forum, not including the occasional look at Vcczar's excellent polls. I. Am. Done. Goodbye, you beautiful bastards. vcczar @Reagan04 @Actinguy @Patine @Conservative Elector 2 @TheMiddlePolitical @WVProgressive @SilentLiberty @pilight @admin_270 @Hestia11 @Herbert Hoover @mlcorcoran @Leuser @upandaway @jvikings1 @Rodja @Edouard @jnewt @Nentomat @Kingthero @Sunnymentoaddict @RFK/JFKfan @The Blood @Zenobiyl @Wiw @MBDemSoc @ThePotatoWalrus @Alxeu @Allyn @Cenzonico @CentristGuy @Ishan @billay @wolves @RI Democrat @lizarraba @lizphairphreak @TheLiberalKitten @MysteryKnight @avatarmushi @servo75 @Mark_W
    7 points
  11. So as everyone knows 2020 has been an insanely chaotic year, through the pandemic I lost my uncle in April and needed time away from everything, I'm in a much better place now and am happy to be back.
    7 points
  12. Hello, again, everyone. But I make no claims to royalty.
    7 points
  13. Hmm, I don't think one tops each other as the "worse". They both are equally bad for America.
    7 points
  14. Can we just chill? Like I just want to do RP, see funny memes, and talk about how to make PI better.
    7 points
  15. This is just for fun and based off a poll I made about a week ago. Took me forever to calculate the results but here goes. Here's where we would possibly fall as 2020 candidates on the issues: Far-Left: Scored higher than 51+ left @avatarmushi @TheMiddlePolitical @MysteryKnight @Rodja @vcczar @WVProgressive @Centrist Emperor Kerzaris (Now the most extreme +68, despite saying the country is better off after Trump) @MBDemSoc Left: Scored between 31-51 left @Mark_W @Zenobiyl @Patine (Unique responses to things forces him here on a Left-Right spectrum. Seems more like a Far-Left person with some dissenting opinions.) Center Left: Scored between 11-30 left @Actinguy (Would be Left if not for stances on intervention) @Herbert Hoover @pilight (A very non-traditional center-left) Center: scored within 10 on the L-R spectrum on 2020 issues. @Isaacr88 (Not so much a centrist as having a platform that is all over the place) @TheLiberalKitten @SilentLiberty (Almost Center-Right, but really a Libertarianish Conservative with some progressive or liberal views) @Vavent (Very similar to my description of Silent Liberty) @NYConservative (Kind of like a Libertarian Republican who has a bunch of random Andrew Yang views mixed in, which moves him here) Center Right: scored between 11-30 right @Berg2036 (Somewhat Libertarian) @Cenzonico (Somewhat Libertarian) @ThePotatoWalrus (Would be Right if not for many Libertarian positions embraced mostly by progressives) @Reagan04 (Same as ThePotatoWalrus. Both are largely Libertarian in many cases) Right: scored between 31-51 right n/a Far-Right: Scored higher than 51+ right @Conservative Elector 2 (At +67, he's the most extremely radical politician on this chart) If we were planets/planetoids, @Conservative Elector 2 would be Pluto. There's no one near his orbit. Of the conservatives that took the test, all but @Conservative Elector 2 are probably more Libertarian Conservative than Establishment Conservative. Most of the Left-wingers are Progressive Liberals rather than Mainstream Liberals. This doesn't really surprise me. If I had more time, I'd create a two-party primary map based off our results, but I don't think I can do that anytime soon. Maybe it's something I can do after the election in real life.
    7 points
  16. Admin needs to focus on his games more than anything. I could care less about what he says on here. I have bought his games because they have much potential to be explored. This genre of gaming has its niche, so It shouldn't be hard to please it.
