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  •  Just a feeling (3+ / 0-)
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    Since Schweitzer is from a smaller state, getting Bullock elected would give him credibility as a "party builder".

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    by tietack on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 09:15:15 PM PST

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    •  How many voters care? (0+ / 0-)

      Do you feel funding would dry up for him? I doubt it.

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      by MichaelNY on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 11:55:37 PM PST

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      •  To clarify (0+ / 0-)

        Bullock winning would be at least marginally beneficial to Schweitzer, but that's different from saying a loss, especially a narrow loss by Bullock would cause many people to stop taking Schweitzer seriously.

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        by MichaelNY on Tue Dec 06, 2011 at 11:56:53 PM PST

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    •  He did build the party (1+ / 0-)
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      He helped build the brand in that state for sure.  Saying Tester losing hurts him is the same as saying losing the legislature last year hurts him.  I just don't think he can be responsible for the current environment.

      The fact we have 2 Dem Senators and a popular Dem governor in Montana is pretty good.  Expecting a permanent majority is kind of hard (NY still has a Dem Senate).  

      I'm also not sure how important the party really finds the ability of Dems to make inroads in rural areas, since that's not really key to future presidential election strategy.

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