Democrats fared better than you think

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The Democrats took a shellacking in Georgia, but not in Richmond County. All 11 Democratic candidates on the slate -- save the congressional race in the 10th District -- won with 60 percent or more of the votes in our county. It shows that with all the negativity and diatribes against our candidates by The Augusta Chronicle, it did nothing to change the voters' minds in Augusta.

A last-minute editorial ("The two faces of John Barrow," Nov. 1) was particularly critical of the incumbent congressman. But he won his election drawing 74 percent of the vote in Richmond County. The citizens of the county knew what the election meant and turned out to win for the Democrats, and figured out the right way to go despite all the propaganda and lies about socialism and communism coming our way.

I do agree with The Chronicle ("No time for hubris," Nov. 3) that this is not the time for hubris by the Republicans. Nevertheless, the words of Mitch McConnell -- that his agenda as Senate minority leader is to prevent President Obama from being re-elected -- shows the narrow thinking of the Republican leadership. They should be looking to increase jobs as the first priority, not singling out our president for defeat.

The threats by the Republicans that they are going to repeal universal health care, bank regulations, Social Security, Medicare and credit card regulations is just that -- threats that will never happen. The Senate is still in Democratic hands, and the president has veto power.

Will Obama be re-elected? Remember that in 1994, Newt Gingrich and his crowd also took over the House of Representatives, and went after President Clinton to prevent a second term. Clinton was re-elected, and Gingrich faded like the sun going down. John Boehner, the presumptive new House majority leader, will be the next to follow.

Lowell Greenbaum

Augusta

(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)

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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/10/10 - 12:02 am
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Given Richmond County's place

Given Richmond County's place in the local pecking order, when it comes to real estate values, schools, crime, per capita income, and general quality of neighborhood life, it should come as no surprise that the party of Welfare, Excuses, and High Taxes on Achievers would reject conservatism. Hell, the public housing complexes alone gave the DEMS what they needed to win in Richmond County.

But take a look at the best neighborhoods and the areas of affluence in Augusta, and count those votes. You don't see Liberals winning much there. Greenbaum may vote LEFT...but I bet you dollars to doughnuts, most of his immediate neighbors in their riverfront houses DON'T.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 11/10/10 - 12:05 am
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Wow, what a spin! Democrats

Wow, what a spin! Democrats lost more than 70 seats in both Houses of Congress, and 640+ state legislative seats, plus what, 6, 7 governor races? Republicans lost less than 50 3 months after Nixon resigned, and the Democrats lost 53 in 1994, Clinton's midterm. Yeah, he was reelected...because Republicans passed tax and welfare reform and got the economy going, and Clinton took the accolades for it and was reelected. The 2010 election season (let's not forget Scott Brown in Massachusetts and a certain Governor Christie) was an enormous repudiation of Obama and his crew, and for Lowell to gloat about not losing them all is indicitive of his title.

LBenedict
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LBenedict 11/10/10 - 12:11 am
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Oh Lowell, what say you with

Oh Lowell, what say you with regard to Obama soon after the 2008 election stating, "We won, get over it", and more recently, something along the lines of Republicans coming along for the ride but sitting in the ack of the bus? Now, Soetoro and Pelosi and Reid are demanding cooperation and bipartisanship??? They had years to listen to Republicans' ideas, but, tolerance and cooperation is a one-way street.

Pennywise
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Pennywise 11/10/10 - 12:36 am
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I'll try to keep this simple

I'll try to keep this simple so all you Republicans and Democrats can understand this. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats elect anybody. Neither has a majority of the voters. Nearly all Republicans will vote for their party members while the Democrats do likewise. It is the centrist independents who provide the rest of the votes. We do not want an ultra-conservative Congress or White House nor will we tolerate an ultra-liberal one.

We will vote against a party or a specific politician with more fervor that we usually vote for one. That is why each party, after getting control of the government and claiming they have a "mandate" from the people, gets tossed out at the next election after they pull the country too far from the center.

When are you going to realize this? It's so simple you must be standing with your face against the tree in order not to see the forest.

Democrats: want to win? Shelve your ultra-socialist agenda. We'll let you help some people who need help. We like that. We like helping our neighbors. We do not want the government to make us dependent on it nor try to be "everything for everyone."

