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Do you find it difficult to ally yourself with either major political party?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 28, 2008

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Photo of Noelle Cline

“No, of course not. Sarah Palin is so pretty.”

Photo of Steven Noble

“No, because Barack Obama is black. It’s about time a brother’s going to get in office.”

Photo of Roger Griffith

“Yes. I’m a middle-of-the-road kind of person, so I often find it very difficult to decide who to vote for.”

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“No. I’m a Democrat and I always vote Democrat regardless of the candidate.”

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beatrice 8 years ago

The social issue stances taken by Republicans during the last couple of decades makes being a Democrat very easy for me. Voting strictly party line, however, is too easy and not good for the country. It should come down to the candidates ... and how pretty they are, of course. (Great answer, Ms. Cline.)

bondmen 8 years ago

The Republican party is often the stupid party - bending their good principles in an attempt to gain favor with the liberal media establishment while the Democrat party musters a crusty coalition of ne'er-do-wells, shyster lawyers, abortionists, radical homosexuals, pornographers and evolutionists.The dinosaur media's shrinking giants pay absolutely no attention to the Libertarian and Constitutional party folks who do stand on principle and not on personality!

gogoplata 8 years ago

Yes. I am disgusted by the republican party. And equally disgusted by the democratic party.

christie 8 years ago

Because I put COUNTRY FIRST and since Sarah Palin is a THREAT to NATIONAL SECURITY the choice is easy,. Couple that with McCains policy to raise taxes on my health care benefits the choice is easy.Obama/Biden 2008

sgtwolverine 8 years ago

I just need to clarify: do we know the first two are kidding, or are we just assuming they're kidding? I ask because that's not necessarily the safest assumption; there are more than a few people who actually would give those as serious answers.

leaam 8 years ago

I seriously hope the first one is kidding....Who would vote for someone because she's pretty?

Frederic Gutknecht IV 8 years ago

Our votes don't count because we don't count. What great difference could a vote make? The lowest common denominator rules and is ruled by the elite. flows, grass grows and the sky is blue.

ihatelv 8 years ago

Those answers cement my opinion of people in Lawrence.....

nobody1793 8 years ago

jonas_opines (Anonymous) says: A repeat on the humor-impaired note is, perhaps, in order.Uh, ok.For the sense of humor impaired they are in order: Kidding, kidding, not kidding, not kidding.

beatrice 8 years ago

The Republicats is an old Disney film about a group of felines who take over the White House and stop WWIII. Extremely cute. The Republicrats is the punchline of a very dirty joke.

sgtwolverine 8 years ago

"I have never even considered voting for a Repulsivcan President. Never!"What's really sad is that stance requires about the same amount of actual thought as the first two answers at the top of the page.

Nikki May 8 years ago

Wow, my belief is you can vote for who you want, but make sure you have a good reason. Some people vote for enviornmental issues, some for abortion, just whatever. It scares me how little thought is going into this. Straight ticket voting isn't good (whether it's the candidate I like or not), voting because they are pretty or of a certain skin tone is also not good. I'm hoping these are jokes. By the way, am I the only person that doesn't think Palin is pretty? I just don't. Anyway, we didn't get the voters that say, "My husband/parent/friends are voting for... so I am too." Sadly, even if these particular people are joking around, there are many who aren't.

Kat Christian 8 years ago

DUH! because a candidate is 'pretty' or 'black' is not a reason to ally with them in my opinion. OMG if this is what our younger generation is thinking we're in BIG trouble. This is scary. What's happened with 'gut instincts', commen sense' and just basic intelligence? I am democrate and I will always vote that way, but not if the candidate is not up to the mark then I'll skip that part and just vote for the questions. And then Austria is allowing 16 years to vote. I hope that doesn't happen in this country.

nobody1793 8 years ago

For the sense of humor impaired they are in order: Kidding, kidding, not kidding, not kidding.

bluerose 8 years ago

noelle, steven,please don't vote. just don't. at least until you wake up.pretty has nothing to do with it.nor does race. first, please READ and PAY ATTENTION and THINK. then vote.

zettapixel 8 years ago

I for one am tired of the 2 party system. How about the Libertarian party? Let's hear some more about their presidential candidate! Obama and McCain are so full of the same ol' same ol' that it's simply unbearable!