    7 points
  17. Here is what I would say about the composition of the court... 1. Chief Justice @Conservative Elector 2: Solidly a member of the conservative bloc on the court, and a rigid textualist. Most economically libertarian on the court. Justice C was appointed by Bush in 2005 to replace William Rehnquist. 2. Justice @Reagan04: Another member of the conservative bloc on the court, and a huge proponent of civil liberties versus government intrusion. Very opposed to the regulation of intrastate commerce and skeptical of the vague claims of programs such as the Affordable Care Act. The most senior member on the Supreme Court, Justice R having been appointed by HW Bush in 1991. 3. Justice @jvikings1: The third of four reliably conservative votes. Justice J is a proponent of economic and social liberties, and was appointed by President Trump in 2017 following the controversial refusal to hear the nomination of Obama pick Merrick Garland. 4. Justice @vcczar: An unabashed progressive activist on the court. Justice V regularly votes in favor of government regulation and power that may not be explicitly found in the Constitution, but that he believes is necessary to enact the duties of the government in the modern era. The second most senior member of the court, having been Clinton's first appointment to the highest court in 1994. 5. Justice @Actinguy: A moderately liberal on the court. While fairly consistently liberal, Justice A has cast some votes viewed by liberals as questionable in regards to voter IDs. However, his judicial activism on social issues is relatively unmatched on the court outside of Justice V. 6. Justice @Hestia11: A reliably liberal justice. Justice HH was appointed by President Obama as his first justice in 2009. 7. Justice @Herbert Hoover. A moderate justice who has voted with the liberals on the court roughly 60% of the time. Appointed by President Obama in 2010, and notably authored a dissenting opinion in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, in which he argued that while he agreed that the Affordable Care Act was likely unconstitutional, he believed that it was a political affair that would only damage the court to involve itself with. 8. Justice @SilentLiberty: The final member of the conservative bloc on the court. Notably, Justice S is the only conservative on the court to believe that the Constitution is a living and dynamic document, and he has so far rarely broken with the conservative bloc but could be expected to do so. Justice S was appointed by President Donald Trump in 2018 with a relatively tame confirmation battle. 9. VACANT. The final seat on the court is currently vacant due to the unexpected death of Justice @WVProgressive. A confirmation battle in an election year is going to be controversial for President Trump, but he has announced as of today that his pick will be 31 year old @ThePotatoWalrus. The relative youth and inexperience of this pick is unprecedented, and he would likely become the longest serving member in the court's history if confirmed. Senators Murkowski and Collins have vowed not to confirm in the election season, so if two more Republicans break ranks, Democrats will have a chance to appoint their own if they win the White House. One rumored pick is @The Blood, who would be one of the most liberal members on the court. The court's composition as it is currently lends itself to often close votes, with the Conservative Bloc often voting together in the minority against the liberals and the moderates. However, Obergefell v. Hodges was a landmark case in which the court's 7-2 decision effectively legalized same-sex marriage across the United States. Justice A authored the opinion, stating that LBGTQ+ members constituted a protected class that would receive federal protections similar to gender, age, and racial classes. With this court's composition, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius was a 5-4 decision in which the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare was unconstitutional, with Justices A, H, HH, and V in the minority.
    7 points
  18. Nobody deserves to be President.
    7 points
  19. Is this a personal attack? NO, because the poster shares my values.
    6 points
  20. First of all,the political spectrum should return. Next, this little effect for states should return as well. Look at those lines across the states.It makes the map more interesting to look at. Next up, The lockbox and states being called on election night. Perhaps the one I have been requesting the most, city names! Allowing campaign designers to make campaigns more in depth. Its the little things that do that. The next one I don't have a screenshot for is a news story. "Candidate A loses home state in latest polling" If anyone wants to add to this, please do.
    6 points
  21. So let me ask you guys this. How old are you? 17 years old Do you like Mountain Dew? I used to, years ago, but these days it tastes like toilet water. Have you played Mass Effect? No. Ever been to Arizona? No. Ideal place to live? Portland, Maine, and I plan on moving there after I finish my education Did you vote?(I don't care who you voted for. I'm asking if you voted ) No. Joe Biden isn't worth committing voter fraud over . Preference: Cake or pie? Cake. Especially Ice-Cream-Cake, I have one for my birthday every year.
