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  •  Hickenlooper (4+ / 0-)
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    BeloitDem, KingofSpades, askew, pademocrat

    Has much more potential for the top of the ticket. I view him, in fact, as a much better option that practically any governor that we currently have (including the oft touted O'Malley).

    22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

    by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:39:44 AM PST

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    •  than* (1+ / 0-)
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      22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

      by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:39:58 AM PST

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      •  A few reasons (4+ / 0-)

        He's from a blue trending swing state, he's an extremely competent policy wonk and manager, he's decent looking, has a memorable last name, is a better public speaker than O'Malley (though neither of them is truly exceptional), was able to win a majority of the vote in 2010 of all years (albeit against a fractured field of crazy and crazier) while beating what was predicted in the polls of the race, and has consistently been among the most popular politicians in the entire country.

        Whereas O'Malley is from a blue state and helped passed gay marriage...

        I also have the strong sense that some of the criticism leveled at O'Malley's intellect from unsavory folks like Christie and McDonnell might end up being true. Where does O'Malley truly come across as fundamentally knowledgeable about policy? Does he have some kindof niche other than getting gay marriage passed? Hell, even Cuomo despite his well known apostasies is well versed in policy and helped gay marriage in his state.

        22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

        by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 05:49:21 AM PST

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        •  Hick is decidedly pro-fracking (3+ / 0-)

          And, like Cuomo, takes a lot of glee in pissing off liberals.  This will not help in a primary.

          •  fracking (2+ / 0-)
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            It'll help in the general, especially in PA.

            SSP poster. 43, new CA-6, -0.25/-3.90

            by sacman701 on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:25:40 AM PST

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            •  It will? (1+ / 0-)
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              Poll:

              A majority of the Pennsylvania residents surveyed in a recent poll are concerned about potential harm to drinking water as a result of the fracturing process used in drilling for Marcellus Shale natural gas.

              Of the 403 adults surveyed in the late November poll by Infogroup/Opinion Research Corp., 81 percent said they are somewhat or very concerned about fracking’s potential to contaminate water.

              Three of five state residents questioned in the poll are aware of the controversy over the gas-drilling technique.

              The poll, conducted on behalf of the Civil Society Institute, showed that 62 percent of those concerned think state and federal agencies are not doing as much as they should to require proper disclosure of the chemicals used in the process.

              And you have to be nominated first.
        •  Hmm...I'm not seeing the profile of a president. (7+ / 0-)

          First, he beat Tom Tancredo. Not much of a feat. Second, lets face it...no wife. President's gotta have a spouse. Might not be fair, but there it is. If he gets a new wife between now and 2016, there are going to be vetting issues.

          Not advisable methinks.

          I don't know why anyone here would care what Christie and McDonnell think about O'Malley, but he's certainly mastered a great deal of issues relevant to the things Democrats care about. Transportation, crime, and civil rights issues he's been outstanding. More importantly for a presidential campaign, he can point to a state economy that's doing very well....which moots the issue with McDonnell, or beats Christie hands down.

          Definitely O'Malley needs some work on his stump, but they all do initially. Not everybody is an Obama.

        •  Gov. Frackenlooper (0+ / 0-)

          HuffPo:

          Climate Change: Hickenlooper is all over the board on this issue. As mayor, Hickenlooper was a believer in climate change and somewhat of a leader on public policy addressing it. But as his campaign for governor ramped up, he started back-pedaling and flip-flopping. At one point during his campaign, Hickenlooper told the national media that the extreme amount of snow in the northeast in 2010 suggested that climate change was not really happening. Now in 2012, as Colorado fought through the worst one-year heat wave, drought, and forest fires on record, Hickenlooper said nothing about their link to climate change -- he completely missed an extraordinary "teachable moment" about climate change in Colorado....

