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  •  Look at donors, not representatives (1+ / 0-)
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    If the underlying idea here is to show that a Dem who gives to a Republican becomes a weak Dem/blue dog, then I think you came to that conclusion well before the first comment was posted.

    While Schneider has given, what, $3500 total out of $100k to Republicans in the past ten years, why do you think he, as a donor, is such an anomaly? (And how much did Kirk raise? A couple million?) Have you ever conducted donor research for campaigns? Are democratic candidates not allowed to call their friends and ask for contributions if they happen to be friends with a Republican?

    So, what you're saying is that people should give according to their party affiliation and not according to their interest or ideology. Is that right?

    •  Aside from mentioning it in passing in my intro (1+ / 0-)
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      I didn't focus on Schneider's donations at all, and I certainly didn't make any claims about how "people should give".  

      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 04:28:43 PM PDT

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    •  Wow (2+ / 0-)
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      Xenocrypt, MichaelNY

      did you even read the diary? lol

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

      by sapelcovits on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 05:23:58 PM PDT

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    •  Based on your last line (2+ / 0-)
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      I think you truly need to re-read this diary. Xenocrypt was trying to find other people elected to Congress who happen to have similar backgrounds to Schneider. Everything you said about donations has nothing to do with Xeno's diary whatsoever. Hell, he wasn't even making a value judgment about Schneider. Just trying to find someone with a comparable profile.

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 09:06:56 PM PDT

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    •  the question is, though, why would Schneider (0+ / 0-)

      donate to Republicans who voted in various legislation that would appear to be diametrically opposed to the positions he ran on?

      Why would he give them money? Because he's "friends" with them?  Is that an okay reason to do it?

      I think it's a legitimate red flag.  Or a "blue dog" flag, as the case may be.

      If he wins, it won't take more than a couple of months to see what we're dealing with.

      If the plutocrats begin the program, we will end it. -- Eugene Debs.

      by livjack on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 09:15:35 PM PDT

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      •  You seem to be arriving at this party late (0+ / 0-)

        His stated reason for contributing to them was that they were pro-Israel, and at the time, he had a position in AIPAC.

        Most of us here are plenty unhappy about both the fact that he made those contributions and also that he made no apology or further explanation, but his reasons are clear.

        Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

        by MichaelNY on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 09:42:11 PM PDT

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