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No, the reason is because voters in NV made the conclusion that as odious as Reid was, the R nominee in Sharron Angle was even more of a loony-tune.
there are no guarantees, either way, and it is simpleton thinking to suggest otherwise. mitt romney would be president if one or more of the following held: a) he did not make the disastrous 47% comment; b) candy crowley had not put her fingers on the scale during the debate about benghazi; c) hurricane sandy did not yield a rally-behind-the-chief sense of security the week before the election. these are not the sorts of things you can predict in advance.
let's see. there was barry goldwater, a real conservative capable of articulating a conservative agenda, who lost in a landslide. there was bush 41, whom you would call a rino, i would call a centrist, who had a relatively easy win against dukakis and who would have beaten clinton without ross perot in the election. history teaches, actually, not absolutes, but a more complex story.
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Sex and Race Equality

Luke Liberty Wrote: Apr 02, 2014 5:20 PM
as a conservative, i can promise you that although the other side has treated equality demands despicably and dishonorably in many ways, the other side has compelling moral arguments about equality at the core, and until conservatives and Rs realize that inequality is a moral crisis, the country will never benefit from conservative solutions. The pursuit of equality of opportunity - which our society does not possess, by a longshot, is moral capital that independents see in liberals. Liberals often - not always - but often and usually, distort and pervert that pursuit, which makes it even more essential for conservatives to devise imaginative, humane and effective solutions.
graceless response, and while wendy davis is no heroine, the sneering and distortion in the palin post is unworthy and likely to do what davis' supporters could not otherwise do: gin up defensive support for davis in the wake of her exposed deception. ham-handed republicans are the liberal crew's best hope.
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Common Core

Luke Liberty Wrote: Jan 01, 2014 1:25 PM
that is an overly simplistic analysis, or, better stated, opinion. the path to success in our schools will require us to achieve in ways similar to our asian counterparts, where high achievement is more ubiquitous. if a kid goes into a classroom, s/he comes out having learned. more accurately, they have high means and lower standard deviation. failure is not the same option as it is in the usa. so we throw away kids, consigning them to alienation and unsatisfying school and work careers. schooling of 50 plus years ago is not the path for the future, nor is it in any way a realization of a society moving forward to reach its ideals of liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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Common Core

Luke Liberty Wrote: Jan 01, 2014 1:17 PM
the difficulty that conservatives and liberals cannot seem to escape is that each is correct in its conclusions, that our reality encompasses the good and the bad. no country has done more for freedom and true ideals of liberty than the usa, a nation whose racism, sexism, and homophobia of the past is a deep shame. it's not just the usa, but it is also the usa.
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Common Core

Luke Liberty Wrote: Jan 01, 2014 1:14 PM
Pearson responded to this and in a pretty credible and honest way. The worksheet examples were outrageous, but they also were attached to lessons on the civil war, in which questions of government authority and presidential prerogatives were even more pronounced than today.
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"Not One of Us"

Luke Liberty Wrote: Oct 17, 2013 10:15 AM
i am not really concerned about anybody's intelligentsia. it is worth noting, though, that some of us who were thrilled with her nomination found her to have some of the same shortcomings as mr. obama. intensely ideological, too quick to believe the adoring acolytes, an attractive face from a demographic underrepresented at and desired for the highest level of the executive branch, a lack of depth, a practice of sneering at those who disagreed with her. sarah palin was the republican party's barack obama. what she did not have was a press willing to adore her. but she was not ready for prime time. i knew the election was over after the couric interview - palin was exposed to be unprepared. there are millions of us who recognized this, with great disappointment. that she passed up opportunities in the years since to do the homework or the assignments that would build her stature says a lot (see nixon, between 1964 and 1967). she got caught up in being a celebrity with a wink and turn of phrase. we needed more. and we did not need sharron angle to run against the utterly beatable harry reid etc. so, while there are many reasons why pundits say she doesn't have everyone's support, the most compelling is that people who originally were thrilled with her found that the closer they looked, the less substance they saw. she was an competent governor who became a self-impressed celebrity with a shtick. she grew into that role, and out of the other.
Good for her. Good for the country to get the Democrats out of the Senate leadership.
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