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The list of these preachy messages just goes on and on. I decided to engage this guy:

From: Chuck Barkey
Subject: Re: You’re giving Republicans a bad name…
Date: October 3, 2009 9:42:10 PM EDT
To: Erick Erickson

Now there’s an intelligent reply. Like I said, you’re an idiot. Try not to stab yourself in the eye with your spoon the next time you eat a bowl of cereal.On 10/3/09 9:36 PM, “Erick-Woods Erickson” wrote:I told you so.————————
Erick-Woods Erickson
Editor, RedState.Com
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erick@redstate.com | www.redstate.com | aim: erickwericksonOn Oct 3, 2009, at 9:26 PM, Chuck Barkey wrote:Let me start off by saying I am a Democrat. I have many Republican friends who don’t see eye to eye with me. Needless to say, every now and then we have discussions about our differing points of view. Most of them are intelligent enough to make sound, educated, well-thought out arguments on smaller government, fiscal conservatism, privatized healthcare and other topics. And while I don’t always agree with their point of view, I believe many times they have valid arguments and I appreciate the reasons they feel the way they do. I love a lively debate with a worthy conservative because, in the end, I think we both have a more open mind as a result. And then there are conservatives like you. Ones that are so immersed in the “us vs.them” aspect of politics that they’re more concerned with being right than doing right. This has never been more perfectly illustrated than with the joy you exuded from Chicago’s failure to win the Olympic games. By laughing at the loss, you did nothing to further your conservative opinions. You did nothing to open the minds of others to better understand your political positions. You did nothing to persuade me as to why I should maybe consider your conservative stances on important national and world topics. All you did was act like an immature 8 year old girl that loves to claim, “I told you so!” And by doing so, you’ve embarrassed yourself and your party. And you’ve illegitimatized anything you’ve ever said or will say in the name of patriotism or love of country. To laugh about the Chicago loss because the man who was lobbying for it wasn’t on your team is well, laughable. You’re an ignorant idiot. And you give my Republican friends a bad name. -Chuck Barkey
Pittsburgh

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