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Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM PST

This was the best they could do

by toeknee1980

It happens every election. The winner looks like a genius, doing everything right to come out ahead on election day. The loser looks like a doofus, fumbling his way to an electoral loss.

As soon as this election was over, people pointed out how great the Obama campaign was, and it was indeed a very well run campaign. They used targeting, thousands upon thousands of organizers and volunteers, utilized their advertising dollars smartly, and kept to a winning plan, among other major positives for the campaign.

On the other side, reporters, pundits, and average voters talked about how Mitt Romney dropped the ball. There's the 7 things Romney should have done differently, or maybe it's hundreds of things, as victory was surely within his grasp given the polarized electorate.

But they're wrong. Even as bad as he was, Mitt Romney was the best the Republicans had this year. This was their hail mary and the party, not the candidate, dropped the ball.

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Thu Oct 25, 2012 at 04:55 AM PDT

What Wellstone Means to Me

by toeknee1980

It has been 10 years since Senator Paul Wellstone suddenly passed away in that fateful airplane crash. His story still resonates for me and not just because of his politics.

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I've missed the What are you reading? diaries.  This summer, my wife got me a Sony eReader, which I absolutely love.  Not only is it far easier to read on the elliptical machine at the gym than a regular book, but I've read more books than normal this year.  Probably partly because of the whole unemployment thing...

Which brings me to the questions:

What are you reading now?

And what have you read this year?  Recommendations for holidays/2011?

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One of the most important elections of 2010 may have been the election of Dan Malloy for governor of Connecticut.  Based on the title, you've probably figured out why, but let's go further.

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Fri Aug 20, 2010 at 10:51 AM PDT

A World Away

by toeknee1980

This is my first diary entry on Dailykos, as far as I can remember at least.  I have recently started to blog on, and I wanted to specifically share this post of mine with the dkos community.  While this is directed largely at a Pennsylvania Democrat because of an article posted on, it obviously applies to members of Congress of both parties across the country.

Originally posted at

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