Republicans: want to win? Keep your ultra-conservative "every man, woman, and child for themselves" attitude to yourselves. Yes, people should be responsible for themselves, but we shouldn't let some take advantage of others. We like helping our neighbors. And try not to go to war for at least the first few months after you get a majority. Also please remember separation of church and state and that you cannot legislate your biblical morality on a country with more people who have beliefs other than just your religious beliefs.

See how simple it is. Too far right, you're out. Too far left, you're out. Stay in the middle, and stay in office. Simple advise. Hard to follow.

Pennywise
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Pennywise 11/10/10 - 12:52 am
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Now, Soetoro and Pelosi and

Now, Soetoro and Pelosi and Reid are demanding cooperation and bipartisanship??? They had years to listen to Republicans' ideas, but, tolerance and cooperation is a one-way street.
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Hahahahaha! The Republicans said "No" to anything that came from Obama or Pelosi or any Democrat for the last 2 years. As soon as Obama won he asked for bipartisanship from BOTH sides and the Republicans just decided to say "NO, NO, NO" to everything rather than work together for this country.

Mad Hatter
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Mad Hatter 11/10/10 - 05:37 am
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THIRD cut and post from

THIRD cut and post from Pennywise on here.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2010-11-10/great-divider...
http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/letters/2010-11-10/quit-cowering-un...
Isn't that a violation of the terms of posting. It's paramount to spamming.

As for your HAHAHAHA statement. So what if the Republicans said no...they said no to socialism! Good for them. Look what it got them. It got them the biggest turnaround in congress in over 70 years! Seems like the American people were quite happy that they said no. Besides, since the dems held the majority, and wouldn't even let the Republicans participate, it doesn't matter if they said no.........since they had enough to pass anything they wanted.

It's humorous how you claim to not be a Dem or a Republican, yet you constantly bash Republicans and defend Democrats. I don't think anyone is about to take you serious.....especially after you claim that no one needs to own a military style assault weapon, yet YOU YOURSELF admitted to owning a Springfield M1A which is a FINE military style assault weapon. It's hard to take someone seriously if they practice such hypocrisy.

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carcraft 11/10/10 - 06:36 am
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Barrow did well because he

Barrow did well because he voted against Obama care! When allowed by San Fran Nannie, he took his hand out of hers, toddle a few steps away and scream no to Obama care etc. Then when Barrow wandered back to Georgia he was allowed to parade his tantrum for the public to see. If Barrow had supported Obama care he to would have been gone like so many of the rest but Pelosi and Obama didn't need his vote! With a smaller group and more left winging group of Democrates in the house Barrow's vote is going to count. It appears San Fran Nan will be minority leader and still have Barrow tied to the apron strings. We will see if he can still "vote for Georgia" against the Democrates when his vote will count in DC.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/10/10 - 07:18 am
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Yeah, pennywise, radical

Yeah, pennywise, radical liberalism is a great idea. You can tell by the way the voters spoke and the way the economy is lagging.
Brilliant.
Thank God the party of no was able to drag the anchor enough to (barely) slow down the mad Marxist. Overcoming this horrible diversity mistake is going to take several election cycles.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 11/10/10 - 07:20 am
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The Dems made out very well

The Dems made out very well by getting tossed from office. Now some of the ridiculous liberal agenda can be repealed and everyone will make out well.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 11/10/10 - 07:20 am
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Republicans made good gains

Republicans made good gains in the election but short of spectator. And voters didn't necessarily buy Republican alternatives either. Even Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky acknowledged that voters "didn't suddenly fall in love with Republicans, they fell out of love with Democrats." Now the party of "No" has to get together a budget. It'll be the first time they've worked in two years.

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rmwhitley 11/10/10 - 07:23 am
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Dr. Greenbaum, take two (2)
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Dr. Greenbaum, take two (2) xanax and call me in the morning. Dr. Reality.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 11/10/10 - 07:38 am
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The Kiser Organization

The Kiser Organization conducted tracking poll to assess how the health care reform law affected voters. The poll found it was a factor but not a dominant one. What influenced voters:

1. economy & jobs 29%
2. party preference 25%
3. views of the candidates themselves 21%
4. health care 17%

http://www.kff.org/kaiserpolls/8120.cfm

thewiz0oz
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thewiz0oz 11/10/10 - 07:51 am
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While Obama naïvely

While Obama naïvely rearranges the deck chairs on the Titanic his fateful follerers view that large ice berg of federal debt headed towards them as a refueling tanker with added taxes to fund all their give-a-way Programs. Interesting that 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Tiatanic and the next presidential election year.

