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March 11, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Republican David Jolly won the special election to fill the House seat left vacant by the death of his former boss, Rep. C.W. Bill Young (R-Fla.).

With nearly all of the votes counted Tuesday night, Jolly had 48.5 percent of the vote to Alex Sink’s 46.7 percent. Libertarian Lucas Overby had 4.8 percent.

Sink lost the 2010 governor’s race to Rick Scott. The Democratic Party sunk extensive ad funding into the congressional battle, and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) tried to paint the loss as a positive.

“Republican special interest groups poured in millions to hold onto a Republican congressional district that they’ve comfortably held for nearly 60 years. Tonight, Republicans fell short of their normal margin in this district because the agenda they are offering voters has a singular focus – that a majority of voters oppose – repealing the Affordable Care Act that would return us to the same old broken health care system,” Wasserman Schultz said in a DNC rapid response statement.

“While tonight Democrats didn’t win, we are proud of Alex and the race she ran based on a vision of opportunity for all and an agenda that would grow the middle class and protect Florida’s families,” she said.

President Obama carried the 13th District in both 2008 and 2012.

Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, had pegged the special election as a must-win for Democrats.

“Since most nonpartisan handicappers and analysts have for years expected this seat to go Democratic when it became open, a Republican victory would likely say something about the national political environment and the inclination of district voters to send a message of dissatisfaction about the president. And that possibility should worry the White House,” Rothenberg said.

The GOP framed the race as a referendum on Obamacare, and Jolly vows to fight for repeal. Sink defended the spirit of the law but said she was open to fixing parts of Obamacare.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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DWS, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
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“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, or you wouldn’t have come here.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
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A Republican nobody beats a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and this is bad new for Republicans... right.

When Debbie Wasserman Schultz opens her mouth the world get stupider and puppies commit suicide.
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Happened to be in Florida pre-election and was startled to hear Candidate Sink say that illegals were necessary to be housemaids and gardeners! Are all Dims so racist?
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This proves that the Dem leadership is insane.
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Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense! Why would a Wookiee, an 8-foot-tall Wookiee, want to live on Endor, with a bunch of 2-foot-tall Ewoks? That does not make sense! But more important, you have to ask yourself: What does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense! Look at me. I'm a lawyer defending a major record company, and I'm talkin' about Chewbacca! Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense! None of this makes sense! And so you have to remember, when you're in that jury room deliberatin' and conjugatin' the Emancipation Proclamation, does it make sense? No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense! If Chewbacca lives on Endor, you must acquit! The defense rests.
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"Up is down. Black is white. Right is wrong. Blah, blah, blah."
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz, isn't this the same Debbie that said the Dems will run on Obamacare in the 2014 election? Boy I can't wait to see them try ;)
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On a brighter side: Wouldn't it be nice to be like DWS, just get out of bed and go to the job (almost wrote 'work') without doing one's hair or makeup? I wonder if she sleeps in what she shows up in?
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Ive said it before: She looks like a drunk college chick who fixes herself up on the way to class in the back of a pickup truck.
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Even in Democratic FL they get it.

I get confused as I keep getting comments back that I don’t really understand Marxism at all. And that ACA really isn’t Marxism.

Really? Let’s look at the basic tenet of Marxism. First there is the government taking over means of production. And what is the government attempting to do? Control the providers of healthcare. Mandate all of the policies of private insurance companies. Other words the means of our production.

Second, and here is the clincher. In ACA one man pays more based on his success than another man who is subsidized by the government tax dollars. One’s amount paid is according to need. Where have I heard that expression “according to need” before? Ah that’s right—from Karl’s manifesto. And better yet Barry wants to expand Medicaid giving great access to those who will not pay at all. Off of our tax dollars while the producer pays more for his own premiums.

But ACA isn’t Marxist. Nope not at all. I forgot, one man paying for another is a capitalistic philosophy. Silly me.

You don’t need my fiction to predict a collapse of our nation. We already have it foreshadowed by the greatest and most accurate sage. That would be history. And the funny thing about history is when he lectures us he tends to repeat himself at the podium.

Charles Hurst. Author of THE SECOND FALL. An offbeat story of Armageddon. And creator of THE RUNNINGWOLF EZINE
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Precisely. Socialism becomes Communism which is state-owned (meaning the government is allied with monopolized corporations) and Free-market becomes Capitalism which is privatey-owned (meaning monoply corporations allied with government). See? Simple.
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Or, as Newsweek will soon put on their cover on behalf of the Democratic Party

"We Are All Baghdad Bobs Nows"


The Miami Medusa has had the snakes burrow into the remnants of her clearly non-functioning brain.
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Republicans are weak so they won the election and it's still snowing in the mid-west because of global warming...
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In other news DWS shows a general functional mental disconnect from reality . . .
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Since when is that news?
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