          Drilling and Fracking: Governor Hickenlooper gained the dubious nickname, "Frackenlooper," earlier this year when he starred in a radio ad for the natural gas industry and spewed out misleading information about the impacts of drilling and fracking. And then he kept tripping over his words as he tried to claim that the industry is safe and responsible, when in fact the industry's public record reveals thousands of spills and releases that have contaminated ground and surface water. People living in the "Frack Zone" across the suburban Front Range of Colorado are up in arms as public health studies indicate that cancer-causing chemicals can travel thousands of feet in the air, polluting homes, playgrounds, and schools. At the same time, Hickenlooper has directed the State's lawyers to sue cities and towns that are trying to regulate oil and gas extraction to protect citizens from cancer-causing industrial chemical pollution. Further, his support for drilling and fracking has helped trammel thousands of acres of open space, public lands, and wildlife habitat as the drillers and frackers march across Colorado.

          •  That's great (2+ / 0-)
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            askew, pademocrat

            This is a DKE thread, we focus on politics not policy here.

            22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

            by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:20:11 AM PST

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            •  Gee, thanks, User 300K+ (1+ / 0-)
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              I'm not arguing the policy; I'm explaining why Hick's going to have problems in Democratic primaries.

              •  Oh. (0+ / 0-)

                You have got another thing coming with that crap. It's against DK policy to throw user numbers in another's face. If I weren't a member of this conversation I'd HR that comment so fast it'd make your head spin around like a bobble head toy's after being thrown down a mountain side to roll for half a mile bouncing on rocks the entire way down.

                22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

                by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:38:47 AM PST

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                •  Dear me. (0+ / 0-)

                  Apparently overheated metaphors are tax-free, however.

                  •  Yeah (1+ / 0-)
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                    And maybe it won't tax you too much either to include some analysis of the political implications of the policies he supports instead of just quoting ad nauseum his positions isolated from their political impact.

                    But then again, that'd be too taxing wouldn't it?

                    Somewhat sorry for getting overheated, but you seriously struck a nerve.

                    22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

                    by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:45:58 AM PST

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                    •  Your previous comment, (0+ / 0-)

                      ... for instance, was perfect. But to just drive the nail in more after that was simply too much and too derisive.

                      22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

                      by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:47:42 AM PST

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    •  Agreed, Hick is my favorite if Hilary doesn't run (1+ / 0-)
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      I have know clue why he doesn't get more talk.

    •  I view him positively too (0+ / 0-)

      but the CO-Gov race was basically placed in his lap because of the GOP blow-up there.

      Age 23. Voting in NJ-03. Lived most of life in NJ-01. Had Rush Holt represent me during my undergrad years and am now represented by Frank Pallone in my grad school.

      by KingofSpades on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 06:36:42 AM PST

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    •  You prefer Hickenlooper to Schweitzer? (1+ / 0-)
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      ratcityreprobate

      I am personally the opposite.

      •  I prefer Schweitzer (1+ / 0-)
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        OGGoldy

        but he'll be out of office in a few months, so I wasn't really counting him.

        22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

        by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:10:50 AM PST

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        •  Schweitzer's best path forward (3+ / 0-)
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          Adam B, pademocrat, JBraden

          Should he start running for president now? Should he go into the private sector to shore up his business credk Or should Obama give him a sweet cabinet position like Secretary of Agriculture? Or more interestingly would be if he were appointed as something like Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Schweitzer speaks Arabic fluently and worked in Saudi Arabia and Libya when he was younger. That'd really set him up nicely on the foreign policy front if Hillary opts not to run after all.

          •  Schweitzer (0+ / 0-)

            Would be better as Sec. of Energy

            22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

            by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 07:48:27 AM PST

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            •  His background is in agriculture though (0+ / 0-)

              I don't necessarily see being a governor of an energy producing state to be qualified to be secretary of energy by default.

              •  True (0+ / 0-)

                But he's also one of the brightest Dem. minds on energy policy. I'm not quite sure where the video is, but he gave a highly touted interview in 2008 just before the convention on energy issues.

                22 Burkean Post Modern Gay Democrat; NM-2 (Raised), TX-20 (B.A. & M.A. in Political Science), TX-17 (Home); Intern w/ Gallego for Congress; Office Personnel at CCA.

                by wwmiv on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 08:40:15 AM PST

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