Lifeboats anyone?

Trouble
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Trouble 11/10/10 - 08:06 am
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being a richmond county voter

being a richmond county voter myself, i have to say, i did my part to assure that the dems did not end up back in power, but i am surrounded by idiots, i cant help that..........

Inquiring Lynn
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Inquiring Lynn 11/10/10 - 09:26 am
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Austin, you revealed your

Austin, you revealed your abysmal ignorance the other day about illegal immigrants who legally cannot accept most benefits. Sure, their children can go to school.
We liberals purloined socialist ideas but made them real- what Lawrence O'Donnell calls practical socialism. Even Pres.Nixon, in this sense, was a socialist-OSHA, EPA,affirmative action and the voluntary military, which Sen. Kennedy opposed. Oh, the voluntary army was a libertarian idea- oh, it was a moderate Republican one. Man, Republicans were socialist, voting for Social Security, Medicare-Medicaid and other justifiable matters. And we Democrats were libertarians under Pres. Carter and Sen. Kennedy with our purloining deregulation- too far.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 11/10/10 - 09:44 am
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What the heck are you talking

What the heck are you talking about?

Stick to the issue in the letter from Greenbaum, where he BRAGS on Richmond County voting trends. I acknowledge his voting statistics, and on the same topic, no one can refute mine.

Without the welfare class voting for you LIBS in BLOCKS in our area, you people couldn't get elected secretary of the local PTA...

Chillen
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Chillen 11/10/10 - 10:02 am
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1. Obama is no Clinton. He

1. Obama is no Clinton. He will not be re-elected. After a stinging defeat he runs to Aisa, spends BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars, bows to foreign leaders (again) and bad mouths the USA. He hates America and American's know it.
2. Because Democrats fared well in little old Richmond County you are celebrating? That is absolutely hilarious!!
3. You say the Republicans should be looking to increase jobs?! You mean the 3 MILLION jobs that were lost on obama's watch? The dems have had 2 years to do something. They've done something alright, they've increased unemployment to 10%!!!!

Mr. Greenbaum, keep drinking George Soros' Kook-aid. We all need a good laugh every couple of weeks.

Rolling Eyes
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Rolling Eyes 11/10/10 - 10:17 am
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So the Dems kept Richmond

So the Dems kept Richmond county? Under their care it became the scab of the CSRA and the voters have decided to keep it that way (except for you Trouble, you tried to improve it with your vote). Here I'd been told by the lefties that they wanted change, but their vote belies their actions. Its going to be the same old, same old for you. Congratulations.

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irishfarmer 11/10/10 - 10:19 am
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AustinRhodes and

AustinRhodes and LBenedict:

1. Right On!
2. In 2012 Look out Mr. Greenbaum and area Democrats. There will be some losses for some of your elected officials of today. It will be added gains for Republicans and the tide will turn. You have failed Augusta and Augustan's the time for you too go is coming and soon.
3. To my fellow Republicans keep your guts! dont fold and do not tuck and run from the values our party is built on. Stand strong it is time to unite and support leaders not followers. It is time to really support people with backbone not leaders who will fold like cheap suits. Republicans in Richmond County the ground work has been laid and we can move our city forward but we have to support those who are like what i have described.
4. Democrats it will be tough for us. But you must see by now you can be beat and badly. If republicans will rally and support instead of helping fund and pay campaign debts for local Dem's Augusta will finally have a chance to move forward instead of going in reverse.

chascush
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chascush 11/10/10 - 10:32 am
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‘The Democrats took a

‘The Democrats took a shellacking in Georgia, but not in Richmond County.’
Yeah you are correct DUMocrats rule in RC. But take a look at RC vs Colombia County.
RC wins on many things, highest crime rate, highest unemployment, most high school dropouts and a very large group of section 8 housing.
Yeah, Mr. Greenbaum you folks are real wieners.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/10/10 - 11:05 am
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It is ironic that Libs like

