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  •  Vermont is not solidly blue (1+ / 0-)
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    Vermont is traditionally New England (thus relatively liberal) Republican. The governor before the current one was a Republican repeatedly reelected, and popular. What's been screwing up Republican candidates recently is national money and advisors having them run distinctly non-Vermont campaigns. The Democrats/Progressives (and independent-socialist Bernie) have been lucky on that.

    But Vermont has elected many Republicans before, and will again. As long as that doesn't include Tom Salmon going any higher, this isn't a bad thing. The world needs decent Republicans - as compared to the Confederate Bandits currently dominating the national party.

    •  My point was less about Vermont... (3+ / 0-)
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      terjeanderson, brein, MichaelNY a particularly liberal place, and more about Vermont as a particularly unusual place. Politics in Vermont are unique, and I don't know that much, if any, of what works in Vermont can translate to the other 49 states.

    •  I frankly could see Phil Scott (2+ / 0-)
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      terjeanderson, MichaelNY

      as a strong candidate down the road. He is pro-choice, pro gay-marriage (he voted to override former Governor Douglas' veto of gay marriage) and voted against shutting down Vermont Yankee, the nuclear power plant in Southeastern Vermont. He has strong appeal on both sides of the political aisle.

      •  Phil Scott is the strongest on the R bench (1+ / 0-)
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        At this point, he would be there strongest nominee for statewide office. He'll probably run for a couple of more terms as Lt Gov (and he'll probably win), and then run for Governor either when the seat is open or if he sense that Shumlin is weak.

        Very few other names - Salmon, Lauzon, etc - have very much potential for winning a major statewide office (and certainly not Senate or US House).

        Once social change begins,it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read...You cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.

        by terjeanderson on Wed Aug 03, 2011 at 09:33:54 AM PDT

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