No longer any credibility

GOP Chairman Charlie Webster and Secretary of State Charles Summers should resign. The landslide defeat of their legislation to suppress the Democratic vote proves that they fooled no one with their distractions, lies and intimidation of student voters. If they had any credibility, they no longer do.

Republicans nationally were repudiated. All three of their national campaigns — voter suppression in Maine, the personhood amendment in Mississippi and the anti-labor bill in Ohio — went down to crushing, landslide defeats.

When elections are about two people, voters can easily be misled by candidates who misrepresent themselves (Paul LePage and Mitt Romney come easily to mind). When ideas are on the ballot and they are core beliefs of your party and they come to such complete rejection, you might want to rethink your ideology.

We can hope, but not expect, that congressional Republicans will rethink their strategy of doing all they can to destroy President Barack Obama, even at the expense of the national economy and honor, by abandoning the questionable ideas of Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Sarah Palin and the irresponsible ideas of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

They should come to the table with practical, workable solutions to the economic problems they caused.

Jonathan Albrecht, Dixfield

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Steve  Dosh's picture

No longer any credibility

. .l o l 11.13.11 13:00 hst • ?
Q: Human race ? A: No , Paul . HAHaHahahahA :)
What you need to know ---> Here in Hawai'i, today , our Presdient stated , " I've been to and from Hawai'i many times but this is the first time i have worn a jacket and a necktie coming here . " Now , † h a t 's ƒunny :)
The POTUS , SECSTATE , and first lady are here , today , Paul . Not in ME . Not at Kennebubk , Martha's Vineyard or Kennebunkport either on business
Alo'ha from the 50th State celebrating 50 years of s t a t e h o o d . Survey asks ; "51st stae? " 1 ) la Canada , b ) Puerto Rico , 3 ) the United States of Mexico ? , ƒ ) the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas , g ) American Samoa ? h) The Canal Zone , 12 ) The Virgin Islands
A : ______________________
The mainland is an island too , the Atlantic on one side, Pacific on the o†her <3

Steve  Dosh's picture

No longer any credibility

W h o o p s . Thought this letter was about Herman Cain :)
Sorry /s, Dr. Dosh , Hawai'i
Sep 29, 2011 – Sarah Palin has clarified her earlier remarks on Herman "Herb" Cain, whom she referred to as "the flavor of the week" on Wednesday. ...

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

A little race card playing,

A little race card playing, there, Stevo?

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By the way, Jon ...

You have not blessed these pages with your gracious comments since mid August. Have you been ill? I mean something other than the obvious disease of liberalism.

Or did you get your knuckles rapped so hard you can't type?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"We can hope,but not expect

"We can hope,but not expect that congressional Republicans will rethink their strategy of doing all they can to destroy President Barak obama, even at the expesnse of the national economy and honor."
Jon, my friend, destroying barak oBAMa is exactly what will SAVE the national economy and honor. For once, the congressional republicans are on the right track. oBAMa's presidency is America's third rail.

Jason Theriault's picture

Just dumb.

First off - you can't destroy his presidency. With the senate controlled by democrats, you at best, can deadlock the government. If that's your idea of success, then no wonder you want to destroy Obama.

No, what we need is cooperation and compromise.

And by saying Obama's presidency is America's third rail, are you saying that it powers America just like the third rail powers a subway? Or do you mean if you touch his presidency, you die?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"No, what we need is

"No, what we need is cooperation and compromise."
You mean sort of like the cooperation and compromise the left gave Bush during his presidency? Everyone knows that compromising with a liberal means giving him everything he wants.
With oBAMa as president, America is riding the third rail. Being a HAZMAT guy, you'll figure it out.

Jason Theriault's picture

Hyperbole at it's best

He did not give them everything they wanted, and they didn't get everything they wanted.

And subways ride on the third rail, that's it's source of power. If you don't understand how subways work in regards to the third rail, you probably shouldn't use it in an analogy

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

You disappoint me. I thought

You disappoint me. I thought sure you'd be able to figure out the meaning of my third reference on your own. Awfully nice to know i've got the thought and knowledge police looking out for me, though.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"He did not give them

"He did not give them everything they wanted and they did not get everything they wanted." Looks like you just made my point. The end result of that statement can only be that he got everything HE wanted, thus, 'the only way to compromise with a liberal is to give him everything he wants.'

Jason Theriault's picture

I was refering to Bush.

Notice how everything I said was in past tense.

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Questionable ideas of Ron Paul?

Here's a congressman, perhaps the only one, who pledged to vote against any legislation that was not explicitly authorized by the Constitution. I don't agree with all his opinions, but calling his core tenet questionable shows complete disrespect and disregard for the document that preserves your right to shoot your mouth off in public.

This letter is right out of the Fox and Piven playbook, expected from anyone with just a two-year degree in SDS Studies.

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Univeral Adult Franchise

In a world where we no longer have to carry, secure, and count cash to get along, and where we can get nearly everything our heart desires delivered to our door within hours if not a day, arguing against the added convenience and efficiency of same day voting, is like arguing we should go back to hand crank dial phones and human operators to connect every call.

