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  •  And with regard to down-ticket races, a Santorum (21+ / 0-)

    nominee might actually bring out the Republican base more fervently, whereas a Romney nominee would likely dissuade the Republican base who despise Romney.

    Romney may be harder for Obama to beat, but may be better for D's in down-ticket races, whereas Santorum may be easier for Obama to beat, but worse for D's in down-ticket races.

    Another longer-term dynamic is that if Santorum wins the nomination and looses to Obama, then conservatives would see a true ideological "conservative" defeated and strategically try to run a more electable candidate in future races just to get them into office. Whereas if Romney were win the nomination and lose, conservatives would claim that there was no true conservative on the ballot and may be inclined to support an even more right-wing candidate for the next cycle, thereby leaning towards even more unelectable candidates.

    Any further thoughts appreciated...

    There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...
    I dream of things that never were, and ask why not? ~ Robert Kennedy

    by Reality Bites Back on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 06:03:03 PM PST

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    •  Willard sets up a great 1% v. 99% theme (14+ / 0-)

      It's not merely that he's part of the .0001%, it's that he's utterly clueless about how the 99% live.  Plus, he commits gaffes on a regular basis that are equal to the one that doomed his father's 1968 candidacy.

      I still recall Anne Richards describing GHWB as "being born w/ a  silver foot in his mouth."  GHWB was f'ing Demosthenes compared to Willard.    He's a gift who will keep on giving from now through election day.

      A Santorum candidacy would likely sidetrack the debate on social issues that could muddy the waters.  The winning message here is that the GOP wanted Detroit to die, that it wants to cut SS and Medicare while taking care of the rich, and that it wants to let foreclosures run their course.

      I also agree that Willard might suppress the base's enthusiasm.    I'd love to see the clean shot against him.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 07:24:11 PM PST

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      •  My preferred GOP candidate actually IS (5+ / 0-)

        Rick Santorum. For once I want a clear cut electoral showdown between the theocrats and the secularists.

        For decades the Republican candidates have been hand maidens of the plutocracy, but they've managed to motivate the religious right by paying lip service to the "values" agenda. When these candidates have lost elections, or when they've WON and proved incapable of responsible governance, the creeping toward theocracy has not been appreciably diminished. Their failures did not attach to fundamentalist Christianity. Hence, we continue to see victories in state after state of the religious right's agenda as the GOP continues to play the same old pander game.

        This year I want the Republican candidate to run four square on everything the religious right holds dear - killing off Planned Parenthood, outlawing all abortion, limiting access to contraceptives, promoting the teaching of creation "science," no gay marriage, etc, etc, etnauseatingcetera. That candidate is Rick Santorum. And I want that candidate crushed. I want every bilious, faith based, cockamamie plank in his frothy platform soundly rejected by a super majority of the electorate.

        This showdown between the theocrats and the secularists has been sidestepped for too long, and the theocrats continue to rack up state legislative gains, one odious bill at a time.

        That having been said, I absolutely agree with you that Operation Hilarity is not worthy of us - it is going to bite us in the ass, whether it has any discernible effect on the primaries or not. Love Markos, but the only thing this operation accomplishes is to demonstrate that he is no less susceptible to massive brain farts as are any of the rest of us.

    •  MI House District 29 special election is same day (2+ / 0-)
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      The successful recall of Paul Scott (R) gave Dems a shot at the seat, but Snyder scheduled the special election for the same day as the Republican primary.  That gives them a huge advantage.  Every Dem in that district should be out voting for Tim Greimel.

      Lets be serious and cast our votes for candidates we can support, not caricatures of the worst in us.

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