Inside the mind of a Massachusetts voter

A new Washington Post poll offers proof that Scott Brown won mainly of three issues…health care, jobs and taxes. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Voters were asked to choose which issues mattered to them as they decided who to cast their vote for.

Let’s look at the numbers.

  • 89% of voters said health care was an extremely or very important factor in deciding their vote. This includes 93% of Brown’s voters and 86% of Martha Coakley’s voters.

  • 88% of voters responded that jobs were extremely or very important. This includes 84% of Coakley voters and 91% of voters that cast a ballot for Brown.

  • 67% of voters said taxes were important to them. That includes 81% of voters backing Brown. Only 51% of Coakley’s supporters said it was important.

  • Despite the fact that the president has an approval rating of 61%, Brown was able to win over 28% of voters that cast a ballot for Barack Obama in 2008.

  • 50% of voters believe government should do more to “solve” problems, while 47% believe government does “too many things better left to businesses and individuals.” A very telling result in one of the bluer states in the nation.

One important factor to remember, as I noted yesterday, is that this was more of a rejection of Democrats than embracing of Republicans. On page 9, you’ll see this question, “How do you personally feel about the policies offered by the Republicans in Congress?”

While 40% responded of voters (60% of Brown’s voters) that they were enthusiastic or satisfied with polices offered by Republicans. Fifty-eight percent said they were dissatisfied or angry with Republicans, including 37% of Brown’s voters.

Just some food for thought.

Tea Party v. Republican Party: GOP would lose?

How do you know the Republican Party still has a lot of problems to solve before they can regain a majority in Congress? Rasmussen has the answer:

In a three-way Generic Ballot test, the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds Democrats attracting 36% of the vote. The Tea Party candidate picks up 23%, and Republicans finish third at 18%. Another 22% are undecided.

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, the Tea Party comes out on top. Thirty-three percent (33%) prefer the Tea Party candidate, and 30% are undecided. Twenty-five percent (25%) would vote for a Democrat, and just 12% prefer the GOP.

Among Republican voters, 39% say they’d vote for the GOP candidate, but 33% favor the Tea Party option.

For this survey, the respondents were asked to assume that the Tea Party movement organized as a new political party. In practical terms, it is unlikely that a true third-party option would perform as well as the polling data indicates. The rules of the election process—written by Republicans and Democrats—provide substantial advantages for the two established major parties. The more conventional route in the United States is for a potential third-party force to overtake one of the existing parties.

If Republicans are serious about regaining power, they’ve got to listen to the grassroots and get serious about fiscal issues. Free markets and individual liberty are more than just talking points, Republicans still don’t get it, as evidenced by the debate over ObamaCare when they touted Medicare Part D (a fiscal abortion) as proof they too can expand government.

RNC Chairman Michael Steele Talks in Jive

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Apparently following in the footsteps of DNC Chairman Howard Dean, Michael Steele talks without thinking in this video. Yes, he really did say “I’m ready for anything, baby” to Neil Cavuto. 

Republicans Should Embrace Marijuana Law Reform

Paul Armentano wrote a great piece over at about the recent transition of power in Washington D.C. and how they have dealt with marijuana law reform. Needless to say, nothing major (or minor, really) has been done in favor of either decriminalization or legalization for either medicinal or recreational use of cannabis.

The general partisan positions concerning marijuana law is: Liberals in favor of decriminalizing/legalizing marijuana, while Conservatives have been against changing the current drug laws and continuing the costly war on drugs. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has recently voiced her support of marijuana law reform, but said that there is work that needs to be done outside of Congress before such action can be taken. Other Democrats have also voiced their support of reform.

New Lawson for Congress Ad

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William “BJ” Lawson has released a new video that concentrates on David Price’s vote for the Paulson bailout plan. Hopefully the Lawson for Congress campaign can effectively use the ammunition Price gave them with the vote of “aye” for the billionaire bailout.

Rep. Cooper: “Government Is Misrepresenting Its True Deficit”

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Rep. Tim Cooper tells Shepard Smith of Fox News the truth about America’s financial situation. He mentions several times the “Financial Report of the United States Federal Government”. You can download the fiscal 2007 Report HERE - keep in mind the financial situation has deterioated rapidly since then. 

Frank Luntz Praises Ron Paul

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Frank Luntz, at one time an arch-enemy of Ron Paul supporters- mainly due to their insistence he was “rigging” his polls to Paul’s disadvantage- was on Fox News recently praising Ron Paul’s speech on the floor of the House of Represenatives as “perfect” and “transpartisan”. Maybe more will see Ron Paul was right on the economy last year in the Republican presidential primary debates.

Markets Vote No Confidence In Bailouts

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down over 1,300 points since “The” Bailout passed the House on Friday. This bill was suppose to save the markets at the expense of the people, but what if the markets and the taxpayers both dont like it? Too bad we are not in a parliamentary system where a vote of no-confidence like this means the current regime will likely be gone in the near future.

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Barr’s Strategy to Win Texas?

Over at TalkLeft, there is dismissal of Barr’s lawsuit aimed at getting the major party candidates removed from the ballot:

Barr thinks the two major party candidates missed state-imposed deadlines to be certified as their party’s candidate and should therefore be removed from the Texas ballot. Neither candidate was nominated in time to be certified as the party’s nominee. The likelihood that a court will allow Barr to tamper with a federal election because candidates failed to satisfy an impossible requirement of state law is not high.

When the deadline passed in Texas, both parties knew who their candidates were going to be. In fact, by August 26, 2008, the Democratic convention had already happened and left-behind stickers had been cleaned off the streets of Denver.

Sarah Palin— the Teflon Candidate?

Already, liberal critics are calling Gov. Sarah Palin the Teflon Candidate in her quest as running mate with Senator McCain, claiming that no criticism of Palin seems to stick. No question, the Palin candidacy has energized the GOP ticket. A few weeks ago, daily polls reported at Real Clear Politics and at reported a clear advantage for Senator Obama. However, the very latest polls actually give the McCain-Palin ticket the lead, albeit a small one. The news media has continued to bash Gov. Palin, seeking to unearth some issues from her administration in Alaska, and even raising issues concerning her daughter’s pregnancy. In spite of these criticisms, Gov. Palin remains immensely popular. Please consider several reasons for her popularity:

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