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Martin Wright

No surprise that that Murdoch-owned Fox News is excluding Ron Paul from the TV debate. But I suspect that they'll have egg on their faces once the real results come in

Malcolm Dunn

$17 per voter.What a waste of money. I bet the turn out is still derisory.

comstock

Yes, Malcolm, I expect it will be. But the system used is crazy. As far as I can see, voters have to turn up at a fixed time (tough luck if you are working, and if you are serving in the military forget it) to a two hour meeting and then 'vote' in a public ballot by standing in the apropriate group on the floor.

When I was younger I thought of america as so modern and forward looking compared with stuffy old Britain, but this is a system which presumably is unchanged since the early days of the union

comstock

We were both wrong, Malcolm. Democratic turnout has nearly doubled since 2004.

David

What's really scary is that the Republicans appear to be changing into nothing but a Christian religious party. Apparently 6 out of 10 attendants described themselves as born again.

Malcolm Dunn

I wasn't thinking of the caucus vote Comstock (Republican caucus was also up a bit) I was thinking of the national vote in November.
Even though I work in advertising I strongly believe that most political advertising particularly the overtly negative stuff is a waste of money.I don't see any evidence at all that it encourages people to vote ,sometimes quite the opposite.

Comstock

I don't see any evidence at all that (political advertising)encourages people to vote

I agree, Malcolm. I guess the next question is whether it affects the party/candidate that those who *do* vote vote for IYSWIM.

What's really scary is that the Republicans appear to be changing into nothing but a Christian religious party. Apparently 6 out of 10 attendants described themselves as born again.

And I think that that will ultimately be their undoing come November. Even in America I don't think devout, regular church going christians are the majority.

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