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  •  It would also be helpful for Maine to skip out (12+ / 0-)

    on its "proud tradition" of independent candidates. Every time one of those pops up to split the vote, I get that old sinking feeling.

    My suggestion is that moderates and progressives put their weight behind a single candidate, and stick with her. Just so that the governor's mansion isn't filled by someone who pulled only 39% of the state electorate.

    Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

    by Dale on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:57:10 AM PST

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    •  Can't stop the wealthy, like Angus King (6+ / 0-)

      from running (or Cutler, for that matter).

      Privately funded, and I'd bet dollars to donuts that Cutler will run for the gubernatorial race in 2014.

      Not that I'll vote for him, but no Democrat can win a statewide election, who is not already well-known (and liked) in CD#2.

      Unenrolled voters outnumber both Rethugs and Democrats in Maine.

      Even Dems in CD#2 are conservative.

    •  It also needs to end its "proud tradition" of (5+ / 0-)
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      electing fake "moderate" Republicans who go to Congress, vote in lockstep with the GOP but are still hated by the baggers.

      Hint - if everyone hates you, you are probably doing something wrong.

      I am progressive. I am liberal. I make no apologies. - Kos

      My political compass: - 8.38,-6.97

      by pucklady on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:45:00 AM PST

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      •  Well, back in the day, when the center of (3+ / 0-)
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        the GOP party was closer to the center of the American ideological spectrum, there would have been a use for people like Olympia Snowe. Unfortunately, all she has effectively done for the last ten or fifteen years is to provide the infinitely more conservative GOP with that crucial vote for Senate Majority leader, thereby underwriting its radical agenda.

        Lately she seems to have been whinging about how "both sides do it." Please, please spare me. The Republican Senate minority under Mitch McConnell has been one of the most obstructionist caucuses in recent American history -- and she has allowed that to happen.

        Nothing requires a greater effort of thought than arguments to justify the rule of non-thought. -- Milan Kundera

        by Dale on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 08:55:58 AM PST

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