Everyone who is legally allowed to do so should be able to vote in a location near where they live on election day. Why is that so hard to understand? There's absolutely nothing more inherently secure with registering ahead of time, either way it get's checked and verified in the same fashion and is independent of the vote count.

Eliminating voter convenience, and adding hurdles like ID requirements don't make for more secure elections, they make for more frustrated and uninvolved voters. If people are really worried about the security and sanctity of their votes, they will look at ways to buckle down and secure the places where fraud really can make a difference, in the counting and recording and reporting of our votes that is often left in the hands of partisan officials with glaring holes in their accountability.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

“Republicans will rethink

“Republicans will rethink their strategy of doing all they can to destroy President Barack Obama”

Don’t you think that he is doing a good enough job destroying himself. What do Greece, Italy, and the President’s policies have in common? They’ll addicted to spending.

Jason Theriault's picture

Bottom Line - It was a bad law.

Say what you will, but it was a bad law. It was trying to make an end run on what constitutes residency. If you don't want students voting because you don't consider them residents, that's a fair point, to be debated and considered. But your going to need to amend the Maine Constitution.

Because that's hard, and would most likely fail, they tried to take a short cut. However:

1. It wouldn't stop same day registrations, just make them go through a provisional ballot system where privacy and accountability issues were not addressed

2. Since this make the residency issues more documented and deliberative, it was going to make for alot more work for city clerks following elections.

3. The premise that it was to prevent fraud was proven false and undercut the measure from the get go.

Joe Morin's picture

Level headed?

Jon Albrecht sounds like an uncle of mine. Needless to say we don't talk politics because my uncle will tell you how it is and he won't hear otherwise. He says " Joe if everyone thought like you then Gram would be out in the cold." Then I respond," You're one mean son of a gun if you saw your mom out in the cold and didn't invite her in."

David  Cote's picture

With all due respect

Whether question #1 passed or not, no one's right to vote would be supressed by the outcome. I voted yes on it because of questionable ads from the other side, not because of possible voter supression so can the hyperbole.And regarding the rest of your text; You seem to have every conservative in your crosshair. That tells me your no better than those you speak of bent on "destroying" Obama. We'd all be better off if both sides weren't so damn selfish in their views. But that's for another post.

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Where was the attempt to suppress the vote.

How many days in the year? Because you were being required to register 2 days before any election, that's suppressing the Democrat vote? Oh please. Do you see the tear on my cheek. Why should the world have to adapt to your irresponsible behavior toward your civic duty. The ours you work have nothing to do with your ability to register. You should be registering within days of a change of address, just like making sure your mail gets forwarded. Oh sorry, Dems don't get their mail forwarded do they.

AL PELLETIER's picture


Spell check didn't help you out on this one, David. By the way, you sound a little like Gilbert when his casino bombed.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

A little nitpickin' there,

A little nitpickin' there, sweetfern? On the other hand, your reference to to the mayor's post vote rant is spot on. Surprising he didn't blame George Bush.

David  Cote's picture

What are you talking about, Al?

First of all, typing a comment on an android keypad at six in the morning without my glasses on and with less than a cup of coffee in my system presents a bit of a challenge, so pardon me if I do not apologize for typos I commit and I'll ignore your O.C.D. behavior about your penchant for correcting people who make harmless mistakes, rudely. Regarding the rest of your text, it is what it is...Conservatives diislike liberals and libetals dislike conservatives. These blogs are a cyber daycare for political beliefs and neither one is any better or worse than the other. There are multitudes of instances when one side attacks the otherfor deeper reasons other than content of material. It's a personal pissing contest made for those who feel the need to make others feel inferior.If you don't like what I have to say then disagree with it, or just ignore it and I'm fine with that all day long. Pointing out someone's grammatical errors is sorta like making fun of someone who stutters when they talk. Do you also do that, Al? Wouldn't be very P.C. of you if you did, would it?

AL PELLETIER's picture


How's that for a pissing contest?

David  Cote's picture


You missed :) My mistake. I received an e-mail notification that you had commented on my original post. After I posted a second time I noticed on the blog your comment was directed @ another David. My bad. However, cut me a little slack since these android keypads are murder.

AL PELLETIER's picture

thanks David

I didn't know why you were beating me up.

David  Cote's picture

The proper solution...

Yeah, Al. I feel badly about that. Only one thing to do... You live in Norway, I live in West Minot. We'll meet in the middle and I'll treat you to a beer.

 's picture

So I missed the H in hours,

Typical of a lib. No argument so you pick on a spelling mistake done at 4 am. Small minds pick on small things I guess.

Jason Theriault's picture

What argument?

You just seem to be insult democrats accusing them of shirking their civic duty. Make an argument, and then maybe someone will respons with more than pot shots about your grammar.

Jason Theriault's picture


My grammar in the morning is bad as well =)

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Had me fooled on that one",

"Had me fooled on that one", screeched the parrot.


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