Rasmussen: Republican affiliation hits record high

posted at 3:31 pm on September 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In 2006 and 2008, Democrats rode a wave of voter dissatisfaction to two electoral victories — and to large leads in party affiliation.  By 2010, Republicans had the momentum of voter dissatisfaction, but not the realignment seen in the previous two cycles.  According to a new survey by Rasmussen Reports, the realignment seems to have arrived in 2012:

After falling for two straight months, the number of Americans who consider themselves Republicans jumped nearly three points in August.

During August, 37.6% of Americans considered themselves Republicans. That’s up from 34.9% in July  and 35.4% in June. It’s also the largest number of Republicans ever recorded by Rasmussen Report since monthly tracking began in November 2002. The previous peak for the GOP was 37.3% in September 2004. See History of Party Trends.

The number of Democrats slipped to 33.3% in August from 34.0% in June and July. Those two months marked the Democrats’ best showing in 2012. In February, just 32.4% described themselves as Democrats, the lowest level ever measured by Rasmussen Reports.

The number of voters not affiliated with either major political party fell to 29.2% last month. That’s down two points from 31.1% in July and the smallest number of unaffiliated voters since 2009.

Rasmussen is one of only two significant pollsters that track partisan affiliation on a regular basis.  Gallup also surveys on this question, and we’ll get to their measure in a moment.  This metric has significant bearing on poll analysis, as Hot Air readers know, but it’s not the end-all for that, either.  Pollsters have to model the likely-voter turnout, and while party affiliation measures in the general population inform that modeling process, the models aren’t a copy of these surveys, either.  This series, unlike most of Rasmussen’s surveys, poll general-population adults rather than likely voters.

Galllup’s series has not reflected the same trend Rasmussen sees, though.  In fact, there’s been a slight decline for the GOP in that series since spring among affiliated voters, although that evens out when leaners are added:

This then becomes a matter of which pollster would be more reliable on this measure.  Bear in mind that Rasmussen’s tracking on this question did a pretty good job of showing at least the direction of the turnout in 2010′s midterm elections, which nationally had a D/R/I of 35/35/30 in the tracking polls.  In this graphic, the columns are R/D/I:

Gallup missed the surge in that election, however, and had the GOP’s affiliation numbers tracking the other direction (columns are R/I/D, then R+leaners/D+leaners):

By the week of the election, the D/R/I of Gallup was 31/26/41, while Rasmussen had it almost precisely accurate at 35/36/29.  That’s something to keep in mind, and it’s been my experience with Rasmussen polling that it tends to identify trends earlier than almost any other pollster.

In this case, it shouldn’t be a big surprise to see voters shifting more Republican after three-plus years of a flatline recovery, with job creation stalled, and Democrats refusing to talk about either or talk about their own plans to fix either, for that matter.


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I sure hope 0 fails…

OmahaConservative on September 2, 2012 at 3:34 PM

You gotta like that!!

Dasher on September 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Exactly why today’s Gsllup numbers in their tracking poll haven’t changed in almost 5 days.

bgibbs1000 on September 2, 2012 at 3:36 PM

OT: I’m watching an interview with Julian Castro (Dems Hispanic hope) on Univision…. the guy doesn’t even speak Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

El_Terrible on September 2, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Still OT: As a side note, Marco Rubio did an hour long interview with Univision all in Spanish.

El_Terrible on September 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

Also explains the shrillness of the democRAT media hacks like Tingles Mathews during the GOP convention.

bgibbs1000 on September 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

D+ 5,…….’nuf said

Offhanded on September 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

If you’ve got more than a a dozen operating brain cells……why would you hitch your horse to that wagon anymore?

It’s the party of leaches, borrowing, taxes and deficit-spending.

Tim_CA on September 2, 2012 at 3:40 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

We’re coming for your chair King Putt….

harlekwin15 on September 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Romney would have 93% to 95% of Republicans voting for him on November 6 2012… Few idiotic bloggers on the internet who are not happy with Romney do not count as non-unity…

mnjg on September 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

You know what I’ll crawl through hell in a gasoline suit to kick SCoaMF out of his magic seat….

