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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

GOP: Groovy Old Progressives?

posted by on July 1 at 16:37 PM

That may be what some Washington State voters think, according to the latest Elway poll, which found that fully 25 percent of registered voters had no idea what the letters “GOP” stood for. What’s worse: Seven percent actually thought “GOP” referred to the Democratic Party.

Under the new rules governing the “top-two primary,” candidates pick a “party preference”—an opportunity Republicans like gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi have been using to sow confusion. Like several other prominent Republicans, Rossi identified his party preference as “GOP Party,” which is how it will appear on the ballot. It’s a little scary to think Rossi could score some Democratic votes—by exploiting voter ignorance.

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Well, he almost scored half of the Dem vote in 2004, so I guess it's a matter of perspective.

Posted by mackro mackro | July 1, 2008 4:43 PM

"GOP Party"?! Really? He'll be using the ATM machine next.

Posted by leek | July 1, 2008 4:51 PM

Goddammit, this really makes me mad. For the last time: It's NOT a preference!!!

Do you think Republicans actually WANT to be that way??? Always regressive, anti-anything not white, and all diabolical and shit??? Do you think Democrats just woke up one day and CHOSE to be smart (and correct)???

This is the last time I'll say this: people are BORN into their party, they do not PREFER or CHOOSE it.


Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 1, 2008 4:51 PM

For that to happen the voter would have to both be ignorant of what GOP means and not know which candidate is a democrat and which is republican before they see the ballot. In which case, I find it unlikely that they would be able to find a polling place.

Posted by boxofbirds | July 1, 2008 4:53 PM

Or when people say "PIN number." Don't forget "PIN number!" Fucking fuckers.

Why don't you bastards go use quotes or parentheses instead of bold or italic for emphasis? Huh? While you're at it. Why don't you stick an apostrophe in front of a plural S? Because that's how they do. Yeah, you know what you're doing and I know it and you know I know. I'll get even. Some day.

Posted by elenchos | July 1, 2008 4:53 PM

@2 you beat me to it. that shit annoys me to no end, that is reason enough not to vote for him. dumbass.

Posted by um | July 1, 2008 4:54 PM

Grand Old Party Party?

Posted by Dan Savage | July 1, 2008 4:55 PM

This Just In: many people are intellectual morons who should not be allowed to breed and pass on their defective genes to future generations.

Posted by COMTE | July 1, 2008 4:57 PM

GOP = Guard Our Plunder

Posted by Nightlifejitters | July 1, 2008 4:57 PM

Stranger bloggers just shouldn't quote statistics. It just leads to laughable assertions that "25% of registered voters" will do something, based solely on 25% of respondents to a poll of which the methodology, population, and margin of error seem nowhere to be found - can anyone provide links to this?

Posted by Ziggity | July 1, 2008 4:59 PM

Pitiful, just pitiful.

Posted by Vince | July 1, 2008 5:02 PM

Bad. But considering that only around 50% of adult Americans know how long it takes for the Earth to go around the Sun (if indeed it does go around the sun), not all that bad.

Posted by umvue | July 1, 2008 5:21 PM

Greedy Ol' Patriarchy? Gross Ol' Perverts? Global Oil Plutocracy?

Posted by flamingbanjo | July 1, 2008 5:40 PM

Don't forget the redundancy:
GOP Party = Grand Old Party Party

Posted by david | July 1, 2008 6:33 PM

God-Okayed Pedophilia Party

Posted by Luke | July 1, 2008 8:20 PM

You'd think an acronym-text-obsessed cyber society would know from GOP. U wld B rong. Traveling up and down Cape Cod what about GAR? Any ideas? How about the WACS? And V-E or V-J Day? Or even IBM or NCR for the sake of JMJ? O it's OK 2B ignorant. Was actually surprised to never once during the daily black-washing of Hillary that she was never referred to as SNAWW. Explications upon request.

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | July 1, 2008 9:09 PM

Gruesome Odious Pusillanimous
Ghoulish Obnoxious Pigs
Goat Ogling Psychos
Grotesquely Overindulged Poopheads
Gamma Omega Pi Frat Boys

Hey, this is fun...

Posted by RainMan | July 1, 2008 9:09 PM

david, i hope your post was a meta-comment on redundancy.

Posted by leek | July 1, 2008 10:25 PM

I don't understand why Republicans get away with using deceptive language on every ballot, every year. I can't count the number of times I've cast a vote for a measure that I wasn't completely sure I understood, and then found out when it was explained to me in plain english that it meant the opposite of what I thought.

The newest thing is labeling themselves GOP instead of Republican. And, of course, the Democrats let them get away with it - as they do with everything else. I expect their next move to be calling themselves the party that loves their mothers.

I'll never vote for a member of the Republican party for as long as I live - and if I meet one of those ignorant bitches who thinks GOP means Democrat, I'm going to slap their stupid ass faces.

Posted by montex | July 1, 2008 10:26 PM

Everyone knows GOP stands for Gross Osama-bin-Laden-lovin Partisans ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 2, 2008 12:33 AM

Actually, does the GOP stand for anything these days?

I mean other than Greedy Obstructionist Perverts...

Posted by Porco Rosso | July 2, 2008 7:23 AM

You know, I'm Canadian and the first time I saw GOP I understood that it referred to the Republican party. I mean, your country only has two parties. Is it really that hard to keep them straight?

Posted by prenks | July 2, 2008 8:08 AM

This poll is misleading. Way more than 25% of registered voters are fucking morons.

Posted by Greg | July 2, 2008 8:50 AM

See, they should call it the GO Party. It's not redundant, and it sounds so happening! Let's GO!!!!!!

Posted by Ramdu | July 2, 2008 9:43 AM

7% of Americans are dumb as fuck, apparently.

Posted by ouzel | July 2, 2008 7:23 PM

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