    6 points
  22. Unignoring you for a second to respond to this as I saw someone quote you. You've been getting it too easy. Calling him immature and unaccountable is a personal attack in itself, you said he "cries to the admin", earlier today, another personal attack, you frequently use "_______ _____" and stuff in place of insults when we all know what you're trying to say. You say vcczar constantly cries to the admin and doesn't act like an adult when it is you who is doing it. This is one page (of 23) of your post history. You've contributed to the recent toxic culture more than anyone here has 10 times over. You say it's because it's a liberal forum. I probably hold more conservative views than 90% of this forum and I still find your conduct disgusting and toxic. I've usually supported @admin_270 through most events of the forum, like the big fiasco in the debate thing and his comments to two people, everyone calling him a Trump supporter or whatever when I say he's playing Devil's Advocate (and he is playing Devil's Advocate), he's a good admin but my only criticism is that he's been way too easy on you. The fact that @Patine got an 8 day ban for things you do every day is astounding.
    6 points
  23. Something I've noticed - neither of them are particularly good at contextualizing. They both tend to make references to things without really explaining what they're talking about, in a way that may make sense to those of us who follow politics closely but could just confuse people who don't.
    6 points
  24. Imagine thinking that Trump supporters are capable of not shouting just how much they love PRESIDENT DONALD JOHN TRUMP HE HAS US SAYING MERRY CHRISTMAS AGAIN GOD CHOSE HIM FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DOG BLESS
    6 points
  25. My gosh, I'm in class and I'm missing a lot. Anywho, sending everyone good vibes!
    6 points
  26. You have 4 days to cool off. Peace, bro.
    6 points
  27. Agreed. I happen to disagree with @PoliticalPundit's analysis, but he's been much more civil than @Patine has been lately. You've got to calm down, man. The personal attacks left and right have got to stop. Look at how @vcczar responded - pointed out a perceived flaw in reasoning and politely explained why he finds that to be an important part of the argument. It's very civil, even though you can tell that @vcczar and @PoliticalPundit are disagreeing. V clearly states he disagrees with the assessment, in fact. Likewise, just the other day I was a clown and thought something was unconstitutional and threw it around like the buzzword of the day when I was completely mistaken, and @pilight corrected me politely. I wasn't offended, and she/he didn't push it further. Civility. There's no need for calling people belligerent fools, quoting him over and over again when he clearly wants nothing to do with the conversation, and constantly attacking @Actinguy and others on the forum. You've got a unique mindset about international politics, and it's alright that no everyone shares your opinions.
    6 points
  28. @admin_270, @The Blood both made professional, courteous, apologies where they didn't blame anyone for what they said or did. I'm glad this was the conclusion to this. Hopefully everyone involved has learned something for this, I know I have. Everyone on this forum is a wonderful person who contributes to the unique culture we have here in their own way. I usually despise talking about politics with people, but with you guys I can do it all day. From @vcczar's leadership, insight, polls, and all-around contribution to @Patine's wittiness, excessive usage of adjectives, and his intelligence, @Reagan04's deep and broad knowledge of elections, government, policy, charisma and humor, and @Actinguy and @Conservative Elector 2's level-headedness, reasonableness, and informativeness, and so many more, this forum wouldn't be complete without y'all. This is why I come back here everyday. We're at our best when we're having insightful discussion, and not at each other's throats (though thankfully, we're good most of the time). I know i'm not the only one who thinks this. But damnit I got work in 4 hours and I need to sleep so I'll see y'all tomorrow.
    6 points
  29. No lives matter. Nihilism gang rise up
    6 points
  30. Good idea dude. ...Seriously!
    6 points
  31. Sorry I didn't see the last sentence for some reason. Yeah theres too much baggage. Its unfortunate because Jeb is a lot smarter than his brother, but his brother essentially disqualified him from ever seeking national office. Also, if he were to be Romney's VEEP there would be the perception among Republicans (who are more sympathetic to the Bush family) that the ticket was in the wrong order. Romney needs to pick someone who won't overshadow him. Also Jeb himself said he wanted Rubio to be the running mate.
