Election was close

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This election was much closer than people think. You say no? Well, one need only look at the county-by-county results in Florida, Virginia and Ohio.

Mitt Romney won virtually every county in these states with one exception: He didn’t win in urban areas such as Palm Beach, Fla., Fairfax, Va., or Columbus, Ohio. The margin of victory in each of these states was assured by the urban vote, even down to specific, singular counties. If Romney won those states, the electoral count is 272-266. Not quite the blowout some liberal pundits make it out to be. All Romney would have needed was Colorado, and he would have been the new president.

One might surmise that the people in the rural areas of these states understand the salt-of-the-earth principles of self-reliance, lower taxes and less government intrusion. One might also speculate that the people in the urban areas may be more inclined to be on the government dole and less likely to cut off the hand that feeds them. If so, then this country has reached the tipping point, but sooner or later the Democrats will run out of other people’s money.

This election was not a validation of President Obama’s liberal, socialist policies. This is still a center-right country no matter what the snake oil salesman at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. says.

Andy Redwood

North Augusta, S.C.

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 11/18/12 - 02:23 am
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sore loser

you can spit out all the scenarios where Romney would win but guess what. He Lost!

d1zmljqg
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d1zmljqg 11/18/12 - 08:09 am
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Guess where a lot of the

47%'ers lived? He lost!

With a little common sense and intelligence he would never have made that boner. Romney knew where the votes were in the swing states you mentioned above, he just failed to convince the voters he was for them. The final electoral results remain Obama 332, Romney 206.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/18/12 - 08:23 am
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Meet in the Middle

We are going to lose if we don't think about the word compromise & start using it...& stop thinking "My way or the highway."

southern2
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southern2 11/18/12 - 08:58 am
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Surprised that there is not

Surprised that there is not voter fraud investigations in many of these urban centers where the counts are obviously suspect, like where 19K votes yields Romney 0, where the precincts of more than 100% of those registered were counted, and where uniformed Black Panthers stand guard. I guess when it gets you the victory there is no need to order an inquiry. Tired of my vote being voided by dishonesty at the polls.

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avidreader 11/18/12 - 09:03 am
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Santa Claus!

I like this letter. As a top Repulican guy said, [paraphrasing] "It's difficult for a conservative hard-choices candidate to defeat Santa Claus."

This comment says a lot. This election did come down to inner-city vs. suburban/rural districts. One does not bite the hand that doles out the goodies.

Thanks, Mr. Redwood.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 11/18/12 - 09:29 am
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Sounds like the author of
Unpublished

Sounds like the author of this letter is busy subscribing to Karl Rove's blogs. He too couldn't believe the numbers... they just CAN'T be right.. well.. they were! Republicans need to quit trying to turn the clock back 50 or so years and start listening to ALL the people.

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burninater 11/18/12 - 10:04 am
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One might surmise that the

One might surmise that the people in the rural areas of these states understand the salt-of-the-earth principles of self-reliance, lower taxes and less government intrusion. One might also speculate that the people in the urban areas may be more inclined to be on the government dole and less likely to cut off the hand that feeds them.
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And since the majority of recipients of gov't income assistance are in rural areas, one might be wrong.

If candidates on the Right want to be taken more seriously, they seriously need to stop believing myths and start learning the facts of their own country,

KSL
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KSL 11/18/12 - 10:03 am
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Like as in Philadelphia?

Like as in Philadelphia? Detroit? You are aware of the stats?

burninater
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burninater 11/18/12 - 10:14 am
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Yes KSL, I am aware of the

Yes KSL, I am aware of the stats. Gov't income assistance in rural counties is, year on year, higher per capita in rural counties than urban counties. It's a simple fact.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 11/18/12 - 10:33 am
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Some of you people really need to travel more,

and see for yourselves that the relative homogeneity of Georgia and South Carolina are not at all the norm for much of the country, particularly where populations are higher. Like it or not, the white conservative vote is no longer large enough to decide national elections.