“unity” leads to the insane asylum on the left time to let America Work

harlekwin15 on September 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM

I’m not surprised.I can’t find anyone who will say they voted Dem.

docflash on September 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Pic of the Day: No Racist Dog-Whistle Decoder or Assembly Required

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/09/pic-of-day-no-racist-dog-whistle.html

M2RB: The Rolling Stones

Resist We Much on September 2, 2012 at 3:48 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

You are living in some odd alternative universe. You need to open your blinds and get some fresh air. I am not united with my husband 100% of the time but that doesn’t mean we don’t work together when we need to. We don’t need ALL the country to unite to defeat him, just enough.

1nolibgal on September 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM

D+ 5,…….’nuf said

Offhanded on September 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

A new one for Lanceman?

Barred on September 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

POLLS! We need polls.

gerrym51 on September 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

These are just the people who have gone all in and changed their official voter party affiliation.

This doesn’t count all of the disaffected Democrats who are going to walk into the polling booth and vote REPUBLICAN, many for the first time in their lives.

Voter disillusionment, and the resultant disaffection, is rampant among the Democrats.

Many have witnessed the party they thought they knew take a HARD LURCH TO THE UBER LEFT.

With every single ‘Blue Dog’ who was outed in 2010, countless Democrats were left without representation in the Democratic party,

With every ‘Pro-Life Democrat’ who lost in 2010, there were countless Democrats who were left without representation in the Democratic party.

With every ‘moderate Democrat’ who lost in 2010, there were countless more Democrats who were left without representation in the Democratic party.

Nancy Pelosi said that the loss of these groups of Democrats was aq good thing for the party, and reflected that it would make the party more progressive.

Those Democrats who live in areas hard hit with illegal immigration , who see the resultant rise in crime, and feel the added tax burden placed on them, whose children’s education are suffering because of the drain on local resources, are left without representation in the Democratic party.

Those Democrats who believed in the exceptionalism of this nation, who believed in a strong military, are left without representation in the Democratic party.

Those Democrats who grew up believing in the American Dream, who believed that diligence, self reliance, and merit should be rewarded, that people are entitled to the fruit of their own labor, are left without representation in the Democratic party.

Those Democrats who believed in the party of JFK, who believed in ‘Camelot’ and celebrated reaching out and touching the face of the moon, have no representation in the Democratic party.

Many of these unrepresented Democrats have already begun to call themselves ‘Independents’ but they don’t change party affiliation because, if their state doesn’t have an open primary, they can’t vote in the primaries without a declared party affiliation.

When the final vote is tallied on election night, the votes of these disaffected and disillusioned Democrats will be counted.

I’m betting Obama will hear the voice of these unrepresented Democrats loud and clear… as they cast their ballots for R&R, and the country they love.

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

POLLS! We need polls.

gerrym51 on September 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Whereas BHO keeps yelling at Axelschnozz: “PROLES! We need more Proles!”

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 2, 2012 at 4:09 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM


Up next, TheAlamos reports only 3 people attended Romney rally in Cincinnati yesterday!

PolAgnostic on September 2, 2012 at 4:14 PM

D+ 5,…….’nuf said

Offhanded on September 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

A new one for Lanceman?

Barred on September 2, 2012 at 4:01 PM

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For the moment, I am going to give Offhanded the benefit of the doubt and go with the idea he was referring to the Democratic oversampling by the Gallup organization.

And it’s not like I tend to giving the benefit of the doubt all that often.

PolAgnostic on September 2, 2012 at 4:16 PM

1) Republican Party Affiliation on Record High

2) President Obama Job Approval 43% Disapproval 48% (Gallup)

3) President Obama likability drops 1% while Romney’s climbs 1%

4) Thousands come to Mitt Romney’s campaign stop in Cinncinnatti Ohio

5) Oh but REUTERS/IPSOS shows Obama on top so therefore the bounce was short lived.

Varchild on September 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Hello light at the end of the tunnel – you are getting brighter by the day.

gophergirl on September 2, 2012 at 4:17 PM

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

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Excellent analysis in your post!

PolAgnostic on September 2, 2012 at 4:18 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party. change the mind of THIS tantrum voter!

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

PolAgnostic on September 2, 2012 at 4:22 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party. change the mind of paid Axel-trolls!

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

PolAgnostic on September 2, 2012 at 4:23 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party. make THIS moby acknowledge reality!

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

PolAgnostic on September 2, 2012 at 4:25 PM

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Fuh-git you!

AubieJon on September 2, 2012 at 4:28 PM

The Democrats and their MSM allies always stand firmly behind their candidate, even when its a lying snake like Obama. Have to give them credit for their unwaivering and blind support. They are always in lockstep with their atta-boys and talking points.

