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  •  Sure, but even if she (0+ / 0-)

    hadn't thrown the kitchen sink, she was guaranteed a certain percentage of the vote. That's just the fact. Culter entered the race knowing that.

    He knew:

    1) There was going to be a Democratic candidate. Strong or weak. (As it turns out, incredibly weak.)
    2) That candidate had a non-trivial 'floor' of votes.

    Of course he had every right to run. And yeah, he was a much stronger candidate. But the result of his running was utterly predictable--almost inevitable, given what a strong candidate he was.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:05:52 AM PST

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    •  Why wouldn't he enter? (1+ / 0-)
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      If Mitchell hadn't decided to take Cutler down with her, he would be sitting in Blaine House right now.

      Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

      by SaoMagnifico on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:11:05 AM PST

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      •  Because (0+ / 0-)

        of course the Dem was gonna go for his throat. He didn't count on that?

        The fact is that we knew, inevitably, there was going to be a Dem against a Rep. We had a chance with that, because even though Mitchell was a godawful campaigner, LePage was LePage.

        So that was the default, that race D v. R. It was carved in stone.

        Cutler entered, and ran a better race than Mitchell, etc., etc.--but he fucked with the basic contours of the race in a such a way that led directly to LePage's victory. He entered the race knowing that what, 15% of the vote was baked-in for Mitchell?

        "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

        by GussieFN on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:37:43 AM PST

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        •  It's not a 2-party system in Maine (5+ / 0-)

          it just isn't.  And it leads to much increased voter turnout.  It's why Maine and Minnesota routinely are 2 of the top 3 or 4 states in voter turnout.

          You're trying to protect the Democratic party at the expense of Democracy with this argument.

          "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

          by rdw72777 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 at 07:48:15 AM PST

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