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justthefacts 11/18/12 - 10:45 am
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Wrong lester

I think everybody sees it and the eventual demise of this great country. You'll have it, but it won't be much to have.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 11/18/12 - 11:09 am
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Interesting

Right after Obama was declared the winner, twitter reports that most amount of racist tweets came from these states:
1) Alabama 2) Mississippi. 3) Georgia. Tied 4) Utah & North Dakota
http://www.floatingsheep.org/2012/11/mapping-racist-tweets-in-response-t...

burninater
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burninater 11/18/12 - 11:22 am
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In second place behind not

In second place behind not knowing the basic facts of their own country, the next image problem Republicans need to deal with is the delusion that any candidate but their own spells American apocalypse. This only makes them appear a bit silly, even if they sincerely do believe the sky is falling. The Right cried wolf SO many times over the last four years that pretty much noone but themselves takes them seriously. This isn't an electoral problem if you've got the numbers, but the Republican numbers are declining. More fiscal conservatives, less apocalypticos, please!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/18/12 - 11:23 am
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Maybe

Or prophetic. Only time will tell.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/18/12 - 11:27 am
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OK

"cried wolf"? And what exactly got better over the last 4 years?

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faithson 11/18/12 - 11:39 am
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If a frog had wings, it would not bump it's arse

If the primary debates had been different, If a better candidate had been chosen (in fact there was one), If the liberal media had shut its mouth, If all dogs went to heaven, If, If, If. Lick your wounds and move on, there will be another chance in 4 years, and unless there is a reality check among republicans, the results will again be the same.

southern2
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southern2 11/18/12 - 12:07 pm
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Always seems to be an

Always seems to be an uncounted box of absentee ballots that someone forgot to turn in just in case the scale needs tipping to the Left....i.e. Lincoln County. Also unverifiable computer setup/software. Multi states with no voter ID required, only OK if it is for a Free James Brown Turkey given away by the Rev. Bitter? No....Just saying!

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dahreese 11/18/12 - 12:16 pm
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@burninater; "If candidates
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@burninater; "If candidates on the Right want to be taken more seriously, they seriously need to stop believing myths and start learning the facts of their own country."

You don't have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

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Gregory J. Topliff 11/18/12 - 12:32 pm
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Medals for our dead Navy Seals

I sent this letter to the newspapers and wanted to get the word out. I thought I would share.

I am writing this letter regarding the deaths of the two Navy Seals killed in the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

Being a 100% disabled marine Vietnam veteran from said war, I have numerous medals that reflect my sacrifice for my country, which brings me to the reason for writing.

Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods the two former Navy Seals who died defending our country in a civilian capacity as security personal, should not go unrecognized for their heroism and valor.

Their families should not have to bear the thought that their loved ones won’t be honored with a keepsake that they can hold to remind them of the heroes that they are, therefore, through my representatives in South Carolina, including Lindsey Graham, Congressmen Duncan, Wilson and Gowdy I have requested that they see to it that the aforementioned receive the civilian Presidential Medal of Freedom or like medal if there is one to honor these two men and the others that died trying to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and protect our sovereign ground. It’s my opinion that the political battle to get to the truth should not take precedence over the families who deserve to have their loved ones recognized now.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/18/12 - 12:39 pm
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One source says

"According to the 2011 report TANF in Rural America: Informing Re-authorization from the Carsey Institute, in 2009, just over 11 percent of poor rural families reported receiving any income from TANF, as compared to nearly 14 percent of poor urban families"

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/18/12 - 01:06 pm
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Election Was Close

Do you know how close the election would have been, if all the fraudulent votes could be subtracted? As far as I can see, nothing is being done about it either.

KSL
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KSL 11/18/12 - 02:11 pm
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Huge difference between the

Huge difference between the whining of the Dems after the so called stolen election by Bush in Florida and the outright fraudulent vote in this election.

