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  •  maybe she is mad she got shut out (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe she expected to get a leadership position. Seems pretty rotten to do this right after an election. I looked and the last time the democrats got over 30% in this district was 1998.
    The democrats shouldn't spend a dime here.

    •  Doubleblink (6+ / 0-)

      is there something else they can spend money on in March and April 2013?

      JoAnn Emerson has been in Congress since 1996. Her husband was in Congress from 1981 to 1996. Over that time, they built a lot of ties to Democrats downthere, mainly the "we'll give your projects money" kind of ties.

      JoAnn Emerson's current husband is an attorney and a Democrat as well.

      This will be the first stand-alone Missouri special election for Congress since 1959. The Republican nominee is guaranteed to not have as much of a crossover appeal or notability. Not to mention that nominee won't have to win a primary, thus not introducing themselves until they're nominated.

      So, is there a great harm in finding one of the few Dems in the area with some variant of credibility as a lottery ticket?

      The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

      by RBH on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:19:55 AM PST

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      •  Agreed (1+ / 0-)
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        I think if any momentum is to be gained in this race, it needs to first come from Democrats in the district finding a credible candidate.  But if that happens, and it looks like there is any potential of the race moving in a positive direction, the national party should be standing by ready to help out with some $$.

        •  kind of like a kickstarter (1+ / 0-)
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          but Special Elections do weird things

          for example, special election in Cape Girardeau for the state house to replace an R who got into legal trouble in February 2008, the final result was R50, D43, L7. Then the Ds didn't contest it in Nov2008 or 2010 or 2012.

          The Libertarian in that special election is named Steve Kinder, so the same last name as the Cape native Lt. Governor.

          MO8 is also in a unique spot because parts of it gave McCain a higher percentage than Bush. Although Obama won 2 counties in MO8 in 2008 (Iron and Ste. Genevieve)

          The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

          by RBH on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 01:24:52 PM PST

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