    6 points
  32. 270soft is very slow at getting things done, so I would prefer that they focus on completing their core games and then letting modders do the rest.
    6 points
  33. That's a pretty cool idea! It would be fun connecting with other campaigners for a game.
    6 points
  34. If you would like to contribute on an official Canada 2021 campaign for the existing Prime Minister Infinity - Canada, please let me know. I will not have time to make it, but I will be able to help and can then add it to the official campaigns. We have 2019 as a basis.
    5 points
  35. A friend of mine sent me this the 3rd of november, telling "my game says it will finish like it" I was like "hehehehe, NO" Sounds like apart for NC the game did a pretty good job !
    5 points
  36. You're basically a Trump bot that happens to have functioning body parts. Maybe if you didn't preach about Trump 24/7, the people on this forum would take you more seriously
    5 points
  37. The gang discovers the 6 "other" moderators:
    5 points
  38. Take a look at my wacky bag lol And if anyone wants to send any buttons my way, I'll gladly accept them
    5 points
  39. I appreciate the change. This forum used to be dead before we started talking politics — the common thread that binds us, even when we disagree. There’s only so much you can say about the game — I’d check in maybe once a year to see if there was an update, instead of multiple times a day to see if there’s an interesting discussion.
    5 points
  40. 1st Round: Social Democrats (Sanders/AOC) - 30% Libertarian Republicans (Paul/Amash) - 22% Progressive Democrats (Warren/Newsom) - 22% American United Moderates (Huntsman/Bloomberg) 9% Note: rest got 4% or less of the vote. Trump and Cruz got 0% support, which is great. 2nd Round: Removed all the zeros and 4% candidates (got 1 vote): Social Democrats (Sanders/AOC) - 30% Libertarian Republicans (Paul/Amash) - 26% Progressive Democrats (Warren/Newsom) - 26% American United Moderates (Huntsman/Bloomberg) 13% 3rd Round: AUM are removed: Libertarian Republicans (Paul/Amash) - 35% Progressive Democrats (Warren/Newsom) - 31% Social Democrats (Sanders/AOC) - 30% 4% vote unaccounted for 4th Round: Social Democrats removed!: Progressive Democrats (Warren/Newsom) - 55% Libertarian Republicans (Paul/Amash) - 35% 10% unaccounted for/invalid ballot Elizabeth Warren is President of the United States! Gavin Newsom is VP! Progressives use science and education to secretely kill the Conservatives on the SC and replace them with clones of AOC that they had made in a lab. Guns are taken away and no one is allowed to have private property without first having an abortion. All Christians will be dunked in a tank of gays at carnivals until they are tolerant. Separation of Church and State will be made more permanent by only allowing services on the Moon. Federal spending will be be accelerated by removing all the locks on the treasury and mints--take whatever you need. Military spending is now give entirely to undocumented immigrants without asking for anything in return. The police have been defunded. Anyone with slaveholder ancestry must allow anyone with slave ancestry to run their household and expenses for the duration of their lives. Rural people aren't allowed to vote. All statues to Founding Fathers will be given a sex change to honor trans-Americans. All handshakes must be as weak as possible or your taxes will be increased .[Insert other comic nightmares for conservatives.] etc. etc. etc. vcczar @Reagan04 @Actinguy @Patine @Conservative Elector 2 @TheMiddlePolitical @WVProgressive @SilentLiberty @pilight @admin_270 @Hestia11 @Herbert Hoover @mlcorcoran @Leuser @upandaway @jvikings1 @Rodja @Edouard @jnewt @Nentomat @Kingthero @Sunnymentoaddict @RFK/JFKfan @Mr.Blood @Zenobiyl @Wiw @MBDemSoc @ThePotatoWalrus @Alxeu @Allyn @Cenzonico @CentristGuy @Ishan @billay @wolves @RI Democrat @lizarraba @lizphairphreak @TheLiberalKitten @MysteryKnight @avatarmushi @servo75
    5 points
  41. Voter groups (like African Americans or Blue-Collar workers). And bonuses for certain politicians (like Barack Obama has bonuses for African Americans and Trump for Blue-Collar workers).