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RMSHEFF 11/18/12 - 02:15 pm
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Compromise ?

Compromise is what got us a 16 trillion dollars in debt. Hard choices must be made or we will not survive as a free people

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Fiat_Lux 11/18/12 - 03:15 pm
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Those on the dole without disability or infirmity of age

don't really care about freedom. What the indolent able-bodied care about is having the government continue to pay for everything in their lives. The only freedom important for most is to be able to live like children and satisfy their appetites.

It's not really living like human beings but more as pets. An astonishing number of Americans are perfectly content to be pets as long as the food bowl stays filled. If it doesn't, expect them to try and eat off the faces of their oblivious masters.

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swcohen 11/18/12 - 03:14 pm
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I know how it feels....

I was shocked and dismayed when GWB won reelection in 2004, after a catastrophic first term that plunged us into two wars, one of which was entirely unnecessary. He had no way of paying for them then, and we're seeing those bills come due now. And yet... and yet... somehow, a majority of voters put that smirking half-wit back into the White House. So, yeah, I know what you conservatives must be feeling right now. As for me, I'm elated. We kept the country out of the clutches of the religious fanatics for a few more years. Go'bama!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 11/18/12 - 03:23 pm
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It's the godless who are much more to be feared

because they are the ones most interested in denying people they disagree with their First Amendment rights, to worship freely and to expressed their beliefs and opinions as they wish.

You fight us on being able to put up a nativity scene in a public place yet become apoplectic if we should have the temerity even to suggest that killing unborn babies is wrong.

So explain exactly how you have been saved from the "religious fanatics" again? Has someone threatened to drag you out of your bed and take you to Sunday School? Or perhaps not let the Wiccans parade around in our public parks? Or has someone dared to say they believe you should start having children after you're married?

God forbid, what horrors are being visited upon you agnostics and atheists and secular humanists by all us garden variety pew sitters.

And Roll Tide Roll. At least we can agree on that.

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InChristLove 11/18/12 - 06:43 pm
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It is extremely sad when

It is extremely sad when someone would thumbs down Mr. Topliff's comment regarding honoring the two Navy Seals who died in Benghazi. Is this what we as a society have become?

swcohen
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swcohen 11/18/12 - 07:13 pm
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Being an outsider to your faith...

I have no problem at all with the free and open expression of your religion.

I'm Jewish, but I've spent most of my adult life around Christians. I'm a mostly disinterested observer of your faith, same as with all other religions that aren't mine. My take? Nativity scenes, carols, decorated trees... fine with me. Don't care. Harmless to me. I even wish most folks a Merry Christmas, excepting those of my "Tribe."

Same goes for your prayers. I worked for a company that used to start staff meetings with a Christian prayer. Know what I did? Stood there quietly and let them do their thing. Truly persecuted people know how to keep a low profile.

You'd never catch me denying another person their right to express their faith... and I'm so Lib-Dem that my mug shot appears on Rush Limbaugh's Facebook album of suspected Commies just a little to the right of Saul Alinsky's.

You're free in this country to believe, practice, and celebrate whatever you want... or not, as you choose. But DO NOT force me... by law... to live according to your beliefs.

This is what the religious fanatics of the GOP's far right want to do.

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Jake 11/18/12 - 07:27 pm
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ICL, people are going to thumbs down Mr Topliff because he writes a continuous LTE every month just like Dr Payne does. After a while folks tend to know what they are going to say and thus give them them a thumbs down or up, depending upon their political views. There are others who have an open LTE every month as well.
Surely there must be others submitting LTE but the AC wants to keep dragging out the "tried & true" right wing voices that they are comfortable with.
To me it is quite boring and predictable to read the same authors of the LTE. But boring talking points seem to the modus operandi of the AC editorial staff.

KSL
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KSL 11/18/12 - 08:17 pm
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We get it all here.

Lame attempts at humor. Philosophy. Dogma. Indoctrination.

Thank goodness for freedom of speech!

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