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Live Free . . . Or Die
National Review ^ | Nov 6, 2012 | Mark Steyn

Posted on 11/07/2012 6:57:41 AM PST by KeyLargo

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Live Free . . . Or Die By Mark Steyn November 6, 2012 11:03 P.M.

As disappointing for me as Mitt losing New Hampshire has been the down-ticket races in the Granite State. In 2010, Republicans won both House seats, the Senate seat, three-quarters of State Reps, 80 percent of State Senate seats, and 100 percent of the Executive Council. Two years later, Democrats have taken the governorship and may well take both House seats, and the vote tallies they’re racking up in hardcore plaid-clad North Country towns far from the Massachusetts border are remarkable.

A lot of the telly chatter is about how Republicans don’t get the shifting demographics: America is becoming more of a “brown country,” as Kirsten Powers put it on Fox. But New Hampshire is overwhelmingly white — and the GOP still blew it. The fact is a lot of pasty, Caucasian, non-immigrant Americans have also “shifted,” and are very comfortable with Big Government, entitlements, micro-regulation, Obamacare and all the rest — and not much concerned with how or if it’s paid for.

If this is the way America wants to go off the cliff, so be it. But I wish we’d at least had a Big Picture election. The motto of the British SAS is “Who dares wins.” The Republicans chose a different path. A play-it-safe don’t-frighten-the-horses strategy may have had a certain logic, but it’s unworthy of the times.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012analysis; 2012electionanalysis; hispanics; marksteyn; minorities; newhampshire; obama; women

1 posted on 11/07/2012 6:57:48 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

The quicker this thing breaks, the faster we can put it back together!

Let the party begin.


2 posted on 11/07/2012 7:01:58 AM PST by servantboy777
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To: KeyLargo

The mi-to-late-term babyboomers have won; by sheer strength of numbers.

In the 60s and 70s, they threw tantrums (aka, protests) and begged the government to run their lives and make decisions for them.

The hippies have won and along the way, convinced their children that government oversight is better than hard work and self-determination.


3 posted on 11/07/2012 7:03:52 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: KeyLargo
Photobucket I want my country back....
4 posted on 11/07/2012 7:06:11 AM PST by baddog 219
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
The mi-to-late-term babyboomers have won; by sheer strength of numbers.

Uh, no. Romney actually carried this age group. Where he got smoked was with the under-30 crowd and Latinos.

5 posted on 11/07/2012 7:18:42 AM PST by King of Florida (A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

BS. Stop the blame the Boomers crap. Previous generations started this downward spiral with FDR, LBJ, Big Labor, etc. Previous generations also gave us what ultimately doomed this country - government control of education.


6 posted on 11/07/2012 7:25:18 AM PST by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: KeyLargo
Mr. Steyn,

I cannot be any more ashamed to be from New Hampshire than I am today....I got out of Massachusetts for this very reason, the lack of intelligence of the voting public.

I am so disheartened that it has encroached on and completely enveloped the Granite State.

Not sure where to go from here..

7 posted on 11/07/2012 7:26:57 AM PST by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: KeyLargo
“republicans don't get changing demographics’....

No...the demographics don't get the United States, Liberty, Freedom, Self-determination, The Constitution or the Bill of Rights and all the blessings they entail.

8 posted on 11/07/2012 7:27:08 AM PST by EBH (0bama is guilty of willful neglect of duty.)
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To: KeyLargo
Mr. Steyn,

I cannot be any more ashamed to be from New Hampshire than I am today....I got out of Massachusetts for this very reason, the lack of intelligence of the voting public.

I am so disheartened that it has encroached on and completely enveloped the Granite State.

Not sure where to go from here..

9 posted on 11/07/2012 7:27:08 AM PST by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: JLS

Steyn ping.


10 posted on 11/07/2012 7:28:30 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: EBH
EBH, that was freaky...you and I posted at exactly the same time...

I think that's why it doubled my post...weird..

11 posted on 11/07/2012 7:29:47 AM PST by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: KeyLargo
A play-it-safe don’t-frighten-the-horses strategy may have had a certain logic, but it’s unworthy of the times.

Wasn't Mark Steyn constantly ripping on the more conservative, less "play-it-safe" candidates (Cain, Gingrich) during the GOP primaries?

12 posted on 11/07/2012 7:32:23 AM PST by kevao (Hey, Obama: The 1930s called, they want their economic policy back.)
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Slings and Arrows.


13 posted on 11/07/2012 7:35:24 AM PST by JLS
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Slings and Arrows.