It is ironic that Libs like Greenbaum and Lynn love to characterize themselves as intellectuals, while painting Conservatives as backwoods buffoons. But, try reading their posts. Utter nonsense and very transparent. Big words, for sure, but words that ignore reality. Don't understand why some hard-working, highly-educated, tax-paying Libs (like Lowell) work so hard to promote and defend policies protecting the "right" of others to get paid for doing nothing. Greenbaum has lived a life very much in tune with the ideals of hard-working Conservatism, but is now spending his "golden" years throwing all that aside and touting a socialistic agenda. What happened to make him turn such a 180? Has he been a hypocrite all his life, and maybe is now trying to make amends? If Lowell really believed in fighting for the "unfortunates", maybe he could sell his big house on the river (which he earned by his own hard work and initiative) and give that money to those living in the projects? Wouldn't that be the best validation of his stated belief system? Or, is he just pandering for votes, all the while reaping the benefits of his lifelong pursuit of the rewards of capitalism?

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AutumnLeaves 11/10/10 - 10:37 am
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As I said before the

As I said before the well-heeled law-abiding voters here THINK they are insulated from the problems of the middle-class law-abiding citizens here. The voters who are NOT law-abiding want the "do-nothing about crime status quo". That's how I see part of the problem with election results in this county. The people that are not in denial are in the minority. Austin said the rest.

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nofanofobama 11/10/10 - 10:41 am
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dear mr greenbaum in case you

dear mr greenbaum in case you didnt know it is mitch mcconnells job to oppose obama when he is wrong..and obama is about at 99 percent wrong on issues..this would lead any sane member in congress to oppose obama and seek his defeat in2012. why is that a mystery to you..most of his voters by now have realized that he is not the messiah but an empty suit..if only we can defeat him and his ideas b/4 we totally ruin this country is a matter of time..i hope we have the time...

dani
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dani 11/10/10 - 10:58 am
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Ahem..Mr Greenbaum....Where

Ahem..Mr Greenbaum....Where have you been since Nov 2. Republicans took control of at least 19 Democratic-controlled state legislatures Tuesday and gained more than 650 seats, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Keep spouting the same Democrat talking points until 2012, and be sure you keep Pelosi in a place of prominence.

dani
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dani 11/10/10 - 11:06 am
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dup

dup

usafvet
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usafvet 11/10/10 - 11:09 am
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For lowell greenbaum the

For lowell greenbaum the idiocy of Augusta looks good. It is democrat and that is all that matters to him. Like many democrats, he doesn't care that dumbobama is destroying this country and will continue to do so until he is ousted. I wonder how long greenbaum had to sit alone repeating over and over, "democrat, democrat, democrat....." He is in the midst of some fine company, and we Republicans are paying the way for those brilliant democrats in RC.

dani
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dani 11/10/10 - 11:13 am
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I don't see them leaving

I don't see them leaving Richmond County any time soon. Not as long as they can find such easy marks..

Pennywise
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Pennywise 11/10/10 - 11:27 am
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I WROTE IT and copied it to

I WROTE IT and copied it to some other articles. I did not plagerize. If this is the only you can come up with to defend yourself against me other than calling me "Librtard" or a "social loving commie" keep moving...

And since the republicans wouldn't work well with anyone over the last two years I think the dems should give them a taste of their own medicine...No, no, no, no! But we'll change it to what you like and we'll all agree? ALL OF AGREE...even the democrat will agree??? NO NO NO! Not until it's all republican. That's their mindset.

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Chillen 11/10/10 - 11:35 am
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Richmond County is a shining

Richmond County is a shining example of society under Democrat leadership as outlined by several posters above.

I say we continue to let Greenbaum hold it up for all to see - heck, take your bragging rights national! That will scare the few remaining independents & right-leaning democrats far away from the ultra-liberal "Democrat" party.

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countyman 11/10/10 - 12:06 pm
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Uh????? Isn't

Uh?????

Isn't Summerville/Hill the most affluent area in the entire CSRA?

Doesn't West Augusta have a higher median home price compared to Evans, North Augusta, Martinez, or Aiken?

Aren't both West Augusta and Summerville located in Richmond County?

Richmond County graduation rate is higher than Aiken county and 6% lower than Columbia county.. I'm not sure how it compares to Burke or Mcduffie counties..

Richmond County wins in terms of shopping, dining, jobs, etc.. The numer 1 school in the entire state is located in downtown Augusta.

Without Richmond County, the unemployment, poverty, crime etc in the CSRA and metro would skyrocket.. How many people can work at SRS, Club Car, John Deere, and Plant Vogtle?

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