Then we have clowns like Hume, Wallace, Kristol and Krauthammer who just have to point out the weaknesses and shortcomings of Romney – at the close of his convention no less. Fair and balanced doesn’t help our cause, it gives damaging sound bites to the donks.

Everyone needs their fangs out if we’re going to win this one.

fogw on September 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

If we get the turnout………we get TEANAMI 2!!

It’s that simple.

PappyD61 on September 2, 2012 at 4:31 PM

In a sane country, this shouldn’t even be close.Just on a self-preservation basis,this shouldn’t be close.What is with that 30% block of independents?Pick an ideology already!

SMACKRUNNER on September 2, 2012 at 4:35 PM

Sometimes you just gotta let ‘em go.

txmomof6 on September 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

All part of the plan. Poll D+5 with O up 5 and then on election day it is R+8 with M up 10 and cries of stolen election for all time.

The polls had O winning all the way until October so the only way that Romney won was by cheating. Thus he is not the president. Even if every poll was wrong except the ones that take party ID closer to the election result.

GOTV for the right has to have helped big. They can get voter registration for the dead but they can not poll them.

tjexcite on September 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Nice post.

For years, I wanted an attempt to clean up W’s reputation and take a good look at the mortgage meltdown. For some reason, neither party wants to bother.

Humbly adding to your analysis, I have seen liberals and centrists after drinks and spoken to them.

I can tell you that the average “2008″ voter still sees the Republicans as people who CAUSED the 2008 meltdown and are going to tax the poor and let Wall Street do it again.

The terrible results of the last 3+ years are seen through that prism and the media will add their spin.

IlikedAUH2O on September 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Closer to election day, these polls will get more realistic. Any poll from Reuters is questionable, at best. It broke for Reagan in late October. Barring some miracle with unemployment numbers or gasoline prices, I would expect the same this time. The public isn’t solidly committed to Romney/Ryan but they’re not going to let Obama slide by, either. Romney has plenty of money and can now spend as much as he wants. Romney is about to unleash the dogs of war. He should destroy Obama much the same way he destroyed Perry and Gingrich. I predict Romney/Ryan by 6 points. Picking up all the swing states and Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Minnesota. We might even get lucky and take Michigan. If that happens, Obumbles will concede before 9 P.M. just like Carter. Hoping for the best!

Corporal Tunnel on September 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I find myself going from extreme optimism to extreme pessimism, depending on the last thing I read. I dont thing I will last til November.

steel guy on September 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

fogw on September 2, 2012 at 4:29 PM

Someone should do a contrast about how even the “conservative” media treated Governor Romney with their analysis (esp.atthe close) with the whole love fest in that will happen in the half empty cavern of Bank America Center (The new name is as fake as some voter registrations)this coming week.

IlikedAUH2O on September 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

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FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

However Obama, MSM, DWS, Polosi, and Reid have.

whbates on September 2, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Ohhhhhhh, you’ll like it’s one.

Invisible Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWrTumqZvPk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

PappyD61 on September 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

bgibbs1000 on September 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

He said he had a “chill” up his leg.

You know that he expressed the opinion that anyone who calls him “TINGLES”, has a sex problem.

This astounded me.

The very idea than any liberal thinks ANYTHING IS A SEX PROBLEM is…inconceiveable!

Unless “tingles” means that you have traditional hetero sexuality.

Someone should ask him.

IlikedAUH2O on September 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

thatsafactjack on September 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Nicely done.

John the Libertarian on September 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I know ONE person among my circle of friends who has admitted to me they will be voting for the Bringer of Blight– ONE.

hillsoftx on September 2, 2012 at 5:02 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.morons!

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

…when you have self identity problems…we’re here to help!

KOOLAID2 on September 2, 2012 at 5:03 PM

In defense of Gallup’s numbers in 2010, you are using the Rassmussen numbers from “NOVEMBER”, which is not really an accurate state of Rassmussen’s numbers for the 2010 November 7th election. Unless you have more precise Rassmussen data, I think using Rassmussen’s “November” numbers are misleading, since the election was in the first week of the month. Note how by the middle of November, Gallup had the split at Rep-49…Dem-42 with leaners. I bet if you took at all of Gallup’s November numbers and added them up, they would be extremely similar to Rassmussen’s November numbers.

Also, check out Rassmussen’s October numbers. Rassmussen had it Dems +2.9. Exactly where Gallup had the numbers in early November.

