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  •  And no Democratic version of Alan Keyes either (4+ / 0-)
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    RoIn, bear83, ArkDem14, Sylv

    I still cannot understand why in 2004 the Illinois Republican Party felt the need to import Alan Keyes from Maryland to run against Barack Obama for the U.S. Senate, after their original candidate went down by a sex scandal.  In all of Illinois, they couldn't find a state legislator or county commissioner to be the sacrificial lamb, especially in Republican areas down state?  Besides, if you're in business for yourself, you're a doctor or lawyer or run a small business, it's great advertising, even when you lose.  So in 2014 the Democrats need to contest every seat, with candidates who live and work where the voters are.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:09:12 AM PST

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    •  Agreed -- and if you're going to import ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... a candidate (bad enough), you can't go out and get anyone better than Alan Keyes!?!?  He is nothing short of a grifter -- runs for President to line his own pockets, and is a lunatic to boot.  And the GOP in Illinois went out of its way to bring him in?  No one was going to beat Barack Obama in 2004 for that Senate race, but you or I could have probably kept it closer than Alan Keyes did.

    •  Exactly! (4+ / 0-)

      In my district, Ohio-14, the only Democrat to run in the primary to go up against Steve Latourette was an account named Dale Blanchard, whom my fairly extensive research found had, other than running for Congress TEN times, not a single other trace of civic involvement, and whose mega-amateurish website used to include a section where he disavowed and condemned, all Biblically, pretty much the entire Democratic social agenda (though much if it has now been scrubbed from his site, probably after he realized he had a slightly better chance of being elected than falling into an open manhole- I've still got a copy). Now Latourette may not have been beatable, but this is a district where McCain only beat Obama in '08 by .03%, and we didn't run real Democrat, as if they idea of coattails didn't exist! Of course, over the summer Latourette announced he was retiring, probably partially because he knew he'd be able to name his replacement, and Democrats were caught flat footed in what should have instantly become a very competitive race. Instead we'll be running against an incumbent in '14. It's a shame.

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