14 posted on 11/07/2012 7:35:53 AM PST by JLS
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To: TheOldLady; Rummyfan; Howlin; riley1992; Miss Marple; Dane; sinkspur; steve; kattracks; ...

Mark Steyn ping.

Freepmail me, if you want on or off the Mark Steyn ping list.

Thanks for the ping Slings and Arrows.


15 posted on 11/07/2012 7:36:49 AM PST by JLS
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To: Fedupwithit
We're not nearly as far gone as Massachusetts (where I also came here from), but we are certainly well on the way to proclaiming "we're all socialists now" and casting off those annoying, nit-picky Constitutional constraints that prevent our Glorious Government from being all it can be.

Carol Shea-Porter is once again my CongressCreep and she will now be joined by the ever-lovely Annie (Stalin's Last Stand) Kuster, and to top off the steaming pile of dog crap that the voters of New Hampshire delivered to the taxpayers' doors last night, our new Governor is likewise yet another hyper-partisan moonbat,

I feel like throwing up this morning.

16 posted on 11/07/2012 7:41:17 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: KeyLargo

17 posted on 11/07/2012 7:45:26 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Fedupwithit

Conservatives should be proud of what they did in some New Hampshire towns, where conservative candidates and ideas won with good margins. I’m not going to be ashamed because some college students and their liberal faculty, or a bunch of transplanted New Yorkers in Portsmouth voted the way they do. No more than conservative Nevada voters should be ashamed because Las Vegas is now full of unionized liberals who moved in there.


18 posted on 11/07/2012 7:46:20 AM PST by freeandfreezing
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To: KeyLargo
I'm going to pat myself on the back here...

Every single Red Hampshire Freeper beat me up over this, but I kept screaming that this state was not conservative...they defended the 'red wave' of 'Republicans' that was swept into the legislature in 2010...everybody was calling good 'ol NH for Mitt Romney. I said you people do not understand how much NH women LOVE NARAL and Planned Parenthood...they embrace abortion with a cult-like fervor...they do NOT like Christians...I predicted that Obama would win, and that NH would send TWO pro-abortion women to Congress, and place another in the State House. EVERY pundit and Freeper was wrong about NH...every last one.

Once again...if you are conservative, and you have the assets and desire to do so; get out of New England while you still can.

19 posted on 11/07/2012 7:49:10 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Honeybunch

Ping to 17.


20 posted on 11/07/2012 8:04:39 AM PST by OKSooner ("I will bless those who bless thee, and I will curse those who curse thee.")
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To: Fedupwithit

Don’t feel so bad. You have great company.

ALL of the New England states SUCK!!!

I had planned on doing some travelling sometime in the near future. Northeast was on the radar. No more.


21 posted on 11/07/2012 8:21:55 AM PST by saleman (!!!!)
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To: saleman
Spent a year in Alabama at Fort McClellan when it was still open in the early 90's, and it was one hell of a nice place!

I am thinking fo talking to the wife and seeing if she would be up to moving.

The problem is I LOVE the atmosphere up here...I love the leaves falling, I love seeing the occasional moose walking down the street and yes I do love the snow...something about the seasons has me captured up here. It's the homo sapiens that have turned this area into a hell hole..such a tragedy.

22 posted on 11/07/2012 8:46:29 AM PST by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: KeyLargo

Whatever happened to that “Free State” project back in the 90s? A bunch of people were supposed to colonize NH and turn it into a libertarian paradise.


24 posted on 11/07/2012 9:57:45 AM PST by Constitutionalist Conservative (I'm a constitutionalist, not a libertarian. Huge difference.)
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To: JLS

Thanks for the pings. [smiles]


25 posted on 11/07/2012 12:05:17 PM PST by TheOldLady
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

Why Mitt Romney Lost

Newsmax ^ | Nov 7, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy

Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2012 6:53:31 AM by KeyLargo

Newsmax Why Mitt Romney Lost Wednesday, November 7, 2012 02:24 PM

By: Christopher Ruddy Newsmax

Christopher Ruddy’s Perspective: It was the worst of times and the worst of times.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2956927/posts


26 posted on 11/08/2012 5:00:05 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: who knows what evil?

Why Mitt Romney Lost

Newsmax ^ | Nov 7, 2012 | Christopher Ruddy

Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2012 6:53:31 AM by KeyLargo

Newsmax Why Mitt Romney Lost Wednesday, November 7, 2012 02:24 PM

By: Christopher Ruddy Newsmax

Christopher Ruddy’s Perspective: It was the worst of times and the worst of times.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2956927/posts


27 posted on 11/08/2012 5:01:46 AM PST by KeyLargo
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