So unless you have weekly Rassmussen’s numbers from early November which I don’t see, this is an unfair and inaccurate analysis.

KMav on September 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

This is good.

A song about the Obama “Scampaign.”

Mr. Scam Man

GrannyDee on September 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The telling moment for me was the Chik Fil A business. There will be such a cry that surely he will let our people go.

faol on September 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM

i clicked thru to the gallup data…did i miss something, i see no info on the screen used?

r keller on September 2, 2012 at 5:08 PM

So Orepulsive is just driving ‘em away in droves, eh?

stukinIL4now on September 2, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I am amused yet happy that people are starting to view my state as a swing state. Minnesota is the only state that hasn’t elected a Republican prez in my lifetime. Sure, that has everything to do with the fact that Minnesota’s Mondale was the nominee in 2004, and Minnesota elects Republican governors and senators fairly frequently. Certainly, it isn’t as deep blue as various coastal states or IL. But I’ll believe a Republican victory in Minnesota when I see it. And I do think it’s quite possible this year. If it happens though, it will be because Obama collapses and loses all of the 2000 and 2004 Bush states plus some other blue-wall states (like, maybe PA or MI and definitely WI). I’m cautiously optimistic that the polls are undersampling Republican voters in LV weighted samples. If the polls significantly underestimate Republican strength, maybe we’ll see a 1988 sort of election. (I don’t think it will be like the 1984 election unless some ethical scandal against Obama causes his support to crater—possible but not likely.)

The wildcard really is how many unenthusiastic Democrats and Obama-leaning independents get to the polls. Michael Moore said something recently that actually made sense, which is that if the election were held of all eligible voters and they didn’t have to make any effort to get to the polls, Obama would win, but he thinks that Romney will actually win. I think he’s right. I think that Obama has a problem with a huge chunk of people that are nominally for him but who are ambivalent enough about the election that they may just sit it out.

I’ll be praying for rain on November 6.

MinnesotaSlinger on September 2, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Um, I mean Mondale was the Dem nominee in 1984.

MinnesotaSlinger on September 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Obumbles will concede before 9 P.M. just like Carter. Hoping for the best!

Corporal Tunnel on September 2, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Steak dinner (or whatever you choose) on me if this happens.

bernzright777 on September 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.

TheAlamos

Far be it for me to interrupt your willful dyspepsia but the facts aren’t on your side.

McCain had a higher conservative turnout in 2008 than did Bush in 2004.

Romney without a doubt will beat McCain’s turnout.

But go ahead and pout some more.

chimney sweep on September 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party.

TheAlamos

Far be it for me to interrupt your willful dyspepsia but the facts aren’t on your side.

McCain had a higher conservative turnout in 2008 than did Bush in 2004.

Romney without a doubt will beat McCain’s turnout.

But go ahead and pout some more.

chimney sweep on September 2, 2012 at 5:25 PM

The variables are different this time around. GOPers will be more motivated this time by Obama but in general yes the con vote cannot be p*ssed on.

CW on September 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

So unless you have weekly Rassmussen’s numbers from early November which I don’t see, this is an unfair and inaccurate analysis.

KMav on September 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM

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Yep! we’re all going to take the word of a “pop up” over the fellow who has been doing this for …

… How many years is it now, Ed?

As an aside to the regular commenters: Wouldn’t you think Axelrod would KNOW the dreck he can hire has severely limited critical thinking capabilities?

PolAgnostic on September 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

As to the love fest at the DNC this week: we are not hero-worshipping liberals…and never will be. Thank God for that….

Grace_is_sufficient on September 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

You know, I don’t have any problem with Barrack Obama the man, he’s probably a swell guy to those close to him. But how in the world ANYone could have thought he’d make a good president based on his past experience (or the lack thereof) is truly mind boggling. And still, despite being worse off than they were 4 years ago, despite the bad decisions and the empty promises, despite the bungled attempts to create jobs or address the issues with the seriousness they deserve, many, many people will blindly go to the polls and vote for him again. I just don’t get it. How in the world does he have an approval rating above the 20s? There should have been a mass exodus to the Republican party after 4 years of this mess.

scalleywag on September 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

What is the value of ‘affiliation’ in states with open primaries?

listens2glenn on September 2, 2012 at 6:19 PM

You know, I don’t have any problem with Barrack Obama the man, he’s probably a swell guy to those close to him.

scalleywag on September 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I wouldn’t even go that far. Look at how he has treated some of the people close to him. Reverend Wright? Threw him under the bus when the heat was on. His Grandmother, the one who raised him? “Typical white woman who was afraid of blacks”. Now, we find that he is blaming his wife & family for not reaching out to Republicans. Look at how he treats those in the military and how he worked to get his opponent’s divorce records unsealed when running for Senator. Look at his strong support to kill the babies born alive bill in Illinois, he was actually for allowing infants born alive after a botched abortion to die in a closet. Those aren’t the actions or attitudes of a “swell” guy. This is an utterly self-centered, narcissistic, evil man. … and no, I don’t use that word lightly.

