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  •  Any dollar sent to Ben Nelson.... (0+ / 0-)

    is a dollar pissed away on corruption. I've never, ever rooted for a Dem to lose until now. +Warren, -Nelson is the dream tradeoff.

    •  Cool story, bro. (0+ / 0-)

      'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.' -Mahatma Gandhi

      by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:36:45 AM PDT

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    •  he just cast a vote to protect the NLRB, (4+ / 0-)
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      which almost is enough for me to forgive him for killing EFCA.

      I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

      by James Allen on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:36:58 AM PDT

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    •  We already need to offset a likely loss (6+ / 0-)

      in ND with Conrad retiring.

      Nelson isn't great, but at least he's with us part of the time.

      "Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

      by bear83 on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 06:45:43 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah (5+ / 0-)

        Like ND, once we lose Nelson in Nebraska, I doubt Dems ever win this seat again.  I'd rather hold it as long as possible.

        •  never say never (0+ / 0-)

          Before the 60's, ND was pretty solidly Republican too.  It swung over some when the NPL split from the R's and went to the D's.  then, in '86, there was a Dem wave there.

          'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.' -Mahatma Gandhi

          by KingofSpades on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 09:17:06 AM PDT

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          •  predicting that far out is inaccurate (1+ / 0-)
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            And North Dakota has some strange strange years. The "i am not running for reelection, I am running for the other senate seat" thing was odd. As was 2 Dem wins in both senate seats on the same day, including the aforement incumbent running for the other seat

      •  Oh, come on, that's a terrible attitude. (2+ / 0-)

        There's absolutely no reason--none at all--to give up on this seat already. We might have to go with a small time politician or even a complete novice, but since North Dakota is a small state that's cheap to campaign in, that's hardly the worst thing in the world. I can understand the reluctance to try to compete in Texas, for instance, but here, it's no different than competing in a mid-price House district. Even if you think North Dakota has taken a sharp turn to the right, given the importance of holding the Senate, it's worth giving it all we've got.

        •  I agree with your sentiment 100% . . . (0+ / 0-)

          . . . but who have we got on our bench? A bunch of retreads? We need some new Democratic blood. Is there any in North Dakota? (I hope so, since we definitely should be contesting that seat!)

          28, chick, solid progressive, NY-14 currently, FL-22 native, went to school in IL-01.

          by The Caped Composer on Fri Sep 23, 2011 at 12:52:16 PM PDT

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          •  It's true that our bench is kind of thin, (1+ / 0-)
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            but who cares? If there's any race this cycle that favors a very small scale politician or in fact a complete novice (that actually looks winnable, unlike that in Wyoming, for instance), it's this one. It's usually better to go with someone that has some experience, but it's hardly a deal breaker.

            I'd also suggest that we fight for this seat in order to help restore the bench. Over time, the Democratic ranks will naturally fill up again, but if we let things become stagnant, we are just letting opportunities pass us by and making things more difficult for ourselves as a party. This is one reason why I am very eager to keep that seat in Nebraska. As frustrating as Nelson can be, he's still a Democrat, and even if he does little in the next term, his presence should give us a chance to develop more of a bench and then have a better shot of replacing him in 2018.

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