    5 points
  42. None of you are objective. You're all trying to manipulate the facts and data to suit what you want to happen. Even trying to make predictions on who is going to win the general election this early would be silly. Right now it seems to be trending for Obama. A few months ago it looked like he was dead in the water a few months from now it may look like that again. It isn't necessarily about the economic data but about how its spun. If unemployment falls below 8%, then we can truly say that the GOP is in trouble. One of Romney's major attacks against Obama is that he promised that if we passed the stimulus unemployment would be below 8%. Well, if it does drop below 8%, Obama can easily claim that what he has done has worked, it just took a little longer. Not only that, he'll drop the populist tax the rich routine, which could further help the economy because he's no longer scaring the people who create jobs in this country. On the flip side, one bit of bad economic data from anywhere in the world could put Obama right back where he was last year. If the unemployment rate creeps up for some reason, even if its by very little and even if the general trend shows it going down, the GOP can once again use it to say Obama's policies have failed. Many things can make this happen. Hell it could even be a statistical anomaly, it could be a war in the middle east or something happening in Europe or even another debt showdown. So much of how people vote, and how people behave economically depends on expectations and the general mood of the country. Since people tend to give the president way too much credit/blame for what is happening, the economic climate is probably going to dictate the election results. That being said, what's going on in the primary season is hurting Romney. Its making him run to the right on issues that should never even be discussed, and the question becomes whether he can get back to the center in a reasonable way that doesn't make the flip flopper image worse. McCain had this problem in 2008. The most visible of these shifts to the right has been on immigration. Romney has always been a relative moderate on the issue, but his opponents dragged him to the right. Latinos are going to be crucial this year and if he alienates them he has no chance. He can mediate that by picking Marco Rubio, who I think is his best choice. At the end of the day, the base is going to come for him anyway. Rubio soothes some of the fears of not only the Latino, but of the Tea Party, who he is worshiped by. Theres a perception that Romney is going to have trouble with the base during the GE. That's simply not true. The base isn't voting for Romney because Santorum is such an attractive candidate to them. Not only that, the base is dwindling. The Tea Party is arguably the largest faction in the GOP right now. That being said, Romney is still pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-gun etc. Or he claims to be. The base will vote for Romney because no matter how they look at it he's better than Obama on almost every issue to them. Romney's greatest problem is not allowing Santorum to pull him too far to the right, and picking a running mate who will alleviate some of the problems the candidate can't alleviate some of the problems the candidate can't fix themselves. Even though Romney shouldn't worry too much about the right-wing of the party he still can go so far to the center that they simply don't turn out. However, the likelihood of the right-wing running away from him if he moves too far to the center is far less than the independents running away from him if he moves to far to the right. And unlike the base/right/Tea Party/whatever, the independents will go to Obama. So Romney needs to move to the center, and hope his running mate can sooth the concerns of the right, while at the same time appealing to some key demographics. And who can do that? Marco Rubio. He gives you excites the Tea Party, he's acceptable to the base (if they'll vote for a Mormon they'll vote for someone who used to be), and he will win some Latinos. Picking Rubio can maximize Romney's chance of winning but at the end of the day the economy will still determine who wins the election. Not necessarily the raw economic data, but the perception, and the manipulation by both parties.
    5 points
  43. First off, the 10% lead you are citing came from Rasmussen. You have repeatedly called Rasmussen an unreliable and corrupted agency for polling in the past. I agree. That's why I don't care what Rasmussen Says. Also note that the Associated Press poll showing Obama with an 8 point lead tracks everyone, even if they aren't registered or likely voters. So you aren't seeing the real picture by asking everyone. I know a lot of unregistered voters out there. The other polls which show either a 4-2% Obama Lead or a 2% Romney lead poll either registered or likely voters. That would be the more accurate sampling.
    5 points
  44. Ayatollah Khamenei has the real power in Iran. He controls the goverment.
    5 points
  45. 5 points
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