Deja Coffin 8 years ago

I'm not so sure if the second one is kidding or not. And the last person sounds like a lot of people I know.

denak 8 years ago

Wow, three of those answers were sad! I hope at least one of them was trying to be funny.To answer the question, yes, I do find it difficult to ally myself with either political party. There are some things that I believe that would be considered "conservative" and then there are things that I believe that are considered "liberal." Even though I tend to lean towards the Democrats, I wouldn't neccessarily fit the definition of Democrat.I think most people are like that. Dena

canyon_wren 8 years ago

I'm with Denak on this one, and agree that it would be nice to think the three mentioned WERE kidding, but that seems unlikely. I consider myself a conservative enviromentalist, and don't align myself with either the right wing or the far left. Both are totally irrational, in my view. I surely do wish we had a housecleaning of Congress and a chance at some different parties. Maybe the major parties differ in some respects, but a total disregard for the mainstays of our society who actual keep us afloat, etc. is a shared characteristic--their "goals" differ, is all.This has to be one of the most discouraging elections we have had in quite a while.

Sigmund 8 years ago

The Democans or the Republicrats, either way when they get "bi-partisan" we get screwed to the tune of $700 billion.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

RET: "Heck, forget them, I'll just get a massage."Republican.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

tange: "... Republican"RET: "I much rather prefer: semi-conservative revisionist anarchist."In RETrospect, I apologize for having resorted to name-calling( and the lowest, most despicable sort of name-calling, at that ).I anticipate and accept removal of my former post, any moment now.

gl0ckUser 8 years ago

leaam- I would vote for someone who is pretty because I am an ASS HOLE like that, Screw what their views are- hay if they are pretty like me and look as good as me in a dress then they are a contender !

sgtwolverine 8 years ago

Today's OTS wins the award for the most "Wait ... are they being facetious?" answers.As far as the question ... I find it difficult to care about either major political party.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 8 years ago

bea: "The Republicrats is the punchline of a very dirty joke."Is that the one about the son who followed the father into the White House?

jonas_opines 8 years ago

A repeat on the humor-impaired note is, perhaps, in order.

dr_k 8 years ago

Dear Lord, put the crack pipe down Bea.

jonas_opines 8 years ago

"There are some things that I believe that would be considered "conservative" and then there are things that I believe that are considered "liberal.""Bah, traitor. How dare you not be a cardboard cut-out that quotes what we say you should believe?Somehow, I don't think I need to actually answer this question.

Deja Coffin 8 years ago

I vote for the one whose butt would look nicest in a pair of Levis. So far Palin is ahead! But I wouldn't count Obama out yet.

jumpin_catfish 8 years ago

Be a true patriot, and abandon these liars and fools and demand a Constitutional Party. It has been a slow slide to socialism which may soon become a free fall into total government control.

KS 8 years ago

I am old enough to have seen first hand that we have indeed, dumbed down America. Be careful what you wish for. Make sure that if you vote for change, it is the change you truly want! My bet is that if Obama is elected and I sense he will be, that it will not be long before people will deny ever voting for him. It is hard to practice democracy. Learn about your candidate before you vote.

Tony Kisner 8 years ago

What if we change Noelle and Steve's answers just a little. Noelle - yes because Sarah Palin is white and it's time we got a sister in the "white" house. Steve - Yes because Barack is so good looking, he looks and talks just like a president should.We should reach out to more disenfranchised voters, they need a voice.

bflees 8 years ago

Remember my friends: Americans voting for McCain/Palin are like chickens voting for Colonel Sanders.

beatrice 8 years ago

KS: "My bet is that if Obama is elected and I sense he will be, that it will not be long before people will deny ever voting for him." I disagree. What those of us who vote for him will do is what hasn't happened among Republicans and the current administration -- we will hold him accountable for his actions and how closely they come to meeting his promises. I bet Obama will be a great president, and by the end of his second term people will wish he could stay for a third, rather than hand the keys over to his successor, Hillary Clinton.

Matt Toplikar 8 years ago

This is hilarious! I am shocked and amazed at how many people actually thought the first two people were being serious. When Ali G/Borat first came out, I always figured that if it ever happened in Lawrence folks would be too smart to fall for anything like that. I guess I was wrong if there are so many readers that can't even pick up the obvious sarcasm in these quotes.Let me reassure you guys one last time. They are kidding-- don't freak out-- jokes are funny.

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