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  •  It can screw Republicans just as well. (1+ / 0-)
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    Dr Stankus

    Just happened to bite us on the ass this time.  You think some of these Tea Party loons would back down when they get the call from the NRCC to do so?

    Someone mentioned below that California should have tougher ballot access laws.  I'm all for that.  But no-one should be deriding someone just for running for office.  Annoys the hell out of me.

    •  Ballot access (0+ / 0-)

      That could work. Still, people need to give more thought to the big picture sometimes.

      "What do you mean "conspiracy"? Does that mean it's someone's imaginings and that the actual polls hovered right around the result?" - petral

      by conspiracy on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 07:39:38 AM PDT

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    •  It doesn't screw Republicans, because they have (0+ / 0-)

      party discipline and understand the stakes.

      President Obama at Madison Rally 9/28/2010 - "Change is not a spectator sport."

      by askew on Thu Jun 07, 2012 at 09:26:20 AM PDT

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    •  and it annoys the hell out of ME that egos trump (1+ / 0-)
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      askew

      the good of this nation.

      look at colleen fer-fum-fuc-tard... her ego was so huge that she didn't care about whether or not she was telling the truth about which "party" she represented.  she lied. plain and simple.  she lied.  she ran as a democrat when she was really a third party "peace and activist or whatever" candidate.  and she was a spoiler.

      i have absolutely NO patience for spoilers.  why?  because they friggin' SPOIL things!

      •  I just don't think it's egotistical to run for (1+ / 0-)
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        N Dawgg

        office, even if you don't have a good chance of winning.  If someone wanted to be a spoiler out of spite, then sure.  I'm probably in the minority on this.

        •  um. not egotistical? when you don't have a (1+ / 0-)
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          askew

          chance of winning?

          what else would you call it?  if you believe in your cause, then you get out and pound the streets for a candidate that has a CHANCE of winning - you don't grab the spotlight and hold it on yourself will screwing the one who actually could win and further your ideals.

          •  How do you know what he knew? (0+ / 0-)

            He probably didn't see this coming.  The state and county party apparently didn't see it coming enough to endorse, and the DCCC apparently did not do so until it was too late.  A grassroots campaign probably has limited ability to assess the state of the race.  It just does the best it can.

            •  spider - i've worked many campaigns in my life (1+ / 0-)
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              askew

              including presidential ones out of ny.

              this was/is ALL about money.  with limited resources available to a campaign, everything depends on people on the ground.  for a local district race, the enthusiasm usually isn't there - and the money definitely isn't.

              when both candidates have less than full coffers, the best outcome is a split vote - looking at the current system, splitting the vote has given the seat to the republicans outright.  

              there is a problem, houston, and it is a corrupted primary system voted into place by mislead and deluded voters.

              anyone from california can tell you the initiatives are written deliberately to confuse and they are written by special interests with something to gain from them.  then, when they are ON the ballot, ads with outright lies are broadcast for the 15 second voter who ONLY gets news from the all news stations or talk radio shows (mostly right wing in ca).

              california has had a problem ever since prop 13 and it is getting worse every year.

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