AZfederalist on September 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

My second largest concern about a Romney candidacy was always voter apathy.

I’m no longer ocncerned about that. The big guns from across the spectrum, including those distinctly in the middle, are moving to vote Obama out. I do not say moving to support Romney, because I still think the more passionate basis for Republican support remains ABO. But they tend to look like the same thing right now, so that’s all to the good.

My largest concern about a Romney candidacy was always lack of Conservative cred. Ryan diminishes that concern greatly, though it remains significant. I think that Romney is in good shape to win, now. In fact, I think that it is his race to lose.

I expect to be periodically disappointed in a President Romney, but that doesn’t worry me half so much as the down-ticket races. People, turn out and vote for the most conservative candidate available in every race on your ballot. Don’t you dare vote Obama out, then fail to take away the Democrat majority in the Senate. This is where the rubber meets the road in 2012. Vote for people who will push Romney further to the Right on policy and legislation.

Some chips and faded spots are showing, it’s time for a fresh shellacking!

Freelancer on September 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

AZfederalist on September 2, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Yea, I guess that was a little generous. He’s just a toad, but apparently almost half the country approves of feckless toads.

scalleywag on September 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Very encouraging.

If you follow the link to Rasmussen’s long term trends you’ll notice that whenever Republicans eclipsed 35%-37% they were winners, whether that be midterms or presidential election years. Also, for D’s to win, they seem to need a wider lead than R’s do (see 2004 when D’s had a tiny advantage and still lost).

mxt on September 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWrTumqZvPk&feature=youtube_gdata_player

PappyD61 on September 2, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I did and I do… looks like the Oregon coast? Or is it in the East?

petunia on September 2, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I just don’t get it. How in the world does he have an approval rating above the 20s? There should have been a mass exodus to the Republican party after 4 years of this mess.

scalleywag on September 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Obama approval more than 20% is a national disgrace. What is wrong with people?

petunia on September 2, 2012 at 8:30 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party. change the mind of THIS tantrum voter!

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Heh, more like Tantra voter :)

jimver on September 2, 2012 at 9:16 PM

I find myself going from extreme optimism to extreme pessimism, depending on the last thing I read. I dont thing I will last til November.

steel guy on September 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

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While hoping you DO make it to November …

… might I suggest you do an absentee ballot for Romney on Tuesday, just in case?

PolAgnostic on September 2, 2012 at 9:48 PM

OT: I’m watching an interview with Julian Castro (Dems Hispanic hope) on Univision…. the guy doesn’t even speak Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

El_Terrible on September 2, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Tony Villar (AKA Antonio Villaraigosa) speaks very poor Spanish also. He didn’t speak Spanish at all until he ran for LA Mayor. Authentic Spanish-speaking Hispanics consider him a “pocho” (i.e., a derogatory term for an American born latino who doesn’t speak Spanish). If there has been anyone who has benefited from being a “brown face with a Spanish surname”, it’s Tony Villar.

CarlKopp on September 2, 2012 at 10:38 PM

You know Ed that that’s not really the issue for R’s win.

R wins when almost all Rs are united and enthusiastic to vote.

I can’t see that happening yet. FL convention didn’t help at all to unite the party. change the mind of THIS tantrum voter!

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM

This guy TheAlamos is one of these Sarah Palin fanatics who is pushing for conservatives to leave the GOP and start a new party. He’s a loon. He campaigns against Romney/Ryan and hopes Obama wins. So, what a joke it is to see him expressing “concern” over unity at the RNC. (by the way, we ARE united behind Romney/Ryan to defeat Obama.)

THE NEW SLOGAN: GOP-E’S DEMISE IN 2012 WILL BE THE BIRTH OF A NEW CONSERVATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL PARTY!

TheAlamos on September 2, 2012 at 2:42 PM

bluegill on September 3, 2012 at 3:56 AM