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    Sheyman falls into the "no Democrats" category, because he wouldn't win. Schneider claimed there was "no political difference between me and Sheyman, are ideologies are the same" in a flyer sent to voters. The "Blue Dog" aura comes from several donations made a couple of years back to Republicans, which he credits to their "long standing support of Israel" and says he wasn't really politically involved back then.

    (-7.62, -6.31), Blood type "O", Democratic-socialist, social anarchist, KY-01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy." — Stanisław Lem

    by Setsuna Mudo on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:01:48 PM PDT

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    •  He didn't apologize for the contributions (2+ / 0-)
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      IdahoSocialist, kman23

      and Sheyman wouldn't win? Let me guess, because of his "profile," right? Brb, taking a shot.

      22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:04:38 PM PDT

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    •  He "wouldn't win"? (3+ / 0-)
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      I think that's a little strong and definitive.  Although the fact that he lost to an amateur like Brad Schneider doesn't speak too well of him.

      26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-14 (formerly PA-02/NY-12).

      by Xenocrypt on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:05:13 PM PDT

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      •  It doesn't, no (1+ / 0-)
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        but as you said, winning a primary doesn't necessarily prove one's chops - so losing a primary isn't the best indication of a candidate's suckiness, either. (And look at how Dan Hynes got absolutely crushed in the 2004 IL-Sen primary yet nearly won the Gov primary six years later. I don't think anyone would argue he was a weak candidate.)

        22, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:07:27 PM PDT

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      •  by 8 percentage points nonetheless. (0+ / 0-)

        Unless it's demonstrable that the primary electorate is widely geographically, economically, or racially, different than the district as a whole I'm not really interested in bemoaning the loss of a candidate who can't make it through the primary, if they couldn't dispatch the allegedly weak primary challenger how strong can they really be?

        (-7.62, -6.31), Blood type "O", Democratic-socialist, social anarchist, KY-01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy." — Stanisław Lem

        by Setsuna Mudo on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 02:12:20 PM PDT

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