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I live in a state that is pretty liberal, particularly on social issues. The Republicans are generally pro-choice, and come down on the leftist side on other women’s issues. Gay marriage is legal. “Vote Republican” is not a slogan you hear often. The Republican candidate for senator even had campaign ads selling the message “I’m voting for Obama, but I’m voting for Linda on the Independent Party line.”

Everybody is independent minded. Everybody’s opponent is a toady.

During all of the debates and candidate interviews, there was one question that was never asked: How would you, a freshman, advance your independent ideas?

How could that fail to be asked?