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  •  As a former Oregon "Republican" (2+ / 0-)
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    Nulwee, MPociask

    That is exactly what I did: register Republican, vote Democratic. So, your solution, since it's based on considerable cynicism, is open to use (or abuse if you choose) today anywhere. Simply register for the other party and vote in the general your true affiliation.

    I cannot remember voting for a Republican outside of the primary. The only reason I became a Democrat, was Barack Obama: the only candidate the Democrats have put up since Kennedy that I felt even remotely comfortable supporting.

    I remember watching the Democratic presidential challengers debating: Paul Tsongas, Jerry Brown and several others including Bill Clinton. I was praying for anyone but Clinton. Look what I got. I voted for Bill twice.

    There is a lot more to the story than "open primaries" and I think Steve S. needs to sharpen his pencil just a bit and dig in to see why a district that Barack Obama carried by 62% found 52% voting Republican in the general congressional district.

    I like open primaries. Period. Ranked voting would be even better.

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. King Henry, scene ii

    by TerryDarc on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 09:41:19 AM PDT

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    •  Operation Hilarity (3+ / 0-)
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      TerryDarc, codairem, pixxer

      Didn't Kos himself advocate just that in last year's Republican primary? IIRC the intended "beneficiary" was Rick Santorum.

      “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon Baines Johnson

      by spacecadet1 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:24:43 AM PDT

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    •  no, you're getting it wrong (1+ / 0-)
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      this district ended up voting 100% for Republicans in the general election because the open primary system ended up sending two Republicans to the general election.

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 11:11:12 AM PDT

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